Saturday, December 8, 2012

This Is The End?

“This is the end, beautiful friend. This is the end my only friend, the end of all our elaborate plans, the end of everything that stands, the end. No safety or surprise, the end.” - The Doors

Those famous lyrics song by the late Jim Morrison of the 60’s rock group The Doors have been the swan song for End of Dayers, pulpit and street corner apocalyptic preachers and disaster town criers since it was first penned by Jim Morrison nearly fifty years ago as he lamented breaking up with his then girlfriend Mary Werbelow. Of course Morrison had no idea at the time it would become such a huge drawing card for the kind of doom and gloom theme song it has become, especially after film director Francis Ford Coppola used it so successfully in his graphic war film “Apocalypse Now.”

The idea of This Is The End has been around a lot longer than any Jim Morrison tune. It would seem the Earth has been on the brink of coming apart at the seams from the very second it coalesced into this habitable ball of dust floating in space. And, from the time humanity became self aware it has predicted, unsuccessfully to date, it’s own demise either by some natural unavoidable catastrophe, god-inspired three-act play or at our own suicidal hand.

After a little more than four billion years of revolving around Sol the Earth is still here. Changed many times, yes, but still trudging its way along whatever destiny lies ahead for it in the vast universe. Homo-sapien sapiens have inhabited (some believe infected) Earth for at least 250,000 years and amidst all the changes that the Earth itself, disease, wars, famines, pestilences and just plain meanness we have inflicted upon one another we are here now in numbers just unheard of only one hundred years ago.

It would appear, yet once again, that as in times past, we could be on the verge of a massive purge within our growing numbers. Those with some intelligence are beginning to ask and wonder just how long the planet can sustain a population of humans that is now swelling to nearly eight billion residents. Mother Earth has been going through yet another bevy of changes, some the result of those billions of folks and most due to conditions completely unrelated and uncontrollable by those same humans. Weather patterns are shifting, tectonic plates are moving more erratically, galactic alignment is coming, the Sun is more disturbingly active in a negative way for Earth than it has been in modern history. Tsunamis are increasing, earthquakes have been at magnitudes and frequency unheard of and Planet X-Nibiru is on the way (OK, you can disregard that last one if it is just too much for you to take).

The human element for The End includes everyone’s favorite hot spot, the Middle East. Tensions continue to climb there with ongoing bombings into Israel from Gaza. Syria’s threat of using Sarin gas on its citizens and possibly Israelis. Iran another day closer to developing a nuclear weapon capable of delivery into Israel and surrounding Arab nations. North Korea now able to send a nuclear missile into the American West Coast and to the heart of Japan. American troops are in the Sinai, Russian ships are off the Coast of Gaza in the Mediterranean and U.S. nuclear war ships are standing watch in the Persian Gulf. Pakistan is once again threatening nuclear strikes against India and all of this has become possible because the rest of the world sees the United States of America as a bear in hibernation that is not interested in being aroused from its slumber to keep a steady hand on the wheel of world power. She has instead under the auspices of a perceived weak President, delegated that responsibility to the 150 warring and argumentative faction nations within the powerless and proven useless United Nations.

On top of all this global unsteadiness has been added the threat of worldwide economic collapse the world of humanity has never witnessed since it began. China, now the most economically powerful nation, is already showing signs of decay within its manufacturing sectors. BRIC has become a structurally unsound investment over the long haul, the EU is near economic collapse with the recent fall of Greece’s economic status with Spain, France and Germany not far behind. The American dollar has been trying to hold its own against other world currencies but is showing signs of sagging for the future. Even those stalwarts like gold and silver are not performing as one would expect in an economy that normally spells good fortune for these precious metals. Nation after nation is being downgraded with America at the top of that list. It has led even the most savvy economist to ask “What the hell is going on?”

It certainly appears like the world, both the Earth and the human world, are coming to a precipice of massive change. Many have even tried to understand why they have this overwhelming sense of coming change. It is more than a feeling, it seems to come right from the gut that the world as it has been known and understood for the last 5000 years is about to be turned on its ear. What has many concerned and even frightened is they have no clue from their same gut if this change is going to be good for humanity and the Earth or disastrous.

Those on the extreme are pointing to December 21, 2012 as the focal point for all this change. That is just two weeks away. They point to the Mayan long count calendar as the source of their inspiration claiming that at that time the Earth and our solar system will be in perfect alignment with the Milky Way’s galactic center. The effect of the Earth will be a shift in the electromagnetic field of the planet. The real extremist are even saying that the shift will be tectonic causing massive physical changes to the Earth both positive and negative in nature. Roland Emmerich’s film “2012” took that approach. The more spiritually minded are predicting the full age of Aquarius will finally dawn upon humankind advancing its spiritual frequency shift to a higher plane of enlightenment. Basically, making most of us mini-Buddhas.

Personally, I have no clue what if anything will take place on, near or after December 21st of this year. Neither do I care one way or the other. The Earth is going to do what it has done since its creation four billion years ago and we humans will continue on our evolutionary path - its physical and spiritual one - as we have done for centuries until we eventually find new homes on other planets, ascend to become higher beings, get wiped out by some natural disaster, or by our own undoing, or continue to trudge along at our current unsteady gait. Either way, we are only here for a short span of a few years so I suggest you determine what it is you love the most and pursue it with all the resources at your command.

“The blue bus is callin’ us, the blue bus is callin’ us. Driver, where you taken’ us?”

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