2012 — The End of the World or Y2K Over Again?

Some 2012 believers think that a massive solar event on December 21, 2012 will have unthinkable consequences for our beloved planet.

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something, there is a lot of buzz on the net these days about the year 2012 and the supposed end of the world as we know it.  Hollywood capitalized on the hysteria with the lackluster film 2012 (very creatively named, by the way).  The basic concept here is that the Mayan civilization that flourished in Central America from 2000 BC to the ninth century was very much in tune with the world around it.  They are known for being technologically advanced for their time period.  The Mayan calendar is the crux of the 2012 apocalypse theories.  The Mayans painstakingly plotted out their calendar over a thousand years after their demise, but on December 21, 2012, the calendar abruptly stops.  The theory here is that the calendar stopped at this date because either the world would enter a new age or it would end in a global extinction event.

A lot of the fervor over the 2012 theory revolves around the Mayans’ keen eye toward the sky.  That’s right, even in the times before Christ, the Mayans were busy stargazing and assembling their knowledge in a remarkable manner that showed an understanding of the cosmos that rivals that of our today.  Without all of our modern technology, the Mayans were able to figure a lot out by simply keeping good records, noting patterns, and making good assumptions based on their information.  Another marvel of the Mayan civilization was there advanced skills in mathematics for their time period.  The Mayans believed in astrological cycle called the Procession of the Equinoxes.  Put simply, this is a cycle of the Earth passing through the twelve signs of the Zodiac methodically.  The entire cycle takes 26,000 years, with the Earth pausing in each sign of the zodiac for a period of around 2000 years, give or take a half-century.  While this may not be perfect science, it was pretty sound for their limited knowledge in 2000 BC.  To figure out the Earth’s march through the configuration of the stars for a period of 26,000 years would be difficult for our scholars today, and yet the Mayans were able to calculate it with remarkable accuracy.

So how does this all tie in to the 2012 apocalypse?  The Mayans also watched the sun.  The closest star to Earth, they watched its cycles, the ebb and flows of the sunspots and cycles.  Once again, a lot of kudos to the Mayans here.  They didn’t observe the solar cycles through practice like we do today.  Today, scientists understand how the solar cycles have effects on the magnetic field and even radio wave propagation.  In the Mayans’ time, they didn’t have this kind of technology, but they still observed, documented, and broke the sun’s cycles down until they understood it.  Now, here at Common Sense Conspiracy, you know we try to present the facts without over-dramatization, so here is where the break occurs.  The “break” is how we refer to where the theory which appears at first to have some merit starts to take the long, downward slide to “what the hell were you thinking”-land.

Some of our more enterprising 2012 theorists have married their apocalyptic fears with religion, even finding a way to tie the 2012 apocalypse to The Revelation of St. John the Divine.

Look it up on the web.  We encourage you to do so.  Depending on your source, you will find that the Mayans simply plotted these cycles.  Find the right site, and you will find that the Mayans actually figured out that a massive solar cycle event would take place on December 21, 2012, flipping the Earth’s magnetic field and causing atmospheric conditions like we’ve never seen here since intelligent life existed.  The effects of this massive solar shift will cause the very plates of the Earth to start moving in ways they haven’t moved before in our experience.  Massive earthquakes, flooding, weather conditions that we can’t even describe will begin to occur, leading to the massive extinction event on the big day… December 21.

Other 2012 enthusiasts think a super-rare galactic alignment will cause the universe to degenerate into a Swiss cheese state reminiscent of Charlie Sheen's mind during an interview. Winning?

Where do they get this from?  Did the Mayans write it all down, warning future generations to look out for this date?  Once again, depends on who you ask.  One “expert” source will tell you how the Mayans documented this extensively, and they really all got together and said “We have to warn our fellow man almost 1200 years in the future that doom will fall on December 21, 2012.”  Other sites explain how the Mayan calendar simply ends without explanation.  Who is right and who is wrong?  Well, therein lies the problem.  As our motto here at Common Sense Conspiracy goes, we filter through the bullshit so you don’t have to.  The only problem here is that the 2012 apocalypse theory is so ripe with bullshit that we don’t even know if we are qualified to sift through this pile.

As panic over the magical December 21 date continues to build, we will dutifully post our analysis and counter-arguments as 2012 comes up more and more on our favorite conspiracy sites and the evening news.  For now, we see little reason to believe that the world is any more likely to end on this date than any other.  The reasoning:  Well, the Mayans had to stop the calendar sometime.  Is it not possible that 2012 is just when they chose to give up the endless fight and call it a finished product?  Maybe there’s other reasons we can’t even fathom why they would stop on that date.  For instance, December 21 is the day of the equinox in 2012 by modern-day calculations.  Are we to believe that it’s completely coincidental that the Mayan calendar ends on the exact day of the equinox for 2012?  An equinox is, of course, an event that happens twice a year in which day and night are equal for one day.  A civilization with so much knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and technology would almost certainly recognize the equinoxes as the halfway point of the year.  Maybe the calendar ends on that day because that is the end of the year.  Why 2012?  Beats us.  But Common Sense Conspiracy says this… If it were 2011, why 2011?  If it was 3033, why 3033?  Whatever date the calendar ended, invariably the same apocalyptic theories would arise.

We will continue to delve into the matter for the next fourteen months until either the world ends, or we find out the 2012 apocalypse wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  In the meantime, let’s have a vote.  What do you think about the 2012 apocalypse?


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