Well, it's been a while since I've written. But there's been so much interest in the post regarding the Web Bot Project and The Year 2012, that I feel that I must address this topic again. Not the Web Bot - but the significance of the year 2012.
After reading through the many comments on that post, and sorting through the nasty one's received from skeptics, it has occured to me that there needs to be some clarity with regards to the year 2012. Because I don't envision is as "the end of the world" perse. Maybe the world as we know it, but not the world itself.
One thing that always amazes me, however, is how adamant and truly downright nasty some of the skeptics can be regarding this issue. Here's a tip for you. . . .if you are a skeptic and want to leave a comment, please do not use profanity or I will not post it. (By the way. . .what are you all so angry about anyway? Is it because the entire world doesn't see it your way?)
But what really amazes me is that the skeptics are even wasting their time searching and reading up on the issue. I'll never understand that. And if you are a skeptic, this isn't the blog for you. And as far as a conspiracy theory. . .forget it. Whose conspiring against us?
Ok, now that I have that out of the way. . .on to my real topic here. In my never ending quest for understanding, I have recently come across a great book that sums up the significance of the year 2012 pretty nicely in theory. Key word here being "theory" for all you skeptics. Not fact.
And before I get into the nuts and bolts of this, I know there are some out there who will search information about the author I'm about to mention. If you do this, I'm going to tell you right now, up front, that you will find he has a very interesting, colorful past. My personal opinion of his past? So what. We all have colorful pasts if you ask me. Some of us just don't admit it and life is all about experiences.
And I'm glad he took the journey that led him to his own personal understanding. Yes, at times he used drugs to get there. But hey, he had to break down the socially imposed door somehow. So if you are offended by this and, as a result, will not find his opinions credible - read no further. But for those of you who live and let live, and retain open minds. . .he's got some really interesting concepts for you to digest.
The book is titled: "2012, The Return of Quetzalcoatl" and the Author is Daniel Pinchbeck. He runs a blog named Reality Sandwich and is also the author of "Breaking Open the Head, A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism."
Now, I'm only a few chapters into his book, however, the introduction summed up the information provided quite nicely. I'm really looking forward to see him bring it all together. And when it comes to the year 2012 and what we can all expect from it, I can relate to Daniel's perspective of it.
Based on that, I'm going to be providing some excerpts from the intro in the book below. Think on it. Digest it. Remain open to it. The reality of it is that it really doesn't sound that impossible that this could become fact.
So here we go. Take a ride with me for a while:
"Our civilization is on a path of ever-increasing acceleration, but what are we rushing toward? Anxieties are multiplying. The environment is disintegrating. The heat is rising as the ozone layer thins. Jihad faces off against McWorld in senseless televised wars and atrocities. Populations are displaced as cities disappear beneath toxic flood tides.
Rogue nations stockpile nuclear arsenals. Presidents assure us they will "make the pie higher," while increasing inequity and rubber-stamping torture. Military analysts prepare for resource wars fought over water and grain; indigenous prophecies point to an imminent polar reversal that will wipe our "hard drives" clean. Technology advances according to the exponential curve described by Moore's Law, it's unforeseen consequences following Murphy's Law.
. . .This book advances a radical theory: that human consciousness is rapidly transitioning to a new state, a new intensity of awareness that will manifest itself as a different understanding, a transformed realization, of time and space and self. By this thesis, the transition is already under way - though largely subliminally - and will become increasingly evident as we approach the year 2012.
. . .According to the sacred calendar of the Mayan and Toltec civilizations of Mesoamerica, this date signifies the end of a "Great Cycle" of more than 5,000 years. The conclusion of one world age and the beginning of the next. (Enlarge the photo for a better understanding.)
. . . .The hypothesis I propose is that the completion of the Great Cycle points toward a shift in the nature of the psyche. If this theory is correct, the transformation of our consciousness will lead to the rapid creation, development and dissemination of new institutions and social structures, corresponding to our new level of mind. From the limits of our current chaotic and uneasy cirucumstance, this process may well resemble and advance toward a harmonic, perhaps even utopian, situation on Earth.
. . .I will argue that the quantum jump into a new context has been carefully prepared by our history when viewed from a certain perspective. At the same time, our active engagement is required to make it happen.
