Judgment Day 2012?

Some say it will happen in 2010 while others predict 2012, but the question is – will it really happen? Will the world really end in the near future? It’s become a topic of discussion in many gatherings. Today, people say it might be caused by global warming. But how did Nostradamus predict it in his day? Could it possibly come true?


On December 30 2004, a national daily published an article titled ‘Is the world coming to an end?’ The article quotes ‘one of India’s top astrologers, Kewal Anand Joshi, who warned: “It’s not over yet. We (a group of astrologers) are currently diagnosing the calamity. There’s going to be another major strike in June 2005, somewhere in the world. It will continue in 2006 and even in 2007 taking millions of lives,” Joshi almost assured. “And we have reason to believe, besides tsunami strikes, there’ll be a series of natural catastrophes which could destroy parts of the world,” he added. Today we know that he wasn’t wrong. Could it be that the prediction made by these prophets is true?


The 2007 movie I am legend is set in the year 2012. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard of the movie, the story in simple words describes what happens to a man after the end of the world. However, unlike most predictions which claim some or the other natural disaster to end the world, in the film, it is caused by a virus attack.


The Mayan calendar predicts that on December 21, 2012, earth will cease to exist. The calendar was constructed by an advanced civilization called the Mayans around 250-900 AD. This is what gave rise to many if not most speculations that the world will end in the near future. Ages ago, they managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon as 329.5 days. Apparently, they were only 34 seconds out. The Mayan calendar predicts that the Earth will end on December 21, 2012. Since they were pretty close to the mark with the lunar cycle, it is likely they have got the end of the world right as well. But that was not the only prophecy.


Nostradamus, too, prophesied that the world would end after 2010. Many may say that it is just speculation. Those who do not believe in prophets and prophesies may ridicule and mock such predictions but the fact is that many of Nostradamus’ prophesies have come true! Some of his most famous fulfilled prophesies include the death of King Henry II of France, his prediction of the famous fire of London, and of course how could anyone forget, his prediction of the notorious 9/11 attacks.


‘In the year 1999, in the seventh month,
From the sky will come the great King of Terror,
Bringing back to life the great King of the Mongols.
Before and after, Mars to reign by good fortune.’


Although his exact date was off by two years, it is said that he wrote in anagrams, which turns 1999 to 9-11-1 the date of the attack! So by that logic, there is a good chance that the predictions made by these prophets may come true. Today scientists from around the world are predicting that this planet, as we know it, may actually cease to exist. Some say it will be humans that will cause this. Others believe that a natural phenomenon will be the cause. While those who believe in religion and philosophy say it will be God himself who presses the stop button. But there may be several reasons that could actually cause the end.


According to some scientists and solar experts, our sun is in a bit of strife. Although it is supposed to be in a period of relative stability, recent sand storms have been bombarding our planet with enough radiation energy to destroy satellites and knock out power grids. This is what scientists say could be one cause of the plausible doomsday. This activity of the sun is supposed to reach its peak by 2012. But again, one can say that it may be so, but that doesn’t mean that the world would necessarily end.


What about all the fuss about global warming? Whether the world ends or not, a major part of it could (and most likely will) be submerged in the near future. The Sunderbans forest already has parts of it submerged, I would not be shocked if 10 years from now, the royal Bengal tiger becomes extinct just because its habitat has disappeared.


While I was trying to find out when and why the world would end, I realized that there were things I didn’t even know myself. There are scientists in Europe who are building a large particle accelerator/atom smasher (the world’s largest). For the uninitiated, I shall quickly explain what an atom smasher is and why it is being built—the world as most of you may know is made of atoms and molecules. When we follow the big bang theory, we basically follow the fact that the particles collided with one another and then keep moving further and further away from each other. The atom smasher is basically a 27km tunnel designed to smash atoms together to find out what makes the Universe tick! But when any new invention comes out, there are pros and cons to it. Scientists are predicting serious repercussions of this machine. It is set to be tested in its first major experiment, in 2012. So there is another danger for Earth – we could be crushed by an atom.


Most people know that the poles are shifting. This is natural but while the poles shift, it gets rid of the magnetic field that protects earth from UV rays. So soon we will end up with nothing protecting us from UV rays, which will in turn result in our skin burning up within seconds of these rays touching it. Scientists say that we are 30,000 years overdue for this major pole shift to happen! We are also many years overdue for an eruption of the volcano under Yellowstone National Park in USA. It is the world’s largest volcano and its eruption could fill the world with smoke, fumes and ashes that could block the sun for years to come.


All these predictions—scientific or prophesied—may or may not come true. We can only wait and watch what time has in store for us. Somehow I do not believe in all this. Whether the above is fact or fiction, is for each one of us to decide. Some people, now, may say there is no future, so why bother planning for 10-20 years down the road? But the question is, what if the world doesn’t end in 2012? What are you going to do then?


Priya Ganguli

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