Well here we are half-way through January 2012 already. Time’s a tickin’, eh? So what are your plans for the last eleven months on Earth? You do know that this is the last year in the life of the planet we call Earth, don’t you? Can Nostradamus, the Mayans and Harold Camping (remember him?) and others all be wrong?
There is a lot of debate out there regarding the accuracy of Nostradamus’ predictions, one of which is the destruction of Earth in December of 2012. Many claim he was dead-on in many of his predictions and still others hail him as a charlatan. Either his predictions are eerily coincidental to many of history’s big events i.e. The Great Fire of London, the arrival of Adolf Hitler and the outbreak of World War II, JFK’s assassination etc. or if he was a cheat, he was a truly gifted and talented one. Imagine creating prophetic quatrains with no more knowledge about the future than just the fact that “history repeats itself” and the desire of people to believe in true prophecy. By writing the way he did, believers can interpret the quatrains he wrote in many ways, allowing them to see whatever they look for. See-World Trade Centre Attacks-9/11/2001.
Then there are the Mayan’s. The Mayans were able to accurately predict every solar eclipse for the last thousand years to the second! Their astronomy and mathematics were unsurpassed in the world during their time and some say that their Long Count Calendar really is the most advanced ever created and the fact that the calendar ends on the 21st of December, 2012, is evidence enough to predict that the world will end when the Mayan calendar does. What it doesn’t account for is that if the Mayan’s could predict the “End of the World” why couldn’t they predict the end of them? Somewhere around 900AD they mysteriously disappeared. Hmmmm?
I’m throwing 90 year-old Harold Camping in there, too, but he isn’t predicting the end of the world on December 21st 2012 like everyone else. You see, Camping is notable for applying numerology to his interpretations of Bible passages in an attempt to predict dates for “The End of Times”. He has previously predicted “Judgment Days” of May 21st 1988, September 6th 1994, May 21st 2011 and finally it was October 21st, 2011. I can imagine what it was like in his study while he was doing his calculating… “Oh, see here, I forgot to carry the two…tsk, tsk, tsk…stupid me (thunks forehead)…it’s not 1988 it’s 1994…What?...Oh my, I don’t understand that…let’s have another look…okay, whoops, sorry, no…wait…yup, it’s definitely May 21st 2011…yes…that’s it…Whadyamean?...oh, okay, hold it…hold it…(eraser noise-scritcha-scritcha)…goes into six…NOW carry the two…of course…THAT’s IT!-October 21st, 2011. Yup, for sure, I’d put money on it!” My, my, my…happy retirement Harold!
I don’t do numerology and I don’t have a crystal ball or a bowl of water ala Nostradamus, as it were…well, I do, have a bowl of water, that is, but all I see in it is…well…water… oh, nevermind…my view is that we should all be living everyday like it’s our last day on Earth anyway. Smell the roses, breath in the air, admire that sunrise, love your fellow man, live, laugh, love…embrace your life on good old Mother Earth for as Joe Cocker famously stated, “Who can say what tomorrow will bring, we’ll see.”