“Keep on Dancing ‘Till the World Ends”

Rumors and speculations about the world coming to an end have been floating around for as long as we can remember. Many individuals are convinced that they know exactly when the world will end. Various movies, television shows, music, and books have made references to this catastrophic event. ABC news covered a story in 2008 about how more people are becoming obsessed with the idea that the world is ending in 2012 and the ways in which they are preparing for this day to occur. But why are we so fascinated with this concept of the world ending?

One individual who was deeply convinced that the world was going to end in 2012 was a man named Terence Mckenna. McKenna believed that as humans became more complexed over time, a factor he called universal novelty approaches a curve of infinite exponential growth called the omega point. In the time before or during this omega point, anything and everything conceivable to the human imagination will occur simultaneously. McKenna predicted that this omega point will occur on December 21, 2012.

Like Mckenna, Patrick Geryl is currently an amateur astronomer and author who has no doubt in his theory that the world is coming to an end very soon. He explains that the magnetic field of the Earth will be reversed and this will ultimately result in the shifts of continents, massive earthquakes, and tidal waves that will destroy our planet. According to Geryl, this change is caused by a high sunspot in which a massive solar eruption will hit earth and destroy civilization. Nancy Lieder first proposed her Nibiru theory in 1995 in which she believed that Earth will collide with an approaching planetoid referred to as Planet X, or Nibiru. According to Lieder, she has the gift to receive messages from extraterrestrials and therefore has the information as to when the collision will occur. Lieder claims that the collision is set to occur on December 21, 2012.

In 2012, the Earth is supposed to collide with another planetoid.

Although these three individuals are convinced that a big catastrophic event will occur in 2012, none of them have any suggestions as to what we should do about it when the day comes. Despite sharing the same idea that the world will end, their opinions on how the world will reach its demise are all different ranging from an omega point in which anything and everything possible will occur, to a solar eruption, and to a collision between two solar systems. In addition to carrying ideas that are over the top, their credibility, or lack thereof, is the reason why it is hard to take their theories seriously. Terence Mckenna was hooked on hallucinogens for the majority of his life before he passed away. In fact, he was on hallucinogens when he came up with his theory. Patrick Geryl and Nancy Lieder are not scientists and have no qualifications to back up their assumptions.

I never believed that the world was going to end in 2012. As I sit here and write this blog, I am even more convinced that this will not happen. The Baudrillard reading covers the topic of terrorism and fear instilled within people and it helped me realize that people are just afraid that the world is coming to an end and time is running out due to several recent unfortunate events such as terrorism, 9/11, earthquakes, and the deadly hurricanes that have occurred over the past couple of years.

If I knew that the end is coming in 2012, I would get up right now, pack my bags, withdraw from school, and use all my college savings to travel all across the world. I would not worry about the next day and just live in the moment because that is all I can really do since there won’t be a future anyways. As Britney Spears would say,  “Keep on dancing ’till the world ends.”.

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