For a long time, possibly about a year, I’ve been noticing various blogs, alternative and mainstream media, websites etc. mentioning many varied (and sometimes apocalyptic) predictions of the future. Nothing new there you might think (and you’d be right) but the thing that has caught my attention has been the sentence added on at the end: “…around 2012” or some variant. Yesterday, I happened onto an article (Not this article, I can’t remember where I actually read it) about solar flares in 2012, possibly knocking out communications worldwide, and of course there is the well-known fact of the Mayan Calendar coming to an end in 2012. But what else?
Well, China plans to make a Moon landing, predictions that the USA will be bankrupt, famous prediction-monger Gerald Celente predicts food riots, revoloutions and the possible break-up of the USA (or a military coup), all in (or by) 2012 as well as the next US election, and of course the London Olympics.
Once I started writing this post and trying to dig up the links, it quickly became apparant that there is this huge amount of speculation regarding 2012, but please remember I did not come to write this by that route. Conspiracy sites abound and if anything this made writing this post more difficult, as I was hoping for a set of news items like the ones I showed above mentioning the date. However, you have to go where you’re led and this is where it took me. Whether all this speculation stems from the Mayan calendar meme or not is hard to say, I would hazard a guess that this is the case but it is impossible to be sure. It could also be something to do with 2012 being only four years away, a length of time convieniently far enough away for everyone to forget what you’ve predicted if you’re wrong but near enough to make an impact.
It’s almost like the pre-millenial fear we all remember from a few years ago. The millenium bug fear had us all (or at least some of us) running around expecting planes falling out of the sky and nuclear accidents on every street like it was the rapture or something, but none of it came to pass. But can any of us say we weren’t just the teensiest bit worried? It may be something built into humanity, after all, it wasn’t that long ago that the official purveyors of this sort of thinking were consulted on every major decision humanity had to make, and indeed they are still represented in the House of Lords today.
So am I worried? The short answer is: yes. Of course I am, just a little bit. I’m not building an ark or starting a doomsday cult or anything, though. There is just that little spark in the mind whispering “What if..?” in the dead of the night. After all, the threads of doom exist, even without a significant-sounding number attatched to them. There is no doubt that at the end of Obama’s first term, the world could be a much different place. Think how different Bush left the world at the end of his first term. And he was a conservative candidate! This new guy came in on a ticket of change. It doesn’t stop their either. There are people in charge all over the world who seem to be working for destruction, pursuing wrong-headed attempts to solve problems that actually exist and making them worse, or wasting their time inventing new ways to tax us in the name of solving problems that don’t.
With people like this in the world, who wouldn’t be worried? And there is the mayan calendar thing…
And that is, I think, what I’m most afraid of. Looking like a twat because I’d heard about all this stuff and didn’t do anything about it.
But I probably won’t do much.