There are many theories that try to combat the 2012 debate. This article I found tries to tackle one of the most prevalent theories, Apocalypse based on the end of the Mayan Calender. According to Vince Darcangelo, this is a skewed version of truth and one has to only look to John Major Jenkins for the real meaning of the end of the Maya Calender.
Taken from DailyCamera.com
The end is near. Well, more specifically, it’s five years from this Friday: Dec. 21, 2012 — or so the doomsayers would have you believe.
Others believe we’re five years from an unprecedented spiritual awakening. Whatever you believe, there’s no denying that the 2012 movement has become a hot topic. Just take a walk through the non-fiction aisle of the nearest bookstore. Joseph Lawrence’s “Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization’s End” and Daniel Pinchbeck’s “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl” are some of the more popular titles filling bookshelves these days.
Most recently, Louisville-based Sounds True, a publisher of spiritual books, audio programs and DVDs, published the book “The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophesies and Possibilities,” an anthology featuring many of the leading scholars on the topic, including Pinchbeck and John Major Jenkins, an independent researcher who has studied 2012 for more than 20 years.
Image taken from SoundsTrue
The big question these books are trying to answer, of course, is what’s going to happen in 2012 — in particular on the winter solstice, Dec. 21.
Here’s what is known: The ancient Mayan long-count calendar — a calendar that spans more than 5,000 years — comes to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. This coincides with a galactic alignment in which the sun will align with the center of the Milky Way galaxy, an event that occurs once every 26,000 years, which could have potentially catastrophic consequences. The galactic alignment has the potential to create a shift in the Earth’s poles, which would cause disastrous environmental events.
But there is another theory, led by the likes of Jenkins, who makes his home in Windsor, and has spent much of the past two decades living and working with the traditional Maya in Guatemala. For him, 2012 is not the end. It’s a chance for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
As Dec. 21, 2007 draws near, it may be time to write up one final five-year plan. But should they be plans for the end of the world or just the end of the world as we know it? It depends on whose book you read.
“This is one of those topics that’s very hard to pin down,” Tami Simon, the founder and publisher of Sounds True, says. “It’s like mercury under glass. It’s hard to pin down exactly what I think about this.”
Jenkins agrees with Simon that what will happen on Dec. 21, 2012 is not set in stone. The galactic alignment will occur, he says, and the Mayan calendar will reach its end, but beyond that, it’s up to us.
“Ultimately, the outcome depends on free will,” he says. “The Maya do not believe in predestination or predetermination.” All of the recent press surrounding 2012 could have a negative and unexpected consequence, though, Simon warns, if people simply accept that what will happen — be it doomsday or a spiritual awakening — is inevitable.
So nobody totally agrees on what, if anything, will happen on Dec. 21, 2012. For some, it’s the dawning of a golden age of spirituality. For others, it’s the much-ballyhooed end of the world
The 2012 movement certainly contains the perfect storm of ingredients for a doomsday theory: the mystical (the end of the Mayan calendar), the scientific (the galactic alignment) and the ever-present societal unrest that every generation points to for proclaiming their generation as the last.
“There are many aspects of trends in current events to support this kind of thinking — everything from dire prognostications regarding climate change to the war on terror and increasing incidents of random acts of mass violence,” Arguelles,a former Boulder resident who now heads the Galactic Research Institute of the Foundation for the Law of Time in Ashland, Ore says. “The emphasis on violence in video games and much of mass culture creates the climate for a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
“There’s this sense of an ending that people periodically need to confront,” he says. “Every culture has its own sense of how it began. … Maybe every society needs a destruction myth, to see how it’s going to end.”
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