The new year (in this case, 2010) never is exactly like the year before it and only occasionally is it all that similar, but around this time of so many recent years, owing primarily to the calendar I suppose, many of us like to make reflections upon the previous one or predictions of what will or may happen in the coming one, and perhaps resolutions as to what we want to do in it.

A visit from afar this year?

A visit from afar this year?

We would all agree as well that there is obviously at least some small good to all these efforts, but looking back over a longer period of time we more often than not realize that our reflections have been largely forgotten, our predictions seldom come true and likewise, as to our resolutions, we almost always discover we weren’t nearly as resolute as we wanted to be.

Year after year this seems to be the “traditional” pattern and for that matter sooner or later at least some of us are left asking if it wouldn’t be nice to take a break from all this fuss and bother and whether we realize it or not, there are at least a few of us who routinely attempt to do so.

As such, some discovered that one way to take this break, that is, to attempt to end this vicious circle of looking back, forward and then making resolutions, is to try to forget the past, make no resolutions, and predict something outlandish or at least highly unlikely.

Is this not, in fact, exactly what the “end of days and second coming” Christians believe in? Or, for that matter, the followers of Nostradamus, Hopi Indians legends, and believers in the prophesies interpreted from deciphering the Mayan Calendar, just to mention a few of the many such popular notions? Indeed, it would almost appear that ever since written history began, along with all the rest of it, people have been predicting the end of it all, itself.

My favorite is the fairly-recent prediction that sometime in the near future, perhaps this year in fact, extraterrestrial aliens will do something so “publicly spectacular” and undeniable, that the entire world, largely because of its new era of mass communication, cellular phones and the internet, will be forced into accepting a new, greater reality: the one that suggests in fact that we are not by any means alone in the universe that our God or gods created.

Why I like this idea so much in particular is that it actually might resolve most all of the problems that the other “predictions of the end” or of “great change” ideas attempt to resolve. In one sense, the world as we know it would end and a new beginning would be, literally “forced” or “imposed” upon us by our own now greater awareness of it.

It seems as well that it would be best if these aliens kept us largely in the dark as to their history of involvement with us, their current activities, and at the same time, their future plans. That way we couldn’t spend all that much time arguing about the details, which we do with most things.

And perhaps, just perhaps, the notion would give some of us serious pause as to our desires to keep the pursuit of money, fame and power as the ultimate goals of our lives, goals, as we all know, that are most successfully attained by our present nature of arrogance, greed, selfishness and exploitation.

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