I would like to think that if (note that I didn’t say "when") nothing happens on these dates or by the end of 2012, many who have become deeply
invested (some psychologically or spiritually, others financially) in these predictions will take future ones with a grain of salt. Unfortunately,
experience has led me to conclude that people will continue to feel a deep need for a date of importance or change upon which to pin their hopes.
I know all too well how disillusioning it can be to simply accept that maybe, just maybe, we aren't as special as we think we are, and maybe nothing
momentous and world-changing (outside of the norm, which is sadly often overlooked) will take place within our lifetimes. As such, I have learned that
through cognitive dissonance, people will often say to themselves, "Ah, I was deceived. But there MUST be a greater truth out there. So I have to give
the next prediction the benefit of the doubt, because maybe, just maybe, it'll be the true one."
Meanwhile, life goes by, years pass, years become decades, and before people know it, they're past the midway point in their lives and still waiting
for a miracle or an event that will bring the change they so powerfully long for.
And I know exactly how that feels... because I long for it, too. But I have learned through painful experience that a healthy dose of skepticism can
protect you from a lot of pain and disappointment. Especially if it allows you to focus on the things that can
readily be changed... how we
treat one another, our wellbeing, both mental and physical, trying to find happiness and fulfillment outside of these interests.
The problem is that, for many, the mundane sources of happiness in life can never compare to the promise of a truly stupendous event or experience
that could transform the world into the ideal they wish it could be. I know how that feels, too. The feeling that even what those who aren't invested
in these things would consider true happiness isn't enough when you put it next to the wonder we want to imagine exists and is waiting for us just
around the next prophecy bend.
Nothing I'm saying is intended to offend anyone or disabuse them of their beliefs. I deeply respect people's beliefs and how they can enrich their
lives. But I've seen too many people put all of their hearts and souls into believing something that in the end doesn't
enrich their lives, but
instead merely disillusions and crushes their spirit, to believe that that won't happen to at least some people this time around too.
So I guess all I'm saying is, yes, be open-minded. But never forget that doing so cuts both ways. You have to equally consider - and I mean
consider - the possibility that absolutely nothing will happen with the same weight you give to the affirmative possibility. Many do. But
some don't, and I’ve seen them get hurt in years past. I was, long ago, one of those people.
Whatever positive change you hope to see fulfilled, remember that it can never replace you simply living your life and trying to create mundane change
in and around yourself.
Just my well intentioned, unsolicited advice of the day. I'm sure some people will take this the wrong way. But I ask you to stop yourself before you
do, and consider the spirit and intent of what I've said. Peace.
edit on 10/20/2011 by AceWombat04 because: Typo