A Reflection On the 2012 Doomsday Scare

By Hina Gupta

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The world was supposed to end on Dec 21, 2012. Guess what, it didn’t! One of the theories was that by this time, a planet named Nirubu would be headed toward the earth and another theory was that there could be a solar flare. But there was a misunderstanding in interpreting the Mayan calendar because we are all still here. The Mayans were great at watching the sky, but it was unlikely that they could predict anything that big, that far into the future. It was just their period of measurement just like our calendar that ends on December 31, and then starts again in January. The Mayans also did not predict the end of the world. Scientists did not believe this either because if something like that were to happen, they say that they would have tracked it at least a decade earlier. With the semester coming to an end, and all you students freaking out about what’s going to happen afterwards, this message is especially to our graduating class. Know that it is not the end of the world, it is simply the ending to your Calendar, which will again start in January. You may think that your world may end, but most likely– just like 2012–it won’t. Also, try not to think too far ahead, take it a year at a time! Have a great finishing of your Fall Semester 2014!

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