The December 21, 2012 doomsday prophecy is more than a little unnerving when you consider the current state of the world. You’d be hard-pressed to find it on mainstream media, but 2012 has been a year of protests. Last July 50,000 people protested in Mexico, which some are calling the biggest protest in history. An ongoing protest in Spain is now at more than 500 days. The Occupy movement has sprung up all over the world, protesting against the powers that be for a failing economy, job loss and the end to an old system that is no longer working.
Unfortunately, the transition to a better system will not be easy. A small group of powerful people, who the Occupy movement label the one-percenters, benefit from the status quo and won’t go out without a fight. The elite’s reaction to these growing protests has been to clamp down. Last New Year, Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA). This bill allows the permanent imprisonment and execution of U.S. civilians without due process. Obama, the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, said he signed the bill with reservations.
The signing of the NDAA is shocking and it should have been met with widespread protests, but there are many reasons why it wasn’t. People don’t like to talk about disturbing things like the NDAA. Either because they are too caught up in their own worlds, or too scared to want to believe such a thing is real. Another reality is that many of us have just gotten used to disregarding doom and gloom news, from years of information overload, it seems to always be bad news. Even with all these distractions it’s still hard to deny we stand on the precipice of some kind of great change. The state of the world economy, rumblings of World War III as widespread conflicts in the Middle East increase, and record guns sales in the U.S., are all indications that we are on the precipice of some serious change.
Disasters can bring out the best in people. In a disaster, ordinary people are thrown out of their own personal worlds and confronted with what’s important; not just their own loved ones, but all people. Times of distress open up opportunities to connect with people in a way they seldom would otherwise, and have potential to unite us. Consider the overwhelming support the United States received from the world after 9/11. Yet disasters can also elicit the worst in people as looting and other crime sprees often happen. Still in every reset lies the opportunity to rebuild for better or worse.
On the topic of reincarnation, Joe Rogan, stand-up comedian and self-proclaimed “psychedelic adventurer,” once hypothesized: “Maybe we keep reliving the same life until we get it right.” Maybe the same is true for civilization. If we do experience some sort of reset on December 21st, or in the near future, it will give us another chance to get it right. The pyramids and all other historical mysteries of lost civilizations do make one thing clear, that major catastrophes have happened before.
What will happen on December 21, 2012 boils down to three scenarios: No change, a positive change, or a negative change. Despite all the doomsday hysteria, most of us are banking on the first scenario, that nothing will happen at all. This is a perfectly logical choice as we’ve all been warned about end-of-the-world dates many times before that have come and gone. Another view is that the Earth’s alignment with the centre of our galaxy on December 21st 2012 will usher in a heightened level of consciousness and a new era of compassion and understanding. This scenario would be incredible but I wouldn’t count on an outside source swooping in and ridding the world of its problems. Sounds too good to be true. The final scenario is an extinction event. If we become attached to this scenario, we become helpless. Why even bother to try and fix the world if it’s past the point of repair?
Even if you don’t consider yourself directly responsible for all the world’s problems, we all unfortunately contribute to them. In Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech in the movie The Great Dictator, he says, “Greed has poisoned men’s souls.” Not to mention our environment and our bodies. With every purchase, with every thoughtless action, we contribute to the massive mess we find ourselves in. Whatever does or doesn’t happen on December 21st it is important to remember that our attitudes about the future will greatly affect the way we decide to shape it.
View this clip of Charlie Chaplin’s speech and read the transcript:
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in; machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery we need humanity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say: Do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators will die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die liberty will never perish.
Soldiers: don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder!
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts.
You are not machines!
You are not cattle!
You are men!!
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers: Don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written: “The kingdom of God is within man.”
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men: In you!
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite!
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy: Let us all unite!