From thee Terzo Paradiso Manifesto:
December 21st, the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer soltice in the Southern, is a day celebrated by mankind since time immemorial.
A fateful “end of the world” connotation, as widespread as it is unfounded, has been attributed to this day in 2012, proposing a theme that is recurrent in mythologies and religions as well as in the literature of fantasy and science fiction.
All imaginative factors aside, this date can take on a symbolic meaning, as it effectively corresponds to a climactic phase of human history.
The ecological imbalance created by exploiting and polluting the planet, the combined action of consumerism and population growth, causing a state of global unsustainability, the crisis of cultures that have determined the patterns of our common thought and practices—all have taken place in conjunction with an exponential growth of technological and scientific development that has given humankind unprecedented power to build and to destroy, and therefore extreme responsibility.
The whole of human society is now in the reckoning and so must face a historic transition, a complete change.
Humanity has gone through two paradises. The first, in which it integrated fully with nature; the second, in which it expanded into an artificial world of its own, which grew until it came into conflict with the natural world. It is time to begin the third stage (further information about “The Third Paradise”), in which humanity will reconcile and unite nature and artifice, creating a new balance at every level and in every area of society:
an evolutionary step in which the human intelligence finds ways to live in harmony with the intelligence of nature. Michelangelo Pistoletto
A new perspective opens up that involves everyone, without exception, in the daily effort to implement the process of rebirth – each according to his or her abilities and possibilities.
Early signs of change can already be seen in every field of human activity, from art to spirituality, culture to politics, economics to science, manufacturing to education. But collective awareness and responsibility at the global level are urgent if we are to start the ascent toward a new era of humanity.