I haven't quite got a million on me, but I'll bet everything I have that the world won't end on 12/21/2012. Just to feed the kitty.
I think there is some confusion about the 2012 idea. Some people treat it as a *religious* idea, but it's not. It's an idea that purports to be
based on a calendar that the Mayans created, that ends on the magic date. It is the end of a cycle, and the end of a mega-cycle (a set of 13 smaller
cycles). So therefore it marks the end of the world, or maybe just the end of a certain way and the beginning of another (maybe even ushering in a
new age of enlightenment and joy). Whatever. It's a pure invention of poor scholarship and wishful thinking.
It's a calendar. They are all based on cycles and larger cycles. Weeks, months, years, the four-year set of years plus leap year. They all end.
Then they start over again. And nothing much happens on that day, because it's just a man-made way of marking off the days, not some essential
feature of the Universe. The Universe isn't impressed by the fact that some man-made calendar's cycles come to an end on some particular day. It
won't even notice.
I might take this idea a little more seriously, if I hadn't already survived several dozen ends of the world, harmonic convergences, and other major
events, both positive and negative. Oh, yeah, the Age of Aquarius, too... The first few times I found it exciting:
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revalation
And the mind's true liberation
Oh, I was thrilled to be living in such eventful times. I'm still waiting. Then there was the harmonic convergence, then there was some prediction
by Tony Alamo (I think it was for the world to end in 1987, but who remembers), prophecies and predictions by Christians, the Hare Krishnas, dozens of
fringe groups all clamoring for members, New Agers, and so on. Of course, 2000 was supposed to be the end. Not only did you have the Christians
thinking it was the end of times, you had computer folks predicting an IT meltdown, the Y2K bug.
Really, nothing's going to change, unless we change it. No aliens are going to come down here and make it all better. That hasn't happened since
Mom kissed away the pain of a bruise. No angels are going to do that, either. No end of the world, cosmic upsurge, harmonic convergence, apocalypse,
etc. We're going to do it, one way or the other. If we work at it, we can make changes for the better. If we don't, we may wind up driving
ourselves to extinction. But whatever happens, it will be up to us. We're doing it even as I speak, headed in the wrong direction in my opinion.
Too many people cling to notions like the 2012 event as the thing that will change their lives, make them better. They delude themselves that, if
they can only hang on a couple more years, the change will happen automatically and painlessly; or at least, without their efforts.
I don't know what people are going to do when 2012 rolls around and nothing much happens. Some may convince themselves that they felt a change.
Some may abandon the whole notion. Most will likely just find another date, not too far into the future, when the big change will *really* take
place. Already we're looking at 2060, based on Newton's biblical predictions. But I'm sure there will be dates chosen that are much sooner than
I find this tragic, because so many people keep looking to something or someone else to make their lives better, to solve all their problems, or at
least to take them out of their misery in this vale of tears. They're waiting, instead of making the changes themselves that need to happen. For
most of these people, the change will never happen. They're waiting for it to be handed to them, instead of finding it themselves. It will never
I'd love it if we ever really did have a New Age. I don't much care for the idea of having to work hard for my spiritual progress. I'd rather
have it handed to me on a silver platter. But I'd rather have everything else handed to me that way, too, and it doesn't work that way. So, sadly,
I slowly make my way along my path.