Is 21st Dec 2012 the final day?
The Mayans predicted that the world will end on Friday, Dec 21. John Tiong has questions about the Mayan Calendar
AS we move towards the much publicised Mayan Calendar that expires on Dec 21, all sorts of questions come to mind, especially Armageddon. The truth is, nowadays, very few people believe in the end of the world predictions, preferring to live their lives normally instead of being bothered by such endless predictions. The end of the world has been predicted many times, but none has ever come true.
With regards to the end of the world, the Chinese I-Ching, which has been used for more than 5,000 years, and the Mayan calendar do share some parallel this year.
The I-Ching says that 2012 is the year when the zero state would arrive in either of these two forms: the dissolution of the cosmos in an actual cessation and unravelling of the natural laws, or the evolution of the human process at its finest visible in three dimensions — in alchemical terms, the dream of a union of spirit and matter.
The question that immediately springs to mind is how two ancient civilisations that never had contact with each other would have arrived at a year which is so profound to the human race. Is there a universal “mind” guiding the human race?
Another question is that if the Mayan Calendar is not about the end of the world, then what is it about? Why does it suddenly cease on Dec 22?
Then there is the question of how the Mayans have all the technology to know the workings in space and the universe?
Theories abound that the Mayan leaders were aliens as wall sculptures showed them wearing uniforms with cables and tubes one would normally see among astronauts.
Questions like when the world will end can never be really answered. Scientifically, the sun will definitely blow up one day, but we are still millions of years from it. So why worry? We would most probably have mastered the technology to migrate to other more comfortable enclaves in the vast universe.
However, we would still go on asking about Armageddon because we humans are spiritual beings and want to know what sets us apart from other mammals.
The end of the world is very much linked to religion and most religions have a common prediction about the world being destroyed for wickedness. There was a world flood that did away with the world long ago and this time, many believe that the world will end with fire, human feuds and wars, and the heavenly bodies clashing.
We can settle with the cause and effect, and karma theory about living. There is always that flicker of doubt as to whether the world really punishes evil and rewards good. As we look around, especially in the animal or plant kingdom, it is more like the world is created for the fittest — by hook or crook. In nature, to be weak looks like a sin in itself.
I am very sceptical that the universe would ever come to an end. And if the entire creation ends, will there be another cycle of evolution, where the little amoeba or one cell creature, which survives by water or fire, would climb the evolution chain again?
Don’t forget the dinosaurs called it a day after millions of years of existence when a comet slammed onto earth some 65 million years ago. Nature looks more like an unending game of fun, of discovery and evolution, doesn’t it?