Friday, December 29, 2006

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

I haven't read this book yet. What follows is a review from here. But I saw the author interviewed by Stephen Colbert recently, and find the ideas fit very closely with my own sense of hope for the future. -KW

Best book on 2012 I've read -- hands down

With a positive review from Sting on back, Daniel Pinchbeck pulls off an unlikely synthesis of views and visionaries relating to the approaching enigma of 2012. Setting the likes of William Irwin Thompson alongside Terence McKenna and Ken Wilber; Jose Arguelles and Carl Johan Calleman alongside John Major Jenkins; Rudolph Steiner and Julius Evola alongside Jean Gebser – and discussing everything from crop circles to alien abductions to contemporary psychedelics, Pinchbeck reveals a range that is at once playful, daring and instructive.

This book is a must for anyone wondering how to bring up this ungainly topic in public without being labeled another New Age casualty. Pinchbeck is at once erudite, passionate, and marvelously calm in his examination of what it means to live in the shadow of the possibility of time as we know it giving way to its cosmic renewal. Perhaps most exciting to me is Pinchbeck's call to a collective rush of moral responsibility as we approach this potential threshold of our collective cosmic transformation, in order to help usher it in with a shared and growing conscious intentionality that can meet the future head on.

In this regard, check out The Evolver Project and this snappy caption for its magazine, “Evolver”:

It’s no longer about knowing what’s wrong. It’s about becoming what’s right. It’s about integrating logic and heart, vision and will. It’s about making life juicier by making good ideas real. A new world is springing up around us – of visionary politics and liberating hackers, earthly communities and galactic highs. Evolver magazine & media and the EVO membership are portals into this world.

Evolver media will spread the “new news” of what’s possible, focusing on active solutions, helpful products, new social movements, and do-it-yourself designs. At once open-source group-mind and creative meta-media, the Evolver Project is designed to creatively and quickly respond to our rapidly changing times. Through our partnerships, cultural mixology, and creatively engaged membership, the Evolver Project will also serve as a model for a passionate planetary culture: one jacked up on collaboration, connection, and exuberant renewal.

Did you check out that last sentence??? Hell Yeah!

With this uniquely energizing strain of self-organizing funk-flavored visionary cosmic stewardship hitting the ground running, I'm starting to feel less like an isolated freak in my own musings of the near future and more like an early guest to perhaps the greatest party of all time.

Of course, it's not a perfect read – as Pinchbeck doesn't flinch from taking on way more than any author could chew in one book. In particular, his examination of our contemporary impoverished gender roles and superficial sexual trends is as daring as it is incomplete. Similarly, his analysis of what Kali actually signifies in this fabled time of Kali Yuga similarly seems less than fully thought through. Nevertheless, he goes there – and takes a hard, clear look based on his personal experience and his gut sense of truth – at both himself and the collective, in light of the even larger epic subject his book bravely confronts.


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