Many people have pegged December 21, 2012 as the day that the earth will be destroyed or life on earth will end. There are several theories as to how the world will end, some believe that the sun will die and people on earth will freeze to death, while others believe that the earth will be struck by a giant meteor or destroyed by volcanic eruption.
What are the origins of the 2012 End of the World scare?
The theory that the world will end in December 2012 began with the discovery that the Mayan long count calendar is set to end in December 2012. The calendar began in August of 3114 B.C.E. Time was very important to they Mayans and they tracked time using several calendars, including the long count calendar. The Mayan civilization was destroyed by Spanish conquest and little of their documents and artifacts remain. The long count calendar does not mention any catastrophic events that would occur when their calendar ends.
Galactic alignment and the winter solstice are also set to happen on December 21, 2012. Some people believe that the Mayans specifically planned their long calendar to end on this day because of these events, but there is no evidence that the Mayans found significance in galactic alignment. These events occur together approximately every 1,000 years and nothing catastrophic has happened when this occurred in the past.
Is there anything here that people should take seriously?
Yes, the Mayan long-count calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Most people believe that the end of the Mayan calendar isn’t any more significant than the end of our calendar in December each year, but nobody knows for sure. Most scholars who study the Mayans believe that they would have treated the end of the long-count calendar as a celebration and new beginning rather than the end of the world.
One thing that is probably close to happening is a shift in the earth’s magnetic poles. If the shift were to occur all at once the results would likely be catastrophic, but it takes about 4,000 years for the earth’s magnetic poles to shift. The earth’s poles have shifted about every 400,000 years, but the last pole shift was about 780,000 years ago. This means that the earth is overdue for a pole shift, but there are no guarantees that it will even begin happening in 2012.
Another truth about 2012 is that there are more solar storms than most years. The sun goes through cycles of activity and this activity peaks around every 11 years. Solar flares have caused disturbances with satellite communications in past years, but engineers have built newer electronics that are affected very little by solar storms.
Who are the most popular proponents of these theories?
Author Patrick Geryl is one of the main proponents of the theory that the world will end in December 2012 due to solar flares caused by the shifting of the earth’s magnetic poles. He believes that the solar flares will cause tsunamis, earthquakes and shifting of the earth’s plates. He has published three books on the topic of survivalism and runs a popular blog on the topic.
New age authors Frank Waters, Jose Arguelles and Terrence McKenna are also proponents that the world will end in 2012. They equate the end of the Mayan calendar with a “transformation of consciousness” around the globe. They believe that the galactic alignment will cause the world as we know it to end. Kalki Bhagavan is a guru from India that also believes that human alignment will occur in 2012. He has been promoting his ideas since 1998.
How does this end of the world scare compare to past scares?
Most 2012 doomsday theories differ from other doomsday scares because the Mayan long calendar has not ended before. People have tried to predict the end of the world for thousands of years, but nobody has succeeded.
The theory that the world would end in 1910 is similar to current doomsday theories that the earth will be destroyed by either an impact with an asteroid or the ultraviolet rays from the sun frying everyone on earth. There was widespread speculation that deadly gases would kill everyone on earth when the earth passed through the tail of Haley’s Comet. The speculation was printed in the newspapers, sparking widespread panic. Scientists assured the public that the fears were unfounded.
The theory that Nostradamus had predicted the end of the world is also similar to current doomsday fears in that the day was predicted long ago. His works had been translated to predict the end of the world in August 1999, about 400 years after his death. Proponents believed that a supernatural being would fall from the sky and judgement would fall upon the earth.
So what do we do now, that the time of the predicted end of the world is approaching? We should all just take it with a grain of salt. The world is not going to end. Since the beginning of human history, various people have always been predicting the end of the world. Let’s study the phenomenon of these doomsday naysayers and, in the process, learn something about human nature.
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