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Evo Morales speaking on December 21, the end of the Mayan calendar, as a signal to the end to individualism and capitalism and a turn towards the collective good.

Evo Morales Looks at December 21 – the ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ – As a New Beginning

Sara Shahriari
12/17/12

 

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, called for a new age to begin December 21, 2012. Speaking at the United Nations in September, Morales said the date signals an end to individualism and capitalism and a turn toward the collective good. That's a common theme for Morales, who often speaks of 'vivir bien,' a phrase that can be translated as living well. 'Vivir bien' is often defined by the Andean nation's leaders as pursuing the collective good in balance with the Earth, and contrasted with 'living better,' which is seeking to amass wealth at the expense of the planet or other people.

Below is an excerpt from Morales' speech.

"I wish to take this opportunity to announce an invitation to an international meeting on the 21 of December this year. A meeting closing the age of non-time and receiving the new age of balance and harmony for Mother Earth. It would take so long to tell you about the knowledge of our indigenous brothers in Mexico, in Guatemala, in Bolivia, in Ecuador, but basically we are issuing this invitation to hold a virtual debate, and also in person, on the following topics:

Number 1: Global crisis of capitalism

Number 2: Mold of civilization, world government, capitalism, socialism, community,
 culture of life

Number 3: Climate crisis, relationship of the human being with nature

Number 4: Common energy, energy of change

Number 5: Awareness of Mother Earth

Number 6: Recovery of ancestral uses and customs, natural cosmic calendar

Number 7: Living well as a solution to the global crisis, because we affirm once again that one can only live better by plundering natural
resources. This is a profound debate that I would like to have with the world.

Number 8: Food sovereignty of course, security with food sovereignty

Number 9: Integration, brotherhood, community economy, complementarity, right to communication, community learning for life, the new holistic human, the end of patriarchy, awakening of self knowledge, and of course health which is so important.

 

“And I would like to say that according to the Mayan calendar the 21 of December is the end of the non-time and the beginning of time. It is the end of the Macha and the beginning of the Pacha, the end of selfishness and the beginning of brotherhood, it is the end of individualism and the beginning of collectivism – 21 of December this year. The scientists know very well that this marks the end of an anthropocentric life and the beginning of a bio-centric life. It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth. It is the end of sadness and the beginning of happiness, it is the end of division and the beginning of unity, and this is a theme to be developed. That is why we invite all of you, those of you who bet on mankind, we invite those who want to share their experiences for the benefit of mankind."

Transcript of Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 26, 2012.

Transcription by Sara Shahriari

Watch the video, with comments on the significance of December 21 beginning at 31:20, here.

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Live well, Evo, live well my brother,, This was a good article and all of your points are valid and right on 'point'. These issues need to be addressed, but I doubt anyone at the UN is going to support any change in the current 'status quo', as they all prfit in some way be keeping things the way they are. the only real way to change things from the way they are to the way they should be, aside from 'divine' intervention, is to eliminate all those who oppose change because they profit from the control they have over the vast majority of people. get rid of them, then the change will follow.

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this is what i like to hear. From someone who knows mother earth! thanks for the info.

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I see that it is the RETURN of the NINE rules of man... Is it also the return of the nine gods as well. There is a part of that knows that knows what is to come... Humanity needs it, we can't continue to pillage and destroy. I'm ready for what ever the 21st brings... and I truly have a strong since of peace. Thank you for your words of wisdom and understanding.

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I also whole heartedly agree with every thing that Evo has said. In fact,all these things are written in the DNA of all beings, and is an expression of the laws of Nature. The time has come for human beings to surrender to the laws of the natural world and cosmic principles for the benefit of humanity.

