Financial Collapse… September 2015?

I’ve seen a lot of dates set, then come and go for THE final financial collapse (which will really be the Dollar collapse), but the list of financial experts sounding the alarm about a major financial and economic downturn coming as soon as September is impressive.

The true cause of this collapse is reckless and immoral fiscal and monetary policy as well as general lawlessness among the corporate elites. The collapse is also part of larger long-term plan to erode national sovereignty, create a new global monetary system, and reduce the world population.

The true cause of the collapse must be masked, and the blame must be redirected onto “enemies of the state” (enemies of global corporate interests). Therefore, I think it is highly likely that a major trigger event on the scale of 9/11 or larger is planned to occur just before the dam finally breaks. This could be as early as September with the 13th – 28th being prominent for occult reasons. This event will be cited by the MSM as the major cause for the financial catastrophe that will get into full swing the latter half of 2015 and into 2016.

Who will be blamed? At the moment, the biggest enemies of the global corporate interests are: Putin, Iran, Syria, Texas, and libertarians, constitutionalists, and nationalists. The next trigger event will be used as a justification for aggressive actions towards these people/groups. Already we have calls for dissenters to be arrested or put in camps. The swell of anger and fake patriotism after the next trigger event will possibly be used to make that happen.

Putin is a bit of a wild card because many of the Russian elites and political class have been schmoozed into going along with the Western system yet Putin (who exerts a high degree of control over the military) is still strongly nationalist and is publicly opposed to the New World Order. He also enjoys a high popularity. Being backed into a corner with the military as his only remaining tool, it is uncertain what a desperate Putin might do to avoid watching the world completely succumb to the planed technocracy of the Western Elites.

Iran has set up road blocks to Western hegemony in the Middle East for over 60 years and its paranoia and political extremism is understandable given that it has been under constant attack either by proxy or through clandestine subterfuge during this period. When the West was imposing sanctions on Iran and spouting stiff rhetoric against Iran, it was easier to understand Iran’s position based on the simple methods of hegemonic bullying regularly used by the US. Now that Obama has opened the door to negotiations with Iran, the politics there have suddenly become more opaque, so Iran has actually become more of a wild card. Syria is in the same boat as Iran and Putin.

A growing number of Texans sport “SECEDE” bumper stickers and over 1/3 supported secession in 2014. Thanks to low taxes, the oil and gas industry, and the diversity of the economy, Texas fared relatively well through the recent rough economic times. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has shown resistance to globalist interests. The construction of a gold holding facility and the announcement that Texas wants to repatriate its gold from the Fed is a blatant “FU” to the Fed and is the first step towards a Texas currency which makes the prospect of secession more feasible. The primary method through which the globalists exert control is monetary policy and any state that challenges this monopoly on monetary policy must be punished: thus the contention with Libya, Iraq, Iran, Russia and the BRICS, and… Texas.

Texas has a strong gun culture and may have a slightly larger percentage of libertarians, constitutionalists, nationalists, Christians and independents than the rest of the United States. But these people are also thickly scattered throughout the US so that roughly 25% of Americans favor secession. Gun culture and independent libertarian ideology presents a severe challenge to globalist interests in the US which is why the MSM and politicians attempt to make the ridiculous link between libertarian ideology and ISIS and DHS continues to spread bogus warnings to law enforcement about libertarians, gun owners, and returning veterans.

The U.S. must be brought into compliance with the UN goals for Agenda 21 and disarmament which includes taking away small arms from law abiding citizens. At some point after the collapse… probably a few years down the road, an attempt will be made to confiscate firearms from individuals.

Whatever the trigger event(s), the MSM and establishment politicians will likely find a way to blame all of these groups even if it makes no logical sense to lump them all together. Most Americans are so brain dead they’ll sing along to any variation of “four legs good, two legs bad” that is presented by authorities or pop culture icons.

What are the most likely options for a trigger event? Some form of terrorism is a high probability. This could range from widespread mass shootings, to nukes or dirty bombs in cities, to EMPs launched off the coast(s), to bio-warefare. I don’t believe it is in the globalists interests to EMP the entire US since this would destroy their fancy technological control grid which relies on intelligence gathering tools like social media and the internet of things. However, it is possible that EMPs in key areas could severely cripple the infrastructure while still keeping the internet working for the majority of Americans. This could come as a hail Mary preemptive attack of last resort by Iran or Putin, but that seems less likely… they know the system is about to collapse, so why would they want to risk taking the blame? A bio-warfare pandemic undoubtedly factors into the globalists plan for America at some point, but that might not be the initial trigger event for the financial collapse. Widespread shootings will likely continue but I don’t see them as having enough theatrics to be seen as THE trigger event that brought down the world’s financial system. The worst case scenario would be nukes or dirty bombs in cities. It would be nearly impossible to tell who was actually responsible which would make it easy for the globalists to insert the bad guy of choice into the narrative. There would be no footage of fishy building demolitions – only mushroom clouds and glass craters. It is also possible that the trigger event could be a rapid escalation of tensions between the powers listed above resulting in a nuclear exchange. And finally, a natural disaster such as an earthquake or asteroid could contribute, but I don’t see this as being a primary trigger event since it would be more difficult to blame enemies of the state for this (except perhaps through a tortured and twisted link to climate change… The French Foreign minister DID assert that we have “500 days to avert climate chaos” which sets the deadline for September 25, 2015).

I believe the globalists plan is to set off a trigger event resulting in a long term financial collapse. They will watch the world burn as the factions they have created kill off one another. They will use hit teams to take out key “insurgents” or those who are vocally opposed to individual disarmament and the globalist agenda. Upon the ashes they will integrate the dismembered sovereign nations into a global political system by instituting a new form of centralized digital money.

Many people thought this was all going to happen in 2008, and it would have happened in 2008, but at literally the last minute the Fed found a way to kick the can down the road through ZIRP and unlimited QE (money printing). It might be possible to keep the dollar system afloat for another few years by finding more ways to kick the can down the road. There must eventually be a collapse, but it will be controlled to guide the world into the prison of technocracy.

