Delve into 2012: The last year on Earth?

Posted on January 10, 2012

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At the start of the New Year, people began to make resolutions. Some were the usual…to start a diet, to be nicer to people, etc. But others’ were to make their last year on Earth a blast before the world ends.

As we entered 2012, thoughts of the Mayan calendar and the world ending were somewhere in the back of many minds.

“[After the excitement of twelve o’clock passed,] I said the world was going to end soon,” says senior, Morgan Bourquin. 

Do people really believe this is our last year on earth? Or do they  just say to get a laugh out of everyone?

2012: Our last year?

 

Senior Vance Miller says he thinks “the controversy is funny, [because] there isn’t anything to suggest that the world is going to end. If people really did research they might find some other ideas about why the Mayan calendar stops on December 21st. Personally, I don’t dwell on the controversy because it is so outrageous. I don’t understand why people care about it so much. There is no more evidence to suggest that the world will end on December 21st than any other day.”

Many scientists agree with him, such as Analysis Expert, Ian O’Neill. According to O’Neill, “The Mayans did not predict an apocalypse [on December 21, 2012,] despite what the “2012” movie showed us.”

The reason for the close of the Mayan calendar, according to Dr. Archanna, is because “Thousands of years ago they managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon as 329.53020 days, only 34 seconds out. The Mayan calendar predicts that the earth will end on December 21, 2012.   Given that they were pretty close to the mark with the lunar cycle, it’s likely they’ve got the end of the world right as well.”

Dr. Archanna believes the world will end in 2012 for the following reasons:

It is believed that the recent radiation energy from solar storms could continue “knocking out power grids and destroying satellites,” which would end up bombarding the earth.

The atom smasher is assumed to be another possible cause of the world ending. The 27 km tunnel that is supposed to smash atoms together will cause a black hole the size of a basketball the first time it is used as an experiment.

The final day for Armaggedon (the battle between good and evil) is set sometime in 2012, according to the Christian Bible, as well as the I Ching, and various Hindu teachings.

Yellowstone National Park is sitting on one of the world’s largest volcanoes that has been waiting to erupt for several years. 2012 is a possible time for this, which would fill the atmosphere with gas, blocking the sun, and causing a frozen winter for 15,000 years.

Physicists have been studying and came to the conclusion that the world is overdue for another catastrophic event, and their guess is ninety-nine percent certain.

Every 750,000 years (give or take) the North and South poles switch place—which, again, we are overdue for. Scientists have noticed that the poles have moved twenty to thirty kilometers every year—faster than ever. The Earth’s magnetic field would then be disrupted, making our skin crisp.

When I first heard about the Mayan calendar ending, which predicted the end of the world in 2012, I thought it was ridiculous. I even watched the “2012” movie, and still felt the same way.  

Although I am not fully up to speed with the scientists’ experiments and opinions, it is confusing how we have been “overdue” for so many events but 2012 is the only year they have been truly concerned.

Acknowledging all the possible reasons for the world ending in some catastrophic way, the year 2012 is not the only year these events could happen. Instead of spending the year worrying and creating bucket lists that could be detrimental, people should live everyday to its fullest potential.

Column by Kayeleigh Hardy

2012: Our last year?
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