According to the Mayans, there are only five days left before the world ends. The behaviors of the last couple of days lead me to believe that some are acting as if this prophecy’s written in stone (well, technically it was written in stone…you get the meaning). I refer specifically to two horrific behaviors: the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and the shooting at the Newport Beach mall. As if the massacre wasn’t enough, a bomb threat against a Newtown Catholic Church surfaced yesterday afternoon.
Let’s just say the Mayans are correct. Come with me on a hopefully fictional journey where what we know, our roads, our loved ones, our running sneakers, our childhood dog’s tombstone, our most hated buildings burn to total smithereens by some supernatural force Friday mid-breakfast. The days that precede this so-called obliteration of what is, could go in many directions. It could be business as usual. Head to the office, drop your kids off at soccer practice, bake those delicious sugar cookies, attend your reading clubs. It could be filled with the continuance of utter hate and rage. More gun violence. Bombs explode at every street corner. Mothers are raped. Fathers are murdered. Children are kidnapped and tortured. Mass suicides.
I propose a totally different response. Bury your guns. Snip the wires to your homemade bombs. Lock your cutlery drawer. Most importantly, go inward. That’s right, GO INWARD. Go beyond meditation. Reflect on the person you are/wish to be. Feel that heartbreak that you continue to deny. Instead of acting out against the person who broke your heart, cry your eyes out. Punch a pillow. Jump up and down till you feel lighter. Feel…
Should all this sound fluffy to you, talk to someone. You have nobody in your life, call a helpline. There are people out there that do wish to help.
Below is a fragment of how I dealt with my terror yesterday. It’s a video I wrote, directed and edited all in five hours.
P.S. This video is satirical. It’s my hope, should Congress vote against extended unemployment benefits, nobody kills themselves in response.