30 Sep The Gathering Storm. Only the Wise Will Understand and Live?
If you’ve heard just about enough of the Mayan calendar doomsday scenarios and Nostradamus predictions about our very near future, well, you might be re-intrigued by this recent film. When I learned that a professed atheist, Jeremy Hitchens, was asked to compare historical events with a number of prophecies in the Bible dating back to 2500 B.C.E., my curiosity was piqued.
The Daniel Project was not begun by bible-thumping fundamentalists and literalists who set out to prove there is a God or that all of the bible is fact. The team of researches kept their noses to the ground of certain predictions that were made thousands of years ago. They found that many of them have become historical fact. But hold on to your horses. If the final prophecies occur, it would most likely take a few more years, so all you desperados who might be waiting on some cliff on the eve of 12/12/12 could be disappointed.
The one question, however, that’s not answered in this thought-provoking film is, What do we do if this is true? What to do if our near end is destined to be despite any combined effort to turn the tide of world destruction? My wife, Wen and I came up with a few options:
1) continue to disregard the whole damn idea of your world ending and carry on with your—more or less— good life, as if all this talk is a bunch of bull.
2) enjoy being part of the disenchanted, fundamentalist minority who hope they get the chance to see “non-believers” squirm in their mire. Love your enemies or your atheist neighbor? . . . Phooey. Hey, if you’re convinced you’re part of the remnant regardless of your own questionable behavior, give the godless the middle finger.
3) become a hedonist or at least very careless, let your gym membership lapse, eat more chocolate and ice cream, smoke, drink and do whatever else it takes to eek out as much pleasure as you can possibly afford. In fact, with the exercise of this option, who has to pay off the mounting credit cards?
4) enter a monastery, convent, or commune and pray to the divinity of your choice, fast from fattening foods and sex and . . . well, wait and hope that you’ll be one of the chosen few.
5) start hoarding all the water and canned goods you can, sell your house at half price and move to the mountains, in total denial that this strategic move away from the dumb masses could actually deflect a nuclear holocaust.
6) with a good or cheap bottle of wine—depending upon your economic status at the moment— commit to read or see the film version of every “end times” bestseller, scare the poopy out of yourself, and hope the world ends before you get through them all.
7) live every day fully as if it’s your last. Take up or continue a meditation practice that prepares you for what happens after death. Read the Tibetan Book of the Dead that teaches one how to navigate the astral before your next birth. Become more conscious that your life— all of life— is fragile and that death is inevitable, regardless of when or how it will happen. Love yourself and others around you as authentically as you can. Be inwardly and outwardly vigilant, watchful. Learn that to live in fear is to die in fear and to live with courage is to die with courage.
Wen and I have decided we’re goin’ with #7. As they say in the deep south, “Ya’ll have a good day now, ya hear?”
An excerpt of the film, The Daniel Project, available on Netflix or www.thedanielprojectmovie.com/