Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2012 (the Motion Picture)

Like everyone else, I'm going to have to wait until Friday to see the actual movie. Until then, I'm going to have to be satisfied with the trailers like everyone. Truthfully, I've had little interest in seeing such apocalyptic thrillers. From the trailer (the one where the family rushes in a limousine through a surreal landscape of death and destruction to a plane on a disintegrating tarmac) the disaster seems to be the final of finals for humankind and civilization as we know it.

From the context of playing the game on the movie's website, (yes there is a survival game and in spite of myself it is very informative and entertaining, being an urban survivalist at heart) survival depends on everyone going to Nepal, a nation bordering China and India consisting mainly of the Himalayan mountain range. Everest and K2, two of the highest mountains above sea level, live there. It's not someplace (no offense to Nepal) but I'd rather seek asylum in Israel myself.

One of the reoccurring themes is that mankind's love for one another, cooperation as well as a common will to survive, will ensure at least some manage to live on. Another tenet of these modern disaster flicks is that the disaster unites mankind transcendent of individual beliefs. No matter whether it's the misnamed Armageddon, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Knowing,or any other one of this genre I've failed to make mention of has this theme. The trailer for 2012 makes this all the more obvious on YouTube with "no matter what you believe" or the president in the movie saying "we are one family".

I've been around a while and observed the way people interact in times of crisis. For the most, I've been pleasantly surprised. Despite the happenings in Michigan and the poor economy, people are very giving in both encouragement and materially. For one, if someone needs something and I have it, its theirs. After all. I believe that the lord intended us as human beings for good and despite all the negativity we hear about, we're capable of wonderful things when the Lord is in control of our lives, disasters notwithstanding.

Personally, I don't believe in an end of the world. I just can't see some galactic planetary or interplanetary phenomenon wrecking this sort of disaster on the earth as we know it. Because of this, I do not fear any end of world scenario, no matter how plausible. The Mayans are an extinct people who've made many calendars and while their knowledge was extensive of galactic happenings, it was after all, a part of their pagan religion. One of the theories surrounding their demise was a lack of water. However, they were also very bloodthirsty and cruel, performing human sacrifices at whim. (something very contrary to the Lord). It wouldn't surprise me if the Lord had a hand in removing these people, but I digress.

At any rate, these are not a people I can trust my future to. Earlier, I said that I don't believe in the end of the world. This doesn't mean there won't be some events, just not as depicted by some movie. Make no mistake, even without all the "disasters" people are managing to bring disasters upon themselves without any "help" from God. To leave this on a positive note, The Lord is still in control. Amen!

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