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. huntsman23

    ive heard diffrontlly. ive heard thata supernova will happen, but the death wave wont hit us, just a galctic super wave that is supposed to wipe out all technology, bank accounts, ect. without technology, mankind will fight each other for money or food just to survive. thats what

  2. Joanna

    *Gulp* I’m not sure. I feel paniced even if I don’t believe what my classmates say. Isn’t the 12/21/12 like ten days away? :0

  3. Maryam

    I believe the world when end when God wants it to end. Who knows if the world will end. It might be a rumor to scare people. The Mayans might have stopped because they might have ran out of room or they were attacked. We will not know. It will be a mystery. DO NOT PANIC! I believe nothing will happen unless God wants it to happen.

  4. cheerydolphin242

    I totally doubt that the world will end. I remember that bible story when god wiped out the entire world because lots of bad things were happening. But, I don’t think there is any real proof that the world will end. And, the world would end if the sun dies out, or swallows the first 4 planets, (which has been said before), and that includes the earth. It would be millions of years before that happens. We will be long gone before that happens… Don’t worry about it right now.

  5. Annabeth

    I think we have to face the facts! The whole “End of the World” thing has happened maaaannnnyyy times before………. and guess what…………nothing Happened! That’s right, Nothing!
    Besides, the bible states that ” No one knows the day or the hour that[the world will end]” Not even Jesus Himself!
    What it says is that we dont know know “when Jesus will return” but that pretty much is the end of the world.
    Even though no one knows, I’m still staying up until 11:11 P.M. Just to see what happens.

  6. y

    I think people are freaking out over NOTHING, because the bible says man will never know the end of the world until it happens. SO DON’T WORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Nicholaas

    MY version is that on 12/21/12, the sun will go on vacation a little too long and Carly Rae Jepsen will sprout wings and fly to neptune while Australia freezes to death.
    Justing Beiber will go to Mars, and for 500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 years, everyone will eat spaghetti and some kid named…say, Agastya, will realize that enchildas will in the end win an epic battle and so he will eat all of them, and then everyone will go to sleep. THE END

  8. horsechartreuse27

    I think only God knows when the world will end! He knows everyhting!!!!!! The world will end when God sees that it is time for the world to end.

  9. ajl3138

    i dont think the worlds going to end. I believe god knows everything what is happening to earth,and the sun will not get bigger and destroy our planet. i know its not going to end, because every second a person dies and every second a person gets born,and if the calender stops the earth will stop and that means we all freeze to death. there is no such thing the wolds going to end. JEEZ! I think this is phony.

  10. Hannah5009

    But no I don’t think the world will not end on december 21 2012 , why because in 2003 plant called planet X was to come into our solor system and hit our earth . But its 2012 now.

  11. Caroline

    I doubt the world is going to end. After all, they said it was going to end in 1999,2000, and the list goes on and on. The Mayans may have been smart, but they can’t predict all this! It is somewhat scary to think about, though.

  12. miranda

    i dont think its going to be the end of the world in december.21,2012 because were HUMAN BEIN!!!!!!!! AND GOD DECIDES WHEN THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!!

  13. Unknown Guy

    ok guys look, the world MIGHT end on december 21, 2012. All i know in real life that if it DOES end, it will turn into a super nova and like explode. and the earth qill be in range. But in 2012 there are like tsunamis and stuff. This other movie, there was a planet called nibiru (AKA planet X) it entered our solar system and crashed into the earth. then it past the sun and just leave, creating the earth all black and red. in real life, the world ends by all these meteors and etc. and by janurary 2013, there would be like grass growing, trees and stuff like dat.and then by february 2014, there would be new life. dats my theory of if the world will end OR NOT. THANKS GUYS XD XP

  14. M

    First, i think it cant happen out of nowhere, i mean like we are living the same old lives, it cant happen out of nowhere, you wont be outside having the time of your life and boom your dead. Plus the only way the world were to end is if the sun were to die and thats not for more than a billion years from now, they also said the world would end in 2000 but it didn’t, so i think we should just not worry about this.

  15. Doesn't matter

    Well, life is what you make it. Make it happy if the world does end, then you’ll be happy and satisfied and have lived happily. So in the time you may have left, make it good, or if the world doesn’t end, at least you are getting closer to your family, friends ect. Make it the way you want it.

  16. MIranda

    Hello.I am a archeologist. Now, recently this year we have found a cave like tomb, that has another calendar, the calendar says we(humans) shall last at least….70 more years. Do not be worried with the end of time…the least that will happen is another ice age.

  17. Asia

    I dont think the world is going to come to an end . Everyone was saying the world was going to end in 2000 but last time I remembered im still her and I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I think people can stop worrying about the world ending . I believe no man knows when the world will end only GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. :3

    People will be freaking out screaming when the world WILL NOT END ON 12/21/12!!!!! I can’t wait to see everybody freaking out thinking it will end. People will probably be running around the big city’s like New York with signs saying the world will end. I’m sure some people will be in bomb shelters and stuff. The world will not end on 12/21/12.