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  •  The problem I see, in addition to those outlined (1+ / 0-)
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    is that the apocalyptic mindset has been thoroughly embraced by popular culture as well as by certain political factions that seek a scapegoat or three to unify their voters.

    Dec 21 2012 is where the New Age Apocalypse joins with the timeless classic from the New Testament. And when nothing happens this time around, tension will be raised yet another notch, until the next "chosen" date, which is Winter Solstice 2019--the alternative "correct" date for the Mayan Calendar.

    As we face climate change scenarios, that too is being interwoven into this narrative.

    Countless movies and shows harp on religious interpretations, environmental ones, political or economic or even invasion scenarios.

    Is it any accident that the remake of Red Dawn is released now? Not necessarily to set anyone off, but in reality to profit from the apocalyptic fear that is so prevalent in our culture now.

    How many video games also play off of this narrative? The mentality is everywhere.

    It gives people permission, when they watch these movies or play these games to embrace some darker aspects of their psyche, but for some, it substantiates or feeds their own worst fears in a very bad sort of way.

    It would be nice if the Clergy in the U.S. would make it a personal mission to stop preaching this crap, but I am not going to hold my breath, any more than I will with the expectation that the GOP stop trying to reboot the S. Strategy.

    Thank you for your efforts to communicate this matter.

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