Note: See below for a post-apocalypse update on this story.
I’ve blogged already about the various lunatic scenarios that New Agers and assorted wingnut cranks and crazed crackpots have been cooking up, over the last few years, about the so-called “Mayan apocalypse.” Supposedly the universe is going to end on December 21, 2012, when the Mayan long-count calendar
runs out goes from its 13th baktun to its 14th. It’s one thing to beat the drum of the apocalypse in order to get media attention or sell books or videos. It’s quite another, however, to plan one’s own demise over it. As bone-chilling as it sounds, that’s exactly what Peter A. Gersten, Esq intends to do. He’s announced his plans in a page on his own Web site*:
On the Winter Solstice of 2012 at exactly 11:11 UT a cosmic portal will open in Sedona Arizona and a leap of faith — from the top of Bell Rock — will propel me through its opening.
That’s right, the man plans to leap from a cliff-face over the putative Mayan apocalypse.
Gersten provides details which — he thinks — justify his plan. As simply as I can put it, he believes the universe is a massive cosmic computer whose locus will be fixed on Bell Rock, Sedona AZ, at 11:11 (UTC) on 12/21/2012. His rationales are bizarre, a lot of hokum and supposition with only a bare sprinkling of fact, based on (in his own words) “genetically programmed intuition.” If you really want to understand his crazed ramblings, read them for yourself … I’m not repeating his nonsense and gibberish here. He closes with this:
Most of you will think that I am delusional and that my insane act will certainly result in my death. Death is inevitable — at least nowadays — and 100 years from now it won’t matter whether I died in 2012 or 2013 or even 2020. But I believe that some type of cosmic portal will be opening at that time and place and that an opportunity will present itself. I fully expect that it will either lead to the next level of this cosmic program; freedom from an imprisoning time-loop; a magical Martian-like bubble; or something equally as exotic.
In March 2012 I will reach 70 years of age and nine months later we arrive at the cosmic coordinate. I think it will then be time for me to move on — in one form or another. I’d like to see what else our Cosmic Computer has to offer.
We’re all going to die someday, so Gersten thinks he may as well take his “cosmic plunge.”
Now, I’m skeptical enough to wonder whether or not this is a hoax, some guy pulling our legs. It may well be a kind of Poe. I can’t say for sure. But I have looked into Peter A. Gersten, and from what I can see, judging from his appearances on the Art Bell/George Noory radio show (cached), he’s been at this for years — having told Noory and his listeners about the importance of 12/21/2012 11:11 as long ago as 2005 (cached). If this is a hoax or a Poe, it’s something he’s been maintaining for a long time. Since hoaxes are usually “flash in the pan” one-time events, my guess is, he’s sincere.
Update 1: Perhaps in order to avoid critique or attention to his self-destructive plan, Gersten has taken down the page I originally referred to from his Web site (i.e.
http://www.pagenews.info/commentary/wintersolstice2012.php). However, I cached it using WebCite, and that’s the link I provide in this post.
Hat tip: Apathetic Agnostic Church.
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