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Will 2012 Bring the End of the World As We Know It?

Posted on October 19 2010 7:00 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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When I was younger, I used to enjoy listening to Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM, an overnight radio talk show devoted to fringe topics like the paranormal, conspiracy theories, and UFOs. A recurring subject was the end of the world. One of the apocalyptic prophecies commonly discussed was derived from the Mayan calendar and its final date of December 21, 2012.

To a teenager coming of age in the ‘90’s, 2012 seemed a long way off. Since then, talk of 2012 and what it may bode has escalated. There was even an over-the-top disaster film tackling the subject last spring.

As the date draws near, focus has shifted from anticipating the end of the world to anticipating the end of an age. Priests of the New Thought, like self-described “conspiriacist” David Icke, speak of a coming “enlightenment” or “awakening” or “shift in consciousness.” They describe a revolution in thought which will break down the barriers between the physical and the spiritual and draw Earth into a global society. Also predicted are many “rebels” who will cling to the Old Thought, whose unwillingness to evolve will hold the rest of humanity back.

This idea of a coming New Age, an enlightenment which will quicken human evolution, jives thematically with the political ideology of the Left, the pagan theology of tribal and Eastern religions, and a widespread cultural rejection of tradition in favor of esoteric mysticism or nihilism. It is the emergent Religion of Nothing which regards creation above creator, Earth above mankind, and outcome above justice.

It is preached in a new documentary film by João Amorim called 2012: Time for Change. The synopsis reads like a tract of New Age evangelism.

The film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.

This is the same paradigm promoted in the viral internet film Zietgeist: Addendum, which pimps the futurist Venus Project, a utopian think tank that blames all the world’s problems on private property and the use of money. In a series I wrote regarding the political implications of atheism, I covered the Venus Project and its founder Jacque Fresco.

“We would declare all the earth’s resources the common heritage of all the earth’s people,” he told a New York audience earlier this year. The mission of the Venus Project is “to create a society of such abundance [through technology] that everything would be available without a price tag, and without submission to employment.” It is a world built upon the premise that the only sins are scarcity and exclusivity. “If you eradicate the conditions that generate what you call socially offensive behavior, [that behavior] does not exist,” said Fresco. “You might say, ‘Well, isn’t that [behavior] inborn?’ No, it’s not.”

Fresco’s paradigm, that of the New Age and the Left, rejects the concept of sin. It’s not that human beings are inherently flawed. It’s that we haven’t implemented the right way of managing society. Once we do, we will achieve an end so glorious it will justify any means.

“The [current] system has to fail, and the people have to lose confidence in their elected leaders,” Fresco says in Zeitgeist. The narrator puts it another way. “We have to alter our behavior to force the power structure to the will of the people (emphasis added)…”

“When we understand that it is technology, devised by human ingenuity, which frees humanity and increases our quality of life, we then realize that the most important focus we can have is on the intelligent management of the earth’s resources…” Implicit in the concept of intelligent management are intelligent managers. Conspicuously missing from the Venus Project’s Utopian vision is any indication of who these managers would be. One thing is for sure; if you happen to be Christian, it will probably not be you. Fresco declares, “If you give everybody a right to their own opinion, it becomes damaging.” Some animals would have to be more equal than others.

A review of the “solutions” section of the Time for Change website reveals a number of passages in tune with Fresco’s worldview. Of note is how widespread such thought has become, its trend from fringe to mainstream, and what such a paradigm shift bodes for those of us foolishly clinging to the Old Thought – i.e. Judaism, Christianity, capitalism, national sovereignty, and individual rights.

We readily admit that 2012: Time for Change is a teaching tool as well as a piece of propaganda masquerading as a somewhat slick, somewhat street, feature documentary. The secret purpose of 2012: Time for Change is to get you to look at your world differently, and to begin to participate in a conscious movement toward personal and social transformation.

What we believe – and continue to learn from sometimes painful personal experience – is that we can’t hope to make the world [a] better place unless we start within, learning to nurture our own soul and spirit. Among other objectives, 2012: Time for Change wants you to become your own coach and spiritual adviser, taking good care of yourself.

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