For anyone that’s hung around long enough in groups that verge towards what’s often termed “New Age” or “Alternative” (or, sometimes deservedly, “Fluffy Bunnydom”), the year 2012 becomes familiar. As the date of the End of the World according to the Mayan calendar – and, usually, as the convergence of all sorts of other events that, when taken together, give added justification to the date as being the end.
And it’s about to get added familiarity with the upcoming gloriously over the top Hollywood blockbuster called, lest there be any doubt, 2012.
As most people who know me know, I’ve dabbled in these areas – and found useful tools in many – but become disillusioned in some of the philosophies and metaphysics behind them.
So it’s with a degree of pleasure that I spotted this this morning: a Mayan elder who’s getting fed up answering questions about 2012 because it’s just not that significant. I particularly love the comment from Jose Huchim, a Yucatan Mayan archaeologist, “We have real concerns these days, like rain.”