This thread is not a "I told you so"
attempt. Just a little disclaimer.
Since the world continues to spin, and Australia is merrily into the 22nd of December, I think it's safe to say we can all lock up our bunkers and
start eating the 50 years of MREs we all stocked up on.
What, you didnt start prepping?
The Doomsday Industry.
Some of us really get bashed, or have gotten bashed over the past couple years swatting down the 2012 doomsday "theories". And while many people claim
that people who did such are: "close minded", "drinking the kool aid", "unable to see the positive/negative/spiritual/demonic changes in the world",
etc... Some of us simply know what the whole game is about.
The Doomsday industry didn't pop up overnight. And for a lot of us who are skeptics about such things, we started out as pre-teen, gullible believers
of our childhood doomsday theories. As George Bush says, "Fool me once shame on...." Uh, okay forget Bush.
But fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
Many experts trace the birth of the apocalypse industry to the Millerite movement, when preacher William Miller launched a well-funded campaign
with its own newspaper to promote his vision of doomsday in the 1840s.
Doomsaying has a long history. I bet you could trace it back further than the 1840s if you tried. Since fear is one of the easiest attributes in the
human psyche that allows us to manipulate one another.
Salem Witch Trials
If you hadn't noticed all the "prophecies" that have come out over the past ten years about 2012, they all had price tags attached to them. Whether it
was million dollar bunkers, DIY kits bunkers for the frugal, MREs, water tablets, iodine tablets, colloidal silver, magazines, books, movies,
donations, gifts, workshops, speaking tours, investments and I'm sure a couple more that I'm probably forgetting.
"Systematic commercialization first arose from fear of nuclear war in the 1960s with companies building bomb shelters," says Lorne Dawson,
sociologist and author of "Prophetic Failure and Millennial Movements." "That showed the business opportunity, and it continued with the survivalist
movement of the 1970s and the growing fear of an eco-catastrophe."
The 60's was just a fear slinging haven for doom profiteers. Think about it, a cold war with Russia, an active war in Vietnam... Millions of nukes
with drunken politicians holding the footballs. Wow...
The years 2000 and 2012 have increased the focus on doomsday, and Dawson believes it taps into a basic human desire. "Simple psychology shows that
people need to believe they do not live in chaos, that there is a higher purpose."
As I said, this isn't a "I told you so thread."
I know a number of proponents on here and the interweb in general were doing it for the "lulu", some for the money, some trolling because the habit
just dies too hard. But I know there's a few that really believed it, that really wanted to believe it. And for those ones, just think about this the
next time the doom industry gets rehashed.
Even if 2012 passes without incident, do not expect the industry to stop. "Even when a theory is debunked, a core group tends to become even more
fervent," says Hudson. "True believers are locked in. You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into."
Did someone forget that money is the biggest motivator in life?
Prophecy injecting billions of dollars into Mexican economy
It may be the end of the world, but certainly not for Mexico’s economy. The Mayan prophecy will have attracted more than $15 billion in tourist
revenue by the end of 2012, as millions flock to the country to discover its indigenous civilization.
And just for fun,
Uh oh, it's the end of the end of the world.
edit on 21-12-2012 by boncho because: (no reason given)