POSTSCRIPT 2013: The Approaching Eschaton

2013 UPDATE:

WEB Interactive 2013
As the precarious condition of the world economy continues, natural resources are under pressure
 and the environment continues to worsen, most people still do not even hear the alarm bells. They
 continue to behave in the same manner and carry on as if everything is honky dory. Everyone
assumes that somehow, someone will fix it all. The wealthy are totally indifferent, and since most
people are working class,  they hold the typical attitude that they would do something when they
become well off and secure, and right now they are just barely making enough to survive.

There is a catch 22 there. The catch is that when we are well fed and secure, we have a tendency
 to then be distracted by entertainment and generally towards indulgence and pleasure seeking,
social status etc. What I would call as "The Lord of Distraction". For most of mankind, it is only when we
 are faced with death and destruction that some of us start asking real questions about what life was
all about. And even very few are touched by the Spirit when faced with death and destruction.

When the 'conquest of paradise' took place, no one except the natives saw that as a 'rape of paradise',
 and that subsequently there will be hell to pay for it - for those who realize this now, my sympathies to
 them as a fellow human being. The universe will destroy us sooner or later, but it will teach us something
 in return - but only to those who want to learn, and this is what the Eschaton constantly reminds us :-

That there is only one ultimate category to which everything has to finally relate to, and that is the Moral
 category. All other categories, concepts, beliefs, paradigms, world views, individuals, society and
cultures eventually must converge on this moral dimension as the end or Telos (Purpose, final cause,
 final end, Eschaton etc are related terms) of the cosmos, or if they fail to do so, then by default, they
become the means to the Telos. This is the foundation of how I prefer and choose to construct my
 metaphysics, or world view or theory of everything.

When we see a broken world, some of us are anguished, and when we try to understand the process
 of necessity by which it gets broken, it becomes terrifying, and then poetry comes to the rescue and
 from the depths of anguish through art and poetry, the Spirit of the Earth touches us and lifts us to ecstasy.
It is the ecstasy of communicating our anguish and our pain that connects with the anguish and pain of
others who have also been through it that makes it bearable to face the end process of the world.

I found Kierkegaard to be a key figure for an in-depth understanding of the process of development
of religion in civilization and the pitfalls of organized religion. He was a solitary person who deliberately
 and painfully broke off his only real relationship so that he could commit himself through his writing
(poetic prose) to understand what a religious life really means, and why the Church had failed (in spite
 of God himself intervening!), and thereby telling us why organized religion is doomed to fail. But hardly
anyone has taken up the task of exposing the pretensions of the scientific establishment's highly
exaggerated and grandiose claims about understanding reality without having a clue about moral
behavior. All this establishment has done is to distract and deceive human beings about the value
of their humanity.

The toughest part is to educate and explain to our children the kind of future that they face and how to
cope with it. We cannot give false hopes to them or pretend that it all just fine, or to tell them to keep
believing in ‘the evidence of human evolution’ through science and technology. It is better to acknowledge
 that we have been deceiving ourselves and set our values right in the education process itself, rather than
 pass on the buck to the coming generation; otherwise they may not forgive us for what they will have to
suffer. Poetry or poetic prose (rhetoric) may well be the only way to break the stranglehold that science
has over education - but who will bell the cat? How can you convince everyone that science and its
methods has reduced our thinking into a very narrow spectrum of reality? How can you convince everyone
that by trying to have dominion over nature through science and technology, man has instead trapped
himself? Will the Owl of Minerva spread its wings only when the last speck of light remains, and only in the
 face of imminent death and destruction?

"What Kubrick is saying, in the final sequence, apparently, is that man will eventually outgrow his machines,
or be drawn beyond them by some cosmic awareness. He will then become a child again, but a child of an
infinitely more advanced, more ancient race, just as apes once became, to their own dismay,
the infant stage of man.".......Roger Ebert (Review of: 2001 A Space Odyssey) 

APOCALYPSE:- I misunderstood this word to mean the catastrophic events leading to the
end of the world, whereas to my surprise I "found" that it means 'disclosure' or 'revelation'.

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning 'un-covering'),
translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, hidden from humanity in an era dominated
by falsehood and misconception, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. Apocalypse (Greek: apokalypsis, literally:
the lifting of the veil), is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden
from the mass of humankind. In English, the word apocalypse now commonly refers to the end of the world.
 The current meaning may be an ellipsis of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton (apocalyptic eschatology),
 meaning "revelation of knowledge of the end of time". (Wiki)

 

WEB Interactive 2013:- Those activists who fight "The System" must always keep in mind
that they are fighting a personal battle in which their own individual autonomy from
"The System Control" is at stake, and the goal of this battle is self-improvement through
 creativity. At best "The System" can be "exposed" or made transparent to some degree
by challenging it so that it's power structures and dynamics become clear to more and
 more people, thereby "reforming the system" somewhat. "The System" although now
 operating at the "edge of chaos", cannot be brought down, for that will mean total chaos
 and collapse. Thus although "The System" is slowly but surely unraveling, this is the
process of the Apocalypse, which is gradually proceeding but will at some point
 end in a catastrophic collapse.

