Scientists weigh in
Max Tegmark, an MIT physicist, says, "We will be hit by a catastrophic asteroid at some point. It's not a question of 'if,' but 'when,'" he says. Researcher Dan Vergano points out Tegmark's acknowledgment, though, that this "when" is sometime in the next 100 million years or so -- not this week.
NASA scientists estimate there are 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids within Earth's 5 million-mile neighborhood. But they'd likely threaten a city, not the entire planet, says Neil Tyson, of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Future Mayan musings
Evidence has recently surfaced that the Mayan civilization contemplated events beyond 2012, according to David Stuart, author of "The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth About 2012." Stuart reported this past May on the discovery of writings that contained Mayan calendar markings with dates beyond 3500 -- long after 2012. "So much for the supposed end of the world," commented Boston University archaeologist William Saturno.
Draw your own conclusions
I have to say I have great respect for historical and cultural traditions. And I've done my share of trying to figure out the riddles in Nostradamus' quatrains, as well as some of the symbolism in the Bible. I find astronomy and astrology fascinating. And, although I know there are limits to what we can define and predict, I remain curious.
So, I plan to have a moment of observance Friday out of respect. If nothing profoundly negative happens (which seems to be the current consensus of opinion), we will have dodged a bullet.
Then again, if it ushers in just a tiny bit of inspired energy, I'm all for it! The planet sure could use it.
Linda Arnold, M.A., MBA, is a certified wellness instructor, counselor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm with offices in West Virginia, Montana and Washington, D.C. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301 or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.