Eschatology or e-Scatology

Aztec calendar stoneAs I write this it’s 21/12/2012 12:02 (GMT) that’s a good 51 minutes after the most recently predicted Apocalypse – The 2012 Mayan Apocalypse.

The most striking thing about this little nugget of eschatology has been the social impact.

This time, more that any other, I have noticed widespread uptake of the prospective apocalypse by the people around me – both physically and virtually.

There have been many previously failed apocalypses.

Earlier in the year, Harold Camping apologised for the errors in his prediction of an early 2012 apocalypse and the media covered this quite well… but Camping’s eschatological FUBAR had nowhere near the impact that the Mayan prediction did.

Don’t let them immanentize the Eschaton!

Water cooler discussions, internet forums and social media sites have been buzzing with tales of the world ending this morning (at 06:11 EST)

Don’t get me wrong though, these aren’t true believers in a blind panic.  Pretty much every statement has held both light hearted derision combined with a healthy acceptance of the belief systems that others follow.

Maybe that’s a sign of the true Eschaton?

Maybe the world is ending and a new world, full of open minded, non-judgemental individuals is being born… or maybe I’m confusing eschatology with scatology.

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