Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012: The End?!...

I have written a good many times about how we constantly have some endpoint in our heads as a culture. We have believed that the turn of the century might be the end of life as we know it, that God is going to rein down judgement and save us from this wretched place, or possibly that the Mayans knew some ancient astrological truth about the end of this world in a fiery death. Even if you haven't believed or don't believe any of these fatalistic theories, most people think there is a chance; you might not believe it, but in the back of your mind you think, "hunh, I don't know. Could be." For years upon years our movies, thoughts, and stories have fantasized about the end of the world by nuclear destruction, Godly force, epidemic, natural disasters, global warming, runaway-technological, and super villains. Even Mission Impossible 4 this year (2011) was still based upon saving the world from
nuclear self-destruction. In our culture we still bend our minds with the possibilities surrounding the end. Most everyone I have spoken with over the past few years is well aware that the Mayan Calendar hits the end of the long-count next year (2012). While I do not believe that the 21st of December of 2012 will have anything to do with apocalypse, the end of the world, or massive extraterrestrial events; I do believe it may still be a significant event; an inflection point if you will. One point often theorized about the end of the long-count Mayan Calendar is that it may represent a change in thought; and while I don't know that this was their intention, it could possibly benefit our world more than we can possible imagine. What better way to force a rethinking of your whole life than to force you to stare down the barrel of a gun. If only everyone could believe that is really was the end of the world, think of the possibilities for reawakening. Consider your life flashing before your eyes only to wake up with life renewed. All of a sudden the things that should be important to you are just that. While there will be much sentiment of immediate pleasure beforehand, the aftermath will push a view of the possibilities of the future and the desire to live that groundhog day and every subsequent one for all that it is worth. Only time will tell what 2012 brings and over the course of the next year there is much that can change. I can not know all that 2012 will bring, but here is to hoping that it is the inflection point in the curve where we realize as a whole that the future of everything depends upon our actions now and we need to stop wasting away the prosperity of the future for our immediate gratification today.