How Do We Unite?

s300_rail-track-image-large-4I don’t know. It requires that people come to understanding.

Understanding requires respectful communication.

Communication is continually interrupted by strong emotion.

There are so many emotional causes that people could get behind right now that the one cause that should unite everybody is overshadowed.

That one cause is to change how we live so we can react to the slow breakdown of life as we know it over the next few decades. It may not feel like it now, maybe it does, but we’re at the pinnacle of the roller-coaster track and we’ve just begun the way down.

Our way of life requires a buttload of energy and that energy isn’t going to be nearly as available as it is today.

We’re going to have to deal with a lot less than we’re expecting to. Systems we rely on now are going to stop working. This is so general it is hard to picture. Let me help that…

You turn on the tap. No water comes out. If water does come out it is full of chemicals and microbes that you have to remove first.

You turn on the lights. The lights don’t come on. If they do come on it will only be for periods of time.

You go to the store. It is closed because the gigantic corporation that operated it couldn’t afford to keep it open. They had to close because too many people in your area can no longer afford to shop there either because they lost their job or the goods were simply too expensive to profit from.

You turn on the heat and nothing happens. Even if the electricity worked to power the heater’s fan, it would blow freezing cold air because there are natural gas shortages.

You go to the ATM and after waiting in line for hours you’re only allowed to take out $100 each day. They’re restricting withdrawals because they don’t have enough capital to cover their other liabilities. People with large deposits are having their savings stolen to pay for bad bets that the banks made.

Everything on the list above is happening now somewhere. It is a thermodynamic certainty that it will happen almost everywhere in the next century or so.

There are effective responses to all of the issues above but they’ll be ignored and remain, for the most part, unimplemented.

The ones who have climbed the highest have the furthest to fall and should expect a very large jolt.

That is the main problem. The jolt is going to feel like failure and it will be depressing and oppressing and feel very unfair.

There will still be some people unaffected by the collapse and they’ll continue to believe that it is their deeds alone, instead of luck, that are keeping them on the right side of this thing.

They’re currently called the, “elites.”

The elites will blame the downtrodden for their own misfortunes and will be blamed by the downtrodden for the very same thing.

All of this tension and stress will be so distracting that we’ll forget to respond to this collapse correctly.

We’ll continue to believe that, if somebody would change something, things will go back to being OK or even continue their relentless trajectory towards, “better.”

That is a delusion and should be crucified.

 

And another.

I’ve got to learn to write something that won’t be so controversial should I actually publish it.

Tonight I know exactly what I’m going to do. Well I’m writing right now but soon I’ll be cleaning.

I’ve got to do dishes, wipe down counters, sweep, vacuum and fold laundry. Oh and pickup bedroom.

But until I start on that shit, here I sit at the computer putting words into it.

Feeding it information that will likely never be read again. If it is it will likely just be re-read by myself.

But here I sit anyway.

I’ve been thinking about consciousness. Would everything, “out there,” exist if there were nothing to observe it?

I don’t know that I’m as certain of that answer as I used to be. I used to be certain that an, “out there,” existed and would whether or not it was observed.

Now I’m thinking that so long as there is something to observe, it is being observed. “Out there,” is observing its self. The universe observing itself.

Out there has a self. It has consciousness. I wonder what the world looks like to it.

I bet it looks while we’re dreaming. It looks while we’re creating. It is there when we’re feeling. It is there when we’re doing anything that matters.

Oh my fuck I hope the universe is has more mental stability and empathy than us fucking humans.

I pray it does. I should make sure the universe gets a healthy dose of logic and reason every day. And empathy and philosophy and love.

But instead of that right now I’m importing violence and blood and gore and hate and anger and stress directly into my mind.

No wonder the universe stopped talking to me for so long.

Learn to, “I,” differently.

What do you refer to when you say or think the word “I”?

That word encapsulates a great many things. If the speaker is an artist named Jan then “I” likely refers to a female human who enjoys creating creatively. If this female Jan has two kids and a husband then “I” hopefully includes the roles of mom and wife. If Jan was emotionally abused as a youngster then “I” may, under certain sad circumstances, refer to somebody who feels worthless.

You are what you identify with.

By the time you’re grown up most of the “I’s” you identify with are reliant upon others. Jan, for instance, might not be an artist today if she hadn’t had so much pain to work through from the emotional abuse.

These are all things that Jan identifies as part of her, “self.”  That is why, when any of these things are threatened, Jan feels threatened.

Jan recently read Cosmos by Carl Sagan. Seven sentences had a profound effect on her. Those sentences are quoted below…

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

When Jan read that she felt what Carl Sagan was describing when he wrote…

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

…because she realized that she was a bit of cosmos. Her next thought caused the exact same reaction only more intense because she realized that she was a bit of cosmos that had gained awareness of its own existence and was also aware that it was aware. She literally became the cosmos, self-aware.

She realized that when she used the word, “I” she was ultimately referring to the Cosmos itself. The Universe literally had a, “self,” of which she was a part. From that moment on Jan I’d differently.

She is now a bit of the Cosmos painting a portrait of another bit of Cosmos.

She is now a bit of the Universe wiping her hung-over-as-fuck-husband’s face with a cool, damp cloth. He was a bit of Cosmos having a very bad time after having a very good time.

She is now a bit of sentient Universe giving birth to and raising other sentient bits of Universe.

She is now the Cosmos bewildered by the fact that the Cosmos has the capacity to be bewildered at all.

She is now a Versling.

The Strong Force and The Elements

The Strong Force is the source of all barriers. It keeps what is together, together. It keeps what is apart, apart.

Flow from an area, to a point.

…The Strong Force of Earth

Oh Lun

The tip of the pointer finger of the dominant hand.

  • Cliffs
  • Gorges
  • Lava Flows
  • Wind Breaks
  • Earth’s Crust

…The Strong Force of Water

Oh Gen

The tip of the middle finger of the dominant hand.

  • Rivers that cannot be crossed.
  • Being stuck under ice.
  • Ice walls

…The Strong Force of Fire

Oh Zhun

The tip of the ring finger of the dominant hand.

  • The process of hardening something with fire. (i.e. bricks, steel, wood)
  • A Firebreak or tactical fire.
  • An unassailable desert.
  • A wall of fire you cannot go through.

…The Strong Force of Air

Oh Vin

The tip of the pinkie finger of the dominant hand.

  • A Balloon
  • A Wall of Wind
  • The strength of an idea.
  • Pressurized stadiums.

The Weak Force and The Elements

The Weak Force is a force of change and churning. A force that breaks barriers and rearranges all it touches.

Flow from a point, to an area.

…Weak Force Of Earth

Ah Mun

Tip of first finger of weak hand.

  • Tilling the soil.
  • Mining
  • Oil Extraction
  • Deforestation
  • Erosion
  • Desertification
  • Ecological Succession
  • Earthquakes

…Weak Force Of Water

Ah Pen

Tip of middle finger of weak hand.

  • The state changes of water from solid to liquid to gas.
  • Ocean Acidification
  • A river flowing out to sea.
  • Crossing water. Banishing it as a barrier.
  • Flooding
  • Mudslides

…Weak Force Of Fire

Ah Suhn

Tip of ring finger of weak hand.

  • Putting out a fire.
  • Getting out of a burning building.
  • Jumping over fire.
  • Fire burning down a barrier or otherwise clearing the way.
  • Death

…Weak Force Of Air

Ah Hin

Tip of pinkie finger of weak hand.

  • Climate change.
  • Breakthrough of inspiration.
  • Getting air when you really need it.
  • Strong winds that blow down barriers.