>Chapter 1: "Strange Days" of Apocalypse? Or, Earth Rebirth? posted

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This is something that affects us all.  And we need to do it more for our children and grandchildren than for ourselves.  The unstoppable oil leak in the Gulf is a tiny harbinger, only, of what is coming and what is at stake.  If you turn away, then the rest of us will work to save your lives too, knowing what fear there is in humans that form their thoughts and attitudes.  We will do it for you, for we love you, but we will fail unless enough can overcome their fears.  We are in God’s hands ultimately; but God’s hands on Earth are human hands, as we all know.

So I encourage you to check out the post — especially the audio clip rendition of it — at the link below:

https://sites.google.com/site/apocalypseemergency/chapter-1-strange-days

Don’t do it for me…do it for yourself — you will feel better knowing you are arrayed with the forces of light during these dark times…that you have done something, made a start, rather than were part of the problem….but mostly do it for the ones you love.  And love, that is something that you certainly do, something you know, of that I know for sure.

What follows is a sample of the text only of what is at the link:

Chapter 1: Strange Days

Apocalypse? Or, Earth Rebirth? We live in unprecedented times, times in which the possibility of ending our species in our lifetime, even eliminating all life on this planet, are very real possibilities. No other time has been like this. And the effect of this possibility of the actual end of days, so to speak, while so horrifying that we are in denial of it and hardly speak it, hangs over us and affects us in ways unique and fantastic.

We will either heroically, somehow, save our species and our planet, which will require a change of our human nature unlike anything that has been asked of our species ever before, or we will be the witnesses of the elimination of life on this planet in some way that we cannot imagine, but can only be horrific in the extreme. This clip is about facing, not denying, the unique dire character of our times and finding out what it says about us and requires of us. But also it is about what it is about our species that we — of all the other species here — are the ones, the only ones, that would bring about such a possibility. Just what is it about us that could allow us to so violate our home as to make the death of us all possible? This is something that somebody should be addressing, don’t you think? I will begin that here. Come along, if you dare. But this is not for those who would prefer to keep their heads in the sand and to sleepwalk through life. Certainly that is part of the reason that we could get to this pass; but it is doubtful that such people, in such deep denial of the signs around them, would be able to hear what is here being brought to light. But if instead you are of the type that would wish to look fiercely at the truth, no matter how horrifying it might be, and to truly witness and be awake in these most fantastic of times, then listen up. There is much here to see, and so much of it the mainstream would never touch for fear of creating a panic. Still, to survive, our species must face our problems, not look away. And there is a nobility in doing that, which is unlike any kind of noblility or heroism that has been asked of our species before. I hope, for the sake of us all, that you are one of those heroes, for we will need many in order to reverse our current downslide into oblivion.

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING

“Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”  So goes a hugely popular song from the Sixties, sung by Buffalo Springfield.  Meanwhile Jim Morrison of the rock group The Doors sang “Break on through to the other side.”  A decade later John Lennon sang “Strange days, indeed . . . most peculiar, mama!”  That was in the late Seventies; not long afterwards he was murdered.  More recently, the group R.E.M. enjoyed enormous success singing, “It’s the end of the world, as we know it”; and then, parenthetically singing, “and I feel fine.”

My point is that there is something happening here . . . something unprecedented in the entire history of this planet, as far as we are able to know.  There are powerful factors and influences at work in our world now that have the capacity to change us and our world in radical ways . . . for good or ill.  My point also is that this unprecedented situation, like the “break on through to the other side” lyric indicates, has something to do with birth feelings, birth trauma . . . an emerging perinatal unconscious.

What I have in mind in the ensuing posts on this topic is to attempt to reawaken you to the unique character of our times.  Then I expect to persuade you that this unprecedented era in history is rife with the perinatal, that is, with things having to do with the time around our births.  This contemporary age is permeated by perinatal symbolism, elements, evidence, behavior, rituals, and situations — in other words, I expect to show that the events of these “strange days” are being sculpted by an emerging perinatal unconscious — an unconscious that was created out of the trauma of our entering into this world, our birth trauma.  Finally, I intend to say a few words about what might be the outcome of these emerging perinatal trends — new age or apocalypse.

STRANGE DAYS

For most people, I would assume that I am not telling you anything new in pointing out that our times are unique.  For that matter, all times are unique — unlike any other.  But what no other time has seen is the actual — not imagined — possibility, even likelihood, of the “end of the world,” that is to say, of the end of our species and maybe all life on this planet along with us.  Considering just one scenario, we have the capacity, with only a minuscule amount of our nuclear weapons, to wipe out all life on this planet.  (We all know this.)


