Some time ago I spent a couple hours surfing YouTube for Microcars and somehow ended up watching videos about the end of the world in 2012.
It seems that always there is something to be afraid of: Terrorism, Avian flu, Piggy flu, New World Order, etc. And one of the latest is the world end by 2012.
I don’t know how many books and videos have been sold so far, but even movies are “coming out this summer to a theater near you” Thousand of videos on YouTube and new messiahs preaching about the end. All based on the Mayan calendar and Nibiru approach, plus the psychosis some people create.
Should I clarify that I don’t believe the world is going to end?
With all this fuss about 2012 there is a huge market of products, books, videos, movies, blogs, websites, etc. and I’m still looking for “2012, The Lunch Box”
Could it just be that the Mayan guy making the calendar died of an old age and his counterparts though there’ll be no use for them to continue his “work”? It happens all the times, right?
At the other hand, if for any reason the axis of earth shift just a tiny fraction of a degree, maybe in the lapse of several years, without provoking big nature changes, it’ll still throw the calendar obsolete since it is based in the rotation of this planet around the sun and in its position in relation to the other stars and planets in space and the path they make in the sky when observing from our rock.
So we might end up having to create a new calendar if the actual one becomes obsolete for reasons like the one mentioned before, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world, and we buy a new calendar every year anyway!
Also, if there is a shift on earth axis, maybe some people will not have to take so cold winters anymore and others will have fresh summers for a change! (just kidding)
In any case, earth mass is huge and shifting the axis will take hundreds of years since is not easy to change direction of rotation to a body that has this size and weight. Even airplanes use gyroscopes to know their position in the air in relation to the ground since a gyroscope tend to keep its position.
Or put in a different way, grab a bicycle wheel from the axis and move it side by side and in any direction you want; it is easy. Now try with the wheel spinning, it becomes very difficult…that’s a gyroscope, and that’s what earth is in space.
So it becomes very difficult that something terrible happen in 2012 unless we get hit by a huge asteroid, but it wouldn’t be like the movies, just a second and old earth doesn’t exist anymore; no fancy running!
The whole process from the moment an asteroid enters the earth atmosphere to the impact would be just a couple of minutes; and with all the amateur astronomers around the world who watch the skies for fun there is no way the approach of an asteroid can be a secret held by NASA. Just add these astronomers with the internet and the news will spread really fast.
So I guess is about to keep searching for that lunch box and keep worrying about retiring money…no easy escape!