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Rupture or Rapture?

This millennium-long human adventure of ours may now be reaching a climax.
Rupture or Rapture?

From Greek democracy to Christian love to modernity’s promise of utopia – the human story has been a series of grand narratives, each consuming and evolving beyond the one that came before. Reason eclipsed faith, freedom eclipsed tyranny and industry eclipsed the agrarian way of life.

Transition was not always easy, but even when we stumbled and regressed – enduring bubonic plagues, barbarian invasions and interminable periods of darkness – there was always the unspoken assumption that, through it all, we will persist … that despite all the moral, spiritual and ideological blows, the human story goes on.

But then the world was ablaze in one brutal war after another. We bore witness to the Holocaust, Hiroshima and Nagasaki – a seemingly endless nightmare of genocide, sorrow and sin. We suffered losses of existential capital like never before, and our faith in the inherent goodness of man began to waver. And just as our spiritual house was beginning to crumble, violent fissures tore across our physical world. Ocean levels rose, glaciers melted and the arctic biomass began to release trillions of tons of frozen methane stored over the course of aeons. It suddenly dawned on us that this millennium-long human adventure of ours may be reaching a climax, that over the next few years, we may be living through what could well be humanity’s final rapture moment: peak oil, peak water, peak food, peak everything … even peak sanity and peak TIME!

Not even Nietzsche could have foretold the mystical amalgamation of melancholy, terror and life-affirming ecstasy weaving its way through the last chapters of man.

For the Wild, Kalle

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Anonymous

i think you got it wrong; its "without action thought means nothing" because all the knowledge and thinking in the world is nothing unless its backed up by action. Hitler is a good example; if all he ever did was dream and think about taking over Europe, WWII would never have happened. Fantasizing about someone never gets them in bed with you.

Anonymous

i think you got it wrong; its "without action thought means nothing" because all the knowledge and thinking in the world is nothing unless its backed up by action. Hitler is a good example; if all he ever did was dream and think about taking over Europe, WWII would never have happened. Fantasizing about someone never gets them in bed with you.

lynn99

i think she got it right. Without thought, action means nothing. Thoughtless action is masturbation, violence, robotica drone, Die Harder shoot'emup, Just Nike, the leg kicking when hammer taps knee, Hummer driving, yawning, a nervous tic from the reptilian brainstem, rote assembly-line repetition. Meaning comes from context, how thought and feeling place an event. Doing without reflection is for cockroaches. Most of what Hitler did was dream and think; when he displayed this dreaming and thinking, those around him did the rest. If they weren't attracted to his vision, they wouldn't have. It is their fantasizing more than anything else that gets anyone into bed with any of us; all encounters started in the realm of fantasy. If the fantasy isn't appealing or well-presented, it doesn't happen. When it does happen, it is fantasy-driven, never action-driven. Sometimes it does help to act, but that is third in importance. Second in importance is a vision that inspires. First most important is display, communicating the vision in compelling ways.

lynn99

i think she got it right. Without thought, action means nothing. Thoughtless action is masturbation, violence, robotica drone, Die Harder shoot'emup, Just Nike, the leg kicking when hammer taps knee, Hummer driving, yawning, a nervous tic from the reptilian brainstem, rote assembly-line repetition. Meaning comes from context, how thought and feeling place an event. Doing without reflection is for cockroaches. Most of what Hitler did was dream and think; when he displayed this dreaming and thinking, those around him did the rest. If they weren't attracted to his vision, they wouldn't have. It is their fantasizing more than anything else that gets anyone into bed with any of us; all encounters started in the realm of fantasy. If the fantasy isn't appealing or well-presented, it doesn't happen. When it does happen, it is fantasy-driven, never action-driven. Sometimes it does help to act, but that is third in importance. Second in importance is a vision that inspires. First most important is display, communicating the vision in compelling ways.

K.A.T.

@-lynn99
As proven by the effects of media and popular culture, this is so true:-) Could positive infiltration be another possible avenue to progression? Your last three sentences sound like strategy...

K.A.T.

@-lynn99
As proven by the effects of media and popular culture, this is so true:-) Could positive infiltration be another possible avenue to progression? Your last three sentences sound like strategy...

K.A.T.

Right On! Bravo! I mean I concur... As blameworthy as many global, social, and economic situations are, placing blame is so very unproductive. It is what it is. I for one, refuse to live whatever life I have left assessing our failures as a people, faulting everyone for everything under the sun, and complaining as if I have greater due than what I create for myself and my family. As dim as life may seem at times, we still have purpose and destiny that can make it exciting and fun and a truly wonderful experience. If we could put energy into finding it for ourselves, we might also find that progress you speak of...

K.A.T.

Right On! Bravo! I mean I concur... As blameworthy as many global, social, and economic situations are, placing blame is so very unproductive. It is what it is. I for one, refuse to live whatever life I have left assessing our failures as a people, faulting everyone for everything under the sun, and complaining as if I have greater due than what I create for myself and my family. As dim as life may seem at times, we still have purpose and destiny that can make it exciting and fun and a truly wonderful experience. If we could put energy into finding it for ourselves, we might also find that progress you speak of...

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