columnBy Chris Smith
THE 12th of December 2012, the end of the world! So says Nostradamus in his age-old dictums, so forecasts the Mayan calendar as we move into the 'Age of Aquarius'.
Even the Pope, who has now joined the 'Twitterati', and is apparently sending his first and presumably final (!) tweet on the 12th – presumably to forgive us all for our sins!
So all the insane conspiracy groups, the Illuminati, the Masons, Opus Dei, the village council of Souspannplatz are all gearing up to these final days and no doubt taking donations to pay for the afterlife. The USA is naturally taking bribes for its 'fiscal cliff' which we are all going leap from like lemmings as tax reliefs are not given and idiotic spending on military toilet seats is banned, which will take us all into the economic 'Slough of Despond' as shopping malls run out of hamburgers, cheap Bangladeshi clothes with fashionable flame marks and cellphone airtime vouchers all run out, leaving us stranded in a social vacuum. All lost and aimless.
The Euro Idiots naturally are praying for annihilation as they have set the payout date to Greece on the 15th, hopefully avoiding being shown up as idiots even though Greece managed to raise its Â€13 billion from Morgan Whatsit and the drug dealers. Morsi in Egypt has set his constitutional referendum for the same date, maybe influenced by a belief in rebirth into his new world.
Even the Doha COP18 extremists are vocal about the end of the world but perhaps the Arctic ice loss, the increased global emissions of tundra methane, the sudden dissolution of ocean contained carbon dioxide and Namibia's fabulous numbers of series 7s, AME 6.3s and Maseratis will all tilt the balance of nature so we all asphyxiate together. Such fun thoughts, especially if all the jets fall out of the sky through oxygen shortage together! That will really mess up our tourism stats.
The above is all pretty far fetched and I will put my whatsits on the block that we will all wake up on the 13th as usual. Of course if I am wrong I will no doubt be sentenced to the fiery pleasures of eternal flames and burnt braai meat while all good believers will settle into a magnificent afterlife. But then this complexity and difference of opinion is what keeps us going.
That constant challenge of changing knowledge, the increasing ripples of human society and a belief that life will go on as normal. Our brains, while all working differently as our upbringings, life experience, faiths and education are different, the fuel of constant challenge in determining what is right or wrong or what is good or bad. Living is an ever-changing picture of reality and social existence is groupings, such as Namibia, managing such diversity through its culture, laws and nature. Ultimately our political system. Do we contrain and detain, or promote freedom and create a better future?
It is this crazy world, including DRC mass murder, Syria's possible chemical warfare and destruction by AQ of centuries of ancient Muslim texts, as examples that we have to live. We as Namibians have to sort out what we can influence, what we can't and focus our limited resources on the realities that will change our people's lives.
Our recent elections of future leaders show we have the capacity to become people focused, not power freaks. The legacies of both our present and future presidents need work on change to start now or we may sink into our own Doomsday by 2030!
We can do it. Be different. If we are still here!