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September 25, 2012

2012: The end of the world or another deception?

by Hana Hong
2012 is rapidly approaching, and the infamous phenomenon about the end of the world is looming over our heads. According to theories based on a purported ancient Mayan prediction and emphasized by countless 2012 movies, December 21, 2012 is going to be the end of the world and the doomsday for all mankind.

But could this phenomenon truly be the deadline for Mother Earth? Will the world meet its end-drowned in apocalyptic floods, crushed by incoming planets, slowly scorched to death, or thrown overboard by continental drifts? The question is one of the many that still makes scientists and researchers roll on the ground in agonizing pain.
Whether the rumors are true-nobody knows. But one thing’s for certain-it has left millions of Americans cowering in fear as the dreaded day of 2012 steadily advances.

So where did this spark of fear first come about? The ancient Mayans, revered by their great pyramids and astounding accomplishments, sat down one day and decided to construct a calendar. Named “The Long Count,” it became the world’s longest and most accurate calendar to exist.

Stretching out approximately 5, 125 years, the calendar seems never-ending.  But like the memorable saying “Everything rolls to its appointed end,” the Mayan calendar did as well, and that day fell upon December 21, 2012.

Everyone has their own personal theory about how the world will end and if life will cease to exist. Some believe that Earth is destined for an Ice Age, consequently killing off all living things. Others believe in destroying floods, which will wipe away everything and leave a vast ocean in its place. Still some think the Sun will eventually fail to give light, therefore killing off every living thing slowly and painfully. Crushing planets, moving continents; the list simply goes on.

There are many other incalculable implications that the world will soon meet its expiration date. Physicists at Berkeley University have been crunching numbers and they’ve determined that the Earth is well overdue for a major catastrophic event. Solar experts from around the world monitoring the sun have made a startling discovery declaring our sun is in a bit of strife. The energy output of the sun is, like most things in nature, cyclic, and is supposedly in the middle of a period of relative stability. However, recent solar storms have been mercilessly bombarding the Earth with threatening radiation energy. As a result, power grids are being knocked down and satellites are being destroyed. This activity is predicted to continue, and calculations suggest that it will reach its deadly peak sometime in 2012.

Geologists and naturalists have also contributed to the phenomenon. The Yellowstone volcano has a pattern of erupting every 650,000 years or so, and it’s apparently many years overdue for an explosion. This could fill the atmosphere with ash, consequently blocking the sun and plunging the Earth into a frozen winter that could last up to 15,000 years. The pressure under Yellowstone is building steadily, and geologists have set 2012 as a likely date for the big bang.

Astrologists are also defiant on their own theory. Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that shields us from most of the sun’s radiation. It’s been proven that the poles are dangerously shifting recently, and will cause the magnetic field to be disrupted and eventually disappear, sometimes for up to 100 years. The result is enough UV outdoors to crisp your skin in seconds, killing everything it touches.

The legendary hypes have been blown to a colossal mountain, and innumerous movies have been released from Hollywood suggesting ideas about 2012. Nevertheless, all of them have arrived at the same conclusion-the world will expire, and every living being will come to its predetermined end.

However, December 21 isn’t the only day having been rumored to be the disaster for mankind. We have recently undergone another infamous date-May 21, 2011, whom many had believed would have been the end of the world. The new millennium, January 1, 2000, has also been a well-known suggestion. To state the obvious, nothing happened.  It came and went like any other day, and left many Americans standing around in a mixture of disbelief, disappointment, and relief.

Frankly, who knows? Could the great and mighty Mayans simply have run out of room on the calendar? Perhaps they got lazy and decided to stop their work at the entirely coincidental date of December 21, 2012. We Earthiens might just be blowing this whole thing out of proportion.

The obvious question still remains. Biting their nails as they preach about Judgment Day, people are getting more frantic 2012 readily comes to face us. Will 2012 be another day like the countless before? Or will it finally be the day everyone has been waiting for? Honestly, neither I nor anyone can answer that question with full confidence. Nobody will know until the prominent and reputable day finally hits our dear planet.

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