The 2012 “prophecy” has taken the world by storm now more than ever with the recent natural disasters.
First came the strange winter weather patterns in the Northeast along with the horrific flooding in Australia. Then it was been a tornado that touched down near Mobile, Ala. and Louisiana, whirling through the cities with no regard for business structures. And then there was the devastating tsunami and earthquake that rattledJapan and grabbed the rest of the world’s attention during the process.
The recent disasters bring to life the looming discussion that the world could suffer serious damages, or in fact end, come 2012.
The discussions of 2012 arose due to interpretations and predictions discovered in theMayan calendar.
The Mayan civilization was extremely advanced in engineering, mathematics and astronomy, along with an incredible understanding of time and space.
The Mayans used a variety of calendars to track time in linear progressions within cycles. Their findings lead them to the culmination of two calendars which equated to5,125.36 years.
With all those numbers, all that information, where does that leave us? Why do those numbers pose any significance to our lives? We can start with the fact that the final day of the calendar lies on December 21, 2012.
The most recent of the sporadic natural disasters menacing all parts of the globe hit Japan last week, leaving its people to fight for their survival, imparting those who watched to question the future of theirs.
With the revelations from the Mayan calendars coupled with the reoccurring devastating natural disasters, mere speculations quickly turned to food for thought.
Heads are certainly turning at Elon University, where employees and students alike are beginning to ponder what the future holds.
Robin Fogleman, an assistant director at the Varsity Grill on Elon’s campus, has taken notice of the recent tragedies to strike Japan.
“What’s going on over in Japan,” lamented Fogleman, “it’s scary. The news keeps getting worse.”
Japan was first jolted by an earthquake registering an 8.9 on the Richter magnitude scale with more devastation soon to follow.
A tsunami warning was issued for countries all around the Pacific ocean following the earthquake, and even caused a whirlpool to form in the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.
The deadly combination of the earthquake and tsunami has left parts of Japan in ruins, demolishing buildings and homes, taking countless lives in the process.
“If my house and my family members houses were destroyed,” said Fogleman, pausing for a minute to collect her thoughts, “I don’t know what I’d do. There would be no where for us to go, no where to live. Where would my kids go to school?”
Fogleman acknowledged the lingering theories of 2012, whatever the year may hold. She was careful with her word choice, but still had a claim to make.
“Someone, or something, is trying to get our attention,” said Fogleman. “There needs to be peace between the people of this world and peace with the Earth, before it’s too late.”
Foglemans thoughts were shared by another employee at Elon.
Pat McCaskill, a cafeteria worker at Elon’s McEwen Dining Hall, had more to say on something, or someone who may not be too happy with the human race.
McCaskill identified herself as a devout Christian and someone who believes things truly do happen for a reason.
“God is disappointed with us as a whole,” said McCaskill. “He created our world and is upset with how we are treating it. We have a merciful God. He would not do this unless his people were doing something wrong.”
McCaskill’s view, while strongly religious and not shared by everyone, is one to consider.
Whatever is in store for our Earth in 2012 remains unknown. But with the recent tragedies around the world, people are beginning to think about all possible scenarios, good or bad.