Monday, 09 January 2012 13:13
Year 2012 has been predicted to be a momentous year. The end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar, a 5125-year period which ends exactly on December 21, 2012 in the Gregorian calendar, falls on that day of the winter solstice.Winter solstice is the time when the sun hits the southernmost position relative to Earth. It is predicted that Planet Earth will align with the sun and the center of the Milky Way on that fateful day.
To some seers and savants through the ages, there are things that are certainly unpleasant to ponder. The End Times, we are told, are upon us. The realities of the prophesies in the Bible, the prophesies of Nostradamus and the Mayan calendar are signs that the end of the world is coming soon. Or is it? If we believe in these predictions, it is easy to scare ourselves to death. Just the mere thought that the world will end on December 21, this year as predicted, can make us so worried and scared that we may die due to anxiety and fear.
We’ve seen the onslaught of technological advances the world had never seen before. And these advances have made the world become “global” indeed. As a result, we see calamities and strifes happening right before our very eyes as if we are physically there, although we are just watching these unfolding events in the comfort of our living rooms.
We’ve seen “the best of times and the worst of times,” and we would like to think that the future is peachy. If indeed the end is near, it’s time to have fun amidst all the predictions of gloom and doom.
Indeed, there are signs that our planet is in turmoil with all the physical manifestations hard to ignore — earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, wars, terrorist attacks and calamities that affect our eco-system. Giant meteors from space may also slam our planet at any time. These are catastrophic events that are supposedly the start of the End Times. And some of these natural disasters have already begun.
Where does this all lead us to? Granting that the end of civilization is coming to an end, we can’t do anything but let the circle of life sweep its last arc, knowing that we will all perish in fires and hail storms. Everything now seems to be part of our mortality and part of the cross we’ve been asked by the Lord to carry. With God’s help we can carry the cross to the very end, and we must learn to love each other as we wait for His everlasting love and mercy for our salvation.
For a start, let’s forgive our enemies. Let us profess our love for our loved ones by saying “I love you” everyday. And let’s enjoy life while it lasts. Let’s attend all celebrations and parties, sing, dance and be merry to our heart’s content, vote for the underdog candidates in November, stock supplies and stay with our families till the very end. Enjoy each day as if it were our last. There is always Christmas Day to rejoice and celebrate the birth of our Lord. For He alone knows when to pull the plug on our planet and our lives.
By Eduardo Navarra
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