Remembering the Apocalypse

According to Wikipedia an apocalypse is defined:  translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden.  Nowhere within this definition do you encounter anything about destruction of any kind, though that is the common interpretation of the word, which is described later in this definition, though not included in this entry.  My point is more about the words origin than the alternative definitions attached to it.

Maya Calendar

Maya Calendar (Photo credit: Xiaozhuli)

On this day December 21, 2012 it was believed by some that the world would come to an end at precisely 11:11 am GMT.  Well, we are (for the most part) all still here. The crazy thing is that so many folks took the grim interpretation of the Mayan calendar’s end of the 13th Baktun and its subsequent 5,125 year cycle as the end.  Well there is a reason that this sophisticated series of interlocking calendars was circular, and not square or linear like the calendars of today. The end of the last cycle on this calendar was not the end of existence (obviously) but the beginning of a new age, as advertised where the veil has been lifted.

There was a time in my life when I wanted so desperately to believe in something that I took any opportunity to suspend disbelief and jump into any new age philosophy or conspiracy theory out there. Today is not that day. Now, I have a very simple philosophy on life, and that is don’t be a dick. If everyone was less of a dick to each other, the world would be a much happier place; Do unto others and all of that. It is such a simple plan, that very few people work towards it, and even fewer can practice it on a regular basis.

When I say “don’t be a dick,” I am not referring to the people you are already kind to—that is easy.  I mean don’t be a dick to those who really deserve it.  Try to be kinder to those you are not usually kind to, it may make all of the difference.  By now you may be asking yourself what this has to do with the Mayan calendar and the apocalypse. Well, I am getting there.  I think I may have overdosed on vitamin B complex this morning, so I am all over the place.

Let us look for a second at the events of the last year, and the effect that they have had on the world culture. With discoveries such as Göbekli Tepe we now understand that advanced civilization existed at least twice as long as previously thought. We all know that the National Security Agency is monitoring our every communication, thanks to Edward Snowden.  We know that the Federal Reserve is not part of the American government, but a private bank that is controlling the markets and is affiliated with every major bank in the world. Unnecessary wars, drone strikes, people suppressed, historic false flag attacks, the list goes on and on, and thanks to the internet we are more connected to each other than ever before in the history of civilization.  We as a people are waking up to the fact that the ruling class of this planet is holding all the chips, and we are slaves to the system.  If you take the word apocalypse as it is intended, this year has truly been an apocalypse and it is only the beginning.

Thanks to filters of information such as Abbey Martin, Shane Smith, David Seaman, Dan Carlin, Joe Rogan, and all of the other brave individuals that question what it means to be informed.  Podcasts, Blogs, web series, and the like have transformed the way that we as a global culture are informed about the world we live in and the truth is, less and less people every day are pleased with what they are learning. Like it or not, the veil has been lifted and we are left to figure out how we feel about the truth.

The only thing that I hope for the world of today is that we once again reach a point of normalcy, a kind of normalcy that most all people alive today have never experienced.  A world that is not in a state of perpetual war.  “In the past wartime had led to suspension of various parts of the constitution. Loyalists were rounded up in the revolution; suspected aliens were rounded up during the quasi war of the 1790’s. Lincoln cancelled habeas corpus in the civil war. Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans in World War II.  These were seen as temporary measures, and the constitution was eventually restored to integrity after the crisis was over.  But since the inception of World War II, we have had a continuous state of impending or partial war, with retained constitutional restrictions.  World War II, faded into the cold war, and the cold war into the war on terror, giving us over two thirds of a century of war in peace with growing security measures, increased governmental secrecy, broad classification of information, procedural clearances of those citizens able to know what the rulers were doing in secret.  The requirements became more stringent, not less after World War II, and again after the Cold War.  Normality never returned, and executive power increased decade by decade reaching a new high in the 21st century.  A continuous story of unidirectional increase in the executive power.”  Garry Wills

5 thoughts on “Remembering the Apocalypse

  1. I feel for America, always living in this state of fear and angst. It’s not real, of course, rather manufactured, but it affects so many of your countrymen and distracts you all from having “good” conversations about the really important things: people and the future.

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