by Jean-Jacques COURTEY, Doctor in Economic Geography, Ph.D
Today it's bitterly cold and freezing in Moscow, which might look normal for Westerners' eyes, except the temperatures of this beginning winter are far too low when compared with the seasonal normal ones. Ice is everywhere with the fateful Boreal lights.
It seems there was no change in 2012 from 2011, but it's not true.
Change is not always sudden, even it looks so ; often it's the striking result of a longer and ignored process.
For instance, the share of the USA in the world GDP (around 70 trillion dollars now), is dropping clearly in front of emerging countries, and singularly China. America is still number one, but China is expected to become earlier than thought initially : the forecasting moved quickly from 2030 to 2020 or even 2015-2017 !
Russia is clearly rising again in this share with Brasil, a bit like Indonesia and Mexico also, the new surprising emerging countries. And India is maintaining an ascending position in front of a Western Europe on minority now on. There is really the end of a world economically, and the emergence of a new unknown paradigm.
While everybody's attention was caught on the village of Bugarach (Aude, France) more than Yucatan (Mexico) till this friday, with its non-event, the American group ICE (Intercontinental Exchange) discretely took the control of NYSE-Euronext. It was bought on thursday for 8.2 billion Dollars (6.2 billion Euros). And this happened in the most total indifference. The main point of the operation was to rise to the third world rank in the market of financial by-products which amounts around 700 trillion dollars - 10 times the world GDP -, by acquiring at the same time Liffe, owned by NYSE-Euronext. The ICE platform of London is then immediately strengthened to be able to face the number one, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing.
On this ground, France with the place of Paris (beside New-York, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lisbon) definitively lost independence or even co-dependence. But as it didn't catch the attention of anybody, there was no resistance. Bugarach tale has been too strong. It was so astonishing to connect artificially this small lost place of French Pyreneas with the Mayas (when it never had anything to do together), that everybody engulfed in it without thinking.
Europe's decay (with a special room for Spain) was more what the revengeful Mayan great priests envisioned. For instance, Spain that some are considering on remission now, is not if you consider about the potential illusion of its funny statistics - a bit similar to the Argentinian ones, which are questioned by IMF.
Christian religion looks exhausted after a 2000 years history, often controversial.
Paulinism and Augustinism can hardly catch the attention of people, with their funny limitations, not coming from Jesus Christ. The founding and translation of a new document from Egypt in 2012, "the Gospel of the wife of Jesus", Maria-Magdalena, seems to passionate only American specialists. And the Church is still in denial that Jesus Christ was calling her "ta-hime", "my wife" in public.
We know from the right beginning, with the Gospel of Saint John (III, 28-29), Jesus was effectively married. But no, this carry-on about the refusal of Jesus' marriage is going on blindly.
It's a bit like if marriage was hiddenly "dirty" for a part of the Church, and it looks so strange and absurd at a time of quarrel in France about the "marriage for everybody" (Gay marriage). But it's true at the same time marriage was conceived as a patrimonial weapon (from the XIth. century, with its definitive prohibition for priests and monks), and a way to control people (to bind them clearly to a land and a lord from the XIIth century, with feudality).
In truth, Jesus himself didn't talk so much about marriage, because his aim was at the opposite to free people.
If you want to defend efficiently the classic institution of marriage for religious purposes, may be it would be better to recognize first the right of Jesus to have married Maria-Magdalena, and to accept his possible descent and its rights. It would be more coherent then.
In meteorology and economics equalilly, scientific data and facts are "stoneheaded", and nothing can change them. People cannot help accepting that, even they don't like it.
About religion, if human beings don't understand much about godly things, it's not astonishing that God is taking mickey out of them and their irrational expectations.
The great lesson of December 21st, 2012, could be that Earth has become very peripheral in his global view, and certainly not - or not any more - a focal point of the universe !