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The Trickster and the Paranormal

Every once in a while, a book comes along at just the right time and provides me with one fresh Eureka moment after another. “The Trickster and the Paranormal” by George P. Hansen is just such a book. It has tied together many concepts that I previously failed to connect.  In future posts, I would like to explore the connections between the Trickster archetype and the stories found in the Bible, but first I need to provide a quick summation of the concepts and terms expounded upon in Hansen’s book.
(Also, here is a youtube interview of George P. Hansen)

Introduction of Concepts: The Trickster, Structure/Anti-structure, Liminality, Reflexivity, Boundaries, Marginality, and Meaning

The Trickster is an archetypal character that shows up again and again in mythologies from all cultures around the world. Hermes and Prometheus in Greek mythologies, Loki in Norse mythology, the fox and the coyote in Native American mythologies, the serpent in all kinds of mythologies, Br’er Rabbit in African-American folklore, the jester, the Jack, Jack Sparrow, the clown, gods and devils, superheros and super-villains, Bugs Bunny, Mary Poppins, the Joker and Batman are just a few examples that come to mind. The Trickster is a boundary crosser. The Trickster inhabits the interstitial betwixt and between regions that lie at the fuzzy edges of defined boundaries that separate binary oppositions such as: heaven/earth, upper-class/lower-class, order/chaos, truth/falsehood, good/evil, life/death, human/animal, symbol/meaning, male/female, self/other, subject/object, rational/irrational. As such, the trickster is a marginal character without status and often solitary yet also charismatic. Sometimes the Trickster is profoundly wise and outwits his opponents to make them appear as fools. Sometimes the Trickster is incredibly lucky and outwits his opponents accidentally through comical buffoonery. The Trickster sometimes takes advantage of the inherent ambiguity in language (deconstruction) to deceive or hoax. The Trickster is associated with magic, the supernatural, the paranormal, and irrationality. The trickster is also associated change, humor, and with the reversal of status such as making fools out of the pompous and elevating the simple and humble over them. The Shaman in native tribal communities shares many qualities with the trickster: he is marginalized at the edge of the community, acts humorously foolish, performs magic which is sometimes a combination of hoax and miracle, blurs the boundaries between human and animal, often blurs gender roles, and claims supernatural power. “Many native traditions held clowns and tricksters as essential to any contact with the sacred. People could not pray until they had laughed, because laughter opens and frees from rigid preconception. Humans had to have tricksters within the most sacred ceremonies for fear that they forget the sacred comes through upset, reversal, surprise. The trickster in most native traditions is essential to creation, to birth.” (

Boundaries create structure. In language, definitions of words create boundaries around concepts which form binary oppositions. Some concepts are considered primitive notions of a logical system which is a form of structure that enables rational or “sane” thought. But the boundaries around concepts are always fuzzy because binary oppositions often bleed into one another in a continuum and the connection between symbol and meaning is not direct, is created through dynamic social convention, and is heavily dependent upon context, memory, and perception. The structures of logical thought are then vulnerable to attack through exploration of inherent ambiguity (deconstructionism or post-structuralism) and also through reflexivity (covered below). The Trickster utilizes blurred boundaries and the limits of perception to deconstruct and deceive. The Trickster promotes communitas and anti-structure instead of hierarchy and promotes the irrational and mystical instead of the rational and mundane. Hermenutics means the theory and methodology of textual interpretation, so it is understandable why the root of the word comes from Hermes, the trickster messenger god, who inhabited the interstitial domain between heaven and earth.

Social boundaries create societal structure, organizations, stratification of labor, class, and hierarchy. For example, the boundary between male and female enables a fundamental stratification of labor and societal functions in the form of gender roles. These then enable the formation of contractual partnership called marriage which is another boundary defining the family unit. The boundary between child and adult establishes the individual’s place and role in society by age. Crossing of societal boundaries or inhabiting the region between societal boundaries is often taboo. Shame and desire for acceptance motivate individuals to avoid taboos and stay within the established societal boundaries. The Trickster mocks the rigidity of socially constructed boundaries and crosses them despising the shame. The dissolution of boundaries is anti-structural and anti-establishment.

Liminality is the status of being without status and being on the boundary or on the threshold between a binary opposition. In structured societies, liminality is often confined to established times and rituals. For example, when a child goes through puberty, he or she enters a liminal status where he or she is still a bit of child and not quite adult and there is confusion about what his or her role should be. Coming-of-age or rites of passage rituals serve to contain and narrow this liminal period within a short well-defined boundary so that prior to the ritual the child knows to act like a child and society knows to treat him or her like a child. After the ritual, the adult knows to act like an adult and society knows to treat him or her like an adult. Often in native cultures, this liminal coming-of-age ritual is accompanied by the supernatural, vision quests, leaving society for a period of solitary trial, and visitations by the trickster either in the form of the shaman or other spirits. In highly structured orderly society, liminality and change is reduced while stability and routine are greatly increased thereby limiting the Trickster’s influence. Periods of travel or other breaks in routine open the door for the Trickster to show up. The Trickster himself is often portrayed as a frequent traveler, a wanderer, gypsy, the travelling fool, and permanently homeless. Many have noted the connection between synchronicity, Psi, and travel. Weird coincidences that happen in meaningful ways seem to increase when we break out of our routines. Meaning and interpretation is once again the domain of the Trickster.

Reflexivity is turning a process or system of rational thought inward upon itself and this can be structural as in the case of self-regulating feedback loops like self-awareness or introspection and self-examination leading to integration of the self, but reflexivity taken to extremes is often paradoxical and anti-structural. One simple example is the Liar’s paradox, “This statement is false,” which undermines Aristotelian logic and the excluded middle. Another example is using language to analyze language: the definition of a word is composed of other words which are composed of still more words such that any attempt to fully define a word can lead to either an infinite regress or a vicious circle. For this reason, deductive logic must be based on axioms or primitive notions which are accepted to be self-evident without the need of a definition. This would seem to lead to axiomatic systems of logical thought floating freely and un-tethered by any chain of deductive logic to some objective reality. This then leads to relativism or solipsism or mystical union. Reflexivity seems to lead to an abyss of mysterious uncertainty and paradox. It makes sense then that the reflexive activity of meditation – awareness of awareness – would lead to mysticism and experiences of “the Void” or “the Abyss” and a sense of the loss of self or blurring of the boundaries between subject and object. The condition of reflexivity and its corresponding tendency towards anti-structure and humor are conducive to the Trickster and the paranormal.

