The Role of a Social Critic

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.

~ Johannes Kepler


Beneath the song embedded below, I’ve posted an essay from October 2008. It’s presented verbatim, and is followed by the usual plethora of information. First, though, a few introductory words and the aforementioned song, which is as timeless as the writers I mention in this old essay.

B9K9 recently posted a comment that made me realize even the regular readers here fail to understand my self-appointed role in this society. S/he accused me of complaining, and of not being able to understand human nature. I readily admit to the latter, while also agreeing with Mark Twain’s ambiguity on the topic: “There is a great deal of human nature in people.”

Social criticism is not complaining for the sake of complaining. It goes much deeper than that. I’ve been engaged in the practice of social criticism since long before this blog came into being. There is a point to my written work beyond personal therapy.

I’ll assume B9K9’s comment was genuine, instead of an act of trolling. Based on the comment, it is clear s/he does not understand the role of a social critic. I suspect s/he is not alone. As I explained in October 2008, my role as a social critic is to speak truth to power, especially when the truth is inconvenient. It is a critically important and hugely undervalued role in this society. Following the herd is how we arrived at this undesirable point in history. The ignorant sheep keep their heads down and blinders on, grazing mindlessly as they continue blindly following the murderous few chosen to “lead.”

Artists and writers — and perhaps that’s redundant — have been criticizing society for thousands of years. In the most successful of cases, they’ve earned the enmity of the state, up to and including implementation of the death penalty (e.g., Socrates). I should be so lucky. My attempts to raise awareness pale in comparison.


The semester is steaming along, and steamrolling me. Wonderful discussions yesterday in two of my classes, both part of Poetry Inside/Out, contributed to the steamrollery and also inspired me to further consider the role of social critics and social criticism.

Pima Vocational High School students visited the University of Arizona Poetry Center, where they saw chapbooks resulting from the efforts of earlier classes and also wrote poetry for this year’s chapbook. The topic: poetry and politics. The conclusion of these other-side-of-the-tracks high-school students: “Politicians are fucking us over.” (It’s poetry: They get to use any words they want, for a change.)

The discussion in my honors class, which took an early turn toward economic collapse, was so riveting we did not take time to write during class. We’re reading Endgame in the class, and one of the honors students was in Zimbabwe last summer as the Zimbabwean economy crashed. His description of the human horrors, which included starvation and mass murder, was quite a lesson for those who believe we’ll behave when the grocery stores are empty. And also quite a lesson for those who believe the mainstream media are providing relevant world news.

Based on these, and many other experiences, I’m convinced our young people are far more honest than the mass of Americans. And I’m reminded yet again that the role of a social critic — to speak truth to power, especially when the truth is inconvenient — is critically important and hugely undervalued.

Then again, I might be biased.

I recently finished reading or re-reading books by four social critics: Jose Ortega y Gasset’s 1929 Revolt of the Masses (thanks to Frank for the recommendation on this blog; below, I quote from Anthony Kerrigan’s 1985 translation), Joseph Wood Krutch’s 1967 collection of essays, And Even If You Do (the sequel to his 1964 collection of essays, If You Don’t Mind My Saying So), Wendell Berry’s 2000 novel, Jayber Crow (thanks to Mike for the loan of the latter two books), and Derrick Jensen’s 2006 two-volume tome, Endgame (thanks to Derrick for trading his excellent book for three of my crappy ones).

Although each book is a product of its time, each of them also is timeless (pardon the cliche). Consider the words of the Spanish philosopher Ortega (1883-1955), bearing in mind they were written 80 years ago: “In the United States it is considered indecent to be different. The mass crushes everything different, everything outstanding, excellent, individual, select, and choice. Everybody who is not like everybody else, who does not think like everybody else, runs the risk of being eliminated” (p. 10).

Another snippet: “As one’s existence evolves, one comes to realize more and more that the majority of men — and of women — are incapable of any effort beyond the one strictly imposed on them by a reaction to external necessity. For that very reason the few persons we come to know in our experience who are capable of spontaneous and joyous effort stand out as isolated, monumental. Those few are the select men, the nobles, the ones who are active and not reactive, for whom life is perpetual tension, an incessant training. Training = askesis. And they are the ascetics” (p. 54). And, perhaps most relevant to our current predicament: “In short, the man who does not get lost in the confusion of living is the one who is ultimately proven clear-headed. Consider those around you and see how they wander through life like sleepwalkers amid their good or evil fortune, without any suspicion of what is happening to them …. they are not even trying to adjust to reality. Quite the contrary: the person’s ‘ideas’ are merely the individual’s blinders before reality, a way of avoiding the sight of his own life. For the truth is that life on the face of it is a chaos in which one finds oneself lost. The individual suspects as much, but is terrified to encourer this frightening reality face to face, and so attempts to conceal it by drawing a curtain of fantasy over it, behind which he can make believe everything is clear” (pp. 142-143). I reiterate: The Revolt of the Masses was published in 1929, long before most of us were born.

Krutch’s essays, published in a variety of outlets, are similarly prescient. With a single exception, which was published in 1931, the essays were published between 1953 and 1967. Krutch (1893-1970), who spent most of his life in Tucson, Arizona, had several distinguished careers, including drama critic, teacher, naturalists, and philosopher. His ecological world view is particularly compelling: “Cities got along without electricity for thousands of years. In many remote parts of the world, large areas are still so little dependent upon it that to cut it off would not create a major catastrophe or even a serious inconvenience. But suppose that bombs or sabotage were to deprive a major part of the United States of its technological lifeblood by making electricity unavailable, not only for a few hours, but for months. Goods could not be moved in; garbage could not be moved out. Before long we would be in a situation almost as impossible as that of the ivory-billed woodpecker deprived of his decaying trees” (p. 15, originally published in American Scholar in 1966 under the title, “Invention is the Mother of Necessity”). Krutch comments on suburbia in an essay titled, “The Sloburbs,” also published in American Scholar in the mid-1960s: “I wondered if ever before in history a prosperous people had consented to living in communities so devoid of every grace and dignity, so slum-like in everything except the money they represent. They are something new and almost uniquely unattractive – neither country nor village nor town nor city – just an agglomeration without plan, without any sense of unity or direction, as though even offices and shops were thought of as disposable, like nearly everything else in our civilization, and therefore not worth considering from any standpoint except the make-do of the moment” (p. 67). Krutch has much to say about education and educators, but for brevity I include a single pithy line: “I have met ‘educators’ who were not, and made no effort to be educated themselves” (p. 241, originally published in American Scholar in 1960 under the title, “Honor and Morality”). A page later, in the same essay, Krutch reveals he was often asked the question many people ask me: “‘If these are your convictions why don’t you go hang yourself?’ [These days, most people use “shoot” instead of “hang”] The answer was, and has continued to be through all such changes of opinion as I have undergone, that there is a private world of thought and endeavor which society has never been able to take away from me.” As my readers know, I could go on and on. But I include only one more line from Krutch’s wonderfully provocative collection of essays: “That man cannot conceive of anything that would make him perfectly happy and perfectly content is proved by the fact that his imagination has invented a variety of hells, all of them full of horror, but never a paradise in which he would want to dwell for eternity, or even for very long” (pp. 272-273, originally published in 1966 as “But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There” in Saturday Review).

Jayber Crow is the only fictional account on this list, but it reflects, through the life of an individual born in 1914 in middle America, Berry’s 1977 non-fiction classic, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. Berry (1934- ) is a wise elder, a farmer and writer. I absolutely loved his 1977 book for its sweeping assessment and critique of culture in the United States, through the lens of agriculture. I absolutely hated his 2001 Life is a Miracle, an ill-informed, ludicrous, anti-science screed that critiqued, through the lens of spirituality, E.O. Wilson’s amazingly good book, Consilience. Thus, I was prejudiced against Jayber Crow before I picked it up. So much for my prejudice. Jayber Crow is superbly written, thoughtful, serious, and humorous. There are many gems but, reminiscent of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the book cannot be reduced to short passages without significant loss. So I quote a long passage, which echoes The Unsettling of America (p. 183):

“Buying a tractor at that time was not unusual. A lot of people were doing in. The young men who had been in the war were used to motor-driven machinery. The government was teaching a new way of farming in night courses for the veterans. Tractors and other farm machines were all of a sudden available as never before, and farmhands were scarcer than before. And so we began a process of cause-and-effect that is hard to understand clearly, even looking back. Did the machines displace the people from the farms, or were the machines drawn onto the farms because the people were already leaving to take up wage work in factories and the building trades and such? Both, I think.”
“You couldn’t see, back then, that this process would build up and go ever faster, until finally it would ravel out the entire old fabric of family work and exchanges of work among neighbors. The new way of farming was a way of dependence, not on land and creatures and neighbors but on machines and fuel and chemicals of all sorts, bought things, and on the sellers of bought things — which made it finally a dependence on credit. The odd thing was, people just assumed that all the purchasing and borrowing would merely make life easier and better on all the little farms. Most people didn’t dream, then, that before long a lot of little bigger farmers would be competing with their neighbors (or with doctors from the city) for the available land. The time was going to come – it is clear enough now – when there would not be enough farmers left and the farms of Port William would be as dependent as the farms of California on the seasonal labor of migrant workers.”

“It is hard, too, to say that anybody was exactly blamable for this – or anybody in particular.”

Derrick Jensen (1960- ) is a powerful writer who is, by his own admission, becoming more militant with every passing year. A victim of Crohn’s disease, Jensen will die shortly after civilization falls. Yet he passionately calls for the rapid demise of civilization in Endgame, by any means necessary. I include only a few lines here, in part because I reviewed the book previously and in part because the book is so good it should be required reading for everybody who cares about planet earth and its inhabitants. Actually, those four people need not read the book. Rather, it should be read by everybody else: the masses who, “to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other, and especially to ourselves” (p. 219). More to the point, Jensen explains, is our unwillingness to question the system in which we are immersed (p. 239):

“We do not question the existence of this death culture. We do not question the existence of an economic and social system that is working the world to death, that is starving it to death, that is imprisoning it, that is torturing it. We never question a culture that leads to these atrocities. We never question the logic that leads inevitably to clearcuts, murdered oceans, loss of topsoil, dammed rivers, poisoned aquifers.”

“And we certainly don’t act to bring it down.”

Jensen thinks we’re near the end of this way of life. That’s the good news. The bad news? For many people in the United States, and perhaps most of them, the world is effectively dead, and so are they (p. 285): “Welcome to the end of the world.” And, perhaps his most frequent line in Endgame: “What are you going to do about it?”

We need many, many more social critics. And we need to take many actions, large and small, to bring it all down. I teach, write, and pull survey stakes. I ask inconvenient questions, speak truth to power, and point out absurdities even when it hurts (me, that is … it always hurts those about whom I’m speaking).

