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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... 793 Jergat 16-Jan-04 04:39
Yes! ...n/t. 259 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:48
Re: Something I've noticed... 242 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 262 Jergat 16-Jan-04 05:17
Re: Something I've noticed... 252 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 05:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 248 Jergat 16-Jan-04 06:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 306 sean 17-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Something I've noticed... 267 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:06
Re: Something I've noticed... 282 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 277 OakeyDokey 16-Jan-04 20:09
(outside of the Box) .... 245 Thirdwave 16-Jan-04 22:49
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 261 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 07:46
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 231 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 10:00
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 285 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 15:04
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 246 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:26
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 273 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 302 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 22:41
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 257 Briffits 18-Jan-04 22:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 233 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:00
Re: Something I've noticed... 247 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:11
Re: to explain further 281 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:39
Re: to explain further 273 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:00
Re: to explain further 311 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:18
Re: 2012 309 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:36
Re: to explain further 280 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:44
Re: to explain further 251 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:01
Re: to explain further 271 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 02:11
Re: to explain further 239 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:34
Re: to explain further 249 Hoppy 17-Jan-04 03:38
Re: to explain further 236 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:25
Re: to explain further 249 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 09:26
Re: to explain further 222 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 05:48
Re: to explain further 244 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 232 David L 17-Jan-04 03:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 268 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 08:06
2012 is NOT the end of the world. 240 Cleopatra 17-Jan-04 09:14
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 288 David L 17-Jan-04 16:39
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 236 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 10:12
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 253 David L 18-Jan-04 17:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 265 David L 18-Jan-04 18:04
No "One Way" but many 229 Thirdwave 19-Jan-04 00:32
Re: No "One Way" but many 241 David L 19-Jan-04 14:57
Re: No "One Way" but many 238 Milo 19-Jan-04 15:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 234 David L 19-Jan-04 23:43
Re: No "One Way" but many 240 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 370 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:22
Re: No "One Way" but many 251 Milo 20-Jan-04 00:00
Re: No "One Way" but many 373 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:20
Re: No "One Way" but many 252 RichardC 19-Jan-04 16:25
Re: No "One Way" but many 269 David L 19-Jan-04 23:50
Re: No "One Way" but many 295 RichardC 20-Jan-04 14:30
Re: No "One Way" but many 256 Milo 20-Jan-04 14:46
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 241 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:40
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 256 David L 19-Jan-04 23:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 304 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:34
Re: Something I've noticed... 244 David L 17-Jan-04 16:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 270 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 301 OakeyDokey 19-Jan-04 17:55
Re: Something I've noticed... 314 Earache 18-Jan-04 13:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 244 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:06
Read these. 266 Earache 20-Jan-04 15:13
Re: Something I've noticed... 309 RichardC 18-Jan-04 21:58
Re: Something I've noticed... 232 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 07:03
Re: Something I've noticed... 225 Trygve Hogebol 20-Jan-04 08:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 263 fisherman 20-Jan-04 18:56
Re: Something I've noticed... 268 Trygve Hogebol 21-Jan-04 00:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 248 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 283 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:38
Re: Something I've noticed... 249 Hoppy 29-Jan-04 01:51
Re: Something I've noticed... 295 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 02:51
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 253 Nebankh 06-Feb-04 10:35
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 248 Jergat 11-Feb-04 01:02
Re: Pisces 502 Nebankh 11-Feb-04 12:04

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