The Paranormal and all of its manifestations from psi to psychics, miracles, synchronicities, answered prayer, prophecy, apparitions of angels and demons, ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot, all seem to operate under the archetype of the Trickster and erupt out of the same conditions that are conducive to or created by the Trickster: anti-structure, marginality, liminality, periods of flux and change and uncertainty, travel, boundary blurring, ambiguity, betwixt and between, irrationality, and low status or status reversal.

For an in-depth history of the paranormal and parapsychology and the links to the Trickster archetype, read Hansen’s book, “The Trickster and the Paranormal”.

Tricksters and Arbitrary Boundaries

Tricksters and Arbitrary Boundaries

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Music and Morality

There is a widespread assumption among religious fundamentalists that their particular holy book is essential for the human expression of morality. It is believed that without the guidance provided by this or that holy book or some other apocalypse, humanity would have no basis for determining right from wrong and would then quickly devolve into terror sprees, orgies, and general pandemonium. I have come to believe that this is an incorrect assumption.

I think that this perspective is flawed because it denies that there is an innate instinctive ability in each person to sense right and wrong and a motivation to do right – a conscience. To illustrate this innate instinctive ability, I like to compare the sense of morality to the sense of harmony and rhythm in music. While there are wide and varied tastes and styles of music enjoyed around the world, all music adheres to certain rules of proportion to produce harmony and almost everyone has an innate ability to determine whether these rules of proportion are being properly followed. An experiment that could be done to illustrate this might go as follows: Choose 200 people from all different cultures and age ranges around the world, and play for them a major C-chord on a piano that is perfectly tuned, and again on a piano that has each note out of tune by 4-5 hz. Then have these people choose which sound is more pleasing. I would be willing to bet that the majority of people – even children who have had little exposure to music – would find the chord on the tuned piano to be more pleasing to the ear.

I would further venture a guess that if you had two recordings of Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, one played by a maestro and one poorly played by a novice, that a majority of people – even those who have never heard Mozart or had any formal musical training – would be able to tell which version is the better played.

The mathematical proportions that govern harmony and rhythm in music are fundamental proportions to the geometric construction of the universe. These geometric proportions through fractal programs provide an infinite variety of structures throughout the universe just as these proportions expressed in harmony and rhythm provide an infinite variety of music to enjoy.

Harmony and rhythm are the expressions of the fundamental universal proportions experienced through audible sound waves which we call music. And what of other types of waves? Everything in the universe can be considered to be a waveform – an oscillation between a positive and a negative, a give and take, a push and a pull. Light is the waveform sensed by the eyes and certain proportions in frequency (color) and intensity (contrast) and composition harmonize better than others creating both pleasing and repulsive images. The intensity of sunlight as it falls on the earth follows a waveform which we call days and seasons and years. By harmonizing our sleep and activities with the natural waveform of sunlight intensity patterns, we can have some pleasing benefits. If we clash with the natural rhythms of the sun we may experience displeasure or even harm.


Relationships can also be viewed as waveforms. There is give and take, push/pull, help/hurt, like/dislike, intimacy and separation. When people in relationships harmonize they achieve a pleasant and peaceable experience. To behave in a moral manner brings harmony. Empathy gives us the ability to feel what others are feeling and thereby creates a feedback loop between self and other which is shorter and more highly motivating than the feedback loop of action/reaction. The empathy feedback loop is like the cruise control on your vehicle which allows you to achieve a steadiness in relationships despite all of the external excitation – peaks and valleys of life.

Although I believe that a rudimentary sense of harmony in music is almost universally innate and instinctive, this sense can be developed, refined, and expanded through discipline (the ability to control one’s actions with skill), practice, and study of theory. Likewise, the same can be said for morality. Any person is free to walk up to a piano and bang on it, but it takes many hours of practice and study to play something interesting and pleasing to the ear. You’re free to bang out your noisy life with minimal discipline clashing with the environment and those around you, but with practice and study you can learn to lead a beautiful life with harmony, rhythm, and balance. This is where religious institutions and holy books can play an important role. They can take this rudimentary sense of morality and develop it. Unfortunately they can also introduce some negatives. An overbearing piano teacher can induce anxiety in a young pupil to the point where music is no longer fun. That rap on the wrist for every wrong note can produce such frustration the student becomes completely unable to play. Or by overburdening students with theory or the repetition of particular rigid interpretations of classic pieces, the student’s creativity and enjoyment will be stifled. There are obvious correlates with religion.

I have been careful up to this point to say that the sense of harmony in music is “almost” universal. There are those among us who are completely tone deaf and some who cannot keep a beat. The moral analogue is the sociopath. The sociopath lacks empathy and therefore has no feedback loop to provide him with the ability or motivation to tune his actions to harmonize with others. He must rely solely on the longer feedback loop of action/reaction (i.e. hurt/retaliation or crime/punishment) so he does not easily harmonize with society and society labels him “immoral.”

Just as the various musical schools and cultures found throughout the different regions of the world have explored the fundamental universal proportions of music and come up with different creative results, the various religions of the world have explored the fundamental proportions of the harmonies of life which we call wisdom, morality and spirituality, and they have come up with different creative results. When two waves match up and excite one another that is called a resonance. A child in the West may be raised in a Christian environment to learn from the Bible not to worry about tomorrow or not to be overly concerned with material possessions, and a child in the East may learn from the Tao Te Ching the very same wise principle. The child from the West reading the Tao Te Ching or the child from the East reading the Bible will find a tremendous resonance as the waveforms of the two teachings synchronize because they were derived from the fundamental proportions of reality – the Logos. This is not to say that 100% of the teachings of the Bible or the Tao will perfectly harmonize because both are explorations or maps of the divine proportions left behind for us by previous explorers. And like the early explorers and cartographers of the geographical structures of the world, some things were slightly out of proportion or out of tune. But by comparing many maps and models, a more accurate picture begins to emerge.

I am suggesting that there are a simple set of fundamental moral rules from which diverse phylogenies of cultural moral expression can expand. If we ever discover life on other planets we fully expect species on that planet to differ from ours, but we would also expect the fundamental rules of physics that governed the development of those species to be the same. So although our expressions of life might look different, there would be many similarities that would resonate with lifeforms on Earth.