So, then. What are you going to do?

Marc Haneburght extracted and edited the following, embedded video from an interview that originally aired during late October 2014

Robin Westenra, of Seemorerocks, purloined audio for the following, embedded clip from NBL radio on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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  • @Doctor Guy McPherson

    Thank you for another great post! There are some questions I’d like to ask you:

    As a social critic, do you think that exploitation, oppression, tyranny is part of human nature in general or is it part of a global minority, a ruling and cheating class that calls itself “elite” and organized itself in secret societies and secret services? And another question I’d like to ask is, do you know anything about the historical roots of modern civilization/cult- ure, like Göbekli Tepe, Catal Hüyük or the Epic of Gilgamesh and the origins of the sun cult?

  • CSN doing Blackbird:

  • Nemesis asks: “As a social critic, do you think that exploitation, oppression, tyranny is part of human nature in general or is it part of a global minority, a ruling and cheating class that calls itself ‘elite’ and organized itself in secret societies and secret services? And another question I’d like to ask is, do you know anything about the historical roots of modern civilization/cult- ure, like Göbekli Tepe, Catal Hüyük or the Epic of Gilgamesh and the origins of the sun cult?”

    Abundant evidence indicates pre-civ societies did not include indivuals with these behaviors. As a result, I think they have arisen within the last few thousand years, when we lost the ability to keep track of each other within our communities.

    I’ve not studied the groups you mention in great detail. I am only passingly familiar with them.

  • Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #120

    Rabbits become stones
    on a grassy slope, at dusk-
    dormant tree stands guard.

  • “What are you going to do about it?”

    I am going to do the same thing that the other 99% of humanity is going to do … I’m going to go to work in the morning in an attempt to acquire those things that my family and myself require so that we don’t die.

    Humanity should be concerned that by doing all that they are reducing their chances of survival in the long run but there is no time to even contemplate that when the struggle to live is here and now.

    Take away that struggle, that constant threat hanging over everyones head, that “quiet desperation” and then we can talk about how we want/need to structure humanity for long term survival.

  • Hello Guy, You have mentioned 39 positive feedback loops that have been triggered. Could you list those for me or have you listed them in previous posts? Thanks! Susan

  • Susan, the feedbacks are included within the monster climate-change essay. There
    are considerably more than 39 now. View it by clicking the attendant tab atop the page. Here’s the direct link:

  • Has anyone here mentioned the tunes of Amos Lee? Love that guy’s voice- smooth, soothing & soulful tunes.

  • I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. Toqueville 1850

    I read de toqueville about 30 years ago and have been a social critic ever since.

    I have been a humanist/naturalistby nature (pun intended) since I can remember.

    Ever since the early sixties and the conservation/ecology movement, which was standard curriculum in the school system, I have heard that question “What are you going to do about it?” has been asked and left hanging. In the end it all went by the wayside as everyone graduated and got a job. I have seen it a million times over the last 50 years.

    I have seen it recently with all the peak oil/AGW activist types I have communicated with for the last 10 years or so. They all say that nothing has happened so they have to get on with life before life passes them by. I try and point out that life is passing them buy a breakneck speed while they are busy commuting, working, partying to relax, etc. Oh well.

  • The current system is a result of a bunch of Southern Italians no longer wanting to do as the Church demanded, who got wealth by building seats for Bishops and Kings; a lot of bourgeoisie, upper class moved from all rulers that defied “them”, little by little with some bigger blips in history often attributed to some philosophical blame-game the laymen could relate to, while massive changes happened right under their noses.

    Prior to that system a well tested by trial and error and proven workable system based on Monarchy kept balance and maintained their natural responsibility. The scouts of nobility did their part, counts worked on problems etc, unfortunately history is written by the “winners”, so men should all believe that bad kings ruled the world, even it doesn’t make any sense as seen during the Arab spring, what was actually the same source when the French passed judgment; namely absence of Food: why so long no problemo’s.

    For example: a King would have advisors he knows are trusted; you know, they that actually read and keep on reading after getting some acknowledgement and try to work out the best road to take; instead of following some popular vibe that captivates people who don’t want to explore something called “truth”. And if advisors were wrong, “it” usually resulted in big problems, what is commonly “recorded” by story telling books that survived the laymen book burnings. Now, 2016 I’ve seen petitions where more than 100 domestic professors ask the country elected ruler to please shut down the coal power plants and even tell how to phase them out and with what to replace the energy source with, I see “they” just shrub it off like it’s some junk email.

    Populism is widely accepted as the method of government, it’s called democracy, without ethics as was supervised by “religious” established denominations. They just have a whole bunch of make feel good projects so all is “good”. In many countries you can’t even anymore get justice as the laws are so looped that the “bad” guys get off while the “poor” get smashed. We all need to be so healthy and our teeth need to be perfect all they way into the grave. Endless make feel good jollywood world, there are lots of animal stars that made the headlines like fluffy the sparrow and blacky the whale; special graveyards established for the populist insanity. Ahh so nice polar bear, lovely; yeah he will hug big time, just ask any Inuit. The abandoned “method” is going all the way back to the moment humans became organized and started agriculture and realized that you need order based on accountability, else you get a big mess, like we now have without any recovery possible even if we suddenly put Monarchs, rulers of men, in charge and jail the “wicked” rulers of the earth who “save” wealth and don’t care much for habitats thinking they are above all that earth stuff.

    Since the remnant of wealthy couldn’t ship their wealth instantaneously this last stage has been now completed. They must be waiting for some bus that will pick them up and drive them to the nearest livable planet as they are so much better than monarchs, so much wiser than old religious denominations.

    If they wish to be noble, let them do so but it will not be generational as during historic heraldry, not by inheritance anymore. If they don’t, then not, big deal, will end a little sooner then. Sure the so called “orders” will say that it’s not so bad and wait, be patient or don’t hurt the oil or whatever they think they know to be truth just not to have to act, thinking they don’t have global responsibilities and must invest locally, as always endless crap. So be it. And if they think flying metals will save the day then they must have some remote atmospheric shower system that replaces pumping groundwater just to make sure lightning doesn’t burn everything down everywhere then uninhabited, besides what has been mentioned in comments before with something about energy related fires…

    Not believing in global dimming is like saying water boils at 10 degree Celsius. We have such talented people in this world, they really know everything by googling not so boring video’s and watching pictures, great stuff that analytical thinking in this evolutionary step in humanity.

  • @ Gut
    I don’t know about your take on “pre-civ societies.” Male (intrasexual) combat is such a simple and effective stategy, that it’s seen from worms to mammals. I think that the desire to dominate others, and the ability to form coalitions to do this just makes good evolutionary sense. Although in small groups the small gene pool and relatedness of individuals (i.e. Hamiltonianism) puts a limit on how much violence a small society can absorb, there are plenty of examples of pre-civ cultures taking violence to this limit, and even beyond, to the point where the culture itself is threatened. Look at the Yamamaro.

    As for America, in the past whenever wealth inequality got out of hand, a populist movement would arise that would even things out a bit (trustbusters, New Deal, etc.) These days however, people like the Kochs are grooming the best and the brightest as their wealth defenders. Dinesh D’Souza, Laura Ingram, and Ann Coulter, are products of this program. People are genetically conservative in nature (Steven Pinker “How the Mind Works”), so it doesn’t take much to keep their confirmation bias aligned with Fox News. The majority of the students you deal with may see things your way, but most of those I deal with are extremely conservative, even when it goes against their best interest.

    So on to you personally, as a social critic. I think it’s great–you do it in your way, I do it in mine. Just don’t expect too much to come from it, especially these days where the truth depends on which website you visit. You recently said in an interview, something about the Buddhist perspective is to try your best, but to not care too much about the result. Keep up the struggle, do your best, but don’t take it personally. I’ve noticed that you can be a little thin-skinned. When you feel that coming on, just focus on your breathing.

    With love, and yes, best wishes always

  • @Doctor Guy McPherson

    Abundant evidence indicates pre-civ societies did not include indivuals with these behaviors. As a result, I think they have arisen within the last few thousand years, when we lost the ability to keep track of each other within our communities.

    I agree with you. So, it is very important and extremely enlightening to study the historical roots of modern culture, if we want to understand the modern civilization we live in today. To prevent to be misunderstood, I have to say, that I am not into “Nephilims, Annunaki, Nibiru, Aliens ect” 😉

    At Göbekli Tepe and Catal Hüyük we can study the first religious temples/cult places of modern society/civilization. Those places, discovered and excavated from 1996 – 2014 by Klaus Schmidt (died in 2014), are scientific evidence, that religion/cultus (mythos) was at the dawn of modern civilization and then came agriculture and the first cities, not the other way around, as it formerly has been thought. Those cult places in Anatolia/Turkye are a historical place of intersection between indigenous, nomadic hunter/gatherer culture, shamanism ect on one hand and city dwelling, agriculture, priesthood ect on the other hand. From there, history went on to the first godkings and the first cities like Uruk (Gilgamesh), Jericho, Babylon, the region of Sumer (invented writing) ect.

    Gilgamesh was King of Uruk. He was the first godking in written history. His story can be read in the Epic of Gilgamesh, wich is the first scripture of mankind, written on clay tablets. Gilgamesh is the prototype, the archetype of a tyrant. He slaughtered Humbawa, the god of the forest (similar to Pan ect), the protector of the cedar forests of Lebanon. Gilgamesh was after the cedars to build his palace. Humbawa cursed him for his crime. Gilgamesh also slaughtered the bull of heaven, wich refers to the moon cult, the “old religion/spirituality” so to say. Gilgamesh was related to the sun cult, that is the base of most modern religions.

    Sure, those myths are mythic/poetic representations of human history, not mundane factual reports. The Epic of Gilgamesh is not prosa, but poetry (in the early days they had no clue about modern newspapers ect, haha). In those kind of writings we can trace back the trail of human history.

    Btw, you can also find the historical roots of the bible in the Epic of Gilgamesh. There would be no abrahamitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) without these sumerian/babylonian roots.

    The trail of modern history went roughly like this:

    Ancient, indigenous (Stoneage-) culture (nomads, hunter/gatherers, mainly based on partnership, horizontal organized society) -> Shamanism -> Moon cult -> Earth Goddess -> Göbekli Tepe/Catal Hüyük -> Priesthood (vertical organized society) -> Sun Cult -> Neolithic Revolution -> Agriculture -> Settlement -> First Cities (Uruk, Jericho, Babylon ect) -> Gilgamesh -> Godkings -> Egypt Pharaos/Godkings -> Greek Godkings -> Roman Emperors/Godkings -> Mithraism -> Birth of Christianity -> Modern “Western” Culture

    Similarities can be found in the rise and fall of the Mayas (Popol Vu!), Aztecs, Inkas, Toltecs ect on the southamerican continent.

