The Age of Uncertainty
Tuesday, March 17 , 2009
Recently, I have duties as my personal mantra the phrase not very transcendent, "I do not know." The list of things I feel unsure about seems to be steadily increasing. For instance, I do not know if our solipsistic species will survive much longer, and sometimes I am not even sure how much I care. I do not know if Barack Obama is a warm-hearted leader who will unite people at a time of adversity, or the most brilliant puppet ever put forth by the New World Order conspirators (who, as radio journalist and documentary filmmaker Alex Jones suggests , may be plotting a program of rapid depopulation). I do not know if the increase in UFO sightings means we are approaching a Benevolent contact or experience a horrific predatory Ambush. I do not know if global warming is mainly caused by human action, or if it is part of a phase transition of the entire solar system, as the Russian scientist Dmitriev proposés.
I do not know if men and women should be monogamous or if it is better to be bonobo-like in one's erotic habits. I do not know if we will develop some type of new energy technology that will rescue us from Peak Oil, or if we are Destined to see industrial civilization devolve and disintegrate as fossil fuel becomes scarce. I do not know whether to learn to grow food and harvest rain water or to master some weird new ESOTERIC discipline like Vortex Healing or Keylontic Science. I do not know if free will exists, or if we are conditioned robots, performing an illusory spectacle scripted by Hindu Deities or dream time Ancestors. I do not know if we should get rid of religions or create a really cool new one.
I do not know whether to stockpile gold or create an intentional community. I do not know whether to stay in Manhattan or head for the hills. I do not know whether we are approaching global enlightenment or regressing into barbarism. I do not know whether biotechnology and nano technology will fuse to give us immortal physical bodies or if we will all croak as our mistreated planet falls apart. I do not know if anything special will happen on December 21, 2012. I do not know if I should start a riot or throw a party. I do not know whether to panic or relax.
Something seems to be happening that is beyond my capacity to understand or articulate. I can only assume other people are feeling this way as well. We are witnessing the collapse of the old, rigidified structures, while the new has not yet come into realization - that is, if there is going to be a new anything. A change seems to be happening at the level of logic, which is becoming less dualistic, less "either-or," and more binary, "both-and." Former diametric Opposites are moving toward Confluence, as well as dissonance in various areas: Like tweaked out psychonauts, the Physicists at CERN discuss opening portals into other dimensions. As the financial system evaporates, incredible new Gizmos like Pandora and Cool Iris spread freely on the Internet. Obama references Chicago 1968 in his acceptance speech at Grant Park, then hires as his economic advisers the guys who, under Clinton deregulated the banking system, causing the current disaster.
Reality is becoming more improvisational and up-tempo. Although I do not pretend to have certainty about it, the ideas that Jose Arguelles, Terence McKenna and others have proposed about time speeding up and going through ever-faster fractal spiral or historical pantomime - including, alas, the mass Suffering usually caused by historical convulsions - seem increasingly on the mark. If we are shifting away from dualistic separation and linear logic to a binary thought marked by polarities, this also suggests a shift from the modern historical perspective to a revived mythological consciousness. Like processes in the unconscious, myth resolves opposition through symbol and image, without need or rational explanation. A society that reintegrates mythic thought at a deeper level of awareness will be able to handle seemingly contradictory perspectives without breaking down.
I do not know if we will live to see the birth of such a new world view as part of a regenerated civilization, or if we only get to see the decline and fall of our current dinosaur. It does seem that ever-increasing numbers of people are done with it and ready to move on, but move on to what?
Some theorists propose we have reached a point in evolution where we have the capacity to consciously co-create reality, and choose our own script for the future. Sometimes, this feels fuzzily plausible to me. On the other hand, our past actions and intentions have created the reality we experience now. It seems highly unlikely we can phase-shift to hyper-space, the fifth-dimension, or whatever it is until we have learned how to take proper care of this material world and those who share it with us. Although maybe I am wrong and we will get a free pass. I just do not know.