This kind of ties in with the recent discussion how some of us actually look FORWARD to some great cataclysm -- in form of economic crash, asteroid
impact, or whatever -- happening.
Here's the thread: www.abovetopsecret.com...
I think we established in the thread that many people feel that in our current society, we're just going in circles and the situation gets worse and
worse, so that some major event would be needed for us to wake up and make a complete turnaround.
I've recently read the book "Spiritual Incorrect Enlightenment," the sequel of "Spiritual Enlightenment -- The Damndest Thing" by Jed McKenna
(highly recommended for anyone, BTW, who has any romanticized notions of what enlightenment is), and the author said it so beautifully that I wanted
to share this with you.
In the passage below, McKenna is at a party with a group of "hip" Californians who are living "a fully integrated spirituality," basically getting
off on their environmentally and spiritually aware lifestyle. When the discussion turns to potential terrorist attacks against power and water supply
and the scare scenarios of what would happen then, he says the following:
"Well, let's say the worst stuff you can think of really happens," I interrupt, "would that really be such a tragedy?"
The chatter stops as all eyes turn to me.
"Would it really be so bad if your world broke apart at the seams?" I ask. "Cascade failures and anarchy and all that. I could see where it might
be a pretty good
thing. Shake things up. Get the blood flowing."
They're exchanging glances with each other in smug bemusement; seeking an explanation for, or complicity against, the jackass making this unscheduled
deviation from standard themes.
"I don't know any of you personally," I continue, "but it looks like your lives are fairly predictable. You know how this storyline plays out,
right? So what would be so bad if this storyline shifted abruptly to something a little more exciting?"
"I'm just playing the devil's advocate here, thinking out loud. Correct me if I'm wrong, but your lives are pretty much," I make a gesture
indicating our current setting, "this
, right? I mean, you make money, raise kids, socialize, fulfill your roles, just like everyone else;
basically ambling in small circles toward your own graves while pretending you're not. Sure, you all meditate and do whatever spiritual practices,
but you know that's not really going anywhere, right?"
A few pockets of resistance pop up, but I plow over them. Their indignation is as meaningless to me as the growls of little pink puppies. I'm
indulging myself with a somewhat more forceful manner of communicating now, mainly for my own amusement, and their reaction at this stage is not a
"This end-of-the-world thing of yours sounds so terrible," I say, "but maybe it would be your one real chance. You might not know it, but what
you're fantasizing about is waking up; your own awakening. You've heard the Chinese saying that's both a blessing and a curse; May you live in
interesting times. If you look at it, you'll see that we don't live in interesting times, but we could. That's what your terror scenario is really
about, isn't it? The times becoming interesting? We'd have perfect seats for one of the greatest spectacles in the history of the world; the
meltdown of an advanced technological civilization. As you've pointed out, it wouldn't take much. Food and water run out in a few days, and all
pretense at decency and morality run out with them. Major cities panic and go berserk. Fire, riots, evacuation. It'd be the greatest unmasking the
world has ever known. A mass awakening; millions of people getting very real, very fast. You don't think that'd be fun?"