    Here are some very revealing documentaries about Göbekli Tepe. Here you can see the real roots of modern civilization:

    And here a lecture about the Epic of Gilgamesh and sumerian/mesopotamian culture:


    In the documentary “Gobeklitepe: The worlds first temple”, there is some turkish spoken language in it. You need to select “CC” on the vimeo player, to get some englisch subtitle translation. You can also download the video and search for english subtitels in VLC player.

  • I would take the mindless adulation of millions over the intelligent response of one person. — Robert Callaghan

    Endgame: What are you going to do about it?
    Guy knows full well, nothing.

    Keep up the good work dude. Just remember we’re all looking for proof for what we already believe, and that friends, is good science.

    Git your doom on folks! Less than average insights from a less than average mind. I just know lotsa stuff. Cheers.

  • Whoops wrong link, see what I mean about less than average.

  • Feed Jake ~

    Abundant evidence indicates pre-civ societies did not include indivuals with these behaviors. As a result, I think they have arisen within the last few thousand years, when we lost the ability to keep track of each other within our communities.

    I believe Guy may be referring more to these types below, not just the more standard male dominant behaviors.

    these types would have been more likely to be known for what they were actually doing, in closer knit groups where things could be more “kept track of,” and they could be either controlled, exiled or killed outright if necessary.

    The Sociopath Next Door

    1 in 25 Americans, according to this book. who knows if it was nearly as common back then. possibly with the general increase in toxicity in modern culture, in every sense, this type has become more common over time.

    when things become more distanced in larger social formations, it is easier to lose track of who is doing what, and easier for sociopaths to form power structures that are actually successful for meeting their needs, and on ever larger scales.

  • mod note ~

    Nem, deleted. please remember the basement. thanks.

  • Watched Mr Mann being interviewed his head bookmarked between his hockey stick book and his crisis book telling Mr Hartmann his dire predictions 2 or 3 centuries out. Longer the better to sell more books ..I’m guessing he loves the money.
    Had a water leak in line coming to house so no water for 30 hours and I can tell you there will be panic when the taps stop working.
    Back before civilized days you needed psychopaths to “bravely”? blaze trails forward for your tribe. Now we use them to smash full speed into that upcoming cement wall
    Wow methane numbers are really shooting up.
    Spring is in the air and flocks of birds passing by on way north

  • .

    Thanks Guy, I really enjoyed this post from you today.

    So … you, me, and that other person over there.

    Who’s the fourth?

    Don’t answer that, of course.



    “What are you going to do about it?”

    I liked your observations here. I suppose the crowd of hippie types I graduated with was able to sustain it’s counter culture attitudes much farther past high school graduation day mostly just because of our sheer numbers. We supported and reinforced each others attitudes. I agree though, the best of intentions usually get swallowed up by the borg when people have to hold out as lonely, isolated individuals.

    Regarding your comment about how everyone has to just acquiesce to meeting their survival needs, does it ever occur to anybody to make the ultimate sacrifice and just stop doing that, trying to survive that is? People might be surprised at what awaits them around that intellectual/perceptual corner. That was the point of doing a walkabout or a vision quest in other cultures. It’s also murder on fear based indentured servitude, lol. Alas, like you alluded to yourself, just not enough people attempt that route, it’s too scary and antisocial. I did and Guy did, just walked off empire’s cozy job, that is. We’re still here … obviously we lived. ???

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your comment, thanks.


    @Mark K

    Thanks for your comment too. I enjoyed reading it. Not sure what I think of all of it, but I enjoyed it. Thanks. Interesting take.



    My favorite Haiku yet, because I have families of wild hares living on my street. (White Tailed Jack Rabbits, which are actually a hare.). They often gather at dusk. So cute.


    @Robert the Lawn Mower Man.

    I liked you synopsis so much I was going to send it to a friend who has graduated from the Kennedy’s and 9/11 conspiracy school, and is ready for some new thoughts to ponder. But (sort of ironically) your essay didn’t end so well. You need to give a paragraph explaining a little more clearly why renewables are a flawed concept (need fossils to make, they require extremely rare energy intensive resources (explain that) and then they just wear out quickly anyway, and that they only service 10% of energy needs anyway, etc). Then you need to point out how the growth system isn’t just looking to sustain all 8 billion of us as we are now, that without continued growth, the shelves will be empty at the stores anyway, and that’s capitalism. Then, you could conclude with a punchline about the 400 nuclear reactors and the social stability their waste will require for the next 250,000 thousand or so years in order to not go critical … roughly the same amount of time humans have already been walking the earth.

    I thought it was the beginning of a really excellent snapshot Robert, I just thought it could be more excellent. I didn’t wind up wanting to send it to my friend yet. It didn’t end well, and again, no pun intended by that. You seemed to just stop. Write the last half and you will really have something here. I always have liked your quick summary in point form a lot. Your essay version just needs what I suggested here in order to be a more complete match to your list, IMO. By the way, I really like the idea of boiling it all down into a quick read such as you have done here. Good job. Methane is my favorite topic, personally, but that’s just me. Gotta work in the methane oopsy somewhere maybe too … poof.


    @mo flow

    I swear, I’m not just a sociopath trying to make the apex. I do have a wee little Grinch heart in here somewhere, really I do. And several broken picture frames already. Honestly. (lol)



  • Good Old Gut

    I once knew a man called Gut
    who lived in a little mud hut.
    His mind was as swift as a trout,
    he was able to figure stuff out.
    And he never got caught in a rut.

  • Naomi Oreskes and The Tragedy:
    “I am intrinsically an optimistic and energetic person. But it’s difficult to stay optimistic in the present moment, especially in the face of continued denial of people who should know better. I think that’s disgraceful and shameful. It’s also upsetting and depressing when you look at the impact of climate change already underway.

    It’s more like I feel sad. There is a kind of sadness associated with the fact that at some level, we’ve blown it. We had the opportunity 20 years ago to act on this issue before climate change was locked in. We knew what to do 20 years ago…I don’t know the remedy. And in me, this is cause for anxiety, if not downright pessimism.”

  • @ Mo Flow
    Yeah, maybe. But I think we act more like chimpanzees than bonobos (and we are exactly equidistantly related to both).

    By the way, I read your stuff on the other site. I had a kind of similar experience that started from a lucid dream. Not a NDE, but an OBE. But I barely had enough energy to return. When I came to, I was exhausted, and the ceiling was moving. The thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that these experiences are subjectively real. Somebody said the more you really learn, the less it can be put into words.

    Best wishes

  • I may have already posted this. I’ll always like the old version better. But the way the Second Half of this cover is sung really sends me:

    Now, here’s Simon and Garfunlel in 1966

    I was listening to Terrance McKenna last night as he explained how it’s possible for a relatively uneducated individual to become a strong intellectual, far in advance of those with degrees. This is accomplished by being able to figure out for yourself what your society is really all about and what its values actually are. Once you’ve done that, you are in a special class far in advance of many so-called scholars who, in fact, are usually propagating lies that turn their students into robotic slaves. McKenna went on to explain the loneliness often associated with such intellectual excellence. But, I believe that that rejection and silencing by the greater society is more then compensated for by the genuine positive feelings associated with such an accomplishment. One of the best things about our friend Guy, is that he has been able to not only understand and criticize society, but he is able to make his voice heard! To me this is a feat of great intelligence, better yet, super cool. He should be hired by Harvard to head a, Department of Social Criticism! But alas, there is likely nobody at Harvard brave enough to see that!

  • Fractional reserve banking, bond markets, money-printing, resource wars, energy depletion, greenhouse gas forcing, rigged elections, neuro-linguistic programming and media manipulation…….all are way beyond the understanding of the vast majority, who naively accept whatever lies the current head of state or the next wanna-be opportunist tells them.

    However, there is a small sector of society that can think but still have not been reached. And with the system now on its last legs and visibly failing, they will be increasingly receptive to truth.

  • Feed Jake ~

    when I came back, I was completely elated in the deepest, most grounded way possible.

    “Somebody said the more you really learn, the less it can be put into words.”

    it depends on how well one can work with paradox.

    infinite paradox.

    cheers, and thanks for reading, FJ.

    ~ mo


    uh oh, Bob’s BS meter is probably going through the roof.

    all I can say: it is infinite paradox, and there is NO resolution. tough titties, kitties. deal with it.

    oh, and yes: love counts more than anything else. but the anything else part is a pretty big deal, too.

  • It sure seems that, except for ‘us’ here at NBL, B9K9 doesn’t hold his fellow man in very high regard, not that he’s alone in that.

    In the spirit of balance, I’d just like to suggest the following:

    Members of the lumpenproletariat don’t often get asked to do intelligence tests, but any of them intelligent enough to; a) recognise the fake meritocracy which they might be asked to legitimise by participation, b) calculate the odds against their getting nearer it’s apex, and c) dispassionately assess the costs and benefits of making the attempt, or indeed of succeeding, find that, paradoxically, the most intelligent way of dealing with any intelligence test is to fail it miserably….. maybe..

  • Just want to say…


    My feeling is its going to be a big year.

    One thing in the peice above that sort of sticks out to me…

    Derrik Jensen says, and it is echoed in Guy’s writing all over is the proposition that:

    ‘nobody questions the system that is killing the planet’

    Look, I think it’s fair to say it isn’t nobody-right? So it is some people, and actually knowing how many is very hard.

    I know a lot of people who question aspects of the system, however, as many other commentators will have also pointed out, Jensen included, the complexity of the ‘system’ and the dependence on it for food, water, shelter and transport, and add to that communication at a (longer than yodel) distance, is a limiting factor.
    I agree these factors suppress action designed to bring down the ‘system’, but the system is providing (less and less) for most of those ‘needs’ in industrialised nations.

    The International Socialists have been banging on for a while about how CapaFascism remains because it feeds the masses just enough comfort and aspiration to stop French Revolutionary outbreak type scenario.

    All that said, my main gripe is that there are plenty of people know something is seriously wrong, and in America I would venture that the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protests was where many woke up. Did they go back to sleep?

    Perhaps, but many did want a better way of living, but according to John Zerzan, they were spooked into seeing a new way of freedom, but were eventually seduced into re-domesticating themselves.(I’ve verballed him here, but tried to keep to the ideas he speaks about).

    So I find it a reasonable statement to assert there appears to be little reflection on these issues, but I hasten to add that the North American experience, whilst it may drown out the lesser lights when in the thick of it, many other people’s and places have been critiquing the system too.
    No doubt many also know this…Ho Hum

    Many here probably read or seen stuff on ‘Confessions of an economic hit man’ by John Perkins, laying out how the west was (temporarily) won.

    So the idea that no one, or few people, are critical of IC and its enabling systems is a bit too simplistic, from down here anyway.