With all this in mind, I think that we should be freed to evaluate the beauty and interestingness of a person’s life or a culture based not on the moral forms particular to one species of religion, but instead based on the way that person harmonizes and resonates with the fundamental principles of the universe. So I guess I am still a fundamentalist! But I believe that the fundamental moral principles can be discovered through the sense organ of the conscience and developed as one discovers geography or physics or music whereas the religious fundamentalist believes that the fundamental moral principles cannot be explored and developed by man but must be dictated from God solely through the language centers of the brain and reinforced with punishment and reward from established institutions.

The religious fundamentalist always argues that without an authoritative holy book to tell us the difference between right and wrong, who is to decide right and wrong? My answer is that you don’t need a book to tell you if a piano is out of tune or if someone is clapping off beat, but a book might aid you in your efforts to become a better musician. Similarly a philosopher will read many books in attempt to become wise and strengthen the natural inclinations of his conscience. Perhaps another reason we need books to help us see right from wrong is that the waveforms of morality sometimes happen on such large timescales that a feedback loop cannot be easily established and therefore a sense of harmony cannot be easily felt and instead can more easily enter through the language and logic centers. If I hit you for no reason and you cry, that is a short timescale and I might immediately feel bad for my wicked deed. But it could take hundreds or thousands of years to reap the pain of some of our environmentally unfriendly actions.

At any rate, I hope that more people will become philosophers in an effort to explore the realms of universal harmony and add to our collective understanding so that we may live ever more beautiful peaceable and interesting lives.


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Modern Dog Diggs

Well a lot has changed lately: I left behind the 1100 square foot patio home in the city, and bought a 2200 square foot home in the country along with 12 acres of pasture and a 1100 square foot shop which I might eventually use to build furniture and cabinets. My two-story tall west facing windows bring the sunsets right into the living room, and I love the peace and quiet (except for the mooing cows and the distant train whistle, which only add to the charm). The home was built in 1996 and lightly updated since. After pouring over Pinterest and Houzz I have oodles of ideas for DIY updates, which I might take the time to post here.

Along with a bigger house and more space, a bigger dog was required. Enter: Madam Banshee Bean (thanks April for helping greatly with the naming process!), or Banshee for short – a mixed breed… possibly Lab and Beagle? My girlfriend’s co-worker’s mother had this stray show up, so I rescued her from abandonment and brought her home to be Sadie’s little big sister and playmate (Sadie is my 6 year old Boston Terrier). I thought building a dog house would be a good project to get to know all the new tools I had bought for woodworking and remodeling, so I designed the Modern Dog Diggs in SolidWorks and put it together. It has insulated walls with a heat lamp fixture, Cedar siding and asphalt shingled roof. Also took an old horse stall rubber mat and put it down for the floor (not pictured). It turned out pretty nice, I think!

Dog House

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Deconstructing Demystifying Deconstructions

I’ve often heard “<Insert fantastically complex and mysterious thing here> is just <insert banal and allegedly well understood thing here.” “We’re just mammals.” “Did you know that atoms are just 99.9999999999996% empty space? So for the most part, we’re just empty space!” “The earth is just a tiny speck of space dust.” “We’re all just One Thing.” “We’re all just a bunch of bits shuffling around in a matrix.” “Love is just a chemical addiction.” “What was mistaken for closeness was just a case of Mitosis. (~Andrew Bird)” “Your brain is just a biological computer and you are just a biological robot.” “This physical reality is just an illusion.” “Life is just a dream.” “Myths are just the projections of man’s psyche.” “Religion is just the opiate of the masses.”

Interstellar black hole

Why do we repeat and ponder these words among ourselves? Is it arrogance? Perhaps a bit of hubris combined with a bit of fear? The darkness, the unknown, and the unfamiliar strike fear in the cautious side of man’s nature yet man’s courageous and creative nature longs for mystery, adventure, and a harrowing dramatic plot enlivened by uncertainty. With the rise and fall of societies and civilizations there is a corresponding ebb and flow in the concentrations of these two opposing qualities in the character of the people. The cautious side of man’s nature is necessary for his short-term physical survival and comfort. The more adventurous side of man’s nature is necessary for his spiritual progression. Very often it is the young who are most adventurous, fearless, idealistic, and unimpeded by physical discomfort or peril. With age comes pragmatism, conservatism, the desire for physical comforts, and an aversion to adventure. It is a difficult challenge to keep the spirit of adventure alive as one ages. Societies follow this same pattern. In an old and rich society, the majority of people do not want to be bothered with mystery and adventure in any real sense. They want to know that everything is business as usual and everything is all understood – no surprises and no losses. Eventually such a society loses its spirit and deteriorates. Unfortunately, in our old and rich society we have reduced and deconstructed the mysteries of existence with an endless number of “it’s just” statements. Science as an institution began in the spirit of adventure and discovery but now sits old and fat upon its achievements like a Pharisee waving away all sincere seekers with a cold canned demystifying “it’s just” mantra. “It’s just Beelzebub!” “It’s just dead matter!”

On the other hand, I believe paradigms should be shaken – regularly – and some types of “it’s just” statements can sometimes be effective and appropriate for the task. I think the issue lies in getting stuck on them and following the trend of demystifying existence to make it something beneath us and manageable by us. The scientific method is a wonderful tool that supplies us with the facts and we supply the mythos and interpretation. Science as an old unadventurous institution too often supplies only the facts or the facts with a singularly materialistic interpretation. There is no wisdom in facts alone. Wisdom lies in both the exploration and balancing of extreme mythic interpretations of those facts to both maintain equanimity and promote the mystery of existence. Every scientific fact used to justify a banal deconstruction can and should be counterbalanced  with a further deconstruction back into mystery.

For example: citing the scientific fact that we are 99.9999999999996% empty space is just a mind trick! What is the effect of this statement? We generally think of our existence as being confined to our bodies and we think of our bodies as solid (or flabby) material. We want to have solid bodies. We want to be real and have a significant presence. To ponder the fact that our perception of dense matter is in reality mostly empty space somehow seems to defeat our egocentric elevated view of the nature of our existence. If we have big egos it might be appropriate to spend a good while pondering this scientific fact with this negative connotation. Likewise it might be good to ponder the relative smallness of our blue-green “speck of space dust” that is our home planet until our ego has shrunk by the same relative amount. But when these negative truths have done their positive work on us, we have to deconstruct these deconstructions and restore the mystery to existence. Let’s deconstruct the fact that we are 99.9999999999996% empty space. “We” are beings composed of a nature that is not completely understood and our existence here is still unexplainable. No one knows why there should be something rather than nothing or why this something should be conscious, dynamic, and dramatically interesting. “Empty space” likewise is not well understood. It has been posited that empty space is not empty at all, but rather contains a thick soup of vibrating particles and anti-particles carrying out well-balanced multi-dimensional annihilations known as “zero-point energy” such that a mere tablespoon of empty space contains more potential energy than the entire material universe. Considering that the average human body contains 4,490 tablespoons of “empty space”, it could be said that the average body contains the potential energy of 4,490 universes.

