‘FREEDOM’—Chapter 8 The Greatest, Most Heroic Story Ever Told
Chapter 8:16G So it is end play wherever we look
It can be seen then that the world’s situation is a dire one in which the more operational ‘developed’, materially affluent parts of the world are fast approaching a state of terminal alienation with anxiety disorders such as ADHD and autism now rampant and the ‘biggest age group in American history’ in the grip of an extremely insecure, power addict-driven ‘narcissism epidemic’, while the less operational ‘developing’, materially poorer parts of the world are, as a result of ‘materialism envy’, fast approaching ‘collapse’ and ‘hopeless destitution’.
So it is end play for the human race wherever we look, and while we humans have had no choice other than to stay positive in our thinking, pretend that everything is okay, underneath that facade everyone knows the situation is becoming extremely serious. Throughout history there have been ‘The end of the world is nigh’ doomsayers, but this is different. At the time of writing this passage, which is in early 2013, there is a plethora of end-of-the-world, post-apocalyptic programs appearing on television, such as ‘Life After People’, ‘Evacuate Earth’, ‘Doomsday Preppers’, ‘Survivors Guide to the Mayan Apocalypse [the prediction in the Mayan calendar that the world would end in 2012]’, ‘Apocalypse 2012 Revelation’, ‘Armageddon Outfitters’, ‘End Day’, ‘Omens of the Apocalypse: The End is Near’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. Similarly, I happened to pick up this week’s guide (11-17 April 2013) from my local cinema—and I haven’t been near a cinema for years—and of the 12 films showing, these are the names of 7 of them: ‘Oblivion’, ‘Scary Movie 5’, ‘Warm Bodies [about zombies]’, ‘Escape from Planet Earth’, ‘Trance’, ‘The Host [about the human race being infected by psychic parasites]’ and ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’! And I’ve just heard of another movie that’s about to be released, titled ‘This Is The End’!!
Since writing the above paragraph, the actor Brad Pitt’s film ‘World War Z’ has also been released. Described as ‘the latest in a trend of apocalyptic thrillers…from a Hollywood convinced that the end is nigh’ (The Australian, 10 Jun. 2013), it’s about ‘a viral zombie disease that threatens world domination’ (The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Jun. 2013). Yes, the ‘zombie disease’ of alienation is threatening to take over the world, and the end of the world is nigh. Australia has just released its first ‘post-apocalyptic zombie spectacular’ titled ‘Wyrmwood’ (The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 Jun. 2013), while an article in The Sydney Morning Herald last month (3 Jun. 2013) titled ‘Vacant stares become all the rage’ contained the photograph shown below on the left with the caption, ‘An enthusiast takes part in the Zombie Walk festival in Prague on the weekend. Zombie walks, in which horror fans dress as zombies and parade through city streets, have grown in popularity in recent years.’ The detail from a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat shown below on the right appeared in The Australian newspaper the month before last (17 May 2013) accompanying a story about how it had just been sold at auction for a whopping $US48.8 million—a price no doubt indicative not only of its artistic merit but how much it resonates as an image of our time. Yes, Laing’s ‘fifty feet of solid concrete’ between us and ‘our true selves’ or soul is now more like a thousand feet of ‘solid concrete’.
And the examples keep accumulating. An article in this week’s TIME magazine (22 Jul. 2013) about ‘Pacific Rim, the new Armageddon adventure’ observes that ‘If our world isn’t already post-mortem, as in Tom Cruise’s Oblivion and Will Smith’s After Earth, then zombies are over-running the planet (World War Z) or we are in search of a Superman to stop an alien attack (Man of Steel).’ Our obsession with superheroes at the moment—such as Superman, The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, the wizard Harry Potter, The X-Men, Iron Man, and even Frodo Baggins of The Lord of the Rings—is an expression of an intuitive awareness humans have of what is now desperately needed to solve the human condition and ‘stop’ ‘Armageddon’. Yes, to the resigned, alienated mind, confronting the unbearably depressing issue of the human condition, which is what was needed to solve it, did seem an impossible, superhuman undertaking.
No wonder there is panic in officialdom with the desperate spate of initiatives that were described in par. 603 now occurring to try to find the only thing that could save the world, namely the reconciling understanding of the human condition—despite that reconciling understanding having been found and put forward in my books for the last 30 years! In fact, since what is happening is so obscene, I am going to re-include that list of initiatives:
- in December 2012 it was announced that an American billionaire had pledged $200 million to Columbia University’s ‘accomplished scholars whose collective mission is both greater understanding of the human condition and the discovery of new cures for human suffering’; and,
- on 28 January 2013, the European Commission ‘announced that it would launch the flagship Human Brain Project with a 2013 budget of €54 million (US$69 million), and contribute to its projected billion-euro funding over the next ten years’ with the goal of providing ‘a new understanding of the human brain and its diseases’ to ‘offer solutions to tackling conditions such as depression’; and,
- on 2 April 2013, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced a ‘Brain Initiative’, giving ‘$100 million initial funding’ to mechanistic science, in ‘a research effort expected to eventually cost perhaps ten times that amount’, to also find ‘the underlying causes of…neurological and psychiatric conditions’ afflicting humans in order to ‘develop effective ways of helping people suffering from these devastating conditions’; and,
- on 24 April 2013, BBC News Business reported that ‘Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal and former president of the Royal Society, is backing plans for [Cambridge University to open] a Centre for the Study of Existential Risk [meaning risk to our existence]. “This is the first century in the world’s history when the biggest threat is from humanity,” says Lord Rees.’ The article then referred to Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute that was established in 2005, which is ‘looking at big-picture questions for human civilization…[and] change…[that] might transform the human condition’, quoting its Director and advisor to the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Nick Bostrom: ‘There is a bottleneck in human history. The human condition is going to change. It could be that we end in a catastrophe or that we are transformed by taking much greater control over our biology’!
But even in the unlikely event that such desperate initiatives (unlikely and desperate as they are because the mechanistic paradigm they are part of is totally dedicated to avoiding, not confronting, the human condition) did somehow manage to find ‘the underlying causes’ of our ‘human condition’, the very, very best they could hope to achieve would, again, be exactly what is already being presented in this book, and even then it would have to include the explanation of how the human race is supposed to cope with the terrifying exposure of our corrupted condition that such an understanding inevitably brings—the answer to which is presented in the concluding chapter (9) of this book. That the mechanistic paradigm is nourishing its own human-condition-avoiding, dishonest institutions while persecuting and blocking our human-condition-confronting, truthful World Transformation Movement is just another manifestation of the terminally alienated, deathly, sick state the world is in—because instead of attacking and blocking the work that we are doing, the scientific and wider community should be forming a steering committee composed of strong minded people, like Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard and the American political commentators Bill O’Reilly and David Brooks, to bring as much support as is humanly possible to our work, and thus to a future for humanity. Ideally, that exceptional denial-free-thinking prophet of the Irish rock band U2, Bono, would obviously also be on such a committee. And since HRH The Prince of Wales, the heir to the British throne, has throughout his life genuinely, not deludedly and falsely, been working on opening the door to a truthful human-condition-understood new world for humanity—something he has also been persecuted for—he is another who should be on such a committee.