Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The End of Days

This was written in September 2002, in response to the predictions of total anarchy, the end of life on Earth and even the end of the Earth itself. People were stockpiling food, clothing, tools, weapons, anything they could imagine needing when they woke up tomorrow to utter destruction.

One of the first prophecies of the end times came from Nostradamus and had to do with the Jews going home, which they did a number of years ago. The Middle East has not settled down since. Another of his prophecies had to do with the mark of the beast on the forehead of a world leader, and was interpreted to mean the birthmark on Gorbachev’s head. Much was written about the bear and the eagle, possibly referring to Russia and the U. S., or perhaps China.
Even the book of Revelation in the Christian Bible referred to the end times in graphic detail. More of these prophecies are coming true with each passing day, the end of the world as we know it is more and more certain. Operation Desert Storm brought us closer to the end as did the American declaration of war on terrorism.
Iraq is heating up. India and Pakistan are at the ready and both have nuclear weapons, in part, thanks to Canada giving freely of our technology to make nuclear reactors to generate electric power. China is ominously silent. Both nuclear and chemical weapons exist in abundance. The ability to deliver such weapons anywhere in the world is an accepted fact.
The attack on the U.S. September 11th last year signaled the end of innocence and freedom as we know it. More and more freedoms are being taken away in the name of safety and the populace is accepting gladly these changes. The world economy is shaken to its very roots. The U.S. economy is heading for a very real, very drastic upheaval as the bills for the aftermath of 9/11 come due. The Japanese economy teeters on the brink. Even here at home, we lose services at a steady rate without making any real dent in the national debt. More of the world’s population slips below the poverty line every day. Starvation is no longer a Third World prerogative. It is happening right here at home.

Everywhere there are predictions of dire events, global warming, untreatable disease, floods, droughts, famine, earthquakes, destruction of our environment at an incredible rate, holes in the ozone layer, extinction of more and more species of both plant and animal life before they can even be cataloged.

I think it is obvious that if we do not succeed in wiping ourselves off the face of the earth, Gaea will have a flea bath and certainly reduce the number of Earth’s inhabitants drastically. There is truly no way to prepare for what is to come. Because the course of history is cyclic, civilizations rising and falling, going all the way back to the decimation of the dinosaurs, Atlantis, Egypt, Athens, Pompeii, Rome, the Biblical Flood (a version of which exists in all religious histories), the European Dark Ages, the British Empire, the Russian Tsars, and now the USSR, Aztecs, Incas, and the list goes on, Life itself is in an eternal spiral of becoming, such that with every turn of the wheel, civilizations fall, but with something left over to begin again with, I believe our emphasis must be not on saving life, but on saving souls. Death, is the eventual outcome of all births, and as we know, death is simply a rebirth on another level. Panic is not called for; we are simply living in the end times of another civilization.
Because it has become truly a Global Village, we are much more aware of what is happening than in the past, which means that the general populace is privy to much more “News” than even twenty years ago. I am not sure I would want to survive, at my age, to greet a “Brave New World” where living simply is a must, with no medical services, no system of care for the elderly nor any of the modern conveniences that make life easier as we age. I believe that is the job of the young. There will certainly be survivors to repopulate the world and start the cycle once more. It would be hoped that these survivors would be much more spiritually aware than past generations.

Perhaps our responsibility lies in trying to make for a more enlightened populace. People are definitely searching for answers, for a better way, for connection with the Divine, the Creator, the Cosmic All. That is why so many Eastern Religions have taken hold in the West, among them Buddhism, Baha’i, Hare Krishna, Transcendentalism, Wicca, Native Medicine, Spiritualism, plus any number of fakes allying themselves with the New Age movement. I see our role as one of bringing light to the dark recesses of the human condition, in all possible ways.


Rauf said...

Zareba, hope you had a joyful Christmas
Just as i am writing this the former prime minister of Pakistan
on an election campaign died in a bomb blast.
one woman leader less.

