Chapter Twenty One
The next work I offer for your consideration is a novella, at first entitled And So God Spoke and retitled The Gods’ Confusion.
During the experience I have described as an enlightenment, which forms the foundation of the fantasy in PAM and The Last Revolution, I had a distinct feeling my thoughts were not only my own; that they were being influenced by some external source of knowledge and wisdom. Although I considered the possibility, I didn’t assume God was responsible since I didn’t practice any faith, and still do not, although I do believe there is a force within the universe representing the qualities of God, or good, and evil too.
I also considered the possibility that my thinking was being manipulated by alien forces, or I had connected to the collective intelligence of humankind. Of course; it may be argued that I was only wasted, psychotic, distraught, and more than half mad at the time, and I still cannot say, with any degree of confidence, what the truth of the matter may be.
Yet; I have experienced the phenomenon at other times too, after the enlightenment; even when I have been perfectly sober. So, I decided to write as though certain the manipulative force was indeed God, or the Gods, with the hope of creating a work reflecting God’s wish for humankind – the way we should live, and why we should live; the meaning of life.
I began writing with a degree of confidence, regarding God’s input, which soon faded to conjecture. The work has enjoyed many edits, resulting in a sense of uncertainty I imagine might reflect God’s, when He, She, It or otherwise observes humankind’s uncertain, divided worship of the divine, and the manner in which we live. However; despite the confusion, I still feel the work may have been inspired by reasoning beyond my own, although I don’t suppose I will ever know what the force has been, if this has been the case.
Chapter One of the Gods’ Confusion
In 2008, for reasons too profound to disclose briefly, I experienced an enlightenment, regarding the plight of humankind, which has continued to expand until my present day. Although I sensed my thoughts were not only my own, at the time, I did not assume the influence as God’s.
For the time being, and for the first time, I have chosen to believe my thinking was influenced by God, and write with the hesitant belief that He, She or It has more to say.
I intend to contemplate the early development of our kind, where the roots of our troubled world began to grow, and trace our passage through time until we reach our present, before considering the steps humankind should take towards a bright future. In essence; to reconsider the meaning of life, after contemplating the factors that have led to life’s meaning at present, with the hope I am assisted in this quest by God Him, Her or Itself.
Of course; this may lead you to consider that you are reading something someone of a delusional frame of mind might write – and you might be right, for my hope is the result of a fusion between uncertainty and belief.
Yet; perhaps the fusion of uncertainty and belief reflects our understanding of God, since we are divided in opinion regarding God’s existence. And the faith of those who do believe in God seems uncertain too, because they do not consider the concept universally, within one all-encompassing religion for one all-encompassing God. As a consequence; God may find the manner in which He, She or It is acknowledged confusing, so perhaps it is not surprising difficulty is encountered when one strives to hear the voice of the divine.
I do not know God’s gender, if it exists, and neither do I know the quantity of God. I do not know whether God is a singular force, two, three, many, an indeterminable or infinite amount of forces. Nor do I know how God manifests or where God exists; whether a colossal robed humanoid seated upon a throne of clouds, or an intangible force within an incomprehensible dimension of time and space.
I do not know, but I sense God wishes to be acknowledged as an all-encompassing, omnipresent force; existing within everything that exists, has existed, will exist, does not exist and cannot exist in our understanding of existence – a force resting within every atom of our being, and the seeming void between, and since we are an element of these phenomena, we must, therefore, be a part of God.
I sense the Devil, or evil, exists too, in the same all-encompassing manner as God, or good, so the Devil is also within us. The battle between the forces of good and evil have raged within the minds of our kind throughout the passage of our evolution. As a result, humankind are a melange of sinners and saints, and all who rest between.
The battle between these forces has resulted in the world we live in, and when observing this world of ours, one might assume evil, or the Devil, has the upper hand.
We should not consider the presence of evil as unfortunate but rather, necessary, since we would not recognise good if there was no evil, just as we would not recognise hot if we did not have cold to compare it to. We would not have a conscience without evil, for conscience is the result of the debate between good and evil; the conflict between good and evil creates conscience, and it is our conscience that leads us to differentiate between good and evil. We would not have a natural conscience without evil, or be receptive to the moralistic teachings within scriptures.
We cannot eradicate evil just as we cannot eradicate good, but we may recognise the force and prevent it from destroying our planet and all life upon it, just as the dams of the Netherlands prevent the sea from destroying the country and its people.
If I have been chosen as God’s messenger, I sense it is my duty to separate God’s voice from the Devil’s, or good from evil, so the voice of God rings dominant.
The voice I hear within my mind, which may be God’s – although it sounds as though my own, and may be, and if so, it may be said it could be the voice of God, if one considers the force of good, or God, is within each and every one of us – expresses a deep concern for the welfare of our species, that of all others, and the planet upon which all life lives, and wishes our world to be the paradise it was supposed to be, for all who live and will live.
The force of God represents qualities such as love, kindness and compassion, and the force is within each and every one of us. The myriad of religions are the result of humankind considering the concept of God on a planet divided by borders, language and culture, and God wishes this division to end, so we may worship the divine as one force, since God is one force.
To worship God through a multitude of religions weakens our connection to the all-encompassing God, and, ironically, friction between faiths creates evil, when religious warfare is the consequence of division.
God asks to be recognised as one force, regardless of gender or quantity, and to accept the names given to God, in thousands of religions, are only naming the same force, just as faiths such as Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism are institutions through which one may worship the One Force. God wishes the world to unite in peaceful worship of the divine, and the irony of religious conflict to end.
Worship should be joyful, rather than fearful, since we should delight in God’s existence as God delights in ours. Above all; we should acknowledge God’s grave concern for our species, all others and this incredible planet, and eradicate these concerns by creating a world which will please God, and since God exists within each and every one of us; humankind too.
Chapter Two of the Gods’ Confusion
God does not only speak to us through speech, which may only seem as though an element of an internal dialogue, but in a number of ways, such as interlinking events that lead to an understanding, and in symbols, which appear most often in dreams.
The symbolism is universal, and although you may not understand the symbols consciously, if you remember them when you wake, your subconscious will. You may therefore find you have reached an understanding, regarding some aspect of your life, but struggle to comprehend the process that led to the enlightenment.
Although God may express Him, Her or Itself through voice, interlinking events, or a symbolism our deepest inner-self is receptive to, I sense God cannot materialise as an entity for the world to see, and if God should, the universe would implode, leaving only the single cell of life from which God and the universe developed. In a scientific sense; a reversal of the big bang theory.
Therefore, if what I sense to be true is correct; God’s omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence has its restrictions. God will not descend from the heavens to save us, and since the same is true for the force of evil, neither will the Devil emerge from hell to harvest our souls. The battle between the forces of good and evil manifest as our thoughts and actions, so it is we who are the Gods and Devils who will save or destroy the world.
The image so many have of God; of a colossal, robed humanoid resting upon a heavenly throne, or some other physical embodiment of the force, may have been generated to enable those who worship God to focus on the entirety of God’s being.
The abandonment of God, when considering God’s existence in this sense, seems possible, when it is impossible – for one cannot abandon the force of good just as one cannot abandon the force of evil.
In essence; the personalisation of good and evil through such embodiments as God and the Devil, together with religions promoting the existence of these forces in tangible forms, enables their intellectual dismissal.
When one dismisses the notion of God and the Devil, or the forces of good and evil in tangible forms, one relinquishes a belief in the forces of good and evil, to some extent, which allows good and evil to exist unmonitored and manifest unnoticed, to some degree, when compared to one’s awareness of these forces when one is encouraged to do so through faith; to contemplate good and evil through physical manifestations of these intangible forces.
Further; humankind’s understanding of the forces of good and evil fluctuate according to culture; what is deemed evil to some may not seem so to others, which is the result of religious doctrines created upon a divided world.
One religion may have formed naturally, in a border-less, united world, upon which humankind would have been free to travel wherever they pleased, throughout the passage of time, since it would surely have seemed common sense to assume there is only the One God watching over all.
Perhaps the closest we will be able to get to replicating this occurrence would be if the world’s religions combine to form one religion; a platform from which all may worship the One God, with moral guidelines all may adhere to.
Since this has not occurred, and may not be met with enthusiasm if it should, and good and evil manifest in an endless number of ways, and to varying degrees – some of which are obvious while others require neutral consideration to determine – to eradicate all evidence of evil may prove an arduous task.
Perhaps the only way we may achieve this, through faith, is to attempt to determine God’s will in a generic, all-encompassing sense, by examining the essence of all scriptures;
‘Like a bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise accept the essence of different scriptures, and see only the good in all religions.’
The Srimad Bhagavatan
And to achieve the same through the absence of faith; to believe common morality has the power to differentiate between good and evil, and therefore determine the intent of the force of good.
Common morality, and morality taught through scriptures may be one and the same, since common morality may be an expression of God’s morality – if one considers we are an element of God; that God is within each and every one of us. In fact; common morality may be evidence of God’s existence, and actions that offend both atheist and believer alike; of the Devil’s. Or; common morality may be evidence of good and evil as independent forces, since morality is the product of conscience – the debate within our minds between the forces of good and evil.
So, to find a true sense of morality, the essence of scriptures should enhance common morality, and common morality should attempt to determine the flaws within the morality promoted by religious doctrines created upon a divided world.
Of course; this is far from a simplistic task, and rendered more difficult when some evils are robed within what is claimed to be God’s good intent; woven from human misunderstanding or the manipulation of God’s word, such as actions performed by the barbaric regime of ISIS or ISIL.
An ocean of blood has reached unfathomable depths, as a consequence of divided worship and the misconception or manipulation of scriptures claiming to represent God’s will. One should remember the scriptures of any religion are governed by human fallibility, since they have been written by humans and not by God Him, Her or Itself, which is why they are so malleable. Maybe it is needless to say; to commit crimes against humanity, in God’s name, is surely the ultimate insult to God, and it is the gravest irony that common morality often informs one when this is so.
God’s word should ring loud and clear, and resonate within all who believe in God – God neither condones nor tolerates the use of violence as a means to reach a desired goal, for God is kind, loving, tolerant, compassionate, understanding and forgiving, as God wishes us to be. Evil thrives when such qualities are absent, so the insistence by some, within religious groups, that they perpetrate God’s will through violence must be dismissed as absurd in the extreme.
All crimes against humanity, and all creatures great and small, suffocate the force of good, or God, and breathes life into evil, or the Devil – regardless of whether they are committed in God’s name, the Devil’s, or through the faithless actions of atheist or agnostic. The final breath of creation will be drawn into the lungs of destruction, if we do not recognise evil, and agree, universally, that evil manifest has no place in the world we should strive to create.
God’s wish is for a peaceful, fair, compassionate, loving world, and since God’s wish is our wish, because God, or the force of good, exists within us all, we have the power to create this world.
The brightest lantern, guiding us through the darkness to this world, and held within the hands of believers, atheists and agnostic alike, is the ability to sense the force of good; a force which existed before we named God as a being representing the force. In fact; perhaps common morality led us to search for the source of good; for God, and for the Devil too; the source of evil.
Regardless of how we choose to identify the forces of good and evil – whether through faith or common morality – only we are able to determine which force will rise dominant. Although praising God, praying, or simply wishing the world will change may help to increase the power of good, energy should be spent addressing practical matters in a practical manner, in an effort to achieve the same.
The increasingly grave significance of global concerns, such as the threat of a Third World War and the consequences of climate change, should encourage the entire planet to rise from the slumber in which it rests, and employ the resulting awareness to fuel an advance towards a future that will be seen as a quantum leap forward, when read in the history books of the future.
If we awaken, this moment in time will be the last page in the history books of the future, describing the Dark Ages, and the next; a new chapter, recording a passage from the Dark Ages to the Light. And if we do not; there may not be a page to turn.
Chapter Three of the Gods’ Confusion
The generations of humankind living today have been presented with a responsibility no other generations have had, for all God has created is in grave danger of being destroyed – either through a nuclear holocaust, or as a result of the grossly disrespectful manner we treat the planet upon which all life lives.
