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I think the reason why the date is getting so much attention is because we are still in a post 9/11 spiritual trend. We've had this tremendous shock as a race and it has driven many people to look into more spiritual matters. It certainly doesn't help that Bush keeps pushing war after war in the middle east, which sets the world at unease because the US is (supposed to be) fighting terrorists, who don't seem to have a moment's hesitation for mass murder. This sets the world on edge. If a terrorist group makes a biological weapon and sets it loose on the US, how likely would it be to stay in just the US and not spread outward to other countries? These are the kinds of things that stray into alot of people's thoughts now.

Hence, there is a turn to spirituality. We want to make sure that we're in good with the god of our choice just in case it ends up being the end of the world. Toss in some bad weather and suddenly, we're looking at the end days and lo and behold, we even have a date for it just 8 years away.

So, why the devil are we thinking that the end of the world is nigh? Because most adults grew up like I did, with the thread of all out nuclear holocaust looming over our heads and movies like "The Day After" blasting on television. We've grown up with "duck and cover" (like that'd work, lol) and a number of adults know what radiation sickness is. Growing up like this primed us to think our race is going to fail and probably in our lifetimes. We've got the doomed mentality, we've got a horrific event that stimulates a war with madmen (on both sides), and toss in some adverse weather. We are ready for anything to make us go boom.

Of course, the unknown is absolutely terrifying. So, we all need some sort of reassurance. 2012 is 8 years away and heck, that's when the Maya said we were going to go down. So, we have 8 years left until it all unravels. That eliminates any necessity to fear of a pre-mature humanity failure on a daily basis. 2012 is the comfort date. It allows us to defer the worry until later on.

That's my guess at least.

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Something I've noticed... 441 Jergat 16-Jan-04 04:39
Yes! ...n/t. 125 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:48
Re: Something I've noticed... 113 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 149 Jergat 16-Jan-04 05:17
Re: Something I've noticed... 126 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 05:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 125 Jergat 16-Jan-04 06:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 166 sean 17-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Something I've noticed... 147 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:06
Re: Something I've noticed... 155 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 148 OakeyDokey 16-Jan-04 20:09
(outside of the Box) .... 122 Thirdwave 16-Jan-04 22:49
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 137 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 07:46
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 120 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 10:00
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 151 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 15:04
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 121 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:26
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 146 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 177 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 22:41
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 145 Briffits 18-Jan-04 22:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 115 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:00
Re: Something I've noticed... 116 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:11
Re: to explain further 159 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:39
Re: to explain further 146 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:00
Re: to explain further 171 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:18
Re: 2012 175 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:36
Re: to explain further 149 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:44
Re: to explain further 125 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:01
Re: to explain further 148 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 02:11
Re: to explain further 118 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:34
Re: to explain further 120 Hoppy 17-Jan-04 03:38
Re: to explain further 115 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:25
Re: to explain further 125 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 09:26
Re: to explain further 113 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 05:48
Re: to explain further 137 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 114 David L 17-Jan-04 03:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 141 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 08:06
2012 is NOT the end of the world. 124 Cleopatra 17-Jan-04 09:14
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 154 David L 17-Jan-04 16:39
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 117 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 10:12
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 139 David L 18-Jan-04 17:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 139 David L 18-Jan-04 18:04
No "One Way" but many 115 Thirdwave 19-Jan-04 00:32
Re: No "One Way" but many 126 David L 19-Jan-04 14:57
Re: No "One Way" but many 122 Milo 19-Jan-04 15:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 110 David L 19-Jan-04 23:43
Re: No "One Way" but many 113 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 218 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:22
Re: No "One Way" but many 130 Milo 20-Jan-04 00:00
Re: No "One Way" but many 229 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:20
Re: No "One Way" but many 129 RichardC 19-Jan-04 16:25
Re: No "One Way" but many 141 David L 19-Jan-04 23:50
Re: No "One Way" but many 147 RichardC 20-Jan-04 14:30
Re: No "One Way" but many 139 Milo 20-Jan-04 14:46
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 121 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:40
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 145 David L 19-Jan-04 23:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 165 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:34
Re: Something I've noticed... 119 David L 17-Jan-04 16:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 155 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 145 OakeyDokey 19-Jan-04 17:55
Re: Something I've noticed... 168 Earache 18-Jan-04 13:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 126 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:06
Read these. 130 Earache 20-Jan-04 15:13
Re: Something I've noticed... 175 RichardC 18-Jan-04 21:58
Re: Something I've noticed... 115 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 07:03
Re: Something I've noticed... 113 Trygve Hogebol 20-Jan-04 08:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 142 fisherman 20-Jan-04 18:56
Re: Something I've noticed... 144 Trygve Hogebol 21-Jan-04 00:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 132 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 152 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:38
Re: Something I've noticed... 135 Hoppy 29-Jan-04 01:51
Re: Something I've noticed... 176 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 02:51
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 124 Nebankh 06-Feb-04 10:35
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 129 Jergat 11-Feb-04 01:02
Re: Pisces 266 Nebankh 11-Feb-04 12:04

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