Beyond 2012 - Imagining Future Earth Timelines in the Domain of Limitless Possibility.
"If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem"
~Marketing Genius, Charles Rosner, as a recruitment slogan for VISTA, 1967.
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I am beginning this thread and post under one presupposition; that the future remains unbounded to us, as a domain of limitless possibility, and as
such, the ONLY rational, and reasonable response to the world even as it is, however UNreasonably reasonable it may even appear at first glance - is
absolute, unbridled, and wholeheartedly enthusiastic, eternal optimism!
Yeah, you heard me right. Many of you will of course immediately pipe up and exclaim "BUT, what about the... you know, the horrors and the ugliness,
and the corrupted "systems" of various centers of greed and the lust for power for nothing but power's sake, and the starving, and the violence, and
religious persecutions, and religiously motivated warfare (on whatever side), the criminality, the brutality of man, and the drive for continual, yet
ultimately unsustainable economic growth, and, and, and, etc., etc., etc." FOR GOD's SAKE GET ME OUT OF HERE! AHHHHH!!!... hey don't get me wrong, I
hear ya, loud and clear, "Enough's ENOUGH and we're mad as hell and we just can't take it anymore!" The data, is in. "You will know it (the bad tree)
by its fruits."
But that's not the whole story, and we all know it. It's maybe the point we're left at, as a starting
point, and if that's what we KNOW,
now, looking back, then a continuation of that simply CANNOT be the end of the story, unless we are each and every one of us, to a one, utterly
clueless, while at some level clamoring like drunken sailors over the helm of a rudderless (and captainless) ship, because when you know where you've
been, and no longer wish to go, then by God you know where you're going don't you, at least to a degee you do, and degree by degree is how a ship
tacks in favor of an improved horizon, is it not? (yes, please pass that one along in Washington if you like, lol).
And because you see, as we all do, looking back, at history, that IT "the utter madness of it all", runs like a dark thread through the whole breadth
of a seemingly never ending "story" of absolute nonsense, ridiculousness, idiocy, and utter INSANITY (by any definition, a "nightmare") - that which
we are staring right in the face, with wide-awakened eyes, as our FUTURE, once all that past-history is fully "grokked" (to borrow a strange term from
Robert Heinlein's classive Sci-Fi story "A Stranger in a Strange Land" which means to understand something so fully, it's akin to having drank and
eaten it, not even always to our pleasure!) in hindsight - is NOT and cannot be, a mere continuation of the past as the "status quo" (can you
imagine?@#$ how utterly absurd and f'd is that?!).
And so if we were looking for something new and better, might it not instead resemble something more like that past's mirror OPPOSITE?! Yeah, it's
been THAT bad. Oh there's been a lot of good, no one's denying that either, but if it's the bad we want to be rid of, by focusing, not on how to try
to "fix" what's already screwed to the nth degree, but on something infinitely BETTER, something creative, and therefore, not only novel but
of us all as a "wholly just and noble historical pursuit" then at some point, we're um, going to have to
like, switch focus?, FROM the past and TO the as yet unborn future, right?
Call it "a clean break", with a new beginning, not to dominate or take over nor protect any "realm", nor to oppose any foe, but simply for the sake of
what's right and just and in resonant alignment with our individually and collectively shared mutual best interests, nothing more nothing less.
So now, at this point, there are two options, the way I see it; either, One) we take the "conspiratorial" view of the world where "they" (just a
handful of blueblooded blood-lines of aristocracy (making of at least some of them, presumably, inbred degenerates) have absolute power over us, no
matter what we do, or even what centers of so-called "power" we ourselves might ascend to, whether in one life or a hundred, and wherein "we" (the
little man, the lone individual, what I call "The Lone Ranger" hey he did have Tonto!) are utturly powerless to do ANYTHING about it (some among us
even giggle at the thought of the complete loss of their own power, just so long as everyone else is in the same sad boat) - OR, Two) We see and
recognize that in truth it's all "up in the air", and that in fact it's not in ANYONE's control, most certainly not as a FUTURE history, and as an as
yet UNBORN future history at that.
Oh the past may have been in "their" control, and the fruits of that whole story can be seen everywhere (and at some level we ALL did it or were drawn
into it) but the unknown future, that's another matter altogether.. even moreso when we all clearly recognize everything that we DO NOT WANT, and
therefore would prefer NOT to project continually and without cessation, into the (our) foreseeable future, is this starting to make sense now.. the
reasoning for the more optimistic point of view..?
Note: how this type of POV (end of history) turns history, into a JOKE? like some sort of end-of-time comedy routine, at EVERYone's expense? The
collective foilbles of humanity, from the fall of Rome to the Inquisition.., from the Golden Age before recorded history (with ancient astronaughts
flitting to and fro, hey maybe it was all THEIR fault?!), to the Dark Ages, to the reign of George W. Bush, and now Obama (who seems equally divided
between being good and evil (black and white) in the eyes of the American people), yeah the whole damn thing, even including and perhaps especially
our OWN lives, the way it's ALL unfolded, a massive, end-of-time, HOLY # THAT'S FRICK'N FUNNY
JOKE of the ages, which just keeps on getting
funnier, the closer we get to "Omegapoint" or whatever Terrance McKenna calls "the Eschaton at the end of time and history", which is when that same
joke only starts to kick into high GEAR, with ever increasing awareness, and understanding...! And at the very least, whatever it is, it simply HAS to
be humorous, if we're to even RETAIN our sanity
, after everything that is utterly insane and ridiculous, is taken away.
