The Myth – Dec 2012 End of the World phenomenon has been discussed or referenced in several media. Several TV documentaries, as well as many contemporary fictional references to the year 2012 refer to 21 Dec 2012 as the day of a cataclysmic event. The Dec 2012 End of the World phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur around 21 Dec 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none has been accepted by mainstream scholarship. A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 21 Dec 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth’s collision with a planet called Nibiru. Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in Dec 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture, while astronomers have rejected the various proposed doomsday scenarios as pseudoscience, stating that they conflict with simple astronomical observations. In May 2012, an Ipsos poll of 16,000 adults in 21 countries found that 8 percent had experienced fear or anxiety over the possibility of the world ending in Dec 2012, while an average of 10 percent agreed with the statement “the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world”, with responses as high as 20 percent in China, 13 percent in Russia, Turkey, Japan and Korea, and 12 percent in the United States, where sales of private underground blast shelters have increased noticeably since 2009. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to Dec 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 21 Dec 2012. Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on 21 Dec 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then – just as your calendar begins again on January 1 – another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar, the next day. ENOUGH said.
We have become used to living in a world of Excess & Immediates. Immediate relief has been sought from problems created by Excess of Greed of money or Power or even both. Moreover, we have been so dumb, that we have added to the problems, rather than resolve them by creating more Excess of something else – Debt. There is Excess of Economic Weakness everywhere & there is no easy solution to this because the problem is Excess Debt! You can print all the money you want but you can’t control where it will end up. The only way to deal with this is to somehow have a debt clean-out, which implies a very long, ugly economic period, which no one is willing to go through, but will have to eventually bear for a prolonged period of time. The point here that I wish to elaborate is that we have seen a phase of Excesses in the past few years. Excess Exuberance, Excess Greed, Excess Debt, Excess Money Printing, Excess Price rises in Gold & Real Estate, Excess Pessimism & now Excess Hope – one leading to the other. Excess Currency debasement WILL soon be followed by Excess of Recession or Depression to complete the circle. The world suddenly realized the Investment value of Gold when in Excess debt. There were many options available then to avoid today’s situations, but Governments sought the easiest road to Instant Cure via Excess Medication. The after effects were to follow naturally. The scene today is way different. Gold may be now sold to overcome some part of debt. Gold may also get heavily into re-cycling mode due to relatively high prices. With excess supply over demand, Gold may not rise as high as markets expect it to. We are already witnessing some unusual happenings now. All things (a few only) that can trigger dips in Gold are working fine, but a very large number of financially & logically sound issues that should send Gold Prices to the sky are also pulling Gold down. The same issues that on happening may crash Gold, are also sending Gold tumbling down when not happening the very same day.
Let’s see what 2013 has in store for us. Will be posting my Forecast for the year 2013 by the next week. Nothing much that the world may not be aware of, except for a few eye openers. Just wish I could genuinely wish a Happy New Year this time.
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