2012: The End of Western Civilization

There is no shortage of apocalyptic prophecies for 2012, but my favorite isn't what most people would consider when toying with the word apocalypse. There are those that see the end of the Mayan calendar as the beginning of something new - the end of a galactic night, a time when our level of consciousness will increase much the way wakefulness creeps over us after a long sleep.

It occurred to me today, that with one tiny change in our ability to perceive, Western Civilization as we know it would fall down around us like a house of cards. If a tiny change in our perception gave us all the ability to tell a lie from truth, in person and on television, and less likely via written word, nothing would ever be the same.