The New Year ..

xebec (
Fri, 01 Jan 1999 00:23:50 -0500

First of all, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

This last year has been a really trying year for me, but it has set me up so that this future year (1999) will be by far the best year of my life!.

Anyway, there IS a reason for this message. I'm not going to get into it too much here -- but -- Dec 31, 1999 :

What can we [as extropians] do to make sure that mankind doesn't engage in any large-scale acts of stupidity resulting in massive deaths,

suicides, or destruction as people fear that above coming date?.

I do not anticipate any "god-like" events, etc etc.. But what I DO anticipate is there may be some people out there (stereotype : religious fanatics) who will see that the world has not ended, and decide to maybe, uh, take things into their own hands....

These are the kind of people we need to be careful of.

I'd like some input on some kind of mass extropian-education we can create for people to put aside their chaotic fears, and their obsolete beliefs/fantasies that all kinds of bad things will happen on this date.

The year 2000 bug doesn't really bother me - the people who are in a position to fix this are also most likely smart enough to understand
the reprecussions, and deal with them accordingly when they occur. What does concern me is while there will be those religious fanatics, there may also be a big outbreak of thieving, hacking, etc etc. I mean,

come on "man", it's 2000! - "like, no one will be paying attention to anything".....

These things worry me a little. Any input?