Book of Face: Ch. 5, Verses 3-11
For those of you who don’t know, the world is going to end tomorrow.
Yep that’s right, it’s all over.
God is coming (I hope you put out the good glassware).
God will be here tomorrow, descending from the heavens to separate the wicked from the righteous.
You didn’t know he was keeping tabs on you? Finding out if you’ve been naughty or nice.
Come on people, God and Santa are tight, they’re bros. They’ve been talking and exchanging notes. They go way back.
So hopefully you’ve repented all those sins of yours, and you’ve been going to church on sundays, and avoiding meat on fridays, and all the rest.
And if you have been following all those rules set out in the bible, like not saying the word “god” out of context, or checking out your neighbours wife, or talking back to your parents, then oh happy day! You will be ascending to the golden halls of heaven to be waited on by the dutiful angels. Where you can dance upon the clouds and all your petty little wishes will come true 🙂
As for the rest of us, those of us humans that made mistakes, and slept in on sundays, and listened to that damn secular music, well let’s just say it’s not so much fun.
In the words of Chicken Little, “The sky is falling!” In the fiery fireball sorta way.
We’ve got a one-way ticket to hell.
Where there will be wailing and the gnashing of teeth, and pitchforks, and dudes with pointy horns and tails. And hot-damn it’ll be hot! (and not the good Maui sorta hot, I’m talking about the middle of the Mohave desert, mid summer, with no sunscreen, standing beside a volcanic eruption sorta hot, like real hot!)
Nope, not fun at all.
So how did we come to this conclusion of an apocalyptic friday?
Well some have gone through the many convoluted numbers and lengths of time in the bible, and counted backwards and forwards, and after all that hard number crunching they came up with a date. Well not a specific date, more like a rough estimate. It falls somewhere in the area of now and the next 150 years. It’s hard to say exactly, since not only are the dates and times convoluted and abstract, but also the calender used during that time was not the calender we use today.
We should also keep in mind that the bible states that no man knows the end times, only god has that information. There will be many false prophets speaking of the end times, do not heed them, for no man knows when “the master of the house returns.”
We must therefore be eternally vigilant.
The other reason is the supposed “end” of the Mayan Long Count calendar.
I find it interesting that people who have no understanding or affiliation to the Mayan culture or belief system claim to understand the meaning of the Mayan long count calendar.
Let me ask you this, when is the end of the Gregorian calendar (the calendar we use today)?
You don’t know do you.
The Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar, meaning that it runs in relation to the sun. More specifically the time it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. Basically an arbitrary date was chosen (January 1) and after one revolution around the sun, we arrive back at that point, and we begin a “new year.”
Think about the Mayan long count calender in the same terms. It is a astronomical calendar, meaning that it runs in relation to celestial bodies (stars, planets, black holes. quasars, etc.). As our solar system moves through space, it moves past certain points in relation to other celestial bodies. A point was chosen to start measuring from, and the calender began. It is actually quite a complex system for measuring long periods of time (long count). (I won’t get bogged down in the details of how it operates, but it is fascinating)
So what is December 21, 2012 in terms of the long count?
It can be written as 18.104.22.168.0
The first number in this sequence is the number of the current b’ak’tun. A b’ak’tun is a period of time just shy of 400 years. So basically we will move from the 12th B’ak’tun into the 13th. So December 21, 2012 could be said to be “New B’ak’tun day.”
Nowhere in the Mayan beliefs is there anything that points to this being the end of the calendar, in fact there are dates mentioned in reference to the far future, such as anniversaries of great Mayan leaders. There are also larger units than the B’ak’tun, for instance the Piktun. We will enter the second Piktun on October 13, 4772 (New Piktun day!) (written in long count as 22.214.171.124.0.0).
So the whole concept is bogus.
I know what you’re thinking, “Tyler, we already knew that, we don’t need you to tell us.”
But that’s not the real reason for me writing this.
The concept of the apocalypse got me thinking…
If the world did end on the morrow, how would that make me feel?
Would I have regrets? If so what would they be?
I started to think… if I died tomorrow, what would I wish I had done or hadn’t done?
I realized the list of regrets for things I hadn’t done was far greater.
In fact the list of things I had done that I regretted was non-existent, all those things made me the man I am today. While the list of things I hadn’t done was huge.
I wish my friends and family knew how much I loved them.
I wish I had been more expressive.
I wish I had created more.
I wish I had danced more.
I wish I had finished writing that song I’ve been working on.
I wish I had played it for you.
I wish I had sung more.
I wish I finished that other song and played it for you to.
I wish I had finished writing that story.
I wish I had finished building that bookshelf I started, and my other projects.
I wish I had climbed more mountains, swam in more oceans.
I wish I had feared less, and loved more.
I wish I had more time.
But that’s the thing, we don’t choose the time of our departure. When our number is up it’s time to go, regrets or no.
So with that in mind I thought about the saying “Live every day like it could be your last.”
Until now I never really got it. I mean if I thought I was gonna die tomorrow I’d take all my money and go blow it all, live it up, whoo!
But what if I did that and I didn’t die? Then I’d wake up tomorrow bankrupt, and probably with brain damage from all the partying I did the night before. So I can’t really live every day like I’m gonna die tomorrow.
But that’s not how it works.
It really means live with no regrets.
Don’t live like you’re gonna die tomorrow. Live like you might die tomorrow.
Plan to live forever, be prepared to die today.
Live in a way that if you did die tomorrow, you’d be content. You’d die without regrets. Without things left unsaid. A collection of half-written songs. Half expressed ideas, thoughts and feelings.
If I die without climbing every mountain on this Earth I won’t regret it, as long as I climbed all the mountains that my brief time here allowed me.
If I said I am gonna have the most epic experience of my life… tomorrow, then I died, I’d be upset. So I best start having epic experiences today, no procrastination, no delay. Cause this moment is the only moment.
So don’t leave things unsaid, tell those you love how much you love them, everyday if you can, as much as possible if you can’t.
And there it is.
My “New B’ak’tun” resolution.
“Live everyday like I might die tomorrow.”
Happy New B’ak’tun Everyone!
If I die tomorrow remember one thing…
I love you.
See you saturday 🙂