Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 21, 2012 Has Arrived - And Nothing Is Happening (Or Will Happen)

As of now it is already December 21, 2012 in the westernmost parts of the Pacific (and the easternmost parts of Eurasia, Oceania and Australia), while the rest of the world will enter that day during the next twenty odd hours. In another twenty-four, it will pass totally beyond it.

That gives us forty-four hours until, I hope, we do not have to hear the adherents of mystical prophecies subject us to this particular theory ever again - just as we now hear much less of Nostradamus than we did in the years prior to 2000.

Still, human beings being what they are, I suspect it will not be long before someone comes up with yet another bit of crackpottery with which to scare the gullible. Or rather, digs it up. The 2012 theory was in circulation for some years before the millennium. (I first encountered it in Graham Hancock's 1995 Fingerprints of the Gods.) However, it only came to anything like its current prominence after the millennium's passing, when better-known predictions regarding 1999 and 2000 (like those of Nostradamus) had clearly been proven wrong, forcing the Mystical Apocalypse Industry to find something else to sell, with the results we all know so well now. But hopefully those of a rational frame of mind will get a breather before then.

In the meantime, we can expect a couple of perfectly ordinary days, soon to pass into the larger stream of such ordinary days, as this episode fades from the memory of all but the historians of the eccentric.

In case you have managed to misunderstand all of the above - remain calm because this is just a regular, non-apocalyptic day like any other, happy holidays to all those observing them at this time of year, and (should you sufficiently like what you read here) see you back here on this blog December 22, and many, many, many, many days after that.

Genre Film in 2012: io9's Take
Two Authors on Readers' Feedback
Cyberpunk as Retro Arrives
The Weekend Box Office, December 14-16
Happy Winter Solstice
New and Noteworthy (Most Absurd SF Film of All Time, Kevin Smith's Last Film?, Genre Fiction for 2011)

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