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The Courage to Pursue Our Universal Destiny

I walk among men as among the scattered fragments of the future: of that future which I scan.        Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra       


 For over half a century, Western culture has turned into a vast dream world, a theme park with the overarching consequence - be it unintentional or covert - of turning its inhabitants into zombies.  In feedback-loop style, this zombification has become the only way for Western culture to sustain itself, because such zombie-like stupor is the psyche's natural response to facing up to the terror of the impending new reality.  This new reality is fascist totalitarianism, meaningless consumerism, loss of individualism, rampant inequality, and illusory self-understanding.  History has been hijacked by a corrupt and sinister elite, preying upon the masses of ignorant humanity.  Technological innovation has been augmented by this elite to induce and sustain this race stupor, making humans become like babes in the womb, utterly dependent upon a complex system of denial in order to survive.  The consequences could not be more severe.  Quoting Richard Tarnas, in his Psyche and Cosmos:

 "The ambition to emancipate ourselves as autonomous subjects by objectifying the world has in a sense come full circle, returned to haunt us, by turning the human self into an object as well - an ephemeral side effect of a random universe, an isolated atom in mass society, a commodity, passive prey to the demands of the market, prisoner of the self-constructed modern 'iron-cage.'... This therefore has become the looming question of our time: What is the ultimate impact of cosmological disenchantment on a civilization? What does it do to the human self, year after year, century after century, to experience existence as a conscious purposeful being in an unconscious purposeless universe?  What is the price of a collective belief in absolute cosmic indifference?"

 At the same time, on the geopolitical level, the world has inched ever closer to nuclear war:  the suicide of the race.  Consensus reality has become an insanity, and this madness is already overrunning Western society, with death on a mass scale becoming inevitable.  Could it be that global civilization is currently in a state not unlike a skydiver without a parachute, and has already jumped outside the plane?  Is the course of human history being drawn inexorably toward a fate none of us are prepared to imagine, let alone live through?  The late Terence McKenna warned us:

 History is the shock wave of eschatology.  Something is at the end of time and it is casting an enormous shadow over human history, drawing all human becoming towards it.  All the wars, the philosophies, the rapes, the pillaging, the migrations, the cities, the civilizations - all of this is occupying a microsecond of geological, planetary, and galactic time as the monkeys react to the symbiote, which is in the environment and which is feeding information to humanity about the larger picture. (The Archaic Revival)

 The current world order is trapped in a terrifying spell of death, with leadership paralyzed by a cohesive web of lies.  The shadow of the Bomb casts a darkness over the whole earth, such that humanity will only be awakened by flashes of light and shock waves that destroy civilization.  The incineration of millions of human beings on a single day will mark the inevitable climax of our collective somnambulence.

 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it already be kindled?         - Jesus, Luke 12:49

 As we near the End of History, we must not despair.  Like childbirth, the moment of greatest pain and suffering marks the emergence of a new being.  Nuclear war marks the apotheosis of the species.  Mankind will never be the same.  

 James Joyce said that history is a nightmare from which we are struggling to awaken. Fear not.  The fiery and cataclysmic ending of the old order marks the beginning of a new global regime and the emergence of a compassion-based civilization with all the hallmarks of peace, justice, liberty and brotherhood.  The impetus to lay down arms, erase national borders, and form a truly just and democratic world order will finally have arrived.  Humankind's relationship with nature can be restored.  Ten thousand years of the Great Work will come to fruition, and humankind will once and for all be freed from the fetters which have held him back from attaining his Universal Destiny.

 Despite the stunning advances in technology which have so transformed human civilization over the past two hundred years and the control over nature they have wrought, we have, in fact, "seen nothing yet."  Even now, we cannot fathom the glorious future and god-like powers that lay in store in the not-so-distant future.  If technology is teleology, then the sky is the limit for human progress.  But giving birth to this optimistic future requires first that we endure the pain of this labour.  The work ahead is long and arduous, and many have sacrificed their own lives towards this end.  We must face the hard truths surrounding the injustices we have inherited without flinching, and maintain an unwavering hope that humanity can emerge from this global disaster.  Moving beyond the mere pointing of fingers, we must pursue reconciliation, forgiveness, and compassion.  The hope of humanity springs eternal, and our universal destiny beckons us to rise to the occasion.

David CharlesworthComment