… and the end of the world, 2012 and all that …
I watch current affairs; I like to know what is going on in the world. And I see the broad strokes of human conduct as something of a Soap Opera, the same old melodramatic and sentimental stuff repeating in different forms, over and over, some hilarious in its incompetence and some sinister in its intent, some tragic, some sad and all truly disposable. But most notably I see the sleight of hand, what is not said, the cunning that dare not reveal itself.
None of it is the simple truth, but it knocks on the windows of perception all the same. And so I must ‘talk’ to it.
I have been watching with interest the saga of Julian Assange and Wikileaks from the beginning, hereafter referred to as JAW, and I’ll tell you what I see, now – not to forget the brave people who risk everything to out the all too common atrocious behaviour of people in positions of power over the people. There is a good recap of the situation here ASYLUM if you are interested, I won’t be going into what has so amply been covered by so many. And for an ongoing, articulate and fearless examination of American duplicity see Glen Greenwald, for one.
They, JAW, did something nobody else has done before – a very significant first. They exposed the utter corruption of the world’s governments and businesses, leaders people elect or condone – even praise, in such a way and to such an extent the genie will never be put back in the bottle like it has been before, the bottle of forgetfulness – because it is now global and more now will remember than will forget.
It was inevitable; such darkness as has been burgeoning in the human psyche and expressed where it finds conditions conducive never lasts without attracting light. It has happened piecemeal through the centuries as our world progressed until it finally reached the flowering of global proportions as our way of life, because we are not separate from it, until it has all but extinguished the possibility of a time of peace and integrity – for ‘everyman’ to know his own truth, and not just the few to exploit the many. And in the light this darkness has retaliated, to which there is an equal reaction from opposing forces but it’s lagging behind in a world of apparent opposites, in time. This has been brewing for a long time and now it looks like it must out.
That’s the usual way of things, only now everybody knows it instead of the ‘usual’ partiality. Whether they have realised it or not is irrelevant, once you see the worm in the apple you can’t eat it anymore – for long. And it’s the last apple, we have emptied the barrel and nowhere left to turn.
There is only one Earth.
What I think of either – JAW – is irrelevant, though I wish him well – without wishing at all – as I would any in his situation, with the odds or forces stacked against him as they are, stacked by design, by momentum – ‘for the greater good’ – if only they could see. I trust he makes it to Ecuador, or some relatively safe place.
The fact is a terrible darkness in the human psyche has been utterly exposed so that it no longer has anywhere to hide, for long. Enough people have seen it now to make a significant difference in the world. This means the effect of that exposure will ripple on through the human psyche and show up in world affairs in time, as it is doing, no matter what happens to JAW now. In fact if anything happens to JAW now that will hasten the effect of his actions, not delay or abate them as some may wish or fail to understand. The sense of injustice is that palpable, long standing and infectious.
For those who look this can already be seen in the various movements and characters that have come to the fore in recent times. The individuals who are instinctively intolerant of the human darkness are called upon and emboldened. Modern day Knights and Lady’s are gathering round the table, globally, like never before. In most of the world the young and poor see no future and so have no hope except to change things now, though they don’t know what or how but have nothing to lose by trying. And in one world, one global civilisation, what happens in the north eventually comes to the south, east and west.
The darkness will be brutal in its attempt to stamp its authority on the situation, is already only we haven’t seen the full extent of things on our TV’s yet – so it’s not real enough yet to touch every man and woman, but it will and must, because it never gives up. The irony is it is of darkness’s own making, its demise – it ‘thinks’ there is a certain freedom in exposure.
And isn’t it ridiculous it has to be on TV before the many will believe it is happening? As is said, perception is reality.
The end of the world? Who knows, but not the beautiful Earth. We just aren’t big or bold enough for that, however some might like to think.
But what to do about it?
I’ll tell you how it is with me, and I’m not special. For as long as … I have had a sense this world of unconscionable greed and brutal exploitation couldn’t possibly last. How could it, in a closed system where intolerance of perceived injustice grows with every step injustice takes it must eventually overtake injustice, mustn’t it. Yet it has gone on and on and there seems no end to it. But everything does end. That’s also the usual way of things, and nobody sees it coming in their time, being too close to it – except for the very few.
What do I do about it? I go on as I always have, doing what I am moved to do and doing my best. Nothing has changed or will change for me, because I was always going to die. Until then there is nothing more important than to realise peace of mind, and sometimes that means going through the fire first. It’s not just for me that I do this, though I don’t think I am doing it for anyone else either.
So I am back to what I do. You see what I do here, and everything else I do is ordinary – what people do. And everything passes. After, or for, peace of mind it is important for me to do whatever needs doing in my life, that I can do. I do it because I need to, and if I was to offer any advice it would have to be that – do what you have left to do. Because the need to do it will then leave you and whatever one does makes it easier for others to do. And you can then move on, in all respects.
So as I observe and relate the little wonders of the Earth I will notice the wranglings of the world. The two are often co-incident in my experience. In fact there is nothing discordant in what I say to how nature is. And I take whatever happens as serving a greater purpose though sometimes a falling tree is just a falling tree.
It’s not so much the end of the world as the beginning of the end of an era where exploitation of the many by the few was/is the norm.
No need to get superstitious or paranoid. :)
Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture to enlarge in a new tab