Culturally, we are fascinated by “doomsday” scenarios. This can be evidenced by the relative success of movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, and also those various documentaries based on the premise if humans were to altogether disappear.
In the recent past, there have been many premonitions about how all of humanity would die inexplicably at a single instant. The Y2K bug was feared to take down all computer systems and, thus, our entire post-industrial way of life. As we learned later, there were no major errors caused by reaching the new millennium. Also, more recently, everyone was worried about June sixth, 2006. “Dur hur hur, the date makes the devil’s number.” So, death by fiery inferno, earthquakes splitting open the Earth revealing the depths of Hell, etc, etc. Again, nothing happened, although it was a big day of horror movie releases.
So, now we approach the year 2012. More specifically, December 21st or 23rd, 2012, is the next date upon which we are all assumed to die, or all life will end, or the Rapture will begin, or whatever. There have been around two hundred books published based on the 2012 phenomenon, and a major motion picture, simply titled “2012”, is assumed to release November 13th of this year. The movie is not a documentary; rather, it’s an action-oriented movie based on a possible cataclysmic event, using the popularity of the titular year to, in my opinion, boost box office sales.
Just recently, NASA has posted an article to debunk 2012. I highly doubt that people will follow this advice, as, again, we are fascinated by our own doom.
And if I’m wrong, it’ll be too frivolous to refute me when the time comes.
Let The End of the World in 2012 Fascination Die
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