Science as an institution is not the only old rich man who waves away the adventurous mystery seekers with banal deconstructions. Religion of course does this as well. The universe can be perceived as a dark scary place and certain “adventures” can be too much for even the stoutest soul to suffer. Religion with its timeless truths and myths and its air of final absolute divine authority calms and comforts us with soothingly solid simplifications. “Our years of pain and toil are just a drop in the ocean compared to eternal bliss!” “Life is just a wheel.” “Death is just a doorway.” I am not saying religion tells us all lies to comfort and pacify us. It tells us many truths assembled in such a manner that we can stand on them and feel that we are above them as if it’s all understood now. The darkness is pushed back for the moment so we can rest easy through the night. This is no different than science telling us the precise amount of empty space in the atoms that compose our bodies.

It is important to remember that all human knowledge is just a parsing of the Whole into arbitrarily defined bits of information and sewn back together with threads of logic. It is just a collection of analogies and metaphors by which we compare things incomprehensible to sensible experience. We can play with these metaphors to create the desired stylish effect on our model of reality. For the past century it seems the trend has mirrored the trend in modern art towards banality. It has been used to demystify existence to the point where the life of the average person feels terribly empty and the spirit of man formerly glowing brightly is now dying leading to societal decay and possibly civilization’s collapse. But we can also practice our intellectual stitching to restore mystery and savory poignancy to experience. At this moment, this moment is all we have, and the experience of being is the only thing that cannot be further deconstructed. Existence is and always will be the supreme mystery from which springs infinite mysteries. To restore the vital nature to man’s spirit and society as a whole, we must recall the mystery of existence and deconstruct the demystifying deconstructions.


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Preppers and the Spiritual But Not Religious

Despite the health hazards assumed by living in an age of crisis, I am happy to be alive at this fantastically interesting period of history. Entrenched institutions everywhere are being revolutionized and the ensuing conflicts and dispersions of ideas and symbols are sowing the seeds for the next period of human history.

Authoritarianism is rising with the surveillance state and the militarization of police yet is counterbalanced by the democratizing power of the internet. Technological advances allow the average person to carry the sum of human knowledge in his pocket equipping him with the tools necessary to attain personal liberty while at the same time secretive governmental institutions use these same technologies to store and spy on his every communication. The efficiencies obtained by high technologies in both electronics and financial and industrial capitalism have increased production and added to the quality of life while making the entire infrastructure of human civilization overwhelmingly dependent on these fragile technological instruments and therefore incredibly vulnerable to collapse.

This gradual awakening of the public to such knowledge has led to the development of a sub-culture of the middle class known as “Preppers” who are preparing for such an imminent collapse which could be initiated by a variety of likely bogeymen: planned nuclear war, unplanned (or secretly planned) rogue nuclear or EMP attack, pandemic, unravelling of precarious financial instruments leading to severe depression, extraordinary natural disasters such as New Madrid earthquake, or any combination of the above. At the moment the likelihood of a planned nuclear war is rising rapidly as the unipolar Western hegemony is being challenged by new capitalism and new non-dollar trade agreements in the East (or more specifically the BRICS) and in response the West is threatening to start a limited nuclear war with Russia which it wagers it can win.

The subculture of Preppers (of which I consider myself to be a member) is composed of members from every level of the middle class who have both time to research and money to invest in personal survival equipment and education. Preppers are generally 1) aware of the fragility of both the infrastructure and the societal bonds which provide for the relatively high standard of living and low death rate presently enjoyed by many in the West, 2) able to grasp at least a rudimentary understanding of the confusing and highly secretive operations of the Money Powers and the means by which they manipulate world events and institutions to their benefit, 3) highly competitive in regards to the art and game of survival and therefore consciously or unconsciously view the various SHTF scenarios as opportunities to get ahead of the unwashed and unprepared masses often described as “sheeple”, 4) are reactionary against the mainstream media, mainstream degenerate culture, and methods of psycho-social control ingested by the sheeple and foisted upon them by social engineers with occult objectives 5) fiscal and moral conservatives and classical liberals or libertarians who value individual liberty and independence above the power of institutions, 6) are strongly nationalist favoring the open rule of accountable democratic national and local government in reaction to the encroaching rule of unaccountable international government and as such are generally opposed to collusion with the UN, and the erosion of national and local sovereignty through treaties and the destruction of borders through globalism, free-trade, and amnesty for illegal immigrants, and 7) are pro-gun as history shows that an armed population deters both crime and authoritarianism, and as any collapse scenario would involve the mass casualty of those unfortunate enough to be found without means of self-defense.

The availability of knowledge to the middle class has fueled the sub-culture of Preppers as well as another sub-culture self-described as “Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). At first glance, these two sub-cultures might not seem to be related since Preppers often have conservative Christian roots and the SBNR either have liberal roots or are still in a phase of reaction against their own Christian roots; however these groups do have common elements and so long as the internet and the free exchange of ideas exists, these groups will increasingly mingle their ideologies combining to form a new counter-culture which I will call “Proto-Aquarian” since this group has the potential to form the seeds of a new vibrant society after the present age of crisis comes to a bloody resolution and a new age of economic expansion commences.

Humans are generally conservative of energy (lazy) and therefore will not act unless forced to do so. Some humans are incapable of empathy (sociopathic) and all are selfish to a certain degree. As many have pointed out, these attributes of humanity lead to a multi-generational cycle of prosperity, complacency, oppression, resistance, revolution, and renaissance in which the balance of power see-saws between the few genius sociopaths who seek centralized control and the masses who seek individual liberty and prosperity. At present, the prosperity enjoyed by the masses (of Westerners) is beginning to fade, oppression is rising, and the balance of power has shifted to the few. Preppers are the rising see-saw reactionary force.

