A 2012 Generational Culture?

To the Editor:

The Y2k phenomenon was a computer generated paranoia that came and went in a matter of 3-7 years. Those that compare 12.21.2012 to 01.01.2000 are missing the boat entirely. The 2012 phenomena is a 10,000 year concept at the least. More importantly, it’s not a left brain generated event; rather, it’s a right brain, spiritual, shamanic, and mythical story.  

The Mayan 2012 calendar is just one of the dozens (actually more than a hundred) of indigenous cultures that have passed down both written and oral traditions about pending events surrounding the date December 21, 2012. What is obvious to sociologists is that each generation establishes some distinctiveness of its own- without even trying.

Is that too hard to see?

The 1940s were greatly different than the 1960’s. It was a time of war versus a time of peace (can you say flower children?). The 1990’s were different than the 1980’s. What’s become obvious is that when we’re using the word generational, it no longer applies to a standardized 40 year period. And the generations get shorter and shorter.

The digitized world with exponential information flows is carrying the ball.

Changes in the way people think and behave or what’s become a fad to call “consciousness” is ever increasing a generational or cultural paradigm almost overnight. And so it is with 2012. While 2012 has been around for tens of thousands of years, it’s only been in the last two decades that the Mayan calendar has been brought into mainstream thinking. And it’s only been in the last 5 years of so that the amount of publicity has been working it’s way into the societal consciousness.

I would submit to you that over the next three years, the 2012 concept will grow into as world wide consciousness along with the attendant attitudes which cover the spectrum of possibilities and contradictions. This fall the first of dozens of “2012 movies” will hit the market and 2012 opinions will be influenced by Hollywood to a large degree, albeit it wrongly so.

We’re yet to enter the true 2012 HYPE, but we’re surely on the way to creating a new culture.

Ernie Fitzpatrick

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.

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