Monday, March 28, 2005

http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/morford/

SFGate.com


Is This A New Dark Age?
Little proof to the contrary that we are indeed in a very long, bleak tunnel. Is there any light?
by...
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
Friday, March 25, 2005

[the complete article is below. Then this article is followed by my COMMENTS
upon what Mark has written, a copy of which i emailed him. my comments are long, be sure to read them, after his long article!]



Then come those times when you read about a 16-year-old girl slashing the throat of a 75-year-old woman for no apparent reason, a woman who was merely walking with her husband near a Berkeley public garden and it's right next to the one about the 16-year-old kid smiling and waving and donning a bulletproof vest before shooting nine people and himself to death in a remote, poverty-stricken region of Minnesota and you can feel the numbness like a wave.
And alongside that is the morbid and insipid case of poor Terri Schiavo and the equally insipid Bush evangelicals who trumpet the backward morality of maintaining her vegetative brain-dead state and the sad, tormented parents who can't face reality and the insidious GOP that has zero shame in using her decrepit body as a political football and that kowtows to its pseudo-religious contingency by making humiliating and rather illegal congressional maneuvers to try and keep a feeding tube in place and you just go, oh my God just stop already.

And it all seems to line up with one of those weird phases when everyone in your own life seems to be getting hit by something tragic or sad or somehow ridiculously painful -- a sister with a neck trauma, a best friend going through major depression, a parent struck by illness, certainly almost everyone on the progressive Left feeling sucker-punched and morally eviscerated -- friends and family and loved ones all seeming to suffer in ways you don't want to imagine and it's all against a backdrop of more war dead and more violence and the most bleak and Bush-ravaged era in recent American history and you say to yourself, what the hell is going on?

Because something in you knows. Something in you senses there is more at play right now in the world than mere depressing coincidence, that all the war and disease and brutality has more surrounding it than mere chance or fluke. Do you think? Do you feel it?

Proof? All you have to do is spend five minutes with any true healer or energy worker or divinely connected spiritual teacher in the world right now and they all say the same thing: This is not a good time. This is not the lightest, not the brightest, not the best period to be a human being. In fact, it's one of the darkest. Fiercest. Meanest.

It is, in other words, a low period in human, and especially American, history. And it's only getting lower.

We are in dark times. Five years of economic bloodshed and three of brutal warmongering and the worst environmental president in American history and you simply cannot deny that as the ruthless American agenda goes, so goes the populace, so goes the collective attitude, the shared vibration, the health of the planet and the feeling that this particular karmic sinkhole has no known bottom.

In other words, it is all connected. It is all of a piece. There is a direct correlation between the violent and heartless tone and attitude of our country and the mental and spiritual health of its people and by way of comparison just look at the Clinton era, which brought eight years of unprecedented prosperity and peace and a nearly balanced budget and high economic flush.

It's true. There was, we forget, a decided lack of sexual anxiety and uptight moral rigidity in the nation, minimal pseudo-religious puling from the uptight Right and much moderate lawmaking and I don't care a whit for what you say about the man's personal moral compass -- under Clinton, America had deeply supportive allies, intelligent foreign policy, more genuine concern for the planet and the health of our forests and oceans and air, and we had a president who was incredibly articulate and deeply intelligent and greatly beloved the world over and the nation enjoyed one of its most prosperous and nondivisive and peaceful periods in its history.

And now, the exact opposite. Everywhere you look, the culture is fractured and divisive and mean. Everywhere you look it's war and pollution and more toxins, red versus blue, good versus evil, more garbage and less concern where to shove it, fewer restrictions on industrial polluters and fewer controls on corporate abuse and an administration that has so shamelessly leveraged the worst tragedy in American history to further its brutal and hawkish right-wing agenda it would embarrass Mussolini.

The sad fact is, there are a great many among us who believe we have entered into a new Dark Age, that it will be a long and brutal slog indeed and BushCo is merely the precursor, the devil's handmaiden, and that we have a long way to go into the bleak and the bloody and the environmentally devastating before the pendulum begins its slow swing back toward the light.

Just look around. No one anywhere, not priests, not nuns, not healers or mystics, not Christians, not pagans, not Repubs or Demos or Libertarians, no one anywhere in this country is saying, hey, doesn't it feel like we're entering into a new era of health and healing and positivism and spiritual rebirth? Aren't our schools just teeming anew with eager students who seem to be getting smarter and more articulate? Isn't the air getting cleaner and aren't we proud of our government for protecting the health of future generations by pushing for more natural foods and signing on to the Kyoto Treaty and advocating antitoxin regulations and by protecting our forests and improving school textbooks and revolutionizing the hideous national health care system?

Doesn't that tone of enthusiasm and hope sound just completely silly, wrong, out of place, like so much Prozac-grade bulls--? Damn right it does.

There's a reason for that. We are not headed for light. Not yet, anyway. The coming years are not going to be about friendship and repaired foreign relations and a sense of our shared humanity, about equality and sexual freedom and a renewed sense of human rights. To believe this is to believe in fairy tales almost as insidious and hopeless as evangelical Christians who are right now stuffing themselves with Cheez-Its and pink wine and praying for Armageddon.

So, you do what you have to do. You focus inward and work on the self and radiate as much love and open-hearted support as possible, grit your karmic teeth and hope you survive this dark house of mirrors without cancers or tumors or bloodshed or getting stabbed in the garden by a vicious teenage girl as you ignore the fact that in all of North America, from Mexico to Canada's Prince Edward Island, there exists only one state, province or territory that does not yet have a McDonald's. (Nunavut, in northern Canada, inhabited by the Inuits at a density of one person per 3,300 square miles). Small solace, indeed.

