Thank Grog It’s Firday…
“If you’re still reading this, the world didn’t end…”
I have to crack up at the Mayans. Really. I think the fact that they apparently were wrong, TWICE is hilarious. But then again, was it the Mayans who were wrong, or was it us?
Back in 2012, when the world was supposed to end (after it didn’t for Y2k or about twenty other times prognosticators of doom got it wrong), there was more than a passing obsession with the “End of the Mayan Calendar” which then proffered with great certainty, that when the Mayan Calendar ended…so would the world. Of course, this logic is tainted with the reality of what actually happened to the Mayans, which had nothing to do with their calendar, and everything to do with hubris and overconfidence.
And weirdly, while it seems that we have lived through yet another expanded version of the REAL end of the world, via the altered prophesies of the Mayan Calendar, we might learn a thing or two from the authors.
Are we destined to repeat history? Was Homer right? Should we be more afraid of the SIMPSONS PROPHESIES?????
First of all…let’s take quick look at how “prophesies” work. They are supposed to be something that someone from the distant, or even not so distant past (i.e. The Simpsons), came up with as “something that is going to happen in the future.” This is not to be confused with “something that MIGHT happen in the future.” That would be an aphorism, like, “don’t play with that sharp stick…you’ll poke your eye out!” It should be, you MIGHT poke your eye out, but, is rarely stated that way by conspiracy nuts and cable news talking heads.
And nobody wants to end up like Homer! Homer’s version of the Mayan Calendar…
But, if you really want to freak yourself out, watch the news for a day. And take everything everyone says at face value. It doesn’t matter which “flavor” of news you choose. The fact is, even on the very best day of “truthiness” on any channel you choose, you are going to get mostly “shadings of the truth,” a whole lot of commentary that does it’s best to shape “the facts” into their point of view, along with a lot of flashy computer graphics to try and emphasize their point.
Not exactly foretelling the future. More like trying to SHAPE the future. If you just say something enough, it becomes “fact” in most people’s minds. Advertisers have counted on this for as long as advertising has existed. And that is a very, very, very long time.
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Of course it was exhilarating…it had actual COCAINE in it! Truthiness at it’s best…for the times they were living in. But, I digress…
Here’s a fact. We don’t really know WHO made the Mayan calendar. It was most likely a Mayan. But, because the Mayan’s were all gone before we really started taking notice of what they left behind, we don’t know. The whole “calendar” bit, could have been an art class project from the Mrs. Xylocrunk’s 5th grade stone-cutter’s class. The reason it ended? Because they were out of school early, due to having to deal with the droughts and other natural disasters that ended up wiping them out.
So…there is one big question about using the Mayan Calendar as a way to determine the end of the world. “If they knew so much…how come they didn’t see the drought coming?”
It’s the same reason that people don’t see their own demise, until it is too late. We, as a species, are pretty damn full of ourselves. We think we know the answers to everything…until we don’t. We think everything we do is special…and amazing…and for the good of everyone...unless it isn’t.
The reason we don’t know that much about the demise of the Mayans, is that for once, we (the great nations of Europe and modern Americas) had nothing to do with it! (unlike so many others, captured in one of my favorite Randy Newman songs)
I’m not going to go down the road of pointing out just how our history, both ancient and modern, is full to the brim with assclownery of the first order. We repeat history, because we seem to never learn from it. We’re like a bunch of class clowns, who act like they know better than the teacher, but end up with a career asking, “would you like fries with that?” People have a tendency to find a way to gravitate toward tribes of other people who believe the same things that they do…even if they all know deep down (sometimes waaaaaaay deep down) that they are wrong-headed.
So…the Mayans? Nostradamus? Homer Simpson? Revelations? Or any other man-made, man-interpreted, man-written piece of prognostication? Nope. It’s all just playing the odds that people are going to keep acting like people…until they are gone.
I don’t think we are at the “end of people,” anytime soon. But, I do know that if we don’t start acting like we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER very, very soon…we are going to be in a world of hurt together…and will come to the logical conclusion of self-annihilation that all of the “great prophesies” predict.
That’s a bet I’d take.
But here’s the deal folks…believe it or not, I hold out hope, that the actual people, who have been too lazy to see the truth through all of the truthiness, will start saying, “OK…That’s ENOUGH!” and start taking back some of the power to save us from ourselves. It’s more than voting. It’s more than posting opinions. It’s way more than gathering in tribes of “Yup Yup Yups” with heads bobbing to the latest political rhetoric. It is DOING something. SOLVING problems with ACTION. Stop talking about what is bothering you, and do something about it.
Enough is enough.
If you are reading this…then you are a survivor. You have survived another “Armageddon of thought,” and are free to DO SOMETHING.
In the meantime…I wanted to share a couple of bits of inspiration. I am inspired by music…and talent…and great intention. These three are amazing in so may ways. One…a mother and son, absolutely breaking my heart in two with their version of Rise Up.
Another…an absolutely mind-boggling offering from a children’s choir. The next generation…proving that they can offer hope for the future (even if the picture is lacking diversity, while portraying conditions of privilege).
And finally…a virtual choir from 15 different countries, that reminds us that the power of music is universal.
Be safe. Enjoy.