When 1984 actually rolled around, most of us could still say we enjoyed a great deal of personal and economic freedom. How many would say that now? Will any of us be able to honestly say it by the time 2012 arrives?
My gloomy thoughts on this matter were triggered by hearing about a bill introduced into the U.S. Congress that would mandate the federal and state governments to start tracking how fat or skinny our children are.
Sounds fairly harmless, but you can imagine where it will lead. Some bureaucrat may decide that we have been under- or overfeeding little Johnny and Sue, or feeding them the "wrong" food, and we will be forced to pay with our pocketbooks or our freedom - or perhaps lose custody of our own offspring.
The people making predictions for 2012 warn us that things will get worse over the coming months, leading first to a global dictatorship (is this what the New World Order is?) and then to a final cataclysmic event on or around December 21, 2012.
There is reason for hope, though, despite predictions of doom and destruction. According to some who have studied the 2012 prophecies, the cataclysm will be a transformative event that enables us to transcend the negativity of our present world, including systems of enslavement. We will - every one of us - ascend to a new level of knowledge and understanding, with peace and voluntary cooperation our new operating principles.