Since it’s the wee hours of Threat-Level Tuesday (at least here in the US) and I’m tired and feeling very sick right now, I’m going to make this installment a retroactive one. Bear with me.
Threat: Winter Solstice 2012 Apocalypse. No one knew what was supposed to happen, but everyone had some idea.
Severity Level: Extremely bad as far as hype was concerned, absolutely zero when the actual day rolled up.
How To Survive: Don’t kill yourself or allow yourself to die from anything before the date. Continue breathing afterward.
Reasoning: The Mayan Calendar “ended”, and the Mayans must have been psychic and therefore able to predict the end of the world. People wanting to make money saw this as an opportunity. Thus sprang theories, ranging from extraterrestrials, a secret planet called Nibiru, massive catastrophic disasters on a global scale, and so on. No one could agree on anything, except for the sentiment of, “We’re all doomed.” (Unless, of course, you count the people who disagreed with that and believed in Ascension.)
Extra Notes: Unfortunately, this was a day that had a lot of hype surrounding it yet nothing happened. At all. A lot of ideas ended up thrown around, a lot of doom and gloom circulated the “in the know” world, and at least a few people committed suicide out of fear over the possibilities. (My personal preference was to live to see the day, then if I died in some cataclysm, oh well. Obviously that didn’t happen, which gave me a new lease on life.)
The Lesson: Never believe hype about the end of the world or any other “great change” unless there’s ample evidence to support that it’s happening (ie. there’s a massive asteroid actually hurtling toward Earth – not Nibiru). The only people who circulate these rumors are either money hungry, power hungry, or gullible enough to believe the words of those who are the above and crazy enough to make up more reasons as to how and why. (Personally, I fell under the “gullible and crazy” category until a few months before the date. Oops.) There’s supposedly another date set for the apocalypse… let’s be smart and not take this one seriously, okay?
And… there we have it. I’m sorry that this one is such a dud. As I said, I’m exhausted, achy, and not feeling very well in general. I hope you enjoyed it.
Question portion: What did you think of all of the 2012 hype? (Before you answer, know that I’m unlikely to believe claims that you knew it was bunk all along. Way too many people believed in something surrounding the date and toward Yule/Winter Solstice, tons of “survive the end of the world” books sold or were downloaded.) What, if anything, did you expect would happen? Did you stock up on food/water/ammo/etc.? Do you believe that the apocalypse is still nigh? Did you stop believing that a doomsday event was nigh after December 21, 2012 came and went with nothing to see? Leave a comment below and let’s chat about this. 🙂 Until next time….