    Our answer to all these problems is to arm up and militarise, just in time for a local conflict-flashpoint- between China ans the USA…

    ‘Defence White Paper: Australia joins Asia’s arms race with spending on weaponry and military forces to reach $195b’

    A quote:

    “Australia will embark on a decade-long surge in weaponry and military forces to defend its land, sea, skies and space from Asia’s rapidly growing military forces.”

    I found this entertaining Gore Vidal and Lewis Lapham interview a few days ago, kinda got a few gems in there, some might like. (2002, Independent Institute)

    ‘Understanding America’s Terrorist Crisis’

    Also,Love that Pitch Black….

    Here is another kind…he he 😉

  • O yeah,

    Happy Birthday Guy…

    Did I say that already…?

    ‘ O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU Constant Sorrow ‘

    Love them ‘Soggy Bottom Boyz’

    Power of the crowd…goes both ways..


  • Amazing article on Damn the matrix
    our overshoot is in fact several 100,000x fold depending on to what kind of society you are measuring with .. This shit was meant to blow by any means
    His points of advise toward the end of this article is also very enlightening

    “How do you figure? It’s a red tide, Lester, this life of ours.”

  • ** When I came to, I was exhausted, and the ceiling was moving. The thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that these experiences are subjectively real. Somebody said the more you really learn, the less it can be put into words. **

    Yup, I can relate. Same thing happened to me when I drank a half quart of Jim Beam and pissed in the light socket.

    Talk about an infinite paradox. My socks almost caught fire!

  • The realization is spreading now to Health Care Professionals here in Canada, from Robert’s old neck of the woods, oh and yeah Robert it still stinks all around Jarvis, its the sewers in Toronto that don’t pump it away fast enough into the Don River and than on into the Lake….

  • Psychopathy is particularly well suited to the furtherance of the biological imperatives of acquisition, assimilation and replication. It requires an adequately complex information management system in which it can manifest and operate: less likely in the brain of a fruit fly. It will shepherd those who help it, but only to the extent that they are useful.

    When, due to changing environmental conditions, the zooxanthellae in corals can no longer produce sufficient quantities of the products of photosynthesis, they are promptly expelled by the polyps: this results in bleaciing but reminds one of the complete lack of mercy.

  • Sorry for the 2 post rule break, probably wont get to the confuser for a few days.

    Here is a recent un report briefing from Fiji…

    I strongly urge anyone who can help, please do. Money time any sort of help.

    If this is the new normal, then the world needs to start acting like we are all in this together. Help a neighbor, and your neighbor will be fit to help you when you get hit… and everyone will get hit.

    ‘OCHA Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Fiji caused by Cyclone Winston’

    90,000 people live in Fiji, today 66,000 are in evac centres, (schools not damaged) and they have nowhere to go back to…

    That’s where we all live …sooner of later.

    No cheer up video for this one, sorry.

  • correction…
    900,000 people in Fiji

    62,000 in shelters

    But open for tourism..


  • GM: And we need to take many actions, large and small, to bring it all down.

    What? No we don’t. You’ve said so over and over again that our wicked system is going down of its own accord, that it is teetering on the brink and will collapse any day now, and that there will certainly be no habitat by 2030. Based on what you’ve told us, you’ve made pointless any action other than this:

  • Carbon Monoxide Spikes to 40,000 Parts Per Billion over California on February 26 — What the Heck is Going On?

    Telling ’em about what is going on and its implications will get one’s comment deleted there. Just tell them what they want to hear…

  • Gotta give props to old Leo for using 1/3 of his three minutes to stating the gorily obvious.

  • I watch very little television, but hidden amongst the crap are a few gems.

    Last night I watched Chris Tarrant

    crossing the Congo.

    The reason I raise this is that the original line, built by the French in the 1920s, required stupendous amounts of human labour, and after the native work force started running away, natives were conscripted into a forced-labour system which killed tens of thousands of them via starvation and overwork, with a few succumbing to diseases.

    One particularly gruesome section of the track required a tunnel to be dug through a mountain, and during the digging the natives were ‘dropping like flies’…..something like a 95% death rate because the tunneling released carbon monoxide from the rock, though at the time the cause was not determined.

    Although carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen transport by binding to haemoglobin, it is not as deadly as hydrogen sulphide.

    So, if you live in the affected region, don’t panic. Atmospheric levels are unlikely to exceed those created when a vehicle is started in a garage and the engine run for a minute or so before being drive away.

    While we’re on the topic, there was the great American scandal of the workers on the by-pass tunnel for the Hoover Dam not quite dropping like flies but nevertheless becoming very ill (and a few deaths) as consequence of the use of pneumatic drills powered by petrol engines. I’ve forgotten the total death toll -some from falling rocks, some from CO poisoning, some from accidents in pouring concrete etc.- but it was ‘only’ a few score, and they were poor white people, so didn’t count.

  • Why there can never be hope:
    “Jennie Ferrara, an American expat living in Copenhagen, began having episodes of climate-related anxiety and depression shortly after the first of her two children were born.”

  • A wise aboriginal once said: “If you don’t respect nature, nature will not respect you.”

  • Happy birthday, Guy! Keep up the great work of getting out the Truth!

  • 2030 is >14 years off. ain’t got much time! where’s the hell can i get my supply of Nembutal!

  • Roger Waters on Why More Artists Don’t Speak Out Against Israel: They’re Terrified

    There is actually substantial evidence that Israel may be guilty of an even worse crime than apartheid. The text of the UN-adopted Convention on Genocide can be found here, and includes–under Article II–a five-point definition of what constitutes genocide. Parties carrying out any one of the five acts described are presumed guilty of the offense. By my reading, at least four, and possibly all five, are applicable in the case of certain Israeli officials.

  • Terrifying Tweets of Pre-Army Israeli Teens

    On Thursday, July 10, I entered the Hebrew word for “Arabs”, ARAVIM, into Twitter and searched for uses of the word over the previous few hours. What I found was young Israelis proclaiming their desire for all Arabs to die and in some cases be tortured to death.

  • What are you going to do about it? Fuck that’s scary because some people are just smart enough to be dangerous. Take me for instance. No wait, that’s too easy, let’s take Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein. Ah yes, much better! Here it is… Bill McKibben does something.

    Bill McKibben pesters James Hansen for a definitive “safe” number of C02 in the atmosphere. Hansen is loathe to provide that number. Bill persists in pestering. Hansen relents, offers up the 350 ppm number. Bill uses that number to form Bill and Jim go to the Whitehouse for a photo-op. Right after the photo-op Bill throws his support behind the Spencer-Boxer bill, more or less betraying Hansen’s carbon tax dividend plan. Bill goes after the Keystone pipeline riding on the wave of rich landowners protesting the line. Bill writes an article about sitting in a seat of power in a state legislative building where he pops a boner thinking about all that money and power.

    Now, who’s the girl for Bill?
    Bill hooks up with Naomi Klein to conflate climate justice and social justice. What does that look like? It looks like this. Naomi Klein will be the first to tell you fiscal austerity is bad. She will then tell you a worker paradise awaits those who embrace renewable energy.
    Klein pops an erection when the pope asks to speak to her.

  • All the best, Guy! May you live to see the end of the movie. [what?]

    i don’t see it so much as social criticism, but more like tellin’ the TRUTH

    You’re out there tellin’ it like it is while the vast majority of humanity has no idea what’s going on – they just live the results [ala FIJI, recently] and suffer the consequences (as we all will in short order).

    By the way, here’s some more corroboration of a comment you made a long time back – and took a LOT of heat for (at the time).

    Monday, 29 February 2016
    Climate change decreases oxugen- Paul Beckwith
    From Paul Beckwith

    Oxygen Level Decrease in Air from Climate Change

  • So while Bill, Klein and the pope forming a love triangle, earth ignores their daily drama to continue on its way to a heat equilibrium jump.

    Equilibrium jump? Is that like skipping a rope? And in a way it sort of is. The last major El Nino was in 1998, what is commonly referred to as the beginning of the New Ice Age because temperatures have been going down ever since then dontcha know?

    James Hansen has just come out and said that sea levels don’t rise at just centimeters per year. They rise in fits and starts, which are known as pulses. During the meltdown pulse of the last ice age, sea levels have been recorded to have risen as fast as 1 yard in 20 years.

    As many NBL readers know, Paul Beckwith has stated that earth temperatures can rise like 6ºC in a decade.

    Being hot and wet will turn some people on, but being too hot and wet definitely won’t.

  • “the world will surely teach one,if nothing else, than to walk slowly.”-finnish proverb

  • “the world will surely teach one,if nothing else, than to walk slowly.”-finnish proverb

    I am Finnish and we have no such proverb. Besides, there is no world expect the quantum world.

  • well, i’m half Norwegian, and it sounds about right to me. though you may be right…i didn’t check my source…which was a ufc cage fighting blog. lol

  • Jos elämä ei muuta opeta, niin hiljaa kulkemaan.
    It is an “old” proverb in Finland.

    Meaning that you’re part of something bigger and can’t do anything about it.

  • “I’ll assume B9K9’s comment was genuine, instead of an act of trolling. Based on the comment, it is clear s/he does not understand the role of a social critic.”

    Guy, Don Quixote was required reading in HS; the archetypal protagonist who tilts @ windmills has been around for a long time. In fact, every generation produces the same general kinds of people:

    – worker bees/drones
    – psychopaths
    – sensitive artists
    – rebellious hellions
    – religious nuts
    – virtuous intellectuals
    – etc

    It’s the virtuous intellectuals – such as yourself – who have two choices:
    – keeping fighting the futile fight
    – laugh at the absurdity and (mentally) exit

    The world is full of 1st world ex-pats who have figured out the fix is in, and have taken their bundle and checked out. Kevin is a really good example of someone who has figured it out, but isn’t in a position to split.

    As long as you realize the fight is fixed, then you’re pursuing this subject matter essentially as an artist pursues his craft. That is, it’s for your own self satisfaction. But if that’s the case, then there shouldn’t be any reason for complaints.

    It is what it is, and there’s no turning this ship around.

