Although most of the world has rightly treated the matter as a huge joke, quite a number of enterprising charlatans have again been making money by presenting the mystifying lie that 'The End is Nigh' as though it is the supreme truth. However, this particularly destabilising, and highly-profitable, cultic controlling-scenario goes back to the dawn of human history; 'Doomsday' just keeps being updated and adapted to reflect the spirit of the times.
In essence, the current version doing the rounds is that a bunch of Mayan wise men calculated, and prophesied, that Doomsday would occur today, Friday, December, 21st, 2012. Personally, I'm not entirely sure how this typically precise and complex pseudo-scientific bull-shit has been passed off as reality, since Mayan writing has never been fully-understood and the Mayans used a different system for recording the passage of time.
In general, and for obvious reasons, the mainstream media has lumped together and ridiculed the 2012 crop of 'Doomsday' believers, but, nonetheless, there exist potentially lethal consequences. I sincerely hope that when the end of the world again fails to arrive by itself, no cult leader will attempt to fulfil his/her own prophesy.
World leaders should never forget that, since 1945, the human race has, in fact, possessed the means to bring about its own destruction. To date, atomic weapons have never fallen into the hands of a psychopathic cult leader, but there are certain observers of the cult phenomenon who consider that it is only a matter of time. As recently as 1995, Chizuo Matsumoto a.k.a. 'The Great Enlightened One,' made a serious attempt to obtain a nuclear device in the former Soviet Union as part of his elaborate plan to slaughter millions of his fellow Japanese citizens and trigger WWIII. Although Matsumoto's agents failed to buy atomic weapons, they did manage secretly to stockpile around 150 tons of other war materials, including chemicals to manufacture a quantity of Sarin nerve gas sufficient to kill millions of individuals. Furthermore, on the advice of certain 'religious scholars,' Japanese law enforcement agencies refused to investigate, and when the mainstream Japanese media was also given a timely-warning, a group of television journalists initially treated the 'Aum Doomsday cult,' as a huge joke.
David Brear (copyright 2012)