The End of The World Did Not Happen Today — Yet.

According to a supposed Mayan prophecy, there has been a belief that that the world was going to “end” today — whatever that means.

Suite Novotel was preparing for the end of the world with this promotion where “customers at Suite Novotel’s 29 establishments worldwide will indeed be plunged into the beginnings of a cataclysmic atmosphere on the night of December 21, 2012” with a special offer — starting at €75.00 for two people — which “includes a survival kit, an invitation to an ‘End of the World’ cocktail party at the hotel bar, a night in a 30m2 suite, a ‘New World’ breakfast, and many other surprises.”

Meanwhile, FlyerTalk member RNE attempted to prepare for the “end of the world” by organizing a gathering of FlyerTalk members to meet somewhere for a “Mayan End-Of-The-World Party.” I am guessing that this event never happened, as a definitive location was never set. I suppose FlyerTalk members were too busy doing other things to celebrate the end of the world.

According to FlyerTalk member onthego15, this specific Mayan prophecy was misinterpreted. For those of you who cannot access the content using the link, here is what he posted:

“I actually have spent a lot of time studying the Mayan prophecies. Until recently I never read anything that said they prophesied the end of the world. What they did prophesy was the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new cycle in which life would be very different.

“Virtually all this apocalypse nonsense is coming from people who have never truly studied the Mayan prophecies and from news people who can’t be bothered to think beyond their next sound bite.

“What’s really happening is that we are entering a new phase and a new cycle, which over time, will bring profound changes to our existence.

“That, I feel, is the essence of the Mayan Prophecies.”

I will take your word for it, onthego15.

People have been predicting the end of the world since — well — the beginning of the world, I suppose…

…or, at least, since the beginning of mankind. For example, a pastor famously predicted that the end of the world would occur on May 21, 2011.

I am still here — and so are you, apparently.

For me, the end of the world will probably be when I die. There is no definitive proof as to what happens after one dies — other than leaving behind a lifeless body and having loved ones grieve over and be affected by the loss of that person.

In the meantime, I intend to travel more before my time — or the time the world exists — expires. The airlines, lodging companies, rental car facilities, railroads, cruise lines and airport parking lots still exist with opportunities for you to continue to earn and redeem frequent travel loyalty program miles and points, as well as take advantage of travel bargains.

Should we celebrate that the world indeed did not end today — at least, by the popular interpretation and definition of what constitutes the end of the world — or did the world actually end today, but by some different interpretation, whether that is positive or negative?

Of course, December 21, 2012 has not concluded as of yet in portions of the world at the time that this article was posted, so I may be posting this prematurely. If I have posted this prematurely and the end of the world does indeed arrive within the next eight hours, please allow me to apologize in advance — and you are then free and welcome to lambast me for posting this “all clear” announcement too early.

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