2012 – The End Of The World Debate…

December 6, 2012 8:00 pm

With the 21st December fast approaching it’s no surprise that the alleged end of the world is on some of our minds.

The whole idea started from a civilisation known as the Mayans. Originating from rainforests in Central America, they were at the height of sophisticated culture during their day, for around 2,000 years until their descent at around AD900. They built great temples and buildings whose remains are still standing the test of time- albeit a little more worn and torn I’m sure. Without technology or modern sciences they were unrivalled in their knowledge and understanding of astronomy. This understanding over centuries led to surprising accuracy when it comes to planetary movements, for example they depicted that a lunar month lasted 29.5305 days which is only 34 seconds out from what technology and our experts have found to be the actual length. They have also accurately foretold lunar and solar eclipses for many centuries after their time. Given how precise their previous calculations have been it can be construed as alarming that their calendar ends on 13.0.0.0 which, when translated into our Georgian calendars of today, is the 21st December 2012.

Different people interpret this differently. Some genuinely believe it will be the end of the world, others think it may be the end of the world as we know it so something will change the earth or us, others think its absolute rubbish and they just ran out of rock to write on or didn’t have chance to plan any further ahead. When this first came out about two years ago it was shocking to those who believed in it. People started panicking and I imagine (with the date looming) they still are, despite all efforts to discount this date as doomsday. NASA say there is nothing to worry about and so do a vast majority of professionals and scientists. It is believed that a catastrophic disaster will wipe out the earth but that it won’t be for billions of years.

Back in high school it seemed like a different thing every year was going to completely wipe out civilisation. A volcano, a meteorite, the new ice age, the list is endless, and this is why I don’t believe everything I read or hear. To everyone who does believe this, I hope you’re wrong. We can’t predict the future so my opinion is live for now, and if the world really is going to end then there’s nothing anyone can do about it. I for one think whatever happens is going to happen, but if I don’t get to watch season 3 of the vampire diaries on Christmas day I won’t be very happy.

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  • Really interesting piece. When I did the Mayans at uni I came across an interesting tidbit – the last time the world was supposed to ‘end’ coincided neatly with the conquistadores landing. Various tribes assumed the Spanish were some version of the apocalypse, so didn’t resist. So got defeated really easily.

    Self fulfilling prophecy?

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