Usually, I am loath to believe anything the US Government has to say about ANYTHING. But I had to smile and nod in agreement at the USA.gov blog today. For those of you who dislike clicking links, here’s the kibosh:
Scary Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors
False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others.
The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.
Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children. NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the end of the world. David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA who answers questions from the public about astrobiology, says, “At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday.”
According to NASA, the old mystery-planet-collision rumor year was 2003, but when 2004 arrived safely, the rumors changed to 2012. So what end-of-the-world year will the rumor mill make up next?
Let me guess… someone will get the populace worried about the year 2020, 2021, 2022, 2024, etc., you watch. And there will be countless people who will toss common sense aside and blindly chase after the folly of the day. If Religion and Metaphysical speculation can ever be put aside, superstitions like the Mayan Prophecy can die a merciful death. What a glorious day that will be.