|Also Known As: XII|
Thank god it had been the last of those numerological antagonistic days: The twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year. It was the culmination of a sequence which had begun almost twelve years earlier on January 1st 2001(or 01/01/01).
We'd been having one of these über-numerological days every year, with each synchronistic day coming exactly one year, one month, and one day later. The actor who had played the debonair lothario Ken Barlow on the UK soap opera Coronation Street had once declared that 12/12/12 was going to be a great day, one where the dark forces would exit, and the light entities would take over (or something to that effect).
I remember how 04/04/04 had been considered to be a significant day in Asia, due to negative superstitious beliefs in some cultures surrounding the number four.
Two years, two months and two days later, and six years, six months, and six days before Ken Barlow's 'big day', 06/06/06 had come and gone without any significant event occurring… although I distinctly remember Al Qaeda's Iraqi commander in chief Abu Musab Al Zaqari had supposedly been killed on that day. The reason why I say 'supposedly' is because alleged Al Qaeda leaders had only ever been seen 'play acting' on crude videotape, and never ever EVER seen live in the 'real world' (ie: interviewed on 60 Minutes, BBC or Larry King LIVE!) The significance of Zaqari's death, one could argue, was that his name had an eery similarity to Nostradamus' enigmatic third Anti-Christ, one which he'd identified as being someone named: 'Mabus'.
Then on 08/08/08 another crop circle had appeared in England displaying 'the infinity sign', or the number 8… OK, whatever.
On 11/11/11 my bike was stolen.
From 12/12/12 to 12/21/12
The only thing more disturbing than the handful of kooks who actually thought the world would be coming to an end on December 21st, was the meme spread throughout the corporate media that this apocalyptic belief had been common among those within the New Age community.
My research into this phenomenon at the time had revealed precious few who actually thought the world would be 'coming to an end' on 12/21/12, and how when the end didn't come, the smarty-pants skeptics had then proceeded to serenade us with their predictable and condescending "I told ya sos".
One thing the Mayan calendar had shown us was what a remarkably complex level of understanding they had of the cosmos; having had a profound knowledge of our solar system and how it orbits the galactic centre approximately every 26 000 years, and their ability to pinpoint the exact day on which our sun would be directly aligned with the galactic centre. This had certainly made mayan cosmology and culture worthy of further study.
Here in Nova Avalon, few memories exist of that cultural anomaly known as the '2012 meme', but it's significance should not be underestimated. We humans can make incredible leaps in consciousness by the process of apophatic negation (knowing what is, by determining what isn't). For this reason in the very least, the '2012 meme' had served a subtle yet important role.
My question is: Had they decided to fire up the Large Hadron Super Collider at CERN in the days leading up to the 21st as a possible method of plausible deniability? That is to say, if something were to have happened on that day, 'the powers that be' could have turned around and said that it had all been a result of experiments conducted with the particle accelerator, and nothing to do with mayan prophecy.
Science and mysticism were still at war in your day, fortunately our inevitable rendezvous with destiny had acted as a catalyst reconciling much of that counterproductive and time consuming debate.
There's precious few artifacts remaining, of that once celebrated twice forgotten year lying around these days. One kid in the next village has a 2012 lunchbox. and my backyard neighbour still has his 2012 Mayan Pin-Up Girl Calendar.
Future CT Village 5, Nova Avalon. Year 17 P.T.E.