The wayward evolution of our species has led to this sorrowful scenario, and unless the development of our kind adjusts to a healthy normality, when compared to all other species, it seems we are destined to perish as a consequence of destructive forces of our own creation.
Or it may be that if we do not begin to develop in harmony with all other species, and our manner of living resonate with the planet instead of creating a potentially fatal dissonance, the planet will shake us off as a dog might fleas, for the sake of its own survival.
Unfortunately; our advance has led us to a point where wishing to create a global civilisation where humans may live in peaceful harmony with one another, all species, and the planet itself, seems nothing more than idealistic speculation; a dream within the minds of those considered naïve and unrealistic.
Yet; naïve and unrealistic as it may seem, the dream must enter the minds of all who live and manifest as reality, for the alternative is to remain enveloped in this horrendous nightmare while hoping it will become a dream, which seems highly unlikely; naïve and unrealistic speculation.
When comparing the evolution of our species to all others, it may be said a potentially fatal disease is affecting the evolution of our kind, and upon further consideration; that the symptoms of the disease form a vicious circle with the disease, for the symptoms are disturbed members of our kind, who often wreak havoc upon our world and therefore disturb humankind’s evolution.
Attempting to eradicate the symptoms will not eradicate the disease; the symptoms will persist for as long as the disease remains. If the symptoms are removed, they will return if a cure for the disease is not found. When the disease is cured, the symptoms will vanish, as it is for all diseases.
Chapter Four of the Gods’ Confusion
As a first step towards understanding the disease and its symptoms, I would like to offer two passages of writing for your contemplation; they record the enlightenment I mentioned in the first chapter;
’A home is an essential, basic necessity of life, yet we are not free to build a home for our selves and families when and where we please, like other species are. The homes we do live in are often ‘owned’ by other members of our species, or by institutions such as banks, and they are taken away if we can’t afford to pay the ‘rent’. Or, if we wish to own our own home, they will be taken from us if we are unable to make the ‘mortgage payments’ necessary to buy them – and at a ludicrous price, which, for most, entails a lifetime of work.
We like to think of ourselves as the most civilised creature on the planet, yet how civilised is it to be without a home, or to live in homes that are under the constant threat of being withdrawn? It seems fairly obvious; to mess around with an animal’s home will severely stress the animal, and I don’t suppose humankind are any different.
Also, we are the only creature on the planet that isn’t free to feed from what the Earth offers, and what would be the effect on any species should you threaten their right to have access to food? And how civilised is it to die of hunger?
When other species are faced with famine, they migrate to areas where there is food, but humans cannot, because their migration is restricted by borders. We aren’t free to travel wherever we please, on our divided world, like birds, when they fly south in winter in search of warmer climes.
We must work to propel dysfunctional societies, and if we don’t, we face homelessness and starvation, and many work to increase the enormous wealth of the chosen few, while they struggle to make ends meet.
In essence; humankind are forced to work through the fear of losing their homes and food. If an animal were forced to work in this way it would be considered animal cruelty, and if the practice were to continue from one generation to the next; a strategy that would harm the animal’s evolution.′
’All species, apart from our own, teach their young everything they know about the world from the day they are born. They teach them everything they have learnt, and what their parents have taught them from their life’s experiences. All other species teach their young of the joys and dangers of living in their environment, so their species may survive and flourish within it, both as infants, and when they have grown. An orang-utan mother, for example, keeps her young with her for the first nine years of their life to teach them these facts.
Other species know, even if it is subconsciously, that it is of the utmost importance to educate their young with the truth. Not only so their young may survive and flourish, but also, because it is essential their species evolve in a natural, wise way, and in harmony with the planet upon which they live. Yet, we find it necessary to hide the truth from our young, and even tell them lies to make the world appear a better place than it actually is.
As the young of our species grow, they realise the real world is nothing like the one they once believed existed. Once the fairy-tale world of youth has collapsed, our children become aware of wars that have passed, of those that take place, and the possibility that our entire species, all others, and even the planet itself may be annihilated by a nuclear war, or rendered uninhabitable as a result of a dramatic change in the Earth’s climate; the consequence of humankind’s so-called advance.
Our children grow to know of those who starve to death, as they eat. They will discover there are children whose lips are too dry to tell their mothers they love them before they die of thirst, which may be the same moment an aeroplane leaves Australia, carrying a cargo of Australian mineral water destined for consumption in Europe, which could be the same time an aeroplane takes off from Britain, flying a load of British mineral water to Australia.
We make children’s books and toys with happy, kind faces painted on aeroplanes, which has the effect of making the aeroplane look as though it has a mind of its own, and would never dream of letting such things happen, when it could easily save the lives of those people by flying food and water to them. Neither does the aeroplane’s joyful, painted face suggest it would drop bombs from the sky to murder innocent people.
As our children grow, they will learn their homes and food are necessities of life that are held as ransom, to make them work, and should they slacken their pace or stop working, for some reason, their homes and food will be taken away from them.
There is an immense disappointment waiting for our children, when the facade of childhood collapses to reveal the true ways of the world. After the initial shock has passed, young adults often complain bitterly about the state the world is in, but they give up, eventually, and conform to society. They don’t have much choice, especially when they have their own children to take care of and are therefore vulnerable, like any species is when it has young.
They will even end up lying to their own children, because they know the truth is far too terrible to reveal to them. They know that if they were to tell the truth, it would terrify their children and leave them filled with disappointment, fear and anguish, and what kind of world would it be if we told our children the truth, right from the beginning? Perhaps they would wish we would change the world into a better place, and wonder why we don’t.
Of course; we do tell our children the truth, eventually, but only when they are considered strong enough to bear the burden of the fear and anguish that accompanies it. Before that time, we lure them into a false sense of security, by creating an illusion of a fair, kind, peaceful, magical, loving world, so they may feel safe and secure and fall asleep untroubled, wrapped up nice and warm in a soft blanket of censorship and lies.
We tell our children what we think we must, to lift them up, before they fall, for the first and last time into the real world. The magic of the world collapses for children at roughly the same rate as others are being born. We tell them we wouldn’t sell them for all the tea in China, even though they will find out there are children being sold every day, for the tiniest fraction of the country’s tea sales.
When the time comes, we tell them neither a dead bird nor coal has beauty, and cloud factories are just power stations, generating electricity, and they can’t sit on clouds, because they would just fall through. We advise them to be wary of Postman Pat and Bob the Builder, without telling them why, and eventually confess that there is no Father Christmas, who brings gifts to good children, and no Easter Bunny or Superman or Fairies or Goblins or Dragons or Unicorns or Angels who will comfort them, should they ever cry alone.
One day we admit we have been telling them a pack of lies, and reveal the true horror of the world. One day we must tell them the truth, so they may survive within the real world, or better still, we hope they will discover it for themselves, and with the influence of television and the Internet, that may happen sooner than we would like.
Maybe the days of naïvety and innocence are drawing to an end, at the same rate the words are losing their meaning.
We grow from one world view and into another, so perhaps it’s no surprise that schizophrenia has become a disease within the minds of our kind.
Perhaps we are the only species on the planet that mess up their young so badly.
Of course, there are children who cannot escape the truth, since they are born into a warzone or some other horror, and maybe these children grow up to be the sanest adults of all, because they are raised with the truth, right from the beginning.
Perhaps our only option is to make the truth better, so we may use it to raise our young too. Maybe, if we could achieve this, we may evolve as healthily as all other species on Earth.′
Although there are many factors that affect our evolution in a negative, harmful way, the purpose of these excerpts is to reveal the root of the disease in its most simplistic form; our flawed evolution is the result of being driven to work through fear, and being forced to lie to our young since the truth is too distressing to reveal to them.
Since the symptoms of the disease are those who are disturbed by these factors – which may be the majority of humankind – and who may behave in a way that harms members of our kind as a consequence of being disturbed, we evolve within an unhealthy vicious circle, and our evolution will continue to advance in this manner until the disease is cured and symptoms vanish as a result.
The disease will not vanish, or its severity improve, if we simply begin to raise our children with the truth as it stands today, since to do so would distress our young. Therefore; our only option is to make the truth better, so we may use it to raise our young, as all other species use the truth to raise theirs.
In a simplistic sense; the disease and its symptoms will vanish when the world is the paradise it should be, for all who live and will live. We may begin to evolve in the same healthy, natural manner as all other creatures on Earth when we are able to raise our young by telling them facts about our existence, rather than lies to cover a terrible truth, and when we are driven to work through desire, rather than fear.
Since the disease and its symptoms are interlinked, the threads leading to a deeper understanding of the disease may be difficult to find. Yet, find them we must, if we are to unravel the mess we have created as we have blundered our way through time, which has led to a scenario that affects the very evolution of our kind, and the fate of our planet and all its life.
I wrote the first draft of this book at the time of a terrorist attack in Paris, in November 2015, in which over a hundred people died and almost four hundred were injured. An article in the Guardian adds gravity to this chapter;
So, let’s continue by considering the cause of the disease, and its cure, so we may contemplate how to create a world fit to describe to the most sensitive child, without the revelation causing distress, but rather joy to them and everyone the world is described to – a world that would be a joy to design and build, since humankind would be creating a paradise, rather than an uncertain monstrosity teetering on the brink of destruction.
Chapter Five of the Gods’ Confusion
The threads we must find represent the disease afflicting the evolution of our kind. The threads extend from our present day and interweave through history to a point in our distant past, when the disease began to develop.
Once the threads are located, and the nature of their existence understood, they may be severed, so they do not extend into our future. The severing of these threads – leading to the root of the disease – represents the cure for the disease. Yet; the points we are about to consider only places a blade upon these threads. The pressure required for their severance can only be applied by those afflicted by the disease, who are the generations of humankind living at any given time.
Also; there are many threads leading to the disease. Let us only concern ourselves with the strongest. If the strongest are severed, the majority of threads running alongside may snap as a result, and those remaining will be brightly coloured, and therefore easy to identify.
I write while simplifying the evolutionary path of our species, Homo sapiens, since I only wish to paint a generic picture, rather than a scientific account, which anyway fluctuates as time passes by, such as the current debate regarding origin of humankind.
Let’s begin by considering our species in a primitive state of being;
We are born naked into the world, without fur to keep us warm, and are not naturally inclined to dig burrows or build nests. We do not have spines, a thick hide or scales to defend ourselves against attack, nor claws, horns or sharp teeth to attack with. We aren’t able to walk hours after birth, as many creatures do, and therefore remain vulnerable long after other species are able to escape danger. We are fragile beings and an easy meal for predators, and only our wit and intelligence has allowed the survival and ever-increasing number of our kind.
Therefore; our desire to live within close proximity to one another may not only be because we are creatures with a pack mentality, and inclined to do so; it may be the result of a primordial fear of nature. The fear of nature began because we are, within the food chain, like giant sausages, which may be selected from a predator’s smorgasbord with ease, and so fragile that we are at the mercy of nature’s elements.
However; we used the hides of animals and fire to keep ourselves warm, and built dwellings to protect ourselves from the forces of nature. We created armour as a substitute for spines, thick hide and scales, and weapons to make up for the absence of claws, teeth and horns. Within this period of development, we transformed from helpless sausages to being the most fearful predator of all.
We progressed even further; manipulating nature’s free will to suit our demands, as we passed from hunter-gatherer to farmer. Yet, rather than assuming we had only managed to survive and flourish within a hostile environment, with our respect for it intact, we proclaimed ourselves the lords of all creatures. We placed ourselves above nature, rather than resting respectfully within it; grateful for our ability to survive, and to nature for providing all that is essential for our survival.
Since we were once vulnerable beings in a hostile environment, we saw nature as a foe, rather than an ally, and congratulated ourselves for defeating the foe. Ironically, the environment we developed to live within – to protect ourselves from nature, and where we conducted our rule over it – resulted in a fear of each other.
