[Thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
I’ve been thinking a lot more about man’s civilization. There’s a word that keeps coming up: obsolescent. According to the definition, that word means something is on the way to becoming obsolete. Implied: it isn’t there yet, but most likely to become so. We know that all systems tend towards entropy, a state in which no energy is available to do any work. It’s there but not in any usable form.
To plagiarize the “Good Lord” and his introductions to some parables: “And to what shall I compare this Earthian civilization? There was a man who was looking for transportation, for a car. He walked and walked and came to a town, not surprisingly named “Car Town” and he being in search of a Car, decided to find one in this town. He walked around and counted eleven car dealerships. Every dealership, he noticed, had hundreds of cars for sale, compact, subcompact, medium size, and some big monsters. There was a wonderful array of colours of cars to choose from, and many sales people waved at him from office windows, and from the yards.
Finally he entered a dealership and was accosted by a saleswoman who excitedly brought him to their special of the week. It was a lovely car. He asked for the key so he could try it out. Her face fell at the request, but she dutifully produced the key and he tried to start it. It turned over but wouldn’t start. Another car did start but died just as he was entering the street. Another had two flat tires. On and on. He went to dealership after dealership but none of their cars worked properly. There was always something wrong, or he could tell that none would last any length of time and he’d be wasting his money.
Despondent, he walked out into the outskirts of the town, towards the slums. Over the barking of dogs and the jeers of kids “just hanging” he heard the sound of a motor. Intrigued he went down an alley between derelict house trailers to find a young girl and a boy working over a cart in which was installed a small motor. He noticed that the motor had a v-belt pulley and a belt that went to another pulley on the rear axle of the cart. The girl got in the cart and engaged a lever that pushed an idler pulley against the inside of the v-belt, thus transferring the power to the rear wheels and the cart jumped forward and she threaded it through several obstacles in the yard, then down the alley and disappeared.
The man approached the boy and said, “That is an amazing piece of work, and it can be used for transportation as well?” “Yes” replied the boy, “my sister is going to use it to fetch groceries and stuff for granny and granpa ’cause they can’t walk to the store anymore and it’s dangerous for old people to walk the streets – they are often attacked by gangs of kids, for their money.”
“I see” said the man, “So when you are old enough for a license, you’re going to buy a real car from one of the dealers in town?”
“Not a chance,” replied the boy, “None of their junk works. They used too, so says granny, but they rushed and rushed to build them, using cheaper and cheaper parts so they could display more cars but eventually they were so badly built none of them ran. I’m going to build my own car once I can afford to have proper parts made for it. I have a friend whose mom is a welder, and my teacher was an army engineer. He’s going to help me build it. I don’t imagine it’ll be fancy, but it will run, that’s the main thing.”
Thus endeth the parable.
There are many I realize, who still hope and pray and wish, and have faith in the greater love of man, that those beautifully useless cars in the dealer car lots of Car Town can yet be fixed and put on the road. I can’t blame them for their faith in man: I’ve been there and I know how hard it is to let go of the self-delusion and face the music of the times. This civilization isn’t going anywhere but down. It is obsolescent.
It is more than obsolescent, if that wasn’t enough: it has become redundant, pointless, meaningless. There will be nothing new to sprout under this sun. Let me mention a couple of things I read about recently that illustrate where this society is going. You be the judge here. The following quote is from yesterday’s article by George Monbiot titled, Urge, Splurge, Purge – monbiot.com
QUOTE: “A system that depends on growth can survive only if we progressively lose our ability to make reasoned decisions. After our needs, then strong desires, then faint desires have been met, we must keep buying goods and services we neither need nor want, induced by marketing to abandon our discriminating faculties and succumb instead to impulse.
You can now buy a selfie toaster, that burns an image of your own face onto your bread – the Turin Shroud of toast. You can buy beer for dogs and wine for cats; a toilet roll holder that sends a message to your phone when the paper is running out; a $30 branded brick; a hairbrush that informs you whether or not you are brushing your hair correctly. Panasonic intends to produce a mobile fridge that, in response to a voice command, will deliver beers to your chair.