Both Preppers and the SBNR are a result of the present freedom of information which has made available to the masses esoteric and occult knowledge which was historically shrouded in secrecy, jealously guarded by secret societies, and vigilantly stamped out or concealed by institutions of religion and finance. For generations these institutions enjoyed the benefit of the trust of the people they intentionally kept ignorant. Today as people awaken from their ignorance to find themselves enmeshed in a sticky web of controls they are beginning to question these institutions. Once an awakened individual’s trust is shaken in one institution, he begins to research and reevaluate other formerly trusted institutions such that, for example, an investigation of the false flag 9/11 attack may eventually lead an individual to investigate church history resulting in that individual migrating from establishment or fundamentalist Christianity into broader interpretations of Christianity or even the SBNR group. There are various entry points and paths an individual may take on the journey from blind trust to knowledge and skepticism, but if persistently pursued to its end, the journey culminates in a completely revolutionized worldview that is above or detached from the deceptive institutions which provided the previously assumed worldview. Therefore, the creation of the SBNR sub culture is linked to a certain extent with the same reaction to political and social forces which has created the Preppers.

The SBNR group is as much a reaction to institutionalized religion as it is to the sometimes equally dogmatic and closed-minded institutionalized materialism in the scientific community. Materialism became institutionalized into the scientific community in the 19th century for several reasons: 1) as a reaction to the superstitious nature of religious claims that could not be verified scientifically, 2) a rise in humanism supplanted theism, 3) and technological innovations based on classical physics were realized through the industrial revolution dramatically and pervasively improving the standard of living. The third item is probably the most important. By applying the laws and models of classical physics, tangible positive effects were achieved thereby validating the classical model of the universe. Since classical physics described the universe in strictly materialistic and deterministic terms, materialism took a firm hold in the scientific community and persists even today, a century after quantum physical models have overturned classical materialist models. Materialism persists today because although it has been theoretically defeated, the implementation of quantum theory into tangible ubiquitous technologies has been minimal.

Although the mainstream scientific establishment has tenaciously maintained and defended materialist dogmas, many scientists are not materialists or atheists. A great deal of peer-reviewed scientific research has been published regarding phenomena that does not behave according to the models of classical materialistic physics. These phenomena do have properties consistent with the quantum model of the universe (i.e. non-locality, entanglement, time independent, conflation of observer and observed). These phenomena are also consistent with “supernatural” events recorded in religious histories and mythologies and anecdotally evidenced to still be occurring. The materialistic mainstream fearing a return to the dark ages where religious oppression snuffed out free scientific investigation and superstition engulfed the masses in ignorance, engages in self-censorship to prevent the growth of such “dangerous” ideas like the idea that consciousness may exist independently of the brain.

Many philosophers, open-minded religious thinkers, and some scientists have enthusiastically accepted the implications of the overturned classical materialistic model of the universe while still remaining skeptical of the dogmas held by institutionalized religious establishments. These form the enlightened nucleus of the Spiritual But Not Religious group. But without the benefit of an establishment of religion to act as a gatekeeper and arbiter of truth, the esoteric and mystical ideas and discoveries of this enlightened nucleus have fueled a great deal of not so enlightened speculation and self-serving minor establishments that tarnish the cause. As usual, truth is elusive and often misunderstood, misapplied and clouded in mystery. These shortcomings are often pointed to by religious establishments as evidence of the failure of the SBNR group to provide sound guidance and truthful information and that the SBNR group leads people into deception.

Nevertheless, the SBNR group is providing a necessary counterbalance and secular alternative to atheistic materialism which started out as optimistic humanism in the 19th century but took a pessimistic and nihilistic turn after the atrocities of the World Wars. It is the nihilistic atheistic materialism embraced by the sociopathic oligarchs and preached to the masses through pop culture that has through the comfort of pleasure and prosperity allowed society to rot and through pervasive self-absorption allowed conflicts to brew to the precariously explosive conditions that presently exist. Capitalism is based on the faulty idea that what is good for individual profits is always best for the community while socialism is based on the deflating idea that what is best for the community must be accepted by the individual (or else!). If an economic and social golden age is to be achieved, it surely must be accomplished through a balancing of individual liberty and a revolutionary understanding of the fluid nature of reality that permits the individual the ability to see his irrevocable connection to the whole. Whether such a state of societal equanimity and prosperity can ever be achieved for any length of time, I know not, but it is the goal and hope of such an achievement that permits humanity to at least temporarily swing out of the cycle of oppression. In the present circumstance where the world is wired for thermonuclear self-destruction it seems unlikely that the world can survive more cycles. Therefore, our understanding of the nature of reality must evolve to this “enlightened” state (or else!).

This foreboding sense that the end of the world might be nigh has been around for thousands of years and is reflected in apocalyptic Judeo-Christian writings which provides an additional pathway for Christians to develop into Preppers averse to world government with its S.O.P. of deception, open displays of occult symbolism, increasing control over buying and selling, and open plans to merge technology with the human body for identification, tracking, commerce, and even mind control.

While every Prepper is not a SBNR person and every SBNR person is not a Prepper, the free flow of information and exchange of ideas is creating an ever-widening highway between the two groups. The increasing oppression and dangerous environment as we enter a new age of crisis is driving more people to question the controls over their lives both political, economic, and religious. So long as these people still have the technology of the internet, this process will continue. Perhaps the best case scenario we can hope for coming out of this age of crisis is a limited nuclear exchange leading to a failed attempt at centralized control by the sociopathic oligarchs which will stir an even greater reactionary force of Proto-Aquarians energized by the prepared survivors and the enlightened hopeful who value individual liberty while seeing through the mask of individual ego.

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Authority, Meaning, and Myth

As I have developed a more mystical philosophy of life, I have had several conversations about my (heretical) beliefs. Invariably, the first questions with which I am presented are regarding authority. “Who is your authority? Do you submit to God’s authority? Aren’t you trying to become your own authority?” I want to explore the nature of authority and its relationship to meaning and myth. When I use the word myth, I do not mean a story that is factually untrue. I mean a story that conveys meaning.

Whence comes authority and meaning? Both share a relationship with myth. There is no meaning without a story. Little meanings we call definitions and definitions are miniature stories that are part of the overarching story of reality. The greater meaning of life is dependent upon the overarching story of reality. All stories have an author and the one who authors a story has “author-ity” over the direction and meaning of the story.

