Posted by: Jonathan Barron | November 14, 2009

2012 is Coming…But Don’t Pack Up the Ark Just Yet!!

As we all know, the world did not come to a crashing halt in the year 2000.  You remember the famous Y2K phenomenon.  According to speculation, all of the worlds computers would simultaneously come to a halt, crash, burn, whatever.  Thus, our power grids would shut down, our communications would slow to a halt, and life would potentially resort back to the stoneage.  Read the novel, “The Road” and you’ll have some idea of the fears that many people had during this time.  But alas, we are still here…for better or worse.

Since the beginning of time, mankind has always had a fascination with our inevitable doom.  It’s in our literature, our movies, our reinterpretation of history.  If you spend a lot of time (like I do) watching the History Channel, you will notice that, at least, 30% of it’s programming consists of an “end of days” subject matter.  From the prophesies of Nostradamus and DaVinci, to the certainty of asteroids striking our planet, we are neck deep into the idea of, not only how, but when the world will end.

This weekend, we get another taste of what will, supposedly, come to pass.  Indeed, when I first saw the teaser trailer for the movie “2012” I was stunned.  I’m sure most of you have seen it.  You know, the one that shows the oceans collapsing over a watch tower as a terrified Tibetan Monk faces his death?  I saw it on a really big movie screen (I’m glad it wasn’t on IMAX) and even I was a little shaken by it.  I think it is safe to say that most people find Roland Emmerich’s latest doomsday film to be pure, fictional entertainment.  However, there are those out there that believe this latest doomsday prophecy to be reality.

Now, 2012 refers to the Mayan calender which comes to an end on December 21 of that year.  The basic premise is that the ancient Mayans understood and predicted the fall of mankind on this particular date.  However, the theory is not cut and dry by any stretch of the imagination.  Some, however, believe that this will be the fall of man.  It is certain that this date has been hyped up in recent years (and particularly months).  Most Mayan experts say that there is very little agreement on what the significance of the date is suppose to mean.

It is also theorised that this date will bring about a new sense of enlightment and change for the human race.  Call it a spiritual transformation, it will be the beginning of a new era.  Again, no one knows what this age of enlightenment is supposed to be.  Whatever it is, I’m sure Barack Obama will be the man behind it.

It is human nature to fear the unknown, that much is true.  Consequently, we should never let these things overtake our basic ability to be rational.  I’ve got big plans for my future.  I believe that future will take me much further than 2012.  So, take a deep breath, go see the movie, and remember that it ain’t nuthin’ but mindless entertainment.  As long as Al Gore keeps writing books, making documentaries, testifying before Congress, riding private jets, and running up his energy bill…the world will move right along.  Furthermore, like Y2K, we will be laughing at ourselves in 2013.

Jonathan Barron

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