As the end of the Mayan long count calendar comes to an end, and another one begins, I see no sight of the predicted end of days. Then again with only two hours to go here in Australia before the big day, I may be a bit early
If you are reading this on the 21st then, of course, it was just another false end of the world prediction that will go down in history along with the thousands of other doomsday predictions that never happened.
However, there is one apocalypse that I see getting worse each year, year after year. Yes dear readers, you guessed it. It is the Christmas Shopocalypse! A term coined by the Church of Stop Shopping and is derived from two words, shopping and apocalypse. Quite fitting actually. You can read more about Reverend Billy and his crew at this post “Fighting Excessive Consumerism“.
Each year, the big stores try and convince us to spend up big, by putting up decorations earlier and earlier and plastering media with so called specials. In our town, Christmas decorations went up in October. At least they held off with the Christmas carols until late November. Bah humbug!
Well not really, because I like the idea behind Christmas as much as the next ordinary bloke, but obviously without all the consumerism. For us, this time of year is all about family, fine food, and small useful green gifts, in that order.
During the day we play games, laugh, eat, drink and cherish each others company, which is what it should all be about. The giving should be a minor part of the day, not the main feature.
We tend to avoid shopping centres at this time of the year, because basically, the blatant and rampant consumerism makes us sick. We just cannot stomach it at all. Call me a Scrooge if you will, however what small gifts we have bought each other has been purchased on-line, away from the disease the infects people this time of the year.
Maybe it is because we know what the consequences of excessive consumerism will be. A planet not fit for human habitation or for many millions of the species that live in harmony with the Earth. A chilling thought, seeing that this all started out with some poor bloke and his virgin wife in a manger over 2000 years ago.
Maybe the 21st of December 2012 will be a turning point for humanity. The defining moment of just how crazy our civilization has become. In years to come, we may look back at this time, and think “How did we let it all get this far?”
It makes you think, doesn’t it.