Sunday, December 6, 2009

200 - 2012 is the end of the world

Today is the day I publish my two-hundredth post. Congratulations to me, right? I can't even believe I continued doing this for a year, and still want to continue to do this - it makes me proud, it makes me wonder when I will stop and why, it worries me a little to know I have that much to complain about, it makes me feel hungry

Oops, typing out loud.

Ahem, 200 is a pretty special number. A cholesterol level of 200 or lower is considered to be a desirable amount to have, corresponding to a lower risk of heart disease. $200 or £200 is how much you're given when you pass "Go" in Monopoly. And the year 200 is when the Classic Period of Mayan Civilization begins.

Ah, 2012... Ever since I read an article five years ago, about Doomsday coming our way, set in stone to occur on December 21st, 2012, I knew that it was just a matter of time before all the hype about it would be generated, before the books, the documentaries, and the movie were going to be created to depict its apocalyptic effect, and before the scientists, the media, the public, the religious groups, the bloggers, the believers, the skeptics, and the government, all jumped on the bandwagon to build 2012 up and aggrandize it to something that it isn't.

I'm not going to go into the Mayan Long Calendar, or rant about how heinously flawed it is to attribute and reduce all this crap to the Mayan culture. I'm sure if you go to the library and pick up a book, or read some online journals, actually educated people will tell you how nonsensical all of this End of the World stuff is. It is true - they did predict a great end to the human race, as well as are birth of said human race, according to their specific time line. I've read about some of the theories, some of the explanations of why it's truth and why it's fiction - and whether or not I believe in the scientific word, or the words of whomever - I believe that it all doesn't matter, so long as I live today, and have plans for tomorrow, to continue living my life.

You may say that I'm conceited, perhaps a little bit too comfortable leaning back on my pillow as I sit on my bed here in my university dorm, and you may ask me, what if I'm wrong?

Truth is, I may be. The Olympics are set to happen in London in the summer of 2012. A solar eclipse is due in May and November that year. The Kyoto Protocol set up by the UN is set to expire at the end of 2012. The USA will elect a new president. It is said that Jupiter and Venus will align with the Sun and the Moon. It is said solar flares from the Sun will shift our poles and destroy the Earth. It is said a comet might hit us. It is said we might head straight into a black hole.

But I don't care. I am not going to swallow half a bottle of gin every night because there's no reason to live the next day. Nor will I live every day with no respect for my own wellbeing, or use this 2012 rubbish as an excuse to escape from my responsibilities.

And I believe it's wrong, man, how people are freaking out about it, naive, innocent people that don't know any better but to believe in these prophesies. The other day, I read something about people slitting their wrists and hanging themselves after seeing 2012, and I think that's quite messed up.

Anyway, I'm going to end there. Tell me what you think.

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missykimmy said...

Hey Michael! Wow the blogsphere did go on without me. 200th post? Congratulations!

I'm actually scared of the thing about 2012. I don't even want to type it. I don't really believe it, but a part of me... yeah, I kind of do.

Anyway, you've won an award! It's on my blog and you may come collect it anytime! Congratulations for that too!

I'll have to catch up with your blogs soon. And I see you've created a new one too! Good for you!

I hope you're well and that you had a great weekend.

J.J. in L.A. said...

When I was in grade school, someone wrote "The world is going to end at 12:34 on 5/6/78". It scared a lot of students but I just laughed it off.

The media likes to take something minor and blow it up WAY out of proportion, like they did when 2000 came around and everyone said computers would stop working. I never bought into it.

I haven't bought into the whole Global Warming frenzy (now being called "Climate Change" because the phrase "Global Warming" has become a joke) either.

And I'm sure not going freak out about 12/21/12. No one knows when the world will end. If someone said they do, they're lying.

plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Congrats on the 200th post man. Hope I get that far...

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

The only thing that freaks me out is the thought of Obama handing his post over to another dreaded dumb-ass Republican. Tell me it won't happen in 2012, Michael.

tattytiara said...

I think anything that spawns a super cool disaster movie's a good thing over all, and I think it's extremely cool that you've hit 200 posts. Well done, and I certainly hope to have the pleasure of reading at least 200 more!

Eugene said...

Hey, everyone! Don't die until 2012! It'll be SO FUN to see an asteroid hit the neighborhood! It'll be a sure hit on YouTube. Be sure to upload the video, okay?

stardust said...

hey congrats for the 200th milestone.... yeah I too agree that world comin to an end in 2012 is crap.... and I dont give a damn racking my brain about it.... anyway nice post!! keep it upp :)

Douglas said...

Congrats on the 200th. I am looking forward to the 2012 prediction date. If the world ends,... well, it ends. If it doesn't... well, it doesn't. Not much can be done about it. The first thought that came to me while watching an ad for the movie and seeing them taking off in a plane was "If the world is coming apart, where are they going to land? Where can you possibly escape to?"

Anonymous said...

I just hope the event is more spectacular than the movie. It sucked big time!


Ruchi said...

I believe! I believe! With how crappy the world is getting I think there might be some truth to the 2012 prophecy...but either ways I am not going to fret over it..:)

Cheers to your 200th post :D

@AV, The movie, altho very nonsensical, was fun to watch!! I liked it :P

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