This is due to humankind’s deepest, primordial reasoning;
‘If armed men can kill bears, and manipulate nature’s free will, then killing unarmed men and manipulating their free will would be a comparatively easy task. So, one should be armed and ready to fight such a foe, and even attack and manipulate them before one is attacked and manipulated by them.’
As a result of this mentality, the world divided into groups of people, housed within borders that may not be crossed freely. Although many groups formed to protect themselves against those who had adopted the aforementioned mindset – ‘attack and manipulate before one is attacked and manipulated’ – some groups formed with the intent of attacking other groups; to harvest what they had sown and enslave or exploit the group’s peoples, while protecting their groups from groups with the same intent.
So, not only did our kind progress through history with an increasing ability to harvest whatever we required from nature, and manipulating it into giving us more; we allowed this mentality to encompass our interactions with one another, which has resulted in the divided, aggressive/defensive world we currently inhabit. In effect; we considered ourselves the lord of animals, and wished to be the lords of one another too.
This scenario has escalated to a point where the entire planet is in grave danger of being destroyed through a nuclear holocaust, should aggressive/ defensive groups, which have grown to colossal proportions over many thousands of years, attack other groups with the same mentality. Even if this does not occur, there is the danger the planet will be destroyed as a consequence of our disrespect towards nature, which is the result of perceiving ourselves as lords of it, rather than servile and grateful to it.
We pump our waste into seas and oceans, pile it upon the earth, and fill the skies with needless pollution. We have marched forward, while paying little heed to the damage we have been inflicting upon the environment.
We think we understand the delicate balance of life the planet attempts to maintain, when it seems obvious that we are quite ignorant of its complexity, since the consideration of this balance has been considered of little consequence to the planet’s health.
Now the environment has become a concern of grave significance, scientists only calculate, as well as they are able, the effect our expanding global civilisation has on our species, all others, and the planet itself. We congratulate ourselves when we do make an effort to slow an advance that is causing the atmosphere to warm, polar ice to melt, seas to rise, and species to die, even though it seems too little, too late.
Unfortunately, a great deal of damage is being caused as a result of following capitalist idealism. Capitalism encourages perpetual desire, rather than a desire for the contentment one experiences when one’s needs are fulfilled, which would lead to a global civilisation that has grown, and only expand to accommodate for an increase of our kind.
Capitalism is fuelled by many factors that encourage the consumer to buy, and the products range from the necessary to the needless. An element of needless consumption is fuelled by anxiety, since we cannot rest easy in our troubled world, and are driven to numb the feeling of distress by consuming more than we need; whether by procuring goods we do not require, or eating to comfort ourselves rather than to satisfy hunger. And since the threat of global catastrophe looms over of the lives of humankind, a subconscious desire to hoard and prepare physically results in over consumption; fattening ourselves in preparation for forthcoming disaster, and gathering comestibles while they are still available.
Ironically; the growth of the economy is promoted as though it is relative to happiness, when it seems relative to unhappiness. Shops full of more merchandise than we need seems as though evidence of the planet’s cornucopial good health and humankind’s wealth, when it rather suggests consumption to placate anxiety, greed, the careless use of the planet’s limited resources, ignorance, and ultimately; the murder of the world we live upon.
Maybe capitalism is a worthy manner of defining the value of human effort and the resulting produce, but it should not be a strategy that allows the manufacture of poor quality goods, with their purpose to numb feelings of distress as great as their short-lived practical value.
At this moment in time, capitalism only indicates a dissatisfaction with life and what one has, rather than a healthy desire for contentment. Desire, if it is not for that which one needs, but wants, is insatiable. This is the reason economies grow, yet never reach a point where they have grown. There is no goal in sight, in this respect. Insatiable desire fuels capitalism, and economies must expand indefinitely to cater for insatiable desire, despite the fact the planet cannot sustain such an advance since the planet’s resources are limited, and the planet reacts to over production by becoming ill, which may worsen to a point of no return, so all the planet’s life will die.
However; it seems we are unwilling to face these facts, and believe we can advance indefinitely in this manner, while greatly reducing the effect our journey has, which is nothing more than convenient ignorance. We cannot have a growing economy and population and reduce carbon emissions at the same time; it does not make sense. We cannot advance towards the future while maintaining our philosophy of living.
Unless our manner of living enjoys a radical change, capitalist ideology, or tensions within the world’s political climate, will surely result in the untimely demise of our world, and both are the consequence of misunderstanding our place within nature.
If we would have advanced as we did; building dwellings and using the hides of animals and fire to keep ourselves warm. Creating armour as a substitute for spines, thick hide and scales, and weapons to make up for the absence of claws, teeth and horns, to transform ourselves from helpless sausages into the most fearful predator of all – yet have understood we owe our existence to nature, and should respect nature accordingly, we would not have marched to the brink of self-destruction within what may be considered a relatively short space of time, when comparing the evolutionary period of Homo sapiens to that of all other species on Earth.
Chapter Six of the Gods’ Confusion
So, rather than assuming we had only managed to survive and flourish within a hostile environment, with our respect for it intact, we sensed we had defeated a foe, and proclaimed ourselves the lords of all creatures, which spread to encompass a desire to impose our lofty attitude upon one another, which resulted in a battle for dominance between groups of peoples that has persisted until the present day.
Or is it fair to say ‘we’?
Perhaps the majority of our ancestors respected nature and felt gratitude for everything nature provided. Maybe only a fraction felt empowered, and their attitude spread to encompass a desire to dominate their fellow kind?
Perhaps those with this mentality, who only amounted to a minority, were the distant ancestors of today’s kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, oligarchs and dictators? And the greatest majority of the world’s population are the ancestors of those who did respect nature, felt grateful towards it, and wished to live in harmony with it, and adopt the same attitude towards their fellow kind?
Does our world, therefore, reflect the qualities of a minority, rather than the human race as a whole? And now the whole planet must pay the price of a minority’s desire to dominate, disrespectfully, their fellow kind and nature itself?
Whatever the case may be; is it fair to blame the minority who govern and have governed for all the world’s troubles? The majority of the world’s population have allowed an almost insignificant percentage to take ultimate responsibility for their lives and the welfare of our planet, and we continue to allow this scenario to persist, despite the consequence.
The consequence is the world we live in; a global civilisation divided into one hundred and ninety-five countries – separated by hostile borders – each of which have various standards of living, ranging from extreme poverty to great wealth, with many nations in conflict with another, or others, which may lead to a battle for dominance that could destroy the world upon which all life lives.
Incredibly, the consequence of hostilities form the strategy to maintain peace on Earth; the threat of nuclear warfare – an absurdity that many seem to place in the back of their minds, as though it is of little consequence.
And we have developed a philosophy of living that is consuming the planet’s limited resources at a rate that will ensure there is little or nothing left for future generations, as though we believe humankind is only destined to exist for some hundreds of years.
A percentage of the planet’s dwindling resources are being used to manufacture mountains of inferior quality goods, with a short-lived practical value, which does not evoke the outrage it should, since an element of their purpose is fulfilled; to placate a sense of angst humankind must endure, generated by the aforementioned, and other factors, such as the consequence of manufacturing mountains of inferior quality goods – a process that generates a level of pollution that is slowly choking the planet and all its life to death.
Regardless of who is to blame for the state our world is in, humankind continue to advance in the same perilous direction, as though we believe the whole precarious status quo should be maintained at all costs, despite its outstanding absurdity – as though we believe our world order would shatter if any radical adjustments were made to it.
Our advance seems uncertain and absurd because we are disconnected from the harmony enveloping the advance of all other forms of life on the planet; the forces directing the evolution of all life.
We have evolved regarding nature as scenery, rather than something we belong to. Symbols reflecting a desire to dominate and control nature are wherever one turns – dogs on leashes, plants in pots, and trees lining roadsides, of uniform height, spacing and diameter.
Parks, as though tiny forests, are lit with electric lights at night, representing our acknowledgement of nature, while reminding it, and ourselves, that we can only tolerate so much.
We stamp on bugs, rear animals to eat, with little regard for their feelings, and alter the genetics of plants to ensure abundant crop yields, while throwing away a percentage of the comestibles we produce if they are not sold, even though there are those who would consume it, which raises the question of whether genetic engineering is necessary.
Nature’s free will has been manipulated, and held at bay, as though a terrible beast threatening to devour humankind. And now, we are beginning to realise there is a price to pay for our lofty attitude. Nature is revolting against the lord of the animals. The planet has grown tired of our egotism, and growls warningly.
Once again, the fear of nature permeates our consciousness, but this time we cannot adopt an arrogant stance; we must reconsider our attitude if we are to survive. Mother Nature is mightier than we. She demands our respect, and we must bow before her, rather than forcing her to bow before us and ignoring her complaints.
It seems the odds are fairly even, when contemplating what will cause of the planet’s seemingly inevitable destruction. Will it be destroyed by a nuclear holocaust, or will a dramatic change in the Earth’s climate render our planet uninhabitable?
Yet; we stand on the eve of destruction, shuffling our feet, and hope the problems will simply vanish. We try to believe we are sailing towards a glorious, yet unknown destination, while allowing the same navigators to lead the way; the same navigators who have led us into the shark-infested waters we sail upon.
We pass our unstable, directionless global civilisation to our children, and expect them to continue creating it, in the shadow of doom and destruction, and wonder why they aren’t terribly enthusiastic about the notion. We wonder why they think it hardly seems worth the effort, and search for a deeper meaning to life, far away from that which should give life meaning, or escape their questionable responsibility through doors leading to an alternative perception of the reality that distresses them so.
Many become depressed when they contemplate the seemingly pointless nature of existence, and are given anti-depressants to evoke a chemically induced sense of well-being. So, their depression wanes, when it may be better if it remained, since their dissatisfaction with life may inspire them to evoke change.
Together with anti-depressants, and an endless array of poor quality merchandise one may buy to placate a sense of angst, an immeasurable amount of entertainment offers respite from the world’s troubles, and in many of the world’s countries; more than one can hope to eat. All in all, it seems our revolutionaries are being disabled in one way or another, leaving our kind to rest complacent in the shadow of self-destruction.
The daily newspapers are full of articles chronicling humankind’s idiocy, and the instability of global civilisation. New articles appear in the next day’s newspapers, which may lead one to believe that once a report has vanished, the problem has been solved. If the results of a survey disclose that one in ten children between the ages of five and sixteen are suffering from mental health problems, for example, then it seems almost certain the report will not appear in the next day’s newspaper, as though a pill has been invented, or something of the sort, and the issue has been taken care of.
Of course; this is inevitable – otherwise, newspapers would grow in girth from day to day, as the world’s absurdities accumulate, to form countless floppy volumes of absurdity.
Maybe our lack of radical action to combat global warming is due to our deeply ingrained attitude towards nature; we aren’t too concerned, because we are used to manipulating and controlling nature, and suppose climate change is just another challenge in that respect; a challenge the majority have left within the hands of a governing minority, who are responsible for allowing the phenomenon to manifest in the first place.
Governments were warned long ago of the impact carbon emissions would have on the environment. Here is a link to an article in The Guardian, describing scientist’s findings relating to global warming in 1965;
Now that natures’ hostile stance has been acknowledged, some half-hearted attempts are being made by governments to prevent global warming, but the efforts are not enough, since governments are unwilling to work together to radically reform the philosophy encompassing our existence, and the development of global civilisation. And even if governments do manage to halt the advance of global warming, the interaction between the world’s governments leaves humankind, and the planet itself, to exist with the constant threat of being annihilated in a nuclear holocaust.
We continue to construct global civilisation as though a structurally unsound house on a swamp, and fail to see the futility of our effort. Those who do think outside the box, and find sensible solutions to replace the ludicrous, have little or no effect in evoking change, since the opinions of the majority are rarely taken into consideration, even in our so-called democracies.
Ironically, many feel safe inside the box, even though it has become far more frightening and hostile than the natural world which exists outwith its confines; the world we ran from.
