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2012: We Are All Going to Die!

Yesterday I talked about how the world is going to come to and end… soon. Well, religion isn’t the only source of superstition in this regard. For some reason many Americans are actually living in fear of the year 2012 (and not just because Sarah Palin might run from President).

Yes, Hollywood is coming out with a big budget action movie with lots of explosions and no story or plot called, you guessed it “2012.” And in their marketing of the film they instruct people to google “2012.” This of course yields every conspiracy website and crack-pot theory about how the Mayan Calendar ends in 2012 and how the Sun, the Earth, and the center of the galaxy will align themselves to create a gravitational pull which will surely flip the Earth on it’s axis. There is also the theory that the Sol System is a binary solar system and in the year 2012, the second sun will pop back into the solar system. Oh, and then there is the legendary planet between Mars and Jupiter which was knocked into another orbit and will be returning in 2012 to cause gravitational pull. The theories get crazier from there. Aliens from another planet will be coming, inter-dimensional beings are going to be coming, and who knows, the evil Lord Xenu himself might even stop by to say hello.

Of course, there will also always be some crafty entrepreneurs who will take advantage of the stupid people who believe any of this crap. Part of me wishes that I was one. Aside from this film which is obviously marketed to take advantage of some of these people’s stupid beliefs, there are websites selling 2012 survival guides, equipment, insurance, etc.

I think that the best way to debunk all this nonsense is to let Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson do my debunking for me. I’m feeling lazy today (must be the moon’s pull on my ass).

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  • Tsan

    Wow, no one’s gonna touch this one with a 10 foot pole, huh? Guess I’ll start it off. The only reason I would give any credit to the 2012 theories is because so many ancient cultures around the world, most of which had absolutely no contact with one another, had determined that something was going to happen in 2012. That being said, once you read most of these theories you can’t help but be slightly amused. Aside from the 2nd sun and rogue planet theories, the Zulu of Africa, for example, had determined (predicted, whatever) that in 2012, the planet would turn upside down and everyone would simply fall off the planet. Granted, I think that almost anyone who’s gotten stuck in rush hour traffic has wished for something similar, however, there’s too many who honestly believe that the end of days is coming in 2012 and the fear and paranoia has driven quite a few people to the extremes. It’s a real shame. Anyway, I think the best thing for people to do is to just have a “wait and see” kind of attitude. Besides, it seems like every year is supposed to be the end of the world according to somebody and if 2012 is the year that it actually happens, so be it, if not, so be it. In my opinion, 2012 is going to be just another year, if I’m right, then it’ll be just another year, if I’m wrong, than the believers can spend their last few seconds pointing and laughing and say, “Haha, I told you s…….”

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Sorry Tsan, but your attitude leaves out one very important thing. We all have to live on this planet together. In other words, other people’s beliefs affect our lives. For example, if people deeply hold to their irrational belief in the 2012 doomsday, then they could riot, or put a run on the banks, or simply not plan for the future. These are extreme examples, but each other would greatly fuck up your life. But there are also things that they could do to fuck up their lives. I talked about how there are people out there waiting to take advantage of these stupid people. Do you have your 2012 insurance? Maybe you don’t remember the 2000 hysteria. I know people who bought all kinds of stupid things to prepare for a post-y2k world. Some people even build bunkers.

      • Tsan

        Going by some of the comments below, looks like I’m not the only one not really worried about this. Yes Staks, I’m fully aware of how some people panicked and stocked up on whatever supplies they felt they needed for y2k, even the bunker building, but even with the subject of y2k being on the news constantly, those people were still in a minority, and I don’t seem to recall any rioting or anything of that nature. So far, y2k was hyped up way more than this whole 2012 thing. Don’t get me wrong, it’d be great if we could stop the believers from panicking and wasting time and money on “doomsday survival kits” or whatever, but if they’re really that convinced that the world is coming to an end in 2012, how well do you think they’d listen to reason? When me and some of my friends tried to reason with some of our other friends who fell for the y2k hysteria, they found our logic and reassuring words to be “just what THEY want us to think.” You can try to educate people, point out the absurdities of their beliefs, but in the end, you can’t protect people from themselves or their decisions, no matter how foolish they are. I gotta tell you though, with your talk of people rioting, putting a run on the banks and not planning for the future, it sounds to me, even if it’s for different reasons, that you’ve given in to some of that 2012 fear and paranoia as well.

