It’s the end of the world! (Or not)

  • Tue Mar 6th, 2012 6:41pm

By Richard Bisbee

There’s been another suicide bomber in … Bus careens off mountain road … Peace negotiations fail as new violence erupts during … Powerful earthquakes in Somewheristand kill … Global warming will freeze your butt off by the end of the century.


Bad news sells newspapers and attracts video voyeurism of calamities, suffering and oddities. If that is all you see and read about, life can feel pretty depressing and, at times, downright hopeless.

Now, let’s look at good news. The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012. Run for your lives! Yeah, right. Where are you going to run to? Woo-hoo, no Christmas shopping! Wait, that’s bad news. Some interpret the end of the Mayan calendar as the end of the world. Otherwise why did they just end their highly sophisticated calendar? Aliens beamed them up? They got tired? They ran out of food? It rolled out of the art studio? The heavy reset button reset? A college prank just to mess with our minds? All of the above?

Some people believe 12/21/12 isn’t the end of the world, but that it might be the end of the world as we know it. Everything is changing. Barbara Marx Hubbard says all the crises we are experiencing are like a great wake-up call telling us that the old ways of living aren’t working. Like Einstein said: “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” New ways of extraordinary creative thinking are needed at this time. On 12/22/12, the day after “The end of the world as we know it,” Barbara Marx Hubbard has joined with others for “Birth 2012” ( They want to have a global celebration of life on that day to celebrate all that is good and working and not what is failing.

The celebration includes sharing what is working and the good news in 12 sectors of society: education, environment, governance, health, infrastructure, justice, medicine, relations, science, spirituality, arts and economics.

If 12/22/12 is the birth, then 3/22/12 must be Conception Day. So there will be special events all over the world, to celebrate and plan for something even bigger in December. You too can participate. In any event, look for good news everywhere, even at The Berkana Institute: “Whatever the problem, community is the answer.” Copy this link into your browser: Good news is always good for you.

Richard Bisbee is a member of Sustainable Edmonds, but his thoughts are his own.