There are many different opinions when it comes to the world ending. The Christian community has decided that nobody knows when the world will end because it is all up to God, but on the other hand, there are quite a few groups of people who believe that the world will end in 2012 due to numerous reasons. Jose Arguellés, Patrick Geryl, and Ghanaian scientist, Mr. Joris Wattenberg, have all came to a similar conclusion that the world will end in 2012. Even though they may have different reasons for the world ending, they all believe that on December 21st, 2012 the world will come to end.
Jose Arguellés has a Ph. D in Art History and aesthetics, which gives him some credibility and the knowledge to decipher the Mayan Calendar. He believes that the Great Calendar Change, rejecting our current calendar and accepting the natural time thirteen Moon 28-day calendar, is a necessity to have a slight chance of any of humanity surviving the end of the world. Arguellés argues that humanity must make a shift to natural time in order for a possibility of anyone to survive 2012. He advocates for the 2012 prediction through being the President of the Foundation for the Law of time and a co-founder of Earth Day. Arguellés believes the world will end in 2012 due to the Mayan Calendar ending on December 21st, 2012. Jose Arguellés could be a credible source because he has a Ph. D that is relative to his argument, however the reason the Mayan calendar began to interest him in the first place, at age 14, was because he had a vision on top of a Mayan pyramid, which he believed to signify something special. His Ph. D and the vision don’t give him enough resources to be fully credible.
Patrick Geryl has decided that since the end of the world is coming soon, he should create a survival group specifically for trying to protect individual from what he believes to be the inevitable. In his point of view “the sun will cause a rotational pole shift due to high solar activity in 2012”(2012 Forum website explaining Geryl’s view). Geryl’s conclusion is that we should build bunkers, have enough food to last us a year, books, plant produce, and enough supplies to recreate a mini civilization. In my opinion I doubt Patrick Geryl is a credible source to rely on, although through manipulation and dramatic statements he has captured an audience that believes whole heartedly that the world will end in 2012. Here is a website containing a small survival guidethat Geryl imagines is enough to live through the end of the world.
Ghanaian scientist, Mr. Joris Wattenberg, believes that the end of the world is approaching because numerous earthquakes are beginning to happen. Then once the earthquakes occur, he thinks that the mountains will flatten and all of the humans will die. Since Wattenberg believe the world is going to end, there is nothing society can do about it, but accept it. Even though Wattenberg is a well known scientist in Ghana, he can’t scientifically prove his theory. Therefore, he is not as credible as scientists who can prove there predictions.
These three people have very similar opinions about the world ending in 2012, although each one of them has a slightly different take. Geryl’s opinion is extremely outrageous compared to the other two, but he has quite more believers following him than the other two because “human brains [have] to solve the problem of choosing which meme to imitate” (Blackmore 226). Therefore, Geryl tends to have more followers than most advocators because humans brains imitate him, which causes them to believe what he says. Wattenberg’s theory has been rejected by many other scientists because they can prove that his predictions are definitely wrong. Arguellés is a well known advocator for the earth and it coming to an end in 2012 probably because he is in the public eye a lot. No matter how popular or not these three men are, they all still believe in the same theories with some different details about the world ending.
The way I see it, no matter how hard anyone tries to advocate for something they feel so strongly about, there will always be believers and nonbelievers. In this case, science has proved that around December 21st, 2012 there will be earthquakes and another winter solstice, but nothing proves that the world will end. I strongly believe in my religion and think that nobody will ever know when the world will truly end. Also, many people in the past have claimed the world was ending on a certain day, and has their prophecy ever followed through? Claiming the world is going to end is a good way for businesses to “cash in” on a topic that causes is concerning to many people. There is no definite answer to whether people know if the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012, but scientists have came up with multiple reasons on why it won’t. My take after researching both sides of the end of the world issue is that there is no way a person can prove the world in coming to an end unless they have used science to prove it.
If the world were to end in 2012, I would move back home and spend as much time with the people that mean the most to me. There would be no sense in staying in college until December 21st, 2012 because college wouldn’t provide anything for me when I’m dead. The only thing that would matter would be to spend as much time with the people I am closest with, so they know they mean the most to me. Many people would probably be going crazy trying to figure out how to survive the end of the world, but the end of the world is inevitable, whether it be in 2012 or some time way after. There is a part of me that would love to say, “I survived the end of the world”, but technically is it the end of the world if living things survive? Logically it doesn’t make sense for things to live through the end of the world, so why be distracted trying to survive when you could be spending quality time with the people you love the most. The biggest thing I would do differently is to move back home and to always be spending time with someone I care about.