Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 21, 2012 - Are You Ready?

December is almost upon us. The presidential election of 2012 is history and our Thanksgiving dinner is now a memory, as most of us who celebrate Christmas begin our preparations for the Christmas holidays. Everyone is busy shopping for Christmas presents and planning Christmas dinner. Here in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country, Christmas decorations adorn the shopping malls and carols are blaring to entice shoppers to spend more money. Restaurants are already advertising Christmas dinner and New Year's Eve celebrations. Everyone is rushing to get everything done by Christmas, December 25th. But wait a minute. What about December 21st, 2012?

Unless you've been living in a cave and have had no connection to the outside world, you must have heard about the date December 21, 2012. That is the day the world will end, supposedly. According to the Mayan calender December 21,2012 is the last day. The end of the calender and the end of the world. The Hopi Indians foretell a "purification of the earth" and even Nostradamus predicted the destruction of the world on this date.

People who believe this prediction point to the increase and severity of natural catastrophes in the past few years. We have had devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts and floods, killing thousands of people. There have been horrific acts of human violence perpetrated in the name of God and differing ideologies. Both mankind and nature are becoming increasingly more violent. Will this increased violence culminate in the end of the world?

According to news sources North Korea is preparing to launch another missile, in their efforts to be able to deliver nuclear weapons to neighboring South Korea and Japan. Iran is steadily progressing in its efforts to develop nuclear weapons, most likely to be used to destroy Israel and gain control of the Middle East. And speaking of the Middle East, the recent fighting between Hamas and Israel, could very easily lead to WWIII and the destruction of a very large portion of that area of the world. Things could get really get out of hand over there and blow up on December 21, 2012. The end may not come as a result of human violence, but a catastrophic astronomical event, such as a devastating meteor or a geological event such as a mega earthquake or volcano.

Some people believe that the world will not end on that date, but that the earth will go through major changes, as a result of extreme weather or less destructive astronomical or geological events.  As the Hopi's believe, these events could cleanse the earth of the destructive influences of humans. The earth and the world may not end on December 21st, but it may be a completely different place to live on the 22nd. Maybe the earth will give the human race a one time warning to straighten up and act in a civilized and responsible manner.

Some people firmly believe that the end of the world will come on this date and are preparing for the event by stockpiling food and supplies. Great idea until the food runs out. Then they will die of starvation. Personally I don't believe the end will come in December, but if it does there is nothing anyone can do about it. I realize some people who are preparing for the end will get rid of their personal possessions and wealth, as they will not be needed after the end. To you people I ask that if you want to dispose of your money, please consider sending it to me, as you won't need it. If you're right and the world ends nothing is lost. If you're wrong, well that is a lessen learned for you. In any event enjoy the next few weeks or have a Merry Christmas.


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