The new Movie, 2012 by Sony Pictures is opening worldwide over the next few days.
Since before man has put pen to paper, and civilization has taken root on the planet, myths and stories of global destruction have been a representation of the human ideology of this world’s reality, the future, and the past. Comets, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes,volcanoes and a host of natural disasters and man’s role in how the world turns out has been written and talked about for ages. Humanity has long known the important interdependence of life and the worlds environment, long before global warming and pollution problems became the much talked about focus in our modern times.
This Hollywood movie now brings to the silver screen what has been talked about by the spiritual, religious thinkers for ages, in another display of massive destruction.
It may be that Hollywood is playing on the fears of the masses by focusing on a literal interpretation of these events. Massive explosions and destruction has proven to be a top seller at box offices for years, and they’ll continue the profitable trend. The director Roland Emmerich has a taste for movies of mass destruction. He has also directed Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Yet one must ask if there is something about humanity that has a natural inclination to fear and expect, or even desire disaster?
Although this film is based in Mayan astrological myth, it has been a long standing and popular myth that people may be taking more seriously than other films based on fiction. Religion, beliefs and prophecy have been attracting, and repelling, people’s interests at a deep, and personal level for thousands of years.
In May 2000, there was also an astronomical / astrological event that was predicted to cause great destruction on the planet through the shifting of the poles. This was a planetary alignment in Taurus, an astrological earth sign. The summer before, in 1999, the planets displayed a grand cross formation in their alignment.
There is a wide variety of beliefs surrounding the myths and ideas. From various, yet similar, doomsday interpretations, to a more positive shift in consciousness as a new age of enlightenment dawns. What do you think?
From The Year of the Flood
The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners—a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life—has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God’s Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.
Have others survived? Ren’s bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .
Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo’hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can’t stay locked away . . .
By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.
A few selections of discussions from the Esoteric Forum that include 2012 are
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