Archive | December, 2016

All of Us, Stand Still!

31 Dec

Change is in the air, enormous change. We all feel it, but do not want to linger too much on it, because it is scary stuff. Even in the most tranquil parts of the world like Scandinavia and Australia, people feel the pressure from refugees who are escaping their fate, from Syria to Bangladesh, from Nigeria to Afghanistan. War, droughts, overpopulation have made life unbearable for hundreds of millions. We all know why this is happening: our species is out of control! Too many people, too much consumption, too much pollution of our air, soil and water and a predatory world economic system that pushes inequality of wealth and power to an absurd crescendo. Even the people in rich countries are getting restless and daily two hundred and twenty thousand are added to our numbers worldwide.

Voting Trump for president can only be understood in the context of fear that people have, the loss of identity, the loss of hope. And hopeless people, desperate people are dangerous people. They can easily be caught in the webs of ideologies who promise a simple, violent solution for their misery if they only follow their leader without hesitation or restraint. Whether it is the promise of Making America Great Again or the return of the Caliphate to rule the world based on the teachings of Islam, desperate young people, especially young men, will be prone to rise up and follow their banners. But these are the banners of death, they lead to destruction of life on a scale not seen since the fascists ruled Germany and tried to rule the world.

What is really happening has been predicted decades ago. The Club of Rome predicted in 1972 in their report: Limits to Growth, the collapse of human society, which is now starting to happen. The combination of resource depletion and exploding population plus the effects of climate change are putting more and more pressure on more and more people. The stress is spreading rapidly and we are nearing dark times indeed. The question is, can we still stop the world from falling apart in an explosion of fear, hate and violence?

It is late and we do not have much time, but it is possible. How? For this we need to go to the roots of our problem. The population explosion was possible because we developed science and techniques to harvest huge quantities of energy from fossil fuels. The benefits of science led to much higher food production and medicine to conquer disease and especially beat back child mortality, which then lead to the enormous growth in human population. But it also changed the structure of our communities with the birth of industrialization, the fast rise of cities and the acceleration of transport of goods and people around the globe and the homogenization of cultures, a staggering loss of cultural, social and religious diversity which till then had given meaning to people’s lives. With the publication of Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species in 1859 and Also Sprach Zarathustra by Nietzsche, published in 1883 our worldview, God got mortally wounded.

With Gods previously presiding over Life on Earth, a blanket of calm had been laid over our daily desperation for millennia. It was the efficiency of the God principle that helped balance what was not balanced. There was war, there was misery and death, but it was made bearable and was given meaning. Even the most powerful man was still slightly humble to an invisible master towering over him. God restricted man’s selfishness. Even kings answered to Him for their deeds because in the end they were awarded with the afterlife, death was conquered for those who abided by the rules. But God lay in a coma and a new paradigm opened up, material progress through science, a science so strong that even one day it might solve the problem of problems: death – and deliver the salvation that previously was the monopoly of religions.

But science has opened the box of Pandora and made the explosion of population and material wealth possible, all without the rules of the wise to keep its applications in check. Science ruled but in very short time its extraordinary powers have led humanity not just to miraculous progress and inventions, but also to the brink of disaster by producing weapons of mass destruction and with its focus on material goods, expansion and endless progress. Why? Because science demanded a radical change of world view to study and dissect reality. By separating the observer from the object, science objectified everything surrounding us, took the spirit out of the world. For all great traditions of faith all life was sacred and humans humble spirits within that realm. But to study reality, science needed to sacrifice the holy nature of reality, not understanding that it inherently would lead to destruction.

In our modern world view we simply pass by the most obvious fact that it is consciousness that creates science, consciousness is what shapes everything we humans make. But consciousness has been completely overlooked. And here lies the answer to our predicament. If we understand the nature of consciousness and its suzerainty over the outside world, we find the greatest force, the energy for change right within ourselves. All great religions and faiths have talked about the indivisibility of consciousness and that all life forms are temporary manifestations of that consciousness: you and I are waves rising from the ocean of consciousness. We increase and grow tall till we melt back into that vast ocean, what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious. We are the world! We are all connected, not just with all humans now living but with all life ever!

We need a revolution of consciousness, because the fight we have to fight is first and foremost one to break the spell of materialism. Reality needs to become sacred again and people have to wake up to what is really important again. As Gandhi said: the world has enough for everybody’s need, but not for everybody’s greed.

It is as if Moses has to come down from the mountain again to shatter the golden calf. To tell people to realize how they have lost the way, realize what they have done, how the worship of the mammon has reduced them to vile creatures, roaming around in Dante’s Inferno.

We need to ask nature, life, for forgiveness. We have strayed so far from what is important, breathe, happiness just by admiring life, to be one again with all those wonderful colors and movements and dance that is life. We should be asking forgiveness from our planet and rejoice in humbly restoring her grace and beauty and accept our place in this miraculous web that is life. We need to accept the sanctity of all life, so we will not destroy ourselves.

