Exactly. All of the doom and gloom is appropriated to a misunderstanding of the way the Mayan calendar works. The Mayans never predicted the end of the world, and as already mentioned in this thread, never put much importance on it. The Mayan calendar works very much like a watch, only on a much bigger scale, with each part of the calendar playing their roles. As it happened, the part of the calendar that was so focused on was longterm. Putting it in perspective, it's like counting down a day, vs the hour, minutes and seconds. Nobody expects chaos when the cycle begins anew to create a new day. So, this calendar is simply restarting to begin a new cycle, and that's all there is to it. Nothing is ending. Pigs are not gonna fly.