The Future is Not Set
“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make.” – Terminator 2
Cheesy quotes aside, I totally agree with that statement. I am so sick of hearing about 2012 and the Mayan calendar. Good grief, people! They had to cut it off at some point! Really, did you think they’d make a never-ending calendar?
That’s just one of the ‘end of the world’ theories that annoy me. I mean, don’t we have enough problems today? Do we need to borrow tomorrow’s? And it’s not just the conspiracy theorists and wackos that go on about the world ending. It seems like every news program has cashed in on this lucrative business.
“It is hurricane season, stock up on a year’s worth of water!”
“Watch out, the next earthquake could send California plummeting into the sea!”
“Is Mount St. Helens the next Vesuvius?”
“Tsunamis could take out Hawaii! Live at five!”
What, are we just feeding the fear now? I know fear sells, but capitalizing on people’s fears seems a little unethical, especially when they’re unfounded. Did you know that 1000 times more people die from electric shock than shark attacks every year? Not a thousand, a thousand TIMES. And yet we fear sharks more than we fear toasters. Why is that? The media.
The media tells us what to fear and who to listen to. If they were to, let’s say, suddenly report on the possibility of a zombie apocalypse, there would be people out there gearing up. People believe what they’re told, regardless of logic and their experience.
This is where the end of the world, Armageddon principle comes in. Between the History Channel ‘documentaries’, the news reports, and the billboards, I’m not surprised that the Y2K hysteria has transfigured into the 2012 meltdown. They even made a movie of it. A movie! And it sold. Why? Because people are sheep.
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals.” – Men in Black
Fight the mass-mindedness! If you make up your mind- know what is true and what is false – they can’t touch you. You make your own future. See you in 2013.
This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.