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. hawaii blue

    Im super scared about 2012.What i mean is ,people say its going to happen,and i sort of beleive them

  2. Shay

    I have a few theories to why this isn’t true. 1. Maybe the Mayan’s just ran out of paper? 2. The bible says no one will know when the world ends 3. I JUST DON’T WANT THE WORLD TO END BEFORE MY B-DAY!!!

  3. funnybear1

    the myan clanender (which is why people think the world will end)works in rotations so it will just restart in 2012.

  4. whitney

    ohh yeah.to the person that said did anyone see the movie 2012 and yes i did and it was awsome but they were to lovey dovey and all cuz the girl dumped him for a reason.why should she get back with the guy.omg.did u know i am not a BIG fan in love.i think its just a fairy tale and never going to come true.
    ohh yeah i have a question.does anyone ever go on this website anyway

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  6. Kirstie

    I think this thought is CRAZY!!!! Im my opinion, nobody except for God knows when the world is gonna end!!!!!!!!!

  7. true1

    it says in the holy bible,that nobody,not even the son of god,nor his angels know the exact day or time WHEN the world will end. i trust GOD.(:

  8. lee

    the world probibly will end bet not because of the mayen calender the bible sayes it will end in 2012 so i say stop obsessing over what might happen and what not and prepare

  9. pinkmonkeys101

    on new years the signal on our tv went out and someone said the world is ending in 2011! that didnt and wont happen! That was an amazing article thanks!

  10. Heather

    my science teacher told us that the last few times people said the world would end in past years, it hasn’t so i know it won’t happen next year

  11. HermioneHJG

    I don’t believe that it’s really going to happen. This is all just a bunch of nonsense that the government is creating to make people go into hiding or something. Besides, what CAN happen on 12/21/12? Will the earth come tumbling down, or will we humans just drop dead (lol)? But I have to admit, that video on the internet about those birds dying WAS pretty creepy. But then again, maybe that’s the government’s actions too.

  12. Dec Jess

    i don’t think the world is going to end at 12/ 21 /12 b/c since my mom was 9 they were saying it was going to end but look now we have a big family.but only god nows and I DONT WANT IT TO END I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE AND GET A DEGREE AND HAVE A FAMILY! omg

  13. Stargurl9

    I’m not saying if the world will end or if it won’t- but the Mayans were pretty smart.
    Hollywood is freaking us out about 2012 and the world ending and McDonalds running out of Big Macs.

  14. cheetahdancer

    The world is not going to end because thats what they said would happen in 2000, but look! Nothing happened! We are all still alive!

  15. Tina

    The World will end eventually. Scientists believe it will end in about 4,000,000,000 years. People just want to advertise and make money off this topic (like the movie 2012) But all they do is get kids scared and depressed. The mayans said that the WORLD WILL HAVE TO CHANGE,NOT END. Due to our energy eating habbits it will have to change.