December 2012: end of the world? – 2012 Explained – Why it shouldn’t be feared

2012 is a business

Before you read this article, here is a video I recently recorded about 2012 and how people build businesses around it to make money. While a lot of people say that you can’t trust NASA or the government because they would certainly hide this 2012 stuff from us, I say there are a lot of people who want to spread this because they make money out of it. So, in the end, who do we trust? Watch it, I think that explains it all, but still, read the article and all the comments for more information.

What is 2012 about?

The year 2012 is referring to the last year of the Long Count Maya calendar. The current Great Cycle, as the Mayas call it, is set to end on the winter solstice of 2012: December 21 2012 and many people believe that on that date, the world will change and never be the same. Some predict terrible events resulting in the destruction of our world and some predict that it won’t necessarily end, but that we will enter a new era and massive changes will occur.

This article will try to answer most questions you may have in a rational way. because there are way too many websites creating some sort of fear propaganda around 2012 and as you will see, you have nothing to be scared of.

There’s too much disinformation going on about this subject and there’s an article you can read that was published around 1990 that reminds me the current situation:

What will happen on December 21 2012?

Quick answer: Nobody knows, but probably not much.

There have been a lot going on regarding the 2012 prophecy recently, including the movie “I am legend”, but  surprisingly, not much information about what is really supposed to happen on that date is available. This is Probably because nobody knows and also because probably not much will happen. Most information available about 2012 is making reference to mass destruction of the world as we know it, earth’s pole shift/magnetic field reversal, Nostradamus predictions, end of Mayas calendar, etc.

The base of all the predictions is the end of the Maya calendar in 2012, which is supposed to mean the end of the world or a period of radical changes. In fact, the end of the Maya calendar is known as the end of the Great Cycle. People find it easy to believe in that theory because Maya civilization is known for advanced writing, mathematics and astronomy. It can seem like they really know what they’re talking about, but the truth is that the end of the Great Cycle is not the end of the world, it’s in fact a great celebration for the Mayas:

For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla. To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

From USA Today

On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years(Milky Way is one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe. The Galaxy has special significance to humanity as it is the home galaxy of the planet Earth). This special alignment means that the usual energy that typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 2012 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time. Scientists are actually in great doubt about the fact that the Mayas even knew what they were talking about.

Astronomers generally agree that “it would be impossible the Maya themselves would have known that” says Susan Milbrath, a Maya archaeoastronomer and a curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History. What’s more, she says, “we have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point.”

From USA Today

Putting apart scientific data, here are the commons beliefs of the December 21 2012:

  • Galactic Alignment. This Galactic Alignment occurs only once every 26,000, this is considered as the end-date in the Mayans Long Count calender. It is the alignment of the December solstice sun with the Galactic equator.
  • A comet hitting Earth (Nostradamus)
  • Earth’s Pole Shift/Magnetic field reversal
  • Increase of calamities, natural disasters, mass destruction, etc.

I don’t want to repeat myself, but all of this is very vague as nobody really knows what will happen and the world is not at its first doomsday prophecy. There have been a lot of “Unfulfilled” prophecies in the past and you can have a look at this Wikipedia document for a list of unfulfilled religious prophecies.

What I find quite interesting about the 2012 theory is that there’s not much publications from well respected scientific organizations. NASA has published a couple of articles about the pole shift, but nothing else that could reveal a certain fear of the end of the world. Now you could argue that “big organizations” certainly wouldn’t reveal anything that has to do with the end of the world, but that’s another debate.

2012 conspiracy theory

I mentioned in the “What will happen” section that there’s a lack of scientific information coming from well respected sources like NASA. Some people claim there’s a conspiracy theory behind the prophecy to hide it from the public so it doesn’t create mass panic. Now, this does and doesn’t make sense. At first, it sounds like it could be true because I totally agree the government could restrain publications from the NASA as it’s a governmental agency, but I find it weird that this kind of information wouldn’t “leak”.

Do you really think something as big as the end of the world wouldn’t leak from any agency? Keep the NASA apart, do you really think the scientific community would miss something as big as that? When there’s no scientific data about a subject, you really have to doubt.

