A super typhoon is headed for Japan and South Korea. A small-time, previously unknown film writer enrages Israel and its allies by depicting the prophet Mohammed in a deleterious fashion. Republicans and Democrats in the United States cross the country in search of votes battling about which presidential nominee will win.
And the world moves on.
While we each await our own global, national, and individual challenges, something is brewing beneath the surface of this planet we all share – something that could change the landscape of our world – as we know it.
|Edgar Cayce – 2010|
For centuries, people like Plato and Edgar Cayce have discussed the continent of Atlantis, which supposedly sank beneath the ocean millions of years ago. Hidden at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, according to these two men and others, is an entire world filled with artifacts that would prove the existence of Atlantis – if only scientists could access it.
Discussions concerning December 21, 2012, have dwindled over the months, probably because every other predicted event passed without even the tiniest wave of interference in our lives. We might also have become apathetic about the prophecy, because when the world continues on after December 21st, more predictions will appear.
Writers have argued that the world itself will not end. But who really knows? Perhaps a portion of it might be obliterated due to an unstable bomb, an out-of-control asteroid or comet that somehow fell within our gravitational pull, or some other sky-is-falling scenario. Nobody knows for sure, but what might end the world as we know it might not be something falling from the sky – it might be the appearance of land rising from the ocean.
Doomsayers who tout "predictions" of the Mayans as being evidence of what certainly will be a cataclysmic end to our planet might be interested to know the possible relationship between Atlantis and the Mayans. According to The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved, Lewis Spence, a Scottish newspaper editor, claimed in his scholarly study, Problem of Atlantis, that geological evidence existed during Miocene times (25-10 million years ago) of a great continent in the Atlantic. Disintegration of that continent (Atlantis) began about 25,000 years ago and continued for another 15,000 years until Atlantis was completely submerged.
As Atlantis fell into the ocean, inhabitants took refuge in nearby lands. The Mayans were supposedly one of the refugees who fled westward to Antillia (an island of Atlantis).
According to the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Spence's account of the demise of Atlantis concurs with Cayce's predicted dates: "Atlantis—located from the Gulf of Mexico to Gibraltar—was destroyed in a final catastrophic event circa 10,000 B.C."
Perhaps one of the most convincing and controversial arguments for the existence of Atlantis is The Bimini Road. Even wikipedia claims that, "Bimini is home to several landmarks said to contain mystical properties of obscure origins." According to the Cayce foundation, investigation leads to arguments about whether or not the rock formation is man-made or natural. A 1926 hurricane impacted Bimini Road (also referred to as Bimini Wall) and therefore hinders scientific investigation into its origins.
However, other findings indicate possible remnants of Atlantis. As recently as the year 2000, underwater ruins may have been discovered off the coast of Cuba between Cuba and Bimini. British researcher Andrew Collins poses the possibility that photos of structures taken in the waters around Andros could belong to the lost continent of Atlantis. However, the Cayce Foundation is quick to add a disclaimer: "We believe that the materials on the bottom may be the remains of these bunkers and the storage silos which were quickly dismantled by the Soviets and dumped. Virtually no new information (2004) has been released about the Cuban site, but we remain hopeful that ruins may be identified at the location."
The Earth, after having undergone numerous tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters, does not look the way it did 100 years ago. Various parts of the world have already changed. While surges of global catastrophes occur with more frequency, we continue to undergo predicted changes. The Yellowstone volcano, for instance, could spontaneously erupt at any moment. Though the Super Volcano hasn't erupted in 70,000 years, geologists conclude that warnings may come too late and the eruptions could have far-reaching effects, changing the structure of the earth around it for miles.
In the meantime, December 21st will soon be upon us. Though the world was supposed to end in 1999, we brought 2000 in with absolutely no problems. We endured all of the predicted ends and resumed life as usual, and we will continue to pick up the pieces of our lives when natural disasters hit. Until Atlantis rises from the ocean, speculations will abound concerning its existence.
But imagine for a moment the possibility of a new land arising from the ocean. Wouldn't it be fun to have a whole new continent to explore? Wouldn't it be fun to change our focus from what is wrong with this world to what is possible in this world filled with new opportunities?
Then again, we'd have to put up with another fight – the fight between countries concerning who "discovers" it, who "owns" it, and who "rules" over it! But for scientists, geologists, and anyone else interested in discovery, Atlantis would prove to be an exciting END to the world we knew and a compelling BEGINNING of a new world we will come to know.
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