Mayan History December 21, 2012 the cycle repeats


Uploaded by JCVdude on 27.04.2011

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The Mayans inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula a couple thousand years ago.
Today there's still lots of them around. I love the Yucatan. It is amazing.
And just in the years that I’ve been coming down here, the growth has been phenomenal.
This is a brand new area, a brand new road,
cutting around Playa del Carmen. It’s a shortcut.
And this was built because there's so many
residential developments had to be built for all the people that are moving to the area for their work for their jobs.
All the resources that are spanning up-and-down the Riviera Maya coast.
And of course you know when you get the more
resorts there's all sorts of things like trucks for delivering food
It’s the whole infrastructure of the area has expanded.
In ancient times, the Mayans didn’t live in small groups.
They didn't wander around the jungle for the great part
They lived in cities.
Cities that were started small and kept expanding and growing.
Along the way people develop new skills. You might have been a hunter,
and your ancestors might have been hunters but today
you became a stone carver.
Carving those ornate columns and blocks for building
All different new skill levels were developed
and along the way, old skills were lost
The city's flourished.
They grew in size.
5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and even 100,000 Mayans inhabited these ancient cities.
Huge infrastructure by any stretch of the imagination because you’ve got to imagine,
that when you have a city of fifty thousand
and there’s people working in construction and building at all sorts of different things
That means that their other people on the outlying areas who are working in farming making sure
these people, that the food is supplied to them.
Just like today.
Water has to be a major concern. Sanitation. Think about it, fifty thousand people living together.
Sanitation would be a very vital part of everything
Just like today.
And there were thousands of cities around. Sporting events. All sorts of different things were going on
It was an amazing time.
And this was repeated
in many other civilizations around the world. It happened with that Egyptians.
It happened with the Romans that happened in China with the dynasties
all these different places where
Everything grew because they were very successful.
So let's move ahead to today
We are very successful.
Here in Canada 80% of our population has moved to cities. I mean I can imagine that
you’re seeing much of the same developments in Europe
Asia and all parts of the world. People are leaving the farmland
China has one of the greatest migrations taking place. People partly from the farms.
Who wants to get up in the morning
and toil all day on a farm when you can go into the city and toil behind factory equipment all day long
It’s the same thing.
But the shift in populations means that skills are being lost
And the people that could once depend on the land for food
no longer do so. They move into the city.
Water has to be delivered.
Sanitation, sewage all sorts of different
services have to be delivered. You need transportation.
You need food.
Food has to be delivered by an ever decreasing number of people living outside grown things
And today there's more competition for the food.
Earth’s population is approaching seven billion.
And natural disasters one after another
are striking our food production along with even competition
to use certain food products for energy production.
Sometimes this will pit rich wealthy western
civilization against poor third world civilizations.
There’s two billion people today going hungry.
There are people that don't have clean water to drink or to cook with
While we can stand in a shower for five or ten minutes, everyday, maybe multiple times in the day.
Inequality
But what happens if the playing three field is equaled out
What happens when in Russia, they have huge fires and they're not exporting wheat anymore.
And other parts of the world can’t produce enough rice and wheat.
Like Canada right now is under tremendous floods in the prairies
It’s going to cause the price of wheat to go up in Canada and ultimately around the world.
Everything is now interconnected because we've created of global economy.
But even in this global economy some are more equal than others
but when the ones that are more equal start feeling the pain
That’s when we’re going to start feeling the same things that the Mayans did
Imagine a big city of 10, 15 Million people.
Where suddenly there is water shortages- rationing or energy shortages- rationing
And the ultimate, the ultimate that we all need is food
What happens if there's not enough food to be distributed in these large cities
people today aren’t going to know how to go out to a farm, plant crops, grow livestock,
There's not even going to be enough area or space.
What happened to the Mayans is a cycle
And that cycle has repeated itself throughout earth’s history and it's about to repeat itself again.
Food shortages, increasing prices energy costs going up population expanding
Possibility of viruses and diseases breaking out
We bar in the decade of discontent,
and it's going to change the world in this century.
At least that's the way I see it.
So this is my father and he's over eighteen years old
and he’s old European but one of things that
He can do something that many people today, in large cities or any other areas just can't or are not capable of doing
he still has a garden, a backyard garden
And every spring at eighty years old age, he still gets his plants
There’s peppers, tomatoes. He’s got his flowers 0:07:17.210,0:07:22.689 There’s going to be cucumbers pumpkin all sorts of different things.
He’s got onions yours and he starts his garden.
He works out there it's great for fresh air
but it also means that throughout the summer he has fresh vegetables available
Things that he grows himself organically - carrots tomatoes, cucumbers anything like that
And for all of them millions of people to be living in big cities
The problem is, they can't do it.
That means that they are dependent upon stores wherever the produce or stuff comes from.
Our life has changed a lot.