According to many prophecies, the world is coming to an end in a short 448 days. That is right, the end. Not like the, “Oh no, the big game got rained out!” end of the world. But THE end of the world. Although this is disturbing news to many, I don’t think it is really new information to very many people. Theories and hypothesis about 2012 have been cycling around for years and years, and date all the way back to the Mayan civilization. Many doomsday predictions are based on the said Mayan calendar, which is quite strange. The calendar starts on August 1, 3114 B.C., and abruptly stops on exactly December 21, 2012, completing a 5,125-year cycle, or a Fibonacci sequence. In addition to the Mayans, the Hopi Indians, and Nostradomus also believe the world is coming to an end in 2012. Regardless of your thoughts on the impending apocalypse, many highly esteemed researchers, scientists, and authors believe there will be no mankind around for the year 2013.
The first doomsday supporter I will introduce you to is John Major Jenkins. Jenkins is the author of the 2002 novel, Galactic Alignment, where he argues that planet Earth and its occupants “may be undergoing a physical and/or spiritual transformation,” on December 21, 2012. Jenkins believes that Mayan astronomers were right in concluding of a rare alignment between the Earth, Sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy. In one of his co-authored books, Jenkins suggests that the winter solstice sun’s position being so close to the center of the Milky Way galaxy (which happens once in a precessional cycle), could very well be the end point of our Earth.
Perhaps a more widely known apocalypse supporter is Lawrence Joseph, a renowned author who speaks freely on the end of the world as we know it. Joseph thinks that Mayans date was spot on, saying “the Mayan calendar was based on some good astronomy.” However, he believes the destruction of the world will come from solar flares, claiming that unprecedented peaks of radiation from the sun will penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field causing plagues, droughts and increases in global warming. In his book, Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation Into Civilization’s End, Joseph presents scientific evidence of “looming chaos and even mass extinction.” In his following book, Aftermath: A Guide to Preparing For And Surviving Apocalypse 2012, he supplies desperate readers with what can be done to mitigate what happens in his first book.
The last person, for the night, I would like to introduce to everyone is Patrick Geryl. One point I must make clear is Geryl is not a scientist; however, is the author of nine books, all of which are best sellers. He, like Joseph, believes that a gigantic solar flare will be to blame for the destruction of our planet. He claims that in 2012 a sunspot is expected, which will result in a “gargantuan” solar flare headed straight towards Earth that will, in the end, destroy humanity. He claims this solar flare will be responsible for a magnetic field reversal, causing huge earthquakes and tidal waves that will ultimately destroy humankind. Geryl feels so strongly in his work, that he made the following bold statement, “My predictions are so spectacular, they can’t possibly be wrong.”
After reading about these three specific 2012 supporters, they go about forming their arguments fairly similarly, but with different levels of effectiveness. All three use scientific evidence and ideas to lay the groundwork for their arguments, but how these ideas are interpreted varies a little more. Jenkins claims that it is the alignment of the Earth and Sun with the center of the Milky Way that will bring us to our doom. The other two authors have very similar ideas, stating that a solar flare will be the end of our civilization; however, they claim that these solar flares will cause different effects. I believe that Joseph has the strongest argument, primarily because he is the scientist out of the three while the other two are renowned authors.
After surfing the web for a more than an hour, I was fairly unmoved with my overall feelings on doomsday 2012. There were a few sites that had some astounding facts or statistics, but my overall thought is that all of the doomsday theories can be basically dismissed with some rational thought on the issue. However, I do think we are very lucky to be alive at this time. It is interesting because even though I do not believe that the world will be ending in 2012, I will still be scared on December 21, 2012. Scared because if I am wrong about this whole apocalyptic thing, and the world really does end, there will be so much I have not completed in my life, and things I wish I had done differently. But, if I was sure that the world was going to end on December 21, 2012, I would be very sad but I would try to live my life differently. I would focus less on the things I have always had to do in my life, by societal or other means and focus more on getting in touch with myself and exploring the things that truly make me happy in life.