Monthly Archives: May 2010
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
– Walter Lippmann
2012…the subject of scads of conspiracy theories and apocalyptic predictions, allegedly originating from the Maya, though their modern descendants would and do dispute that, chiding us silly Westerners as just attaching our European religious myths onto their ancient Long Count calendar for no good reason other than the fact that it makes a compelling, scary story.
Come on people, I like good scary fiction too, but the fact that it resonates with our Judeo-Christian eschatological fears or New Age hopes gives us no cause to believe it’s real.
Frankly, I’ll be watching the London Olympics on the telly then, with nary a care about ancient calendars of extinct civilizations or undetectable rogue planets named Niburu, or Nimbiru, or whatever, when the Long Count cycle resets to zero and resumes another cycle, ad infinitum.
I’m quite sure that as long as Sarah Palin doesn’t win the presidential election then, there’s no justification to believe anything really horrible and nasty will happen to the world.
So, today’s question is:
What do you think you will do in 2012?
TNQ is a daily question that I pose to you, my readers, and please, do feel free to comment — I’m not an ogre. As per the title, TNQ is published each weekday at 12:00 PM