End of the world

Question of The Day February 16, 2013 ~ The End of The World in 2012

Well, the dire predictions of some aspect of the world ending at midnight on 21st of December 2012 appears to have been a fizzer (a non event).
After all the hype, has the realisation that it was just another day left you feeling just a bit disappointed i.e. were you like me, hoping something BIG was going to happen?

Something big did happen, we each lived another day.
Humans have been around about 6 million years.
The Earth has been here for about 4.5 billion years.
Chances of either humanity or the world ending on any day are very small (close enough to zero so as not to waste any time with).
There have been many thousands, probably millions, of predictions of the end of the world. Every one, without exception, has been wrong. Why should any other one be different?

No, I was not the slightest bit disappointed.
I was delighted!
I get to keep on living, keep on creating, keep on with my habitual and non habitual stuff.
Kinda hoping I’ll get to keep on keeping on for a very long time to come.

[followed by]

I completely align with Andrew’s yearning for some sort of clear indication of a profound change of awareness towards the need for global cooperation, and global peace and prosperity.

I got home last night after spending 3 days at a “Future search” event for recreational fishing in New Zealand. We had unanimous agreement from the 64 people in the room on the following 8 statements:

We ensure a healthy marine environment enjoyed by all.
We all take pride in an abundant and healthy marine environment when our community extends Manaaki tanga over our fisheries and oceans.
We believe in unity and inclusion within the recreational fishing community.
We strive to ensure equity of access through stakeholder engagement.
We ensure New Zealanders understand and value our marine environment and its resources so we can all be responsible for a better future.
We are a recognised representative and accountable national body that promotes responsible recreational fishing.
We will create an independent and sustainable income stream to achieve our aspirations and meet our responsibilities.
We create a comprehensive strategy and a network to communicate with members, stakeholders, media and other interested parties.

This seems a profound shift in awareness.
10 years ago we would have been unlikely to get agreement on such statements.
There was still a huge spread of levels of awareness of the issues, and there was a far higher level of commonality than I had experienced at any previous meeting of recreational fishers.

So there is clearly change, and we need much more, in many more contexts.
And this one is now a reality, and it will have ripple effects on other realities.

So we are being the change.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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