by Dan Hoy on Dec.17, 2012
After those days the eternal knowledge of the God of truth withdrew from me and your mother Eve. Since that time we learned about dead things, like men. Then we recognized the god who had created us. For we were not strangers to his powers. And we served him in fear and slavery.
– The Apocalypse of Adam
As we slouch ever closer to the Great Conjunction of December 21, 2012, let us turn our attention to the Corbières mountains, where Eric Freysselinard, Prefect of the Aude department in south-central France, has banned access to the famous Pic de Bugarach.
Freysselinard’s stated concern is public safety, given the mountain’s reputation as one of the few sacred places on Earth that will survive the coming Apocalypse. Although he has yet to be called out on it in the mainstream press, this is the secular equivalent of locking all the animals out of the ark just as the rain is starting to fall.
While I personally would rate Bugarach as average to above average within a competitive set of survival retreat locations, I can think of no greater sin than denying somebody access to salvation. A properly ecclesiastical judgment would sentence the soul of the Prefect to the wolves, and his body to the pigs.
To administrators like Freysselinard, the Earth is where we bury the dead; rules are what rule the world; the universe is governed by the Law, and the planet by its avatars. The electricity one must feel in being the human embodiment of all you believe in. I bet it feels great.
As for the rest of us, we turn now to eschatology and the apocalypses of times past for insight, or anything really, that might hint as to how we should move forward:
These things, then, which you saw, you shall present to those of another race, who are not of this age. For there will be no honor in any man who is not immortal, but only in those who were chosen from an immortal substance, which has shown that it is able to sustain him who gives his abundance. Therefore I said, “Every one who has, it will be given to him, and he will have plenty.” But he who does not have, that is, the man of this place, who is completely dead, who is removed from the planting of the creation of what is begotten, whom, if one of the immortal essence appears, they think that they possess him – it will be taken from him and added to the one who is. You, therefore, be courageous and do not fear at all.
– The Apocalypse of Peter