It’s now 2012 and, depending on whom you believe, these could be the end times. Or not. I fall in the “or not” category.
That being said, I do like delving into the various conspiracy theories just to see what they’re made of and whether they’re even remotely credible. It seems you can’t even discuss them without being labeled a conspiracy theorist. Is it even worth talking to small-minded, agenda-driven people who default to name calling? I think not.
The other day I was in a used book store and found a copy of How to Survive 2012 by Patrick Geryl. I didn’t really look at it much, thinking there might be some interesting information in it. In my mind I grouped it in with the “how to survive Y2K” type books.
Admittedly, I haven’t read the entire book, and am not likely to, but my read of the first couple dozen pages got me laughing. But there’s always that voice in the back of your head that says “but what if they’re right?” I’ve learned to ignore that paranoid voice. Everyone has it.
To summarize Geryl’s theory, he believes that a large cloud of plasma ejected from the sun will cause a pole shift on Earth, essentially resulting in the Earth spinning the other direction, poles in a different location and the Earth’s crust cracking. There will be tsunamis of gargantuan proportions, massive volcanoes, huge lightning storms, etc, and without the protective magnetic shield, massive amounts of radiation will rain down on the planet.
All will happen December 21, or so the theory goes. If it’s not a pole shift, it’s Nibiru (Planet X) or some other theory. And the kicker? Most of the population will perish. If you want to survive, you should have an unsinkable boat or a retreat on a mountain top that won’t be affected by volcanoes and make sure it doesn’t have much iron in it (attracts lightning).
Kind of makes you want to go on a holiday for the rest of the year, doesn’t it? At least you won’t have to spend all that money on Christmas gifts!
Why humans come up with these apocalypse theories I have no idea. That’s not to say that the Earth hasn’t faced mass extinctions before, but I’m not getting too worked up about 2012. Didn’t get too worked up about Y2K either. We were two provinces away from home at that time.
We recently won a subscription to Backwoods Home Magazine and our first issue covered the topic of apocalyptic scenarios. They have some articles online from their current issue, but not the one debunking the end of the world scenarios. If you’re interested in self-sufficient living, you should check out their site anyway.
The Backwoods Home article debunked the following end of the world scenarios: Planet X, pole shift, galactic alignments, Mayans, Bible Codes, Quran codes, etc. I think they also mentioned Nostradamus. Very well-written article.
I have a number of issues with the How to Survive 2012 book, but I won’t go into detail. There’s just too much!
For us, life will continue on as normal, still planning our move to the country. We are still planning on celebrating Christmas and, if the skiing is good, you may find us in the mountains on December 21. Those life jackets in the trunk? Yeah, just ignore those. We’re giving them to charity. Yeah, that’s it. (Nothing wrong with hedging your bets though, is there?)
See you in 2013!