On this last day of the Mayan calendar, I thought we could take time to invest a little in the future by looking to the past. I’m sure the ancient Mayans never imagined that the corn that they had grown for centuries would be an ever-increasing genetically modified variety. That kids wouldn’t know what an ear of corn looked like. That global warming would be changing life as we know it as the Mayan calendar reaches the end of its b’ak’tan. Perhaps the Mayan calendar is just an extremely long calendar in comparison to our modern day one; or perhaps the Mayans were able to predict paradigm shifts far before they happened. But on this eve, one can only hope that with all the recent disaster and tragedy, the end of this b’ak’tan will give way to one of clarity. Of knowing how good we had it in the past; of striving to preserve the ancient legacies; and to course correct where we have gone astray.
From a Slow Food perspective this is not only possible but inevitable. There is only hope for the future because it is rooted in history, legacy. Let us protect our heirloom varieties. Let us show children how to plant and grow corn. Let us work together to course correct, and continue to learn from the leaders of today who inspire to be this change. In this new b’ak’tan and the next.