Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Doomsday Like Any Other

Every once in awhile, I am on Facebook or one of the Yahoo forums and realize that my belief system is different from other people. That and I have absolutely no manners.

The latest was a discussion about 2012. I stated that I was taking the crisis of 2012 as seriously as I had taken the crisis of Y2K. Basically, I thought it was a good joke.

Needless to say, this upset people: both personally and professionally.

Let me be clear. I have never taken an oath that requires me to tolerate lunatics. If I believe that you are missing the boat, I am allowed to tell you this. There are many people who believe that this is an indication that I am not an Adept, nor will I ever become an Adept. Fine, I don't care.

For instance, if you believe that you are the incarnation of Aliester Crowley, I am going to mock you. And people who go "Well, they could be---therefore you should be nice to them" are just going to have to continue to being displeased with me.

There were some people who were upset with me about how I felt about Y2K, back in 1999. I rapidly decided that Y2K (the year 2000 computer programming bug) was not a problem. For one thing, when I did time dabbling in computer code in the '80s, we knew that it was a possible problem.

At the time, computer memory was an issue. Every little bit of memory you could save was a plus. Today, most of us pay no attention to how much memory a chunk of computer code takes up.

When people got concerned about Y2K, I looked around and saw none of the problems that should be occurring if Y2K was going to be an ugly issue. Talking to my bosses, the joke was that if things got really bad, we would do things the old fashioned way: pen and paper bookkeeping.

And that is why I am not concerned about 2012. I see none of the signs that I would expect from such a world changing event.

I am going to be called blind and ignorant. But I do not think that 2012 is going to be the big event that some people think it is going to be.

There are going to be people that will tell me that I better prepare for it if I want to survive the event. And my answer to them is that everyday is doomsday.

Everyday is doomsday, and 2012 is going to be a doomsday like any other.

You should always be prepared for doomsday. Everyday, you should step a little ways down the road to becoming more spiritual. You should always have emergency supplies.

But you should also know that when doomsday comes, it is going to come like a thief in the night. No warning. No announcement. It is just going to show up.

And given NASA's budget cutbacks, I am betting on big-ass asteriod. It is a little hard to prepare for that one.

[Credit where credit is due: The title of this posting came from a suppliment (adventure) for the FASA Star Trek roleplaying game. Yes, I am a nerd and a geek, besides being a happy little cynic.]


Christopher Myers said...

Don't feel bad a girl said she thanked the lord. and I said who lord Satan and got deleted from her friends. I thought it was a good joke but not to her I guess.

Peregrin said...

Great post Morgan. Said lots of things that needed saying. The whole 2012 thing irks me considerably. Here in Australia there are now people casting it the start of a 'new golden age' rather than any apocalyptic event. The vagueness of their 'prophecies' will allow them to enter 2013 without all the 'I told you so's" that will happen to regular 2012 doom warning folk :)

Solitary Dawn said...

Same here, not that many people believe in the real doomsday variation but rather take it as teh beginning of a new age. They are already seeing teh signs...Like Peregrin said, that leaves them the door open and it is us who just do nto see the thruth... I wish I could live in such an illuminated state...

Suecae Sounds said...

I think some are aiming at self-fulfilling prophecies as well. What is the role of trying to be more nurturing of the earth if you have already "decided" that things are going to go to hell anyway?

It is a very defeatist stance.

J.C. said...

Perhaps the multitudes of people on this plane need the fear and the drama, or perhaps they are just weak enough to fall to its spell.

Alia said...

I don't expect anything out of the ordinary to happen in 2012. Calendars are by nature arbitrary.