Saturday, April 02, 2011

In the Year . . .

The other day I was out and about and a person I was speaking to informed me that next year begins the Age of Aquarius.

This was a new one for me. I had heard about the doomsday scenarios for 2012 but not this.

In case you are wondering what I am talking about, apparently next year will be one of great change. The main reason for this is because the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. According to some, the world is going to end on this day. Other believe it will be greatly changed.

At least one fellow begs to differ and he says it is going to end on May 21 around 6 p.m. That's this year - not quite two months away. Are you ready?

Anyway, whenever the world is going to end, apparently a lot of people believe it might be happening soon.  Apparently at least a few of what I call Rapture Christians believe they will be lifted up to heaven, bodies intact, and their clothing left behind.  That's because this will be the Apocalypse, the coming of Christ.

A lot of other people simply think the world will end. Maybe a big asteroid will hit the planet, or the sun will explode, or something. Maybe the magnetic poles will reverse and the earth will rotate backwards. Or perhaps the moon will blow up.

Others think the aliens will finally put in an appearance.

In the Age of Aquarius, according to the person I was speaking with, there will be peace, love, and harmony. The age is already upon us and people who aren't filled with peace, love, and harmony are dying in droves, I was told. Sort of The Celestine Prophecy type of thing, I think. Except not.

Of course earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and nuclear radiation are all precursors to the main event.

A great many people are ignoring all of this, of course, because they are too busy trying to eek out a living, feeding and clothing their families, to pay much attention to this hullabaloo. It's not like anyone can do anything about it anyway, if it is going to happen.

What I see as the problem with this sort of prognosticating and prophecy is that generally, it can be perceived however someone wants to perceive it. However, some people get pretty upset about it and they do weird things. As far as I am concerned, that means that something will happen in 2012 because it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. People will expect something to happen, so it will. They will take actions, even unwitting ones, that will bring about the result they expect.

Every event in 2012 will be weighted with these prophecies, which are now in the mainstream in some fashion. My guess is that doomsday plays better than peace and love; hence, we have movies about the world ending, TV shows about history and other prophecies, etc. This means that the self-fulfilling prophecy likely will not be the peace and love one but rather the destructive one. Maybe not end-of-the world destructive, but something unfortunate.

I fear this is going to impact everyone, regardless of what one believes, whether its through additional economic hardships, hardball politics, or plain stupidity. So I must ask again: are you ready?

5 comments:

  1. I think it's all just a bunch of hoopla. I'd probably sleep right through it even if the whole world went KABOOM!


    Di

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  2. I'm with those who will be too busy living life to worry about some doomsday prophecy. It will be like Y2K - a lot of worry for nothing.

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  3. I think I (knowingly) lived through my first End of the World in 1961 - sitting in the classroom and wondering what it would be like. After that I couldn't help but notice they came thick and fast, especially as the millennium approached. It may not have been as bad as the insanity that descended during the first millennium (which kicked off the centuries long disaster of the crusades a few decades later) but I wasn't around then, so comparisons are purely subjective. There are plenty of nutters around spreading hatred and fear and inciting violence in the name of the Lord. Humanity is obviously prone to mob hysteria and self destructive superstition. It's a species wide characteristic.

    Am I ready? To be as rational as I can, certainly.

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  4. i'm one of those that is busy with day to day life of my family...and i am also with di, thinking it's a bunch of hoopla lol...although i do believe the end will come, when, only GOD knows!

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  5. That song always haunted me.

    I also have to live my life, pay the bills, weed the garden, cook the dinner. So there's nothing I can do about it except vote. But it's in the back of my mind. We've been having one natural disaster after another. Endless wars. Now the radiation is leaking into the sea. What? That's not going to affect us? Of course it is. At the least, it might cause more cancers. And if the Republicans have their way, we won't be able to get health insurance and so we'll have NO chance. Half of them don't believe science--they don't believe in global warming! They're trying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting us. I wouldn't be surprised if they still think the earth is flat. And that kind of ignorant thinking is what may do it. Maybe you ought to put up the video to the Doors' "This is the End."

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