week on December 21 the much discussed prediction of a Mayan apocalypse will be
put to the test.
prophetic and somewhat mysterious nature of the prediction has captured the
imaginations of many, including those in Hollywood. Movies such as the aptly
titled “2012“ and “Melancholia” have played off the public’s interest and fear
of an apocalypse. Both films incorporate popular theories as to what type of
disasters may occur such as solar flares in “2012“ and the concept of a rogue
planet on a collision course with Earth in “Melancholia.”
2012 phenomenon is said to be the end-date of the 13th “b’ak’tun,” or set of
5,125 years. The “Popol Vuh,” a compilation of Mayan creation stories, outlines
how gods created three failed worlds before the current and successful one in
which humanity was placed, all of which ended in the same thirteen “b’ak’tun”
Klimmer, a senior communication major, said that he was stocking up on food
and other supplies in case the Mayan prediction proves to be true.
course I do believe something will happen on December 21. We were told the
rapture was going to happen, and it didn’t. We were told Y2K was going to happen,
and it didn’t. We were told the Russians were going to nuke us, and they
didn’t. All of these things were wrong, and I just have a gut feeling this one
is going to be true. Fourth time’s the charm, and you just got to trust your
gut,” Klimmer said.
international studies major Brittany Waite had a different take on the
predictions and said that they could be accurate for the Mayans but that with
Western thinking could come misunderstanding.
don’t think the world is going to end on the 21st. I don’t think anything will
happen on the 21st besides people taking advantage of the Mayans’ prediction,
such as doing things to scare the shit out of people. So it will probably be a
scary day— not in the sense of the destruction of the world but rather April
Fool’s style,” Waite said.
business administration major Michael Pagni had a similar opinion. Pagni said
that if something catastrophic were to happen, there would already be clear
signs of the impending event.
do not think the world is going to end next week. I don’t remember what it was
called, but there was a comet or something along those lines that was supposed
to crash into the Earth. And then the zombie apocalypse. It’s just never going
to happen,” Pagni said.
most of the speculation can be summed up as harmless rumors and barroom
banter, the United States government has recently felt the need to assuage the
fears of concerned citizens. According to a December 3 blog post on USA. gov,
“The world will not end on Dec. 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.” The same post
mentions that NASA has “received thousands of letters concerned about the end
of the world.”
If we are
able to ask the question come Dec. 22, what will be the next date humanity
becomes afraid of?