To be able to sour high above the ground, a bird needs
two wings. Flying with one wing won't do. And each of the two wings has two parts joined together. A
broken wing is useless, and the bird will perish.
The same can be said of our civilization. This article
explores the two wings. If we maintain our critical two wings in all its four
parts, our civilization sours high and the world is bright. But if we allow
these critical parts to decay, then what we call 'our civilization' is doomed to
crash. On this path wars erupt, economies collapse, culture disintegrates, enterprises
becomes fascist, and society perishes for an ever-wider range of causes. The
result may be evil, but ultimately there is no such thing as basic evil that
forces the tragedies on us, such as the evil of the system of empire, which is
in real terms but a myth, a fairy tale, a creation of futility in politics that is self-inflicted by a
society of empty harts. The result tears its house down, and more so when the fury of
multiple parts of futility coincides in multiple destructive consequences, like a symphony of
follies that is sung in four
voices of shrieking discord. 'Empire' is a good name for this 'discord' for
which the term fascism was forged.
An old German poem comes to mid.
It speaks of the four great winds -- the North Wind, the East Wind, the South
Wind, and the West Wind -- who in conversation are plotting as to where they
should meet for their next spectacular dance. "Let's meet at the
canyon," says the North Wind, "Oh yes, let's meet at the great bridge
there," says another. "Ah, and let's meet there at the midnight hour
when the last train is crossing," says the third wind.
"Hurray," says the fourth wind, " what a wonderful dance this will be, a whirl-dance of fire,
mingled with shrieking voices and breaking steel."
And as they had conspired, so it was
done. As the poem ends, the first question is repeated. "Where will we meet
The poet speaks of a bridge that
has stood rock solid for ages and has weathered many storms, but not all of them
coming together from all directions. He speaks, as if he was speaking of today's age, where we are
increasingly threatened with the relentless force that combines all that is
inhuman. And so, we in this age, if we care to survive the storm, find ourselves challenged to heal
our world of
threatening and increasingly unfolding nightmare.
Today, as in the poem, there are four horrific forces
coming together which are poised to destroy all life, love, and civilization.
Sure, we can halt the
four violent winds in
their track, but to accomplish this, and to protect our world, we first need to heal
ourselves. And this we can do, because as the poet vaguely points out in
the poem, the obvious fact is that the destructive four winds that challenge
civilization are after all, but "winds." Thus, the poet defines
the nature of empire, as but a threat of puffed up boisterous winds. He bids us to realize
that the power of empire is but a ruse, because mankind, having stood its ground
for countless millennia, is ultimately not easily blown off its foundation.
There is a power in man that can command the winds, and cause them to cease.
Empire has never been a producer and creator of anything, for the
welfare of mankind, but has stood against it as a rapist and destroyer. And so
in shame, empire hides
behind its many faces that it created to conceal its real nature. It hides
behind mysticism, imposed fear, poverty, impotence, religiosity, and so on, which altogether corrupt
the face of mankind into smallness, hopelessness, and ultimately villainy.
An example of the kind of
destructive mysticism that empire utilizes, is found in the apocalyptic movement that
prophesies, and even hails, the end of civilization, and in some cases the end of
the world, conjured up by prophesies that it reads into religious texts, or mysticism
interwoven with the
wildest fiction that claims even science as a basis, though it is totally devoid
of it. On this level of perversion, which creates a vast sea of indifference in
society, we find again four topics before us. However, there exists a fine line
that divides the fabric of civilization. Some call it the moral line. It sets
the 'sewer' of empire - the immoral world - apart from the human world that is
increasingly defined by upwards reaching scientific development. The four topics
must be seen as transitional, divided into a level above that leads away from
tragedy to truth, and a level below that leads deeper into tragedy and
emptiness. The example below is related to every topic right across the moral
domain and covers the fundamental question of, Entropy
Sense of The Nation
Research in the political world operation
- Let some music carry you upwards on its wings
while you explore
Scherzo #2 in B Flat Minor
Concerto #3 - III
- English Suite 2 A-minor Bourree
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While the ultimate healing of the world, of
the evils of empire, lays still far in the distance, a trend towards
healing has begun. The policy of empire, "In Lies We Trust," is wearing
A light is shining
through. Indifference is loosing ground. Nevertheless, a long climb out of
empire -- the mental sewer -- lies before us, even while the
movement towards a new renaissance in the world is getting stronger.
If on this promise mankind holds itself true to its profound nature, a new
futures unfolds, powered by the unfolding Principle
of Universal Love and Universal Humanity that enables civilization and evermore uplift our
life, our love. In ancient times the generic
term "man" was read as "mind." This synonysm sets us apart with a
'sex' that no other species has developed, that puts us at the leading edge, the
native sphere of science. There a pioneer stated, "Woman is
the highest term for man." Is the pioneer hinting that there is a spirit in
mankind that impels us to go beyond the leading edge of perception - on the wings
Isn't that how we become truly human, or as Friedrich Schiller had
put it, "sublime," or as some ancient cultures had defined it,
The absolute and
universal is what we see reflected in the Universe, and also in us, in mankind,
for us all being a part of the Universe. Here we find our resource in every respect.
The German poet Friedrich Schiller appears to have referred to this higher-order
that reflects evermore of the absolute, when
he spoke of the sublime.
have referred to the absolute, as the divine. The
modern scientist might call the absolute the fundamental: that which IS; that to which we
are bound: the infinite that we begin to take hold of to some degree, and begin
to understand and make our own, which thereby becomes increasingly finite to us,
even as we become increasingly infinite ourselves.
There are four
higher-order qualities of the
Universe, without which the Universe and us would not exist. The Universe is a marvelous place,
from the tiniest speck to infinity, but none of it really exists in the small and
isolated from the whole. Even the tiniest atom is a miracle of
interacting forces governed by a complex array of harmonizing principles, without
which nothing would exist. Not a single aspect of the Universe would exist if as
little as a one principle would be counteracting and not harmonize. The, atoms would disintegrate.
In fact they would have never
existed. Would one be justified then to call the harmonizing Spirit, by which
the Universe exists, Love? Here the human dimension of Anti-Entropy is no
longer an open question. Axioms of entropy fall by the wayside, as will be
reflected in such 'comon-sense' projects as building intercontinental floating
bridges, automated indoor agriculture, and regulating the clime on Earth to
avoid future ice ages.
( see: The Intercontinental
and No Ice
Age Allowed - we can block it
Indeed what is Love?
No one can quantify it. Poets, artists, and musicians aim to define it. But will
there ever be a final definition possible? We only know for certain that if it was to vanish from the
human landscape, civilization would collapse and mankind with it, just as the
Universe would collapse without its harmonizing Spirit that might be called
However we can gain
some sense of the indefinable, and bring it down to Earth, by looking at four of its main
constituent dimensions with a few example.
Beyond the Apollo space program - Why is NASA's assigned mission 3 sizes too
Is mankind, the Universe's gift to itself? Is life, a powered function on a
Is the standard of economic principle - as expressed in the Universe -
expressed in a 100,000-fold gain?
When science is doomed to fail, as with nuclear-fusion power, it opens a
higher-order power, the power that powers the galaxies, that gives us the Universe.
In the universal
sense, the four great concepts: Spirit, Life, Principle, Mind, are as One,
unfolding laterally, side by side as it were, so that none is greater while each defines the whole and the whole
defines each one in return.
And this in a nutshell also defines the absolute of our
humanity. It defines us as one lateral whole, standing side by side, each with its boundless
individuality, reflecting the Universe that is One..