Why do so many people fear the end of the world is coming on December 21st, 2012? I personally refuse to believe it, simply because I don’t want to die. Then I decided to do some more research and let some credible sources debunk the myths of the end.
The most well-known of the doomsday predictions is the ancient Mayan calendar, which supposedly ends on December 21st, 2012. On Leap Day of this year, I came across this:
Isn’t that something to think about? =)
I did some research on the National Geographic web site, where they debunk some of the most common doomsday myths. Their reason for addressing this problem seriously is because they kept getting questions and submissions from people who were considering killing themselves and their children to avoid having to live through the apocalypse.
An interesting side note: The word “apocalypse” doesn’t mean the end. It means a “lifting of the veil” or “revelation” in Greek. Essentially, it means that something that was hidden from the majority of mankind will be revealed at last. No one knows what this might be or if it will even happen, but the definition takes a little bit of the ominous nature out of the word for me. How about you?
There have been a massive amount of failed doomsday prophecies, many of which were greatly feared and dreaded by people of their respective times.
Pictured above: a survivalist family prepared for the famous Y2K disaster that never happened.
So why all the hype and insanity? It’s the marketing machine, of course! Even I’m working on a project about the end of the world, but that’s simply because I love apocalyptic horror stories. Why not make the timing right, right?
Another popular theory is the one about all of the planets aligning in 2012. This might be true… but there’s no proof that the world will end on December 21st.
What does this mean for us? It means relax! Do what you do, enjoy your life, and quit being so paranoid! Think of it this way: if you really want to know the truth and do your research, go get some FBI training and learn how to investigate matters even further… though I honestly don’t think it’s necessary to find your peace of mind.