You know those stamps with an adjustable date? Like the ones library's use for a due date...you think that sounds old fashioned? Stuff like that is usually built to last only so long. Like all those forms that asked for a year like this: 19___ . Obsolete now that we are in the dub millenium. Ok, so now think of 2012. Was this just as far as the Mayan's felt they needed to think ahead? Maybe its not the end of the world, just as far ahead as they felt it necessary to account for with their quotidian instruments of temporal measurement. Or as Wikipedia has it, "The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of...beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae related to this date have been proposed....Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture."
And yet, we are indeed threatening the existence of the world as we know it. Regardless of the peril of Dec. 21, 2012, if that's the deadline we need to get ourselves in gear, let's use the energy. I would suggest following the guidance of Franklin Rooselvelt, when in his inaugural he suggested attacking the economic and natural resource management problems of the day with the same mobilization and unity of national force that typically attends a war party. In that spirit, here are ten personal and national resolutions to avoid a cataclysmic destruction of our planet at our own hands. Don't let the hype fool you, destruction is real.
Resolutions for End the End of the World
- Eat in moderation.
- Drink more, flush less: Conserve water, and drink it instead of soda. Consider a gray water system to fill your toilet tank.
- Walk a mile. Whether its to the store or in the other guy's shoes, literal and figurative journeys at the speed of a walk allow for a human-scaled understanding of our environment and fellow peeps.
- Save your money for when you need it.
- Meet your neighbors. When armageddeon hits, there might not be time for coalition building. Then again, if we all work together, maybe we can de-stress the planet enough to avoid further catastrophe.
- Laugh at the good and the bad, cry for the good and the bad. Finding a middle ground between attention and despair allows for action without panic or apathy.
- Do that thing you've been thinking about all year (or for your whole life). Get started.
- Choose based on principles. Evaluate habits and ask yourself, why do I do this?
- Connect with others. Let's all model for one another that we can rise above divisiveness, jealousy, fear, and hate.
- Love with actions. Love this life, love this planet.
It's all one.