2012... The end of the line?So Maya predicted that the world will end in 2012. What do you all think? Is it Inevitable? Or just a pile of Baloney?    

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jlhouze eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nothing to worry about. Basically, the Mayans made a perpetual calendar. It is good for roughly 5,125 years (which is supposed to be ending 12/21/12).

But just because the calendar ends doesn't mean the world does. Just like the world didn't end when your 2011 calendar ran out. You just bought a 2012 calendar.

The Mayans just made one really long, repeatable calendar so they wouldn't have to keep making them. Very practical... unless you sell calendars.

Oh, and there is actually debate as to when the calendar officially BEGAN. It was either 8/11 or 8/13 3114 BC.

So, when nothing happens on 12/21, be prepared for the 12/23 people to start clammering. :-)

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having lived thru 1984 and Y2K, I am hopeful it is just a pile of baloney. The Earth and the people on it have always gone through hardships and struggles. Why would the Mayans know when the world would end? The date of December 21, 2012 was the end-date of a 5125 year long cycle in their calendar. Some believe it marks the end of the world catastrophe and others that the Earth will undergo a spiritual transformation in a positive way. It all has to do with interpretations. Others says that there are no predictions of doom and gloom found anywhere in their calendar. Therefore, this is not a scientific theory, rather opinions fostered by various groups of people.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no reason to assume that the world will end. I agree with the post above  on all counts. 

In today's climate, as in many eras, we are beset by both rational and irrational fears and justifications for fear. "Fiscal cliffs" and terrorism characterize the world today, yet there are many reasons to be hopeful and confident. 

We've made it this far.

Things will keep changing as they always have. The world won't end, even if "the ways of the world" change completely. 



pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Beyond baloney.  First, the Maya didn't even really predict the world would end.  Second, why in the world would we believe that these people had the capacity to predict when the world would end?  It's complete silliness and I am eagerly awaiting the day after so that we can be done with this kind of talk.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Baloney for sure.  The whole thing is completely silly.  It does not matter whether or not the Mayan calendar ended or just reset itself in December 2012.  How could the Mayans know the world was ending?  Don't we have telescopes that would see if something was headed to us?

kmsrocks678 | Student

I think there is a very good chance that the world will end in 2012. Without a doubt.:P

subhaditya18 | Student

The world was supposed to end on 21 December 2012 at 11:11 GMT.There were 7 reasons for the end of the world-

1.Prediction of Mayan Calender

2.Planetary Alignments

3.Solar Storms

4.Planet X or Nibiru

5.Pole Shift Theory



However,there is evidence that these reasons are baseless-

1. Maybe another long term period of the Mayan calender starts after 21 December.

2.Scientists have proved that there are no planetary alignments in the next few decades.

3.The next solar storm will be an average one during 2012-14.

4.Planet X only existed in fantasy.A rubbish story to scare people.

5.Pole Shift of earth is impossible.

6.Scientists have not discovered a meteor so large to destroy the earth.

7.The last supervolcano eruption occured 26000 years ago.Volcanologists have proved that the next eruption won't be in the 21st century. 

user9564597 | Student

Its 2013 and nothing were wrong in 2012 we complete it successfully. :) 

user2185617 | Student

Beyond baloney because the mayan had some kind of a fight between other kind of people. then my science teacher told me there is going to be new planet and nothing happened in the space. so i don't believe the world is going to end but some others did but not me.

oliviaharbor | Student

I definitely didn't buy this nonsense thing given the fact that no one will ever when the catastrophy will be. Though the predictions of Nostradamus and the horse dance, the one popular from Korea, it still seems pretty impossible to happen now.

luiji | Student

Apparently it is actually tomorrow (12/12/2012), but I don't believe it. Just like everything else, something has to cause the end of the world, and no scientist is recording drastic changes in the earth's crust, or predicting a massive asteroid flying right towards earth, so no, I don't think it will ever happen.

I also disagree with it for religious reasons, but if I tell you them, I will probably cop a lot of flak... It seems to happen that way... but no offense, anyone...

wifii213 | Student

Ok the thing I saw in the Geographic Channel made me raise the question. Because of the said "omens" or "signs" are showing. Such as suspicious deaths of hundreds of birds, whales, fish, anf other animals all over the world. Also the series of calamities that occured around the world. I mean really, how could the world end just because of a silly prediction made from a silly reason (the Mayan calendar). Somehow in a way, I'm worried, but I can't believe in stuff as silly as that. But if the world will end though, then how would the world end and what could be the causes?