Dec. 21, 2013, has been the topic of much conversation during the past years, as popular culture has identified it as the end of the world.
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has another take on the meaning of the day, according to Indian Country Today Media Network’s Sara Shahriari.
Morales spoke in September at the United Nations, saying Dec. 21 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.”
It is a new time to “vivir bien” or for people to begin living well, Shahriari wrote.
‘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.
Morales invited countries to use Dec. 13 as virtual discussion day to talk about topics such as the global crisis of capitalism, the mold of civilization, world government, capitalism, socialism, community, culture of life and the climate crisis, relationship of the human being with nature.
“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,” Morales said in his address.