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Is It Really The End of the World in 2012?

By: Jason Gribble

The year 2012 is next year and with all these theories about the world ending, your biggest question is probably whether the world will really end or not in 2012. But shouldn't you be more curious as to how all these theories started? And why of all the dates that they could pick, they picked December 21, 2012 in particular? Your question might be about whether the world will end or not next year but in order to answer those questions, you have to ask other important questions as well.

Why December 21, 2012?
Your first question should be this. Why are people so keen on believing that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012.

This actually has something to do with the Mayan calendar. For the Mayan, time is linear instead of cyclical and as such, time has a definite end and beginning. For them, an age is made up of around 5,000 years and this age that we are right now, the age of man, will end on December 21, 2012. By having read "end of an age," people already start jumping the gun and start thinking that the world will really end on the said date.

However, if you actually check the Mayan culture and belief, nowhere does it say that the end of an age is the end of time. In fact, the Mayan believed that the ending of an age is a joyous moment, something that would be a great honor to witness. As such, one could only think that the year 2012 is not the end of mankind but rather, a new start for mankind - a start for humanity.

How will the world end?
If the first question invites doubt into the idea of the world ending in 2012, this second question is the most important for this will show you how ridiculous some of these doomsday predictions are.

You have probably heard of the many ways people predict the world will end. There's a great flood that will cover the Earth in water or major earthquakes that will split the planet into many pieces. There are also predictions of a planet collision or a huge meteor that will seriously hurt the planet. The fact that there are a lot of predictions should already turn you off, but just in case you want to be sure, here are some ways that you can further dissect this issue.

If you carry out a more thorough research, then you will realize that most of these predictions are pseudosciences - events that are indeed possible and backed up by science but with no real hard evidence to prove otherwise. It is possible for a great flood to happen, but there is no evidence of it ever happening before. There is a possibility of planet collision but a planet that will collide with our planet next year should already be seen by astronomers by now. We've dealt with many doomsday predictions before and they all have one thing in common - they never came true. Not that we're complaining but you should already know not to let dooms end of the world predictions rule you.

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Whether good or bad, are you ready for 2012? Learn more about the 2012 phenomenon in End of the World 2012.

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