What is 2012 about? For everyone who has ever asked the question, you should know that things may not be quite as dire as they seem. Then again they might be.
Beyond incredibly dark predictions, a huge doomsday industry and Hollywood blockbusters, what is 2012 about?
What is 2012 About?
Is it all really going to end in a ball of fire like Nic Cage’s Knowing with the Earth bombarded by a gigantic solar flare? Will neutrons go crazy and cause the planet’s crust to destabilize like the flick 2012? Will anything happen at all on this date?
I suggest that to be on the safe side you and your family prepare for the worst. Just look at the victims of the recent Japanese Tsunami, they thought they were safe but in the end they were far from it. Nitro-Pack has a whole emergency and survival section and it’s huge, you will find everything you need.
To understand 2012 and to separate fact from fiction, you first have to understand how these predictions came to pass. Then you can start to decipher the tangible from the richly imagined. And, like so many things in modern civilization, it all goes back to the Mayans.
So, if you haven’t heard by now, 2012 isn’t only a leap year; it’s also the year that the Mayans’ Mesoamerican Long Count calendar draws to an end:
December 21, 2012 – the winter solstice.
Long before the Europeans showed up, the Mayans used this calendar to keep track of that current period in time, called a b’ak’tun. The Long Count calendar was linear, keeping time in periods of 20 days to make a uinal, and 18 uinals to make what is roughly a year, a tun, (360 days). After 20 tuns, you then get a k’atun, and after 20 of those (394 years), you have a b’ak’tun.
Why is this significant? Well, after 13 b’ak’tuns, it’s all supposed to end. And Dec 21, 2012 is the end of the 13th b’ak’tun.
According to the Mayans, the age we’re living in today is essentially the fourth world. They began keeping the Long Count calendar at the end of the third world, when they believe gods and hellfire and brimstone and all that other stuff rained down and crushed the planet over 5 thousand years ago – after 13 b’ak’tuns. Because the 13th b’ak’tun of this fourth world will end on the Mayan date 18.104.22.168.0 (the solstice), many believe that the prediction is true and that the planet is due for a catastrophe.
But what type of catastrophe are we really looking at here? This is where things get interesting.
Some believe that the Earth will be struck by a passing planet, called Nibiru, but this has been completely ruled out by all astronomers. If a planet were close enough to strike the Earth, we could see it about as clearly as we see our moon. Another belief is that solar flares will erupt and burn through the planet. Again, this is a discredited theory with no real evidence.
Ancient alien theorists believe that the Mayans’ predictions are a lot more literal, although most do not conclude that the 2012 date is of any significance, because there are other instances where the Long Count calendar keeps counting.
The most widespread belief is that we will experience a magnetic pole shift on December 21, 2012, where the North and South poles effectively switch locations. Like the rest of the 2012 predictions, however, this has no root in modern science. Some speculate that this shift can be caused by alignment, while others insist that it will take a solar flare. But the consensus amongst scientists is that it takes roughly 7,000 years for a pole shift to complete. So even if it did start on the solstice, you wouldn’t be around for the end result.
It’s hard to say what the Mayans knew. Any guesses on the subject would be irresponsible. So what is 2012 about and what should you do? The real answer is that no one knows. Out of all the possible scenarios, natural disasters seem the most plausible. But whatever happens—or doesn’t happen—you should always be prepared for this or any other disaster.