Tuesday, January 01, 2013
2012 and the End of a Cycle
I thought that I would take this opportunity to reflect on certain issues as we begin a `new year`, especially as the `end of the world` predicted by some New Agers has not taken place on 21/12/12 as predicted! A whole industry has been constructed upon this aspect of Mayan culture alone making some people very rich indeed as they deceive the gullible and credulous amongst us. The Mayans like many other ancient peoples viewed time as cyclical not linear. Linear time is a Jewish concept that crept into `western` thinking via Christianity. Some would argue that as nothing spectacular appears to have taken place on 21/12/12 that there is no validity in viewing the Mayan calendar in prophetic terms. This would be a mistake and represents a strain of thinking which is just as faulty as assuming that the end of the calendar predicted the end of the world. The Mayans as with other ancient peoples viewed history in cycles and recognised in their writings [Pupul Vuh]that each cycle was terminated by catastrophe. Catastrophes do not happen in a single day as we know from Plato`s accounts of the fall of Atlantis[Timaeus and Critias]. Prior to the final collapse[which DID occur in a single day] there were portents in the form of earthquakes and floods, something which is happening with ever increasing frequency today in many parts of the world. Here in England we have been told that 2012 has been the "wettest" year since records began and once again this country has experienced widescale flooding, all I believe to be portents of the coming final catastrophe.