Is 2012 really the end of the world? Why do people keep claiming so?

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  1. ezhang profile imageSTAFF
    ezhangposted 9 years ago

    Is 2012 really the end of the world? Why do people keep claiming so?

    So what's the story behind this hype?

  2. madmachio profile image60
    madmachioposted 9 years ago

    Because the Mayan calendar stops this year.. SO! obviously that means we're all going to die in December.. I think.. Yay Merry Christmas!

  3. Mmargie1966 profile image92
    Mmargie1966posted 9 years ago

    I wrote a hub on this recently.  Please visit my page to see it. … ce-of-2012

    Personally, I believe that something will happen.  Maybe not on that exact day, but near that time.  I don't think the world will end.  I don't think we are all going to die.  I think things will change drastically, but I don't know exactly how.  It may not necessarily be negative change either...Its just a feeling I have.

  4. innersmiff profile image67
    innersmiffposted 9 years ago

    I wasn't going to answer this but I realise that many people are genuinely scared about apocalyptical scenarios in 2012. In short, don't be.

    The world is obviously going through some drastic changes, and it's going to be tough, but it will all be change for the good. I think now more than ever people should be opening their minds as wide as possible, learning about what is going on in the world at the deepest level. You'll be shocked and enlightened in equal measure. Anybody anxious, worried or scared should simply enlighten themselves - a greater understanding of anything will take away the fear. Oh, and be happy smile

  5. Gerg profile image76
    Gergposted 9 years ago

    First, I really like innersmiff's answer!  To augment, if there has been anything true about history, it's that humankind is notoriously bad at predicting end of world scenarios.  Plus, our addiction to drama fuels the silliness.  In that vein, my favorite is from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where the series starts with the Earth being destroyed to make way for an interstellar bypass (i.e. we're irrelevant, and we should have realized we were in the way...)

    What was the most amazing thing about the guy who predicted the end of the world last year in May was that he had done his math and appeared genuinely surprised the world didn't end.  That's what impresses me more - the sheer belief in silliness.  The bottom line is that we should always savor each moment, and live as if our world could end.  After all, it will some day for each and every one of us (no one gets out alive!)

    Til then, believe in hope, promise and possibilities.  It really is the only reasonable way.

  6. Evan G Rogers profile image61
    Evan G Rogersposted 9 years ago

    The joke about this whole thing is that everyone who talks about this whole end of the world thing is ignorant.

    The Mayans didn't adjust for leap year.

    Their 2012 was years ago.

    The end of the world should have happened 3 years ago.

    It didn't.

    The End.

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    reeltaulkposted 9 years ago
  8. whonunuwho profile image69
    whonunuwhoposted 9 years ago

    I believe that with all the Mayan,Nostradamus,Hopi and other predictors, that many people are beginning to sit up and take notice of just how fragile our lives and this earth are and that there are many isolated events that can really spell doom or greatly alter life in this world. The sun, meteors, great storms, earth quakes, Volcanoes, our own negligence in handling nuclear facilities, and weaponry, are all sources that may have devastating effects upon the lives on this planet. Pollution and careless handling of natural resources, such as oil and other God given blessings meant to improve life, instead of cursing us, have been wasted and now that people are taking notice, could it be too late? The positive side of the 2012 predictions is that we may be taking a closer look at these negative factors and doing something about them, before it is too late!Many people need little to really get them going about major catastrophes. Just look at Y-2K and the commotion that it started. No I don't think that it is the end of the world, but a beginning of a new and better age in which we all are a part of in our daily lives.

    1. whonunuwho profile image69
      whonunuwhoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I reaffirm my comments to the fullest!!!!!

  9. lostdogrwd profile image61
    lostdogrwdposted 9 years ago

    the end of these times, yes. we are coming into a new ages as  from time to time it has happen on this planet.  the very rich of this world will  murder the people on this world to stay in power but in a new age. this world will turn up side down. Mayan calender do end this year but when one end another begin

  10. JamaGenee profile image82
    JamaGeneeposted 9 years ago

    My answer is along the lines of lostdogrwd's. The world AS WE KNOW IT will end...but not on a specific day of a specific year. In fact, it's been "ending" for years, we just been ignoring the changes until they became too obvious to ignore.

    Global warming IS a reality and has been for decades, but that doesn't mean the planet will explode or we'll all die of heat stroke.  What it DOES mean is glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, same as they've done many times in the past but we weren't around to notice or be alarmed.

    At one time, the polar ice caps were where the equator is now.  At some point, climate conditions caused Earth to shift on its axis.  "Flipped".  Axis shifting WILL happen again, but not in one day.  It's not like you'll go to bed after the sun has set in the west and wake up the next morning to it rising in the north (or what used to be "north"). It doesn't happen like that.

    But we ARE accelerating the process with our addiction to bio-fuels and uncontrolled harvesting of old-growth forests both for the manufacture of wood products or simply to get to the oil under those forests. 

    Politically and socially, the world **as we know it** will end because it's becoming apparent the systems currently in use don't work anymore.

    As for the Mayan calendar, I think it only goes as far as whatever method of calculation they were using would allow.  Perhaps the poor souls counting "how many days are left?" simply got tired of counting (or died of old age)! ;D

  11. Sterling Mathis profile image61
    Sterling Mathisposted 8 years ago

    The world will not end in 2012. The world as we KNOW it will change. People confuse the two. Based on the prophesy of john in revelation, the times are being fulfilled as we speak. It it highly essential that we prepare. But the second coming og the son of man and the end of the world are two diffrent things.


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