As absurd as the coming of Maitreya the World Teacher might sound, his anticipated curriculum sobers any ridicule. Consider a 2010 documentary film by João Amorim called 2012: Time for Change, which “follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method.” The film’s synopsis identifies its revolutionary goal:
As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.
Here spiritual language describes an inherently political goal, which is why it may remind readers of rhetoric common to the political Left. What are social engineers if not “conscious agents of evolution”? What is the object of the green movement if not a “post-industrial society”? You can be sure “a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition” for the supposed benefit of “all” will not include capitalism and its requisite political freedom. The film pines for a global communitarian state, a green slavery rationalized through the false gospel of an ecological theocracy. The worst part is, our globalized culture sits primed for it.
While his image has tarnished a bit since his first term began, President Barack Obama stands as a prototype for the expected Maitreya. As he toured the nation in 2009 to promote his vaunted healthcare law, the president filled venues like the Target Center in Minneapolis with congregations of expectant disciples. There he preached not unlike Pinchbeck, calling for fundamental transformation and that particular form of “collaboration” which occurs at the point of a gun. The messianic overtones of the Obama brand endure, recently affirmed by actor Jamie Foxx’s enraptured exhalation of “our lord and savior Barack Obama.”
Popular culture has greased the revolutionary wheels as well. Star Trek, a science fiction fantasy portraying a collaborative future for humanity where peace is taken for granted, serves as a prominent and enduring example. Trek portrays New Age communitarian nirvana, a society without money where members simply cooperate toward the common good. Of course, no Trek writer has dared to attempt an explanation of just how such a society might work or how our present might transmute into that future. The frontier adventures of Trek occur in a space more like our own with “disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.” Trek’s utopia remains back home on Earth, which is probably why so few scenes take place there.