As most of you are no doubt well aware by now, even those who have no particular interest in ancient cultures, today, 21st of December 2012, is expected by many to be the last day on earth for humanity. While there have been many similar doomsday dates such as 21st of May of last year, which passed without incident, other dates, like today, were literally carved in stone.
I first heard about the 2012 doomsday prediction in the year 2000 in my late teens when I used to visit a chatroom called All Faiths on the MSN website. This was the first time I had heard of the Mayans, and even the Sumerians for that matter. I thought I should write down the date out of curiosity, thinking that it’s the sort of thing that would pass by without anyone ever talking about it (little did I know they’d base an entire movie around it: 2012). While I failed to write the date down, I needn’t have worried. There is a lot of talk about it regardless.
It has proved very difficult to find any consistent theory based on the event because people have hyped it up out of all proportion. I’ve watched videos where Mayan elders have suggested that there was no such thing as an end to the world, but only an end to the present way of things…which will not be an instant change. I feel personally that this change may have began around the late sixties and early seventies, which naturally does not appear to be so, considering the amount of wars that humanity still partakes in on a regular basis. Despite that though, I think people are beginning to wake up to things. Many are questioning authority…an authority which has held countless generations in place, both in structured religion and in the government itself. Is it all in the mind? Possibly. The fall of the Church, as evident in the countless pedophilia cases, has been a long time coming. There are many changes throughout any age it is true, but none so more than in the last few centuries. That is not my opinion….history itself makes it so.
Our entire world has changed over the past few centuries especially with the invention of harnessing electricity for industrial and home use. The invention of the combustible engine, radio and television. Space flight. The Internet. Nuclear and chemical weapons which have the potential to wipe out millions of people. Even today, as we pass through the digital age, there is a constant push for newer products, rapid updates, to the point where a great many people feel left behind, bewildered at what exactly is going on in the world.
Most likely, the event will pass by without so much as a hint of difference to our lives. The reason for this, I feel, is because we’ve been living through the transitional period. When you go through a transition, there is no such thing as perceiving an end to a particular event and the entry into another. I do believe that at least for the past forty years, we have been moving out of one era and into another.
For a long time I felt that we were moving into an actual technology or digital age, as that seems to be the way things are going. Now I am not so sure. I think the digital age could be a very short phase. By that I do not mean the digital age will end next month or next year. It is possible that it could be fifty, even a hundred years before the digital age will fall away. I think it is running alongside the transitional period between the old way of things and the new. It is trying to vie for our attention, but I think that there will only be so much that humanity will be able to handle.
I was listening to a radio show last night where an author of a 2012 based book was asked why he felt people were taking the whole end of the world thing so seriously. He stated that he felt that a great many people were perplexed about the fast paced world we were living in. Jaded by life and the rapid change to our world in terms of the increasing amount of new technology forced in our faces on a regular basis, mankind had a natural question: Where will it all end. So when an end time date said to be based on ancient prophecy shows up, he is only too willing to grab onto that. The author said that the concerns of the people towards the digital age was in a similar vein to that of dogs who bark before an earthquake. People, he said, felt the signs and began to act accordingly.
I personally was never that convinced about the 2012 doomsday date, not even when I first heard about it twelve years ago. I was quite a fundamental Christian in those days and was convinced that there were a lot of prophetic events that needed to take place before the official end of the world. As time has changed, and my fundamentalism has pretty much faded away, I was still not convinced by this actual date.
One thing that has convinced me that the date may be some kind of spiritual awakening, as opposed to an end to the world, is the Hopi prophecy concerning the emergence of the fifth world. From what I have read, the Hopi had a total of 9 signs, eight of which seem to have come true. The Hopi, according to the book “The return of Pahana”, published by Bear and co, the Hopi believed that they emerged from a world of destruction into the fourth world where they, and we, are now. It was said that the some of the same machines and technology that we have now, were the same machines that destroyed the world back in the ancient times. That may seem strange to a lot of people, but things go in cycles.
(From White Feather, Bear Clan, Hopi Tribe)
The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World will begin. This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many years have been fulfilled, and so few are left.
First Sign: We were told of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana — men who took the land that was not theirs and who struck their enemies with thunder. (Guns)
Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning wheels filled with voices. (Covered wagons)
Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. (Longhorn cattle)
Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of iron. (Railroad tracks)
Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant spider’s web. (Power and telephone lines)
Sixth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun. (Concrete roads and their mirage-producing effects.)
Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it. (Oil spills)
Eighth Sign: You will see many youth, who wear their hair long like our people, come and join the tribal nations, to learn our ways and wisdom. (Hippies)
Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of the Hopi people will cease.
It was these prophecies that made me wonder if 2012 was not the end of the world, but the end of a particular era. While I feel for some time we have been moving towards this new era, perhaps 2012 is the official marker of such a transition.