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in worrying about the world ending on the 21st?

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kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:13:19

I know i'm being irrational but i'm really getting worried. i suffer from anxiety and this is really getting to me.


BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Wed 05-Dec-12 11:51:48

Those Mayans sound a right old laugh. Someone should have told them to blimmin well cheer up.

InExitCelsisDeo Wed 05-Dec-12 11:52:59

Yes, tis I wrapped n my Christmas decoration.

You are clearly not old enough to remember Aztec Bars.

They were lush.

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Wed 05-Dec-12 11:55:12

grin 'Also ask yourself why they managed to predict the world ending, but didn't see the spanish coming' Lol good point!

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 11:56:08

anya- what difference do the leap years make, its the date that was predicted, the 21st of december is the 21st of december regardless of leap years.

RudolphiaRedNose Wed 05-Dec-12 11:56:52

ethelb grin

We've had a lot of end of the world warnings before. I always love it when the day comes and it's all a bit meh and a totally normal day. There are people who are very attracted to this sort of thing and will blow it up into a massive drama, and of course newspapers love it because it's compelling to read about. The actual evidence behind any of these things always turns out to be completely unworrying and massively misinterpreted so we can all scare ourselves silly.

Think how many things are currently being planned for after Dec 21st. Millions. People aren't cancelling their Christmas presents or New Year's dos or their weddings next year. Because underneath all the woo and scaring each other, we actually think life will go on as it always does.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 11:58:41

I'm pretty old exit grin

Just googled them. It does ring a bell. Can't remember the taste though.

I'm a Turkish delight girl wink I try to kid myself it's not that fattening!

ethelb Wed 05-Dec-12 11:59:07

@kayla oh is that what you are worried about?

Well no Mayans predicted that the end of the world would involve suffering (in fact they haven't predicted the end of the world they just didn't both writing a longer calendar) so why would it involve suffering?

I have had anxiety and I think you need to look long and hard at what you realistically can control. And also be cynical about the reasons why people might suggest you can control it ie by buying survival stuff etc.

Plus I don't see why the world ending would mean pain, surely everything would just cease to exist?

RooneyMara Wed 05-Dec-12 11:59:43

It can't, anyway, not if Kate and Wills are having a baby. They wouldn't have allowed it.

RooneyMara Wed 05-Dec-12 12:00:55

I think I'm imagining it'll be quick because they keep saying the world will end ON the 21st...which kind of implies, that'll be it - so if it's going to drag out, it'd better start sharpish because it has only got two weeks in which to be unpleasant.

InExitCelsisDeo Wed 05-Dec-12 12:01:08

Turkish Delight and a box of Rose & Violet Creams are my Christmas indulgences.

The world cannot possibly end until I have partaken.

sieglinde Wed 05-Dec-12 12:01:13

When I was a child in Sydney, a prophet predicted that Christ would walk on the water though the Heads, and end the world. He - the prophet - sold seats in a concrete stadium he built by the harbourside...then a few years later Adelaide was meant to be destroyed by a tsunami. The mayor had to spend the day on the beach to calm the panic. I don't suppose he minded. smile

People thought the world would end in 1000, and 2000, and 1666 (the year of the number of the Beast). None of it happened, duh.

I think you might be worrying about something else, really, or generally feeling anxious.

Viviennemary Wed 05-Dec-12 12:01:27

I got terrified when I was growing up at the thought of a nuclear war. There was some scarey stuff around about it. Like somebody was this close to pressing the red button so we were all a minute away from oblivion. But we're still here so far!

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 12:03:14

grin @ exit
Rose and boiler creams sound divine, where do you purchase such things?

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 12:04:04

Lol not boiler creams. That sounds horrid.


WorraLorraTurkey Wed 05-Dec-12 12:05:31

I've ordered my Xmas food shopping to be delivered on the 22nd just in case

<< Tight fisted >>

RooneyMara Wed 05-Dec-12 12:06:13

1666 was a crap year though, the world's population took a hit I think

ethelb Wed 05-Dec-12 12:07:26

@roonymara those are my thoughts exactly. if it ends on the 21st it ends on the 21st.

Its nto like revelations which implies the end of the world will last for millenia.

This is a nice, calm, nilistic end of the world theory.

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 12:08:31

I think that its because i've read of polar shifts and the planets aligning, which would make the world change direction causing earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes to erupt, that would not be a quick death, it would be prolonged and terrifying.

I have a lot of stress in my life at the moment which could be a contributing factor to how irrational i am at the moment.

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Wed 05-Dec-12 12:09:16

Mayans never predicted the end of the world. And they aren't having a right old laugh - their religious customs and history have been mangled by White academics making profit of their backs. The Mayans of Guatemala are having to sue their own government to stop them putting this bullshit out to advise rich Westerns to take over their holy sites on one of their biggest occasions.

Mayans never predicted the end of the world. And shouldn't be spoken about in past tense, there are over 7 million today. Their rituals and traditions for the end of the long cycle - a giant and holy new years party - have already begun across their traditional sites.

The only thing to fear is which group shall be maligned with this crap next.

ethelb Wed 05-Dec-12 12:10:17

polar shifts shouldn't cause a problem. Why on earth would the planets aligning cause them to change direction? My understanding is that The momentum that thows the earth around the sun ( so to speak) is far stonger than the impact of some smallish planets hundreds of thousands of miles away.

AboutThyme Wed 05-Dec-12 12:11:57

There are NO planetary alignments in December 2012. NONE. Just the usual winter solstice which happens every single December 21st.

AboutThyme Wed 05-Dec-12 12:15:04

There was one "major alignment" in 1962, and two in 1982 and 2000.

kaylasmum Wed 05-Dec-12 12:15:32

I also read something about a rogue planet heading towards earth, is this all hearsay? i'm not usually this gullible honestly!

FBworry Wed 05-Dec-12 12:15:39

I get anxiety too and this was one of my worries until I thought about it.

Think about- the "world" doesnt know how old it is or what date us humans have assigned to it. It wont " oh this is the date Im supposed to end!"

Humans have messed about with the calender a fair few times anyway, so really what is the date? We used to have the Gregorian calendar until Julius caesar changed it so in reality the date is not "natural".

For cultures that don't use Jesus as a starting point for time it is a different year. I believe the Jewish calendar is about year 5700 ish already! The Chinese calendar is also ahead.

How about different time zones? Does it mean countries ahead of us in time will end first?

Basically nobody can say a date the world is destined to end as there is no real definite date so don't worry smile

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 05-Dec-12 12:17:35

Personally, I would not mind being hit by a massive big rock, or flung out to space.

A bit sad for the kids though, especially so close to Christmas.

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