This seems the only appropriate place for my thoughts on this, so here goes nothing. (Move if necessary, thnx)
I'd like to start by sharing something and then making an observation. First, I was in a chat with my neighbor recently about general things and the
subject got around to 2012 and the prophecies of various kinds. This neighbor has no idea what I do online or the fact I dedicate a great deal more
time than watching media to know this topic. However, she doesn't and simply takes information from Discovery or Cable News.
Her observations on 2012 were blunt, succinct and scared me deeply for what it said about average people's perceptions this early on. She confided in
me that she was certain the world was going to end sometime this year. She didn't even know enough about the subject matter, as I discovered with
more talking, to know December should be the month she fears. She just knew the Mayans predicted Earth ending and many others explained how this was
it and we're all doomed. She wasn't joking and she wasn't blowing things out out of proportion. Not from her perspective. It was said as cold hard
fact. I did what I could to explain some of this, but fighting certain facts someone believes they know is an exercise in futility at times and this
was one of those times.
This scares me....because perceptions and hope are what keep people functioning. It's what gets people out of bed for another day of work or school
or whatever it is we all do each day. It's all people without Faith (ANY Faith) have to make sense of the world and know there is reason to keep
striving for more.
My observation is fairly simple and here it is:
We, the many at ATS and other places, have a Duty in this coming year. It's not a duty to country, or family or anything so abstract. It's a duty to
our fellow human beings and those we share this big rock with. Many of us spend incredible numbers of hours...days, really, researching these topics
and learning just about all there is to know of 2012 prophecy and what IS or IS NOT actually predicted. We learn the variations of WHAT may happen in
technical detail. Many among us have professional backgrounds which bring valuable insight and knowledge to add and clarify these things.
It's our Duty, if I may, to help our neighbors, friends and family who DO NOT have this kind of time, to understand the facts as they show interest
or...more importantly, fear. We really have a choice here. We, the ones who research, can sit by and find amusement in the over-reaction and deep
seated fear of people around us...or we can choose to share that knowledge we've each worked very hard to gain by good old fashioned time and
If we, as a whole, choose the former....I fear we may see some aspects of the worst come to pass by self fulfilling prophecy. After all, some of the
worst predictions are based largely on Human behavior or the lack of control with regard to it. If we choose the latter and help in being a positive
influence for peace and calm during the storm to come, it can only be for the good. Panic helps no one and kills many. Fear does NO good...and clouds
the thinking of people we may come to rely on if things DO go badly.
Let's strive to take everything we've learned and continue to learn as the year progresses to not only prepare and make safe our own home and
family, but to encourage the same thinking in others as the opportunity presents itself. No one wants a preacher, but I have a feeling we won't have
to start the conversations before long, just as I discovered with my neighbor.
Peace to All in whatever may come in the next 12 months. May we all be alive, healthy and well this time in 2013 to laugh about all this concern. May
we be so fortunate.