Outside the box is a world of bears, wolves, and all manner of mysterious, random threats. At least, when one is within the box, one may identify the forces threatening one’s well-being, since the destructive forces are humankind’s creation. One may read of the forces in the newspaper, which makes it feel familiar and almost comforting. We are creatures of habit, so we seek the comfort familiarity brings, which is why we prefer to stay just where we are; in the box. We even build the walls of the box higher, to keep ourselves safe from nature, and each other.
The absurdity of existence has blinded our sense of reasoning, and factors, such as the fear of change, together with the comfort familiarity brings, prevents us from kicking down the walls of the box to let nature in and ourselves out. Yet; the power of nature is forcing the walls inwards, to crush us within, and if we survive that, we may perish anyway, should we burn the very box within which we all hide.
Time is running out; it is time to wake and accept the gravity of the situation we are in. Time to escape the confines of the box and create a paradise on Earth for all who live and will live. To live with respect for one another, the planet, and all its life, before it’s too late to create such a world. There is still time to change; to live as life should have been and could still be, if we find the determination, courage and will to unite and evoke change.
It is time to bow before mother nature and ask her forgiveness, and bow before each other and ask the same, and advance respectfully and thoughtfully towards a bright future, guided by collective intelligence and reasoning, rather than the fragmented stupidity a dysfunctional political climate creates, which seems intent on destroying all God and humankind have created.
Chapter Seven of the Gods’ Confusion
To escape this nightmare, we should dream of the world as we wish it to be, for everything humankind has created was once nothing more than a dream in the mind of the creators. To dream, it may help if we consider how our history may have been, if we would have advanced with a different attitude, adopted by all.
To achieve this, we should once again consider our early development, so we may identify the point in time when attitudes towards our environment and one another formed. Once we have considered these attitudes, we will be able to contemplate alternative attitudes that may have been adopted, which would have resulted in an entirely different global civilisation to that which we currently inhabit. This alternative will seem intensely favourable when compared to our present-day reality, and how to exchange dreams with reality is the ultimate challenge.
To begin this contemplation, we should travel back in time to when we were helpless sausages, terrified both night and day, lest we and our kin be consumed by some fearful, ravenous beast. We should try to imagine how wonderful our sense of achievement would have been, once we had developed weaponry to hunt effectively and defend ourselves with; when we transformed from prey to predator. Of course; one would assume the feelings relating to this advance would have been wholeheartedly and justifiably positive.
Before we developed weaponry, we were all in the same boat – occupying the same lowly position in nature’s food chain. And once weaponry had been developed, we rose above the ranks to become the most fearsome of all the Earth’s creatures. Our ancestors would surely have been grateful they were no longer living in fear, and had managed to flourish within what was once a hostile environment.
Some, however, as we have considered in the previous chapter, may have felt a sense of empowerment. They may have felt invincible, once they had slain a bear, and believe their power and invincibility had no limits. Their sense of personal empowerment may have led them to use a weapon, developed in response to nature’s hostility, to intimidate the pack and become the pack’s leader.
At this moment in our history, our fear of each other began to form; at the point when the weapons we developed to survive and thrive in nature were used to intimidate and control one another.
As a consequence, the pack’s fear of the pack’s leader in our species was, and is, far greater than the fear all other species with pack mentality have of their leader, since their battles for dominance rarely result in death. And since the human pack’s leader would be prepared to murder anyone who challenged their dominance, the pack would stand by them with a greater degree of allegiance than what may be considered natural; a fearful allegiance rather than respectful.
Also; since one pack’s fear of another would be greater than within other species with pack mentality, this scenario represents the birth of the army and the leaders who govern them; it is the moment in time where bloody battles between groups of peoples, or packs, began.
An argument may ensue at this point, concerning the basic nature of humankind, which, according to some, is that we are an aggressive, domineering, greedy, selfish, power-hungry, desirous species. This viewpoint reinforces the opinion that our world was destined to be as it is.
However; if these qualities form the basic nature of humankind, there would have been an all-out war between each and every human since the beginning of our time, and it is doubtful whether we would have survived, and if we would have, there would be a hellish battle for dominance between all who live from the distant past to the present.
When bearing this in mind, it seems likely that a minority of our kind were responsible for creating this scenario, rather than the majority, and since the sense of empowerment stemmed from an ability to dominate nature, those who held dominance in the past had a lack of respect for nature; because they regarded nature as a foe they had defeated, rather than representing an environment within which they had learned how to survive and flourish – an attitude that has passed through generations of leaders until the present day.
The weapons we developed in response to our vulnerability within nature, many thousands of years ago, and which we eventually used to attack members of our own kind, have evolved until they have the power to cause the death of another, thousands, or even millions, with a mere finger movement. This, above all other factors, sets us apart from the entire animal kingdom.
Our self-proclaimed position as lord of the animals may be true, when measured in this sense, but it is far from a glorious title. Yet, not only do we fail to see the vulgarity; we glorify our fabricated might, with all forms of media romanticising violence in every abstraction of the concept.
Of course, the pack leaders of today do not need physical strength or skill in combat to earn dominance within the pack. Wealth has become a weapon one may use to achieve dominion. Money may not buy love, but it will buy attention, power and influence, and without these, one may not reach the pinnacles of power and participate in ruling the world.
So, let’s continue by considering this scenario did not occur. Let’s imagine there were still those who experienced an ego trip from killing a bear, and turned on their fellow kind in an effort to dominate them, but they were forced to surrender by the majority; perhaps because the majority understood what would happen if they allowed one armed member of the pack to reign supreme through violence.
Chapter Eight of the Gods’ Confusion
In the alternative scenario we are about to contemplate, rather than rising to power forcefully through violence, or the threat thereof, a pack’s leader would have been elected by the pack through appreciation of their intelligence and leadership skills.
The reasoning of the majority, rather than an aggressive minority, would have determined the relationship between humankind and nature. Let’s assume the widely held belief of the pack would have been that nature should be considered an ally, which allowed their survival, rather than a foe they had defeated, and should be respected accordingly.
To further our contemplation of this scenario, we should imagine that weapons were understood as necessary, to defend against the attack of predators or to hunt with, but one of our first laws would have been they should never be turned against members of our own kind.
So, when one pack of humans encountered another, each would sense the other peaceful and discover they share a common altruism. The leader of each pack would represent the demeanour of their pack, rather than their own aggressively enforced self-serving interests and qualities.
Therefore; rather than early packs of humans engaging in the first wars, they would have enacted the first episodes of peaceful cooperation, teamwork and interaction. If such a mentality would have formed within every pack, in these early years of humankind’s development, their collective intelligence and reasoning would have formed the embryo from which civilisation would grow.
Without aggressive conflict, civilisation would have advanced smoothly and peacefully from its very beginning. The forces of creation would have been unleashed, unhindered by war. Unless destroyed by natural forces, every relic of our past would have remained intact until the present day, within this alternative reality, as landmarks of our journey through time.
Before we advance from these imagined early days of our development, we should contemplate the birth of our species, Homo sapiens, by considering anthropological theory prevalent in our actual world, with Mitochondrial Eve as the mother of the first modern humans – who lived in Africa between one and two hundred thousand years ago – and humankind’s migrations while considering the Out Of Africa theory (OOA) rather than the concept of the multiregional root of our kind.
Therefore; we should consider Africa as the motherland of Homo sapiens, and Africans as our most distant relatives. When considering this, and using ‘we’ in the broadest sense of the term, we may examine one of the most heinous crimes our species have committed in our actual history, which would not have occurred within the alternative reality of our contemplation.
In our actual history; if Africa is indeed the continent of our origin, we returned home, after our global excursions, to murder and enslave our most distant relatives, and divide our motherland between ourselves as though a stolen cake shared among villains. Our ancestors behaved in a manner which would be considered vile when visiting any country or continent, but rendered an indescribably hideous crime when knowing of Africa’s meaning to humankind.
Of course; our ancestors did not know, and perhaps we feel we may excuse their behaviour by illuminating their ignorance. Although, when employing common morality to determine the nature of their actions, the behaviour was inexcusable, whether they knew or not.
Little has changed as a result of genetic research; our motherland lies raped and pillaged, with lines cut into her flesh acting as evidence of Africa’s division between the crooks who stole it, and racism prevails, despite all we have learnt.
Yet; let’s leave this sorrowful scenario behind – our actual reality – and contemplate how our kind may have spread from our motherland to explore the world, and our attitude upon our return, should our mentality have developed in the manner described in the beginning of this chapter.
We should consider the colonisation of our planet by our African predecessors, which began some sixty or seventy thousand years ago, by referring to the most widely upheld theories within the scientific community.
While abandoning all theories regarding the reasons for our migration, let’s assume the world became inhabited by our kind, in the alternative scenario we are contemplating, in precisely the same way as our actual reality;
We left Africa by crossing the Bab-al-Mandab Strait to colonise Eurasia, and along the coast of India; reaching Southeast Asia and Australia some fifty thousand years ago.
At some point, a second group of humans left our motherland, heading towards the Middle East and Southern Central Asia, from where they began to colonise the northern latitudes of Asia, Europe, and beyond.
And the final migrations, which began some twenty thousand years ago, when a group of Asian hunters were said to have entered the East Asian Arctic during the last Glacial Maximum, and within a few thousand years had begun to colonise the most southernmost reaches of South America.
This scenario provides the foundation for our current global civilisation, which is the result of a population explosion that began once agriculture began to develop some ten thousand years ago. Although our migrations continue, albeit rather feebly, since they are hindered by border restrictions that did not exist in the beginning of our time, the most noteworthy have occurred within the past five hundred years, and has led to human settlers occupying almost every land mass upon our planet.
While bearing our migratory history in mind, let’s consider the differences between our actual global civilisation and the one which might have existed, if we were to have spread throughout the world in the same manner, but with an entirely different attitude.
It is worthwhile to note this alternative attitude would have developed within the minds of only ten thousand of our kind, for that is the estimated number of humans on the planet seventy thousand years ago, when we began our migrations to inhabit the Earth. Therefore; the scenario we are about to consider should not be so difficult to imagine – as though the population of a friendly, peaceful town left Africa to populate the planet.
Chapter Nine of the Gods’ Confusion
Let’s progress, while fluctuating between the imagined evolution of our kind and the actual, so we may make comparisons as we move forward. This should lead to an increasingly deeper understanding of the challenges we face, when attempting to divert the path of our advance to the world that may have been, if the majority would have had the courage to stand united against an aggressive, dominant minority in the beginning of our time, and at the same time we may further understand the disease afflicting the evolution of humankind.
And so; the alternative scenario – Africa, some seventy thousand years ago, where roughly ten thousand of our early ancestors were evolving in a truly altruistic manner, without leaders who had forced their way into a position of dominance through violence, which they maintained through violence, or the threat thereof, although a leader may have been elected by the pack through appreciation of a pack member’s intelligence and leadership skills..
The collective intelligence of our ancestors would have ensured their survival and increasing numbers, and should one group of humans meet another, their attributes would have doubled, if they were to join to form one group, or their meeting would not have resulted in violent conflict if destined to part.
So, let’s suppose our early ancestors left our motherland and spread across the world, as described in the previous chapter. If we would have evolved in the manner we are considering, it would seem fair to assume our world would not have become divided by borders. The first known border – the great wall of Jericho, constructed in around 8000 BC – may have been built within this alternative reality, but only to prevent flooding, with its other purpose, of defence, in actual history; an unnecessary consideration.
Evidence of humankind’s belief in God, and an afterlife, has been found when examining human burials from as far back as 50,000 BC, and it may be our sense of the divine began to form from the dawn of consciousness.
Therefore; the concept of God may have become a topic for international debate, within this border-less world of our imagination, as we roamed freely across the planet. One doctrine may have formed to embrace the concept of God, as time passed by, rather than the endless religions and their scriptures that have developed as a result of our divided world, which remain the same, thousands of years later, because our migrations stagnated long ago.
In this world, war would be nothing more than an imagined vulgarity in the darkest of minds, and notions such as slavery; the tormented thoughts of the greedy, which would remain as nothing more, since the majority would label such concepts as destructive to civilisation and contrary to equality.
