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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... 813 Jergat 16-Jan-04 04:39
Yes! ...n/t. 265 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 04:48
Re: Something I've noticed... 249 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 270 Jergat 16-Jan-04 05:17
Re: Something I've noticed... 259 Cleopatra 16-Jan-04 05:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 256 Jergat 16-Jan-04 06:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 314 sean 17-Jan-04 01:37
Re: Something I've noticed... 275 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:06
Re: Something I've noticed... 289 fiascohoho 16-Jan-04 05:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 283 OakeyDokey 16-Jan-04 20:09
(outside of the Box) .... 252 Thirdwave 16-Jan-04 22:49
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 267 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 07:46
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 239 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 10:00
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 291 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 15:04
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 253 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:26
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 279 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 309 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 22:41
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 263 Briffits 18-Jan-04 22:52
Re: (outside of the Box) .... 241 ArmchairObserver 18-Jan-04 18:00
Re: Something I've noticed... 253 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:11
Re: to explain further 289 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 00:39
Re: to explain further 281 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:00
Re: to explain further 317 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:18
Re: 2012 316 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 01:36
Re: to explain further 286 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 01:44
Re: to explain further 258 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:01
Re: to explain further 279 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 02:11
Re: to explain further 245 Nebankh 17-Jan-04 02:34
Re: to explain further 257 Hoppy 17-Jan-04 03:38
Re: to explain further 241 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:25
Re: to explain further 255 Thirdwave 17-Jan-04 09:26
Re: to explain further 229 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 05:48
Re: to explain further 251 Jergat 17-Jan-04 06:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 238 David L 17-Jan-04 03:49
Re: Something I've noticed... 274 ArmchairObserver 17-Jan-04 08:06
2012 is NOT the end of the world. 246 Cleopatra 17-Jan-04 09:14
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 296 David L 17-Jan-04 16:39
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 242 Cleopatra 18-Jan-04 10:12
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 260 David L 18-Jan-04 17:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 271 David L 18-Jan-04 18:04
No "One Way" but many 236 Thirdwave 19-Jan-04 00:32
Re: No "One Way" but many 247 David L 19-Jan-04 14:57
Re: No "One Way" but many 246 Milo 19-Jan-04 15:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 241 David L 19-Jan-04 23:43
Re: No "One Way" but many 249 Milo 19-Jan-04 23:52
Re: No "One Way" but many 377 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:22
Re: No "One Way" but many 258 Milo 20-Jan-04 00:00
Re: No "One Way" but many 381 Aarooga 20-Jan-04 17:20
Re: No "One Way" but many 259 RichardC 19-Jan-04 16:25
Re: No "One Way" but many 276 David L 19-Jan-04 23:50
Re: No "One Way" but many 302 RichardC 20-Jan-04 14:30
Re: No "One Way" but many 263 Milo 20-Jan-04 14:46
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 247 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:40
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 262 David L 19-Jan-04 23:54
Re: 2012 is NOT the end of the world. 311 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:34
Re: Something I've noticed... 251 David L 17-Jan-04 16:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 276 wirelessguru1 19-Jan-04 04:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 308 OakeyDokey 19-Jan-04 17:55
Re: Something I've noticed... 321 Earache 18-Jan-04 13:44
Re: Something I've noticed... 250 OakeyDokey 18-Jan-04 18:06
Read these. 273 Earache 20-Jan-04 15:13
Re: Something I've noticed... 316 RichardC 18-Jan-04 21:58
Re: Something I've noticed... 238 Dominick Ohrbeck 20-Jan-04 07:03
Re: Something I've noticed... 231 Trygve Hogebol 20-Jan-04 08:31
Re: Something I've noticed... 269 fisherman 20-Jan-04 18:56
Re: Something I've noticed... 275 Trygve Hogebol 21-Jan-04 00:07
Re: Something I've noticed... 254 fisherman 21-Jan-04 15:30
Re: Something I've noticed... 289 Melusine 20-Jan-04 18:38
Re: Something I've noticed... 258 Hoppy 29-Jan-04 01:51
Re: Something I've noticed... 302 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 02:51
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 260 Nebankh 06-Feb-04 10:35
Re: The changes of ages - great explanatory article 254 Jergat 11-Feb-04 01:02
Re: Pisces 513 Nebankh 11-Feb-04 12:04

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