January 31, 2011

Will 2012 Bring the End of the World?

Posted by at 10:16 am in News | Permalink

Writingprompt_generic There has been some talk on the Save the Planet Message Board about the theory that the world will come to an end in 2012. But don’t start the panic yet! Much like the buildup to Y2K. which was the belief that all the computer systems would crash when 1999 became 2000, the end of the world theory has gotten a lot of press. But it probably will not happen.

Here’s the story. . .

Back in the day, like around 5 BC. through 1200 AD, the ancient Maya Indian civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize developed calendars to keep track of celestial movements and time passage. Their calendar system used tools that measured shadows, and watched the horizon to trace the movement of the stars, sun, and planets. Their calendar was called The Long Calendar. Let me tell you why it’s long: because it lasts over 5000 years! After 5,125 years, it resets to zero (0). The current long count began in 3114 BC. And it will end very soon. In fact, it will end on December 21, 2012.

Dum de dum dum (the sounds of doom).

The Maya predicted that the world as we know it would have a cataclysmic change because each time the Long Count Calendar ends, something crazy happens. They believed in each age (each 5000 years) the gods try to create obedient creatures. The “First Age” began with the creation of the Earth, and its plants and animals. Unfortunately, because they couldn’t speak, the birds and animals were unable to pay homage to the gods and were destroyed. In the Second and Third Ages the gods created humans of mud and then wood, but these also failed to please and were wiped out.

We are currently in the Fourth and Final Age, the age of humans. But how are we doing? That remains to be seen. There are a lot of environmental problems, wars, and other events that may seem to lead to our destruction, but combined, these don’t seem like they’d lead to the end of the world.

Also – since the Mayans were very connected to astronomy, it’s important to note the Solstice connection. On the winter solstice on December 21, 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time in about 26,000 years. Some believe that this will disrupt whatever normal energy usually streams to the earth from the center of the Milky Way. Hmmm. It’s all supposed to go down at 11:11 pm Universal Time on 12/21/12. But I don’t think the Maya meant it literally. A lot of things could happen. Or nothing at all. Or maybe it is a chance for spiritual change. Kind of like an environmental wake up call.

What do you guys think? What do YOU think is going to happen on 12/21/12? Let us know in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Stacks

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  1. 51dotfeg

    1. The Mayan Calendar say the correct time and date is 11:11pm on 12/21/2012. It is the date and time the world will end.
    2. Many people believe the world will end in flames and other believe it will end in ice. I think it is Fire because that is when the Devil comes.
    3. I don’t think we should think about this. Know one knows about the future unless they can see what happens next.
    4. WE ALL ARE GONNA DIE! *SCREAMS SO LOUD THAT DUDE IN MEXICO DROPS TACO* It will happen soon! The Mayan Calendar might be a FAKE!
    5. I hope I didn’t scare you.

  2. RGirl620

    My friend said that 2012 is said to be the end of the world because there won’t be anymore days such as 11/11/11 or 09/09/09.

  3. hermione

    wow! omg if we die, i’d be bummed cuz there are a lot of things that i want to do before i die. First of them are to graduate and lay home for a day or two cuz i dont need get up early and and go to school. Yeah so dying in like a less than two years is goin to spoil it.

  4. Skye737

    All this is just insane! Even if the world did end it’s not like there’s anything that we could do about it! But did you know that since we’ll be lined up with the milky way some QUAKS that call themselfes sientist say that the magnetic pull might be to much and Earth will flip…like Uranus!

  5. blueangel00

    All we can do is make the best of our life now,IF the world does end. But if the world DOESN’T end I would thank the THE LORD JESUS that the world did not end.

  6. miniartemis

    All those coincidences sound fishy, but seriously guys, do you REALLY think that the world will end because some nutters who didn’t even know about telephones, computers, ovens, TVs, DSs, etc. SAID so????????????? If it would have been a real threat to people, we would have already taken extreme chances.
    But … The caladar stopping on the day there’s an alignment on something or an other for the first time in like 26,000 years, that IS kind of weird. I guess that it’s really up to us to decide!!

  7. unloved1298

    1) the movie 2012 was only made because so many people believe that the world will end so they thought they could make millions 2) the world ending in 2012 is exactly like y2k, its not going 2 happen! so people need 2 quit freaking out Scientists and mayans from thousands of years ago aren’t the ones predicting the future. Christians believe god is and he says that there will be a rapture not some random 2012!

  8. MasterMickey

    I honestly don’t think the world would end next year. By that time, the technology has improved and can help us.

  9. Katie

    There are many theories about what may or may not occur in 2012.I think my theory is best:
    The end of the world will start as soon as the clock strikes 12.There will be a massive earthquake and a mammoth tornado will strike the center of the US. All the world’s volcanoes will erupt and a meteor shower will finish us off.

  10. jea10

    the world isnt going to end,i hope!!!!LOL…….
    i’m just joking because scientes said that the world was going to end in (2001) BUT I DON’T THINK IT ENDED YET… DID IT!!!!?

  11. poozen

    i think 2012 will bring the species of flying pigs, pink cats and what catching_fire says UNICORNS! i want a pink one with a pink cat. now i speak words of wisdom, THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN 2012!

  12. Ashlee

    i like to tell people taht it will, but i dont think so. i think that it will be when the moon and earth finaly get far enough apart that they lose gravitational pull with eachother, and they both explode. it is called the moon dance.

  13. petgirl33

    The world will NOT END in 2012! Now my thoughts are this, There will be no electricity!
    My pawpa says that the ocean floor is where you can get this idea. You see what will be going on is the earths core is spinning a certain way right now, but it will start spinning the other way on Dec. 21, 2012. And scence that is where the electromagnetic field comes from, than either there will be no elecetricty or all our electronics will be backwords! Either way…. THE WORLD WON’T END!!!!

  14. bigfatreader

    its werid first i hear 2012 will be the end of the world second i hear 2060 will be the end of the world.but i just think there will be really bad weather in 2012.so i think the world will end in 100 million years because thats (probably) when the sun will go out.2012 is a big fat hoax.because i hear of coming in 2013 and 2060 is (probably) a big hoax because in 2062 haleys comet will return.

  15. Cheyenne77

    Im no predicter,but come on, the sun will burn out before the earth will be destroyed (so i have been told). They already predicted that the world will end in 2000 did that happen. In the bible,i know some of you might not be religious so just bear with me,it says that you will never know when the world will end. Therefore they cant be right,they tried to predict it once before. I mean the predicter,did indeed predict 9-11 but they had to have kicked the bucket sometime so how do you know it will end in 2012? There is no way to know. Maybe,possibly,hopefully not. I say it doesnt becuase they tried to predict it once before. Did the world end? NO! BUT it could end….but i dont think so.

  16. 44maplesyrup

    OK I think all the wierd predictions about what’s gonna happen on december 2012 are just plain dumb. people make predictions all the time and thy don’t really happen. like the year 2000 prediction. I mean,do people seriously believe that the world will magically end?? just because ages ago the mayans made a theory?? It’s a myth. It doesn’t make any sense. Conclusion: it won’t happen!!
    And if something DOES happen,( you can never know) I’m sure it has nothing to do with the mayans.