 

2012 UPDATE:-

A lot has been speculated about the date 21st Dec.2012 and the phrase 'end of
the world' has become associated with that date too. One fact is undeniable:
on that day a rare galactic alignment will take place - one that takes place once
in about 26000 years. The Mayans were able to accurately map this date in their
long calendar, and is presumed by that culture to have great significance, and not
just symbolically. Terence McKenna has also extrapolated  this date from his study of
the 'I Ching', through his very interesting  theory of time fractals converging on that
date. He also mentions the term 'Eschaton' that means the end thing or the final thing,
towards which everything is heading and culminating. I find this term interesting
instinctively, although I am unable to articulate exactly how. Certainly it seems a better
term than Armageddon or Apocalypse because it conveys a sense of some event that
leads to the end, rather than a mere sudden, meaningless end of the world.



Eschatology is a Greek word ( eschatos translates into 'last' ) which
means discourse about the end. [ Dict: body of religious doctrines
concerning the human soul in its relation to death and judgment.]
It is the 'end' in the sense of fulfillment. TTC...P. Cary

Let's be clear about one thing: there is no such thing as 'world without end', and the event
of the 'end of the world' has a great significance because it creates a force that affects us
in the present time as something that humanity has to face with full responsibility by
assuming that the event will be 'caused' by our collective actions - as a result of our
actions. The two options that are ruled out  or considered as bad attitudes as a
culmination of this work are: either to dismiss this approaching event as inevitable
or to dismiss this as the paranoid delusions of a crackpot. These are irresponsible
attitudes of powerless, insensitive people.


Not nature but the 'genius of mankind' has knotted the hangman's noose
with which it can execute itself at any moment.......Jung


Those who have their though processes limited only by 'hard facts' should take a close
look at the fact that life on this earth is from a mathematical probability nearly impossible,
as is the statistical probability of life emerging by a chance coming together of atoms and
molecules. These are people who have blind faith in science and technology and even the
rapidly depleting natural resources don't ring alarm bells for them because the root
assumption in their thought places all their faith in 'matter'  from which they  assume
they have 'evolved' and therefore they believe will provide all the solutions as well as the
resources to keep up their evolution trajectory that will eventually lead to the colonization
of the universe. Such are their hopes that even the whiff of some little bit of water on some
planet, like Mars, gets them highly excited and fuels their dreams. Meanwhile, what is
happening on this Earth doesn't bother them a bit. 


"Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face
the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality.
We feel that the road to technology.... has led modern society to a damaged
and seared earth. Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush
to destruction, and that the  road to spirituality represents the slower path
that the traditional native people have traveled and are now seeking again?
The earth is not scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there."
..............William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991
 

It never ceases to amaze me that civilizations failed to realize that the material
universe in general and technology in particular is only a means, not an end
of all existence. Matter is neither the 'cause' of life nor is it the telos - the end
or purpose of life in the form of technology. Matter and its most pragmatic
edifice in technology is not and cannot ever be the end, but only a means
towards an end. There is no telos, no inherent purpose in matter and machines,
nor is it the source or originator of life, only a resource for life, the edifice in
which the action of life takes place.
Technology, therefore is a tool that if used well can enhance life, but in the
absence of a creative purpose, is by default destructive. Matter is not the
source of life, as science wrongly presumes, rather,  matter it it's most potent
form - technology, is deadly. That literally means the death of life when
it is used merely for survival, and that is the supreme irony of it all, a joke
played on us by the cosmos.
In the end, those who know the value of  life will also know how fragile and
impossible it is: they will find that just to have lived and learned through their
lives is a privilege for which they will have an eternal gratitude for their
mother - this Earth - the living Earth for now, but running out of time.
Will it be 21 Dec 2012 that time runs out for us - citizens of this planet?
If we cross that date, I do not believe that we are through, and that all
this was just all a bogeyman. I would rather believe that some of our fellow
beings on this planet just bought us some more time, and that the value of
this resource is becoming more and more valuable as the time fractals
become exponentially shorter as it converges on the Eschaton.

