Overcoming Those Pesky 2012 Myths

In recent years, the doomsayers have been up in arms about all those 2012 myths predicting the end of the world. Well, you needn’t worry.

It’s here at last: the dreaded year of the 2012 myths. According to some, the world’s about to end. But do we really have anything to worry about? While there’s no way to be entirely sure, the smart money’s on “No.”

Remember the hubbub about the Rapture taking place back in May 2011, with the end of the world in October? It’s kind of like that. We’re still here despite all the dire warnings (in keeping with the Bible’s flat-out statement that no one can predict when the end will come) and we’ll still be here in 2013, no doubt.

Come December…

For various reasons, the 2012 doom prophets (hmmm…good name for a band) have chosen December 21 as the end of the world as we know it. Some just say it’s the end; others say we’ll enter a brand new era of some sort. In any case, the doom prophets didn’t just pick December 21 out of a hat.

Many of the doom scenarios are pegged to something called the Mayan Long Count Calendar, which ends on December 21 of this year. That’s assuming, of course, that we’ve translated the Mayan glyphs on the topic correctly.

Calendar’s End

Here’s the thing. For complicated reasons, the Mayans decided that time moves in cycles of 1,872,000 days, and that the last cycle started on August 11, 3114 B.C. The next cycle ends this December 21 (it may be a day or two off; we’re not sure). A lot of silly people have decided that this means the world will end.

But does the world end every December 31 as our yearly calendar ends? Not literally. The Mayans believed that we’d just enter into a new era. Basically, the idea was to have a big party, close out the old calendar…and start a new one.

So the ancient Mayans did NOT believe the world would literally end at the end of the current Long Count. Things would just start again at Day Zero.

Astronomical Reasons

Some of the doomsayers claim that either a rare galactic alignment or a rogue planet called Nibiru is scheduled to dislodge the continents or rip apart the world (pick your favorite disaster) in December. Well, unless you want to believe in the world’s biggest conspiracy, it ain’t happening.

There is no auspicious galactic alignment in the offing — or at least nothing that doesn’t happen every single year. And if an entire planet were bearing down on the Earth, astronomers would have noticed by now. In fact, it would already be visible to the naked eye anyway, and there’s nothing there.

So take your 2012 myths with a grain of salt…or better yet, a whole box worth.