  • B9K9 ~

    “you’re pursuing this subject matter essentially as an artist pursues his craft. That is, it’s for your own self satisfaction.”


    this is why we have galleries, theaters, murals, cinema, public art displays, blogs, websites, concerts, recitals, the (formerly) gazillion dollar music industry, poetry readings in pubs, talent shows, renaissance fairs…

    if anything you have it exactly and completely backwards. the function of art is always social in some form or another, first and foremost.

    the creations and sharing of art in all forms can be seen sometimes as an acceptable release, or mollification, or numbing, of the tensions generated from living within a slave culture.

    it sometimes can be intended as a way of experiencing transcendence ~ whatever the escapist, spiritual or other motive may be.

    it sometimes can be created and experienced as a deeply subversive and occasionally successful act of fomenting rebellion.

    in cultures that are truly free, and as holdover in non-free cultures, art can simply be an expression of joy, love, and many other feelings, just for the sake of sharing those feelings.

    and it sometimes ~ rarely ~ can be an artist just doing art for themselves. funnily enough, most art that is done this way usually does not see the light of day until after the artist is dead. even then, the artist, if they have any kind of reputation, knows that this will become public as well.

    artists essentially always want their work to be experienced by others. what their motives are may vary. but the idea that artists do these things essentially for their “own self satisfaction” really is as off base as the idea that social critics do what they do essentially for their own self satisfaction.

    of course there are all kinds of ego satisfactions involved. even these would be impossible to achieve without the feedback from everyone in one’s audience.

    “As long as you realize the fight is fixed”

    art may also be about the artist sharing their angst about the idea that the fight is fixed with others who may be able to relate.

    or it may be a question “is the fight really fixed, or is there an out?”

    “But if that’s the case, then there shouldn’t be any reason for complaints.”

    as long as there are so many clueless wannabes, pompous pretenders, and trolling fakers out there as there seems to be, there will always be plenty of room and reason for complaints.

    “It is what it is, and there’s no turning this ship around.”

    in case you are not aware of it, this is a statement of art. you can believe this entirely on your own of course, but your reason for writing it here is purely a social one. exactly as Guy’s or mine or any other of the many kinds of statements like this are here, that are not just relaying the latest data points. (and even those are frequently laced with all kinds of artistic expression, because that’s just what humans do with each other)

  • Guy, Appreciate beyond words your perspective on those who’ve a serious
    DX like Jensen’s. First mention I’ve seen anywhere online.

  • Noam Chomsky has a lot of similar things to say as Jensen. He’s good at keeping you grounded.

    @ Bob S. Better go easy on the Jim Beam–it kills a lot of brain cells.

    Best Wishes

  • An impressive roster of writers – but paywalled

    Jiping Liu,1 Zhiqiang Chen,2 Jennifer Francis,3 Mirong Song,2 Thomas Mote,4 and Yongyun Hu5

    Has Arctic sea-ice loss contributed to increased surface melting of the Greenland ice sheet?

    But the missing piece of the puzzle, for me is how is the Pacific and Nino’s/Nina’s will evolve in the next five years. Should prove interesting if we get a nina, sheol, we might just see one long nino.

    Brian T and Kathy K. got arrested again taking bread onto an air farce base. My, my, was it 5 years ago they both got booted out of Bahrain for the Pearl Square thing. Time flies, except when it does not. Brian went to Afghanistan and was sick for weeks from the pollution. But he went back again, and well, will see if the judge wants to listen to someone who listened to people under the drones in Afghanistan. Does not look good, the judge won’t even listen to their request for nolo contendere. Convoluted logic from the judge at arraignment is a bad sign.

    Long time since 1986 when the base chief of security gave a surplus refrigerator to Steve Jacobs right after the big line crossing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Nope, ban and bar letters are a thing of the past. No free pass anymore.

    Look up while you still can.

  • ‘Kevin is a really good example of someone who has figured it out, but isn’t in a position to split.’


    I can only look on in a state of bemused horror at the idiocy and self-harm promoted by ‘leaders’ and willingly adopted by the ignorant and unreachable masses, and I have run as far as I can and have got nowhere. Only a substantial injection of fiat money could alter my situation, and the chance of that is so close to zero it can be ignored.

    My daily routine usually includes challenging ignorance, stupidity and hypocrisy, together with posting relevant facts, on selected websites. However, it is abundantly clear that the culture of ignorance, stupidity and make-believe is so ingrained it will not be significantly dented until the system collapses.

    Last week there was further confirmation there is no hope when New Plymouth was yet again subjected to the bizarre spectacle of American gas-guzzlers being driven round the city and American flags (Chinese -made, of course, and now a symbol now on a par with Nazi swastikas) displayed ‘everywhere’.

    When people can still be so easily persuaded to celebrate things that symbolise everything that is completely wrong and there are no mechanisms to prevent it, you know there is no hope for humanity or for most of the living planet.

  • PERHAPS another FEEDBACK (not sure if you have this one). James Hansen mentioned in a recent interview that fresh water melt tends to calm the ocean around Antarctica, and prevents the deep water from surfacing effectively retaining the heat.

  • I think B9K9 is spot on. I also think Mo Flow is spot on in his response.
    BUT the point is there is a third way.
    You don’t have to be an oppressor or a victim, you can play the game just to the extent you need to get by and pay the bills, without committing to either the process or the rules.
    Almost nothing is black and white, not in our characters or existence. Given the right set of circumstance any of us are capable of just about anything.
    I know that of myself as an absolute certainty. As Mr Cohen sings “I will help you if I can I will kill you if I must”.
    I say again, it is access to LAND that sets you free from being a victim or oppressor. It was always thus.
    That it is now too late for that simple fact to make a difference to how this end game turns out, is our greatest shame.

  • “You don’t have to be an oppressor or a victim, you can play the game just to the extent you need to get by and pay the bills, without committing to either the process or the rules.”

    Not sure what you mean by the process or the rules. Not sure either if one would need to VOLUNTARILY go against certain internal rules of conduct, no matter the pressure to do so. But since anyone can be broken, what one would do if broken seems to be outside the bounds of “being human.”

    I do agree about the gray (neither black nor white) nature of things.

  • 44 south ~

    “Almost nothing is black and white, not in our characters or existence.”

    totally great point.

    “love your enemies.”

    what does that mean? I think that idea may point to the deepest reasons why nothing is black and white.

  • For all of BK9K’s seeming lack of empathy and understanding of a life lived outside the pursuit of material gain, I have to admit, he is one of the more honest people here. As much as it pains me to admit, there are many critically minded conservatives/libertarians who will rightfully have the last laugh at us foolish well-wishers.

    Much of Guy’s perspective is still rooted in a moral paradigm or ethical context that simply no longer exists, not unlike fighting to preserve Dodo habitat. Much of what has constituted liberal/progressive/radical perspectives over the last century where time sensitive; an ephemeral recognition of what needed to be accomplished/prevented before humanity reached the point that is now effectively well behind us.

    Recognizing that IC is inherently self-destructive is one thing, realizing our ontological bearing has been completely fraudulent from the start, is something else entirely.

    Much of the language Guy employs is no longer relevant to the rest of our lives and is just hyperbolic for the sake of finding something positive to offer potential clients. In this, he has become just another charlatan who believes he has something worthwhile to offer the world, though it’s rather clear—at least to me—he has run out of personal story lines. The latest is now a “Grief consular”? And this coming from someone who admits he didn’t even recognize he was grieving himself until fairly recently, and now believes he can console others with a few one liners about “living a life of excellence” and how “only love remains” which read more like hallmark cards.

    Guy, please leave the consoling to naturally inclined people like Stephen Jenkinson, because you seem like a fish out water where it concerns the emotional life; you just don’t possess the “appropriate” disposition.

    You’ve done a fine job of compiling others research into a concise presentation that speaks for itself. But as far as I can tell, you seem to be grasping at straws as how to fill the void in your life you now regret having created. There just seems to be something wrong with seeking to make a name for yourself in advocating NTE. You are not teaching people, you are prophesying the end of life on earth by clinging to highly unscientific precise dates. You can call it being a social critic, you can even see yourself in the image of Che for crying out loud, but turning something like abrupt climate change into your own personal roadshow is going to come back to bit you in the ass, not unlike many of your past decisions.

  • Kevin Moore wrote, “and American flags (Chinese -made, of course, and now a symbol now on a par with Nazi swastikas) displayed ‘everywhere’.”

    Yes, it’s too true! World wide, the stars and stripes must certainly be known as the flag of cowardly baby-killers and money grubbing maniacs. As I drive across town, I often give Nazi salutes to flags flopping in front yards.

    Daniel, I think you’ve flipped your lid!

  • You know what I like about Kevin Moore? He doesn’t quit.

    And for the rest of you “quitters”:

    Take 2 fuckitols before bed and don’t call me in the morning.

  • PAUL DEMOREST !!! Didn’t you have one of the first PDAs on the street?

    I either can’t remember you, or place you, please remind me.

    To General Readers,

    Okay, I confess, I am not just a simple LawnBoy. Although, I never did finish high-school. Before I moved into the woods of Northern Ontario, I lived a number of years on the streets of downtown Toronto near Jarvis and Queen during the 1990s.

    It is there where I quickly learned how corrupt were the private social agencies who “helped” the homeless. Yeah, they would help alright, they helped until it hurt. We called these people “poverty pimps” because they lived off the avails of poverty.

    It works like this, the government will give say $1000,000 to help the homeless, by the time the poverty pimps are done, there’s like $10,000 left that actually reaches the intended target, and the money that does reach the target, is usually to some sort of “fuck buddy” known to these pimps.

    I worked in a high-profile “progressive” agency called the Fred Victor Centre, I would help homeless people learn computer skills. It was good at first, but then the agency started cutting my pittance of salary in half again and again at their whim until I earned less in a year working 40 hour weeks than a welfare recipient.

    They asked me, “Why didn’t you leave?”, I told them I couldn’t afford to leave, and go where? I paid rent to them for a room, I paid them to eat in their cafeteria. It was like a company town. They couldn’t comprehend why I would suffer their abuse over living on the streets.

    There’s another private low-income housing agency in Toronto called Homes First who are so corrupt I can’t even begin to spit and sputter about them. If anyone who were to inquire about these pimp agencies, you would get an answer like this, “Oh, that was years ago under different management.” Implying, we’re not like that anymore. Sheya!

    There is a whole informal culture in these agencies that says, “Rules Are For Suckers” or, “He who makes the rules, breaks the rules.”

    These people are the reason I hate so-called “Liberal Progressives”. These are the people who tell you that you shouldn’t “hate” anything, which only makes me hate them more. Because I’ve seen what harm they do, they are the reason why I hate people like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben who want money and power by sucking the government tit.

    They are the reason why I prefer a basic guaranteed income for the poor instead of the ever-burgeoning poverty services industry. This is why I prefer James Hansen’s 100% private citizen carbon dividend over Klein’s socialist worker fantasies. I understand none of this may be important to readers, but to me it is of the utmost importance.

    I spent 20 years making a weekly homeless paper to help the poor in Toronto. I had to stop making that newspaper last year, but it is there where I re-immersed myself into environmental awareness.

    When I was 18 years old in 1976, my 70 year old grandfather became a get-back-to-the-land hippy. He bought me an ounce of grass for my 18th birthday. We had goats, chickens, pigs, bees and lived far in the hills in Nova Scotia. We thought civilization would end in 1979. So yes, I have been waiting for civ-end for nearly 40 years. But, like dying, I only have to right once.

