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Some Things Never End

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A small bay on the French River, Ontario, Canada

Does anyone remember Y2K? That turn of the year from 1999 to 2000 which brought-on all sorts of fears for many people. Computers were supposed to stop working and with that, complete chaos was soon to follow.

Many were certain that electrical grids would go down, banks would lose everyone's data, some even said airplanes might fall from the sky. I'm not even kidding, I heard it all at the time.

I was in my late teens and had no time for fears of that sort but I do remember not being able to go out and party on that New Year because one of my best-friend's parents would not let him go far from his house. So, my whole group of friends had to spend that New Year's Eve at a friend's house near-by, where the parents in question could pop-by at short notice.

Of course, midnight came and the lights were still on. No planes fell from the sky. Nothing, absolutely nothing happened but I felt like I was grounded on that New Year's Eve because of two nutty parents (which were not even my own). The team took one for one person that night, not the other way around. Haha!!

Then came 2012: the "Mayan Doomsday". That was for sure the end-it-all event. Here's how Wikipedia describes what happened:

"The 2012 phenomenon was a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events would occur on or around 21 December 2012.[1] This date was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar ... Scenarios suggested for the end of the world included the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy,[7] or Earth's collision with a mythical planet called Nibiru."

So, barely a dozen years went by and some sort of "the end of the world" was coming again. I sat and watched in disbelief with how much certainty and emotion some were trying to explain to me that something incredible was happening: "Nibiru, You don't know about Nibiru!"

Sigh ... when the 21 of December passed and I asked what happened, some said I had to wait for New Year's Eve. So, New Year's Eve came and went and I was told some mathematical calculations had been wrong and the date changed.

Now at this point, I looked back a little and saw that these types of people and/or thoughts are not new. Here's what the New York Times said about fears in year 1000:

"In his multivolume ''History of France,'' Michelet painted a vivid picture of the year 1000, with prisoners, serfs, monks and lords universally awaiting the trumpet blast announcing the end of the world, and painfully torn between fear of divine wrath and anticipation of divine justice."

It seems that fears of "end-of-the-world" scenarios and/or or conspiracy theories never end with some. Nowadays we have lizard people living among us trying to take over the world. Bill Gates, or aliens (depending on which You prefer) are trying to sterilize women with vaccines in order to depopulate the planet and Covid-19 is a plandemic. And I just mentioned a few excerpts here, from stories online but there are tons more such ideas floating around.

Thus, there will always be those who chose to be overly dramatic (to put it nicely) for whatever reason. The only problem nowadays is that nearly everyone has access to a computer and internet so, any strange ideas can be put out there and then, some do get traction. And in a time of so much uncertainty, 2020 has proven to be one of the most fertile years for conspiracy theories and misinformation. Please do be careful what You intake as information and from whom.

All the very best to everyone! Stay sane and stay safe.

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Comments

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 08, 2021:

Indeed many people indulge in fear, Mr. Manatita and when doing so, they often convince others to join their fears and insecurities. As I said to Mr. Hansen too, such beliefs provide for some answers to the unknown, making the path forward more certain (even if it is certainly wrong/incorrect).

“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” - Mark Twain

manatita44 from london on January 07, 2021:

Interesting thoughts and advice, Mr Happy. Fear is the real enemy and perhaps some thrive on creating it as well. Peace.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 06, 2021:

Mr. Hansen, I think to a certian extent, the "end-of-the-world" story-tellers are looking for an easy way out. Yet, there is no easy way out.

"Chop wood and carry water" before and after enlightenment (is the saying). I guess those never end either lol

All the very best!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 06, 2021:

Haha, yes Mr. Dierker: humans are strange indeed. Thank You for the visit and comment - cheers!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2021:

Strange are these humans. I remember them all fondly. I hear that this is the last year via Bible revelations fanatics.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2021:

Good article, Mr Happy. I have been thinking the same thing. The world didn’t end again after 2020. I am beginning to feel fortunate I have survived so many “end of the world” events.

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