Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012: The Real Threat – It’s Not What You’ve Been Told

Daniel Taylor, Contributor
Activist Post

Millions of people across the globe are preparing fervently for disaster, inspiring television shows like Doomsday Preppers, showcasing the spreading societal trend. One of the popular talking points used in discussing this trend has been the often cited 2012 phenomenon.

If you adhere to the popular culture theories about 2012, you likely buy into the Mayan “end of days” prophecy that supposedly predicts the end of the world by December 21, 2012.

Obviously people are concerned, and instinctual drives to prepare are coming from a legitimate intuitive feeling that society is on a razor's edge. Perhaps there is something to 2012, but it is not likely something that you’ve heard about in Hollywood’s productions. Maybe it is a phenomenon deeply rooted in human history and the generations that have come before us.

The real threat of 2012 is revealed when looking at the long view of history and society. Generational cycles, highs and lows, the ebb and flow of history; When studying these subjects discernible patterns emerge.

Authors William Strauss and Neil Howe document these patterns in their 1997 book The Fourth Turning. The book reminds us that the old adage “There is nothing new under the sun” is truly rooted in fact. The issues that we are facing today – with new faces and slightly different angles – are the same realities that our ancestors dealt with during their times of crisis.

“History is seasonal,” write Strauss and Howe, “…and winter is coming.” “Like nature’s winter, the saecular winter can come early or late. A Fourth Turning can be long and difficult, brief but severe, or (perhaps) mild. But, like winter, it cannot be averted. It must come in its turn.”

As a society we are sensing the coming winter and (hopefully) preparing accordingly, just as past generations did at their time of crisis. Government is certainly preparing for massive upheaval just in time for the arrival of the Fourth Turning. As Strauss and Howe point out, the outcome of this season of radical change and potential destruction is up to us.

What is a turning?

History is made up of highs and lows. During a high, government and institutions are built up while values are established and commonly held. Another generation is born and these institutions are questioned and undermined. Then, an “unraveling” era unfolds. As Strauss and Howe write, “Both the demand and supply of social order are falling. This is the autumnal quadrant of the saeculum, when vines luxuriate, fruit spoils, leaves fall, and the respect for life’s fundamentals reappears.”

A saeculum – which is divided into four “seasons”, culminating in a crisis – is the average length of a long human life, after which there is a societal “reset”. A Fourth Turning happens when issues that have been boiling without resolution for years explode. ”Subliminal fears… become urgent” heading into the Fourth Turning.

Famous Fourth Turnings of the past include: The Wars of the Roses (1459-1487), The American Revolution (1773-1794), The Civil War (1860-1865), and the Great Depression and World War II (1929-1946)

Strauss and Howe explain that while the end result of the Fourth Turning is very difficult to predict, its triggers are much more discernible. This is possible because triggers spring from issues that have plagued society for several years prior to the turning.

The authors accurately predict in 1996 that one of the triggers for modern America’s Fourth Turning will be:
An impasse over the federal budget reaches a stalemate. The president and Congress both refuse to back down, triggering a near-total government shutdown. The president declares emergency powers. Congress rescinds his authority. Dollar and bond prices plummet. The president threatens to stop Social Security checks. Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. Default looms. Wall Street panics.
As Congress faces off over the “fiscal cliff”, this prediction has all but come to pass. Additionally, Strauss and Howe make the point that ”If foreign societies are also entering a Fourth Turning, this could accelerate the chain reaction.” The world-wide unrest that has unfolded over the past year, from the Arab Spring to Occupy movements (both of which were anticipated and steered by the establishment), seems to indicate that many parts of the globe may be entering the Fourth Turning at around the same time.

Strauss and Howe’s historically based prediction, written in 1996, states:
The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.

Fourth Turnings of the past have caused many people to proclaim the end of the world is near. This turning is bringing the same mindset.

Strauss and Howe make the point that while regular patterns have occurred throughout history, the future may not be written in stone. The decisions a generation makes can drastically alter the outcome of its turning point.