    People laugh and say, I’ll still be waiting for the end in another 40 years. But, they don’t get it. The end of civilization is coming just as surely as the end of each and everyone of our lives. I’m prepared for both, and that what’s matters. My loved ones will be relatively safe. Safe when I die, and safe when our civilization dies.

    I have seen what poverty can do to people, and I have seen what poverty work does to people. I now consider myself a social-progressive, not socialist-regressive. My apologies to the casual reader, but it looks like I had to get that off my chest.

    Already, it looks like “CAP & SCAM” carbon trading schemes are proliferating exactly as I feared. The whole point of James Hansen’s tax dividend plan is that it will UNITE progressives and conservatives to work towards a common goal without government corruption.

    I am sick and tired of the endless revolutionary momentum fantasies socialists have. This has been ongoing for about 100 years now. If you are young, forget that pap. The old narratives and stories we love won’t work anymore. We are NOT going to overthrow society to fix the climate. While just thinkin’bout a revolution gives McKibben and Klein a boner, it won’t do much for anyone else.

    Never mind my tales of woes, here is your next installment called,


  • Does anybody know about the “story” that sea-ice hunters can not navigate anymore by the stars as they have been taught by their elders. Get more sunlight and season starts a couple of days earlier. Solar landmark observations rule out anomalies by multi-year ice.

    The main question is that it seems odd to me that the sun’s orbit around the center of the Milky Way is between 280-220 million years and wouldn’t it be coincidence that the “Great dying” is just then..

    The sun’s inclination to the center of the Milky Way is following a wave like pattern.

    Lots of anomalies in the magnetosphere some years back on the southern end of earth, magnetic north needing to be realigned by airports as it was rapidly changing. Also a weakening in nT was measured above the America’s. Perhaps the best way to predict earthquakes if the solar wind and proton density is fully understood in it’s interactive behavior as it’s kind of hard to simulate the deep currents, water pileups, and expansion. Just suspect we have to know a bit more about the ionospheric interaction but perhaps the changes are so obvious that it will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Personally I now think it’s because of the waters that pile up in the Pacific causing pressure to the dynamo core “system” in combo with the moon, they measured a drop in volume entering the Indian ocean already in the 80’s, thus could suggest tilt and why warming suddenly accelerated, but perhaps somebody has some fresh idea’s.

  • Choices make us who we are.

  • How can dark matter cause chaos on Earth every 30 million years
    Earth’s motion around the Sun, not as simple as I thought

  • Thanks.

    So GRACE would be the best method instead of working out the other end.

  • is awakening to NTE an STE?

    “Processing a radical shift in reality”

    “an experiencer may have difficulty with isolation, depression, anxiety, divorce, substance abuse or financial distress.”

    “a dramatic and complete immersion into a reality unlike anything experienced in one’s life previously. As a result of this experience, experiencers may undergo a permanent and complete paradigm shift in their views of their roles in life”

    “research has indicated that in order to successfully integrate the meaning and impact of these experiences, experiencers need to be able to share them and discuss their meanings and consequences in supportive contexts. Yet, most experiencers deal with invalidating, uninformed, or otherwise harm-producing responses or do not share them at all, for fear of invalidation.”

    “Conflicting values and attitudes may be: “A position of power no longer meant anything to me.” “I saw how my job was irrelevant.” “I couldn’t handle how they treated people.” “They took earthbound things too seriously.” “They saw me as weak.” “I could no longer tolerate the avarice and greed.” “I had a heightened intuition about what was happening and didn’t dare speak the truth.” “It wasn’t acceptable to talk about my experience at work.””

    Common Challenges Following A Spiritually Transformative Experience

  • Some pure unsubstantiated BS from me:

    I once had a thought about geophysics regarding the capacitance value between the solid ( and maybe liquid ) matter of the earth and the Van Allen belts, which maybe contributes to lightning, auroras, and other EM effects. There is in fact as far as I know a measured voltage potential between the earth and Van Allen belts.

    One thing I think I may have observed is a relationship between charge in the air and plant growth. More charge, more growth ( I’m sure there’s a limit ). I’ve never tried to quantify it of course but this seems to be noticeable for seeds sprouting, around instances of lightning storms.

    In electronics, spherical capacitors are a very effective and efficient design, and also oil filled capacitors which have a layer of oil in them which greatly increases capacitance. So, if you can see where the thought is leading, does pumping out all that significant quantity of oil from beneath the surface have a possible bearing on potential voltage stored by this giant, partly oil-filled surface layer spherical capacitor we’re on? And does this affect plant growth?

    Although it’s a complete pile of suppositions, I ran it by a physics prof once and he didn’t shoot it down, something like “interesting idea”.

    So, if any of this could be shown to be actual reality, would it make any difference to the businesses involved in pumping out the juice ( blood of Mother Earth according to the Kogi ) in terms of giving the social critics more ammo?

  • EVERYTHING is interconnected:

    Human activities (destruction of the ecosphere, CO2 emissions, greed, ignorance of a global minority and much more other shit), the black hole in the center of the milky way, the sun, the moon, the flap of a butterfly wing, any action, any thought, any word, EVRYTHING is interconnected.

    The Kogi (and other indigenous people) are some of the most reasonable social critics I have seen so far. As well, as Doctor Guy McPherson. I am not absolutely sure about his scientific conclusions (because I am no scientist!!), but he is integer as a social critic and human being, and that means a lot nowadays.

  • For the benefit of any “public safety” officials who may happen to be reading this, in my previous comment “ammo” refers to the concept using scientific evidence for disparaging certain types of economic activity which are hugely destructive to the biosphere.

    Also, I’m sure it’s been done before, but does anyone have an opinion of the actual cost, or true value of a barrel of oil?

    My guess is $10,000 more or less.

  • @mo flow,

    Yes, grokking NTHE has a whole lot in common with a spiritual transformation.

    The sudden onset of collapse awareness and my eventual response to that realization amounted to a two-stage STE. The first stage involved grokking the possibility of collapse. For me this was a shattering experience, and pitched me into a Dark Night of the Soul that lasted about three years. The second stage was the resolution of the DNS, which is still ongoing to some degree. At each shift-point I experienced some of the challenges and symptoms the article mentions.

    Both stages involved a radical shift in reality. Both times I had major problems with sharing the experience, and problems integrating my new findings with worldly expectations.

    I had intense difficulties with isolation, depression, anxiety, divorce, substance abuse and financial distress during and after the initial grok, and then throughout the DNS. Also the noises of civilization (especially internal combustion engines) began to really bother me.

    The resolution of the DNS began with what more people would recognize as a classical STE involving a series of visions. For me the main problem that is specific to this stage involves finding and living my life’s purpose. That’s also tied to my particular struggle to hold both materialist and idealist cosmologies simultaneously.

    I could have really used some experienced guides during the process, but I couldn’t find any. Nobody recognized that this was a process of transformation, at least not until I hit stage 2. People saw my DNS simply as as depression and despair brought on by unwarranted pessimism. It was left to me to find the spiritual elements and use them to resolve the situation. I got lucky.

  • @Paul Chefurka

    Great, great comment of yours. I feel every single word you say, just like you were talking EXACTLY about my very own experiences.

    Life is a struggle, isn’t it? But it is a miracle, a mystery at the very same time.

    Thank you, Sir Paul Chefurka. And yes, we got lucky indeed.

    Now I need a break, I need Duende:

  • Here’s a punchier ending to Idiocracy:

    Alert Canada says oxygen is depleting 10X faster than C02 is rising because, says Paul Beckwith, we have reduced the total weight of earth’s living bio-mass, much of it trees and plankton, by 50% since the industrial revolution @ 12:18 on the timeline below.

    Don’t forget, nothing stays the same. The exponential drop in oxygen is barely detectable, for now. The rate of decrease will increase rapidly over time.

    The weight of all the sea turtles in the Caribbean Islands 200 years ago was more than the weight of all the buffalo on the Great Plains at that time, both are nearly gone now, along with the Cod fish off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Some 500 years ago, the Cod were so plentiful that Captain John Cabot’s crew could hear them scraping the sides of the ship from inside the hull. They became afraid that the fish would lift the boat out of the water causing it to tip sideways. About 200 years ago, Passenger pigeons, during migrations, would literally blot out the midday sun causing total darkness. They went extinct 100 years ago. Today, we have removed 75% of Antarctic Krill to sell online as health and beauty products. We are killing whales, fish, penguins and seals by stealing their food just on a whim and the click of a mouse.

    It is the sheer weight, volume and diversity of all life on earth that sustains the very conditions for life on earth, this includes our atmosphere. The strands of the web of life that cover earth must not be ripped apart over the globe’s oceans for our atmosphere to remain intact. We are shredding those strands up over the globe’s oceans.

    We are now risking the air we breathe with every fish we eat. We cannot remove millions of tons of fish from 75% of earth’s surface and grow tree farms on the rest without destroying our planet. We already cut the weight of all earth life in half, and may well cut it in half again in just 40 years. This will cause runaway mass extinction, which once started, cannot be stopped or reversed, no matter what we do.

    Being Pisces sucks.

  • 2 Mo Flow
    Love your enemies- cultivate metta, which is a non-attached love and good will toward all people.

    The difficulty dealing with spiritual experiences is also addressed in Buddhism–recognize that the “you” that deals with the day-to-day world is a set of habits, it is not the “real” you. Buddhist training prepares people for the shock, but if it happens without warning or preparation, it can cause all the symptoms of which you speak. My advice is to go to a real Buddhist or Hindu master as soon as is feasible to get perspective, and then take your time to sort it out.

    I had the experience of the ultimate void or “the place which is no place” completely unprepared and unexpectedly, and it took me a while to figure it out. I finally found an explanation in a Zen book (which I know is kind of an oxymoron), and so here I am a Buddhist. I hope my comments are a help to someone.

    Sincere best wishes to all.

  • .

    Robert, I’m liking your style quite a bit now that you’ve recently transitioned from point form to your new short essay format. I think your background has taught you the value of keeping things simple when trying to communicate an overall idea to ordinary everyday people.

    Like this statement from your blog today:

    “It is the sheer weight, volume and diversity of all life on earth that sustains the very conditions for life on earth.”

    “We already cut the weight of all earth life in half, and may well cut it in half again in just 40 years. This will cause runaway mass extinction, which once started, cannot be stopped or reversed, no matter what we do.”

    Together with your references to turtles and bison, and pigeons, this is all very graspable imagery for people.

