Cast your thoughts back, if you will, to the halcyon days of 2012. Remember when people thought the world was going to end on the twenty-first day of December in 2012? It hasn’t received much attention, recently, for obvious reasons.
Clearly, the world didn’t end in 2012, as we’re all still here. Or did it? Is it possible that what we’ve been seeing for the past seven years has been some kind of illusion, or maybe even another world altogether? Let’s take a look.
Did the World End in 2012?
The Mandela Effect
Let’s start with another theory before we talk about the 2012 stuff. You may have encountered this one on the internet before: the Mandela Effect, or the theory that some people with different memories than those that are historical fact are actually from another reality.
The theory takes its name from the strangely high number of people who claim to remember Nelson Mandela dying in the ’80s in jail, though he actually passed away in 2013. Other examples include false memories of a nonexistent Sinbad film called Shazam, the spelling of the Berenstain Bears children’s books and numerous logos and brand names.
The End of the World
The 2012 Effect conspiracy theories held that a number of eschatological sources claimed the date would mark a huge shift, as it was an end date in the Mayan calendar. Some theories posited that the planet could be pulled into a black hole, or that some giant meteor could hit us, or the sun could achieve a solar maximum. Clearly, none of this actually happened.
Some theories now posit, however, that the world did really end. These theories have a quick explanation for what we see before us now: it’s not the same reality we were born in. At least, not some of us. Some people in the world we see today were born in a doomed world, a world that ceased to exist in 2012, and then were transplanted into a new reality by some unseen forces.
All an Illusion?
Other theories still expand upon this by positing that the world we see before us is some kind of shared simulation. Much like those seen in science fiction films like the Matrix, this false reality would be indistinguishable from the real thing. Maybe the world we see before us today isn’t an alternate reality at all, but simply another simulation?
Or, perhaps this is all just a moment in time scattered across the event horizon of a black hole. Due to the way black holes take in light, it’s completely possible that all we see in the night sky is just reflected through the supermassive black hole we fell into on the 21st day of December in 2012. We wouldn’t be able to tell, in either event, so who knows?