Sunday, October 4

The world is coming to an end in 2012. . . or not

The Aztec “long Count” is coming to the end of an age on December 12, 2012 (12/12/12 get it?) . It seems everyone from Edgar Cayce, Native Americans and Australian Aborigines have been saying for decades something big is going to happening in 2012. Oh my God, it’s the end of the world! It’s going to tilt on it’s axis, here comes drought, disease, world war!!!

OK everybody calm down. Before you panic, sell your house and run for the hills let’s put things in perspective here. Wasn’t this supposed to happen in 2000? Have you ever heard of a metaphor? All the prophets, soothsayers, sages and really smart future seeing people use them. They weren’t being to be coy or clever. They could only understand so much. The future can be fuzzy at times, not to mention subject to change without notice when you throw in human influence. Every prediction of the world coming to an end the next Friday the 13th in a leap year has come and gone.

We have a fondness for disaster- the more disastrous the better and we are deeply afraid of the unknown. We love to assume that all hell is going to break loose at once- just look at how it’s portrayed in movies. So it’s not surprising that prognostication is met with anxiety and special effects. This is another chance to yell the sky is falling.

What’s really happening here, spiritually speaking, is we are growing up and it’s been going on for more than 15 years. We’re changing our attitude toward each other and the world around us in a major way. Some have reacted to this spiritual growth spurt badly. The rise of fundamentalism is the equlivant of digging in one’s heels. An intrenched reaction to change. Whether it’s “The only way we can be saved is to turn to God as we literally interpet His laws” or “ Don’t be silly, there is no evidence of global warming being a long term trend”. There’s a lot of denial here.

There are physical changes going on connected to 2012.
“Scientists believe the Earth is overdue for a geomagnetic reversal, and has been for a long time, even since the time of the Mayans, because the last reversal was 780,000 years ago. Critics, however, claim geomagnetic reversals take up to 5,000 years to complete, and do not start on any particular date. There is major sunspot activity predicted or more precisely the solar maximum in the 11-year sunspot cycle is forecast to occur on or near December 12, 2012.” But obsessing on an arbitrary date taken from an ancient calendar is neither constructive or useful. Change comes slowly; our world is not going to magically change overnight or be destroyed instantly. There may be cosmic forces at work but it is up to humanity to adapt to those changes.

The age of adolescence is over. No more drunken frat parties, no more unbridled freedom from responsibility. No more wasting Mother (Natures) time, energy or resources. Time to grow up campers, whether we like it or not.

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