Well, I for one do not believe that the world will end with a whimper just because the Mayan calendar ends.
I have seen comics which are apropos of the situation –
a guy is chipping away on a big circular rock piece with a chisel. Second guy walks up and asks if he wants to stop for a beer. First guy looks up, shrugs and and says, sure – the world won’t end if I don’t finish this…..
And then there is always the question of “when?” which is a lot more significant than it appeared to be several thousands of years ago when the earth was flat and no one worried about time zones.
Today it is completely different. If the world is going to end with the 21st – or on the 22nd …. whose 21st or 22nd? Is it going to be a curtain of dark that rolls across the earth on the same speed as dusk falls? What about China with the equivalent of five-six times zones all on one? How about the International Dateline? How is that going to affect the end of the earth?
So if you call me later today and I don’t answer – it could be the end of the world. Or, it might be that I just can’t find my phone again……