Tag : 2012
Tag : 2012
Yes, I must admit that I hadn’t heard of 17 year old Olympic athlete Jordyn Wieber until this morning. After a modicum of research, I’ve learned that America had pinned its collective hope on her as the best chance to win a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
This writer was further edified this morning to learn that Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas are her teammates; they coming away with higher scores than the reigning world champion Wieber in Olympic gymnastics events held on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
It is not the fault of the Olympic athletes that I don’t know who they are. Indeed, they train hard, make considerable sacrifices, and compete at a spectacular level. The training is as much mental as it is physical, and through the years invested it becomes a way of life that returns that investment in precious metal. After the lights have been turned off in the arena of competition, there may be endorsement contracts, television commercials, and all manner of opportunity in a media ever hungry for a fresh young face to cash in on. And, aren’t Americans ever hungry for a fresh young idol to heap their worship upon?
No, it is not the fault of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, or any of the other athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics that they are a mystery to me. Simply stated, I don’t follow the Olympics and never have.
Certainly, I know of Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, and Mary Lou Retton. The aforementioned have transcended the world of athletic competition; rising into the universe of pop culture icons. There are other Olympians that have made a similar false ascension, joining the ranks of NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball players who stand at the apex of Mount Superstar. Ah, but the financial security can’t be beat, right?
Call me a curmudgeon, but I am too busy this summer watching the imperiled U.S. and European economies and the tumultuous events in the Middle East. I don’t have the free time or free mind to follow the Olympics.
But I do have to wonder – how many more Olympiads will there be?
The below video was made in April of 2012, and it may be even more relevant today than it was just months ago…
TEOTWAWKI is not a character from a Star Wars movie. TEOTWAWKI is the acronym for “the end of the world as we know it” and not to be confused with the jaunty R.E.M song which originally appeared on the band’s 1987 album titled Document. Indeed, the world as you knew it in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early years of the Twenty-First Century has ended.
“Well, not so fast” you say:
The lights still turn on and you can still connect to the internet, so everything must be copacetic, right? 2 Broke Girls, America’s Got Talent, and Pawn Stars are on your flat-screen whenever it’s most convenient for you to watch those programs, so your rebuttal is “yeah, so what’s the problem?” There’s beer in the fridge, so why worry, eh? Your entire life is conveniently stored on an iPhone, so what could be more modern, efficient, and comforting?
What if suddenly, you couldn’t connect to the internet and text with the aforementioned iPhone – or BlackBerry, Android or any similar technological Golden Calf? How about turning on the T.V. and there’s only static or if you’re lucky, some talking face telling you not to panic and where you might go to find help – but saying that the best thing you could do is stay off the streets until further notice?
Imagine your local grocer being looted and all of your beloved Coors Light (let alone foodstuffs) having been absconded by rioters? What if trucks could no longer bring stock to your favorite corporate food store? And even if your store did have product to sell, envision the POS terminal at the checkout not being able to process your credit, debit, or food benefits card because of widespread cyber outages and a dead duck Dollar?
What if a fairly noticeable number of people around the world were suddenly missing? And, who are all those military types parking their vehicles along the street and blocking your driveway?
This is America so the above mentioned scenarios could never happen – or could they?
Not only is it possible in the non-fiction America, but it is likely – and soon.
It’s not the end of the world, but it is TEOTWAWKI and the feces will impact the air-cooling device, otherwise known as SHTF.
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Based on a survey of 1,007 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, taken by Kelton Research through NationalGeographic.com, 51% of Americans believe a financial collapse is imminent, and 85% say that the U.S. is overwhelmingly under-prepared.
What follows are some points that jumped out at this writer, based on the opinions of the 1,007 respondents:
A significant point of interest is the majority of these Americans said they were willing to share their preparation supplies or food storage, and it broke down this way:
Nearly 27% of the respondents believe that a catastrophic event is likely to occur on Dec. 21, 2012. That date is where the Mayan Calender ends and too many misguidedly believe that the world likewise comes to an end. 73% responded that a major event on that date is unlikely.
All in all, we are not fully prepared spiritually, mentally, or physically for TEOTWAWKI, which the end of the world as we know it – but not the end of the world. As international tensions heighten and the world quakes and groans, we are well-advised to stock-up, lock and load, and be prepared to batten-down or to move out on little or no notice.
But ultimately, we must watch at the wall and be prepared for the one who will come like a thief in the night.
There is snow falling on upstate New York and in the upper-Midwest on this January morning in 2012; and it would have been wonderful to have had this snow for Christmas of 2011. Mild temperatures prevailed during the third week of December, and Christmas in this part of America was brown and green with mere streaks of white, hither and yon.
Even as the second week of January 2012 winds down, there are still some decorated Christmas trees and strings of lights adorning the windows of homes and likewise dotting the landscape of upstate New York; and this phenomenon may be presenting itself in your area as well. Certainly, those who put up the trees and strung the lights that still remain may be busy with innumerable life tasks. Or, perhaps in some cases laziness may be rearing its semi-comatose head. There could be fatigue, sickness, or other maladies that are keeping individuals and/or families from dismantling the Christmas regalia and packing it away until the season returns later this year…
…Or, it could be that in some or all of these cases, people just don’t want to let go.
