Today is November 26. In exactly 26 days, the world will end. Dead. Kaput. Dog meat. Massive instant evaporation of all cosmic and quantum material in the entire universe. Every proton, every neutron, every electron…but most importantly….every moron.
Or….not. In many ways, and my wife is going to hate me for saying this….Shit Just Got Real. The cacophony of disasters, wars, st0rms, deaths, threats, and terror are reaching a feverish pitch. She prefers me to use the phrase “Survival Just Got Real”…which is more politically correct, and not nearly as crude. We have a lot of current doom in our world, our lives, our politics, our natural disasters, and even our daily lives. I can personally vouch for two extremely life-changing events in my very own life in the last 5 weeks. One was the hack of my huge 15 year old web site, SurvivalRing.org (where you are right now…lol). The other happened on Thanksgiving Eve, to a member of my family, with life altering events still unfolding, yet I will not be sharing those details. But, I digress.
Since the rise of the new agers and doomers beginning in the 1970s, born and bread from the hippy, beatnik, peace on earth, anti-war, do no harm folks (well, wacko is a little harsh for these mindless drones), we’ve had an ever growing litany of doom Doom DOOM!!! Whether it was the ever feared total global thermonuclear war, starting with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the alignment of the planets in 1976 , the mass suicides of Jim Jones or the Hale Bopp Comet Catastrophe ( the latter created and fomented by Art Bell), the Coming Global Super-storm saga from Bell and writer Whitley Streiber), the 5/5/2000 Mass Dreams of the Future mess from Chet Snow (another planetary alignment), the late 1990’s Ancient Prophecies series on the History Channel, all the pseudo-documentaries (now in the hundreds on every aspect of TEOTWAWKI). Let’s not forget all the psychics, seer’s, evangelists, and fortune tellers around the world who started sharing Earth Changes maps of the coming destruction of the entire North American Continent.
First among these was The Mayan Factor by José Argüelles, published in 1987, which brought forth to the mass media of the world (gee, thanks, cable TV minions of doom!), the issue of one, little, mostly forgotten hunk of carved rock found on a jungle floor decades ago. Unfortunately, Argüelles met his own doom in March 2011 (not sure if he was in Japan at that time….THAT would have been ironic. Argüelles was seen as a wondrous source of profound wisdom, in an ever maddening world, where hundreds of groups looked for meanings in time, events, history, and completely unconnected directions. He seems to be the main source of how December 21st became such a beacon of insanity to so many doomers of all lands.
This fairly thin and scantly scientific tome hit the new age market just at the right time…way before Y2k, but THAT is a whole other story. The many cycles of the Mayan circular calendar, all interlinking with each other, and at the same time, matching celestial cycles such as the great migration of the constellations as the solar system makes one 26,000 year long orbit around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, posed a problem. It ran out. Or, rather, reboots…on December 21st. Or does it?
Thousands of science fiction books exist on every conceivable way for the End Of the World. Virii (Earth Abides). Asteroids (Lucifer’s Hammer). Aliens (take your pick). War, after war, after war. Giant space elephants (Footfall). Ice Ages (Cave of the Clan Bear). Volcanoes (Google map the nearest volcanic caldera to your home. Ants (Them). Nuclear Testing (watch “Crack in the World” on Netflix). Movies, books, entire magazines entire TV channels now (watched an episode of Doomsday Preppers yet?). Can ancient Mayan religions really harken so much impending despair across so many cultures? Many think so.
I dare not mention any of the promises mentioned by and for various deities over the millennia…those things get really rude, crude and socially unacceptable in non-doomer circles, and sound even scarier.
And, just in the past 10 years, this world has seen with their own eyes, as it happened, catastrophic calamities the world over, with death counts totaling nearly a million people…LIVE…on TV, smart phones, computers and anything else connected to the Internet. Death…as it happens. Real time, Real Life, Real Death.
