Monday, April 26, 2010

Don't Worry! 2012 Will Just Be Another failed Prophecy.

“The world, as we know it, will end cataclysmically on December 21, 2012,” says Peter Balroop in an article posted on the official website of “December212012.” This is the typical speculation that people are having these days. Movies, such as 2012, and theories related to the Mayan calendar, seem to have embedded major fear and anxiety throughout our nation. Even the Discovery Channel aired a special in relation to this phenomenon, centering on Nostradamus, a famous 16th century who once predicted major world events that have occurred so far, such as the World Wars and September 11. Since his speculations were indeed correct, many fear that his prediction of the catastrophes that await us in 2012 may occur as well. What many people might not know though is that this predicted apocalyptic occurrence has been proven to be falsified and exaggerated. There are many credible scientists who have proclaimed that there is no threat associated with 2012. Even the movie, 2012, which shows the outcome of this predicted phenomenon, is classified as a science fiction film.

All these theories are solely based on speculation. These doomsday rumors have been around for many years. 2012 is not the only year that a cataclysm has been calculated. From Y2K, to predicted rapture in 2001 and 2007, and even as early as 1914, when the universe’s sun was expected to explode, there has been a constant failed apocalyptic prophecy.

What is expected to happen on December 23, 2012? Although there have been various rumors as to what exactly might occur on December 23, 2012, none can be scientifically proven. One speculation is that on this date, the planets will align in a way that impacts the Earth, but NASA scientists do not agree. “There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of he Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.”

The theory that the movie 2012 was based upon was the Mayan Calendar. What many might not know though, is that the Mayans had about 15020 calendars, all with a slightly different purpose. The calendar that all these theories are based up on is the “Long Count,” which calculates a period of time known as the Great Cycle, which is a count of 5,126 years. The current Long Count begun in 3114 BC and will end in 2012. Although the Mayans are well known for their developed written language, its art and architecture, its sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems, there was no recorded prophecy stating definitely that the Mayans believed the world was going to end. According to NASA scientists though, the Mayan calendar theory was linked by yet another failed apocalyptic prediction. The story originated from the Sumerians, who predicted that in May 2003, a supposed planet was headed towards the Earth and it was going to end all civilization. After nothing had occurred, the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then, these two fables were linked to the end of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar. Just like the theories, the movie, 2012, was just another exaggerated version of what is predicted to happen. The movie’s special effects created a doomsday filled with massive destruction, with the Earth’s crust boiling and causing extermination of all living things. Watching California sink into the ocean and the destruction of the White House by massive waves, is just another way for film producers to create another entertaining disaster movie.

A Mayan elder has also insisted that the year 2012 will not be the end of the world. Although the year is a significant time period for the Mayans, enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments that do not deem any damage on Earth. According to a report in the Telegraph, “most archaeologists, astronomers and Mayans say that the only possible event that may occur is a ‘meteor shower of New Age philosophy, pop astronomy, Internet doomsday rumors and TV specials on the 2012 conspiracy theory.’” So have no fear, the end of the world is not coming. Movies, like 2012, are just another way for the movie industry to make money. Sites that assert 2012 doomsday speculations are filled with nonsense and fallacies. 2012 will just be go down in history as another failed apocalyptic prophecy.

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