Because the world is gonna end in, like, 448 days! Well I spent some time Googling 2012 and reading up about various believers, and I have to say… Nothing’s going to change for me personally. I don’t believe in all the hype; I have a sneaking suspicion it will be like the Y2K panic. Yeah, remember that one? Nothing happened to the general public. Among the believers I stumbled upon are some little-known people that have grown to be big names as far as 2012 conspirators go. I humbly present to you Graham Hancock, Patrick Geryl, and Lawrence Joseph.
Meet Graham Hancock, a 61 year old British writer and journalist. He is known for authoring Fingerprints of the Gods, which was used as the inspiration behind the 2009 blockbuster film “2012” that we will have the pleasure of critically analyzing in class. Hancock is outspoken on the Mayan civilization, claiming that they were a technologically, culturally, and religiously advanced people. In his book that inspired Roland Emmerich, director of “2012,” Hancock explains the Earth Crust Displacement theory. Hancock grew to be a firm believer in it, and it is this theory that provides the spark for “2012.” However, while Hancock is a well-established writer and journalist, he has no official background in geology, geophysics, or Earth history. His theory is based on speculation, “what-ifs,” and unanswered questions, not definitive science behind his theory. Hancock ends Fingerprints of the Gods with a warning of impending worldwide destruction and the inevitability of crust displacement. That being said, and in comparison to the other believers I’ve spotlighted, I think it’s clear that Hancock sees his glass half-empty, and that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. I don’t envy that man’s life.
Our second contestant, Mr. Patrick Geryl. Geryl is what one might label an extremist. In 2006, Patrick Geryl quit his job to begin his preparations for the incoming 2012 apocalypse, founding a survival group and educating the public on how to survive 2012. Geryl bases his beliefs on Mayan and Egyptian predictions, along with NASA’s scientific predictions for increased solar flares in 2012, including a “killer flare” that will well and truly end things for humanity. Geryl and his 16 disciples intend to to buy a plot of land in the African mountains, where they’ll be safe from gigantic waves and the cloud of
volcanic dust that will swallow the sun’s rays. And yet somehow, he thinks that all of his knowledge of 2012 catastrophes, survival skills, and preparedness will spare his life in the future. This distinction is the main gap between Geryl and Hancock. Both have their respective beliefs in Mayan culture and scientific theory, but Geryl seems to think that the prepared will come out of this disaster with a new world at their fingertips, saying “Only the prepared will survive, and not even all of them.” Hancock, on the other hand, believes we will all *poof,* and that’s that.
Last but not least, I give you Lawrence E. Joseph. Joseph is an author that also runs his own website. In these publications, he provides the latest findings on threats to our existence. He believes that solar flares will wipe out our power grids, while plagues, famines, and droughts will wreak havoc on our population. Joseph is unlike Geryl, who believes the end is inevitable but that they will survive, and also unlike Hancock, who believes that the end is unavoidable and nothing will live. Joseph argues that there are a plethora of helpful actions that can be taken on an individual, local, national, and global level. With enough support from everybody around the world, he believes that humanity can and will emerge from this threat as a better, stronger, more enlightened people.
Hancock, Geryl, and Lawrence all base their credibility on the Mayan prophecies and scientific “proof.” However, the proof is not actually there. It is speculative and unanswered questions. We don’t know what will happen. Until there is truly definitive proof, the majority of the world’s population will consider people like these three to be simple doomsayers. And yet…I question if it truly is the “majority,” when I see the endorsement of the 2012 ideas in lists, role models, and the general effort being put into this movement. Still, it has not changed my decision. If we all die, no one will be alive to laugh and say “I told you so.” If those days come though, when I know the end is nigh, I think I will spend my time with those I love. The way I see it, 2012 is over-hyped, and what believers should be doing instead of converting the masses or stockpiling survival stores is use their believes as motivation to make the most of the time we have left and “live every day as if it were your last.”