2012: Worth The Hype?

Shaun Speck, Staff Writer

With all the somewhat irritating hysteria surrounding 2012 it is hard to grasp just exactly what the fuss is all about.  75 percent of people believe the world will not end in 2012 according to a poll on islandcrisis.net. However, six percent of the poll participants are positive that the evidence is not just circumstance, but cold hard fact.

Various scholars, such as Sandra Noble executive director for the foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican studies have dismissed the idea of such events occurring in 2012.  Researchers of the Mayan Culture have agreed that the destruction of the world is not accounted in any classic Maya accounts. The idea of a “Great Cycle” coming to an end is completely modern invention. It is easy to believe ancient text somehow parallel with impending doom, and that ancient cultures somehow know something we don’t. Realistically speaking there isn’t anyone alive or dead that can predict a future event. Still the possibility worries many people.

There is a bucket-load of theories that sound abysmal, possible, and well-supported but aren’t exactly clear.  Some theories just seem to have come straight from thin air, such as the theory of “Time wave Zero.” According to Terrence McKenna “the universe has a teleological attractor at the end of time that increases interconnectedness, eventually reaching a singularity of infinite complexity, at which point everything will occur simultaneously“. His ideas were conceived in the early 70’s after repeated use of psilocybin mushrooms and DMT. Other theories include collision with the planet X/Nibiru, alien invasion and geomagnetic reversal, all of which are farfetched.

Some people have collected gear that they believe will prepare them for surviving this year. There are websites such as, 2012 survival gear.net that are selling large amounts of 2012 supplies such as guns, ammunition, camping supplies, flashlight, and batteries . Smart individuals are taking advantage of skeptics in order to make a quick buck.

It’s reasonable to be afraid of the end and fear the loss of a future.  Optimistically speaking if we all were to die simultaneously there would be no loss of loved ones. So living with any fear is not reasonable and we should all try to enjoy life as much as possible. We can assume that if we all knew the world was coming to an end the world could slowly turn to anarchy.  The thought of the end would turn most people fearless of consequence and of injury.  It would be a time of incredible honesty and freedom. There would be a total disregard for rules and regulations. The world would essentially be a playground filled with chaos and disorder.

All the fear shouldn’t hold one back, but rather direct them to enjoy their lives and the people around them. We’ve come this far, we can only progress from here.