January 2012. Yes, ...2012 is here.
Like most people in the U.S. and perhaps around the world, I've been bombarded with articles, news, information, so-called prophecies and all kinds of stories about the significance of the year 2012 and the possible end of the world, courtesy of translations from an alleged Mayan prediction.
I had the opportunity to travel to Mayan territory in Mexico this past summer to work on some documentaries and as we visited the ruins of this antique temple, I couldn't help but wonder what the real significance of 2012 is.
Does it really mean the end?
Is it just the equivalent of Dec. 31st in our calendar, where one period ends and a new one begins?
What, -if anything-, will happen?
The more I think of it, the less concerned I become about it.
The world has been going through changes since its inception. Change is the essence of life and I don't think that is going to end anytime soon. What I do hope changes in 2012, is how we see the world, our world, and our relationship with it. There might be news of other possible Earth-like planets in the media, but for the time being, this is all we've got and I hope we all learn to do a better job on taking care of it.