2012, are you ready?

Everyone knows about the 2012 end of the world scenario: the prophecies, the natural catastrophes and the few days left on Earth. As we are getting closer to the “doomsday” people have invaded the online platforms with pessimistic predictions. There are those who started it all with the Mayan Calendar story and assured us that “something” is going to happen on the 21st of December 2012. Others say that we are supposed to be hit by an obscure Planet X on the same day. Einstein himself contributed a bit to the speculations with the bees theory and Nostradamus predicted a “Great King Terror from the skydeciphered as a comet that somehow relates to 2012. Yet the point of the whole panic is that we should take our time to prepare for the Survival. Although the theories may sound more out-of-this-world than end-of-the-world, hundreds of books and websites promoting the apocalyptic subject are proliferating as much as the hope for survival. Everyone thinks should be one that deserves to live, the one that apparently received a free ticket for the Survival spaceship seen in the controversial 2012 movie, that by the way had $769 million worldwide theatrical revenue. Remember! The rocket has limited seats and only the rich ones get the tickets, so go to end of the queue. But if it ‘s not going to happen, don’t worry, you won’t get a refund either. At the end of the day you would benefit from it anyway, right? Because you survived.

Then there are the others, fewer of course, that claim that 2012 is going to be an amazing year, the so-called Year of the Dragon. In the Chinese Zodiac the dragon is the mightiest sign, symbolizing dominance and ambition. Chinese people don’t see the dragon as a threatening evil being as we do in the West, but rather a symbol of power, superiority and rule. According to them, we will be more powerful, wiser and richer. A person born this year is unafraid, willing to take risks and usually successful. Sounds like a perfect year, without any sings of the coming of the Armageddon. What it interesting about it is that the same Chinese astrology points out that the dragon is the only animal of the Chinese zodiac year that is not real. Now, what’s that supposed to mean? First theories scoring more points?

Keeping up with exploring these myths and trying to find a link between the unreal Dragon, Planet X or Great King Terror, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the end of the world would be a better option for us. With baby Seven Billion recently being brought into this world, how are we going to deal with the billions yet to come? Neither is the “real” future scenario more optimistic. Overpopulation, prolonged recession, collapse of governments, hence even deeper recession. And maybe a few more wars down the road to keep alive the economies involved. End of the world is definitely better. So has the countdown begun?