When we have free-will, we have the ability to author our own story. When we do not have free-will, we are characters reading a script written for us by the one who exerts authority over us. There are essentially three ways to seize authority from individuals with free-will: tell a story for which others willingly cede their own authority in order to play a role, tell a story in which others are forced to read a script under threat of violence, or swiftly end another’s story through violence.

How does this play out in human systems of authority? In a monarchical system of governance, the monarch writes the story and everyone else obeys or plays their role as he authors it. If someone does not play along, their story will be swiftly ended. He delegates his authority to others so that the authority flows downward in a pyramidal structure. In our democratic society, politicians go out every election season to tell stories. In theory, the politician who authors the most widely appealing and believable script receives the authority of the office. When the POTUS is sworn into office, his first act is to tell a story that affirms his authority and creates the meaning by which he would like the public to interpret events. When governments want to go to war, they tell a story called propaganda that targets the enemy, unifies individuals to a meaningful purpose, and justifies their actions. When a police officer attempts to exert his authority over an arrestee, he begins by telling a story, “You are under arrest for selling leaves and milk. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say…” In superhero tales, the villain is not satisfied to merely capture and execute the hero, the villain craves authority over the hero which prompts the villain to author a monologue – a story about his own greatness and the hero’s weakness – prior to execution. And of course, the villain’s foolish monologue always gives the hero the chance to escape. The greatest leaders exert authority over others by skillfully telling stories that are both truthful and full of compelling meaning such that men willingly accept the roles and read the scripts assigned to them.

As humans who experience great hardships, we need meaning to live. Without meaning we are left pondering, “to be or not to be.” We hunger for meaning as food. The more we suffer, the more we hunger. The more we hunger, the more readily we accept stories and the more easily tyrants usurp our authority from us. In moments of crisis, beware the stories that are told.

So all of us who are not depressed nihilists have accepted some kind of story about our lives and our place in the universe that gives meaning to our lives. From birth we are told a story and we accept it as true until we encounter something or someone who causes us to question our story. This can be terrifying because questioning one’s story means the meaning of one’s life might be altered or disappear entirely. So most people refuse to question and instead allow their defense mechanisms to protect their myth. But those who have an insatiable curiosity and a penchant for truth will always be led question their story. When we ask the question, “What is the meaning of life?” We are really asking, “What is the real true story? In what story am I playing a role? What is my role? Who is authoring this story?” Thus anyone who desires to know the true meaning of life necessarily questions authority.

There are a number of stories available by which you can make sense of the world. There are various religious stories and there is the scientific materialist story. But which story is the true story? Which story is authoritative? Well obviously, the story that was written by THE Author has authority. And fundamentalists from every religion assume that THE Author of this present reality also authored the story found in their particular Holy Book. But their stories (when taken literally) often contradict one another, so either The Author is being capricious and deceptive or The Author didn’t actually write some or all of those stories. So who is to determine which story was written by The Author? You are! Like it or not, you must decide. You can decide to put your trust in councils of men, in the violent course of history, in the traditions of antiquity, and in the hope that The Author was intentionally guiding all of this in order to place in your lap a complete perfect story containing dictation straight from the mind of the Author, or you can take it upon yourself to investigate the stories and weigh the evidence and attempt to make an informed unbiased decision. But ultimately the decision is one that only you can make. I personally do not believe any of the stories available off the shelf were authored by THE Author, but some may have been inspired by The Author the way an artist sees a beautiful scene and is inspired to paint his own representation of it.

So if I do not believe any traditional story in its entirety is authoritative, then does that mean I do not accept God’s authority? This question implies the Western image of God which is God as supreme monarch. This model of God as king is passed down from Judeo-Christian and ultimately Egyptian roots. But if God is The One, The Source, the indivisible Author of all reality, then any attempt to model God with separate concepts based within this reality will fail. This means that the model of God as Supreme Monarch is flawed. It may not be altogether useless, but in some ways it necessarily fails. The only way to approach some semblance of a true concept of God is by dialectically combining all opposing concepts of God such that nothing results.

It is due to this flawed model of God as Monarch that mainstream Christianity has been wrestling for centuries with the problem of free-will co-existing with a sovereign omniscient omnipotent God. If God is the supreme omniscient omnipotent monarch, then there can be no free-will. If there is no free will, then this story sucks and God is sometimes incredibly mean to us. Life loses its meaning. Every story ever written is based on the premise that the characters involved are acting on their own free-will. A story about robots is not a meaningful story. But if there is free-will, then God is willingly giving up some of his authority to allow us to author our own scripts. If two authors attempt to co-author a story together, and these two authors are in agreement and of one mind, the story will flow beautifully. If these two authors are not writing in harmony with one another, the story will probably not be pleasant to read. Obedience to God can be viewed instead as harmonious co-authorship or synchronicity.

In Christianity, there is the concept of the Trinity: One god expressed in three persons. Now why God is limited to only three persons makes no sense to me. In Revelation, the “seven spirits of God” are mentioned. What is a person? The word “person” literally means a mask. The Dramatis Personae of Greek dramas was the list of masks to be worn by the characters. So God wears three (or more) masks. You and I are also persons. That is to say that we are masks. We are dramatic expressions of character in a story. The universe is a great drama. Now if there is only One thing, then we are part of or contiguous with God. Could it be that we are each God pretending not to be God for the purpose of play and drama? If God is The Author, then his purpose is to tell a story and a story is all about meaning and drama. The fundamental dramatic story is the Hero’s journey. A Hero begins in the realm of the known. He hears a call to adventure. He leaves the realm of the known and enters the unknown. He experiences all sorts of trials and tribulations that help define him. He goes through the dark night of the soul when all hope seems lost. But he overcomes adversity. He learns something new about himself and about reality. He returns to the realm of the known forever changed by his experiences. This is literally the universal story. It is the story of Odysseus, Superman, Alice in Wonderland, Jesus, Siddhartha, and Neo. Since the universe (or God in play) is a great drama, we discover the nature of the universe and God in part through the exploration of the meanings of our own dramas and myths.

Let me tell you a little story that illustrates the aforementioned assertion that the Universe is a great drama: Suppose that Apple has just released a new product – the Dreamweaver. Inside this small sleek white cube lies a highly refined piece of lucid dreaming technology! Apple promises the new product will reduce the boredom of day-to-day life even more than the iPhone.

