Era’s come and go while people of a negative mindset are always fearing an end to our world entirely. Of course, they’re not always wrong… not entirely that is.
A terrestrial reptillian by name of Lacerta claimed that the extraterrestian Ellohim reptillians who created our kind had created other species of humans as well but wiped out each as soon as they reached a certain level of civilization. True or not, which is as questionable as the alleged teller of this tale, it’s one of the most interesting (if unsettling) stories I’ve read on the topic and most of the Ooparts I’ve seen give it some substantiation.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Hopis and some others have said the world as they knew it has ended at least 4 times already: by fire, by meoteor, by flood, by… who knows what. Each time, those intended to survive were guided to caverns where they built cities and lived for generations before wandering back out to a much changed world. But then again, after a few generations of not seeing it, it would surely seem rather new anyhow.
Some, like the Anazazis, apparent ancestors to the Hopis, simply disappeared or never re-emerged. They left behind their cliff and cave mouth dwellings and some very full middens.
Middens are ancient garbage dumps or land fills.
The Anazazis are not the only people known to have disappeared without a trace at one time or another. There was the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina, USA. Sometime between supply runs from England circa 1587-1588, every last man, woman, and child vanished without a trace. This also happened with a fishing village in Alaska around the turn of the last century. A fur trapper that used to trade there came back there after a few months of being away and was stunned at the silence that greeted him. Every last person that had so thronged it the last time he’d been there was gone. In fact, it seemed to have happened during dinner time some weeks previous since now decayed or hardened food was left out on many a set table and plate. The sled dogs, cherished as they were by the villagers, had nonetheless died in their kennals or at stakes starved to death with no one to care for them and no freedom to care for themselves.
Sorry I can’t recall the name of the village or the date of it’s vanishing. It was just one of those things I read a long time ago. I remember that it was real and not fiction, but that’s about it. I’ve always had a thing for collecting weird but true tidbits. Side point though.
The Romans were having collective nightmares and oracle warnings of their world ending just before it actually did with the fall of the Roman Empire.
Christians have at the turn of every century and ESPECIALLY at the turn of the millium been big on the world ending in fire and their Jesus coming back for them. They’ve also come up with other dates throughout their 2,000 year old history. One of these, October 22, 1844 based on something in the Biblical book of Daniel, (8:14 “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed”) was after its uneventful passing, named The Great Disappointment and spawned the begining of the 7 Day Adventist Church.
Various paranormal or simply weird events have often fostered end of world paranoia. Charles Fort recorded many of these in his Book of the Damned about anamolous news events he’d collected: UFO sightings, aparent time warps, and strange things – blood, fish, frogs, stones – falling out of the clear blue sky. I’m still waiting with baited breath for the response to the mystery of 5,000 dead redwing blackbirds and 100,000 dead drum fish in one small area of Arkansas this week past. Charles Fort would have been all over that one.
In 1997, another Christian splinter group called Heaven’s Gate committed suicide in advance of what they saw as the world’s end, believing that they’d be raised spiritually to heaven via a spaceship hidden in the tail of the then bright Hale-Bopp Commet. Ironically, despite their tragic end and potentially dangerous influence, their website is still up: Heaven’s Gate – How and When It May Be Entered. Please don’t let it persuade you to do anything crazy like they did.
Fears of the Y2K bug in the year 2000 had some people pretty worked up too. There were fears that computers everywhere would stop working and with them our financial and security systems as well as huge and irreplaceable data systems. They spoke of such failures as throwing us back into the dark ages. I have three things to say about that…
1. Our grandparents and ancestors for quite a ways back lived just fine without computers or many of our other modern conveniences, including indoor utilities, cars, electric light and heat, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, and televisions, that we are so dependent on now.
2. An EM pulse in the atmosphere could take out a lot of that stuff too and, trust me, we could survive it no problem – much as we might whine about it.
3. The Dark Ages can take place with or without modern conveniences as well evidenced by both the history of the Medieval Christian church and that of Islam in the Middle East. Dark Ages happen when you practice and believe without question no matter how much it goes against the grain of nature, common sense, objective reasoning and evidence, or inate morality.
As Voltaire said, “As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities” and “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” and “Prejudices are what fools use for reason” and one of his truest truisms… “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” He knew this personally. His being right when authorities were wrong landed him in jail or exile often enough in his lifetime. In short, they didn’t want to hear it.
Can you tell I’m rather fond of my Voltaire?
Needless to say, January 1, 2000 came and went uneventfully.
The latest world end date to come around is May 21, 2011… also according to a Christian group going according to something in the Bible. Can’t recall their name off hand. I stumbled across the news article yesterday but can’t recall where. Possibly it was right in the vicinity of the one where another Christian group says environmentalism is “anti-Christian earth worship” and that they will be rewarded in Heaven if by not practicing the “fascist paganism” of environmentalism they kill the planet.
Meh. Let’s just whack the fools upside their empty heads and save our planet anyway. We need it! Sheesh! What is it about that they don’t understand? It’s our physical life support system and spiritual nexus.
Next up for world ending will be the winter solstice of 2012, December 21st., since that is where the Mayan Calender ends, bearing in mind that the Mayans were among those people I mentioned earlier that claim to have lived through five world endings already. This one I’m almost ready to believe… sort of. I once charted the alleged previous world ending dates of the Mayans and found that each one occured with a world catacylsmic event of some sort or other having to do with a near passing of the rougue planet X (aka Niburu). It was regular as clockwork.
No kidding. I’ll post the chart here sometime if I remember and anyone actually says they care (which I’m not holding my breath for).
But the thing is, I’m not worried about it. I embrace change. It excites me like nothing else has the power to do. And I know we can survive whatever comes to us. I think there will be a lot of collective whinning, but we’ll go on as we always have, stronger for it rather than weaker.
This is a repost little over a month ago. I’ll post that chart of world endings I promised in just a little while. Give me a moment.