. . .Liberals and skeptics still expect that the future will follow the pattern of only the past century: sleeker machines, more submersive virtual worlds, longer life spans and further ecological deterioration. They accept economists' projections of limitless growth and ignore other figures indicating depletion and devastation. They ignore or avoid the underlying aspects of our situation that contradict their hopes and plans for the future.
. . .A "rough beast" slouches towards us: a biospheric crisis of such magnitude that it will touch the life of every person on Earth: "We are being confronted by something so completely outside our collective experience that we don't really even see it, even when the evidence is overwhelming. For us, it's a blitz of enormous biological and physical alterations in the world that has been sustaining us" writes Ed Ayres (now retired), editorial director of World Watch.
. . .Sobering predictions have been ignored by a populace hungry for sex advice, celebrity gossip and literary distraction. Ayres identifies four accelerating developments or "spikes" that threaten our imediate future: population growth by an average of 80 million each year, comsumption of resources, increasing carbon gas emissions, and the mass extinction of species (a systemic loss of amphibians, birds, mammals, insects, plants, and marine life far worse than the sudden crash that eliminated the dinosaurs a while back.)
Ayres writes, "Global warming and bio-extinctions are all-encompassing, and the expansions of population and consumption trigger chain reactions that cannot be stopped by shores or borders."
. . .Within 40 years, at the current rate of deforestation, there will be no tropical forests left on Earth. As the 2005 Millennium Eco-Systems Assessment, prepared by the United Nations, states: "Nearly two-thirds of the services provided by nature to humankind are found to be in decline worldwide. The benefits reaped from our engineering of the planet have been achieved by running down natural capital assets. In many cases, it is literally a matter of living on borrowed time."
The UN report tells us that our oceans - until recently deemed vast beyond human influence - are 90% (yes 90%!!!) fished out, with entire food chains of aquatic life disappearing. Corporate globalization, a system aimed at short-term profits over long-term consequences, runs a "going-out-of-business" sale of the Earth's resources.
. . .China alone would need an extra 200 million tons of grain per year by 2030, an amount equal to the export capacity of the entire world in 1997. Agricultural yields are falling due to topsoil depletion, droughts, and unforeseen consequences of industrial farming. . . .Ayres writes: "In addition to 26 or more countries now water-deprived, hundreds of additional regions within countries such as China, Mexico and the U.S. are water scarce."
. . .Water and food shortages would lead to widespread migrations and social unrest, inciting short-term regimes, followed by global chaos: "Leaders, unable to deliver relief, would be toppled and governments would lose their ability to maintain order. Millions of people would depart as refugees, spilling over borders in diasporas too large to either control or support."
Ok, that's the end of the excerpts for now and this is all I'm going to share with you for the time being. I will be posting the a balance of excerpts and concepts in upcoming posts. But this is enough to think about right now. Digest it for a while and then visit again for the upcoming posts and, hopefully, the many discussions that ensue.
The Mayans believed that ". . .on the heals of death, life springs forth." Sounds like another doomsday prophecy, you say? Well, it is. But, to me, it's a rather logical one based on facts. Facts that many choose to ignore. If we continue along our current path of existence - we are headed towards certain doom. Just stop and think about that logically for a moment. . . .
Will we become a textbook case of the destructive mania that overtakes great empires when they turn decadent?
Here's another excerpt from Daniel: "We might consider ways that the current world situation - billions of people crowded on an increasingly spoiled world, facing an uncertain future - is both an improvement and a decline from the previous epoch - tribal societies with populations stabilized at low levels, living in balance, more or less, with the natural world."
Many a great civilization has peaked - then suffered decline at an accelerated speed - and many times, by their own hand. Are we really so different?
Awareness is the key. The heightened state of awareness that Daniel, as well as many others, speak of. If we are aware of the situation, we can exert our gift of free will to change it. Or we can choose to ignore it - and accelerate the consequences.
And one last word. The above information and theories are NOT indicative of a literal "end" so-to-speak, but more so, a beginning. A new beginning. One that we are ultimately in control of - and one that we have a hand in.
Aren't we all being a bit naive? Your thoughts, please?