You’ve probably read a lot of information on websites from people claiming they know more than they should know and that the government is hiding all this information from you. Government is hiding a lot of things from you, more than you probably imagine and they would probably try to hide the end of the world if it was going to happen. But, let’s picture this: The Mayas were there 1000 years before Christ which makes it about 3000 years from now. Do you think someone could hide the end of the world for 3000 years if it was really going to happen and was really that possible and scientific?

I have my doubts.

Pole shift/reversal, the only 2012 end of the world possibility

The only rational “2012 End of world” possibility is actually pole shifting. A Pole shift is a rare phenomenon and is characterized by the north and the south poles swapping places. Such reversals, recorded in the magnetism of ancient rocks, are unpredictable. They come at irregular intervals averaging about 300,000 years; the last one was 780,000 years ago. I wrote an article on pole shift that explains the whole process, have a look: What is that pole shift thing?

Such event could really disrupt our planet that’s true. Imagine the North pole and South pole swapping places: Telecommunications, animals, humans, etc. would all be affected and it would be a really important change. There’s only one thing you need to consider… I’ve read in a lot of different places that a polar shift is going to happen on December 21 2012 and it is totally false:
Polar shift is a process that roughly takes 5,000 years to complete and doesn’t start on a specific date and time. The real truth is that nobody knows when the next one is due.

The process takes time and another myth wants the earth’s magnetic field strength to be near zero during that transition time. It would actually be as strong as it is now but simply a lot more complicated. Once again, it is explained in my What is that pole shift thing? article.

Will I die on December 21 2012?

I can’t tell, the Mayas can’t, Nostradamus can’t and the aliens can’t. On December 21 2012, a comet won’t hit the earth, a pole shift won’t happen instantly and a massive gravity burst won’t happen either. The only thing you can fear is a pole shift and it can take up to 5,000 years to complete…

What if you’re wrong?

In the case that I am wrong, that every scientist on this planet is wrong and that the NASA can’t figure out a simple galactic alignment that would put our world to an end then I guess we are all in the same situation. You, me and everyone will die. Scary isn’t it? Well, no one can tell what will happen tomorrow or in 2012.

Hope you enjoyed

I hope you enjoyed reading on the 2012 end of the world prophecy and that you are looking at it in a completely different way. Post your comments and come back to Daily Common Sense for more scam debunking.

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2,999 Responses to “December 2012: end of the world? – 2012 Explained – Why it shouldn’t be feared”

  1. Maddy

    In my opinion, I wish everyone would just live their lives and stop worrying about the world ending in 2012. IT'S NOT GOING TO END!! Just because the Mayan calender comes to an end on December 21, 2012 doesn't mean the world is going to end. Our calenders end, NOTHING HAPPENS! I think everyone needs to just live their life and stop worrying about something that won't even happen, you are going to feel pretty stupid when you have spent all your money getting supplies for the end of the world.. and you wake up on December 22, 2012, with no money left.

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  2. Rhiza

    Hey, I'm 12 and I'll 13 that time, I don't wanna die this early.

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  3. Shikha Sandilya

    Shikha Sandilya
    The situation is highly unpredictable. Nothing lies in human hands when it comes to Doomsday. If it doesn't occurs we would be the luckiest ever born. But if it occurs, can't help it. All we can do is keep our hopes high and just Wait & Watch. There is no point of creating chaos world wide.I would say live your each breath at its fulliest without regert. Logically this shouldn't happen as there is no hard proof to substantiate this, its just a belief, every organization associated have different school of thought. Well there is one good thing in this whole Doomsday Conspiracy is that, it has united the whole world, people are coming together keeping aside all barriers like goegraphical territory, religion, social status, etc. Hope everything goes well and mankind win.

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  4. Thankthelordjesus

    Thank god not every one on this planet is paranoid I couldn’t agree with you more my friend people are very silly everything posted on this site makes 100% sense hellos stop being so damn paranoid ppl and if the world ends well let it we are destroying the earth anyways what’s to say we even deserve to live after this so called doomsday please it’s all a sham I’ll tell you what will happen on 21/12/2012 people will realize how dumb they are and how paranoid they maybe they will decided to use their brains lets hope that happens instead

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  5. alyssa

    ok one thing it can be now or in 30 mins no one no when it is but god knows not us

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  6. Sweety

    First of all, people just fear 2 die..but many people die everyday even in seconds. Oneday everyone will die. So its not a big deal. Secondly, if we believe on dooms day, all people will die and it is useless to live alone in this big earth. . Lastly, have faith in God because he will never be unfair to you.

