That Mayan calendar was never forecasting the end of the world, it was forecasting the end of an era and I say good riddance to what was. Now is the time for something completely new, completely different; the time has come for the Age of Self and I am beyond excited.
It may seem counter-intuitive in our overcrowded world, technologically inclined world to advocate for Selfism, which is a word that I just made up because selfish is something else entirely. I submit that it is precisely that over crowding and technology that will spur people on towards a deeper relationship with their own selves.
Selfism does not imply withholding or anti-social behavior, it implies a strong sense of self knowledge and determination that makes people more social and more giving. Once you establish an honest, loving relationship with yourself, a relationship based on full disclosure and acceptance, then it is much easier to give that person to the world.
The Information Age has left us all reeling from the sheer volume of data that hits us from every direction; there are competing ideologies shouted from every virtual soapbox and groups beckoning for followers for every abstract idea. It is all chaos and from that chaos, the individual is forced into a stronger examination of his or her true motives and desires and that is the crux of Selfism.
Once we define our own lives according to our own drives and aspirations without submitting to anyone else's dogma, then the group becomes stronger. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and every person on this planet is a link in a very long chain; the chain does not get stronger unless the individual links do first. Until each person has a strong sense of self and accepts that it is their own selfish drives that fuel every action, then humanity as a group cannot move forward.
To be a Selfist is to proudly proclaim that you put yourself first in your life, it has always been the truth for every human that ever has been and ever will be. Yes, including Ghandi and Mother Theresa. Pretending otherwise is a waste of time and energy that could be better spent in pursuit of your own joy.
And once anyone has found true joy, true purpose in life, they cannot help but share.