If this isn’t the end of the world, take this opportunity to lead by example through what will undoubtedly be a time of great challenge. On the other side will be an opportunity to build something entirely new, hopefully built on a firm foundation. Let the best of humanity shine through. Future generations will be emulating the individuals that live through this time of crisis. Let’s pass on a worthy example.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Daniel Taylor is an independent researcher, activist, and webmaster of oldthinkernews.com. You can find out more about him and his site HERE 


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Anonymous said...

It has been said there is a time for everything under heaven - as well as there is nothing new under the sun. I believe in cyclical turnings, but I also believe all the turnings wind down to an endpoint. Otherwise what's the point in it all - if we keep making the same mistakes at every turning?

leo said...

Very good point!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Humanity is, by in large, a failed species! Time to clean the Petrie dish!!

Anonymous said...

This is not the end but the begining of something new and exciting. If you make it negative and go about life scared, then things will turn out scary and negative for you. Life is what you make it, smith n Weston will help give you confidence, never give up your guns. America is the last place left that is capable of keeping tyranny at bay. We are the safe haven, Obama is a traitor. But not even an American so I guess he's and imposter? His true colors will show today or tommorow. He hasent changed anything for the better. A leader installs confidence, this man has divided the USA and is ruining the soil with his stench. We need to get a petition for impeachment ASAP.

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Anonymous said...

I see you folks are really looking forward to facism. The spirituality you express is in sharp contrast to a world where there is no freedom. poverty breeds bigotry and debauchery, desperate acts by desperate souls. That is not worth hoping for.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is more absurd and dangerous than intellectual babble. Yeah, all have heard the once impressive "cycles of life crap". Alot of this is true and there is no issue here. The issue here and I thought we were discussing 2012, is the very REAL possibility our own Government along with those who pull it's stings, will use 2012 to attack us in a way where we will BEG them for protection. Thus completing our own enslavement.

Anonymous said...

Trust in our Heavenly Father!

Anonymous said...

Trust in hot lead dumb ass! You get to talk to god when your dead. Chances are your not going to heaven anyway. It's for good people, or didn't you read thu part of the bible.

velma7 said...

The world will change and fast, and nothing to do withwealth, greed etc- this will be there but those humanity that do not return to spirituality and rid themselves of fear will live with the physical/mental torment.You cant take one piece of this earth with you when you die. God is in power of earth, not governments or banks and we are getting a big wake up soon, when the poles shift. And Anonymous 9,26am - 'Judge not, lest ye youself are judged.'

Weltgeist said...

I'm getting sick of idiots (parrots) saying "Mayan Prophecy". There is NO prophecy of the Mayan. It's a Hopi prophecy of destruction, death and rebirth. Not the end of days. Because the Hopi met the Maya & learned about cyclic patterns. That date is just a trigger, I guarantee that nothing will change or happen on Dec. 21 !

Anonymous said...

When people talk about the illuminati and 2012, they don't actually have a clue on what the big deal is. This is what i know: what the illuminati are keeping from the people is that we have the potential to be God like. I know this because the Bible says we were made in his image, so we were made something like him. I also know this because of Jesus. God looked at man and said what i have created is bad, they can never reach their true potential so i will destroy them. So Jesus said let me show you that it is possible for man to reach their true potential (of being God like). And he did it flawlessly. He worked on his spirituality, and went to study with the monks in Tibet. When he came back he was performing what people were calling miracles, when rally he just reached his potential. Jesus also said that all of man can be just like him.the Bible also says that Jesus will return. the illuminati know this is true a well so they are doing everything they can to keep us from being spiritual beings. They are hoping that they get us so far away from Christ that when he returns we won't even realize its a God thing.they will tell us is an alien invasion, and if we want to be safe we should run into these little cages.those with no faith will do so accordingly. Those who do have faith will see a new heaven on earth.

Anonymous said...

This not the end of the world, but a change of the world. And I sincerely ‘hope’ that it IS coming, even though I believe ‘hope’ to be a negative emotion. Man-kind is on a very slippery road, and they’re about to veer off at the deep end.....

