Fear. This is the only thing that the people from NASA would agree to be true regarding the supposed end of the world come 2012. They don’t believe that the ancient Mayan people have the ability to predict or see the future; they also don’t believe that continents would over speed and collide with each other causing massive flooding and damage of properties. What they do believe is that all these fuss have made a lot of people afraid.
One of the biggest proofs that so many people have started to fear the coming of this untimely end is the volume of the letters that NASA’s “Ask an Astrobiologist” website have received over the past few years — all of which contain frantic questions about the possibility of the 2012 doomsday. One of the senior biologists in NASA even made a comment that he too have felt the genuine fear of the letter senders; that they are not simply curious, they are really, really afraid.
One of the most alarming letters that the “Ask an Astrobiologist” website has received is the one from a teenager who considered suicide to avoid seeing how the world will end in 2012. Another letter came from a woman who confessed about contemplating on killing her children to “help” them avoid the possible sufferings that they might experience come 2012.
Because of all these things, NASA is doing its best to explain to the people why the 2012 doomsday is a hoax. Here are some of the myths which they have debunked so far:
The Mayan Myth
NASA contends that even the Mayans themselves never intend to view their calendar as a timeline that would depict the end of the world; archaeologists who have studied the Mayan calendar and their civilization also believe in this. For the Mayans, the end of their cyclical calendar only means an overturn of a new cycle. The entire circular calendar has 1,872,000 days or 5, 125.37 years. This started in August 11, 3114 BC and would end inDecember 21, 2012.
According to a popular Mayan belief, the end of the cyclic calendar marks the beginning of a new “dawn of creation”. In the modern sense, this can be viewed as a change in societal perception, political alliances and the like. In simple words, this only means that the way people view the world will change, but not necessarily that this civilization will be wiped out to make way for the new one.
The Continental Drift Myth
This one attempts to be more “scientific”, but NASA still thinks that this myth is still very pathetic to begin with. According to the myth, the planet’s mantle (the molten rocks below the crust) will move so rapidly that the earth’s crust will shake drift — causing continental collisions. The 2012 movie made a very good representation of this myth. In the movie, it was depicted that the movement of the mantle is caused by planetary alignmentswhich led to very strong magnetic pulls, coupled with massive radiation from the sun.