Upon discovering isolated groups of our kind, such as the American Indians, when we sailed the seven seas, we would have been delighted to be reunited with them and they, with us. Their philosophy and wisdom would have intermingled with world heritage to enrich the melange of culture sweeping across the planet, and beautify the lives of the human race.
When scientists discovered Africa was the motherland of every human being, Africa would have become the most revered place on Earth, with its scar-less face welcoming distant relatives to a homecoming, all of whom would bring gifts of knowledge and wisdom to their motherland, as they always had, before they knew, since to do so would have seemed a natural gesture of goodwill all perform when travelling to other lands.
And our respect for nature would be as evident as our disrespect is now. Perhaps the lines created by architecture would drift across the contours of the Earth; flowing through nature as though a part of it, rather than seeming as though it wishes to have nothing to do with it, as it seems now, with our endless fascination with the box, which rarely occurs naturally, and seems to reflect our stubborn mentality and reluctance to live in harmony with nature – as if we are still fearful of it, and have not yet understood it is the force of life, to which all life owe their lives.
Pumping waste into seas and oceans would surely have been seen as a colossal insult to our planet’s sea life, and a system of composting would exist in its place, so our waste would create nourishment for the Earth’s earth, rather than pollution, as it is now.
Political ideologies such as Capitalism and Communism would not have formed in this border-less world. A philosophy of living encompassing the entire planet would exist in their stead, so there wouldn’t be tensions caused by political differences. Perhaps the philosophy would have ensured everyone is housed, fed, educated, and cared for when they are sick, which would be considered as the foundation of global civilisation and constructed first, with everything else considered unnecessary in comparison.
Maybe, once this essential foundation had been constructed, humankind would have united to design a blueprint for a global civilisation that would benefit all who live. The economy, or its equivalent phrase, would have meaning in this world, since its growth would reflect an advance towards a desired goal, and promise contentment for all who live once it had grown. Every hour of effort spent working would be worthwhile, since each would contribute to the construction of an efficient global civilisation, comparable to a well-designed machine.
Of course; many possible scenarios exist within this alternative reality, and you would undoubtedly arrive at your own conclusions when contemplating such a world.
Yet; it seems we are content to allow the future to flow from the errors of the past, rather than accepting we have created a hideous scenario and seek a new direction in which to travel, with insight gleaned from the mistakes we have made – to search for a dream worth dreaming within this directionless nightmare of our existence.
It almost seems we should strive to create a paradox of the world we live in; to replace unsustainable, insatiable desire with a wish for satisfaction and contentment. Disrespect towards nature and one another with respect, and stupidity, beyond the meaning of the word, with sound, intelligent reasoning. If we do not, humankind will surely perish – either through a nuclear holocaust or the effects of global warming, leaving us to rot, together with all of the Earth’s life, upon the world we have destroyed with the weapons of our creation, or through disrespecting the force to which we owe our lives.
Yet, if we dream of the world that could have been, and could still be, hope will shine through the gates of hell and illuminate a path leading to paradise. Let us then dream, and believe we have the ability to turn our dreams into reality, before we suffocate within a nightmare of our own creation, and our dreams become nothing more than our last regretful thoughts; our lost hopes.
Chapter Ten of the Gods’ Confusion
On a practical level, creating the kind of world the majority of humankind would dream of living in would not be as difficult as it may seem. There are many aspects of global civilisation that should remain intact, so it may be said a generous fraction of the foundation already exists. However; there are aspects of our world’s construct that should change radically, if we are to advance from these dark ages towards a bright future. Yet; if the majority of humankind do not have the power required to participate in the world’s design, the dream will remain as nothing more than a dream.
At this moment in time, the majority live in societies governments have designed for them to live in, and they are educated to be servile to their societies, rather than both servile to and the designers of them. Generic, one-size-fits-all education systems produce citizens with this limited capability, and governments prefer to keep the systems in place, even within so-called democracies.
In fact; we are expected to voice our opinions concerning society’s construct in an almost Neanderthal manner, by shouting in the streets, waving banners on marches, or through some other method of communication that seems absurd in this era of digital communication.
Below, there is a link to an article in The Guardian reporting a live event in Paris, France, where demonstrators, calling for climate change to be taken seriously by the world’s governments, are being teargassed by police,
There are innumerable events of this nature, more of which may be observed when reading another article from The Guardian, which states that 127 environmental activists lost their lives during 2017, in protests regarding environmental concerns, ranging from the poaching of elephants in Tanzania to illegal logging in the Amazon.
So, even the Neanderthal manner in which we are forced to voice our concerns and opinions are thwarted, to the point of causing injury or death. This scenario proves democracy farcical, for if it was not, democratic governments would have recognised the internet offers a means by which the majority may voice concerns and opinions directly and safely, and employ it to this effect.
Democratic governments have not been modified to accommodate for this opportunity for doing so would create democracies in the true meaning of the term – governance by the people, with their elected representatives creating the societies the majority wish to create.
Governments have no intention of creating true democracies, since governments are in charge of the people and wish to remain so. Democracy is a term within which dictatorships are clad, and employed by governments to fool the majority into believing society’s design is influenced by their opinions, and they wish to keep this deceptive system firmly in place.
Yet; the internet has created a Global Village, within which an increasing number of our kind are making one another’s acquaintance – as though a great social gathering of humankind; a colossal family reunion.
For the greatest part; the phenomenon has revealed the majority are friendly, curious, humorous, compassionate, peace-loving and deeply concerned for our planet’s welfare, which seems a paradox of the world’s hostile political climate. It seems quite clear Russian people do not wish to launch a nuclear attack against the people of America, for example, nor vice versa, since these nations consist of people who wish to live their lives in peace; a wish they share with the majority of humankind.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the world’s political climate does not reflect the true nature of humankind, and the world would be entirely different if it were to. It does not make sense that we are a world at war; a family in such conflict that we are willing to destroy our own relatives. Neither does it seem believable that humankind have accumulated enough nuclear weaponry to destroy the planet, for what kind of fools contemplate destroying the planet upon which all life lives? Or treat it with such a lack of respect that it becomes gravely ill and will surely die?
Beneath these colossal absurdities rest countless others, and only collective intelligence will eradicate them, for they are the consequence of collective stupidity.
So, perhaps the Global Village mentality is preparing humankind for the opportunity the internet has placed before us, and all we should do as the first step, on a practical level, is consider how to pressurise the governing minority into modifying governments to accommodate for majority rule; for true democracy, which is a concern we will consider in following chapters.
Otherwise; unless the outdated form of interaction with governments is modified, we will be destined to live in a world of their questionable design until the end of time, which may be much sooner than it would be if we were to intervene in political affairs, which, ultimately, are our affairs.
Chapter Eleven of the Gods’ Confusion
We are no longer illiterate peasants, as the majority were, only some hundreds of years ago. Perhaps the governance of the majority by a minority was inevitable at that time, and for this reason.
Yet; the times have changed. True, interactive democracies are not an impossible dream. The concept would allow the necessary advance of humankind, and life’s meaning would change radically if they are implemented as a means of governance.
If true, interactive democracies replace existing forms of minority rule, a desire to eradicate everything that exists within the realms of idiocy will permeate the spirit of humankind – for that is an element of human nature; to strive for perfection and harmony – and it seems there is a lot of work to be done.
Most acknowledge it is beyond foolish for nations to maintain and fortify heavily armed stances as a means to ensure peace on Earth, since the moment the farcical strategy fails will be the moment of the Earth’s destruction. Equally; most have accepted the planet’s limited resources will not allow economies to grow indefinitely, and the pollution their use creates in manufacture will eventually result in the death of the planet’s life.
Facts are forcing us to accept we are at a turning point, and refusing to turn will result in catastrophe, in one way or another. If we are able to eradicate these immediate threats to our survival, and that of all life, we may begin to live life anew; creating civilisation in the bright light of creation, rather than in the gloomy shadows of destruction, and living in accordance with universal rules that will ensure the planet’s enduring good health.
The urgency of the situation demands we begin to contemplate how to instigate radical change immediately, if we are to become the generations of humankind who save the world, rather than the last to live. We must strive to replace the farce of our existence with a new, logical world, where we may live in peace and harmony with the planet and all its life, as the colossal family we have become during the passage of time.
To reconsider the meaning of life, and replace it with a viable alternative that will not lead to the destruction of the planet and its life, we should compare the manner in which we live to the manner all life on Earth lives, in an effort to determine how we should change our lifestyle so it resonates harmoniously with all life, rather than creating a fatal dissonance. Whenever we notice we are out of step, we should attempt to fall into life’s rhythm, so we may progress, step by step, in harmony with all that lives, to the world we dream of living in.
The greatest mistake we have made, which has prevented us from being able to consider the meaning of life logically, up to this point in time, is that we have placed ourselves above all other species on the planet, and in doing so, we have set ourselves apart from all other species, and therefore have not learned from their example. Our sense of self-importance has also led us to regard the planet from the same lofty height. It seems we regard our world as something we live upon, alone, with other species only creatures of lesser importance, rather than a world within which we co-exist with all life.
To expand on the considerations of previous chapters; if our ancestors would have evolved regarding themselves as one species among countless others, which rely on the planet for their survival, they may have observed the interaction of these other species with their environment, and ensured they interact in the same manner, so they may live in harmony with all life and the planet itself. If this would have been so, our ancestors may have written chronicles describing an element of life’s meaning; passed from one generation to the next.
Yet; it was not so. A minority of our kind have invented life’s meaning to suit their own criteria, leaving the majority as nothing more than workers, creating an unstable world of their design; a design that has neglected to pay attention to the harmony humankind’s advance should maintain with the Earth and its life.
Since the meaning of life seems to have so little meaning, at present, we should search for an alternative manner of living that would allow a sense of purpose and worth, and create a sense of harmony rather than dissonance.
To begin searching for a new meaning of life, we must first climb down from the pedestal built from self-importance and regard ourselves as equal to all other species, and to one another; as if the hierarchy politics and religion has installed within our kind does not exist, and our self-proclaimed position as master of all species has not been unannounced – for it is only when considering all life on equal terms may we begin to understand the meaning of our own.
Before we attempt to consider life’s deeper meaning, we should contemplate the meaning of life in its most fundamental sense, for each fundamental aspect of life’s meaning forms the foundation of life’s deeper meaning.
So, as one species among an unknown number of others, let us observe these others, known to us, to see how they interact with one another, the members of other species and the planet, and consider the differences between their lives and our own, so we may contemplate how we should change our lifestyle to ensure the survival of our planet and its life.
Chapter Twelve of the Gods’ Confusion
Let’s begin by contemplating our existence in a fundamental sense, by comparing our basic manner of living to other land-dwelling creatures, since what may seem purely physical and mundane is an element of life’s meaning, and on a universal scale, rather than pertaining solely to humankind.
One may observe a number of harmonious exchanges between land-dwelling creatures, the planet and other species, which bestows great significance upon their tiny lives. One of which is that the planet provides food for the creatures, and the creatures’ excrement provides nourishment for the planet’s soil and its resulting flora, and since flora is consumed by herbivores and carnivores alike; the planet’s fauna, thus creating a perpetual cycle of life-sustaining events.
Yet, the excrement of human beings has long-since been regarded a problem to be dealt with, rather than a valuable resource for the Earth’s earth. Although some sewage is treated, the majority of the world’s human waste is flushed directly into seas and oceans. Only ten percent of Asia’s sewage destined for the sea is treated, which is explained in some detail in this article by The Encyclopaedia Of Earth.
Also, according to a report by The Scientific American (quote)
‘Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants.’
Below you will find a link to the article, which states the effect of toxins on sea life is not yet known.
So, rather than offering nourishment for the Earth’s earth, and despite humankind’s attempts to tackle the problem, our excrement pollutes the environment, and we do not even know to what extent.
