The Mayan Calendar stretches back many, many thousands of years into the past, but surprisingly goes forward in time only about another decade. The timeline is divided into five world ages, each of which ends in a cataclysm. We are approaching the end of the fifth age (and the timeline).
The interesting thing is there are ancient texts from all over the world which foretell (and recount) similar events. Civilizations as geographically distant as the Chinese, Egyptian, and Hopi all have stories of the ends of various "world ages" that have strikingly similar details. All of these texts are from a time when, to the best of our knowledge, there was no communication or trade or even an inkling that any of these societies knew of the existence of the other societies. This would seem to be corroborating evidence that these "mythological" stories must have basis in actual events that occurred in the dim reaches of pre-history (meaning before writing existed).
Modern archaeology and anthropology have determined that the Mayans were very accomplished astronomers. Most ancient civilizations were very concerned with the movements of the planets and stars. These astronomical observations are usually explained as having been performed for agricultural reasons - the Mayans planted corn when this happened, the Egyptians moved to higher ground when that happened. These observations must have been built with more purpose than predicting regularly occurring seasonal events.
Ancient societies around the world have similar stories of past cataclysm. These same societies have similar predictions for the future. I do not think that we can dismiss these as primitive attempts to explain the cosmos. Isn't it perhaps possible that the ancients were leaving clues for later people to let them know what has happened in the past and may well happen again?
Science has shown that the polarity of the Earth has reversed itself on many occasions. This means that the North Pole has reversed, becoming the South Pole, and vice versa. There is also a great amount of evidence that in what are now polar regions once flourished tropical flora and fauna. The inescapable conclusion is that the face of the Earth has changed drastically and repeatedly in the past.
As we learned in school, the magnetic poles of the Earth do not coincide with the poles of the axis of rotation. We also learned that the magnetic poles are not fixed. From 1910 to 1960, the North magnetic Pole moved, if I remember correctly, about 10 feet. However, from 1960 to 1970, the pole moved twenty to thirty feet, and the rate of movement is still accelerating.
A couple of weeks ago, Vice-President Cheney, in announcing his energy policy, made the statement that energy conservation would be insufficient to alleviate the growing energy crisis, and that the Bush administration is proposing the construction of new power plants, gas powered and nuclear, to meet the growing energy needs of Americans.
What the Administration's statement really makes me wonder is, are the Mayans right? Is the fifth age of the world going to end in December of 2012? Does the Federal Government know this, and is their energy policy merely aimed at luring the masses into a false complacency? I hope I'm wrong, but what if I'm right?
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