2012: Y2K Redux
December for this year is not only the month when Christmas occurs but (according to some New Age theologians) another doomsday prophecy will take place. 2012 is the year when the Mayan Long Count calendar concludes. Aside from the fact that they couldn’t predict the coming of the Spanish, the Mayans never predicted the end of the world. If they were still existent during this time period, most likely, the Mayans would draw up a new calendar after the old one expired and go on living from there. These facts have not stopped many New Age authors and other con artists from using the occasion to allege that the world will either end on December 21st of this year.
Some con artists say a galactic alignment of some kind will occur or mankind will experience a kind of physical or spiritual transformation. Others state that the Earth will be struck by Planet X (aka Nibiru) or swallowed by a black hole resulting in the destruction of our planet. One author has gone so far as to allege that the ancient Aztec god Quetzalcoatl will return. Another has said that during 2012 the heavens could open up and cosmic energy is allowed to flow throughout our tiny Planet, will we be raised to a higher level by the vibrations.
Because of all of the publicity surrounding this event, the concerns raised about potential Earth destruction that resulted from Roland Emmerich’s 2009 film, and some authors alleging Earth’s demise (fortunately) scientists are striking back. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has an entire section of their website dedicated to rebutting the claims made by 2012 doom-and-gloomers. Some other scientists and amateur astronomers set up their own website to also refute specific claims about 2012. Where NASA’s website answers 2012 allegations in a general sense, the people at the 2012 Hoax site quickly respond to and invalidate specific authors and theories behind the speculation. National Geographic has also weighed in with a section of their website addressing six allegations about 2012 and points out why they are wrong.
I remember when the year 2000 rolled around that there was some fear that long-working computer systems would break down when the ascending numerical assumption of 00 could cause global economic havoc. I must admit to feeling some uneasiness at 11:59 on December 31st 1999. I was concerned that some sort of breakdown of the U.S. economic infrastructure would occur. Fortunately, nothing major happened and we are still here with our economy intact.
Like what was supposed to happen for Y2K, people are believing that the pending 2012 doom is coming and this time it is real. Mexico has already made plans to cash in. The Mexican government announced last year it would use 2012 as a means to promote tourism. In Guatemala, the publicity surrounding this event has already drawn the ire of native Mayans in which they are demanding an end to the Culture Ministry’s promotion of the event. Sadly, because of all of the doomsday predictions, a British teenager named Isabel Taylor committed suicide during September of 2011. She was convinced that the dire prophecies surrounding 2012 were going to come true and did not want to live to see it. Even in Russia, parts of Europe, and even China people have broken out into a panic in which the fear in Russia reached a point to where the country’s government has officially declared nothing will happen on December 21st.
The hype surrounding the Y2K Millennium Bug was a hoax and so is the publicity revolving around 2012. Like conspiracy theorists and religionists who spin their mythologies, the 2012 hype is a lie being perpetuated and promoted by New Age con-artists looking to make money off of people’s hopes, fear, and misery. At first 2012 hoaxsters tell people of some sort of pending doom that will occur and then have books and other periodicals available for sale instructing people how to survive. Then when the event doesn’t happen, they laugh all the way to the bank uncaring about how they have negatively affected the lives of those they told to prepare for the worst.
None of the predictions made by New Age theologians about the 2012 apocalypse will come true any more than people who predicted doom during the Y2K incident, Al Gore with his climate change prediction, or the end of the world global doomsday Christian religionist Harold Camping predicted would occur citing Biblical prophecies he publicized through his media outlets in 2010.
If you are worrying about pending disasters or doom coming in December 2012, don’t. One need only look to previous prophecies of doom and the massive amounts of science weighing against these witch doctor claims to know that the predictions made about the predicted catastrophes in 2012 are nothing more than fiction.
Update: 12/12/2012: A new article was just published about this event in which the origin of the doomsday surrounding December 21st was the result of the predictions published in two books about the apocalypse and the mushroom trip of a hippy guru both of which took place in 1987.