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There has been so much rubbish written about 21.12.2012 across the Net and it had been generating such a level of anxiety in certain quarters that NASA went to the trouble of producing this video to put the record straight.
The video has garnered great publicity. Indeed it has had almost 2 million views on YouTube but that still leaves the potential for millions, if not billions, of people to be bombarded with misinformation about the end date of the Mayan calendar and have some level of fear that an apocalyptic event may be looming.
We can all do our bit to alleviate some of the mass hysteria by pointing anyone who expresses any concern about what this 21.12 date portends to quotes like this:
“We [the archaeological community] have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end in 2012.” – Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History
and link them to the NASA video and to their Q and A site www.nasa.gov/2012
Despite mentioning in my last posting that I would be writing more about the ridiculous hype around a supposed unusual galactic alignment taking place on 21.12. 2012, this NASA video has effectively saved me the effort as the site sums the situation up perfectly with the sentence; ‘the sun appears to enter the part of the sky occupied by the Dark Rift every year at the same time, and its arrival there in Dec. 2012 portends precisely nothing’.
Fears (my own included as per an article I wrote in 2007) of increased geomagnetic stresses from a Sunspot maximum cycle coinciding with the end date year have also been quashed, for as NASA points out, the cycle is proving to be one of the most uneventful maximums in decades.
Talking of mass hysteria however, what I would like to write about today is how we could be looking at ways in which we can use this transition from the 13th Baktun cycle of the Maya (a Baktun is a period of 144,000 days) and enter the next 144,000 days, known as the 14th Baktun, having made some form of conscious shift.
As such I would like to make some comments about the Newtown shooting spree.
Before I do so, I would just like to preface it by saying that the reason blogging ever took off in the way it did is because it gives everyone the freedom to express a personal opinion. What I am about to say is my own personal strident opinion, no more no less. I share it here in a blog about collaborating with the cycles of life as I think there is a case to be made at this juncture in time for addressing responsibility – the responsibility of the media, of parents and of individuals – about the way our society is unfolding.
So here goes…
The death of one’s child is surely the worst pain that can ever be visited upon a human being. As a parent myself my heart goes out to each of those men and women in Connecticut whose child’s life was taken in such a brutal and horrifying way. However one has to question why the lives of these children and the pain of their families should be given any more ‘airtime’ or compassion by the media and the population at large than those of anyone else suffering the same fate.
Newtown, Connecticut is a normally peaceful, predominantly well-heeled community but should the lives of children from that area be valued more than those living in war torn or poverty stricken environments? We all know the answer to that is no, so why do we do it? Why do we express such horror on Twitter and Facebook pages over these shootings when each day, somewhere across the world, children are killed or maimed having been caught in sniper crossfire (or even been deliberately targeted) with scant mention or outrage in social media.Watch this
It’s not just children caught up in armed conflict whose lives seem to be of less value than those in middle class America either.
In March this year a group of excited children set off for home in Brussels after enjoying a school ski trip in Switzerland. The driver of the children’s coach exceeded the speed limit and caused the death of 22 children and six adults (teachers and assistants) – he single handedly wiped them out and decimated the lives of their parents and extended families. Did you even hear about it in every news bulletin 24/7 for a week or more? Did those parents get a global outpouring of grief, support, donations and vigils? It was an avoidable incident – less speed and there would have been no accident.
On 17th November 2012, 47 children aged between four and eight were killed in Egypt when their bus was hit by a train because the crossing worker who should have been monitoring the track was asleep. Did you see a million Facebook entries or blogposts about the senseless tragedy of that? Do we hear calls for checks to make sure people are not literally ‘sleeping on the job’. No.
If we are ever going to find peace and balance in this world we have to see every avoidable death as a tragedy that requires us all to wake up to the precious nature of life. We have to let each one ignite something in us that calls for – demands- change and requires someone to take responsibility for actions.
Yes the gun laws in America need to be reviewed. Yes the parents involved in the Newtown tragedy need to be given the utmost consideration, help and compassion for their loss but we also need to look into the western funding and sales of weaponry and bullets to third world countries and the hypocrisy of seeing mass deaths and killing sprees in America as totally separate issue from similar deaths on other shores.
We need to look at the sick society we are fostering with the widespread advertising and sales of video games such as ‘Call of Duty’ and other games which put weapons (albeit imaginary) in the hands of youngsters and glamorise – and even reward – mass killing. Maybe a few million people watched the news broadcasts about children caught in the crossfire or used as human shields in Syria but a whopping 24 million people have viewed this!!
The Call Of Duty series have sold well over 100 million copies and have at least 40 million active players and these are not the only games which encourage human beings to enjoy acting as snipers and shooting anything which moves. In my opinion, it’s not just the availability of guns or the right to bear arms that needs to be urgently addressed by Obama – or any other world leaders – but the whole ‘shoot em up’ culture that our kids are being exposed to.
The distribution of games like this need to be regulated and above all parents need to be educated as to just how these virtual reality games are affecting the neuronal connections and hormone release in their children’s bodies and brains. These games are literally breeding aggression, blurring the lines for impressionable kids between fiction and reality and changing the way children interact with other human beings.
Now here’s an interesting thing – just as I am writing this a news headline has just flashed in saying:
The Connecticut school massacre gunman Adam Lanza spent hours playing violent video games such as Call Of Duty in a windowless bunker, according to an interview with a plumber who worked at the family home.
Need I continue? I’m obviously plugging into something in the collective Mind.
If there is to be a new era, please let it be that society finally begins to reawaken to the need to have to take responsibility for individual actions, not cast all blame at the Government’s door. Parents have to be taught to take responsibility for what their children are being exposed to. They have to want to see the regulation, if not the total eradication of these shooter video games and actively campaign for it. Parents need to commit to ensuring their children are involved in pastimes which foster love, cooperation and diplomacy, not those which foster competition, self defence and hatred.
If they don’t want to take responsibility then in my view if their child just happens to get caught up in the next mass shooting, they really shouldn’t then turn and place the blame at everyone elses door. Change begins at home – literally and metaphorically. As a society we are all to blame for what happened to turn Adam Lanza into a murderer.
At the end of the day though, this is the bottom line…
It is all about responsibility. People who hold positions of responsibility such a driving children (or adults) in coaches need to understand the potential consequences of driving too fast.
People whose job it is to guard railway crossings have to realise that it is their responsibility to stay alert as people’s lives depend upon it.
People who exercise their right to have guns in their homes, have to take responsibility for that choice and then keep them under lock and key away from their children.
People who have children have to take responsibilty for what they are exposed to.
Obviously many parents do take responsibility and yet they still get caught up, apparently through no fault of their own, in atrocities. In this case those children in Newtown, and all the others across the world who have died in seemingly senseless ways, could be viewed as little angels who have sacrificed their lives so that others will wake up and make changes. Changes which will ultimately save many lives further down the line.
If the start of the 14th Baktun really is going to usher in a new epoch for humanity then their lives will not have been in vain. If what I have written here today causes just one person to take their child away from a Call of Duty or other violent video game and/or caused them to think a little more deeply about the subject of personal responsibility, I have also just done some good.
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” – Emily Dickinson