Good Riddance 2012
2013 (MMXIII) will be a common year starting on a Tuesday in the Gregorian calendar. It will be the 2013th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations; the 13th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century; and the 4th of the 2010s decade. It will also be the first year to be denoted by four different digits in 26 years (since 1987).
WHEW – 2013
2012 represents enough trauma to last a decade. Good riddance! We’ve had enough from the Apocalypse of emotional trauma.
Doggedly ignoring all the RETRO shows and commentary, I prefer to put the events and attitudes from 2012 into the bottom drawer and lock it shut. I know a lot of good things happened during 2012, but they remain a raindrop on my dirty windshield as I look forward to the road ahead. My mind is running those windshield wipers to remove the dirt and bugs away from my vision.
Natural and UNnatural disasters plagued 2012. The Mayan Calendar and Nostradamus have had their say. I’ve been taught to be careful with my water and stashed enough food and toilet paper for several weeks, if not months. Because, Mother Earth will continue with her cycles whether I’m prepared or not. So, I choose to be vigilant with my resources. My global disaster scenario is focused on what humans continue to do to humans in the name of some GOD or PROPHET or CORPORATION. I truly do NOT believe that anyone’s understanding of GOD would condone how his or her creations are behaving. I truly do NOT believe that anyone’s understanding of GOD would condone how those same human creations are treating the paradise designed to nurture and sustain them.
Do you really think that GOD has a stake in Wall Street?
Do you really think that GOD has a stake in Petroleum Products, Weapons Manufacture, Bigotry or Tea Parties or Venomous Clergy/Politicians?
Do you really think that GOD is pleased with the way humans have warped the intent of a Supreme Being?
I support the notion that 2013 is the pivotal year for humans to realize that their actions have consequences beyond their immediate understanding. With all the Doomsday marketing, the one good lesson is for humans to pay more attention to their surroundings and understand there is no mommy to follow them and clean up their mess … anymore. Hopefully, if everyone can take responsibility for their own actions, we can put accountability and action back into the same sentence … maybe accountability can go viral. Maybe cleanliness will return to our thoughts and actions and we can stop contaminating the same environment that allows us to live. Maybe we can stop plundering the remaining resources Mother Earth uses to feed, house and clothe us and start nurturing our planet back to life.
The Mayans and many civilizations that preceded us have lessons that we have ignored. Each of those crumbled civilizations missed something crucial to their survival through arrogance and distraction. Political and Religious head games replaced common sense necessary for survival.
The modern world, and Western Civilization especially, has hurt itself by distracting it’s children from the common sense and understanding of the world around them, and how it works. Western Education has replaced common sense, and the rules of cause and effect, with political and religious head games, with emphasis on technology. The technical world has blinded the human symbiotic relationship with planet earth. Our urban children have no clue where their Big Mac comes from. Rural children cannot relate to how crowded and fragile communities exist in large metropolitan cities.
This disconnect between urban and rural, with the dependence on high technological devices and systems, has driven a huge wedge between parts of western culture. We have no idea how stuff works or where it comes from, we just know we must have it …. Corporations plunder this disconnect and encourage misunderstandings so they can target their products to specific regions and mindsets. Industry makes sure that the voting public is under their control by buying politicians, paying for gerrymandering districts so the elections are predictable and the politicians are in their pockets.
The weapons industry depends on an armed society for their profit. The pharmaceutical industry depends on real or imagined ailments for their profit. The petroleum industry has the world by it’s balls, because no matter what alternative energy source is agreed upon, almost everything we use has a petroleum base in it’s manufacture.
Still, there is always something the individual can do. Look at the world around you, respect it. Learn how it works. Respect the world that allows you to live and breathe. Understand that you are not the only living organism in your own body. Everyone contains a host of living organisms inside them. Everyone is 70% fluid, containing bacteria, viruses, bodies and antibodies. Understand that polluted water changes the symbiotic nature of what we are made of. Symbiosis makes us human.
Without understanding how we work and how the earth works and how we can work together for mutual survival, 2013 will be a short year for all of us.
Gaia philosophy (named after Gaia, Greek goddess of the Earth) is a broadly inclusive term for related concepts that living organisms on a planet will affect the nature of their environment in order to make the environment more suitable for life. This set of theories holds that all organisms on a life-giving planet regulate the biosphere to the benefit of the whole. Gaia concept draws a connection between the survivability of a species (hence its evolutionary course) and its usefulness to the survival of other species.