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The End of the World
According to the Mayans (or perhaps according to interpreters of the Mayans), the world will end today. Or maybe the world will just change today. Or perhaps something Big will happen. So I thought I'd better hold my breath and write a quick blog. Just in case, you know.
Actually, the Mayans world ended pretty quickly as the European conquistadors strip mined the Mayan wealth, fracking their culture in the process. How the West was won is a story that was once told in stories of glory and gold, yet the reality was somewhat more tawdry. And perhaps that's the way it's going to go. Out with a whimper rather than a bang. Or maybe a bigger bang than we had expected.
History is littered with prophets who have predicted not only the end of the world but other cataclysmic events. In recent years, for example, those who predicted the economic chaos in the global banking system have gained great credibility, while those who predicted an ever climbing market lost their shirts. But how do you gain that fame? How can you predict momentous events?
The answer is simple: predict lots of them. Your failures will be forgotten, but the few accurate (or even nearly accurate) forecasts will wow the crowds and bring you great fame, and maybe fortune too. Whatever you do, don't predict more of the same. Look for tipping points, over- or under- supply, social frustrations, resource funnels and other indicators that you can later point to and say 'I saw the weak causal indicators'. Or, if you like, claim to have been told the future by aliens or your preferred deity.
So here's a few predictions myself for next year, should there be one, of course. If any of these suggestions come true, then you heard it here first. If none happens, then just forget it:
Addendum: 22 Dec and we're still here! Whee!
One quick note. The Mayan world did not end with European conquistadors stripping away their wealth, it ended with disease brought by the Europeans, you probably knew about it, just wanted to put that out there.
-- Isaac V