December 21, 2012 by finetuningblog
For you non-nerds, that is a snippet from the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. The game was based around a doomed world with a moon destined to hit the surface of the planet and destroy all human life. As our heroic protagonist, Link, you must use the Ocarina of Time and save the planet from utter destruction. If you’re interested, here is some great Zelda background music for the reading of this post.)
Now today is December 20, 2012 – the ‘Final’ Day. And unless I’m wrong, I don’t think anyone among us has the Ocarina of Time. But fear not! I’m here to explain to you with the majesty of blogging that 2012 is just another hoax; so put your credit cards away, and don’t get too wasted tomorrow, as December 22 will be happening.
I’d like to start out by saying in the year 2008, I was an avid believer that 2012 would be the end of the world, or at least the beginning of a tremendous change. In fact, I wrote the music and lyrics to a song about the matter. (Please don’t judge, I was young and inexperienced at guitar, singing AND recording.)
After four years and a handful of life-changing events, I’m no longer a believer. And I didn’t even see her face. (I’ll stop with the song title puns now.)
On November 13, 2012, NASA posted a Q & A list as to why December 21, 2012 will not be the end of the world. Take a long at the very first post on the list:
“Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”
The answer almost sounds a little bit like George Carlin – but that’s fine with me, as he was a brilliant man. (Spoiler alert – George Carlin is absolutely NSFW.)
According to a post on wired.com, the world is not in peril. The doomsday theories merely come from misinterpretations, and confusing ideas of what the Mayan Calender actually meant.
According to archeological research and data, the Mayan Calender says nothing about a doomsday, merely the end of a period in time. This will be the 13th period according to the Mayans, based on their cycles that last roughly 400 years.
Furthermore, it was recently discovered that this calender was just a part of a large wall. So the interpretation of this calender could be WAY off.
Other people think that some distant planet, whether they’re calling it Planet X, or Niburu (ironically, the name of a character from the Zelda series) people believe that an entire planet will strike the surface of the Earth tomorrow.
Get real for a second here, people. Don’t you think you would SEE something like a PLANET coming towards the Earth? NASA also scoffed at the idea, assuring readers that such a threat would in fact be visible to the naked eye, and that scientists would have been tracking such a threat for at least a decade.
But if all this science and research isn’t your boat, let’s hop onto the logic raft. I’m not sure why I made one a boat and one a raft…
I want you to think back for a second, and recall how many ‘end of the worlds’ we’ve lived through in the previous 20 years.
Can’t think of them? Don’t worry, LiveScience.com will help you.
Or need I remind you of Harold Camping, the religious psychopath behind the May 21, 2011?
These seem a little ridiculous to you now, don’t they? Well that’s a good reaction, as December 21, 2012 will feel the way to you in a few weeks.
Furthermore, even some of the remaining Mayans today don’t think it’s going to happen. They merely mark it as the beginning of ‘a new era.’ And by the way things have been lately, a new era might be welcomed by many with arms wide open. (I’m sorry, I promised earlier but I did it again. Oh God, no.)
And just saying…I’m not a religious man, but even the Vatican has dismissed the idea.
Finally, some more #realtalk: It’s already December 21, 2012 in Australia. And they’re doing okay.
One final logical note to consider: the Mayan Calender was created before the institution of leap years in the time of Julius Caesar of the Roman Empire in 46 B.C.E. (Modified by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to the calendar system we use today.) So mathematically, December 21, 2012 should have happened about nine months ago.
There are legions of people who swear tomorrow will be the end though. There’s even a countdown clock ‘until the end.’ Even CNN said that apocalypses tend to be interesting and exciting to us.
I suppose it doesn’t help that this Mayan Calender for the 12th era ends on what translates to 11:11 Universal Time (UTC.) But I don’t necessarily think that means the end of the world. Who knows, Maybe the Mayans just liked cool number sequences.
Some people aren’t taking chances, in fact, 33 schools in Michigan have decided to close tomorrow in light of the doomsday prophesies, and threats of local violence.
If you’re really not comfortable sitting at home a waiting for disaster to strike, fear not! Hotels in Mexico have made preparations to accommodate people fleeing the alleged end of the world.
So are you finally on my side about this December 21, 2012 thing being a hoax? Good.
Because 2013 already has a new supposed ‘end of the world,’ solar flares. For those of you who don’t know, a solar flare is basically an eruption of radiation on the surface of the sun, caused by an explosion.
Scientists predict that 2013 will hold a series of solar flares that could actually make contact with the Earth, disrupting electronic devices, which hold devastating results. For example, air traffic controllers could be affected, leading to planes flying ‘blind.’ If a storm of this nature were to strike today, all our cell phones would be rendered useless. Got your attention now, don’t I?
Now please, don’t misinterpret this as my call to the next end of the world band wagon. But it could be a threat to us in some way or another. And before you ask, no, I don’t think it’s related to the Mayan predictions. It’s probably related to the age of the sun, and the fact that it’s a star. And unfortunately, every star has to die sometime. Good thing it won’t in our life times!
But don’t get hung up in theories and predictions. Here are two things you should actually be worried about.
Despite the fact that the Mayan 2012 prediction is nothing to be alarmed over, the real threat of Global Warming still exists. With #SuperStorms on the rise, and record setting temperature changes, the concept and effects of Global Warming should no longer be up for grabs – it a pressing matter that needs to be addressed.
I’m no expert in the matter, but Andrew Revkin of the New York Times is. Read his work on DotEarth, to learn more.
The fact that Earth’s pole are flipping worries me. NASA seems to think otherwise, saying that it happens all the (geological) time. But many believe that this may spell drastic climate and environmental changes for the entire planet.
So I’ll leave you with this:
People tend to look towards these apocalyptic theories. It’s interesting, it bring up debate, concern and panic. However, always remember that these threats are always short term. People are interested in the now, that’s why no one is talking about a doomsday in 3042 A.D. December 21, 2012 is not the first doomsday prediction, and it certainly won’t be the last.
But I assure you, we’ll be waking up on December 22, and soon after that, some other nutcase will bring you the next ‘prophecy.’ Stay educated, stay calm, and above all else, stay safe.
Sweet Lou of Fine Tuning