So you pray your ass off to a forgiving and ambisexual and dogma-free pantheistic feminine god and you digest the increasingly nasty headlines as best you can, ever seeking that pinpoint, that tiny speck of light way, way down, at the end of this rank and desperate tunnel. Do you see it? Is it even there? It's one of those things you just have to believe.


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here is my own COMMENT to Mark's article

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I am an ant trying to carry away a watermelon, a watermelon of this
huge heavy article!
At 7 am coffee, in the Tallahassee coffee shop, with the Democrat in
hand, I see now how I can Approach this article Lucidly!

[your article is only one of many *many* that I have read of, during
the last few years, that the "world is going to hell in a
handbasket": you put this very well, a distillation of vinegar and
bile!

the "answer", in my own opinion, lies in what you say, above, in....
">> And it all seems to line up with one of those weird
> phases when everyone in your own life seems to be
> getting hit by something tragic or sad or somehow
> ridiculously painful -- a sister with a neck trauma, a
> best friend going through major depression, a parent
> struck by illness, certainly almost everyone on the
> progressive Left feeling sucker-punched and morally
> eviscerated -- friends and family and loved ones all
> seeming to suffer in ways you don't want to imagine
> and it's all against a backdrop of more war dead and
> more violence and the most bleak and Bush-ravaged era
> in recent American history and you say to yourself,
> what the hell is going on?"
>

1...I see life on earth as us all being in a Classroom, a "public
high school 101", on the earthplane.

2...There comes a time when for all of us, the Time of graduation
comes, the New Age is to dawn. This age does NOT have to mean "fire
and brimstone and 50 volcanoes going all off at once, as comets hit
the earth, killing us all; this "Rollover" may merely mean that the
whole collective reality systems change greatly!
the Mayan/Aztec/toltec Indians calendar date of 2011/12, is a symbol
of this Event.

So if life is a series of Learning lessons, just what lesson would a
100 foot tidal wave have for you or I? "death in 10 seconds", is not
a learning lesson!!

But what if the *Real* upheavals of the age-rollover would have to
do with "soft" stuff like psychology, life meanings, social
conventions, and all of that "stuff" of you unexpressed life, that
lies in those 500 boxes in your personal Attic of your
subconscious/unconsciousness?

I might suspect that the "board of Directors", the curriculum setter
crew, the Archangels, of the Human race's High School, of the
earthplane, might have something else in mind for us all, rather than
"instant destroyed followed by years of physical survival mode"!
why...."Grubbing around in the desert for starvation food", is
something that you and I have done over and over, during our past
lives; what NEW lessons could be gotten from "second grade material",
that we all have done over and over, from the vantage point of out
eternal souls?!
why not have New Lessons, lessons that are next to the 12th grade
level of the near-graduation Time: Inner psychological/life
meaning/spiritual crises lessons!

So spirit places all of out "candles" in the microwave, and not only
"both ends" now burning, this "microwave" is on "maximum power" and
nuking this candle into vapor!
translation: Spirit has goosed the physical plane, somehow, to
Stimulate us all so that each of us lives ten years per year, and
many of us live ten years per MONTH!
let it all hang out, open up those 500 boxes and expose every weakness
of character and maximize every stength and talent. No hiding one's
talents or evils, in a "Midwestern small town life, living married
for 60 years and working at the same factory for 50+ years, anymore!
One cannot repress and deny anymore....
One cannot turn away from ones own self quietly, and lock the door!

Spirit Pounds at this door, and it is time to grow in soul and
spirit, so that indeed there are ten things going on at once and
many many people have found that 90% of their early lives was a LIE, a
lie to others and a lie to themselves! Time for Truth, time to open
up all that buried talents that you did not know that you had!

> And it all seems to line up with one of those weird
> phases when everyone in your own life seems to be
> getting hit by something tragic or sad or somehow
> ridiculously painful -- a sister with a neck trauma, a
> best friend going through major depression, a parent
> struck by illness, certainly almost everyone on the
> progressive Left feeling sucker-punched and morally
> eviscerated -- friends and family and loved ones all
> seeming to suffer in ways you don't want to imagine
> and it's all against a backdrop of more war dead and
> more violence and the most bleak and Bush-ravaged era
> in recent American history and you say to yourself,
> what the hell is going on?

This paragraph, above, is the sound of a candle vaporizing in the
microwave as the Stimulating energy maximizes our individual and
collective lives!
and NATURALLY everything looks "negative" as there now is that
increased consciousness to see into the once Dim Room! More light!
more awareness!
This means that negativities that were once seen as "normal" are now
seen as "atrocities"!

[tornado incidence "increases", as the reportage gets better: now
there are more tornadoes reported than ever, whereas 50 years ago,
most storms were never reported!]
[those awful photos of Tortured Iraq prisoners? 100 years ago,
there was 1000 times more torture, and everyone did it, every
country, and Justified too!]

In Tallahassee 1950, plus or minus, Blacks were not allowed on
shopping downtown main street unless they had a pass from their
employer, a Reason to be there. Certainly, in any event, off the
street by darkfall! This in every southern town!

The stress will probably increase yet more, from this "energy" of
learning, up to 2011/12!

"ACCELERATED LEARNING"...Is the Name of what I call this, sports fans!
the whole earthplane is under the guns of accelerated learning, as
the high school comes to an end: gotta "Cram course in review"
the last week of school before Finals, get every single bit of
lifework completed!

thus...All of this "negativity" seen, by writers and commentators, is
perhaps just the Revealed Dirt that has been revealed by the
overturning of the stones and rocks, where those worms and rot have
been hiding all of this time, for thousands of years, now the Light
hits these squirming worms, the light of increased awareness: oh see
them worms writhe!
"let it all hang out"...My motto for these Times!

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thank you.