Many have predicted the end of the world Zareba. Not many go into the reasons for it.
Why human race failed.

The entire planet is run and managed by the female species. A fact completely ignored by all major religions and philosophies of the world. Only Humans are male dominated. i have written about it in my final post on environment series,


i wrote two more posts on the subject after that (Mother earth Alive and Eco friendly people, altogether in 15 posts under SPEED) but they are all very long.

Zareba, allowing men to rule the world was the first blunder. i have to say a lot on this subject.
Things would have been lot different if humans had stayed within the laws of nature and women managed and run the world.
We have deviated so much from nature that we unfortunately have nothing to do with it except plundering the earth. Humans are the only species which have defied the laws of nature.

i came up with suggestions, to allow women to make decisions at the grass root level. We have seen very few women leaders at the top.
This is unfortunate.
Earth has the capacity to heal itself without any help from the humans. But only if we let. The environmentalists are barking at a wrong tree. We have wrong priorities. The first priority towards saving the humans from extinction being women taking decisions right from the bottom to the top. We humans are too small to help the earth. People don't understand this.

jim said...

Hello Zareba, I am late in some things, early in others, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Great posts this one, covers most everything, very thorough and informative and updating.

Everything has increased from that year, and we are well on our way to change of some kind, hope for the best in spite of the signs, Life deserves the best, not the worst. We will endure and be okay regardless of here or there, I depend on that!

I am optimistic, even as I am disgruntled, lol, You know how it is, both at once makes for a tensive life!

I will read the other posts here and see you later, will make me a copy and read offline, my online time is limited these days, Love to you and yours!

jim said...

I just realized how busy you have been Zareba, a great many posts and they all look interesting as can be, I just took a copy of them all to read off line, I will return and talk with you then, meanwhile Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Peace and Love forever!

Don Iannone said...

Z: Wishing you bright stars, sweet dreams, deep laughter, peace in the middle of a snowstorm, and warm sunny mornings sittin' in the sun. Happy New Year! Don

Alexys Fairfield said...

Hi Zareba,
Just wanted to wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR. All the best in 2008.

Bamboo Wisdom said...

The world never ends! It reforms some way or the other. Just as people, animals, birds, trees and insects don't die. They just reform into something else. The game continues ever eternally. So none need to worry about nothing. If there is too much of environmental pollution and the Earth can bear no more, it will just absorb it, deep within itself or throw it all up and catch it later! Everything goes back to that molten fire in its womb and is born again!
So let's all have fun - whatever comes, whatever goes!
Love. Swaha. (Am coming to Chicago on Jan. 16)

Zareba said...

Hi Rauf. I am off to read your posts on the subject. You put forth an interesting idea, but not one that is likely to happen in any great hurry.

I have watched the predictions of total anarchy, total oblivion and destruction of the earth itself, and disagree with all of them.

Unfortunately I have seen nothing to change my mind from my original article in 2002.

Zareba said...

Hi Jim. I hope you had a good holiday season, and look forward to your additional comments.It seem the older we get, the less time we have to do the things we want to. Getting here has been difficult over the holidays, but I hope to catch up soon.

Wishing you sunshine and laughter

Zareba said...

Don, thank you for your wishes and I wish for you the same. I am looking forward to reading you recent poetry as well.

Zareba said...

and the same to you Alexys. I am looking forward to getting caught up with you as well.

Zareba said...

Hi Swaha.

Wish I lived in the USA so I could meet with you when you go there, but I am in Nova Scotia, Canada and can not travel these days.

I agree that the earth itself is eternal, or as close to it as to make no real difference. The concern is with what will happen to our current civilization. We poison our planet and each other with no concern for the future of our children. I believe they will inherit a very different world from the one my generation inherited. Nothing would please me more than to be wrong about this!

Enjoy your trip to Chicago. I look forward to your impressions.