Since the dawn of mankind’s communication skills, people have prophecized the end of the world. They’ve all been wrong. Let’s start with that premise, then take a look at the latest mass hysteria, December 21, 2012 and the coincidence of several prophecies about that day, particularly the Mayan calendar.

According to some, the world will end in a giant tidal wave, based on the last page of the Dresden Codex, one of four remaining books left from the Mayan culture. That page depicts a great crocodile spouting forth water in great volume. Some others have said that the completely imaginary planet Nibiru will strike Earth that day, killing everyone in an instant.

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Still others predict a massive geologic upheaval causing the planet to flip, upside-down, so that Australia would be in the Northern Hemisphere. This event will reputedly cause a giant thousand foot high tidal wave. To protect themselves, doomsday preppers (real people with overactive imaginations) have been building underground shelters, stocking up on canned food and arming themselves against the onslaught of a savage population seeking rescue from the horrific events.

The worst part of all this mass hysteria is the fright it causes our children. Recent surveys of children and young teens show an alarming fear of death and foreboding heretofore unseen. Children are going to bed crying, having nightmares and waking in cold-sweats, screaming from the stories they’re hearing. Their parents, normally smart people, are behaving stupidly to say the least, and not dealing with this issue with facts, truths and comforting honesty, rather either treating it as a joke, or acting in a panic-stricken mode themselves.

People, get real! The Mayan Calendar is round. It re-starts every cycle and has done so many times. This is no different than your wall calendar coming to an end on December 31st every year. The world has hardly ended in some calamitous event every New Year’s Eve (except, most unfortunately, for some stupid drunk drivers and their victims).

The myth of the mystery planet Nibiru comes actually from an ancient Sumerian text and was supposed to happen in 2003. Obviously, it’s nearly ten years late, so hardly likely the Sumerians yielded to the Mayans for a revised date. Besides, if a planet were close enough to strike this one, it would be glowing in our sky so close by now that it would appear as a gigantic second moon.

The magnetic field of the planet isn’t going to flip the planet around. It’s monitored very well by scientists around the world who are not in some vast right-wing conspiracy to seize the economy of the world or depopulate the planet for financial gain. The geology of the planet is also well monitored by independent scientists, none of whom are reporting impending danger.

Is there some reason parents would allow their children to remain fearful; to suffer tales of death and destruction? Is it no different than bullying when other school children spread such tales and teachers or principals fail to dispel such myths? Parents, take up our challenge and tell your children the facts. Explain to them that the Mayan Calendar is round and like the wheels on their bicycles, it just keeps on going.

If you’re one of those doomsday preppers, well, perhaps there’s a place for you on a space ship leaving soon for another planet. Please feel free to leave Earth, since sane people don’t need your type around here. All you’re doing is frightening little children. We hear there’s an Earth-like planet hiding behind the Sun. (Yeah, sure!)

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