..okay not really, but there are some groups and individuals out there who actually believe that the world is coming to an end in 2012. Patrick Geryl, a 51 year old former oil worker from France, is one of them. With the end in sight, Geryl is collecting a long list of survival materials and informing the public of the catastrophe that is quickly approaching. His claim that the world will end in 2012 stems from the Ancient Mayan calendar which stops after December 21, 2012. The end of the calendar marks the end of the world. Unprecedented environmental destruction will occur, as a result of a polar reversal, and only those who are well-prepared will even have a chance at surviving. This is why Geryl is stocking up on all basic necessities and urging everyone else to do the same. He is also the leader of one of many survival groups across the world, which teaches members to be self-sufficient and prepare for the worst. For a complete list of tips check out Geryl’s website on How To Survive 2012. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no evidence that the Mayans intended for the end of their calendar to be a prediction for the end of the world. As for the polar reversal that Geryl claims will cause a series of natural disasters? It’s impossible. A change in the position of the poles would take an inordinate amount of time and even then, it would be too insignificant to feel the effects of. Still, Geryl stands behind his beliefs and he is not alone.
WorldShift 2012 is an organization that was founded on the basis of creating a sustainable world before it is all over in 2012. Like Patrick Geryl, members of this organization believe the end of the world is near. However, they have vastly different reasons for why this is the case and ultimately, what we should do about it. WorldShift states that the world is ending in 2012 due to a combination of social, economic and environmental turmoil. WE are widening the gap in social class, WE are demanding more than what is being supplied and WE are polluting the earth. According to WorldShift, the end of the world will come unless we do something about it but, we have to act now. While it’s a nice thought, it’s somewhat hard to believe that our actions alone are leading to the demise of the world as we know it. Since we’re dealing with the whole world, it’s rather difficult to determine if every single individual’s behavior is contributing to this unsustainability.
Whether it’s out of our control or entirely up to us to change, the end of the world may just be inevitable. This is the fundamental principle of the New Age Movement. Followers of this radical movement believe 2012 is the end of the old world but the beginning of a new one. It marks the transition to a new age of peace, universal religion and order but, why is it happening now? There is a greater acceptance for different religious values and we are on the verge of shifting our perception of the world. New Agers have a positive outlook on the world ending in 2012 while others, like Patrick Geryl and the WorldShift organization, are merely overcome by fear. The New Age Movement is reaching out to attract more followers than ever before. Perhaps if people believed in the approach of an even better, brand new age, they wouldn’t panic at the idea of the world ending in 2012. However, even with the heightened acceptance for other religious views, it’s unrealistic to get everyone on board. There will always be people who reject non-traditional ways and for this movement to make a universal transformation, everyone would have to conform.
Before conducting research, the thought of the world ending in 2012 had not even crossed my mind. Now, I am even less concerned about the idea. For every one website or blog that claims the end of the world is approaching, there are ten others that completely refute it. Believers will search for supportive reasoning but the truth is, evidence can be found for just about any hoax out there. Like Baudrillard says when it comes to analysis, “Take your time.” Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in the whirlwind of words and exclamations. Analyze the situation fully before you just go along with it. More often than not, it’s only as real as we say it is and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the hype. While I definitely don’t believe that the world will end in 2012, it’s an interesting idea to think about. After all this research, I have concluded that I would attempt to be one of the survivors. I would spend my time with the people I love and fulfill short-term obligations before making any bigger goals for the unknown future.