Sitting here in my room, its midnight on December 21st, 2012. Over the course of the last day, people around the world have mistakenly believed that this date was prescribed by the Mayans as the end of the world. In the same way that some people shop for new things to connect with all the time, others are look for 1000s of tiny revolutions, and others wait for an apocalypse during their lifetime.
Bolivian Pres Evo Morales has said today is the end of an old way of being, or in his words, “the end of the Macha, the end of hatred, the end of capitalism” and the beginning of “la Pacha, the start of love, of community spirit.” “It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth.”
We seem to always look for ends and beginnings, as if things start and stop regularly. They don’t. There’s no end-of-times to get ready for, and no brave new world that suddenly begins. Instead, we get to be the change, day-in, day-out. There are no revolutions that are going to save us from ourselves, no leaders, no nations, and no social change. You are your only hope, always have been, always will be.
The principle of engagement, which is that all things everywhere are always connected, is that your life is a complex web of interrelatedness from every point of view. Our whole world will never end, and maybe today will be the last apocalypse you’ll ever know.