I used the phrase, just now, “end of the world,” deliberately, for I expect that it will evoke in some a reaction that what I am going to say from here on will be a drawn-out verbal version of a familiar cartoon depicting a bearded and bedraggled man on a street corner, carrying a sign or wearing a clapboard proclaiming, “The end is near!” and that what I will say will have just about as much credibility as that man’s would.  I take that chance to make my first point . . . which is:  The fact that we can so easily dismiss, ridicule, and smugly deride such ideas of apocalypse points to our complacency with these strangest and most precarious of days.  In fact, we have lived with this unprecedented situation — dangling on a thread, as it were, above the abyss of nuclear annihilation, to name just one of the possible forces of extinction . . . we’ve lived with it for so long as for it to seem commonplace — as part of the normal and familiar furniture of our daily lives.

HEADS IN THE SAND

It has become so much a part of our daily lives, in fact, that we hardly give it any thought anymore.  But, for a moment, let us just imagine a person from a previous time in history being somehow transported into this time and being made to understand the impending forces of environmental collapse, nuclear threat, population explosion, and so on; and — unless this person was Nostradamus — we can imagine this person would be hugely alarmed — to say the least — and might well wonder at our nonchalance, or should we say apathy, in the face of such likely, not just potential, apocalypse.

So I won’t waste time pointing out the statistics that prove the premise that the current trends we are following are apocalyptic.  For example: environmentally — with the depletion of the ozone layer; the rapid deforestation, or, let us say, the ravaging of the lungs of the planet; globally increasing air pollution; the dying off of the life of the oceans — the oxygen-producing plankton — and, hence, the basis of all life on this planet; the greenhouse effect; and so on; nor the nuclear threat, whether precipitated by terrorists, rogue nations, or accident; the continuing explosion of the world’s population leading to likely famine, wars, diseases, and so on; the possibility of virulent epidemic that cannot be cured, as strains of micro-organisms evolve that are immune to our much-touted antibiotics; the possibility of rogue nations, tyrants, or terrorists employing weapons of mass destruction, possibly leading to ever-mounting rounds of retaliation with eventually no one left standing or, instead, the weapons, such as biological weapons, getting out of control and creating a worldwide epidemic . . . no, I won’t go into supporting that premise.  The evidence and statistics are there for all to see, published and promulgated by the best scientists of our time, mixed in with the more mundane messages of our daily newspapers and nightly newscasts, though we mostly turn our ears from them.  In fact, if you are not already aware of the global crisis that besets us, I do not think you will get much out of reading further in this book and would probably better spend your time doing something else.  There will always be those that will have their heads in the sand and will be cast about like flotsam upon the waters by the events swirling around them — impotent in the face of them and dependent upon other’s actions for the result.  Assuming you are not one of these  — a good bet, if you’ve managed to get to this paragraph — there is much to say about the current apocalyptic trends.

FACING FOURSQUARE

But even those of us aware of this crisis hardly think of it.  Of course it is our normal psychic defenses that operate to keep this huge awareness out of our daily minds; we must do this in order to be able to function.  But perhaps, for some of us, our defenses work too well — so much so that we unthinkingly participate in and contribute to our own demise.  This is classic neurotic self-sabotaging, self-destruction on a macro scale.

However, psychologists, historians, psychohistorians, and scholars and the educated public claim not to be like that.  It is their job, or their claim, to be looking squarely into the face of these forces of denial and potential apocalypse and to be seeking to understand the human condition and human psychology in light of them.  It is their duty then to inform the rest of us about what they see so that we might have a chance of reversing our self-destructive tendencies.

Whether the educated public and the multitude of scholars actually are fulfilling their mission in these times is debatable.  Regardless, my thesis is that when we do this, when we look foursquare into the face of the global crisis and its accompanying denial, we find that these unprecedented global factors contribute to a unique and unprecedented human condition and psychology.  I have seen a bumper sticker around, in California where I live, that proclaims, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention!”  It could as easily say, however, “If you’re not alarmed,” fearful, anxious, depressed . . . you name it, “you’re not paying attention!”

So then let us pay attention.  This book is about facing foursquare into the fantastic circumstances and situation in which we find ourselves, watching, like a photograph emerging in solution, as the face of these times slowly comes into view, and then waking up to the meaning of the message, perhaps the warning, it brings us, so that we might live most fully and take up our roles consciously amid these unprecedented unfoldings.  What is required of us now, then, having turned to receive the message, is to look deep into the features of our age.  Let us begin.

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For more:

https://sites.google.com/site/apocalypseemergency/chapter-1-strange-days

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