THE YEAR 2012
Roland Emmerich through his eco-thriller “The Day after Tomorrow”, which presents the Apocalyptic theme as being to happen in the year 2012, taps into the predictions of thousands of astrologers, doomsday enthusiasts, and conspiracy theorists who fear that a massive cataclysm will strike the earth on December 21 of that year.
The Mayan Calendar
The Harvard archeologist Michael D. Coe 2012 gained the apex of doom with the best-selling 1966 book "The Maya". He noted that the Mayan culture's famously complex "Long Count" calendar ends on 12/21/12, speculating that civilization might come crashing down on that date. Astrologers have also pointed out that during the winter solstice of 2012, the orbital planes of the solar system and the twelve Zodiacal constellations will intersect with the "Dark Rift" -- a black bit of the Milky Way located next to Sagittarius. Some argue this intersection is precisely why the Mayans -- who were brilliant astronomers -- ended their calendar when they did. But other astrologers believe that this conjunction will usher in a great shift in consciousness. And then there's the counterculture thinker Terence McKenna whose Timewave Zero theory -- drawing off of elements from the "I-Ching," the teachings of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and modern fractal mathematics -- which determined that 12/21/12 is the exact date of a profound change in the world. Roughly speaking, the Mayans, astrologers and McKenna are all predicting global doom or the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
Scientific community, Sunspots and Pole Problems
So if the apocalypse is set just in time for holiday shopping season three years from now, how exactly will the world end? One theory that actually has some traction in the scientific community is that a solar flare will cause a sudden shift in the magnetic orientation of the Earth's poles, causing all kinds of planetary problems like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. NASA is predicting strong solar activity around 2012 and there's evidence that the magnetic poles are slowly weakening, something that reportedly presages a reversal. Of course, most scientists think that this reversal will take centuries, not days, to occur.
So how does Roland Emmerich end the world in his upcoming epic "2012
"We found this obscure theory of 'Earth crust displacement,' written in the '50s by someone called Professor Hapgood. Albert Einstein wrote the foreword to his book. It pretty much [says] every X number of years the whole Earth's crust shifts, all together. We thought that that was a great underlining theory that can explain why there can be a flood."
And what is the director going to do in preparation for that fated date? When asked he said, "I'm a pretty down to earth guy. Even [though] I made movies about aliens, I don't believe in aliens. And I don't believe that the world will come to an end in 2012, but it's a great scenario."
Mr. Barrios and his view on the Mayan Calendar
Mr. Barrios, a historian, anthropologist and Mayan priest, who was born in Guatemala and had contact with different ancients of the Indian tribes, considers that there will not be any end of the world at the winter solstice of 2012. He believes that there will be indeed great changes in the communities and it depends on the human reaction if it will be a difficult or easy circumstance. On information that he gathered he has pronounced that the banks will have a bad time in November 2002 and that the monetary systems will come to a chaotic end.
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Also the American writer Steve Alten, whose two last novels turn around a supposed Mayan prophecy of the end of the world in 2012, when the calendar of this culture finishes, assured in Mexico that this talks about to the end of an historical era and not the end of the humanity.
Opinion of the writer
I underline the opinion of the Mayan Elders that different changes which will happen will be smoothly if the human minds will approach these changes with the right attitude. They even say that as the human mind will be creative –using the Universal Life Energy in the right way- changes will be for the benefit of all. That attitude includes a right perception about the forces beyond globalization, the evil forces beyond politics and even the religions.
Contrary to the Christian point of view the Theosophist Secret and Sacred Doctrine declares that there will never be an apocalypse in the way that the Church is preaching. There will be rather different Days of Judgment and Periods of Transformation during the next million years to come. This science also emphasizes that there were also Days of Judgment in the past and different catastrophes in the past million years of humanity, including different floods.