The year 2011 has kicked off with yet another batch of psychic predictions from all over the globe. It has become an annual tradition to predict as much doom and gloom as possible, and this year the custom was once again upheld with much enthusiasm and zeal.
The usual depressing prophecies and upcoming disasters were numerous this year, coupled with some mindless trivia about celebrities and movie stars. Why? Because bad news and gossip sells. It is what most people like to hear and it is what most people like to fear.
Scientific studies have shown that people prefer bad news in the media. They find it more interesting, respond to it more often and remember it much longer. They also pass the news on to others at a much faster rate. I guess it is in our nature, because knowing the bad news before everyone else might just give us a better shot at survival.
Not wanting to be left out of the loop in 2011, psychics, mediums and astrologers from all over the world have once again predicted several earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mysterious diseases, floods and fires – enough to cause many a panic attack and sleepless night. Not to mention all the political upheaval, economic disaster, crime and high-profile kidnappings that have been lined up for the year ahead.
In my line of work there is sometimes the unhealthy obsession with the concept of clearing "dark entities" and removing "evil curses". Just the other day I was listening to a radio psychic scaring the living daylights out of his unsuspecting caller.
The caller just wanted some career advice, but instead the fear-mongering "psychic" was hell-bent on convincing her that her home was infested with evil entities. The psychic's charming co-host also jumped in to offer some old-wives’ cures for getting rid of all the demonic forces.
Truth be told, the only disturbance I was picking up on was the fact that that poor, freaked out woman would not be getting much sleep for weeks! It appears we are simply not able to rid ourselves of this ‘thing’ we seem to have for the boogeyman (here in my country known as the tokoloshe).
Now, don’t get me wrong. The struggle between good and evil is very, very real. It is a fundamental component of the human condition. It is also the basis of all Creation. It stems from the duality found in every important aspect of our expanding Universe: dark versus light, life versus death, night versus day. Light needs the presence of darkness to be truly visible and meaningful.