Ultra Magnus wrote:
One, the entire prophecy of the world ending due to "Planet X" was actually supposed to happen a couple years back, but that was blended with the entire 2012 thing in order to give it more "pop."
Yeah. though the Mayans never even remotely suggested or depicted such an occurrence...it was just a prediction made by a woman living in Wisconsin who purported to be in confidence with aliens, who in turn based her predictions off of an israeli economist who misinterpreted sumerian and assyrian reliefs. The whole Planet X debacle she was peddling originally came from the "Nibiru" "research" of Zecharia Sitchin who published his "independent research" in the 70s. The man is an academically trained economist who taught himself sumerian and assyrian....from where he deduced his Nibiru doomsday scenario. He's been widely discredited by both scientist and pseudo-scientist alike, due to his blatant misinterpretations of sumerian and assyrian reliefs (he's not formally trained in the languages, after-all). In fact sitchin himself says Nibiru will come to pass in the year 2084 (if i remember correctly) and he insists 2012 is nothing but a sensationalized joke (ironic). It's that woman from Wisconsin who is in contact with gray aliens who makes the prediction...
Second, there are multiple calenders that were found from the Mayans that ended on different dates, some previous to, and some after 2012. There was a method to the madness that is too great to go into here, but let us leave it at "it all depended on the size of the rock they were carving it into." The 2012 one was just considered to be the most significant discovery, as it proved there mathematical abilities were far more advanced than the Europeans gave the "savages" credit for when they came here to conquer.
In short, it is a bunch of poppycock.
They have multiple calendars but one particular thing about the 2012 phenomenon that particularly sets it apart from legions of other "doomsday" scenarios is that this is an instance where wide and disparate cultures (Mayans, Chinese, Hopi Native Americans, Aztecs, Indians) have some significance associated with 12/21/12 because they have calendars which coincidentally end on that same day, once you convert their counting systems for days and years into our modern gregorian one.
I personally am 100% sure that something will happen that day, as is customary to occur: the winter solstice. Beyond that...I wont be so presumptive as to say there is no chance whatsoever of something happening.
I studied economics and finance in college and post-college but history is something i have always found intriguing since 9th grade, and there is just "something" going on with all these ancient cultures having so many things in common with each other, yet they would have no means of communicating or exchanging such ideas. Why do so many cultures around the continents have the same depictions of a terrible flood that devastates the world? growing up and being raised in a christian family I had always thought that the "great flood" was exclusive to the Bible...yet the sumerians, the indians, the mayans, the chinese and many other cultures all have depictions of a great flood erasing civilization and forcing survivors to rebuild. Why does almost every single ancient culture depict itself as receiving laws and wisdom from "sky gods?" Why is it that some ancient cultures were deathly afraid of the sun no longer rising in the sky, to the extent that they perform human sacrifice to appease the "sun god" to ensure its return the next day?
There are countless questions and just some bizarre facts that still remain unexplainable...for instance, how surprised would people be if they knew that the Great Pyramid at Giza is exactly situated in the center of the land mass of the entire world?
My gut feeling is that nothing extra-ordinary will occur. Mostly because it's been so sensationalized that for something large-scale and/or cosmic to occur on 2012 would indeed be comical, for then despite all the iron-oxide raining down from planet x passing within our gravitational field or the nuclear fall out causing acid rain...nobody took it seriously when people were crying and yelling about it 3 years previous (even in the form of a movie).
However I rationally must also keep in mind that possibility of something "eventually" happening. the more I read about ancient cultures the more it becomes apparent that they witnessed some fantastic things which they could only interpret and record in terms they could understand. The more I read about them the more their knowledge of astronomy and physics in many ways outstrips our own today. In sum...these old cultures either experienced something, or were in some form of contact with even more ancient cultures, cultures that are so old that documented evidence of their existence isn't available. they may have been highly imaginative, true....but when you have no computers or tv or telephones to distract you and exchange ideas...how do people separated by oceans and hundreds, even thousands of years all come up with some identical themes??