Today is 21st December 2012. The day on which Mayan Calendar and many other people have predicted apocalypse; the end of the world!
Doomsday predictions are at the most – news worthy! As a society we always seek negative news and love searching about it. The positive wrapper for this love of the negative, especially death / doom is being practical / realistic. Observing people today, brings out our ambivalent nature. We do things with utmost earnestness but with total lack of belief.
Today our servant maid came in for work and was going on and on to my mother about how she has come after visiting temples as today the world could end. I was taken aback at all the reference she was pulling out to make my mother get atleast slightly curious. I am very surprised that if she really believed that it is true – why would she come to work? Why would she want to make money even on the last day? Would she not want to be with her family? As behavioural economics researcher and professor Dan Ariely wrote in his bestseller “Predictably Irrational”, we are not what we do!
Only thing that I am sure about tomorrow is someone is going to declare the next date for apocalypse. This will become the next sensational news. There would be debate and discussions. Why would one keep re-setting the date for the end of the world? Funny! But we are funny! Human beings create and destroy out of nothing. It is sad that we recognize power in destruction not in construction; in war not in peace; in taking not giving; in supervision than serving.
The world is not going to end. As our puranas keep reiterating, there are many thousands of years left before which, there needs to be an overall cleansing. So instead of spending time wondering what will happen if the world would end, it would make sense to think how not to kill the earth faster! The speed and cost at which we are seeking personal fulfilment, we don’t need doomsday predictions, we will create it. I wish to use this mythical prediction to remind myself and others who are reading this, to make an effort to live a conscious life. No – I am not talking about conscience.
If you are hoping that you can escape the challenges of life (atleast for today) by using the Mayan prediction as an excuse – forget the hope and get started. Else you could have your customer / manager / wife / father / mother / teacher / others waiting for your attention and your competitor / opportunity just race past you.
I found a rather interesting message this morning from Sadhguru on the same news. Here it is for the welfare of all: http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/lifestyle/its-the-end-of-the-world?track=1&uid=66214&date=20121221