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And 12/21/12 is the beginning of a new era. After all that is what they really said, not that the world would end...

Culminating in the crumpling of the Republican Party Dec 20, and a number of major tipping points in US society that happened in the last couple months...momentous when added up:
-perhaps now the Republican right wingnuts will become the true minority with governance by Democrats aligning with the few non crazy Rpublicans
-perhaps going over the "fiscal cliff" will give Obama power to lead to a new path out of deficit spending with historically fair tax rates restored for the rich, and as in 1992 putting the country on a path toward a new economic boom
- majority acceptance of gay marriage showing a path to acceptance and closure of this cultural war
-acceptance of legal marijuana demonstrating a path to end the useless drug wars and showing a path to cutting down narco traffickers by cutting off their most lucrative business
-a visceral public reaction to the Newtown massacre peeling off rational people from the NRA and ending their ability to stop all gun controls, ending their invinceability
-Hurricane Sandy demonstrating the danger of global warming and starting a process toward healing the planet
-Fox news dips to irrelevance in keeping seniors awake only by interviewing fake Santa Clauses about fake wars, and losing their credibility and political relevance.

The Maya thought in epochs, not years, and none of these huge issues will resolve in a year. But in a decade or two, we may look back to December 2012 as the beginning of a new age of enlightened thinking, and marginalization of the crazies. And that would indeed be the beginnning of a wonderful new era.

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  •  I have hope (7+ / 0-)

    Thank you.

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    by cfk on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:34:54 AM PST

  •  Times Are A Changing (7+ / 0-)

    Heck a couple years ago if you told me my moderate Republican mother would vote for Obama I'd laugh at you. But alas she voted for him TWICE! If you ask her why, and I did, she would just reference her only grandchild, a wonderful little girl. And said if she needs birth control or an abortion she ought to be able to get it and not have the government tell her she can't.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:03:18 AM PST

  •  If you look at and feel things that are happening (3+ / 0-)
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    right now I, too, feel a gigantic shift taking place.  It's a spiritual shift (not religious) as much as anything right now, so maybe this is what the Maya were "feeling".  It's going to be long and even painful at times, but ultimately we'll all have to come together on this planet to survive.  

    If you think about the "Good Luck, Bad Luck" story then this time of what seems like "bad luck" may well be the beginnings of a shift to better lives for everyone.  Here it is if you haven't read it:

    Many years ago, a wise peasant lived in China.
    He had a son who was the apple of his eye and a fine white stallion, which everyone admired. One day his horse escaped from his grounds and disappeared. The villagers came to him one by one and said: "You are such an unlucky man. It is such bad luck that your horse escaped." The peasant responded: "Who knows. Maybe it's bad, maybe it's good." The next day the stallion returned followed by 12 wild horses. The neighbours visited him again and congratulated him for his luck. Again, he just said: "Who knows. Maybe it's good, maybe it's bad."

    The next day his son attempted to break in one of the wild horses when he fell down and broke his leg. Once more, everyone came with their condolences: "It's terrible." Again, he replied: "Who knows. Maybe it's bad, maybe it's good."

    A few days passed and his poor son was limping around the village with his broken leg, when the emperor's army entered the village announcing that a war was starting and they required all the young men of the village to join the army. However, they left behind the peasant's son since he had a broken leg. Everyone was extremely jealous of the peasant. They talked about his sheer good luck, while the old man just muttered: "Who knows. Maybe it's good, maybe it's bad."

    So, over the cliff?  Good luck, bad luck?  Who knows.
  •  Tipped and rec'd for your (1+ / 0-)
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    Wendys Wink

    optimism.

    I like optimists.

    "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

    by Yasuragi on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 03:44:18 AM PST

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