December 31st, 1999.
As far as I was concerned, I was about to experience the coolest thing that I could ever experience in my life.
I was eleven years old and the world all around me was about to go crazy.
Televisions would explode (probably), electrical appliances would go haywire, planes would fall from the sky, missiles would be launched, the internet
would implode and economies would collapse (not that I cared much for economies at the time).
At least, that's what was supposed to happen. What actually happened was far less exciting. For when the clock struck 00:00 the only things that went
haywire (and eventually collapsed) were my drunken relatives.
In the end the governments of the world spent a tidy $308 BILLION on the Y2K “problem”. I say “problem” because there are many who think that
the whole Y2K issue was a big fat hoax...
Others have claimed that there were no, or very few, critical problems to begin with, and that correcting the few minor mistakes as they occurred
(the 'fix on failure' approach) would have been the most efficient and cost effective way to solve the problem. Editorial writing in the Wall
Street Journal called Y2K an "end-of-the-world cult" and the "hoax of the century".
And what a lot of people don't know is that we are going to have to face this terrible ordeal all over again thanks to the
Year 2038 problem
May god have mercy on us all
But yes, my point here is that a lot of people got really quite worried about the Y2K problem. Which brings me to my main point....2012.
I must first state that I think the whole 2012 phenomenon is a load of rubbish. I've researched both sides of the argument and I am 100% happy with
But I am an adult who is able to understand
both sides of the argument and understand
the evidence put forth by both. Which leaves me
wondering; what would the eleven year old me think of it all? I suppose it's impossible to say. Although I think it wouldn't effect me much.
But everyone is different, and while my overall opinion on the issue (that is, in fact, a non-issue) hasn't changed, something has recently changed.
For I used to believe it was harmless nonsense. "Okay, believe it if you must, I really couldn't care less."
But something has been brought to my attention recently that I think EVERYONE on this site, particularly believers, should be aware of. It is the
One of us regularly visits local school classrooms, giving an astronomy talk and Q&A session, and has been doing this for 5th and 8th grade
classrooms for about three years. Beginning in 2008, a shift in the nature of the questions was noticed over the year before. Instead of the classic
"What would happen if you fell into a black hole?" the questions are pointing more towards "What's really going to happen in 2012?" and
"Somebody told me a planet is going to hit us in 2012". When the students were asked where they had heard this information, the top two sources
named were Yahoo! Answers and YouTube.
In May 2009, a teacher left a comment on Astrogeek's blog, commenting on his 2012 hoax article.
…[I] am a teacher and my 3rd graders are hearing about this - A small child is talking about how if its ending, and why she shouldn't just end
it now. This isn't anywhere close to funny any more.
On the comments page of this site, a mother of a 7 year old said:
I have a 7 year old that happened to see a documentary on the history channel that scared him so bad, that he became depressed and began to
question the meaning of life. He is 7 years old. This nonsense is scaring our children - it must stop immediately. I found this website and tried the
best I can to explain to him it was all a hoax.
In order to make some money, several 'authors', 'scientists', video producers, and, in select cases, even the History Channel have churned up an
international hoax, which is scaring young people, children, to the point where they are talking about suicide, or questioning the meaning of
After reading that, I was furious with all of the money making charlatans who are peddling this ridiculous notion of a 2012 apocalypse, and you should
A friend of mine once said that "you have to be an idiot to believe in that stuff", but I don't necessarily agree with that. After all, did you
know that Sir Isaac Newton set his own "end times" date? Yep, he believed that the world would end no earlier than
, but did believe it was eventually going to happen. Of course, being the clever chap he was he
didn't set a date in stone, as he had seen many before him be discredited by getting it wrong. "This I mention not to assert when the time of the
end shall be, but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end, and by doing so bring the
sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail."
Newtons predictions were based upon his rigid belief in the Bible, so whilst not being an idiot, he certainly was deluded. And in the same way,
children are not idiots, but they are easily deluded and confused by such outlandish and potentially harming theories. And when parents (who probably
have little to no experience on this topic) can't give their children a quick, concise answer it is even more damaging. Of course, it is not their
But it is the fault of every single person who continues to perpetuate blatant lies and disinformation. It is bad enough that because of
sensationalised media reports we have young people commiting suicide
because they were told the
world would end as a result of a physics experiment.
So the next time you think about creating a new thread on this topic, perhaps think again. Think about who might be reading it and the effect it could
have on them. Especially in light of all the recent "LOOK...NIBIRU!!!!!" threads.
I personally can't wait for 2013 to roll around so we can have done with this forum all together.