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  7. joseph bukuru

    thank you for your HOAX. I am completely denying this date of 21st of december 2012 that is is the end of the world. though some believe that things will change it is not that day that things will start to change but the signs that jesus spoke INTHE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW 24. Moreover he said that none knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, nor even the angels in heaven or the Son Himself." Only The Father knows." Matt. 24:36. I am not worried with these boxes of rumors from the scientists because the word of God God is inspired by Him ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17) and is correct and true a 150 %. Pls believe my comment!!!!!

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  8. raza

    nothing is going to happen on Dec21 all Maya stories are bullshit

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  9. andrew

    the real end is june 6 2666 the reason why the world will end is because the moon will go KABAM but there will be an "end of the world" party on june 5 2666 so maybe december 21 is just huge destruction me you could live the rest of our life or we could die and live with the lord in heaven

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  10. Samantha

    No one knows when the world is going to end except God. HE decides. If the world ends,, so what? If you have your lifes straight and you are Good with God then there really is nothing to fear. Honestly, i don't believe they mayans calender because they didn't count in the time zones, or the leap year. So, we would have died a long time ago. Also, they have predicted the world to end several times before and it never happened. If you are so worrried about dying at a young age put the phones away, get away from the laptop or computer or ipod and go do something for your life before your life it taken from you. Don't stress it, you are waisting the time you have left.

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  11. khong changlu

    so is there going to be really jeopardy in everyones live……. think once

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  12. anynomous

    live life to the fullest it happens it happens nothing we can do about it

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  13. hannah

    HAHAHA!!!!!!!!! the world will not end,,,,,,, believe in God…trust him..

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  14. jean

    Most of what people hear about this is rumors and lies; no one really knows when it will end. People think the end of the Mayan calendar might be the beginning of a new era, and some think it could be the end of the world. Scholars report that the calendar doesn’t have any significant meaning to the date they set. I don’t believe the world will end just because of what the Mayans say. Just because they correctly predicted the length of the lunar moon, do you really think that they can predict the end of our days?
    You may believe in what the Mayans have to say but I believe only God has the power to end the world, not some stupid calendar that some ancient group made up a long time ago when they were sitting around
    All predictions do not come true because future is unpredictable…….

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  15. dansh mann

    dont think about end of world .think how we can save human on earth if its true?its main responsibility of govt,scintist n all world.

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  16. man

    I believe & I am sure there is something beyond this ! THE STORY OF THE COMMITTEE OF 300 !

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  17. Caitlin Marie KIrby

    hi im caitlin is the world realy going to end in 5 monts? it can’t cause people will die and im only 9 years old and got a to year old baby siste and 3 year old cousin.

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  18. Tyler

    Go to truthism.com
    That should explain everything you want to know in detail

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  19. Victor

    Maggie,
    I dont think is wise to wait for your ten year old to find out about this 2012 destruction of the world theory for himself. Ask him if he has heard about it in school, and no matter what the answer is, talk to him about it, because sooner or later somebody will.

    But before you talk with him about it, investigate about the subject in websites such as this one, and talk to your kid that everything is going to be allright, and since you believe in God, you can talk with him about the love that he has for everybody!

    Take care
    Victor

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  20. roberto

    how do you now every thing is tru or not im a christain to bible said that god said that he was not going to dround any one…and they said that there was going to be a big desaster was going to happen so idk whats going to happen.

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  21. PopeBenedict

    funny how you believe in god but not the so called "rubbish"2012. Noah? antichrist? im sure you think those things are "real" because it's god related.

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  22. Russ

    Kyle says:

    "You say in your article:

    [Pole shifts] They come at irregular intervals averaging about 300,000 years; the last one was 780,000 years ago. … The real truth is that nobody knows when the next one is due.

    Did you not read your own article?"

    I think YOU should read the article more correctly.

    He said it AVERAGES to about 300,000 years. So it means pole shifts have happened before the last pole shift.

    And yes, I'm sure "nobody knows when the next one is due", considering the fact that it happens every hundreds of years and that none of us today witnessed a pole shift yet.

    Seriously, people really should read articles more correctly.

