All of us know that we’ve been having quite a hard time during the year 2020. It seems as if 2020’s bad time isn’t over at all. Now, the crackpot scientists are coming out with doomsday-themed hoaxes, tall tales and superstitions.
2020 was really a hard time for the entire population in the world. Not only the global pandemic that caused distress to us, but also the social unrest of some people too has caused trouble to the whole world. In addition to them, plagues of locusts, hurricanes, massive fire storms, volcanic eruptions along with the disturbance caused to the livelihood of people have bad effects on everyone.
Are we in the middle of a battle between gods and evil? Then who can blame you?
Perhaps you’d remember the misinterpreted posts published by conspiracy theorists on Twitter which said that the Mayan prophecy about a cataclysmic end of the world comes on the 12th of December in 2012 bringing a vast destruction to the entire world. But now, the theorizers have suggested the end of the world or the Mayan doomsday to fall in this week or the next.
The scientist Paolo Tagaloguin stated as follows in a series of tweets that were deleted the last week,
“Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into the Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years.”
“For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years”.
Following this theory, June 21, 2020 would actually be December 21, 2012, a date you may recognize.
— JL Bookings (@jlbookings) June 13, 2020
This means that the supposed Mayan Apocalypse would occur on the 21st of June 2020, if we add the missing days of the calendar.
Accidentally, the continents such as Africa, Asia plus the Middle East will also be treated with a rare “Ring of Fire ” solar eclipse on the same day. This solar eclipse is the one that will arise soon after the Summer Solstice.
The same news went viral in 2012, saying that 21st of December was going to be the last day of the World. However, this news was proved to be a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar.
NASA debunked this misinterpretation through their statement:
“The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth.
“This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.”
The space agency too explained the same thing:
“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”
It’s true that humans were fond of assembling different types of doomsday-themed tall tales, hoaxes and superstitions. All these superstitious stories derived from the physician and the old French astrologer Nostradamus or the eschatology of religious beliefs such as Chritianity, Islam and Judaism.
Frank Kermode, a literature critique suggests his idea on these doomsday tales in one of his books named The Sense of an Ending. According to him, many people crave Doomsday tales as they perform a comforting, basic, psychological feature.
It’s our nature to love good stories. The narrative order is a basic requirement of a good story. Thus, it needs to have a good beginning, a middle and a perfect ending. These requirements are the same with our lives as well as the world around us.
As per the ideas of Kermode regarding the literal ending of the world, all the superstitious apocalypse tales have served as a sense of meaning to the existence of humans on the Earth.
But when we consider the sequence of ecological hazards, pandemics and geopolitical conflicts which took place over this year, the idea of a global catastrophe or a world ending isn’t news to be more emphasized. It’s a question and a matter of common sense.