Even on this basic, physical level, we have misunderstood the purpose of our existence; of life’s meaning – that our excrement should fertilise the Earth’s soil. Worse; what should be a natural source of nourishment for the Earth has become a toxin for both sea and land.
Although it may seem absurd to contemplate the meaning of life on such a lowly level, life’s meaning envelops a great many variables, from the physical to the spiritual, all of which are intricately interwoven, and this is one example.
To consider the alternative reality we have been contemplating once again; if we would have progressed from the beginning of our time with respect for the planet and its life, we would have observed the interaction between land-dwelling creatures and their environment, and developed sewage systems to benefit the planet, so our lives would resonate harmoniously with all life and the planet itself.
We would not pump our waste into seas and oceans, so sea life would live in a clean environment, to provide a healthy food source for species who feed from the seas, of which we are one, and the Earth’s soil would be enriched, which would benefit the Earth’s flora and fauna.
At this point we may conclude; if our excrement were used to nourish the Earth’s soil, as it is for all land-dwelling creatures, our defecation would be of immense value to the planet rather than a serious problem, so our lives would have greater meaning and purpose even on this subliminal level of being.
However; we encounter immense difficulties, since the pollutants in our excrement renders it harmful, to an unknown degree, so we should either develop methods to remove all toxins from faecal matter, or have lifestyles that do not require medications to cope, such as those which relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
Although the latter may seem the most improbable solution, if we were to create the paradise we dream of living in, this effortless solution will be granted, as it would be in the alternative reality of our contemplation. So even performing our toilet would be a gift to the planet, in return for the gifts the planet gives us, rather than the most vile of insults.
Chapter Thirteen of the Gods’ Confusion
Although we may choose any creature to contemplate the phenomenon, let’s use the lion as the first example. The lion is a carnivore, as the greatest majority of humans are. The lion selects its food from nature’s larder, and once it has made its kill, the lion and the lion’s pride will consume the meat.
When the carcass is discarded by the lions, other creatures feed from it until all that remains are sun-bleached bones, which eventually decompose to form elements of the soil. There is no waste. Apart from humans, all carnivores feed themselves in a comparable manner, other creatures, and the Earth itself.
Herbivores’ eating habits are not entirely dissimilar, for peels and specs of fruit and vegetation, which fall as they eat, become food for other creatures or decompose to form elements of the Earth’s soil. Seeds fall to the ground, or pass through their digestive systems, and grow into flora such as wild grain and fruit-bearing plants and trees; a process which replaces what the herbivores have eaten.
To consider the rituals concerning our eating habits involves many factors, all of which are unique to our species, and create disharmony between our kind, other forms of life, and the planet itself, just as the disposal of our faecal matter creates dissonance rather than harmony.
Let us take two traditional foods to consider this phenomenon; apples and fish. The apple is from the earth’s resources, and fish from the seas’. Apples are grown upon trees within orchards, harvested, and delivered to shops where the apples are sold. Fish are harvested from the sea by fishermen, and delivered to the same destination.
The ability to fish, or pick apples, is of no importance when shopping for this merchandise, nor is hunger considered a reason to be given the product by the shopkeeper, even though the food was harvested to feed the hungry. The only requirement which should be met is that one has money to pay for the apples and fish, and what one does with them once they have been bought is of little or no concern to those selling them, for money is the sole purpose of the exchange.
If you are hungry, but have no money to pay for an apple or a fish, you will remain so. The shop supplying the apples and fish usually have surplus, since many countries produce more food than is required. The surplus is thrown away when it is not sold, even though it is still fit for human consumption, and fresh stocks of produce are brought to the premises.
The apples and fish are thrown, together with a wide variety of still edible produce, into large plastic refuse containers, some of which are surrounded by fences through which you may not pass. In many countries, it is a crime to take food from these containers, and if you are caught attempting to do so – perhaps because you are hungry but have no money – you may be forced to pay a fine, even though a lack of finance may have led you to search the containers for food.
In many countries, surplus food is not offered to those who are hungry, even though feeding humans was the intent of its production – it is transported to rubbish dumps where it feeds vermin, flies and other insects living on the dumps, even though such creatures are considered a pest, and the transportation of the ‘waste’ to dumps creates pollution.
The apples’ seeds rot upon the dump, rather than having the opportunity to grow into fruit-bearing trees. The apple trees grown in orchards are not fertilised by the excrement we produce once the apples have been eaten, because our waste is pumped into the seas, which pollutes the environment from where we harvest fish.
To explore this topic in detail would result in a book, rather than a chapter of the same, and for this reason the subject is explored in a simplistic manner. For example; there are nuances in these equations, such as seeds that pass through digestive systems and grow to become an element of the planet’s flora, which is a process common to herbivore and carnivore alike, since carnivrous animals consume herbivores together with the seeds the herbivores have eaten. However; perhaps enough has been said to be able to compare this, the second basic element of our human lives, to that of other species, and note the absurd differences.
Up to this point, we have observed two factors governing the meaning of life in its most elementary sense; of eating and defecation. We can therefore assume, by observing all other species on the planet, that one element of life’s meaning should be to feed from what the Earth offers, and once we have fed ourselves and other members of our kind, the excess should feed other species. Any food remaining should decay and replenish the Earth’s soil, and seeds should be given the opportunity to grow into wild grain or fruit-bearing plants or trees.
Another aspect of life’s natural meaning is that the excrement produced after eating should nourish the earth, which, altogether, creates a cycle of events that allows life on the planet to survive and thrive.
However; rather than participating in life’s harmony, we have developed systems that have created dissonance with the planet and all life residing upon it, including our own.
The purpose of existence, in its most fundamental, physical sense, which allows a single life greater meaning, is performed naturally by all species, apart from the human race. Therefore; it may be said we are the only species on the planet that has not managed to grasp the meaning of life in its most elementary form.
However; when compared to finding an alternative method of dealing with the disposal of our excrement, a solution to the problem of food management may be found with little effort – if concerns for the economy are disregarded. In this manner, at least, it would not be difficult to fall into step with nature’s rhythm, so our lives may have greater purpose than they have at present.
In fact; if we were to eradicate this absurdity, our lives would have greater meaning in other aspects too. Those who produce comestibles would know their ware would fulfill the true purpose of its production, and those responsible for its distribution would enjoy the same sense of achievement. Also; there wouldn’t be the pollution created when transporting the still edible food to dumps to feed pests.
Therefore; should humankind’s eating and defecation habits resonate harmoniously with all other land-dwelling creatures, the meaning of our existence would expand beyond measure, since our lives would have positive significance to all life, and the planet itself.
Chapter Fourteen of the Gods’ Confusion
So far, we have considered two factors that contribute to life’s meaning; eating and defecation. A third is shelter – a home – a safe place where we may live, raise our young, and find refuge from elements such as the cold, wind, rain and snow.
If we observe other land-dwelling creatures that build homes for themselves and their families, we may see how their home building and inhabitation differs from our own, in the same way we have observed how our eating and defecation habits are in conflict with life on Earth and create disharmony.
Although we could select any home-dwelling creature to study, let’s choose a bird to begin with, in a generic sense, since not all birds build nests. Birds that do determine where they wish to live, and build their nests from building materials they find within the nest’s vicinity. The mother bird lays eggs, and both the mother and father raise their young within the nest until they are old enough to make their own way in life.
If the nest is discarded after it has been used, the materials employed in its construction decompose to form elements of the Earth’s soil, or are used by other creatues as building materials for their homes.
Humans, on the other hand, may not build their homes where they please, since land is owned by other members of our species, together with the building materials required for their construction. Should a human be able to afford to buy land and materials, they may select a plot from a choice of locations on offer, and build a home for themselves and their family upon it. When a human’s home falls into disrepair and becomes uninhabitable, it often creates a hazard to the environment, since non-organic materials are used in their construction.
If a human does not have the funds necessary to buy land and construct a home, they may take a loan to enable them to do so, or to buy a home discarded by a member of our kind. Yet; should they fail to repay the loan, their home will be taken from them, and if they do not have the funds to rehouse themselves, they will become homeless, which is a predicament no other home-dwelling creature finds itself in – unless temporarily, through an act of nature; in which case they simply build another home for themselves and their families with the same ease as described.
Permanent or prolonged homelessness in a condition unique to humankind. Homelessness may continue indefinitely for humans, since they are unable to build a home for themselves and families where they please. The same scenario envelops those who choose to rent a home, for if they fail to pay the rental fee, they will be evicted from their home by those who own it.
Humans spend a considerable amount more time maintaining their abode than other home-dwelling creatures, with the fear of losing it accompanying every moment of its inhabitation. A home provides a sense of security and comfort for all creatures who reside within such a space. Yet; a human’s home also creates a sense of insecurity and discomfort, since humans are afraid of losing their homes through circumstances unique to our kind.
Perhaps we should pause to consider the three basic factors governing our lives, and summarise our findings regarding the meaning of life up until this point, with our conclusions based on the observation of other land-dwelling creatures that eat, defecate, and have homes, within which they live and raise their young. Although it may seem unnecessary to repeat what has already been said, to do so creates an increasingly clear picture of life’s meaning;
For our lives to resonate harmoniously with all life, we should eat, and what is not consumed by members of our kind should feed other species, or decay to form elements of the Earth’s soil. Seeds, rather than rotting upon dumps, should have the opportunity to grow into wild grain or fruit bearing plants and trees, and our excrement should fertilise, rather than pollute.
Our homes should provide a sense of security and comfort, as they do for all home-dwelling creatures; if we wish this aspect of life’s meaning to resonate harmoniously with all other home-abiding creatures, and the materials used in their construction should decay to form elements of the Earth’s soil, if a home is considered uninhabitable, or used in the construction of new homes.
Therefore; the threat of losing our homes should cease. We should not become homeless, nor live with the fear of becoming so. To threaten the home of any home-dwelling creature would stress them greatly, and if the practice were to continue indefinitely, from one generation to the next, it would affect the creature’s evolution, and we should assume we are no different.
These three factors contribute to the meaning of life; each are an element of life’s meaning and purpose. Yet; life’s meaning, for our kind, in this fundamental sense, has crossed the border from logical to illogical, natural to unnatural, and from reasonable to absurd.
Chapter Fifteen of the Gods’ Confusion
However; let’s break the flow of these sorrowful observations and begin to construct the world we wish to live in, while bearing in mind the meaning of life until this point.
Let’s begin by building a house, since it is both a fundamental need and an instinct. Children often create a home for their beloved soft toys by modifying a cardboard box, or build models of houses with scaled-down representations of building materials, such as Lego. A doll’s house is a favourite toy of young girls, and ‘huts’ a popular construction project for young boys, and both enjoy constructing playhouses from mattresses, bedsheets and pillows.
At present, many, but not all parents have a home where they live and raise their children, and some are able to offer their children their own rooms. Let’s consider a near-perfect world, where all parents are blessed with a home, and their children; a room of their own. We should progress from this point, and consider the child leaving their childhood home, as a youth, to begin living their independent lives.
Let’s assume the bedroom they have vacated is some twelve square meters in size, which provided adequate space for their young lives, and contemplate the factors surrounding an ideal first home; its size, location and permanence.
Coincidentally, although I have lived in over fifty homes, I consider the rented property I live in at present quite perfect in size and location, and I will use it as a blueprint for an ideal first home. I am only able to describe it to you, at this moment, although I hope to provide a detailed architectural drawing of the property, at some point, and hope the architect who has designed the complex is recognised, for they certainly deserve high praise for their creation.
My home is one among a row of single-storey terraced houses, each of which have a modest back garden. It is around thirty square meters, yet it has been so well designed that it does not feel small. Apart from a hall, an all-in-one shower room and toilet, and adequate storage space, the apartment is open plan, with no bedroom. It seems spacious for one, comfortable for two, and would even be sufficient to raise one child until they wish for their own room. In fact; those who remain single, or are in a relationship with no children, may find the accommodation perfect for their entire lives.