What's left BUT unending hilarity at the utter absurdity of the entire story, until now.. eh? Just how many times can we shake our fist in the air
before we break down in tears, either of sorrow OR laughter, or BOTH? It's enough to drive any man in his right mind, utterly mad! (said like a Brit)
LOL And what might really "get" some of us laughing, if you're at all like me, is how did "God" know this "joke" even BEFORE we did, "how did he
So that's what this thread is about then, after we're calmed down and have had the tears wiped from our eyes by the historical joke of the ages. It's
about something OTHER than "history as we know it" because it's an IMAGINED future! This is in stark contrast to the "present-past" which is ALREADY,
looking back, yet again (sigh, eyeroll), in near 20/20 historical hindsight for at least the last hundred years or so (makes ya want to turn away from
the sight of much of it), pretty clear, and so, turning then, from a cowardly, limiting and powerless view of simply ASSUME-ing that what was, is, and
will always remain the same (ie: part of the problem) let us INSTEAD - put on our "thinking caps", and see, and visualize, and imagine for ourselves,
our fellow man and for all future generations, just what kind of future WE would create for this planet, if we were to accept the responsibility (for
our own future) and the opportunity presented to us as actual historical participants, and communicators (may the PTB listen in all they like! "Screw
you Obama!" JK! LOL), to BE the "world changers" or "worldbuilders" that we really are, for real, and in ernest, whereby all good deeds and actions
begin within nothing but a single, seemingly intangible, thought or thought process. Reminds me of the fundamental principal in Napoleon Hill's
classic oldie "Think and Grow Rich" except in this case, the arrow of significant benefit is reversed by the old addage that "it is always more
blessed to give than it is to recieve" thus making the import and export of such principals still more powerful as a creative dynamic.
Consider this, the OP then, as an open invitation, to contribute YOUR vision, your "policy position", on anything, or everything, and for any timespan
or timeline, whether for you and your family, your friends, your enemies, for the community, the nation, the world, interpersonal relations, you name
But just before we start, and before I offer (in another post) what my own view and vision and "future imaging" for our world might be, let us briefly
consider, for a few moments, just how POWERFUL this very process may be, first as a type of "Think Tank" (presuming you've accepted or are considering
accepting the invitation to participate) and second as one which employes, as our creative tools, aside from our own individual and collective
imagination (massively powerful in its own right, where "imagination is everything" ~ Albert Einstein), nothing less, than time, and history itself.
Yes, that's right, time, and history, as nothing but mere "tools" in the hands of everyday, run of the mill, average folk, although we all know that
ATS'rs are well above average though don't we?
Just please don't jump to any conclusions here, or assume, for example, that mere words on a screen don't have an impact, that's just not true.
Willingless and openmindedness are all that's required to really grasp these concepts fully, in their "big picture" context and farthest possible
reaching implications, as you'll soon see and recognize for yourself, when these simple but profound tools become ever more apparent and readily
available for our individual and collective use.
Imagining Future Earth Timelines in the Domain of Limitless Possibility, A How To Guide, aka "Creating The Future, For Dummies"
1) The Past (some awareness and understanding, in hindsight)
2) High Quality Sense of Humor (a must have)
3) A Hammer, hey ya never know, and it's always part of any half decent toolbox (but best to leave the screwdriver, and the boxcutters behind for this
type of construction).
4) A Creative Imagination (the more powerful, the better)
5) A Very Strong Desire for Better Things (as yet unseen, or no longer seen as the case may be).
6) Keyboard and working Internet Connection (with which to share your idea with the "noosphere")
7) An IDEA (backed by a strong desire to see it realized, somehow, some day, no matter what it takes, or as needed)
8) The Courage to SHARE your idea (without constraint, or hindrance)
9) Faith, or belief in, the sheer power of an idea whose time has come, or is coming (even if only the size of but a tiny seed).
10) Domain of Limitless Possibility
ie: the as yet unborn future (not yet happened)
- a story, about "what happened" even when "what happened" isn't really what actually happened, in reality.
- a convention, for the measure of causation, and in general the way we experience, having been taught to do so from a very early
age..life itself, as a linear progression, from the past, to the present, and into the future, yet as if EVERTHING, both past present AND future, is
all conditioned solely as a result of "what happened" in the past "back there", yes even when what happened isn't what actually happened ie: just a
Furthermore, if we factor into the "equation" of "time" and "history", the notion that, according to the accumulating evidence of modern science, the
idea that "histories", and stories, are the very stuff of life itself, but that they do NOT neccessarily exist as an occurance which has ALREADY
occured in time and space, then what we're LEFT with, the ONLY thing of any substance really, once all past-history has been "grokked" most fully, is
the present as a condition of, the as yet unborn future domain of all possibility
, or, put another way, the UNconditioned ground of all
being and becoming, right here and now. That's our ACTUAL condition, in eternity, already always now and forevermore (now is forever).
OMG - what do we DO?
And so that's the question posed, yes just what DO we DOÉ, given a clean sllate, or a clean historical canvas upon which to draw our designs, paint,
and play, laugh and may even sing again new songs, under the heavenly stars of a free dome.
OMG, what do we do NOW! It`s a good question. I just wanted to make sure that it was framed in the right way, to really get people thinking, if that`s
It's both a great joke, I think, and a phenomenal invitation, to participate intimately as the active, co-creative, historical participants that we
really and truly are, if only by the neccessity of free will choice, where even to REFUSE to choose is still a choice, although a rather constraining,
cross-armed stange, and one you're entitled to, but it didn't do nuthin for me. And after all, what is power, if not the power, to choose?
So this thread is a kind of siren-call, to the passionate among us, and the eternal optimists, and the creative geniuses, to shine. Let your light
shine, let's see what you've got ATS...
So here's to a better future! (CHEERS!), with bright and happier tomorrows for us, for our children and for our children's children, even from dare I
say it, from age to age, in eternity..?
Best Regards, and with much Love,
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