Do you think the world's going to end in 2012?Do you think the world is going to end in 2012

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thewritingteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Doomsday--the day when humanity goes down in flames forever and the earth implodes on itself. It's been a fascinating topic since the beginning of time, but no one can predict such things. Change happens, but it happens incrementally over the course of generations. Prophets in all cultures foretell of a catastrophe that wipes the planet clean of life, but in reality, most change happens by substitution and the natural cycle of life.

The earth functions under cycles: solar cycles, lunar cycles, seasons, and tides. The earth warms and cools (see great droughts and ice ages from long before the Industrial Revolution) in a rhythm that humans don't understand. Since the Enlightenment, science has tried to make sense of these patterns and draw conclusions from them, but no one can really understand that which cannot be fully measured.

The mindset that allows people to predict dates of cataclysmic events has to manipulate and extrapolate facts from theories, rather than draw conclusions from facts. So, 2012 will be another year--no different than 2000, no different than 1962 (the year Jeanne Dixon predicted the anti-Christ would be born), and no different than 1000 (when the world was supposed to end according to prophets in Europe.)

My opinion---carpe diem---and let the end of the world take care of itself!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

T. S. Eliot wrote in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Profrock" that "the world will end, not with a bang, but with a whimper."  For many of the older generation, the world has ended with a whimper; that is, the world that they have known. This was a  world in which America had a strong economy and was the major producer of goods in the world and labels said "Made in USA." It was the world in which people still believed in the "American Dream," a dream in which hard work and integrity were rewarded and the quality of one's work really did matter; a world in which a handshake was a binding agreement; a world in which it was safe to walk down many streets.    Gone is the world in which people wrote letters to one another and sat across from one another and talked to each other; a world in which manners and character truly mattered.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although people have debated the end of the world for many years, there is no scientific, socially, or biblical reckoning that indicates the world will end in the year 2012. At this point in our world's history, the earth and mankind seems to be getting stronger. We are more ecologically aware, so the things mankind has been doing to damage the world are beginning to be minimized. Technological issues such as nuclear weapons are becoming more regulated, so the likelihood that one big nuclear explosion or something like that destroying the world is unlikely. The earth is an ancient and resilient entity, and it will more than likely continue to exist long after mankind has destroyed itself.

timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't see any reason why it is more likely to end in 2012 than 2011 or 2013.  Although I agree with mwestwood's post (9), and confess that it makes me sad, I don't think that the question refers to the passing of an era/generation/concept/whatever, but to the physical destruction of the world.  There's no guarantee that the world will last until next week; that makes every day important for each of us.  Do what you must do every day to the best of your ability and the end of the world will take care of itself.

And the good news is that we probably won't be here to know that it ended :)


amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Interesting question, isn't it?  There has been speculation about the end of the world for many years, but the fact that the Mayans as well as John Paul Jackson (modern-day prophet) say that 2012 looks like the year is fascinating.

I wouldn't go nuts and max out your credit cards or do anything crazy, but you might want to get all your ducks in a row and prepare for the worst while hoping and praying for the best.  Either way, the year 2012 looks like it may be extremely difficult as far as economy goes.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In a word, no. And I certainly hope not, because my new car will be paid off then! The end of the world has been predicted many times, but we just keep rolling along, for better or worse. I'm reminded of the Y2K frenzy. Much ado about nothing. End-of-the-world predictions seem to get more traction during times of social stress and economic instability. They play into feelings of anxiety.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with many of the previous posts.  I think a very interesting question is how the psychological makeup of individuals allow them to be predisposed to particular moments in time that will mark "the end" of something.  I think that such psychological hard wiring reveals something fairly powerful about how individuals perceive themselves and their world.

flashinglights | Student

i hope it wont. It's just pretty much started for me.

mrromantic | Student

No. The world ends when god says it ends, in other words no one knows when the world world will end.

missrita415 | Student

The Bible clearly states that no man knows the day nor the hour. There is a theory that something catastrophic will happen because of evidence that this when the Mayan calendar is set to end. Most of what you see in the media is hype I believe because there is an underlying knowledge that fear motivates the activities of some people. If you remember, during the years before the year 2000,  (Y2K) there was much hysteria over the technology and how it would react to the changing of the year and century. Nothing catastrophic happened. Our world is changing. We can see that by the way nature is responding in terms of violent weather patterns, the lost of natural resources and the changes and behaviors of animals.

You posed a great question. One that should be pondered, discussed and continuelly researched.

kc4u | Student

Since the world had begun, it must end. In 2012? No. That would really be too early. We have so many things left to be done. But to me something is more important than such conjectures like 2012 or 2013. By the end of the world, do we mean the end of humankind on this planet or the end of the planet as a whole? This earth is much older than man; when there was no man, nor any life, the earth was there. Man came late, and should he go early too? I am no expert on this subject, nor an astrologer to calculate. But still hope to see the summit of evolution to survive for many years more on this planet.

boo52 | Student

It will end when it ends. We'll all die. No one will be alive to care.

aires-maton | Student

The world won't end, at least not with a bang. I agree with the reference to T. S. Eliot, we will go out with a whimper. There won't be any 'blood moon,' or 'major tsunamis to drown us,' but I'm pretty sure things (economy) are all going to go down the drain.

The entire nation (US) and the rest of the world was informed about the effects of our actions, and since we haven't taken major actions to change our ways, we are now going to pay in the next few years.

frizzyperm | Student

No. The world is not going to 'end' in 2012. Such talk is uneducated nonsense. While I realise people 'feel' the spooks and goblins of their primitive subconcious whispering in their ear, we should squash such ramblings as out-dated hogwash.

Predictions and prophets and prognostications are just childish hooey. This is the 21st century, not the 12th.

krishna-agrawala | Student

I do not believe in any of the predictions for end of Earth in a specified years, claimed to be based on astrology, some ancient text, or prediction of some person with ability to see future events. It is not as if I have absolutely no faith in astrology or the ancient texts. But most certainly I don't believe in people who use these to come out with startling predictions that are not supported by the best scholars of the subject.

As per ancient Hindu texts and Hindu philosophy, any thing that is crated must also also be destroyed. This principle applies to the Earth also. I am quite sure, many other texts would have made similar statements. And I am equally sure that such statements are intended to emphasize this cycle of creation and destruction, rather than specify a date for destruction of the Earth.