Expert: Doomsday is just hype
The Mayan Calendar is set to end in 26 days. So is December 21st, 2012 really 'Doomsday?' Or is it nothing more than just hype and a way for people to make money?
It’s not like there aren’t true believers. There are some who believe in Mayan prophecy and the end of days. They are preparing for it. Hollywood has even gotten into the act, with the John Cusack movie, ‘2012.’
There are some scary scenarios out there. Whether it’s an asteroid hitting the Earth and destroying everything on the planet, or a black hole, there is no shortage of theories as to how the world will end, if it ends, on 12-212-12. But, Dr. Ed Barnhart of Austin's Maya Exploration Center told KTRH there's no actual proof that the end is coming on December 21st.
“The Maya never said anything about an end of time. If anything it would be a celebration of the beginning of a new cycle. The end is simultaneously the beginning to the Maya,” Barnhart said.
Barnhart says the Mayans never said a word about an actual date that the world was supposed to end.
“They say the Maya predicted it. But they never say why they predicted it or why that date’s important,” Barnhart explained. “It’s the western world that’s put a date on this. Not the Maya.”
So, should we be skeptical when we see people preparing for the apocalypse?
“Absolutely,” Barnhart said. “The Maya never said anything like that. It’s the western world using this date like they’ve used so many other dates in the past.
Barnhart says the hype is just a way to scare you, and make some cash, too.
“It’s just used as a lucrative money making device,” Barnhart said.
And Barnhart says he gets upset at the people who are making money off of what he believes is fear mongering because it has an affect on our children.
Barnhart explained, “When it gets to the point when it gets to the schools and there are kids that I talk to that are worried that they are not going to grow up, that’s when it’s not funny anymore.”