For so many, there are pleasant and heartwarming memories associated with the Christmas season. There are the giggles, shrieks, or even shy smiles of children who have now grown and gone away. In many cases, divorce has taken away daily increments of time with children who lived with parents and forced it instead into weekly visits and two minute telephone conversations.
The economy was better a mere five years ago, and while we knew that life in this falling world would always be lived on shaky ground, there was the hope that if one worked hard that he or she could live the American Dream; perhaps running their own business or if that wasn’t their cup of tea – moving up the corporate ladder in the company that employed them because prospects for growth shined as brightly as the rising sun on the eastern skyline. Indeed, there was the freedom to dream, pursue, and create – while still being aware that danger lurked in the shadows and that an Islamic enemy controlled by Satan himself could alter the very landscape that we plowed and seeded. We were wary because in 2001 we had been attacked, and after that terrible September day we were warned to be cautious, but circa 2000 through 2007 we were undaunted. There was still that American Dream to pursue and Merry Christmases to enjoy.
As the first decade of the Twenty-First Century approached its conclusion and the second term of President George W. Bush finished with staggering disappointment, the air seemed to shift. Barack Obama never brought hope or positive change; but too many were willingly-deceived into believing that he would. As a watcher at the wall I saw trouble coming and as I continue to observe I say to myself, “no wonder so many are hanging on to Christmas.”
Christmas represents hope and joy, and it is a celebration of the birth of the One who is eternal hope and joy everlasting. No wonder the lights and the trees remain! The decorations have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus – nor should they ever become the true representation of Christmas – but they are color and glistening light and they are a foretaste of Heaven. While I have yet to see Heaven, in my spirit I do know that it is a place of uncompromising beauty and color. It is a place of glistening light created by, of, and for the Christ who died for us and rose again; desiring us to accept His gift of grace on faith, so we will one day know that color and light and experience that eternal peace and joy that transcends all understanding.
As we face increasing deterioration and rabid uncertainty in 2012, some delay the tearing down of the Christmas gewgaws and regalia – as they did in 2011, 2010, and 2009. Some are merely hanging on, and I pray that if they don’t know the Bright Morning Star that they will not delay in coming to Him. I understand and empathize with the longing and the sadness. But we must remember that in Jesus there will be gladness…
…But for now some are leaving up those trees and lights a bit longer. And as the snow falls today, I can almost smell the cinnamon and hear Silent Night and Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow playing somewhere – if not merely in my memory.
There are better days coming; you can trust me on that. We are all merely hanging on, but the path is laid out before us and like wayfarers we must walk – we have no choice.
But we never, no not ever, have to walk alone.
As this writer tracks the visitor statistics to this Walk The Towpath blog, web-surfers searching keyword phrases relating to 2012 are the most frequent visitors, with those searching Tim Tebow and John 3:16 closing in a tight second. If he leads the team past the New England Patriots, perhaps writings relating to the Denver Broncos quarterback will surpass all things 2012-related for the #1 spot? Let us hope!
There is considerable end of the world conjecture regarding the year 2012, and that has been chronicled through these blogs; hence so many visitors who have searched that keyword and those phrases related to it. Again, I will say with absolute certainty that the world will not cease to exist this year; however the world as it is known and loved by millions today may indeed come to an end.
Hell will not freeze over but seemingly hellish conditions may visit the First World, making many rethink what rates on popular culture’s list of First World problems. In 2012, a pampered and privileged First World culture and society may learn what problems, dilemmas, and hardships truly are.
Indeed, some – especially in America – may wish that the world would end as year 2012 is dragged on through the winter into to spring and summer. The likelihood of varying levels of financial collapse is high. Unemployment could likely rise as well as food and fuel prices. If major war breaks out in the Middle East sooner rather than later – and “sooner” may be the probable scenario – extreme hardship could visit the United States and Europe, putting First World problems on par with those of the Third World.
Third World problems such as hunger, poverty, lack, and unrest will increase in the First World as economic conditions continue to deteriorate and a move toward the One World Economy gains speed and intensity. With this will come diminished freedom and potential wide-scale rioting and looting by a populace pushed across the proverbial line of demarcation. Implementation of Martial Law is a likely scenario. Will all of this have happened by December 31, 2012? I can’t help but think that it’s a 50-50 proposition as I write today.
It’s advisable to be prepared, and by and large as a nation, we are not. We are weak and pacified; having lost the metaphorical eye of the tiger. Our ability to use technology and electronic communication keeps us on the cutting edge, but spiritually we are on the cutting room floor. Most of us have mastered the social media, but our ability to interact with live, in-the-flesh human beings has regressed to a level that would make a chimpanzee look expert. Technology has encouraged us to become lazy, tactless, and boorish; to wit, we no longer know how to compose formal letters but instead communicate through text messages and e-mails with acronyms such as BFF, WTF, LMAO, LOL, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
I am not here to condemn but only to warn and to attempt to inspire. Don’t allow yourself to be put into a position of wishing the world would end in 2012. This is the year that the First World could begin to be absorbed into the Third World. What is perhaps most disconcerting is that those currently in the Third World have become hardened, while First World to Third World neophytes will be trampled underfoot not unlike Black Friday morning at your local Wal-Mart.