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I do not believe that the world will end this year; however, I hope that people will use this as an opporunity to reflect on their lives. Are we living each day like it's our last? Are we putting off too much till tomorrow that we really should do today? Are we taking the time to tell our friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to us? If not, even if the world doesn't end, we should.
If scientists are divided on the subject--and they are--with some reputable scientists advocating the Mayan Long Count Calendar has some significance to what events will unfold and some other equally reputable scientists advocating the Calendar is being misread (and thus misinterpreted) and of no relevance to unfolding events, then it seems illogical and unreasonable for the ordinary nonscientific community to latch onto a dogma in favor of OR opposed to the significance and relevance of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. It seems to me that the only rational thing the nonscientific community can reasonably do is to adopt a wait-and-see attitude that will evaluate pros and cons as data and evidence for or against unfolds in real time.
It seems to me a dogmatic rejection or acceptance of that which expert scientists cannot positively disprove OR prove is an error in reasonableness, logic, rationality, and common sense: are there not many things that have been discovered with sound supporting evidence that have been surprising and unexpected? Yes, there have been, for instance, that prominences of the Sun oscillate; that neutrinos flip-flop back and forth between "flavors" (tau, electron, muon flavors) while in mid-flight; that the Cosmic Microwave Background hums in the key of B; that some bacteria live aqueously in poisonous clouds of hydrogen sulfide being completely without oxygen. We do well to be prepared to add more to the long list--longer than I can recall--of surprises silently surrounding us.
Bravo! to all responses! I especially identify with rrteacher about each generation feeling "some sense of self-importance" when declaring the end of the world. :) I do think, however, that Nostradamus has predicted some interesting situations, but in the end, almost anything in history can be retraced to any man's behavior (or woman's). Nostradamus supposedly predicted Napoleon and Hitler, but there were men like them before and there will be men like them again because history repeats itself. People will always seek power, money, and glory in all forms because that is the dark side of all of us. Part of the human condition is taking the good with the bad; we will always be faced with both sides as well as the idea of the end of the world.
I don't believe it for a few reasons. One is that people have predicted the end of the world so often and it has never come true. Maybe the world will end tomorrow, and maybe it will end in 10,000 years. Either way, we won't know when it will happen. Another reason goes along with what poster #8 said. The Mayans did not predict the end of the world. I've watched quite a few Discovery and History channel specials on this. They were not a "doom and gloom" culture. They simply predicted cycles and new beginnings. According to their prediction, 2012 will mark a new beginning. It could be good, or it could be bad, but they say it will be different.
The whole 2012 thing is rather silly. It is based on the fact that the Maya stone calendar stops at that point. First of all, if you are carving on a stone and you fill up the whole surface of the stone, of course you will stop carving. It doesn't mean anything. Additionally, scholars do not agree on the interpretation of the Maya calendar, with some arguing that the final year on it is not 2012 at all.
Here's a little humor related to this discussion; it sums up how I feel about the whole thing perfectly!
I strongly doubt that the world -- by which I guess you mean civilized life, not the entire planet -- will end in 2012. If such a thing should happen, I suspect it would result from some kind of nuclear winter or asteroid impact, not because of any Mayan prophecy. Didn't we already have a fellow predicting, on about three different occasions, that the rapture would occur in 2011? Even he, I recall, had to confess that he had struck out after three inaccurate predictions!
Why we think the Mayans were invested with clairvoyance I'll never understand. In any case, plenty of people have predicted the end of the world, whatever that means, and plenty of people have been wrong. Every generation seems to have some sense of self-importance that persuades some of them that the world has to end during their lifetimes. The world may be much different after 2012, but that's true of every year in human history, including 2011.
I don't believe it will, and I certainly am not going to waste my time worrying about something like that. I live each day in the best way I know how and like to think about making the most of the time I have. That will continue to be my focus -- the here and now, not the "what-ifs."
Of course it's not going to end in 2012. People have predicted the end of the world so many times in history. I can remember at least 4 just in my 42 years of life. So why should we believe that this prediction, based on Mayan superstitions, is going to be any different than those other failed predictions?
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I don't think it will end in 2012 because:
- it's too fast
- it's just a trick of businesspeople (movies...etc)
- it's a warning from people who care about nature
but i believe the first sign of destruction will take place in the year 2102.
I don't beleive in this also...
I stand by my view that the world would not end in my lifetime. Many people believe that global warming is becoming a huge problem, but some say we should be worried about global cooling as well. So we should stop polluting our earth and take care of it because there is only one planet we live on. Moving on to another habitable planet is not a solution as we will destroy it too :(
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