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My personal answer is – I have no idea. There is a lot of momentum building (over 2 BILLION web references) and I am not quite elitist enough to say that all the talk is bullshit. Although there are many charlatans involved, and people seeking to cash in on other people’s fear, there are also a lot of smart people who are looking at this whole thing with true questions in their eyes.
Recently, I watched a video of Terence McKenna and I became a fan. The guy was brilliant. Granted, he based a lot of his conclusions on experiences he had while on hallucinogens, but maybe there is something to that.
When I go to the dentist, I always request nitrous oxide. They give it to you to diminish anxiety, but it also makes your mind expand in a similar way to hallucinogenic drugs. I always come out of there with a more profound understanding of the way the world relates to a greater reality. For many years, I belittled this, but now that so many people are reporting the same kinds of visions, I am wondering.
I never took hallucinogens myself. I was always sure that if I used LSD, I’d be the person to jump off a building or run into traffic. But the kind of mind expansion described by McKenna and others is something I can relate to based on my minor experiences with nitrous.
McKenna was a brilliant scientist and 90 percent of what he says is based on absolute scientific fact. The other 10 percent is based on huge leaps over, under, and through reality which he says are revealed to him through his hallucinogenic experiences. These leaps, these jumps through reality, are central to his belief system.
Although I am not as quick to doubt the validity of hallucinogenic experiences as I used to be, I still can’t quite make the leap between McKenna’s crystal clear scientific thought processes and that extra outside frame of reference he uses to place it all together. I’m still stuck in logic.
I think that any of the sources quoted by people who think the world will end on a particluar date are probably misconstrued. The Maya, the most often cited source for predictions of cataclysm, do NOT say that 12/21/2012 is the end of the world. Yes, it is the end of a period of their long count calendar, but this period is only a measurement, part of a great system of measurements the Maya devised to plot time. When this approximately 5,000-year period of their calendar ends on 12/21/212, another long count will begin. The date may herald many things, like celebrations or mournings for the state of the world, but nowhere is it written that the world will end.
Other references to the beliefs of the Hopi, to Nostradamus, etc., are even more vague. The same goes for Mother Shipton. (see appendices in my book, 2012: Deadly Awakening). In fact, the idea that people cite Mother Shipton as a prophet greatly detracts from the validity of doomsday predictions.
What I think about more, however, is the aggregate effect of millions of people believing that the world will end, or that there will be a giant cataclysmic event on a specific date. For many, it is critically important to believe this. The end of the world is seen as a kind of solace, a wiping clean, a goal in itself. Millions of people think this is highly desirable. Anyone who has studied religion or historic philosophical thought knows this. THE DATE can be seen as an enormouse confluence of human lunacy and self-destructiveness.
So who knows? Perhaps on 12/21/2012, military personnel will press red buttons or bomb sensitive targets, setting off untoppable chain reactions. Perhaps engineers at the great dams of the world will release millions of gallons of water, flooding great areas. Perhaps satellites will be undermined, communication centers destroyed, transportation catastrophically interrupted on a global scale. It would be a good, almost forgivable, day for important assasinations. A victory day for the new Hitlers of our time.
It would be the ultimate human revolution against the status quo. If the movement gets big enough, such devastation would not even need coordination.
In such a case, those who have built bunkers will definately benefit.
On the other hand, there are millions of people who believe that 12/21/2012 will be the apex of a giant cosmic consciousness, the crystallization of the energy of pure hearts and gentle minds, an evolution to a better state, which may or may not involve humans losing their earthly existence and re-emerging on a higher plane.
Jose Arguelles talked about how out of step we are with the natural order. He even published a new calendar, based on Maya timekeeping but going a step further, synchronizing planetary movements and focusing more on the nature of what is than the nature of what we want to happen. It’s a pretty good system, but adopted by few. Arguellas was another charismatic genius, who carried a great deal of power. I was personally very much drawn to him.
But Arguelles was a gentle soul and never predicted mass horror. Still, he felt that humanity couldn’t continue moving forward against the natural order of things, that sooner or later it had to end.
I wish there was something we could do to remove the element of either-or from the equation. I wish there was something, someone, who would calm the whole thing down, reassure people, tell them they are not sinners who deserve this fiery end (yes, there is a solid similarity to an old-fashioned hell), who urges us all to be gentle with each other, to see the best, to reach out meaningfully to the millions of people who are in hell right now, without waiting for 12/21/2012.
I feel that beyond all the theories and rhetoric, that this growing movement has focussed humanity’s psychological problems on a single date, and that that is a dangerous thing. Anything can happen.
it is not for me to say whether anyone is right or wrong, but I think THE DAY will find me locked in my house with a bowl of fruit and a good book.
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