My neighbours are fond of their homes too, and the neighbourhood, which is cupped by a patch of forest. The complex provides extra storage space for each apartment, within a separate building, together with a laundry room, workshop and sauna. There is even a separate building where one may host birthday parties and the like, free of charge.
I would be delighted to find myself living here after leaving home; my apartment is rather like the ultimate bedroom children may dream of. It reminds me of the bedroom of a childhood friend, whose father built their family’s home. Everyone was happy for him, and somewhat envious too, since his bedroom was spacious with an en-suite bathroom, and a glass-walled corridor that led to the family’s kitchen.
So, let’s consider the house I live in as the standard design for one’s first home, in the world of our contemplation, and even permanent residency for those who so choose.
So we may enjoy our abode as all home-abiding creatures enjoy theirs, and rest within the sense of security a home should provide, a modest first home should be given free; granted at birth as a right of citizenship.
To consider this absurd; is it not equally absurd that we are born without this right? That land is swept from beneath our feet the moment we are born? That the freedom to build a home for ourselves and family has been withdrawn, and only returned in return for effort far beyond what is necessary to build a home, which, for most, is a near lifetime of labour?
We are the only home-dwelling creature on Earth that has had this basic right withdrawn, and one should consider that to force any animal to work by threatening to take away its home, if it does not, would be regarded as animal cruelty. And when taking into consideration the right to feed from what nature offers has been withdrawn too, and replaced by the commercialisation of food, it may be seen that food is another tactic to make us work – a carrot on the stick, as it were.
Although the strategy is certainly effective, it stresses the psyche, since we are being driven to work through the fear of homelessness and starvation. Even if one enjoys one’s employ, and does not sense the strategy designed to generate a sense of relief rather than satisfaction, it remains, nevertheless, as an element of the disease afflicting the evolution of our kind.
To consider how to implement this alternative housing scenario into the world of our creation, we should consider the current enlistment to the army, which many countries demand of their youth. The system of enlistment could remain, but with the world’s youth constructing societies, such as helping to build homes, schools, hospitals, roads, railways, sewage systems and water supplies, and so on, rather than learning how to destroy them.
To consider this absurd; is it not even more so to train people, in the prime of their youth, to murder their fellow kind and destroy the societies in which they live and have painstakingly constructed?
Some years ago, I assisted in the translation of a short article from a newspaper, which was written by a ninety-year old war veteran, who was enlightened, during a conversation with a friend, regarding the vulgarity of enlistment and war itself. He wrote;
’The other day, I met a friend of my age. We talked about old times, when we were doing our military service in the army, or ‘the killing school’ as my friend called it. Before that moment, I hadn’t heard of such a school.
We began to discuss our time in the army; the enforced conscription within which we were taught how to kill people. We remembered how we were all led to church, to swear our allegiance to the flag;
‘I swear to fight until the last drop of blood’
Never before had I considered the truth; the military service is just another name for ‘the killing school’. I asked myself how dumb could I be for not being able to figure that out during my ninety years of life – that it is the greatest vulgarity of humankind, which our so-called civilised leaders impose on the peoples of the Earth.’
If such a scheme were to replace the conscription to the armed forces, as they stand, the world’s youth would be working to provide their own homes – directly, by building them, or indirectly, by helping to construct societal infrastructure – and left with skills of much greater value than knowing how to kill and destroy. Of course; for this to occur, we must live in a world at peace, so the armed forces as they stand today become obsolete.
Chapter Sixteen of the Gods’ Confusion
Although you may agree with the points we have considered so far, you may wonder how the light of reason might penetrate the current political climate clouding the planet, and the world change as a result.
For the benefit of those who have not read The Last Revolution, I have included the first four chapters in this book, which describes a strategy that would enable the world to unite in a true global democracy, and create a world the world dreams of living in. I do not offer a manifesto; only a means by which a manifesto may be designed, since a manifesto would be created by the collective intelligence of humankind.
Chapter One of The Last Revolution;
The generations of humankind living today, and those who have lived since the Cold War between the Communist Bloc and Capitalist Bloc began, in 1947, are the first generations responsible for the entire planet’s welfare and all the planet’s life, since tensions in the world’s political climate may lead to a Third World War, and the planet’s health is deteriorating as a consequence of humankind’s advance, and may continue to do so until life can no longer thrive.
If these threats to our existence generated a sensation we could not ignore, which other threats create, such as hunger and thirst, humankind would unite in an effort to eradicate these phenomena, so we may survive. We would not rest complacent – with the hope that those responsible for creating the threats will be the ones to eradicate them – but strive to intervene in political affairs so life, and the planet itself, may be preserved.
Some two hundred and thirty years ago, in 1789, hunger drove the people of France to rebel against those governing their lives. The majority of France’s population were starving, while the governing minority were well fed, and did not seem to care that the majority were not.
This event, known as the French Revolution, established the basic rights of the citizen and disempowered the establishment. The French Revolution triggered a wave of revolutions throughout the world, and is widely regarded as one of the most important events in human history. Consequentially, the governing minority learned a valuable lesson; that the majority must be well fed, since hunger may result in rebellion.
The governing minority have also understood that providing the majority with an abundance of food benefits them on another level, which was recognised during the Roman Empire – a period of rule lasting around one thousand years – when free wheat was given to the people by politicians to gain political favour.
When combined with free entertainment, politicians found the people’s interest in politics was replaced by a desire for food and entertainment, which allowed politicians to conduct their affairs more or less as they pleased.
The Roman poet, Juvenal, created the phrase Panem et Circenses – Bread and Circuses – in the first century AD to label this strategy, and to criticise the populace of Rome for allowing their desire for food and entertainment to override their civic responsibility; of being involved in political affairs.
And now, some two thousand years later, it seems we are deeply entrenched within this strategy. The world of entertainment has grown to immense proportion, and there is an abundance of food in many of the world’s countries.
So, perhaps the Bread and Circuses mentality of our times is one reason the majority are so complacent, even though the reasons to revolt against a governing minority are far greater now than they have ever been. Also; the threats to our existence do not create a sensation we cannot ignore, so we may place them in the back of our minds.
Another factor that may be preventing an uprising of the majority rests in the concept of rebellion against governments; of revolution.
Revolution (noun) – a change in the way a country is governed, usually to a different political system, and often using violence or war.
(Online Cambridge Dictionary)
When contemplating the dictionary definition of the term, and observing the majority of revolutions throughout the course of history, such as the French Revolution, one may assume a revolution an ever-increasing improbability. If an event comparable to the storming of the Bastille in Paris, in 1789, were staged in this day and age, it would almost certainly be thwarted by the police and armed forces.
And when considering further factors in this equation, such as the mentality of the governed, ingrained within the minds of our kind, and an apathy borne from familiarity and the fear of change, it may seem a revolution nears the realms of impossibility.
Yet; although it may be that the Internet’s primary purpose is to provide entertainment, at this point in time, which reinforces the circus element of the Bread and Circuses strategy, a paradox exists, since the Internet may be employed by the majority as a tool to radically transform the way our world is governed; to a manner of governance that would have the potential to create paradise on Earth.
For this opportunity to be realised, the gravity of the situation humankind are in should weigh upon us all, to create a sensation we cannot ignore.
Chapter Seventeen of the Gods’ Confusion
Chapter Two of The Last revolution;
An almost insignificant percentage of humankind began to direct the advance of civilisation some five thousand years ago, in the Sumerian City State, and the scenario persists until our present day. We have grown accustomed to being governed by a tiny proportion of our kind, during this period of time, and may believe this manner of governance will continue until the end of our time, and find it difficult to imagine an alternative.
Even those who live in democracies can see their opinions do not form the societies they live in, because they are not asked for their opinions. They observe the world growing around them, yet have little or no impact relating to its design. In effect, all democracy means is that the majority may choose the minority who supposedly represent them in the world’s political arena, and design the societies they live in, even though the dictionary definition of the term states the power of government is held within the hands of the majority;
Democracy: ‘Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them, or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.’
The dictionary definition suggests its true meaning, from the point where it began, in Ancient Greece, in around 500 BC. Otherwise known as Athenian Democracy, the system allowed an ever-increasing percentage of the majority to participate in their society’s design.
Although the original manner of democracy seems to have been replaced by systems of rule that use the term, yet seem closer to dictatorships, the form of democracy where ‘the supreme power is vested in the people’ is becoming an increasingly plausible means of governance.
To consider how the Internet may be used to sculpt such a transformation, we should reduce the concept to a basic, simplistic form;
A country’s political system could be transformed, to accommodate true, interactive democracy, by creating a site on the Internet, linked to government, where citizens unite to create the policies and amendments forming their society, and cast votes to determine whether or not they should be implemented.
Should this manner of governance spread to envelop the world’s political arena, a global version of the site should be constructed, which would represent a Global Democracy.
Although it would be modified considerably, a country’s government would remain intact, but instead of politicians dictating how a country’s people should live, they would be orchestrating the will of the masses.
The elected representative of the people, such as a president or prime minister, would act as an ambassador, reflecting the will and nature of their country’s people, rather than the political party they represent and their own self-serving interests.
Before considering the concept in greater depth, we should name the website, which would connect to existing governments, so we may relate to it with ease. Let’s call the global version of the website the Consensus of World Opinion – the CWO – pronounced ‘quo’, as in Status Quo, and differentiate between it and the sites existing in each country by adding the country’s suffix – the cwo.fi – and so forth.
We should also consider the website in a physical sense;
If one imagines the CWO as a bicycle wheel, with its centre – the hub – as a central forum, where citizens cast the votes that decide whether policies or amendments should be implemented into their society, or not, and offer opinions regarding society in an all-encompassing sense, and in the global version of the site; the casting of votes that determine whether or not policies and amendments should be implemented on a global scale, to become universal law, and to address concerns regarding global civilisation as an entity.
The spaces between the spokes of the wheel represent smaller forums, each of which relates to a particular element of society, such as public transportation, healthcare, education, and so on.
Within this system of democracy, when a citizen is eighteen, they would be given the right to voice an opinion relating to their profession. For instance; a dentist may offer an opinion regarding the environment within which they, their colleagues and patients interact. The same would be true for all professions. Teachers, professors, mature students, and those conducting research within the field of education would create the education system, and so forth.
Each forum should be overseen by a minister or secretary. For example; the forum relating to education should be overseen by an elected representative, who would act as the minister or secretary of education.
Opinions should be restricted to one per person, which may not be edited once they have been submitted. This would prevent confusion, and the forums from becoming flooded with opinions. Opinions should also be submitted anonymously, so a following would not be generated through social influence.There should also be a maximum word-count of around one hundred words, so opinions may be read in a short space of time.
A simple voting system of ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ would reveal an opinion’s popularity, and allow popular opinions to rise within the forums, and encourage unpopular opinions to sink to obscurity.
Once an opinion has reached a certain level of popularity, comments relating to the opinion should be allowed, with the same limiting criteria as opinions and an identical manner of voting, which would indicate the popularity or unpopularity of comments. In this manner, a policy or amendment would be created.
The most popular policies or amendments should be harvested by the ministers or secretaries overseeing the forums, who would present them in the central forum for the approval or disapproval of the country’s citizens, which would be determined through the same manner of voting.
In essence; the purpose of the CWO would be to create a country’s society through the interaction of a country’s people, and a global civilisation through international debate.
Chapter Eighteen of the Gods’ Confusion
Chapter Three of The Last revolution;
It may take some time for a Global Democracy to develop, since there are many obstacles to consider, such as language barriers and availability of the Internet, so the journey towards a Global Democracy would begin with the creation of CWO websites within countries.
The first versions of the CWO should be presented to a country’s citizens as a model, representing an alternative means of government, within which truly democratic societies would begin to form – in an experimental sense, at first.
This would allow an opportunity for solutions to be engineered regarding any problems that may be encountered, and the fine tuning of the concept itself. For instance; the criteria, apart from an age restriction, that would determine who could and who could not participate in a country’s interactive democracy – in effect; to become an element of the greatly increased number of a country’s politicians.