    You’ve also taught a simple minded person like myself the basic concept of geometric growth versus arithmetic growth here (subconsciously of course) by reflecting on how what was done in one hundred years time will now be repeated again in half that time, or twice as fast. (Exponential warming/growth/consumption/collapse concepts are not obvious to a lot of people because of a math deficiency.) Finding a simple proportion like ‘nearly half’ is critical to not having a simpleton’s eyes glaze over when ingesting examples that rely on observing the exponential function.

    People think arithmetically. They often don’t intuit exponential concepts, one’s that self reinforce future events through added multiplier effects within the basic equation or system. Ordinary peoples seem to have more incremental and linear oriented minds. That’s why banks get them with the compounding principle every time, and worse even, with the reverse compounding principle and up front too, technically before you’ve even borrowed the money (called an ‘amortized’ mortgage.) Anyway, I digress. I just wanted to point out how I’m onto you Robert, and think you need to write us the simpleton’s guide to collapse and extinction. I’m not kidding Robert, you have a way with putting things in terms that even the WallMart folk on their scooters could understand and relate to. Keep it up, you may have hit upon the the communication prose we’ve been looking for here.

    You have a clear gift for making large points using the simplest of terms, and I think that gift has great value when considering that the problem with getting this message across to people is their simple-mindedness and consequential attendant ignorance. People do, after all, average out in Americu to have around a sixth grade reading level, if you observe poll’s across professional publications. You, Robert, have to take the message to them, so to speak, and you write in a style that reaches that audience with it’s simplicity. Well, maybe minus the satanic jokes (hehe) even though I did like those a lot myself.

    People with simple reasoning skills need simple examples, one’s that they can easily intuit as being correct. You have to speak their language. That’s how the debunking side wins people over against climate arguments; they appeal to people’s instincts divorced from facts. In Roberts writing, he appeals in this way to people in an almost similar fashion, to instincts and a simpler logic, but he happens to be on the side of the truth in his case. I think you’re onto something here Robert as far as a communication device goes. Nicely done.

    Thanks for those great comparisons as well. I liked those (well, as examples I liked them.) They are yet another example of a style of writing that can cut through all of the intellectualizing, and capture the simple logic train of the typical ordinary Joe. Simple folk like me need simple intuitive real world examples like this to keep us from being swayed by all the bullshit fanfare pumped out by the noise machines of empire.

    (Your comparisons.)

    The weight of all the sea turtles in the Caribbean Islands 200 years ago was more than the weight of all the buffalo on the Great Plains at that time, both are nearly gone now, along with the Cod fish off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Some 500 years ago, the Cod were so plentiful that Captain John Cabot’s crew could hear them scraping the sides of the ship from inside the hull. They became afraid that the fish would lift the boat out of the water causing it to tip sideways. About 200 years ago, Passenger pigeons, during migrations, would literally blot out the midday sun causing total darkness. They went extinct 100 years ago.”

    I was reminded of the Auks from Kolbert’s ‘The Sixth Extinction’ book.

    A 1622 account by a captain named Richard Whitbourne describes great auks being driven onto boats “by hundreds at a time as if God had made the innocency of so poor a creature to become such an admirable instrument for the sustenation of Man.”

    Of course, now there are no great giant penguins anymore, not a single one. And who even knew there ever was such a creature?

    Anyway, good writing Robert. Get it into another street publication if you can, and get the word out!


    Just like the deniers have catch slogans like, ‘I heard we’re actually going back into an Ice Age again.’

    We need one’s like, ‘We have now wiped out half the biomass on earth in just one generation.’

    And, ‘Without a biosphere, you don’t survive.’ (That can be the back of the T-Shirt.)

    And, ‘No, more technology is not going to save you.’


    Cheers Robert. No sense lettin’ the grass grow.


    More Eno.


    Oh, and mo flow … I totally agree that NTE is an STE, maybe just in the nick of time too.

    Honey doesn’t work anymore, so maybe throwing them through the doorway will. (lol)

  • Good God! The postal rates are going to DROP!

    Surely the end is near.

  • Paul Chefurka ~

    wow! that is amazing how much your NTE awaking experience actually did (and still does) parallel an STE. I was kind of shocked as I was reading that article just how far these two things connected. thank you very much for sharing your experience as a perfect example!

    RC ~

    seconding LWA about the latest things you have been writing. The examples with the turtles, buffalo and John Cabot’s experience with the cod really hit hard.

    Feed Jake ~

    I am assuming “the experience of the ultimate void” you refer to is the same one you referenced above, that started as a lucid dream, then OBE? please correct me if I’ve got that wrong. I was wondering more about just what you experienced there, so thanks for sharing more (if that was the one).

    when you say “completely unprepared” I find that fascinating! do you mean totally and completely unprepared? like you had never heard of such things, or had any idea at all about such things, beforehand? I am really curious about that. anything more you’d like to share about background info, or more, would be greatly appreciated.

    I was extremely fortunate that the nature of my experience made it really clear what was going on. I had zero questions about anything in the experience when it was over and done. the concept of “love your enemies” is simply the reflection of what the One/Krishna/Source IS. it is an infinite force whose nature is absolute love, for ALL. (see the article I link below for more on this).

    of course, our words are not in any way going to capture the Reality of what this means. it is just the faintest way of approaching this Reality.

    as I mentioned when I was describing this over on Kuku, absolute love is what we experience of that “Reality” when we are on this side of the picture, when we approach it or experience it closely.

    and metta is one reflection of this absolute experience that we can share with all our fellow beings.

    in my experience, on the inside of the Real, all concepts, including love, totally vanish into Infinite Being. this is where “ultimate void” perhaps becomes much more a useful idea.

    I’ve never been able to describe what I experienced as Void though, even ultimate. the idea of Ultimate Being always felt more appropriate as a way of labeling this experience for me. I personal had (and have) no doubt that the One experiences itself as a Being.

    I don’t identify myself as Buddhist, Christian, or anything else. I don’t even identify myself as “spiritual,” if I can avoid it.

    as I’ve mentioned here before, I actually identify, if pressed, more with Existential Nihilism than anything else, and I do this because I felt in my experience of Being the One, that I was absolutely “compelled to invent meaning.”

    that compulsion was an overriding aspect of my experience.

    this compulsion is what gives birth to Total Realty ~ also known as Creation.

    as Infinite Being, my existence and my nature both were absolute givens, coming before anything else.

    “each individual is an isolated being born into the universe” (from the link above)

    as the One, I was absolutely alone and isolated. there was nothing else besides me.

    I existed. my infinite nature said I always existed, so there wasn’t any question of being “born into” anything. no question or anxiety or doubt there at all, as my existence was completely unquestionable, for myself!

    surrendering to my infinite nature created Total Reality, including our universe. (and zillions of other universes and dimensions and everything else, all at once)

    experiencing my nature from the deepest inside, was the pure experience of Infinite Being.

    experiencing my nature anywhere from the outside, from the POV of my Creation, told me what my nature means:

    infinite love, joy, mercy, curiosity, creativity, gentleness, peace, wisdom, and everything else we associate with infinite goodness. on and on…

    but this was all invented.

    that it was invented was just as unquestionable as the Reality of my existence.

    there wasn’t anything inherently special about my invention, my Creation, within itself. it was just something I was effortlessly doing, nonstop, for the experience and expression of doing it.

    if I wanted to stop any and all of it, that was no problem. I could stop if I wanted to, but I didn’t want to. I was compelled to create meaning, and therefore compelled to create ALL.

    and this invention was invention in the truest possible sense: made up entirely out of My Being. nothing else, from anything or anywhere else.

    again, within Infinite Being, these “meanings” above absolutely do not exist ~ they did not exist within that experience. at all. anywhere.

    they were only known from the outside. from just the tiniest step outside, to all the way outside.

    and I was simultaneously and totally experiencing the inside and outside perspectives, all the way. this was simply another part of my infinite nature. no effort. all of it, everywhere.

    so: untangling how things like free will versus compulsion, free choice plus infinite knowledge, loving curiosity versus pure evil, inside versus outside, and so much more of how this package deal all comes into play is exactly where infinite paradox arises.

    and goes on, and on…

    the paradox is the necessary, living, and permanent result of an Infinite Being allowing itself the full expression and experience of what an Infinite Being is actually capable of, in its infinite nature.

    some no doubt see this paradox as madness. there was nothing within my Being~experience that could argue otherwise. madness was just another nonexistent concept.

    from what I was Creating, given the experience in Total, it didn’t feel insane.

    but the One is biased. it only has itself to give itself meaning. would the One ever want to believe itself insane?

    probably not.

    fortunately, we get to make the judgement ourselves. completely. we get to give meaning and definition.

    right here. our meanings and judgements and experiences are just as valid as anywhere else.


    Loving Our Enemies:
    The Core of Jesus’ Vision in the Sayings Gospel Q

    “There are just too many snapshots in the Jesus tradition of a God who loves all, including the bad, the lost,2 the last,3 the poor,4 and the nobodies.5 This, of course, is the point of the famous parable of the prodigal son. The snapshot we see here in the Inaugural Sermon is explicit, and also quite beautiful. God’s love is likened to the life-giving sun casting its light over the entire landscape, warming the faces of good and bad alike. Or to the life-giving rain sweeping across the landscape, blessing everyone with needed water and the promise of a bountiful harvest. Both sunshine and rain are utterly heedless of the moral status of the persons on which they bestow their blessings. They don’t pause to assess that status before falling on someone. They just fall, giving warmth, giving life, indiscriminately. No one is favored and no one is excluded. That, according to this saying, is how God loves.

    Notice, too, that both images are of renewal and rebirth. Rain renews the land. The sunrise (“he raises his sun”) is the rebirth of light after the darkness. In this metaphor, then, God’s love renews us, causes us to be reborn. I find the image of sunshine to be particularly meaningful. The sun is a transcendent power that is lifted high above the earth, where it sheds light and life, saving us from darkness and from death. It is constant, unwavering. All it does is shine. Hence, to be selective in its shining, to refuse to shine on someone, would go against its nature. Further, to shine on someone is a metaphor for smiling on someone, for being happy with that person. Thus, if God’s love is like sunshine, then it means that God is incapable of doing anything but loving, anything but beaming his universal approval, incapable of leaving even the worst sinner out in the cold. By nature, all he can do is bathe everyone in the warmth of his unwavering smile.

    As I said above, this is a God who is unlike our experience of other living things. This God is definitely not the typical projection of human fallibility and favoritism onto a cosmic screen. Where did Jesus get such a radical vision?

