Some say the ancient Mayan civilization predicted the end of the world will occur this Friday, December 21, 2012. However, this is not a literal prediction of the physical end of the world, but hopefully the beginning of a new one.
According to a Wikipedia page, the 2012 phenomenon, a New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation. Therefore, December 21, 2012, may mark the beginning of a new era.
The page notes that professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the classic Mayan accounts, and that the idea that the calendar “ends” in 2012 misrepresents Mayan history and culture.
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia since 2006, looks at December 21st not as the ‘Mayan Apocalypse,’ but as a New Beginning. Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, speaking at the United Nations in September, said the date marks an end to individualism and capitalism and a turn toward the collective good.
Morales believes December 21, 2012 signifies, among other things, “the end of selfishness and the beginning of brotherhood.”
“It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth,” Morales said. “It is the end of sadness and the beginning of happiness, it is the end of division and the beginning of unity, and this is a theme to be developed.”
So there’s no need to fear the end of the world this Friday. Let’s all put some really good energy out there to help create a whole new world.
You can view and listen to President Morales’ complete 37 minute translated speech at the United Nations on UN Web TV.