Sandy is devastating the east coast of USA and religious people of different sorts are, not surprisingly, seeing this as one sign of an ongoing phenomenon, either as a part of the imagined “2012-Maya doomsday” or a part of the Christian God’s great plan to destroy USA. The latter are, as always, the worst since they have potential power. Take preacher John McTernan as an illustrative example. From what I can see on various 2012 forums, people have not yet begun to write about the “Maya” causes behind the storm. For more “in-depth analyzes” of what can happen during one of these apocalyptic phenomena (particularly in New York), watch any movie made by Roland Emmerich. I have a suggestion for Emmerich as well. I can write up a script for a new disaster movie called “2027: Armageddon is back with an Aztec vengeance:”
No doubt, both kinds of people will see the storm as a sign of a higher transcendent order. They will not make the obvious connection to climate change (a topic completely ignored in the presidential campaign). This is an illustrative example of an apocalyptic fantasy which simply is a metonymical displacement of the real global ecological disaster that is facing us. True knowledge would have to sort out the links between capitalism, climate change, population growth, etc. Instead the fantasy gives us an image of a fight between good and evil (which are chosen by your own preference). Fighting these products of imagination will not get you out of this mess WE have helped to create. Good luck USA in the upcoming election, you can choose more fantasy productions (Romney, Faux News, etc.) or you can choose more realistic politicians (and I am not sure Obama is one of them…).