Here at ATS you'll of course get most people agreeing with you and saying they "feel it". Having been here lurking many years though, I can tell you,
this thread would have gotten the same response anytime in ATS's history and before that, if ATS had been around. I've seen many threads just like
it, many ones even claiming "something" was "imminent" with many people (and sometimes their pets
) agreeing, and yet years went by with no giant
doom or massive change. People have been "feeling something coming" for many years, but not just recently, throughout history. How many people felt
it before 2000? A lot. How many felt it shortly after 9/11? A lot. Dozens of dates come to mind. 2012 is another date many are being influenced
by. But it's certainly not just those dates either, it can be literally any time when this "feeling" arises for different people and the feeling may
never go away after many many years have passed.
People ALWAYS think their time on earth is special, think the times they are living in are special and different and this is the time when something
massively world ending/changing happens. Unfortunately, history and the fact that the world is still intact, and humanity hasn't changed much for the
better, shows us this belief is just part of human nature. Confirmation bias, the natural tendency for self importance, information overload,
religious/conspiratorial indoctrination, incredible human imagination, being surrounded by predictions and forecasts, the desire for a "greater
meaning" to life and the universe, the desire for change, and many other factors all build upon one another to make this "feeling".
I've struggled with this "feeling" in the last few 7 or so years myself. It has taken me a lot of willpower, logical thinking, studying of history
and predictions, a lot of seeing more predictions fail, remembering I'm not special I'm just an ordinary person and removing my ego from the equation,
many years of seeing people "feeling" the same thing without major change or doom in the world, and a lot of courage to beat this "feeling" down and
recognize it for what it is, a weakness of humanity, a weakness of the ego, a genetic defect laying dormant in all of mankind.
It's very hard to realize this "feeling" is not unique to us or our times, a thorough and unbias study of history shows us people have been having
this "feeling" throughout time. People have been predicting the end of the world, the coming of gods/prophets, major shifts in humanity and so on
literally throughout history without exception. Every generation, without fail, has had many people feeling that they are living in the "end times"
or something similar. People have been feeling this same way and in many cases even dedicating their life to this feeling throughout history. We are
just another victim of this phenomena.
But perhaps it's not really all a bad thing, perhaps it serves some purpose yet to be discovered. However, I'm confident it does not actually mean
any doom or change is any more imminent now than the thousands of years people have had this "feeling" before.
If anyone reads this long post, I'm sure it will not be popular and just brushed aside. But I hope at least one person can consider what I said and
perhaps at least consider the possibility that this "feeling" they have may have no basis in any reality of any sort of incoming doom or incredible
change in mankind anytime in the near future and just be a symptom of a dark and troubling defect hidden deep with all of us that humanity has been
suffering from for a long, long time. Perhaps even that possibility in itself is worthy of fascination and exploration? Like I said perhaps we can
one day utilize the power of this feeling, defect or not, for a better cause than just hoping/fearing/thinking something big is coming. If not, good
luck to all anyway.
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