Friday, November 6, 2009

2012 Doomsday: Fact Or Fiction?

By Jean Hantch

If you have divulged yourself in mass media and pop culture recently, surely you have heard people discussing the end of days slated to occur at the end of 2012. More specifically, Armageddon is to occur on December 21, 2012 and there is supposed evidence to support this. No other date has received the hype that this one has, not even Y2K. When I heard about this date, I needed to read the theories and the evidence for myself. I have compiled a list of the most convincing arguments so that you can answer this question for yourself: 2012 Doomsday Fact or Fiction?

Most people when they search for answers in why the world will end in 2012 will first come across the evidence presented by the Mayan culture. These people showed exemplary knowledge in mathematics and the events and cycles of the solar system. Some people attribute this to a visit from extraterrestrial life, but we'll say for the sake of argument this was all them.

This calendar ends without reason on December 21, 2012, which has left those who have sought wisdom from it stranded. These people among many others feel that it is no coincidence that the calendar ends as it does; that this day must surely be the end of the world.

More weight for this prediction came around 2900 B. C. With the Book of Change or I Ching. The calculations contained within this book assisted a man by the name of Terrance McKenna to devise a graph that has been very accurate in predicting major world changes. When the graph peaks, it has usually coincided with some major world event that changed people's lives. This graph also stops without warning or reason in 2012.

Designed to predict the shifts and patterns of the stock market, the Web Bot is further responsible for fueling these theories of Armageddon. By compiling behavior patterns and discussions, the Bot has been over 90% accurate in maintaining a bead on the market. It has also been an indication of tragedies, as illustrated by its prediction of 9/11. The Bot has suggested a worldwide calamity to occur at the end of 2012.

Lastly, the planets are slated to line up with one up with one another in a line. This in theory could create a black hole in the middle of the Milky Way with unpredictable results. Some suggest that this alignment, which coincides with the last day of the Mayan calendar, is a major factor in the end of days.

But with every prediction is an equal argument to the contrary. For instance, as far as the Mayan calendar is concerned, many knowledgeable people on the Mayan culture believe more that the calendar is simply recycling over at one, and not predicting the end of the world. The Web Bot has been accredited with predicting 9/11, but what most people don't mention is that the Bot has predicted other major events and disasters that never happened.

So there is no concrete evidence to suggest one way or the other. It all really boils down to what you want to believe. I don't know what to think, but you have to admit, it gets you at least considering the possibility. No one can tell you whether 2012 is the end but you.

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