So here we are in 2011 and what are we worried about? A war? Our economy? What will happen to the Kardashians on the next episode of their television series? No, we are worried about the apparently inevitable 2012 apocalypse and all the fun apocalyptic stuff it has to offer.
Going online I know realize why a lot of people strongly believe in the 2012 apocalypse. On the surface, it all seems credible. The first example of this is Lawrence E. Joseph’s website. Look, he writes books! Look, he uses scientific words! Look, he was on the discovery channel! He would never lie….right? On his website Joseph claims that solar flares and sun spots will hit the earth leading to chaos and unspeakable damage. He even puts a pretty pictures of the sun all over his website. He may have a fancy website and some cool graphics, but reading through his explanations there seems to be one thing missing: actual scientists supporting his claim. I doubt that he was somehow able to discover something that everyone else missed. What makes him so special anyways?
And then there’s the every hyped, ever misunderstood Mayan doomsday calendar. Once word of this supposed “predestined” apocalypse reached the public’s ears, a frenzy started. Movies were made, books were written, and this countdown to the end of the world started ticking. Seems a little far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well it is. According to the USA World’s article Does Maya Calendar Predict 2012 Apocalypse? the Maya calendar does predict the end of the world….cycle. The Maya tradition actually celebrates the end of their world cycle (which starts up again I might add), and here we are worrying about it.
Finally, a voice of reason. When this whole debate first started I’m sure a lot of people were asking credible scientists, “Houston, do we REALLY have a problem?” Meanwhile the credible scientists were laughing their heads off and waiting until they got bored with the hysteria to answer. At least, that’s what I hope they did. Though finally the public demanded answers and so NASA had to deliver. On their website NASA posted an article written by the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles about the “pressing” issue. He writes, “None of it is true. People you know, however, are likely becoming a bit afraid that modern astronomy and Maya secrets are indeed conspiring to bring our doom.” So there you have it folks, if you wanted to know what the scientists think, you got it. And please, don’t ask them about it. I’m sure they’re counting down the days until 2013 when everyone can move on.
Now despite my hopefully seemingly sarcastic tone (it was what I was going for here) I’m not saying I don’t believe that there is no chance in hell that this will happen. What I am saying is that none of us could ever know. The world ending is a frightening and intimidating thought, so people use the intimidation and fear to gather supporters and unfortunately gather money. Believing people with some novels and a fancy website won’t benefit anyone. What is important is to not dwell on the end of the world. If it is going to happen it will no matter how many spam cans you buy. And if you do really believe in this, then by all means spend your life savings on trip with your friends and family. Enjoy life for the next year. We all just have to take each day as it comes and hope these people are wrong.