By Elsa Maxey
What do you believe? The ancient civilization of Mayans developed a calendar from a beginning point that ends this Friday, Dec. 21. Does it mean this marks the end of time? Many scientists say that it won’t be the end of the world as we know, but there will be another winter solstice. It occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of a certain number of degrees and the North Pole is tilted that same number of degrees away from the sun. There are others that say that not only is there going to be a December solstice, but this is the point in the earth’s orbit when it gets the closest to the sun.
A website dedicated to topics associated with the date refers to a Mayan pole shift theory. That’s when the north and south poles shift, meaning that this will impact global weather changes.
Historians say that the Mayans’ Dec. 21, 2012 “fifth creation” completely ending their calendar, the Hopi Indians, Nostradamus, the bible and others all point to what can be interpreted as predictions about the end of the world…this Friday. This has fueled what many call wild theories about threats and disasters relating to rouge planets, asteroids and intense polar storms among many other scenarios. But Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert says, “I’m not losing any sleep over it.”
“I think the significance of Dec. 21 on the calendar is that we only have three shopping days until Christmas,” said Judge Hebert, adding that there could be something catastrophic, but, “I don’t think that it would happen in conjunction with any primitive calendar system, no matter how sophisticated they were back then in counting their days.”
Another county official, District Clerk Dianne Wilson has come up with her own approach at checking out whether time will have run out on us all. “I have it on my calendar to call my son in Australia and see if he answers because it will already be the next day, and if he answers, then I’ll know it’s a hoax and if he doesn’t answer, I’m going to get real concerned.” On a more serious note, Wilson believes that Dec. 21 will represent the end of an era. “It’s the end of a life cycle,” and “we will start a new life cycle, whatever it may be. I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s the end of the world.”
Just like Wilson, there are others out there that say this will be a new beginning. NASA scientists have been reportedly studying and analyzing the possibility of the earth ending in 2012, but the conclusion is that Dec. 21, 2012 will be nothing more than a normal December solstice. It’s also the birthday of the “Star’s” General Manager Michael Fredrickson, and probably the beginning of another great year for him!