Outlook Hazy

So, on the 8th anniversary of the day the US invaded Iraq, we've begun bombing Libya. How do you feel about that? I mean, on one hand, I get it. Gadhafi is a few miles south of chaotic neutral and no one should have to live under that kind of tyranny. The nations of the Middle East are standing up and inciting their own revolutions. I think that is amazing. And also, frightening. That region is an erupting volcano...it will be pretty violent and chaotic, but after a time, it will leave fertile ground.
 It's 2011. I look around and see people touting that the end of the world is due in 2012 and I am skeptical. I don't buy into the hype that the planet will implode or something based on ancient mysticism. But...

...why does it seem that people are trying to make it happen? Are you consciously trying to start World War 3? Are you trying to bring about Ragnarok or Armageddon? There are all sorts of myths pertaining to the End Times. Prophecies passed down in holy books or deciphered from ancient languages. Everyone's all keyed up that 2012 is going to be it, but even if Sarah Palin is elected, I think we'll be okay. But, on days like today, I'm not so sure.
It just feels like everyone has picked up the pace on the crazy train these days. World leaders have lost their fucking minds...and they have nukes. Politicians are spouting all sorts of rhetoric on both sides that just gets muddled in the middle as a pile of sentient goo. The goo doesn't do a whole hell of a lot but when it bubbles everyone jumps and starts their spouting again. It's like Fox News' very own Old Faithful. Every hour, an eruption of hot air.
By Sylar's Eyebrow's, people, we don't have to make our holy books or stone tablets right. We don't have to line up to fit into Nostradamus' molds or set up the dominoes so they'll fall just as the Mayans predicted.
But what about Japan? Japan? You mean that naturally occurring seismic activity? Earthquake/volcanic eruption/tsunami ... all of that is connected and it's natural. The planet is constantly changing and we have to live with that and adapt. It's what animals do. It's what life does. So, I don't see this as a harbinger of the end times. Crazy weather changes, natural disasters...these things happen. It's not punishment from on high because a few states have let gays marry. It's not evil spirits. It's not aliens. It's planetary evolution.
You know what? Maybe the world will end in 2012. Maybe we should all start buying gas masks for the inevitable biological warfare. Or build arks for the flooding. Coat our bodies in asbestos for the fires that will undoubtedly rain from the sky at the stroke of midnight at the end of this year. Maybe I'm wrong and the earth will just swallow us all up in one gulp, having finally taken enough of our shit. But, I dubious about that. It's entirely possible that some horrific natural disaster will end civilization as we know it, but there's nothing I can do about that. It's not going to help anyone or anything for me to watch the sky for signs and portents. I've got living to do. There are marvels to see right here and right now. Waiting and worrying about horrors that may or may not come to pass? Wasteful.
And I can't do anything about the crazies out there, the people who want to usher in the End of Days. I can't save the world from some super villain, some anti-Christ or even just some crazy ass dictator with an itchy trigger finger. What I can do, is remind you that there is much beauty in this world. There is love and wonder and there are blessings we cannot fathom.
So...what's it going to be? Are we going to live our lives? Or are we going to do everything we can to make sure that our little guessing games are right? Are we going to give in to the urge to self-fulfill prophecy? Or will we just live fulfilling lives?