Dead Blackbirds Fall and Make Every Crazy Person Fear 2012

We are officially three days into 2012, which is supposedly the last year we will all be alive, according to Mayan prophecy, and now birds are dying again. Just like they were last year. Authorities in a small Arkansas town in the center of the state said that roughly 100 blackbirds died on New Year's Eve.

Certainly it's scary, but it's particularly scary when you consider the 2012 prophecy. The most popular 2012 Armageddon myth dates back to the Mayans. The Mayan calendar functioned on a series of cycles, some of which were short and some of which were long. One of the longer cycles of the calendar ends in 2012, which, for some, means the end of us.

To be sure, it's all a bunch of hooey. But for some, it's real. And I, for one, will be awfully happy when December 22, 2012 rolls around.

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Yes, the world is supposed to end on December 21 of this year. So no more Christmas shopping ever again! Hope you enjoyed the holidays because they were the last.

Let's be real here a second. When people say that the apocalypse will come in 2012, they ignore the fact that the Mayan calendar doesn't end in 2012. Just a cycle of it does. In other words, the calendar starts over. Duh.

Still, it makes me nervous. As the mom of young children, I am in no hurry to see the world end. While I am sure, just like in Y2K and May of 2011, that this is nothing of real concern, the crackpots always make me wonder: What if? Should I be building that bunker? Earthquake training my kids? Freaking over every little detail? I just don't know anymore.

The birds were spooked by fireworks and far less died this year than last year, but still. Someone, somewhere (possibly even in these comments) will see doomsday in it all. The fact is, we don't know when the world will end or how it will or really even if it will.

Yes, it's likely that things can't last forever the way they are, and yes, the world has gone through cycles and rises and falls and a million other changes. But in the end, we don't know what is going to happen. Maybe for some it's oddly comforting to imagine a doomsday full of "signs." They see every earthquake or weird weather pattern or unexplained animal migration as a pattern as something with meaning. And yet, there is none. It's random. Life is random and sometimes unexplained things happen and sometimes the explanations are just boring.

We will likely all see 2013. And those who don't probably won't die in some cataclysmic event. Life happens and accidents happen and people perish. But life is so much scarier when there is no rhyme or reason for it, isn't it?

Do you think 2012 is the end?

 

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