2012

By 2012 On September 29th, 2012

The year 2012 has, for some people, held a certain degree of anticipation for the past several decades. This is because a small segment of the world population hold the belief that in just a few short months in December of the year two thousand and twelve, the world will end. This belief has been perpetuated by popular news media reports of end of the world conspiracies and even popular but nonsensical movies based upon this apocalyptic hype. Indeed, in December of this year many people are planning to have end of the world parties, whether as a serious approach to dealing with their doom or as a tongue in cheek laugh at the doomsayers among the modern population.

One reason many people site for the oncoming end of the world involves the Mayan (or, in some cases Aztec) calendars. The logic runs something like this: thousands of years ago, these very advanced Mesoamerican civilizations created stone calendars that are remarkable in their accuracy especially considering how long ago they were made. These calendars track sun and moon cycles, effectively enumerating years and particular events that would be useful for predicting ideal dates for harvests and annual festivals. Unfortunately, the Mayans/Aztecs did not have infinitely large stone discs, and as such their calendars end. Some people believe that these calendars end at the end of the year 2012, and that this means that the world will end at this time.

The logic is effectively the same as saying that because a 365 day calendar hanging on an office wall ends on December 31st, there will be no days after that, and the world will end. It is crazed thinking that is in part reinforced by various supposed legends of Mayan prophecies predicting a doom that will come to the world – fire, brimstone, and all other manner of stereotypical end of the world chaos will ensue. Such end of the world beliefs are nothing new, however. In fact, a famous French apothecary named Nostradamus is reputed to have predicted the end of the world in 2012 as well.

Nostradamus is a man who claimed to have knowledge of the future and wrote down many of his predictions centuries ago. His predictions are often cited as benign true by various conspiracy theorists, thus “proving” that he is a seer. Unfortunately, all of his predictions are very vague. As such, different people can use them to support any conclusion which they want. In this way, people have claimed that certain predictions predicted by Nostradamus have cited that the world will end in 2012, just as the Mayans allegedly did.

As such it is simply absurd to associate Nostradamus, 2012 and the end of the world. The world will, of course, end in several billion years when it is consumed by the sun or obliterated by some interplanetary collision, but it will most certainly not be destroyed by vengeful Mayan gods or by the god of Abraham. The world will come to an end on its own terms long after anyone currently concerned about the year 2012 will be dead.