The "end of the world" is always an interesting topic of discussion, whether it be in our own lives with friends and family, or perhaps more importantly by the mass media and a variety of television programs that bring our attention to the many end-times scenarios that we may have never even been aware of. In this article, I have compiled 5 of the most popular 2012 doomsday predictions. While I do not personally believe the end of the world is coming in 2012, I do find these predictions to be interesting to consider as I think about humanity; as well as in artistic senses such as what I consider when thinking about 2012 doomsday predictions and how I would react if they were to actually come true. I do hope you enjoy this article, and maybe it will be enlightening in some ways for you. If you enjoy it, leave a comment below!

1. The End of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calender

December 2012 marks the end of the Mesoamerican long count calender. Unlike the standard calender used by a majority of the world today, the Mesoamerican long count calender both predates our standard of time measurement; and also has what many deem to be a "end." While the end of this calender is not necessarily the markings of a 2012 doomsday scenario (as many in pop culture seem to believe), it does represent the transition from one "world" to the next. The end of this calender is significant, but just how significant it is waits to be seen. Does the end of the Mesoamerican long count calender imply a 2012 doomsday? Probably not, but we shall have to wait and see.

2. The Biblical Rapture

The Rapture, as heavily novelized in the Left Behind book series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, is a staple of modern Christian ideology. While some dispute claims regarding the Rapture of Christians into heaven as a misinterpretation of the Bible (specifically the book of Revelation), there is no doubt that many people around the world believe the Rapture will be coming very soon. In 2011, the world saw the prophecies of Harold Camping come and go (twice). While there is no current popular belief that the Rapture will take place in 2012 (as can be seen in the media), there is no doubt that many people believe it is coming "soon" and very likely by the end of the year there will be many naysayers in the streets insisting that the Rapture is coming and those who are not saved by Christ will enter into the tribulation period before Christ's glorious return to Earth. 

3. Geomagnetic Reversal

Like many 2012 doomsday scenarios, geomagnetic reversal is something significantly believed in despite outcries from the scientific community insisting that it is not possible (at least in the form it is represented by it's proponents). Proponents of geomagnetic reversal suggest that will lead to a pole shift on the Earth, which is supposedly to be triggered by a massive solar flare. What makes this a true apocalpytic scenario is the fact that the aforementioned solar flare is supposed to have the energy equal to 100 billion atomic bombs. This would be truly devastating if it occurred, though this is perhaps one of the least likely events to happen; even more so when you consider a specific time frame (such as within the year 2012) for it to occur. 

4. Planet X/Nibiru Collision

While I certainly do not believe in that the Nibiru collision will take place, I found its significance to be one of sheer poetic beauty; and it at least somewhat makes sense within a folkloric perception of physics. Additionally, in the recently critically praised film Melancholia by director Lars Von Trier; the imminant demise of the world in a collision between an alien planet and Earth is viewed from the lens of several human beings who must exist to watch the end of the world. The artistic quality of the Nibiru collision 2012 doomsday scenario is beautiful. However, underlying even art itself, the belief in Planet X is one that quite a few people hold. Some also suggest that the collision between Nibiru and Earth is being led by intelligent aliens.

5. The Mayan Apocalypse

The Mayan 2012 doomsday scenario as so avidly discussed on a variety of History channel documentaries, in books, and online is perhaps one of the more uninteresting 2012 doomsday scenarios currently in place. The "Mayan" calender is, in fact, the Mesoamerican long count calender. The specific date set for the Mayan apocalpyse is on December 12, 2012. There is little actual varifiable information on this end of the world scenario to conclusively attribute it to the Maya. As I see it, belief in the Mayan apocalpyse scenario just goes to show how ignorant people may be; and also how the media is so capable of inducing a state of fear, as well as marketing products that ultimately are meaningless. In multiple interviews, actual descendents of the Maya have dismissed the fear mongering; which quite simply allows us to put to rest fears regarding the most popular of the 2012 doomsday scenarios.

While 2012 doomsday scenarios are certainly interesting to read about, they should be taken with a grain of salt. I find them to be, more or less, pieces of entertainment; but to think of them as realities for this New Year is not the best idea considering the lack of legitimate reasons to believe in them. In this article I have detailed the Top Five 2012 Doomsday Predictions, and I hope you have found at least some entertainment value in my writings.

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