Also, since each participant would not propose a radically different policy or amendment, or comment regarding those deemed most popular, software should be developed to categorise opinions and comments.
Since a model of the CWO would be informal, and the age restriction of eighteen difficult to impose, a computer’s IP address should be considered as a manner of registration, which would hinder the creation of ‘sock accounts’.
As described in chapter two; the site should contain a central forum, to represent a country’s government in an all-enveloping sense, and smaller forums, representing the various elements of society.
Even though this may be regarded as nothing more than a political game, the implications are astounding. Should the game become popular, and CWO websites spread from one country to another, a sense of Global Democracy would begin to develop, since the citizens of each country would be preparing a model of their truly democratic society.
When the civilian population of a country feel they have the confidence to demand true democracy – since they have created a model of society far superior to the actual society within which they reside – their country’s version of the CWO would connect directly to their existing government.
Once this has occurred, the informal registration of an IP address should be replaced by a formal system of registration, as there is now in so-called democratic countries. The system would also allow citizens to elect presidents, prime ministers, and other members of government. The task of government representatives would be to ensure policies and amendments are implemented into society, and to act as ambassadors, providing a voice that truly represents their country’s people.
Needless to say; governments will not allow this manner of democracy to replace their current political systems willingly, and the police and armed forces are employed to defend those who govern. Yet, if the police and armed forces were able to discuss their role in society, as any civilian may theirs, they would be as much a part of society’s reform as the civilian population.
Not only would this ensure a peaceful revolution, it would also affect the mechanism of warfare, since members of the armed forces would be able to voice their opinions, instead of being used by governments as though they are as thoughtless and unfeeling as the weaponry they operate.
However; when a country’s government is overthrown in favour of Civilian Rule, the country’s military should remain intact until the entire planet is liberated, otherwise liberated countries would be defenceless against those still governed by current political institutions.
Peace on Earth is democracy’s ultimate reward; awarded when disarmament may be achieved on a global scale. Unfortunately, until the world becomes a democratic entity, where a minority wishing to achieve dominion will be halted by the majority, there will always be war and conflict.
One reason for the world’s aggression is that politics is predominately male orientated, at present, as it has been throughout political history. When there is an equal balance of male and female rule, it seems reasonable to assume the planet’s political infrastructure will reflect the qualities of family, and humankind’s natural, altruistic nature, rather than the protective/ aggressive male instinct.
Chapter Nineteen of the Gods’ Confusion
Chapter Four of The Last revolution;
Although most of a country’s policies and amendments would be created within the forums representing the various elements of society, there would be some topics that relate to society as a whole, which would be addressed within the CWO’s central forums. Equally; there will be concerns that affect the whole of humankind, which should be addressed within the central forum of the global version of the CWO – once true democracy has become a global phenomenon.
For example; the world’s heavily imbalanced division of wealth concerns a great many people now, as it may in the future, and not only those who work within the field of finance and economics. An opinion regarding this topic may read;
’20% of the world’s population own 94.5% of the world’s wealth. This leaves the remaining 80% with only 5.5% to share between themselves.
To help redress this imbalance, a progressive taxation system should be introduced. Also, the debts of all countries should be annulled, which would allow the world a clean economic slate.’
Incidentally, this opinion amounts to 53 words.
Since there would be issues regarding the development of societies and global civilisation that are moralistic, such as the example above, the central forums should be overseen by representatives of religions, who should assist in guiding societal growth and global civilisation’s advance in a moral sense. To represent atheist and agnostic in this quest, philosophers should form an element of the central forum’s hosts.
To ensure peaceful debate, religious leaders and philosophers should strive to respect one another’s opinions, and those of the people they represent. Religious leaders should encourage peaceful equilibrium between faiths, rather than attempting to convert the masses to religion and those of other faiths to their own, and philosophers should offer guidelines determined by common human morality, rather than questioning the existence of God.
If the governments of our past would have had a board of individuals representing religious and common morality, it seems reasonable to assume their opinions would have prevented the enslavement of the African people, for example, and their continent from being divided as though a cake among villains. Neither would it have been considered morally agreeable to treat peoples such as the Native American Indians, Asian Indians or Australian Aboriginals in the despicable manner they were. Hitler may not have risen to power, should Germany have had a board of such individuals.
It seems fair to assume the world would be entirely different, if the advancement of global civilisation would have been morally sound. Maybe there would be no racism, if it had been so. On the contrary, even. In fact; it may be almost impossible to comprehend the differences between such a world and the world we live in.
Yet; it was not so. Our world has been constructed on a foundation of immorality, which has led to the unstable, divided global civilisation we currently inhabit.
However; an opportunity has presented itself, which would enable humankind to unite and create the fair, peaceful, benevolent world that would have been, should the construction of global civilisation have been overseen by the morality of the human race, rather than the questionable intent of a minority, whose actions passed unchallenged.
Chapter Twenty of the Gods’ Confusion
Should the CWO exist, some day, and the changes discussed in previous chapters implemented, our lives would begin to have greater meaning and purpose.
We would live in homes, without the fear of them being taken away. The food management system would ensure nothing is wasted, and whatever isn’t consumed would be converted into compost to nourish the Earth’s soil. Wild fruit and grain would be abundant, since seeds would be given the opportunity to grow, rather than rotting on dumps.
Within this world, with our homes providing the sense of security and comfort they should, together with other factors that would reduce the stresses we currently encounter in our daily lives, such as the end of the threat of global warfare and the consequences of climate change, our fears and anxieties would be replaced by an increasing sense of peace and well-being, so we would be able to lead lives without the need for medications to ease life’s sorrow and angst. As a result, our excrement would leave our systems toxin-free, to become a valuable source of nourishment for the planet’s soil.
These basic changes would allow our manner of living to resonate harmoniously with all life, the planet, and in accordance with nature’s universal laws. From this point onward, the application of common sense would ensure absurdities are replaced with logical alternatives, and every advance would be created through collective intelligence, rather than hindered by the fragmented stupidity generated by a handful of bickering politicians.
As a consequence, humankind’s efforts would result in a sense of satisfaction unremembered, since it has not existed, because everything humankind creates may be destroyed as a consequence of absurdity generated by illogical thinking. And since we would be creating a world fit to describe to our children, we would be able to raise them with the truth, as all species raise theirs.
Altogether, the disease afflicting the evolution of our kind would have found its cure, and the symptoms of the disease would slowly vanish, never to return, leaving our species to evolve in a natural, wise manner, and in harmony with the planet and all its life.
Naturally, the manner of governance that would allow the opportunity to create such a world raises many questions, and fear of the unknown will surely arise. Yet; perhaps it is time to ask ourselves whether the fear of the known is far greater?
To quote The Last Revolution for the last time;
’Yet; what would a world constructed from the desire of humankind be like?
One should not assume it is human nature to lust for power, wealth and fame, and to exploit those we see as weaker than ourselves. Or to destroy one another, entire races of people, the environment and even the planet itself, in order to defend our principles and impose our will on others, but consider these traits exist within those who hold dominance today, and in the past, because these qualities are essential if one wishes to reach the pinnacles of power and rule the world of today.
Unfortunately, some of these attributes have spilled into the consciousness of the masses, to some degree. For instance; since the wealthy minority have left so little wealth for the majority to share, one may be tempted to take more than one’s fair share, and to do so may require one to be as ruthless and selfish as the wealthy minority.
So, it may take some time before our mentality adjusts to living in a global civilisation built upon a foundation of fairness and equality, rather than exploitation, greed and inequality. And if the world does not change, the political climate will continue to manipulate human nature rather than reflect it.
The journey towards a world that does reflect the true nature of humankind would require each and every one of us to question our values, and consider what circumstances have led to harbouring them.
There is also the question ‘does humankind have morality without religion’. Perhaps it could be argued that humankind would not have been receptive to religion, if we did not, or have searched throughout the ages for a meaning to existence that runs deeper than the mere physicality of survival.
Perhaps common human morality led humankind to search for its source; for God. Maybe, if we would have been free to roam the planet as we pleased, from the earliest days of our migration until the present, unhindered by borders, the concept of God would have become a topic for universal debate, and one philosophy would have formed to encompass belief, rather than endless religions, since it would have surely seemed common sense to assume there is only The One God, or Gods, watching over us all.
Maybe, in time, this theory will emerge within the global version of the CWO, when there are representatives of the world’s religions overseeing the development of global civilisation in a moralistic sense. Perhaps they will agree that the various religions are the result of considering the phenomenon of God on a planet divided by borders, culture and language, and that Jesus and Muhammad are prophets representing the same God; that Allah and Yahweh are one and the same.
Discussions between religious leaders, and words of wisdom from those who follow a faith, and those who do not, would surely prevent wars created by religious conflict;
‘There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it’
George Bernard Shaw
‘Like a bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise accept the essence of different scriptures, and see only the good in all religions.’
The Srimad Bhagavatan
Perhaps religious leaders will arrive at the conclusion that God wishes humankind to live in peace and harmony, with love and respect for one another, all life, and the planet itself, regardless of faith. To exude qualities such as kindness, caring, and a wish for fairness and equality in the world. To be compassionate towards those suffering hardships, and to treat another as one wishes to be treated. And maybe those who do not believe in God will wholeheartedly agree with them, because they will reach the same conclusion through human reasoning guided by common morality.
However; whether this is God’s wish, the wish of those who believe in God, or simply a wish the vast majority holds dear, regardless of their beliefs, it seems we are unable to fulfil this wish within the world we currently inhabit.′
Chapter Twenty One of the Gods’ Confusion
God has fallen silent. Perhaps God thinks enough has been said, and trusts we will be able to manage from this point without His, Her or Its guidance.
Or God may have fallen silent because life’s deeper meaning is something God cannot explain to us. Perhaps only we will be able to decipher the meaning of our existence beyond the points raised in this book, and it will present itself to us if we unite to create the world that should have been – and would have been, if we would have advanced to this point in time within the alternative reality we have considered. It is not too late to create such a world. It is not too late to chart a new course; to adopt a new attitude, and attitude is everything.
Or maybe God wishes to have nothing to do with me, and this book is nothing more than the result of an inner dialogue with myself. Perhaps I have only been using common sense, as anyone may use theirs, and I have run out of things to say.
Or maybe God does not exist, and this book is nothing more than the result of wishful thinking, for it would certainly be wonderful to think there is a God watching over us all.
Whatever the truth of the matter, it seems we should begin to create a harmonious, paradisaical world, and hope life’s deeper meaning will be revealed as we work, before the opportunity to do so passes into an eternal oblivion.
If there is no God to please, such a world would delight our children and every generation ahead, and if God does exists, the world would surely please Him, Her or It too.
At this moment in time, the meaning of life seems to be enveloped in paradox, irony and absurdity. Good food is thrown away to feed vermin and insects, because it has been calculated it would damage the economy if it were given to hungry humans, which raises questions regarding the logic of the world’s economy.
Toxic human waste is pumped into the seas and oceans, from where we harvest food. Merchandise is often constructed to a low standard, so it will break, forcing consumers to buy the same products again, which is considered beneficial since it fuels economic growth, despite the fact it creates pollution that harms the planet, and uses the Earth’s limited resources at an alarming rate.
War is deemed necessary to maintain peace. There is hatred, when there should be love. Sorrow, when there could be joy. Cruelty, when compassion is called for, and greed, when one should give, for there are those who have almost nothing.
The endless promise of having more will never bring peace to our souls. Our souls will be at peace when the world is at peace, and contentment will envelop humankind when the world is content. The current political climate does not allow the creation of this world. Not only is creating such a world far from the intent of our world’s governments; they do not know how to create the world the majority dream of living in, since the world we dream of living in can only be created when our dreams combine to create the world of our dreams.
If we unite, as one force, and create this world, we will see God’s work on this Earth. Or, if God does not exist; the true nature of humankind reflected in the world we live in.
And if we do not, our apathy may lead to the destruction of this wondrous planet and all life upon it. The end of this world we know is what we make it, or allow it to be.