Sumatra’s quake and tsunami in 2004, Katrina in 2005, Japan’s quake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in March 2011, the southeast US in April 2011 with hundreds killed in massive tornadic storms…and now, in the most populous city in the entire nation, Super-storm Sandy, afflicting tens of thousands in New York and New Jersey. Hundreds killed, mitigation of real damage completely absent, no way to avoid what truly was an expected disaster in the making for decades (which, in a strange twist of fate, or karma…your choice) funds sent to plan and prepare for these inevitable threats went to bonuses, dinners, maps, charts, half-assed training, and EVERYTHING BUT the actual problem at hand…(Just Like Katrina), hundreds of billions in losses and property damage…and a President who promised swift action, and still sits on his ass weeks later…after using the disaster to win reelection. (Oops, sorry. Political doom still isn’t politically correct yet).
And now, with all this pent-up, over the top, in your face, OMG REALITY CHECK that yes, doom is already happening blather…well, I for one will be glad to see an end to all of these scary, dark, foreboding, deadly, and mushy end of the world events. December 22nd will be a nice, quiet Saturday afternoon for me. The lack of a winter in Wyoming certainly not a harbinger of old Grampa Gore’s Global Warming lies, I see a resting, relaxing day in either one of two places. Either sitting on my front porch enjoying the warmth of the low angle rays of the sun on this year’s Winter Solstice, as huge flocks of geese and ducks fly by, with the occasion calls of the sand hill cranes, or even those few turkeys, providing the soothing ambient music of my nature preserve/yard, or floating around in complete and utter oblivion….wishing like hell I would have read that book I heard about many, many years ago…you’ll know the one I’m talking about….On being, and Nothingness?
As my daughter always says, when idiots, or idiocy, abounds in her presence….”Really?”
I’m just sayin’.
My real thoughts on Doomsday are this. Sometimes it’s when you are in a horrible, angry situation where you have no idea where to find safety and comfort…like being in any of those events mentioned above that I’ve shared, you’ll be in the midst of your own personal doomsday. Sometime, someday…it MAY be global. This time?
Nope. I call Bullshit. Sadly, just like Y2k, people are going to profit off of other people’s fears. It’s sensationalism…it’s news…it’s anything…but real.
But, to counter-point ALL of the above Doom….I must truly share with you what my real, honest to God, life concerns are.
Natural disasters…earthquakes…floods….tornadoes….car wrecks…burglaries…homicides…pandemics…insidious wars the world over….terrorism…suicide bombers…domestic terror…family on family murders…and so many more things.
These things happen all over the world…but seemingly most prevalent here in the good old USA. My stomping grounds…your stomping grounds…and home to 330 million Americans who somehow, someway, are ignorant of what natural disasters occur with incredible regularity where they live. For example, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population—almost 3.6 billion people—live on or within 100 miles of a coastline. Estimates are that in three decades, 6 billion people—that is, nearly 75 percent of the world’s population—will live along coasts. Now, take a wild guess at what kind of disaster kills the MOST people in a single event, and what that event might be. Did you take a guess? Did you guess tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake? Hey, you’ve chosen wisely.
So, what’s the smart thing to do? Tick tock tick tock….buzzz! That’s right, you probably guessed “live INLAND”. Sure, it’s not nearly as scenic, but it’s hell of a lot safer when nature goes on another oceanic rampage.
Many tools exist all over the web to help you figure out what the most likely natural or technological hazard is around your home or region. Find them, examine them, read them, and then take action. That’s what SurvivalRing is all about…offering over a million pages of info JUST on being prepared for ANY life endangering event. From simple first aid, to global thermonuclear war, and everything in between…you will find documents, reports, and manuals that will give you details on what can happen, where it can happen, how often it happens, and how to prepare for when it happens.
If, at this point your eyes are glazing over, you’re still thinking 12/21/12 is gonna kill us all, and you simply just don’t give a damn about spending time and money for a little food and water insurance, fire extinguishers, some camping gear, and flashlights and radios, well….good luck to you. Hope you make it through the next local disaster with a roof over your head, food in your belly, and dry socks and warm clothes, without having to live in some government-run shelter for the homeless. You will rue that day…and I mean imminent rueage. A real heartfelt “it’s gonna suck to be you” day.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. More to come later.