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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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ECO-Boy

no...they can't...For their prophetic writings aim to bring sorrow and hysteria as "healthy" means for a beautiful change of minds.

ECO-Boy

no...they can't...For their prophetic writings aim to bring sorrow and hysteria as "healthy" means for a beautiful change of minds.

Red Fox

We are indeed reaching a zero-point on several fronts; ecological, economical, technological (biogenetics), but the attempt to capture the moment in words is a lesson one should have learned from the Bible. Revalations was written and never happened.

So man is destined to be haunted by the fantasy of his own demise, to supplant his anxiety that he's not in total control of his life, society, or future. I just don't think anyone is using clear logic today.

The human species is a tough species, one that has survived in all climates on earth, and even outside of earth. Also, whenever the foundations of our current way of life are shifting, people immediately jump to the worst result, to psychologically prepare themselves for what's next. I would rather be facing what we are facing today than the black plague, at least we know what we are facing which gives us the space to act. I think ultimately people, even anarchists, fear the thought of having to struggle in-defiantly for a stable and continuous civilization.

The 1960's were a wild time globally, yet people today seem to be so sensitive and un-experienced when it comes to the physical world, that they do not understand these type of survival conditions have been what we have always lived under. The fantasy has just been broken, that we once lived under a sustainable conditions.

Red Fox

We are indeed reaching a zero-point on several fronts; ecological, economical, technological (biogenetics), but the attempt to capture the moment in words is a lesson one should have learned from the Bible. Revalations was written and never happened.

So man is destined to be haunted by the fantasy of his own demise, to supplant his anxiety that he's not in total control of his life, society, or future. I just don't think anyone is using clear logic today.

The human species is a tough species, one that has survived in all climates on earth, and even outside of earth. Also, whenever the foundations of our current way of life are shifting, people immediately jump to the worst result, to psychologically prepare themselves for what's next. I would rather be facing what we are facing today than the black plague, at least we know what we are facing which gives us the space to act. I think ultimately people, even anarchists, fear the thought of having to struggle in-defiantly for a stable and continuous civilization.

The 1960's were a wild time globally, yet people today seem to be so sensitive and un-experienced when it comes to the physical world, that they do not understand these type of survival conditions have been what we have always lived under. The fantasy has just been broken, that we once lived under a sustainable conditions.

Anonymous

"Reason" gave way to "faith".

I don't see the reason...in fact, aren't we in the eye of the shitstorm exactly because we have been unreasonable?

Maybe insanity gave way to faith.

"Freedom" eclipsed "tyranny"?

What freedom do we enjoy today? That of being able to make the "choices" that destroy our lives? What tyranny is it that our children will not be afforded the basic necessity of discipline, so that they are not forced to make those relatively easy choices that lead to dark corners...

"...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."

There was?

"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."

Wait...this is new?!

"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!"

Once corporations around the world stop dumping foodstuff into the oceans in order to control global food prices, we won't have a peak food situation. Peak water? Again...if only the corporations would stop dumping the pollutants into our otherwise plentiful fresh water supplies....

Peak oil? Don't we already have many plausible solutions to our 'energy crisis'? Oh wait...they all rely on us to be smarter, and less wasteful...no silver bullets. Also, more important, don't corporations want to milk every last bit of oil for money anyways?

In the end...the problem is that humanity has a new found religion, that of excess materialism, which is slowly turning out to be the 'wrong' religion. Maybe it's time to look back in history, and reflect, with an unfettered mind and an open eye, are we really 'best' civilization to have walked upon the earth so far?

Anonymous

"Reason" gave way to "faith".

I don't see the reason...in fact, aren't we in the eye of the shitstorm exactly because we have been unreasonable?

Maybe insanity gave way to faith.

"Freedom" eclipsed "tyranny"?

What freedom do we enjoy today? That of being able to make the "choices" that destroy our lives? What tyranny is it that our children will not be afforded the basic necessity of discipline, so that they are not forced to make those relatively easy choices that lead to dark corners...

"...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."

There was?

"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."

Wait...this is new?!

"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!"

Once corporations around the world stop dumping foodstuff into the oceans in order to control global food prices, we won't have a peak food situation. Peak water? Again...if only the corporations would stop dumping the pollutants into our otherwise plentiful fresh water supplies....

Peak oil? Don't we already have many plausible solutions to our 'energy crisis'? Oh wait...they all rely on us to be smarter, and less wasteful...no silver bullets. Also, more important, don't corporations want to milk every last bit of oil for money anyways?

In the end...the problem is that humanity has a new found religion, that of excess materialism, which is slowly turning out to be the 'wrong' religion. Maybe it's time to look back in history, and reflect, with an unfettered mind and an open eye, are we really 'best' civilization to have walked upon the earth so far?

I am that we are

Don't you bastards ever have anything positive to say or report? If I were to take all my inspiration or rather discouragement from this dark site I would give in to the despair and adopt a "if you can't beat 'em, join em" attitude and go finance a new Hummer to drive to the mall. Adbusters is like Michael Douglas in the movie "falling down" where, in the process of fighting evil, he becomes evil himself. You have become unable to separate the tools humans use to commit atrocious acts of violence, environmental destruction and robbery from the acts themselves. It's like you want to throw out the baby with the bath water. Modern industrial society has given us myriad powerful tools that can be used either to build or destroy. A hammer can be used to bludgeon a man to death or to build a house for his family. Computers can be used, via the internet, to disseminate a message of hope or despair. Incite a riot or barter a haircut for a home cooked supper. A piece of heavy farm machinery can be used to raise zero till, organic crops just as easily as it can sow monoculture crops with synthetic fertilizer and RoundUp ready GMO seed. "Peak everything" means we have the most we've ever had and ever will have. Let Adbusters take off their shit colored goggles. If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. Let all of us look forward to and work toward a SUPERMODERN society where we use every human device to care for humans and the blue ball we live on. xoxo

I am that we are

Don't you bastards ever have anything positive to say or report? If I were to take all my inspiration or rather discouragement from this dark site I would give in to the despair and adopt a "if you can't beat 'em, join em" attitude and go finance a new Hummer to drive to the mall. Adbusters is like Michael Douglas in the movie "falling down" where, in the process of fighting evil, he becomes evil himself. You have become unable to separate the tools humans use to commit atrocious acts of violence, environmental destruction and robbery from the acts themselves. It's like you want to throw out the baby with the bath water. Modern industrial society has given us myriad powerful tools that can be used either to build or destroy. A hammer can be used to bludgeon a man to death or to build a house for his family. Computers can be used, via the internet, to disseminate a message of hope or despair. Incite a riot or barter a haircut for a home cooked supper. A piece of heavy farm machinery can be used to raise zero till, organic crops just as easily as it can sow monoculture crops with synthetic fertilizer and RoundUp ready GMO seed. "Peak everything" means we have the most we've ever had and ever will have. Let Adbusters take off their shit colored goggles. If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. Let all of us look forward to and work toward a SUPERMODERN society where we use every human device to care for humans and the blue ball we live on. xoxo

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