Now that Sweden also has been affected by a failed terrorist attack one would make the assumption that 2011 will be somewhat more troublesome. This combined with the charges against Wikileaks makes me not too optimistic about the near future. But if one believe in Calleman’s so-called Maya calendar we are told a somewhat different story that on the surface sounds much more promising than the affairs of the real world. In the anthology The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities one can get a pretty good overview of the various ideas in the 2012 circus (I will discuss a couple of the authors later on). Calleman participates with a short article entitled “The nine Underworlds: expanding levels of consciousness” and it preceded his latest book. It is clear that in this article he had not yet launched his idea that the Tree of Life is in fact a Platonic intelligent design of the Universe (his main idea in his latest book). Instead, the Nine Underworlds are “sequentially activated frames of consciousness mediated by the Earth’s inner core” (p 82).
What does 2011 have in store for us then? According to Calleman “the Universal Underworld in 2011 is what all creation has been waiting for: its very purpose [all revealed by himself]. It is when all things are brought together and all the conflicting ways of being, acting, and thinking will be resolved and unified in a light that makes it possible for everyone to understand everyone else and everything at once” (p 87). Now this is exactly what we need in order to find peace, love and understanding (please sense a bit of irony here). According to Calleman everything is separated by dualisms that create conflicts. The unification he sees is a transcendent one. Calleman seems unaware of the existing philosophical traditions that see the world as already united but from an immanent perspective where the entities of the world actualizes from the virtual that is monistic. Ironically, this was most likely the way the ancient Maya viewed the world where “animistic” forces abound in objects, organisms, phenomena, etc. In any case, those with dualist minds, according to Calleman, will wither when his Nine Underworlds all end on October 28, 2011.
Here one of the more illuminating inconsistencies in Calleman’s world appears. Ironically it is his interest and focus on time that is riddled with logical fallacies. Time will indeed end according to him, on this very date and only an eternal now will remain: “there is every reason to believe that, at the same point, ‘time’ will come to an end…” (p 88). Two pages later he writes that “it will simply not be possible not to be enlightened after October 28, 2011, or at least from a certain time afterward when the new reality has definitely manifested” (p 90, my emphasis). So time ends but not quite… In fact, according to Calleman “we will need to adapt to the fact that everyone around us is now [after the end date] enlightened and has full faith that a millennium of peace, the Golden Solar Age, has finally dawned on Earth” (p 91, my emphasis). Now, an eternal presence cannot be measured in seconds, centuries, millennia, etc. It is simply an eternal now, an ever present instant. It is static but Calleman returns to an extended duration where time is “present” in order to tell us how long it will endure (but it will not endure in the present, duration depends on the passing of the present into the past heading for the future). In an eternal now nothing happens, everything is dead. Life and consciousness needs temporality in order to be able to differentiate. Reversing or ending such process is to kill it. Contrary to what Calleman claims he actually prophesizes the end for us all (although no cataclysms appear in his account). He simply believes there is a transcencent/Platonic existence beyond this one which is to be One with the almighty designer. He fails to see that the creative power comes from within, it is immanent and open ended, such as in Bergson’s writings. Calleman’s view is negative to life since it proclaims we are all destined to cease to exist as mortal beings.