Monday, November 16, 2009

I wonder where I stored my old surfboard...


Watch out! Here it comes...Y2K plus almost 13!

The New Agers give me so much great material that I almost feel like an honorary member. Thanks...but no thanks.

The latest from the Brothers Zen (don't bother googling, I made that up) is yet another end of the world scenario. Imagine that. This one matches up with the end of a Mayan Long Count calendar cycle of 5,125 years called a b'ak'tun. The funny things is...the classic Mayans don't even believe that the end of the current b'ak'tun will bring the end of the world. It will just start another cycle of 5,125 years. As a matter of fact, most Mayans don't even refer to the b'ak'tun anymore and use a shorter, more ADHD-friendly 52 year calender cycle. Heck...the concept of apocalypse can't even be found in Mayan culture... no where. But now let's not let any of that stop pandemonium...

There are number of current New Age theories about exactly what will happen on December 21, 2012 (a winter solstice), with the most popular being presented by John Major Jenkins (click here...I'm not wasting my blog space on the trash). He was featured on a History Channel program Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy which coincidentally came under fire from a number of respected institutes of higher learning for several historically inaccurate points presented in the show. Hmmmmm...

Random...but funny.

As the date has grown ever closer, more and more of the New Age theory has conveniently, however, drifted from a physical doomsday scenario to more a global, spiritual awakening event. It's really hard to get a lot of people on board for another Heaven's Gate scenario. Those never end well and some people just can't pull off that whole jogging suit look...


Hollywood, never one to overlook opportunity ($$$) when presented, has jumped on board with all four limbs and the release of a new movie and marketing campaign. '2012' is the latest end-of-the-world genre where the world doesn't actually come to an end...it just ends up with more water and a number of beautiful, anatomically-pleasing people carry on mankind. The director of the movie, Roland Emmerich, has plenty of experience with the end-of-the-world-but-not-really genre having sat in the same director's chair for 'Independence Day' (We will not go quietly into the night!) and 'The Day After Tomorrow', which by the way has been used to complete the following MAT graduate school admissions test analogy-

________:meteorology::Frankenstein:heart surgery (: means is to, :: means as).

So between the New Agers and Hollywood, I should wake up on December 22, 2012 with either a new found understanding of my place in the universe or the newly relocated Atlantic Ocean in my backyard. Either way I'm screaming...Winner Winner chicken dinner!

My bet though is if I live to see December 22, 2012...I'll wake up still owing a mortgage and still without a clue on how calculus works...

8 comments:

David said...

Amazingly people would rather believe in vain imaginations then have the real thing.

The reason that the end of the world theme so popular amongst people of non-Christian faith, is that there really is going to be and end to this age (Greek anos = "age" not world). That truth has been taught for 6,000 years - since that end of the last age.

Somewhere knit in to our spiritual DNA, we all know it.

On December 12th I expect to get up, make a cup of coffee, spin the thermostat over to 72 (screw Global Warming) and write a letter to Santa Claus reminding him of what I want for Christmas should the world last 13 more days.

Tracy said...

I've always pretty much thought that we're attracted to doomsday themes because, as David says: "Somewhere in our spiritual DNA, we know it". Even if people don't believe in the Biblical forcast, they somehow know that this world, as wel know it, will some day pass away.

Gotta tell you Tony, since I'm a California girl through and through, I was pretty excited about your title - thought maybe you were an old surfer.

photogr said...

Who knows what will happen that day.Perhaps the anti christ may well make himself known to the public officially.

However it will pass just like the Y2K scare did I would imagine.

I thought the same as Tracy on the surf board reference. I don't know how old you folks are but do any of you remember the old mahogany surboards from long long ago?

Tony C said...

Let me clarify...I lived in Hawaii for over 3 years and loved surfing and body boarding.

But that was in the late 80's and I haven't done it since then.

...and yes @photogr, I have seen the mahogany boards though I've never been on one.

Deena said...

well said! We've already lived through Y2K, pretty sure we're going to live through this too.

Dave said...

I completely agree. This is just another Y2K scare that people can make a lot of money off of people's fears. I expect to wake up on 12/22, eat my bowl of cereal, and head out to work like every other day while listening to all the believers of this myth make lots of excuses as to why nothing happened. I don't expect to be any more enlightened either.

Anonymous said...

Why do christians always smugly ridicule what they don't understand or agree with?

A better question is why don't you get that everyone not a christian notices this trait in your club?

You'll feel pretty silly when everyone but your club has a major spiritual shift in 2012. But then, you're living in the Dark Ages still anyway.

Lula! said...

My pastor preached on this exact same subject this past Sunday. And then remarked, "Those Mayans...they knew so much, right? Yeah, well...where are they now?"

Exactly.

And I dig Yanni. His music, not his principals. Don't judge me for loving spa-type instrumentals.

p.s. Love the comment from anonymous..."living in the Dark Ages." Also known as Pelosi's rule.

Sorry, Tony. I went there. Love me through it.