Remember that existence is against all odds. That you are still
here is itself a sort of miracle..............J. Cainer

Postscript 2005

I had stated in the preface2005 that this work was along the lines of  " Reverse Engineering
of the Human Mind", something along the lines of what Voltaire was trying to do, and
although he was successful in taking apart the "religious human mind ", he could not
fathom the pitfalls of the "scientific human mind".
And with great sadness I take note of the negative clash between the rational Voltaire
and the romantic Rousseau. If these two great personalities of their time could have put
their talents together, maybe, just maybe things could have been very different today.
But that was not to be, and they bitterly opposed each other. The result was that the slight
chance of the fusion of two extremely contrary but yet equally vital aspects of human
nature, was quashed in its possibility. The possibility of the development of a bridge
of understanding between the last remains of highly developed tribal culture : the
Native American with the spearhead of  civilizations : the Western Civilization.

In speaking of evolution it is necessary to understand from the outset
that no mechanical evolution is possible. The evolution of man is the
evolution of his consciousness......Gurdjieff.

There lies the net answer to a million questions about human history and what we as
human beings are currently up to, as well as the future of mankind, since almost all of
us are driven by the past, reflected in our current social and cultural values, that most
of us are taught to hold as sacred, without knowing  that by these values we continue
to be trapped in the past. Unfortunately, to drop the past would mean huge social
upheaval whereby a majority would have to become iconoclasts. But the resultant
vacuum would also be frightening and unsettling, and that can only be filled by
creative imagination and stories that take us out of the malaise into an imagination
driven future society. But first of all, the past has to be analyzed correctly in order to be
rid of, or else it would keep coming back to haunt us. Perhaps the burden and weight
of the past is too much for the present human condition to handle. And since this to me
at least very much seems to be the case, it then means a huge churning and even a
catastrophe awaiting us. If some of the humans survive that, will the conditions left be
worthwhile for life to continue on this planet ?  Some people believe that under such
extreme conditions humans would mutate into a more physically evolved species.

"Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as
numbers increase. . . . the human question is not how many can possibly
survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for
those who do survive.....Frank Herbert

But that to me only reflects childish thinking with an attempt to seek evasion from the
present mess. To those in power and plenty or to those in a state of nirvana, the
present is just a perfect time in an all encompassing evolution of the universe.
( I guess they will never know what sadness is and what is its value for a human
being ). From my own experiences and understanding, we ( mankind ) have gone
past the point where we could have prevented our own destruction. What is worse
is that no institutions of either religion or science even acknowledges this. Just a blind
acceptance of things as they are will only confirm the future as an extension of our
past, killing all possibilities of creating our own future. This applies to each one of us
individually as well as the humanity as a whole.

"If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past."
.........Spinoza

Unless we humans take personal as well as collective responsibility for making the
world as it is today and the direction towards it is headed, there can be no chance
of making a better world.

 

NOTES:

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.
.............Cree Prophecy

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was
 loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
-- Ancient American Indian Proverb

The sole means now for the saving of the beings of the planet Earth would
 be to implant again into their presences a new organ ... of such properties
that every one of these unfortunates during the process of existence should
constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death as
well as the death of everyone upon whom his eyes or attention rests. Only
such a sensation and such a cognizance can now destroy the egoism
completely crystallized in them........Gurdjieff

"The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart,
in the human power to reflect, in human meekness, and in human responsibility.
Without a  global revolution in... human consciousness, nothing will change for
the better, and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed ... will be
unavoidable." -..................Vaclav Havel

"There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be done. It is not, however,
something as simple as following a set of somebody else's rules. The noetic
enterprise is a primary obligation toward being. Our salvation is linked to it.
Not everyone has to read alchemical texts or study superconducting
biomolecules to make the transition. Most people make it naively by thinking
clearly about the present at hand, but we intellectuals are trapped in a world
of too much information. Innocence is gone for us. We cannot expect to cross
 the rainbow bridge through a good act of contrition; that will not be sufficient.
We have to understand. Whitehead said, "Understanding is the apperception
of pattern as such"; to fear death is to misunderstand life. Cognitive activity is
the defining act of humanness. Language, thought, analysis, art, dance, poetry,
 mythmaking: these are the things that point the way toward the realm of the
eschaton. We humans may be released into a realm of pure self-engineering.
The imagination is everything. This was Blake's perception. This is where we
came from. This is where we are going. And it is only to be approached through
 cognitive activity." .........Terence McKenna

"Man's relation to God probably has to undergo a certain important change: Instead
of the propitiating praise to an unpredictable king or the child's prayer to a loving
father, the responsible living and fulfilling of the divine will in us will be our form of
worship and commerce with God.
His goodness means grace and light, His dark side the terrible temptation of power.
Man has already received so much knowledge that he can destroy his own planet.
Let us hope that God's good spirit will guide him in his decisions, because it will
depend upon man's decision whether God's creation will continue.
Nothing shows more drastically than this possibility how much of divine power has
come within the reach of man......C G Jung

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