1) The end of the world has been predicted countless numbers of times throughout history, and has always been false
2) The Mayans simply stopped making calendars for the future. I don't see why that concept is so difficult to grasp for some people.
in my opinion i dnt believe it will end
everyone thought in 2000 that the computers would crash
and everything would go crazy
but thats not the case at all now as we see.
again i dnt think the world will be ending
if so then how??
The Y2K stuff was very exaggerated and ridiculous (to the point that it was blown up to be the end of the world, which was never really proposed), but in the IT world, it was a legitimate concern. Those watching over the computers could not reach a consensus on whether the computers would, internally, be able to make the change over into a new century.
Given that just about everything in 2000 relied on computers in some form, this was something to be concerned with. Not to the point that the general public exaggerated it, but for those who would be managing the computers in the event that the turnover was unsuccessful, it was a big deal.
I agree. However, it is interesting that you posted this because my 9 year old and I recently have watched a few Discovery or History Channel shows about this and it has him freaked out. I have to keep reminding him of what bldrdev said. I think the shows we watched featured some scholars which stated that they believed that the Mayans kind of believed in the beginning and end of time periods, not necessarily the end of time. The end of the Mayan calendar was supposed to usher in a new era, not the end of the world, but then I don't really think there are any Mayans left to confirm that.
Silly theories about the Mayans freak your kid out and you plan on letting him in on the paranoid, fear mongering rantings of a hermetical lunatic in Revelations? Perhaps you should wait until he's older...