New Age likes to assimilate the most diverse prophecies. Those associated with the Mayan calendar are no exception. According to it, something should occur around 2012 (some have set the date to December 21, 2012). Most proponents of this prophecy see this change in a positive way. Nowadays, noone, except MIVILUDES (anti-cult office under the authority of the Prime Minister) translates it by "the end of the world."
Anyway, the anti-cult fight and alarmist MIVILUDES briefings have done their work and, in the village of Bugarach, in the Aude, the Mecca of the New Age culture, politicians are worried.
The mayor noted a new kind of immigration at the approach of the fateful year: people who would "take refuge" in the village. Pilgrims climbing the unusual-looking mountain to meditate regularly on top were, so far, tolerated but the fear of local officials is now to see the place overwhelmed by new arrivals: "I am beginning to wonder what will happen at the approach of 2012 when I see people already reserving accommodations. Besides, there are land and property speculations! "No kidding, the mayor asked:" Will we have, like the movie "Encounters of the third kind", to ask the Army to channel the influx ? . The Deputy Gilbert Cros holds about the same: "Bugarach, as well as Rennes-le-Chateau near, have always attracted all kinds of wacky. It was part of the folklore. But with the Internet and this story of doom, it takes an incredible importance."
As often, in this kind of emotional outpour, fear weaves its web. The words "apocalypse," "mass suicides" are already circulating and the media love to print them to attract the reader in search of thrills and, consequently, fuel phobia of spiritual minorities.
What if all this was just nothing more than hype to justify the existence of much ciritized MIVILUDES and its anti-cult raids ?
At the CICNS, we observed the craze for 2012 in recent years and we've mostly seen that the impulse was hope for change. After all, among those who picketed the factories and those who meditate on the summit of Mount Bugarach, there is hardly a difference. While it is likely that some people see an opportunity to talk about "the end of the world", most people just see 2012 as evoking a transformation or a reenchantment of the world.
This type of persons is not a threat to anybody. They are, at worst, people who have lost hope in the dominant model of society, at best "cultural creatives." And without the cons-advertising done to them by the outrageous and noisy French anti-cult trends, attention could be focused on the real problems of society to better solve social issues.
We are willing to bet that if real change occurs, whether coming from the Elysee or Bugarach, it will be well accepted by everyone. And MIVILUDES will be alone to regret that there was no Apocalypse.
Note: Le Figaro "December 21, 2012 This is by no means taken lightly by Miviludes. Thirty apocalyptic movements recorded in France and involving 30 000 members will be in the crosshairs of the anticult office. It recently learned that excavations in the Pyrenees were converted into residences and that yurts were emerging there. "The past has taught us that such beliefs could lead to tragedy," says its president, Georges Fenech. The most terrible dates back more than thirty years in Guyana, 914 members of People's Temple cult committed suicide. Among them, 276 childrens."