‘The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us’ – G.K. Chesterton
Growth, moving forward, without nurturing the very seed of experience, is a opportunity wasted.
Much will be said on the spiritual ramifications and signifiers of 2012. Yet firstly I'd like to point towards some material which clearly lays out some of the physical changes of implications impacting our planet, our socio-culture over the coming years. And to begin this I would suggest reading James H. Kunstler's 'The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century' Although US-centric in its approach it is a lucid exploration and explication of our potentially dire socio-cultural-political situation, especially in terms of dwindling energy resources and the collapse of social systems that this will entail. Such events could add much to the heady mix of impacts occurring around 2012.
Secondly, I would also recommend Lawrence Joseph's 'Apocalypse 2012: An Optimist Investigates the End of Civilization' - a wryly written adventure around Earth 'shifts' that may converge towards a 2012 tipping-point. And written with lovely humour and ease.
And one to look out for: a collection of essays on 2012 written by some of today's finer thinkers including Ervin Laszlo; Peter Russell; Barbara Marx Hubbard; Greg Braden; Daniel Pinchbeck; and more. The book is titled 'The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies and Possibilities' and is due out this month. Although I have not yet read this book, I feel it will add some sober thoughts upon the subject, rather than hazy ones.
The physical disruptions should not be overlooked by too much gazing into the abstract. Similarly, the doomsayers should not over-ride the courage and resilience of the human spirit in times of need and community. Preparation, information, and awareness are tools for the upcoming years. So is a high-degree of level-headedness!
Let us share suggestions and words of encouragement.
In the opening words of Chesterton - let us move on by gaining something inside of us.
And don't forget to smile at people...