Encyclopedia: Social engineering is a concept in political science that refers to efforts to influence popular attitudes and social behavior on a
large scale, whether by governments or private groups. In the political arena the counterpart of social engineering is political engineering.
Ive been working in the "new age business" since more than 10 years. And while I have come to be a "believer" in many of the most outrageous
fringe topics out there, I have not bought into the idea of the year 2012 being significant in the sense of "the dawn of a new age" or in the sense
of "armageddon and the end of the world". Why? Because the whole movement, literature and idea has all the trademarks of a socially engineered cult,
and its proponents have all the trademarks of cultists. And because this supposed "new age teaching" actually contradicts and undermines actual
new-age-teaching (new-age-teaching being a modern mix of spiritual/self-help/pop-psychology/human potential movement/esoteric studies, hermeticism).
This post will probably not make me any friends here, since most of my fellow "new agers" have bought into the idea to some extent, but what the
I´ll start out with a list of reasons to doubt the 2012 movement:
* The 2012 movement was weak before the year 2000. It only gained momentum after nothing spectacular happened in the year 2000. In fact, millions of
kooks were running around and warning about the year 2000 or promising that new age in the year 2000. Wanna make a guess how many definite books about
"year 2000 prophecies" are now in the trash recycler?
* The future is not fixed. The mere making of a prophecy about the future, can change the future. Even a mere superficial look at physics will reveal
that time is not set in stone but a malleable, flexible thing.
* This also applies to the dates 1900, 1950, 1988 and many other "prophetic dates" in between.
* Most importantly: If you buy into the Mayan Calender (which ends in 2012, according to some interpretations), you have to ignore
Calendars and Prophecies of every other culture...what about the Jewish Calender (does it end 2038? I forget), the Islamic Calender, celtic calenders,
aztec calenders, ancient greek calenders and a few hundred others. There is no reason to believe in one calender and dismiss all others
* Projecting happiness into the future ("2012 transition to a new age") or projecting fear into the future ("2012 the end of the world) are nothing
more than distractions from living today. Cults have been using these dumb tactics since ages to get money out of people, to control their gullible
minds, to sell products. I cant believe that the same technique can be used again and again and again and people keep falling for it.
* Original esoteric teachings concerning the "Kali Yuga" and "the coming age of the aquarius" do not teach that this transition will happen in a
specific year but stretched out over a long time of several hundreds of years...very slowly. In case nobody has noticed, change has already been
happening since the industrial revolution and continues to happen with the new information age we are currently in.
* Biblical "end-times" prophecy has been happening since a thousand years on a regular basis. As all the prophecy of end-of-days has turned out to
be wrong (despite massive followings being drummed up to a frenzy of mass-hysteria), there is no reason to believe it will happen now. The boy has
cried wolf so many times that its becoming ridiculous.
* The main reason for me not buying into the fad is because I have personally met some of these 2012 teachers/preachers...and they are among the most
ignorant and seedy snake-oil-salesmen I ever met. "Dont miss out on 2012! Buy this special-energy-aftershave without which you wont make it!"
Frankly, I feel that these people are giving the business a bad name.
What will happen in consequence? Here are some possible scenarios:
1. When 2012 comes around, millions of disillusioned and disappointed people will turn away from alternative lifestyles and philosophies (spilling
baby with bathwater)
2. The hype will be used to stage a false-flag invasion by "space brothers" or some other conspiracy.
3. A "mistake" in the Calender will be discovered and a new date determined with which more delusional thinking can be whipped up with.
Its sad that people are so desperate for change that they will buy into anything...even desiring
for the end-of-the-world to come already. But
where does change really come from? This joke illustrates it:
Said the tourist to the buddhist ice-cream salesman whom he had given 5 Dollars for ice-cream: "Change please". The ice-cream-monk responded: "All
change comes from within".
Are there indicators that the world is changing? Yes. Are there indicators of huge events lying ahead? Yes. But neither confirm the 2012 cult.
Is this loose movement which sells millions of books socially engineered, deliberately crafted and planned by a group of people, or is it a
coincidence or fad? Do new social organisms pop up just like that or are they "implanted into society"? I believe the latter to be the case because
something as stupid as this couldnt possibly gain such a wide acceptance without a massively huge budget spent. I´ll finish with a question:
Why couldnt the prophetic Mayas predict their own downfall?