posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 05:00 AM
Robert Oppenheimer, when visiting Japan in the 60's, quoted in response to the atomic bomb;
"We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu
scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and
says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."
This line haunts me ... "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds".
Fast forward to August 2011, and, in one way or another, we all now think this. We have become Vishnu - we have become the destroyer of worlds.
Through our apathy, through our self-serving pursuit of intangible wealth and success - through our disregard for our planet, our society, or fellow
man; we have become our own destroyer of worlds.
Those things we pursue, which are ingrained in our psyche from birth, and killing the earth.
Destroying our waters - We are creating anoxic areas of water within our oceans - the BP spill has caused areas of anoxic waters within the
Gulf, devastating the ocean life, which has a direct link with our own lives. Once this food chain is destroyed, one of our main means of food and
survival is in jeapordy.
Expansion / Cities / Building things!- Land degradation - as we expand, we strip our planet of viable land, oxygen creating trees, and our
ecosystem. The more we build, the more compacted areas become for animals to survive - creating starvation, and ultimately the death of species.
Overpopulation - Pretty simple to understand - the more people there are, the less food is available. Take this into account with the less
viable land, the destruction of our oceans, and a pretty clear picture is formed. All you need to do is look at China, a cap on the number of children
a family can have ...
Global meltdown The current topic that's at the forefront of all our minds. Mark Feldstein, an economics professor at Harvard, puts a US
recession at more than 50% likelihood. There is much debate and opinion on what this will actually mean for the US and the world, but it's clear that
the heady days of consumerism are fast falling behind us - the deck of cards if swaying, if not falling.
What can history tell us about the fall of great empires? All we need to do is look at the fall of Rome
A.D 1453 - the year that many point to as the fall of one of the greatest empires - the fall of Rome.
History teaches us that the main catalysts behind the fall of this Empire are as follows;
If you asked 100 people on the street, their opinions on what are the main causes of the current issues we face, they would state the above
(Christianity can encompass religion).
We only need cast our eyes back 600 years, to see a mirror image of the problems we face now - and the end result is the fall of an empire.
However, 600 years ago, the world was lucky enough to not be so reliant on world economies, trade alliances & military alignments. We are not so
Regardless of what people may think, or say, the fall of the US will trigger a global meltdown such as we have not seen before, and the writing is on
I want to end with the following scripture, Bhagavad Gita, chapter 11, verses 31-33;
The Supreme Lord said: I am death, the mighty destroyer of the world, out to destroy. Even without your participation all the warriors standing
arrayed in the opposing armies shall cease to exist."
Thousands of years ago, these thoughts were arrayed towards a "God", one who had the power to destroy armies, and the world.
I would put forward the point that we have become Vishnu, the Destroyer of Worlds.
What used to be mythology, has become fact. We have walked a path, which ends with our own destruction - we are men, base and simple, but we have
created a structure, a social hierachy, which has given our leaders free reign to destroy our world, and us with it.
Where do we go from here? I would like to say we have a choice, a way to divert the inevitable, but I believe we have long passed this route.
We, as a global community, have sat idle and allowed our leaders to dictate the path we tread - we have done so for the past 600 years (and more), and
it's now time for us to pa the piper.
Hold on, if nothing else it will be an interesting ride.