By Sridhar Narsing
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 is the day that ends an era according to the Mayan calendar, which is dubiously silent about what happens next. No wonder, it has spiralled into a bigger controversy owing not to mere Doomsday prophecy enthusiasts but also a desperate world that has proved difficult for many people to live peacefully.
NASA has anyway rubbished the theory and reiterated its view that the world will not end on Friday. “It will be another winter solstice,” NASA said on its website. “The claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.”
In fact, the question is how did the human race survive all the disasters? Much of the credit obviously goes to those who lived through the barbaric violence and human annihilation for centuries and yet protected their progeny leaving behind the thread of human race go strong. While feudalism made the mighty survive, proving Darwin’s dictum of “Survival of the Fittest”, the evolving democracy across the world proved it wrong as many weaker communities too found their space to survive the brutal rulers and feudal lords.
What ensued is that the more knowledgeable communities could come out victorious and the less fortunate ones began to accept the Newton’s survival or the theory of organic evolution as the ultimate truth. This has triggered the financial cheats survive on the ignorance of the less knowledgeable populace and the inequality happily survives the cycles of life.
What the Mayan prophecy failed to explain was an end to this malaise in every society. As Friday has already unveiled in New Zealand, which is still in tact, there is no need to worry that the “dirty” world as many may like to call it may not end. But what ends is the fear of an imminent doomsday prediction. Once it is gone, everybody will be back into their daily chores and “you cheat and I cheat you” principle will go on forever.
It is fascinating to see how the world evolves from where we are today. It will, hopefully, be a better or worse? Either way, the survival of the fittest, especially those with more cunning brains will survive while the rest will eventually succumb. As we welcome the New Year’s Day every year, let us also welcome the 14th Baktun (era) of the Mayans for a balanced world.