The Countdown Begins — One Year Until the End of the World

2012 -- The countdown is on...

As we turn the page to a new year here on Earth, the little countdown we started on the right of our main page has reached a significant milestone.  It is now less than one year until the magical date that the ancient Mayan calendars ended… December 21, 2012.  The Mayans took such care to develop their extremely accurate calendar, but famously stopped on this date, not even rounding it out to finish out 2012 and stop at the doorstep of 2013.  This has led to much speculation that the Mayans had some kind of inclination to think that this date would be the end of the world.  It has long been a target of conspiracy theories, predictions, and even Hollywood, with blockbuster movies like “2012” depicting all sorts of calamities in store for this date that has become the subject of international intrigue.

If you are new to Common Sense Conspiracy, we function to try to filter through some of the more outlandish and factually unfounded theories and deliver you good information based on sound principles.  Sometimes we do spread some information about theories like this even if we don’t think they have any particular credibility just so you can be aware of some of the things you might hear about.  The 2012 apocalypse is a subject we expect to get more and more traffic as we enter the actual year, and we can assure that Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to be your source for all news 2012, albeit with a good, solid dose of common sense on the side.

The main sticking point we have with the theory that December 21, 2012 is the end of the world is very simple.  The Mayan calendar had to stop somewhere.  If they had stopped on April 5, 2045, then that would have the same mystique about it that this date does.  It was a project, and for whatever reason, it ended on this date.  Does it mean anything in particular?  Not necessarily.  It could just mean that the astronomers and mathematicians with expertise years before their time simply picked this date to stop figuring it out.  Also, the date has other reasons that it is significant in the Mayan culture.  We have an article here that was published a while back that outlines the way the Mayans perceived this date as an end of an age due to the entering of a new Zodiac cycle.  A German scholar really breaks down what the Mayans believed and why this date did have significance, just not for the reasons that so many people think it does.

Another important point to remember when you hear doomsday predictions is how many are wrong.  Let’s take a look at this year alone.  We had Comet Elenin, which was supposed to destroy the Earth back in November.  It

Remember Comet Elenin? Doomsday scenarios have a way of turning up far.

disintegrated without incident.  We have the ever-present theories about Nibiru, a huge planet that is supposedly re-entering the solar system as we speak.  Nothing happened.  Harold Camping predicted the Rapture and the end times as communicated in the Holy Bible’s Revelations this year, not once but twice.  In the end, not only did he have to eat his words and admit that he was wrong, but he even went as far as to say that trying to make such predictions was useless.

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