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Saturday, 15 December 2012

21-12-2012: A Cataclysmic Spasm!

If doomsday proponents are right, our date with the unknown is due on 21-12-2012! It marks the end of a 5125-year cycle in Mayan calendar and as interpreted by some, end of our planet too! We may laugh it away, but not the lurking suspicion inside! Are we trivialising it?

Look at the responses. Anticipating huge crowds of believers, the French and Turkish governments have closed down certain sacred places in their countries. The Mexican Tourism Ministry is holding 'Mundo Maya', an initiative of festivities in locations associated with the Mayan civilization. Frenzied buying of essential goods is on in some parts of China. Music Composer A R Rahman is dedicating a special album of hope and optimism on the day! Vatican has, however declared that the world is not going to end on 21-12-2012!

The scientific community too is making the right noises! NASA has debunked most of the doomsday theories. No unusual celestial happenings including planetary alignments or asteroids on collision course have been spotted by the 'Spaceguard Survey'. A severe Solar Storm shutting down satellite communications, navigation systems and power grids has however not been ruled out. Some geologists are also monitoring the world’s biggest volcano beneath the Yellowstone National Park in USA. Its eruption, considered long overdue can obliterate the Sun and plunge us into a frozen era.

To a layperson like me, the spectacle of spiritualists and scientists fighting each other to showcase their notional abilities is tragically comic! They do not possess either cosmic awareness or scientific knowledge to anticipate or avert natural disasters. A fact driven home by recurring droughts, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, nuclear accidents, epidemics, etc.

And the way we go about destroying nature, we may not even have to wait long... !

"In every death, the world comes to an end." 
-  Mason Cooley