So you stand in line at the Apple store to ride the leading edge of the new wave of technology. You rush home to try it out. You gingerly place the Dreamweaver next to your bed, lie down, relax, and doze off. In dreaming lucidly you essentially can be God within the world of your mind’s creation. You can go to sleep and have authority over any story you want and you always know that you will eventually wake up and come back to this present reality. What would you dream? Perhaps at first you would explore every interest and desire you’ve ever had: the perfect home, the perfect love, the perfect car, and the perfect thrills.

Suppose this goes on for a number of nights until eventually, your version of perfection begins to get boring and hollow. You find your dreams are becoming repetitive and you always know what is going to happen next. Fortunately Apple thought of this in advance, so they included some salient features on your Apple Dreamweaver machine. Simply touch the Dreamweaver and a screen appears. The first feature available to modify your experience is called Surprise. There is a slider with “control” at one end and “surprise” at the other end. Thus far you have been dreaming with the slider pegged all the way to the control end of the spectrum, so you dial it back a little towards “surprise” and go to sleep. WOW! What a dream! You parachute into a Caribbean island, but your chute doesn’t open! As you are freaking out about your chute, you try to calm yourself by remembering that this is only a dream. You plummet into the water just off shore. But no worries, it doesn’t hurt a bit! You burst up to the water’s surface and have a good laugh. A turtle swims by and you grab hold of his back to ride into shore, but as you grab hold, he morphs into a shark and bites your arm off! Again you get a bit panicked, but you remember that this is just a dream, so you laugh it off and grow your arm back and punch the shark in the face. This sort of dreaming goes on for quite some time before it also becomes boring. Fortunately there are three remaining features on your Dreamweaver to explore: Social Networking, Internal Consistency, and Recall. By connecting your Dreamweaver to the internet, you can share your dreams with anyone in the Dreamweaver universe; however, in order to do so, your control/surprise setting must be set to 5% control or less for the simple reason that too much competition for control destabilizes the Dreamweaver universe. Dialing up the Internal Consistency feature reduces the probability of things “morphing” or otherwise disobeying the “laws” created within your mind’s universe. And lastly, dialing down the Recall feature enables you to reduce your ability to remember the fact that you are dreaming. By reducing recall, the emotional poignancy and meaningfulness of your dreams increase dramatically because you can quite literally become lost in your own powerful story; however, forgetting who you are also makes you easily victimized both by the circumstances that may arise in your dream and by other dreamers. Dreams without recall can be incredibly powerful, wonderful, and at times incredibly terrifying.

Now suppose everyone on the planet rushed out to buy a Dreamweaver, and suppose humans continued dreaming dreams thus for an infinite number of years. …Eventually someone would dream the very life you are presently living. …And this is the story of God. The creative impulse to get lost in an infinite variety of adventures and experiences and stories is what has produced you and created the present reality you are experiencing. So you are in some sense one with God only you’ve deliberately set aside your omnipotent and omniscient qualities so as to forget who you are so that you can play this role and get lost in this very emotional and meaningful story. There is a very deep part of you – call it the Divine Spark, or the Ruach ha Kodesh, or the Neshema, or the Breath of Life or the Higher Self – this part of you remembers where you came from and yearns to wake up. It is this part of you that has an inkling of recall that presses you to keep asking questions and wonder about the meaning of it all. When you finally wake up, or become “lucid” you are “made whole” or “saved” or “enlightened”. Thus you are a co-author of your story with God because the deeper part of you is and has always been one with God. When you remember who you are while still within the dream, you become “lucid” and have what is often called a “mystical experience” of the greater reality. You begin to see things the way Jesus and the other mystics did and you may even find that you can play with the “Internal Consistency” feature to perform miracles.

In a culture shaped by the Monarchical view of God, it is a dangerous thing to claim to be one with God or to be God’s son. That’s like saying, you’re the boss. You’re the authority. This was the Pharisees’ complaint about Jesus. He claimed to be God’s Son, and he preached that the kingdom of heaven was near – within you – not high above at the top of the pyramid. He claimed to have authority and he gave it away freely allowing anyone to forgive sins and even alter this reality.

But some will say: “we can’t have every individual claiming his or her own authority or things will run amuck! Isn’t it the respect for higher authority that keeps society ticking? Isn’t it the fear of God that causes us to act ethically?” If we are all children, then yes, we all need authority. A child needs to be under authority to learn discipline. Once a child becomes a mature adult, the adult (hopefully) has self-discipline. And what is discipline? It is the ability to control one’s self with skill. It takes discipline to learn to play the piano skillfully. For a child, it might take discipline AND authority. But for an adult, it simply takes discipline. Yes, you’re free to walk up to a piano and bang on it, but it takes discipline to evoke beautiful and meaningful sounds from the piano. Similarly, you are free to bang out your life as a disharmonious noise, but skillful living requires wisdom and discipline. As Paul said, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”

Each of us was born with the potential to live freely, but we invariably have to fight to maintain our freedom to have authority over our own lives. Authority is like money, a currency through which power is exchanged, and as such it is coveted, stolen, and hoarded. Each of us can learn to have authority over our own lives. Each of us co-authors moment by moment our life story with God and we can write harmoniously or dissonantly with God. Each of us wears a mask called a personality which allows us to pretend to be an individual for the sake of this dramatic play.

One essential element of this drama is the enemy. The enemy is under the delusion that he can become completely separate, so he refuses to live harmoniously with his brothers and his environment. Instead he attempts to have greater control. He steals authority from others and hoards it. And in response, the others band together so as to be able to resist the usurper. They fight against the enemy and in the process define their own character. So they need the enemy to become fully developed just as white means nothing without black. But in this process of banding together to resist the enemy, they give some of their authority to a leader and form a government for protection. In time this government becomes the new enemy, the people rebel, and band together and raise up a new leader, and the cycle is repeated in a perpetual arms race to increase authority until we reach a point where we have our finger on the button that has the authority to end all stories everywhere on the planet in nuclear mutually assured destruction.

It is the worship of authority or power that has led us to the point where we might at any moment destroy our planet. But we are all co-authors and we get to decide whether this story ends tragically or goes on beautifully to persevere through this valley of the shadow of death. Humanity has reached an adolescent phase where its physical might has exceeded its wisdom and stupid actions have the potential to destroy our planet. Fortunately, it is also during adolescence that the drive to be free is strongest. A balance of freedom and wise discipline is required if humanity is to survive.

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