By: Paul Joseph Watson
Despite the fact that there are innumerable genuine crises and real economic problems all over the world for which people should be making serious preparations, manufactured hysteria surrounding supposed Mayan prophecies about the end of the world on December 21 has dominated the headlines and stoked panic amongst significant numbers of people.
1) Doomsday adherents cannot seem to agree on precisely what catastrophe will befall the earth on December 21st. Will it be the emergence of Planet X or a combination of crippling global superstorms and extreme weather events? Unlike Y2K, which at least was a single, quantifiable threat, the Mayan prophecy comes with no specific warning attached, leaving it open to wild and inaccurate speculation.
2) Astronomer and NASA scientist David Morrison put out a YouTube video containing, “Detailed rebuttals of five separate apocalyptic scenarios on its website, including a meteor strike, a solar flare and the so-called polar shift, whereby the Earth’s magnetic and rotational poles would reverse.” And if you don’t believe NASA, there are millions of amateur astronomers who are constantly stargazing and would notice any celestial threat to the earth many weeks or months in advance.
3) The establishment media and entertainment industry in the west has exploited the 2012 hysteria for their own commercial and tabloid-driven ends. Rest assured, you know it’s fraudulent when the system itself is pushing it. Real threats to people’s livelihoods like the declining value of the dollar, food shortages or threats to private retirement funds including 401K’s and IRA’s are all too real but not sexy enough to be turned into blockbuster Hollywood movies or prime time documentary specials. Real threats to our environment like genetically modified food, chemtrails or unstable nuclear reactors are sidelined in favor of obsessing over inane fantasies about armageddon.
4) The Mayans themselves were not too smart as a culture in comparison to others, so why should we pay much attention to what they said anyway? The Mayans were incapable of inventing the wheel and thought that life was a dream of the Gods, which is why they routinely made human sacrifices to stave off the fear that the Gods would awaken and the world would end. Why should we indulge in the same deluded fears of such a primitive culture?
5) If you do think we should be paying attention to the Mayans, then that also indicates armageddon is some way off yet. During a recent speech, the National Council of Elders Mayas, Xinca and Garifuna pointed out that the end of the Maya calendar has nothing to do with the end of the world, noting that it merely represents the end of one cycle leading to the beginning of a new one. “It’s the time when the largest grand cycle in the Mayan calendar—1,872,000 days or 5,125.37 years—overturns and a new cycle begins,” noted Anthony Aveni, a Maya expert and archaeoastronomer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
6) The Mayan prophecies contain absolutely zero evidence that anything catastrophic will actually happen on December 21st. “The very few ancient texts that refer to Dec. 21, 2012 treat it as a calendar milestone, but do not contain prophecies of doom,” says John Henderson, professor of anthropology at Cornell University.
7) The Mayan leaders once exploited manufactured hysteria about the end of the world to make their inferiors follow orders. Possessing advanced knowledge of when solar eclipses would occur, the elders would claim that a snake was about to eat the sun and that only by obeying commands would the elders permit the sun to return. Watching a subsequent solar eclipse, the peasants believed the scam, thinking the elders had divine powers to make the sun disappear – ensuring total obedience.
8) Most of the individuals whipping up the frenzy are doing so for personal profit. In China, “Scam artists had been convincing pensioners to hand over savings in a last act of charity,” reports the Telegraph. Others have been selling ‘end of the world’ survival kits (a delicious contradiction in terms) – cashing in on the hysteria.
9) Some people have used the supposed end of the world in 2012 as an excuse to make apologies for the very real tyranny that we see unfolding on a daily basis in a myriad of different ways. Armageddon hysteria has been hijacked as a useful psychological justification for laziness and procrastination when it comes to educating others or making personal preparations for genuine crises that the world could face in the coming years.
10) Many Christians have earmarked December 21, 2012 as either the date of armageddon or the second coming of Christ. However, this ignores the Bible itself which quite clearly states that the end of the world will not be foreseen by man. “No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows,” states Mark 13:32.
Forecasting that the world will not end on December 21st is hardly a bold prediction. However, 2012 hysteria has been an interesting study in affirming the fact that the establishment media will only talk about such a “threat” at length when it really poses no threat at all – while ignoring or downplaying very serious issues that do pose a real danger to the future of the species.