  • http://www.myspace.com/atheistteam The A-Team

    If any 2012 believers do happen to stumble across this webpage, since the world will end in Dec, 2012, can I have all your money after that? You know, since you won’t be needing it anyway.

    • Mr. X

      Yeah, really. I hope the Rapture gets rid of all of those damned Republicans soon, so us Godless Authoritarian Commie Statists can get on with the business of redistributing their hard-earned wealth.

  • ProgRockGirl

    Lots of people are convinced about this b/c both the Mayans and Nostradamus said it would end in 2012. I don’t think the Mayans actually said anything about the world ending. They just had a calendar that didn’t continue after 2012. It went very far into the future, but it had to stop somewhere!

    I also read the prediction of some famous medeival witch, published in the 80s, and she said the world would end in 1991. She did predict some things that became true but I think anyone can predict future trends…early science fiction writers have done this to a certain extent.

    If the world actually does end in 2012, oh well, I had a good run.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Old Nostradamus never included any dates. People make up the dates that they think Nostradamus must have meant. People have created dates from Nostradamus’s quatrains, but there are no actual dates there. Besides, Mubas was supposed to be Sadam, and he is dead. So Nostradamus is still without his third anti-christ.

  • Mr. X

    Funny…”2012 insurance”…gave me another random thought…

    What if some of these rumor-mongers are just people who own stock in things like firearm- and survival-gear-manufacturing companies?

    (Um…or…churches/cults?…duh…but I digress…)

    That might be a pretty good scam, to drive stock prices and that kind of thing. Or even gun sales, for example, if you happened to own a gun shop.

    I don’t remember where I was going with this…

  • Scott

    My brother keeps bringing up this nonsense because he saw it on TV. The world isn’t going to end. I remember Y2K, 06/06/06, 9/09/99, and many other dates where bad things were supposed to happen. 12/1/12 or whatever the date is will also be another sham. I remember in high school some pale skinned long haired dude that looked like a cereal killer threatened to shoot up the school so he got suspended. Allegedly there was a day several months down the road where he was supposed to show up and shoot the school but that never happened. So I guess someone wanted to make an official skip school day because they don’t want to die.

    For the most part, saying end times are coming is a scam to get people to make stupid decisions that work towards the benefit of corporations, churches, etc. All tools to keep the world in line. One could make an Illuminati argument out of this but that argument is also just a panic tool that Ron Paul uses for votes.

    Fear keeps people in line and in a democracy this still reigns true. People have more freedom but powers like corporations, politicians, various religious institutions (including Scientology), still work as the tools to keep “free” people in line thru random fears they produce. While Bush created some problems he has been made into an evil bad guy and now that Obama got elected there is a video called the Obama deception that is full of bullshit. An attribute many people lack in courage, specially courage to question what goes on in society and so long as they live in fear they will be sheep to those in power.

  • David

    I told this to somebody at the movies last night, about how people on the internet really believe this, and he just laughed. The movie is coming out next month. I pointed at the poster next to the wall, and told him that people thought THIS was for REAL. At first he couldn’t believe it. Then he just cracked up, with a knowing smile on his face – at all of those gullible people.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rothtalltales Tralf

    And after that prediction fails, the next false prediction will be the year 2020 then 2030 then 2038 then 2045 and so on. Eventually some will get it right, though. Joy unto them, eh?

    Randy

  • http://www.poweressence.com/ Maxwell Jennings

    Yes, we are all going to die, just not at the same time. We’re lucky if we live the expected 900(+-) months of an average life-span! I predict that nothing end-of-days will happen in 2012 and I predict that an accurate prediction like that will never make me a profiting prophet of anti-doom.

  • SmilodonsRetreat

    I wonder if that’s why the divorce rate among Christians is so high. Poor people, trying to live with a person, when your other half (third?) is an imaginary perfect being with limitless power and knowledge.

    Yikes.