Urge, splurge, purge: we are sucked into a cycle of compulsion followed by consumption, followed by the periodic detoxing of ourselves or our homes, like Romans making themselves sick after eating, so that we can cram more in. Continued economic growth depends on continued disposal: unless we rapidly junk the goods we buy, it fails. The growth economy and the throwaway society cannot be separated. Environmental destruction is not a by-product of this system. It is a necessary element.”
Can a society pushed willy-nilly by such marketing techniques, have any future? Does it deserve to have one? Let’s try a simpler question: what would it take, using any of the tried (and failed) methods of religious-political-financial self-correction, to fix such a society? Rhetorical questions, to which we all know the answer(s).
In the New Testament (Christian bible) the book of 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 13 concludes with: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Let’s look at that because many people get a good, warm, emotional response from reading this quote. It’s pure propaganda, and poisonous to the mind. As a detached, self empowered being I have no need of faith, hope and love, nor is love the greatest. It isn’t “love” that makes people support the system, to the detriment of everything that has any qualifiable value. It’s primarily faith. Faith makes people cast about for an answer when they sense that something isn’t right. Faith says, vote in someone else, or buy a different brand or type of food. Drive a different car, or use public transit. Install solar panels on your house and “get off the grid.”
As if! Are the appliances used, the food ingested, the roads used, the water, sewer, computers, heat or house construction, maintenance and repairs “off the grid”?
A better question: can an entire city of say, 10 million people, exist without a “grid” to make it function? Isn’t a city in essence a machine? A machine needs many things to function before it even begins to operate whatever it is supposed to operate. Are the mines that scour out the minerals that become the metals that are used to build high-rises for example, “off the grid”? Are the gas and oil companies off the grid? No. The Tooth Fairy is off the grid, of that I’m pretty certain ’cause the Tooth Fairy doesn’t live in any city. She only visits to leave small change. But no city, and no resident of said city, can ever claim to live off the grid.
Can we say, let’s go off the grid incrementally, as is now proposed in so many articles and books available to read? Unless we mean only one small aspect of “the grid” (say, hydro electricity) our efforts are entirely wasted unless we also control the source of the materials we use to “go off the grid” with. The biggest problem with the “off the grid” chimera is technology. You cannot have any technology and claim to be moving off the grid: it won’t let you because “THE GRID” is what technology is all about. It is THE GRID. Just think “Internet” and try to imagine THAT being off the grid, and see where that leaves you. In the dark, and I don’t mean the dark web. Your ISP is THE GRID. Your government and banks are THE GRID. And so on, and so on. Everything Matrix is grid. Nothing is incremental about the Matrix: it’s a dictatorial power, all or nothing. It will let you use solar or wind power if it can profit from it, and control how you use it, and how much. Can’t put meters on wind, or sun energy? Hah! Bad bet.
A California based water corporation, I think it was the Bechtel Corporation, managed to have laws enacted in certain cities of Latin America whereby they “owned” rain water and the people literally had to rebel against their local councils to regain control of their right to collect rain water without having to pay for it. Those who collected rain water without paying a tax on it were fined, or jailed. Oh yes, it is all about money, never about life.
And… that is why this global civilization is obsolescent. It has become a predatory, bloody, sectarian, self-centered, selfish, decadent exercise in utter stupidity, foolishness and meaninglessness. When this entire global civilization collapses and dies, so will the Matrix die with it. Whatever survives of the Earthian ISSA beings will be of necessity “off the grid” and they will build something truly new, something as yet unheard of. This isn’t “hope” on my part, it’s from the certainty of observation.
Oh yes, we can “see” the future. It’s not “nothing” as yet. It exists, of necessity, since what we construe of as “the present” is simply the future sliding past our observation point into the past. If we can “see” the future as little as a minute hence, that means it already exists. If it exists a minute hence, it exists beyond any time definition. We can learn to stretch that minute into years, centuries, millennia even, since “time” is an artificial construct of our #1 enemies: the Time Lords. Some people call this state of awareness “imagination” and some say that those who see the future are “the dreamers” but it is neither. What it is, is a reality we have been told is taboo to look into. Why don’t we stop being children, stop living “by faith” and grow up? It could mean billions of lives saved, not to mention much of the planet’s ecology.
What to think, when all around of what is familiar is being destroyed or falling apart? Know that it is not a death, but a renewal. The cocoon that has nurtured and constrained man’s civilization is breaking open. A scary necessity. I want to do more than see my wings: I want to use them.