    An antidote for the world’s ills

    Yet even as just a goal, a lofty summit that we are slowly climbing toward, this vision, I believe, is a genuine antidote for what ails the world. J. Harold Ellens has written eloquently about his “conviction that the main psychosocial and political problem in modern and postmodern culture arises from the apocalyptic worldview willed to us by that ancient ambiguous religion” (2007a, p. 2). He describes the effects of that apocalyptic worldview:

    The worst of all this is that religious metaphors that we have been given in the dominant report about God’s nature and behavior, produce unconscious psychological archetypes in human beings, which get acted out unsuspectingly in behavior that is justified by those metaphors. If God solves all his ultimate problems by quick resort to ultimate violence, how is it possible that we can expect humans to do significantly differently? Sick gods make sick people. If God persuades us of his psychotic notion that he is caught in a cosmic conflict, the battleground of which is human history and the human heart, of course it is inevitable that we shall wish, unconsciously or consciously, to help him out; to be on his side in the war; to undertake God’s cause against the infidel, to fight the bad guys, to exterminate our enemies, as apparently God tries to do with his. (2007b, p. 3)

    The logic is inescapable: If God exterminates enemies, then must we not do likewise? As Ellens says, “Monster gods make monster people” (2007b, p. 2). What is so striking, of course, about Jesus’ vision in Q is that his picture of God and consequently of appropriate human behavior is the precise and diametric reverse of this. It is as sublime as the apocalyptic worldview is monstrous.

    Imagine, then, that Jesus’ vision had stuck, that rather than being swallowed up by the “Master Story of Western culture” (Ellens, 2007a, p. 4) centered on divine violence, it had become the heart of a new Master Story centered on divine impartial love. What kind of people would that new Master Story have produced? What kind of world might it have produced? So much of the suffering in the world is that which we unnecessarily inflict on each other. Guided by a narrow sense of self-interest, we cast most people outside the inner circle of our hearts. The lines that mark off the outer circles become rifts in our personal lives and battle lines in our international affairs. The private seed of spite that quietly draws the circles can easily burst forth into full-blown violence, even on a global scale. The painful effects of those circles, then, are all around us. Those effects define our world. Therefore, in calling us to love our enemies, Jesus was calling us to a different kind of world. Imagine a world in which the multitudes of Jesus’ followers passionately believed that rather than destroying the enemy in God’s name, we should genuinely love the enemy, again in God’s name. How might the world have been different if this vision had been held onto? How could it be different if this vision were recovered?”


    LWA ~

    Oh, and mo flow … I totally agree that NTE is an STE, maybe just in the nick of time too.

    Honey doesn’t work anymore, so maybe throwing them through the doorway will.

    “You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously you are mistaken. This company is one of the top software companies in the world because every single employee understands that they are part of a whole. Thus, if an employee has a problem, the company has a problem. The time has come to make a choice, Mr. Anderson. Either you choose to be at your desk on time from this day forth, or you choose to find yourself another job. Do I make myself clear?”


    “You’re going to help us, Mr. Anderson, whether you want to or not.”

  • Gale After Gale After Gale Dumped Two and a Half Feet of Rain Upon Scotland and Wales This Winter

    “For England and Wales, with temperatures ranging about 2 degrees Celsius above average for December, January and February, 2015-2016 probably beat out 2007 and 1989 as the hottest Winter on record. Meanwhile, Wales and Scotland saw the most rainfall ever recorded — with totals for both regions hitting around 756 millimeters or about two and one half feet. That’s even more rainfall than the previous record stormy Winter of 2013 and 2014.”

    They did not know what was in store when they started the large-scale burning of coal.

  • The only spiritual experience i recall..mmm well one was.. was at Bob Dylan concert in the mid seventies when i was 15,a so called friend smiled at me and put a mescaline tab in my mouth and said..enjoy the ride(it was all uphill/downhill from there)My hippie trip from pot to Buddha dealer to potter to precious artist in need of recognition.Van Goughs Lust for life was read on a train journey and i was enlightened again.then there was Charlie Parker and my
    But finally it came, the greatest of them all. the “GOD of spiritual experiences” Opiates..pure comfort,All i really wanted was just me, just me to sleep to crawl under a rock and go away….crash!
    Spiritus con spiritum (swap one spirit for another)
    Sounds almost pure doesn’t it?? or more commonly known in A.A or any other “A “as swapping the witch for the bitch.
    Or,better put if one has seem Jesus, caked in a slat of vomit in a detox from a heroin binge.The realization of this becomes a bit much, years later when you are standing in a Pentecostal church,wondering how the hell you got here and who are all these people i have nothing in common with…”Jesus? it just doesn’t make sense’…Luckily this is all long past now and life has moved on and so have I.
    My spiritual life…many things but mostly teaching my daughter to play piano and then listening to her practice and play with love and enthusiasm.
    And my spiritual experience? when i have a free moment? sitting down with myself and others and immersing myself in the here and now of Good Music.. Rhythms, melodies and harmonies, tension// and release_-,colors and texture,repetition and abstract,major,minor,diminished,augmented all the awakenings of the natural world song.
    My experience for anyone recovering from a spiritual sing your song and,share it with others.
    Thanks to all of you. for sharing

  • “The urgency was twofold. First, it’s only been within the last decade that a full picture of the crisis in biodiversity has emerged. The second factor was my age. I’m 86. I had a mild stroke a couple of years ago. I thought, “Say this now or never.”

    And what I say is that to save biodiversity, we need to set aside about half the earth’s surface as a natural reserve. I’m not suggesting we have one hemisphere for humans and the other for the rest of life. I’m talking about allocating up to one half of the surface of the land and the sea as a preserve for remaining flora and fauna.”

    – In ‘Half Earth,’ E.O. Wilson Calls for a Grand Retreat

    Perhaps Nate Hagens and Alex Smith will be able to force this agenda on Presidents Trump or Clinton.

    The only spiritual experience I ever have anymore, as CLR James suggested, is when the rich are running for their lives.

  • The biggest spiritual experience I had must have been when me and my then girlfriend sold all our stuff and arranged marital papers and bought 1 way tickets to Madrid Spain to start a life and marry.

    When we arrived a stranger asked us where the bus stop was and as we helped, another guy nicked our valuables. As we realized that all our money & papers were gone we quarreled. We reported everything stolen at the airport security, we phoned our embassies, hers would help, mine said that too many people had abused the system so they would not help me.

    After more quarrel my then girlfriend took off with a taxi and headed into Madrid. I was left behind with just 1 coin, no cash for even food or a simple phone call. After sitting in a park for a while I saw some strange heads in the sky and was acoustically told the names of the faces, old testament names. It was creepy but “he” instructed me to start walking. So I started walking and got directions, like left or right or nothing meaning just continue. So I walked for around 8 hours and as night fell I remember finding some spot to lay down in the middle of a highway park. The next day I continued and after another hour or so I was told to ask. So I went into an office and asked if they could help me to find my girlfriends embassy. As we looked in the phone-book for the address the man recognized the street. He said, it’s just down the road from here on your left side. That has pretty much given me spectacles for the rest of my life as when I entered that embassy and walked up the stairs the first person I saw was my then girlfriend. She had arranged money from her home country Finland and had booked a flight back to Finland and was just about to leave. I have been back there when I had an IT meeting in Madrid several years later and as I sat in the taxi I realized how impossible that had been walking all the many streets with houses and houses and houses like some giant labyrinth. We are still married and never got directions again. Knowing is different than believing.

  • ima gona hava blogmongus movement today called #2 Opus.


    I mean me silly not E.O. Wilson.

    He’s obviously stalking me or vice versa or something…

    We now have less attention spans than goldfish.
    That’s why we can never catch them not staring at us.

    Oxygen is depleting 10X faster than CO2 is rising.
    – Paul Beckwith

    Sea level rise will be 1 meter / 20 years by 2060 and faster after.
    – James Hansen

    The Shores Of Idiocracy

  • **Chinese whispers (or telephone in the United States[1]) is a game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first.**

    This is why exact knowledge can not be passed by word of mouth. What enters my ears is translated into an image – which I then describe to the next person and so on.

    So when folks stand on their box to pimp their brand of *spiritualism* you can keep moving, safe in knowing they couldn’t tell the truth if they wanted to.

  • @Mart K

  • Today’s homily:

    “So, then. What are you going to do?” Probably try to focus on living a life of loving excellence. It’s the excellence you have to watch out for. The argument could be made that the most excellent predicament in which our planet now finds itself is the result of excellence in greedy, narrow short term thinking, etc. There’s the excellence in commercial Ag., fishing, quick-buck finance, what…excellence in stupidity? The local university has a “Center for Excellence in Poultry Science”. Somebody remarked once, “tastes just like chicken”. There are the religiously excellent, a few of which have escaped the orbital trajectories of mere excellence and are shining down on us from the realms of the Holy-wow-I bet they can really do some damage. The politically, academically and scientifically excellent who excel at gaming the system of your choice. The athletically excellent who teach our kids to grow up to be gentle, empathetic adults who automatically place the happiness and welfare of all other creatures before their own. Excellence is probably the most popular giant fig-leaf IC has to lend dignity to anything that looks better when it’s mostly hidden.

    So excellence, obviously, is a vassal. Not a king. And if it usurps the throne (which it tends to do) the kingdom goes to Hell, or to Extinction as the case may be.

    So who shall we crown as King, to rule over us? How about Love!! (Yaaaaaay) What’s love?

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ( )

    Go in peace.

  • the path to the liquor store gets deeper every day

    aw piss maybe it was a #1 Opus but I never studied music

  • Henry ~

    sitting down with myself and others and immersing myself in the here and now of Good Music.. Rhythms, melodies and harmonies, tension// and release_-,colors and texture,repetition and abstract,major,minor,diminished,augmented all the awakenings of the natural world song.
    My experience for anyone recovering from a spiritual sing your song and,share it with others.

    thank you for this. very much.

    Mart K ~

    truly marvelous. every experience can be so perfectly specific to an individual, at the right time and the right place, that there will never be “one truth.” I think there can be as many truths as could possibly be desired or needed by a being living in an ultimately loving universe.

    Paul ~

    “Both times I had major problems with sharing the experience, and problems integrating my new findings with worldly expectations.”

    “Nobody recognized that this was a process of transformation, at least not until I hit stage 2. People saw my DNS simply as as depression and despair brought on by unwarranted pessimism. It was left to me to find the spiritual elements and use them to resolve the situation. I got lucky.”

    so much thanks again for this. I’ve struggled with so much despair and depression I cannot begin to say. so many people in the world have already been crushed by everything unfolding with AGW and the early processes of NTE that it boggles the mind. all we can do is be here for each other, and help as we are able.

  • hey lwa…was wondering when you’d post some eno…babies on fire…better throw her in the water!

  • I’m just happy with the human rights that have been made, all may believe as they wish, lest they obey their domestic and international laws.

    It is a shame when virtues like; chastity, honour, charity, persistence, mercy, kindness, bravery are not pillars of society anymore and have been perverted to serve an egoistic goal without purposely perceiving consequences. They that actually do them instinctively; are rendered …

  • if you haven’t heard “on land”, fire up a spliff and sit back.