For months now, there has been much talk of the end of the world. According to ‘ancient prophecy’, our planet is meant to meet its’ final moments on December 21st, 2012. I write this on December 20th. Am I sitting here quaking in my boots? No. Am I going to rush home this evening and gather all my loved ones in my home, waiting for the end of days? No.
Here are my thoughts. If the world ends (which one day it surely will) we are not going to have any forewarning. We will just be here one day and gone the next. And it doesn’t mean the end of the planet. It just means the end of all humanity. In the grand scheme of things, that isn’t so bad for our planet. Mother Earth knows what is good for her. If it gets to the point where humanity is raping, strangling and suffocating her with our industry, pollution and lifestyles, I truly believe we will cease to be. It’s the natural order of things.
Will this happen tomorrow? Highly unlikely, I believe. I have several reasons for thinking this. Firstly, the Mayans were never predicting an apocalypse with the Long Count. They were predicting a new beginning. The doomsday stuff comes from the early Judeo-Christians, whose preconceived notions regarding an eventual apocalypse coloured their interpretations of Mayan calendar cycles. Therefore, calendar running out plus early Christian thinking equals the 2012 doomsday prophecy.
Secondly, all the astronomical/astrological scaremongering is equally ridiculous. Some think that a massive solar flare will engulf the earth tomorrow, which will reduce us all to flaming, screaming hog roasts. This idea was popularised by the film Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage. Another idea is that all the planets will align with the sun, causing a gravitational pull that will cause the sun to wobble off its axis or explode. If you are still worried about either of these things, go onto YouTube and search for NASA’s ‘The Truth About 2012’. That should set your mind at rest. Oh, and if you’ve heard (as I had) that the magnetic poles of the earth will reverse, throwing technology and everything earthly into chaos, then you can rest easy. Yes, we are overdue for that to happen, but the good news is that the process takes hundreds of thousands of years. If you’d like to substantiate my claim (and I encourage you to) please do check out LiveScience.com. The scientists there have produced a nifty little article on just this subject.
Enjoy the solstice and see you in 2013. Failing that, see you in purgatory.