We’ve all heard the popular theories about the world ending in 2012. Whether it’s Nostradamus, the Mayans, or overly enthusiastic preachers, these doomsday musings are difficult to avoid. I found it almost nerve-wracking trying to sort through all the information I found on end of the world predictions, but it was some relief to see that for everyone out there predicting the end of the world, there seemed to be someone else trying to prove them wrong.
During my investigation to find out about the world ending, the Mayans seemed to be the group that came up the most often. Basically, some people think that because the Mayan Long Count calendar ends on December 21, 2012 that the world as we know it is going to end with it. The Mayans did know a lot about astronomy, and according to one website, December 21, 2012 will be a unique day. The Sun, the Earth, and the Milky Way will be positioned in a distinct way that the Mayans refered to as ‘Sacred Tree’. This may be true, but can an alignment in the universe really cause the end of the world? Many who believe that the world will end with the Mayan calendar believe that it will happen with a series of natural disasters and that there is nothing we can do to stop it. Never fear though – it seems that this interpretation has been placed on the Mayan calendar by the Western world. The Mayans never actually specified what will happen when the calendar ends. . . but that information may have been in the many Mayan books destroyed by the Spaniards. . .
The predictions of Nostradamus are another area of concern for the year 2012. Although written symbolically, many of Nostradamus’ predictions have been thought by some to have been proven accurate in the past. The predictions for 2012 seem to indicate that a comet will wreak havoc on the planet. I find Nostradamus more convincing than the Mayans because of events that he predicted such as the London fire of 166 and 9/11 having occurred. However, it seems that it is hard to pinpoint what he is actually predicting until it has already happened.
Harold Camping is someone who has been extremely active lately in predicting the end of the world. Although this preacher predicted that the world would end in May 2011, and we are still here and doing fine, he was not discouraged. He redid some calculations and came up with a new date, October 21, 2011. Camping was very active in the media talking about his predictions. His version of the end of the world is not unlike that predicted by those who believe the Mayans and Nostradamus. The unifying theme seems to be destruction and misery on the planet.
After reading about all the different theories of how the world coming is to an end in the near future, I am not any more concerned than I was before reading them. It is a little weird that 2012 seems to be the date people are all focused on, but I am still going to go about my life as if the world was going to continue. People have been predicting the end of the world periodically and it hasn’t happened yet. However, if I knew the world was definitely going to end in 2012 I would probably never skip desert and not worry so much about my homework.