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Evo, Thank-you for the invitation. I come from a p[lace called Connecticut. It is an indigenous name for a place in North America. It is comfortable in numerous ways. We have do many luxuries. MOST of us don't want for food and shelter. Capitalism built an industrial complex that has born many fruits. It has fed many people within and outside of our boarders. Like any other system it has its faults. Here in what was a peaceful indigenous land, we now make attack submarines, we were the birthplace of gun manufacturers of guns, we make attack helicopters, we make engines for jet fighters and we make turbines for tanks. Great monetary wealth has been accumulated from these undertakings. Are we happy? I am not so sure. I can't say that I am thoroughly contented as I sit here in my warm home on this winter day. Sometimes, I feel lonely and sad. I don't think that I speak only for myself. Many people see things only in black and white in what is a very colorful world. I want to express my feelings on your second point. Things like Capitalism and Socialism should not be mutually exclusive. In fact, there should be no "ism" at all. We need to search our souls for the important things in life, many of which you have addressed here. Things are not black and white. We have a great palette of pigments that are only illuminated by light. When we mix these pigments together we make beautiful colors. Happiness is not directly related to monitory wealth. There are some wealthy people who do great things. There are also many who are driven by greed and the accumulation material things. There are people who will use others to pad their coffers. I don't despise these people but I am troubled by the culture they were raised in. I respect you and your calendar. I really know nothing about it. What I take from this opportunity is a chance to work toward a better world. We sent men to the moon and many of them came back with an overwhelming feeling of connectedness. It is impractical to send all of us 250,000 miles into space to understand that we are one. Like anything else, we as individuals have to take one small step for mankind at a time. Collectively, we can walk together. Together we can dance. One World.

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May peace be with you and all things on Mother Earth. Greed is the cause of suffering for most people. The resources of the territories are not equally shared and therefore First Nations people suffer. No person is worth less than another person. A rock is not worth less than a person. Everything is equal. The Indigenous people of the planet have the traditions and world view to save ourselves and the planet

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May peace be with you and all things on Mother Earth. Greed is the cause of suffering for most people. The resources of the territories are not equally shared and therefore First Nations people suffer. No person is worth less than another person. A rock is not worth less than a person. Everything is equal. The Indigenous people of the planet have the traditions and world view to save ourselves and the planet

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Being of Native American decent, all I have to say is BRAVO, BRAVO!!! Every word is so TRUE!!

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This man speaks what is in my heart and mind. A message that comes to me from outside myself from the Universe its self.

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Beautiful!

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too bad Evo was the Person of the Year in Time Magazine. Would have been a lot better copy and much more positive

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too bad Evo was the Person of the Year in Time Magazine. Would have been a lot better copy and much more positive

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I LOVE YOU

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I LOVE YOU

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from a beautiful indigenous elder, leader of one of the nations of bolivia, and a lover of the whole tortured world...here is the truth of what this moment really means to the indigenous mayan wisdom.

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The president's points are all valid, with emphisis on sovereignty. But as many well meaning polticians before him he too, could be consumed by the macro-economic system. Unless he rejects mainstream economic politics, I fear he won't get far. Without a clear unified vision and a radical grassroots driven set of principles and practices many attempted changes from top down are often eaten up by conservative vested interests. I believe he could assist real change to come about with a structured plan using the following principle instruments: Decentralisation - empowering all local (direct democracy) communities/regions. Rejecting the established economic system and inferring a debt and interest-free alternative financing/currency system. Establishing a system of educational study-circles (continuing education) on self sufficience/Permaculture/local-economy, nation wide. Rejecting international monetary loans and corporate interests. Tacking back the right of money creation from the banks and use it -interest free to build and empower citizens.

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such a difficult task..but we are up to it...maybe start by proving renewable energy and hemp is more profitable in the long run than using our forests as tree farms and Mother Earth's treasures as a gas station?

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such a diffucult task..but we can achieve this...maybe if we prove that bio-fuels, solar power and renewable rescouce is more profitable, and it really is better than using the oceans as a toilet, the forests as tree farms and Mother Earths treasures as a gas station

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This Guy is Deep, sensible and speak like an ancient culture......... greetings

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This Guy is Deep, sensible and speak like an ancient culture......... greetings

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