Despite the rumors the world as we know it is not predicted to end today, on December 21st. Popol Vuh, in the Mayan Sacred Book, did not say the world will end, it simply meant the Fourth World started a new cycle on Aug. 11th, 3114 BC. and it ended on December 21st, 2012. The year of the Fourth Calendar was predicted to end in catastrophe, before another, fifth world cycle began.
Well, maybe not a cataclysmic ending with crashing mountains and earth rending volcanoes and great rents in terra firma in one day. But right now, our world as we know it, is definitely ending and catastrophe is…well…relentless and correct. Man-made climate change moved our world beyond the point of return. Peak oil, now peak water. Climate driven mega storms, rising oceans, acidic oceans, collapsing coral and fish populations and collapsing animal and plant populations. Another dust bowl predicted for the mid-west because the natural water isn’t there and what is there is contaminated. We are melting glaciers, cutting down rainforests, covering up coastal wetlands, interfering with bird and animal migrations. The ozone hole has widened and we now understand why.
Should we ignore these obscure predictions from obscure, centuries old cultures and get on with our lives. What do they know? Did we ignore Jesus to love our fellow-man? Maybe Popol Vuh was really warning us not to ignore our scientists who are struggling to find solutions in the face of a self-destructive society that refuses to make changes to save the planet for all of us. There is still time for one more merry Christmas, anyway. And, a few more cards.
The beauty of nature.
The innocence of children.
The delight of make-believe.