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SeC 11-16-2009 08:23 AM

2013: Or, What to Do When the Apocalypse Doesn't Arrive
2013: Or, What to Do When the Apocalypse Doesn't Arrive

Gary Lachman

There are two stereotypical responses to the crisis points in civilization. One is the desire to return to some previous golden age; the other is the urge to leap into a dazzling future. The 2012 scenario seems to partake of both camps. Is there more to it than escapism?

The belief in a coming end of the world as we know it may seem understandable to people living in the first decade of the twenty-first century, but a look at history shows that it has been part of Western psychology from the beginning.

The central figure of Western religion, Jesus Christ, told his followers that the end was nigh, and most people who accepted Jesus believed that the cosmic last call would come in their lifetime. Yet Jesus worked within an age-old Jewish tradition that looked to the coming of the Messiah, a religious and political leader who would set the world to rights and, incidentally, free the Chosen People from whomever it was who had conquered them at the time. As Jesus didn't free the Jews from the Romans -- nor seemed able to free himself from them either -- the Jews who denied him seem justified in their disbelief. To them, and to the Romans, the Christians who preached a coming Day of Judgment were rather like the urban oracles who inhabit most major cities today, ranting on street corners and pestering passersby to repent.

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Algebra 12-18-2009 09:15 AM

Re: 2013: Or, What to Do When the Apocalypse Doesn't Arrive
The Appocalypse as religeouse texts call it is enevitable. All things come to end given a long enough period of time. The human race is no exception. To say that God will come and save all those who believe in him just adds ammunition to the arguments of those who believe that what the bible dictates is the truth. Youd have to be nieve to try and put a date on such an event or to asume that it will happen in one catastophic incident.

I personaly believe that the wheels are already in motion. We can blame ourselves or put it down to natural evolution, but no one can deny that things are taking a turn for the worst. Weve reached the peak of what current technology and dwindleing natural resources can support, and so. The balance must be reset.

I believe that the solar elignment in 2012 is of real significance. The possible outcomes of this event are far more real and terrifying than the earth heating up by a couple of degrees. I think this signifys the begining of the end of life as we know it. Not inihilation, but events that will pitch us against each other. All out war, famine, disease. All these things that religouse texts and nostradamus and myans predict, but there will be no god to save us when it happens.

Sorry for bieng so morbid but this is how i feel.;)

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