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  23. tequila

    dang u wrote a lot why dont u just shut ur big mouth and stop typing alot u free loaders get a life before it ends u want my opionon go out meet a girl quit collecting those stupid ! comic bookks

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  24. thomas

    hey emily im 13 too and i think your reaction is ok because if the world does end in 2012 everyone will go with us on earth only few will survive so dont worry about anything hun

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  25. Tayley

    NO one can choose when the world ends except God. There for live your life like it s the last day to walk on Earth

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  26. Thanks.

    Hey man, I am the exact same as you, im 14 aswell. I was worried, so much. This guy just reassured me oh so much. Thanks man! I'd do the same aswell as the above guy.

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  27. M1ghtyM1ck

    dude.. y2k is made up by some stupid moron.. 2012 has been fortold by many many civilizations, its not even close to y2k.. jezus..
    the next super solar flame will be in 2012, that is not a problem at all we will see northern lights everywhere, every 11 years there is a solar flame.
    But, as many civilizations calculated we are on equator of the galaxy, so after that date we will be over the equator, then it is possible that or polar shifting WILL happen suddenly, or that our magnetic field will stop working for some time.
    If that happens and the solar flame will occur then,,, well then we are toasted.
    Look at our planet, we have an equator aswell! on the top side of the equator the tornados will always go counter clockwise.. will on the other side of the equator they will always go clockwise.
    Why isnt there any possibility that our polars will suddenly "turn around the other way" cause of our position.
    Humans know 0,1% of life and everything around it, humans think they know everything but that is just silly and ignorant, hope this will make you think, instead of that fucking Y2K cause that is the biggest bullshit ever.

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  28. imright

    now this guy knows the truth grow up for fuck sake theres gonna be no world end the earth will keep living

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  29. johnny

    First of alll Y2k wasnt the end of the world, it was supposed to be the end of computers, all computers were only calendered till 1999 and were suposed to crash on 2000 but updates were applied new programs installed and viola no more Y2K ..

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  30. danny

    i rember the y2k they said the computters was going two shut down and we be with out lights this is all bull shit its not true there in for the money they like two make shit up two scare people

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  31. Ashlynn

    nothings gunna happen chill
    did you not just read that entire article proving its fake

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  32. Bella

    Girl ; Read the Bible. AInt nothin going to happen. Just chill. And if it does it just does. Ok. But the ONE AND ONLY PERSON WHO KNOWS WHEN AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE WORLD END ; IS GOD. Thats the only person. So just calm down. Their just trying to get people brain-washed and scared and pay to see that dumb ass movie "2012". Because its buissness hun, they want perople to get scared. and panic, and think this stuff. Ok. dont stress. and sorry about the cussing LOL.

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  33. eyeball

    you're and your family and friends going to be fine, dont listen to all these whakos.
    since i was a youngster the world has supposed to have ended about 15 times and were all still here.

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  34. Toy

    Hi Emily. I'm 15, and I know I'm a little bit late on a response, but here's my thought on things.
    As Mario said, there have been plenty of "Doomsdays" predicted before the aforementioned 2012.
    Just to name a few, and not go into much detail:
    - The Prophet of Hen of Leeds in 1806 (Yes, these things go back that far, when modern-day science was just starting to take its shape.)
    - Halley's Comet in 1910
    - Nostradamus in August of 1999
    - Y2K
    - May 5th, 2000
    - 6/6/06

    And the list goes on and on and on.

    Some might say just because the Mayan calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, the world will end as well. They back up their statements with things such as "Oh, they predicted plenty of other things as well!"
    And that's true, they did predict some things, like the American Revolution, and John F. Kennedy being shot.
    However, they never say the hundreds of thousands of things they predicted that didn't come true.
    So don't fret over all this. Nothing's going to happen to you or your family.

    Also, always remember that God's on our side. It may seem cheesy, and I'm not a super-Christian or anything, but it's true. He's protecting us and always will be.

    So see you on December 22nd!

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  35. Kevin Weltzin

    Yeah never trust wikipedia anyone can out anything on that site no matter what king of crap it is.

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  36. seb

    exactly someone who knows when to tell someone whats right for their own good
    ……This is not a "teach-your-religion" article…….

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  37. Thinking

    They predicted the arrival of their conqueror to the EXACT DAY, you ignorant twat.

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