Well, it’s 2012. A lot of claims are going to be made and refuted about an end of the world. The difficulty in seeing what will actually occur has to do with the perspective of the various proponents. The doomsayers are coming up with intricate scenarios of death and destruction based off of supposed celestial cycles and complex theories, often without a lot of evidence to back them up. Skeptics are doing what skeptics do, claiming that modern science says it can’t happen, ignoring any contrary information as random noise and forgetting that modern science is not as exact as we like to pretend. In essence, both groups are making the discussion ideological, probably because there is no direct way to observe what will happen on the date.
What is often misunderstood about the 2012 date is that this date is based off of cyclical calendars. Each cycle of the infamous Mayan calendar consists of approximately 5125 years. The other main cycle refers to the lining up of the Earth’s Poles with a dark zone in the center of the galaxy, a cycle that lasts 26,000 years. Logically, one could extrapolate what will happen in 2012 by looking at what has happened at the end of the previous cycles.
For this exercise, I am going to briefly analyze what has happened in the past during these cyclical periods according to history and mythology. For the sake of brevity, I will use the terms “polar cycle” to represent the 26,000 year cycle, and “Mayan cycle” to represent the 5125 year cycle.
Approx 8 polar cycles ago: First humans appear (theoretically. Some sources actually place this at 100,000 years, or 4 polar cycles, ago)
Approx 7 polar cycles ago: no significant historical data, but humans still around
Approx 6 polar cycles ago: no significant historical data, but humans still around
Approx 5 polar cycles ago: Ori plague wipes out most intelligent life in galaxy, and the ancients use the device at Dakara to reseed life in the universe and the second evolution of humans occurs
No significant historical Data, but humans still around
Approx 4 polar cycles ago: no significant historical data, but humans still around
Approximately 3 polar cycles ago: Theorized supervolcano on Sumatra creates a volcanic winter that reduces human race to 1,000-10,000 breeding pairs
Approximately 2 polar cycles ago: humans driven from Africa because of drought and spread to other regions of the world. Human brain capacity rapidly increases to about what we have now.
Approximately 1 polar cycle ago: Neanderthals become extinct. Humans still around.
Approximately 4 Mayan cycles ago: Humans enter Greece and Alaska
Approximately 3 Mayan cycles ago: Ice Sheets melt, Europe warms, and Koreans grow rice.
Approximately 2 mayan cycles ago: Mythological destruction of Atlantis.
Approximately 1 Mayan cycle ago: First Dynasty of Egypt, birth of the Minoan civilization, beginning of the construction of Stonehenge, creation of the world according to Genesis
End of this Mayan cycle: an alignment will occur with the Earth’s poles and the center of the galaxy. Effects are unknown. There will be a large increase in solar flare activity which can disrupt our current power grid.
Though there are cycles that last 26,000 years as described, humans have survived through at least 8 cycles, and the earth has survived over 173 thousand cycles. It is unlikely, then, that there will be a purely nature or cosmic based destruction of the Earth or extinction of the human race at the end of this cycle.
Though there are certain disasters associated with the Mayan cycles (extinction of the Neanderthal, mythological destruction of Atlantis), several civilizations and advancements seem to start in association with the cycles. If the cycles have a significant effect on human civilization as theorized, then this effect is neither purely constructive nor destructive, but could go either way. This suggests that should such an effect exist, there is an aspect of human control that can determine the end result.
There is a known potential disaster in the theorized solar flare activity disrupting modern power grids. Should this happen, it could cause a disaster. However, the extent of the disaster depends on the human reaction to it. People could pull together to get through it, or society could self-destruct either through panic or through nations taking advantage of the confusion to initiate military aggression. In this scenario, the end of the world comes through human destructive impulses, which is what we’ve been dealing with for the past 50,000 years.
In short, we don’t have to worry about the world being destroyed because of some unstoppable cosmic force. We do have to worry about humans destroying the world. If there is any cosmic significance to this date, it is one of a test of humanity, a trial that can bring out either the best or the worst in us.