We’re less than 2 days far away from the apocalyptic catastrophe that was predicted to occur on Dec 21, 2012. Forget Santa’s ornaments, people have been focusing on doomsday all over the social media space. The rumour of the world is going to end on Dec 21, 2012 started because it marks the end of an age in a 5,125- year old Mayan calendar.
The phenomenon has been fuelled relentlessly by conspiracy theorists and Internet doom-mongers. Even Hollywood got into the trend by releasing a movie that was named as 2012. Both astronomers worldwide and NASA have dismissed such allegations and posted several posts on its website to debunk the myth.
For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
NASA has also dismissed false rumours circulating on the Internet where a total blackout is predicted to occur on Dec 23-25. Now you might be thinking if NASA claims the allegations of the end of the world are false, then why so much attention was given to the topic.
The ideas thrive because people feel marginalized or alienated from the society. Such predictions exist for centuries, and the Mayans were not the first one to make the claim. We have heard of Nostradamus theories, the so-called future World War III, melting of polar ice and so on.
People look everywhere in search for answers. We are so compelled in looking for the truth and just keep reading. Curiosity and the need for answers are parts of human desire. Believing the world will ends creates a framework of meaning where we would see at some point of time; our own personal lives hold some kind of significance.
The belief persists because some retailers are profiting from the hype. In the US, companies that are selling underground shelters have seen their businesses explode. The people of the Republic of China were rushing to buy candles because a post on Sina Weibo predicted that 3 days of darkness would occur. Mexico’s tourism agency has launched Maya themed events where it expected the number of tourists arriving to have doubled this year. It’s all about business.
Pushed by pain or pulled by possibilities, eventually you will be compelled to pass through the door called “uncertainty”. The doomsday fear is nothing more than reflections of uncertainty toward life and society. People hate uncertainty not just on gut level but also at a deep neurological level. We must live with fear because it would pop out from time to time. It’s a standard programme that comes pre-installed as part of being alive.
2012 represents the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another. It’s very much the same way people look at the end of year and embrace another year where we would reflect upon the things that happen during the year, and considering our future direction.