However, BIG things need to happen for changes to occur.....and ‘Mother-Nature’ will surely lend a helping hand in getting sheople to wake up.....

Anonymous said...

Even as we now contemplate the debris field of Atlantis that litters this Earth ~ our technology only now makes this evident ~ we ask ourselves :1. Who was their God. 2. What was their fuel. 3. WTF happened to them !!!!! especially as evidenced by their unbelievable advancement. This whole earth was their Garden and yet they are gone ~ amazing pieces of a smashed - up puzzle......there-in lies your answer solve that riddle and you solve why so many 'clues' point to 2012 and thereafter ~ give or take.They left us many many clues ...like a trail of breadcrumbs ~ in Architecture, Mythology, Symbology etc etc........Whatever the case ~ The Planet has reached an event horizon ~ a paradigm shift both materially , spiritually, cosmologically, physically, psychically and hangs on a precipice.....Quo Vadis humanity!

joehollinger said...

Many countries have, and are experiencing unrest because of the degradation of their ways of life being caused by central banks assumption of power and exerting pressures on many societies that those people neither expected nor were prepared to experience. The U.S. is entering into a similar period with the Federal Reserve and World Bank messing with America's economy. The banks, unfortunately, are being assisted by those of the Obama genre who want everyone in the country to join the "I want, I need, I deserve, government give me all I need" class.

With nearly half of Americans already in that class and the rich about to be hammered by the pay more taxes policy of the Obama administration thousands more will soon join the ranks of the takers because of tax increase.

Tax increases to be levied on not only the rich but also the middle class irregardless of all of the garbage we have heard from Obama. And all that levying will start January 1, 2013. Obamacare alone supposedly contains twenty new taxes. Each middle class family is being told to expect to pay right at $3,500.00 more in income taxes. If that is just the Federal levy, what increases are some folks going to feel from their state in the form of income, personal property, school and use taxes?

The taxes are going to take many families that are living hand to mouth, paycheck to paycheck, in debt up to their ears in debt with nearly no furniture in their homes, over the hill to bankruptcy from which they are not likely to recover. These folks may find themselves homeless and forced onto the public dole. This will increase the percentage of Americans dependent on the government for their existence.

I have to wonder, what will happen to businesses that are supported by those folks that will be dropping out of their buyers groups. What will significant decreases in the number of households that shop at many of our popular venues for everything from hamburgers to automobiles? Will the significant decrease in profits cause investors to sell off their shares? Will scores of Mom and Pop businesses be forced to close their doors?

What will the unions do when the number of vehicles sold drops significantly impacting the numbers of dues paying employees needed to satisfy the lower numbers of vehicles being sold? There leadership, which has been pushing for more and more power from Obama in return for the support they gave him in 2008 and 2012, will see vastly decreasing funds in their slush funds.

If people are losing their homes and are no longer able to afford to buy new homes, new cars, fancy electronics and name brand groceries, what will the impact be on the businesses that support their businesses? What will happen to the people that work for all of those business when their requests for products and services decrease to new lows?

When this chain reaction to decreasing returns finally hits bottom and the full effect of the Obama agenda is known and felt, what state of decay will our country be in at that time? I hate to imagine. After reading the article above I envision some cataclysmic events taking place in the not too distant future. I also see the collapsing economies around the World magnifying the severity of collapse in the U.S.

LoveSimpleTruth said...

Thanks for sharing the "worthy example"! May God bless you!

AL Dzefchenstellester said...

Why not avoid their game? Why continue to jump between the R and the D when both cause the same result? When will the American People stop feeding the hand that bites them? It's the money, sillies! Stop depositing, and the Fed starves. Start minimizing all bank deposits, stop buying on demand, and trade, barter, and get creative when exchanging WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. Forget mega-corporations, and start helping yourselves.

Good luck, humans, many in orbit watching are betting on you to advance this time.

Ian said...

I hate to have to say this, but dec 21 will be a day when a lot of people die. Mind you, alot of people die every day.

RedDog737 said...

Just something to think about, what in the "21" in Agenda 21 stand for the year 2021, the year when the agenda is completed. Hmmm

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