I propose a movement to ask for forgiveness to our ancestors and the generations not yet born, to ask forgiveness to the old and magic forests we destroyed and the species we have extinguished or are about to exterminate, to the animals we now process by the billions in concentration camps for consumption. Let us kneel and ask for forgiveness and take an oath that we will protect life. Let us rise to the occasion and become peaceful warriors. Let us end this nightmare of our own making, let us do the honorable thing. Let the rich give up their wealth freely and joyfully share it to help life. The energy that will start flowing, the hope that will spring up like sources from a hill, will make us want to dance and sing again as a new day dawns and we can start to repair the enormous damage we have done and humbly protect that we are part of a fabric of enormous diversity of life, and we all submit our lives to that brilliant diversity of life on our beautiful planet. Let us celebrate the diversity of cultures and religions and nations as long as we see them as equal and none better than the other.

We the people, will have to form a movement that quickly grows, with people joining pledging their life to the cause, an oath that from now on preserving life is more important than the hassle of everyday life, that every act is devoted to our service to all life, the future generations, animals and forests, the oceans.

Let us come together like on a Gandhian salt march of millions who stand tall, proud and peacefully and above all still and silent to take in life and stare down the dark clouds that are coming at us. We are going to reverse the climate crisis, the fresh water crisis, the sixth extinction, the population crisis, the deforestation, the destruction of the oceans and the ice-sheets, in short the crisis of life on our planet. All these crises are connected and need an integrated solution, a solution of consciousness, the realization that we are one. Once the spirit of Satyagraha returns, the spirit that freed India from colonization and South-Africa from apartheid, we can hold up the truth to power by simply standing still in streets and parks and squares. Simply standing still will be the powerful demand of stopping the crisis. From Buenos Aires to Reykjavik, From Kyoto to Zanzibar, people simply have to stop and stand still. This is how we will gather the force, the will to avert the crisis together and peacefully.

Such a global mass demonstration of silence can draw the people towards hope and purpose and honor. The solutions are there. The plans of Elon Musk, Willie Smith, Edward Osborn Wilson, James Hansen and thousands of others can be implemented at lightning speed once we see that a life of sharing is better than a life of taking. It will be an honor, not a burden to be part of the transformation of the restoration of life. But we’ll have to be quick, because societies are on the verge of self-destruction and armies are gathering to divide the spoils of a fast depleting world. So choose if you are on the side of life and join!

“There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.”  Hazrat Inayat Khan

“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” Jiddu Krishnamurti

Unawatuna, 17 January 2017

Trump and the New World Order

26 Dec

Like millions of people around the world I was shocked by the election of Trump to become president of the most powerful country on earth. As someone extremely worried about the climate crisis I was, again like millions of others, appalled by the casual way he denied the dangers connected to climate change. The horror intensified when he – one by one – appointed climate change deniers to key positions. Still, somehow my rage went deeper than that. It was not his threat to pull out of the Paris agreements, his bullshit talk about clean coal and fracking. It took a lot of soul searching till I came to the conclusion that, in the face of the clear and present danger of climate change, a willful turn towards burning fossil fuels was nothing less than evil. It was an intentional callous strategy to ‘make America great again’, screw the consequences for the rest of the world or indeed future generations. Burn baby, burn!

In my world view humanity is sleepwalking into a crisis of immense proportions caused by the explosive growth of the human population, the cult of consumerism and the consequences in the form of pollution of water, soil and air and the depletion of natural resources. These together are leading to climate change, scarcity, local crises, failed states and endless migration and in the end large scale collapse of food production, death and in fact extinction of much of the lifeforms on Earth, possibly even the extinction of humans. Enough reason to try to convince people to wake up and act to avert the worst and enough reason to be worried about Trump coming to power. How could a guy like Trump go against the whole world and ignore these dangers and announcing the implementation of policies that could undermine the fragile steps towards a decarbonized world economy?

But I sensed that the Trump was not just a danger for the environmental crisis, with these generals and creationists in his team, something more was amiss. But what was it? What were his plans? While it was clear that Trump was sly and shrewd and quite certainly someone with a dangerous personality disorder (‘I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters’), it was also clear to me that the man was incapable of understanding the consequences of his actions, let alone having an idea of a new world view. Was there more than meets the eye? Quit often in right wing circles, the Paris accords were seen as a tool of the global elite to establish a world government via the United Nations that would undermine national autonomy of individual states. It was the end game of the globalists to rule the world at the behest of the liberal elite. It was also clear that Trump and his team were adamantly against this. But was there more than meets the eye?

WINNING ELECTIONS VIA THE SOCIAL MEDIA

A first lead came a few weeks back when a Facebook friend, the scientist Stefan Rahmstorf, posted a must-read German article, titled:

I have only shown that the bomb exists.

It was an interview with psychologist Michal Kosinski, who had developed a method for analyzing human beings in great detail, through their behavior on Facebook. And in the article Kosinski clarified that the method helped Donald Trump win. I need to explain it a bit in detail for you to understand why the information from the article is very important. The basis is that psycho-profiling done on click and like behavior could be processed in an algorithm to understand how to customize a message to a visitor so he or she would ‘take the bait’. It stated that with 500 likes they had enough information to know someone better than their partner. Up to a 1400% improvement on click rate could be achieved by applying this technique to tailor the message to someone’s psychological profile, fully automated. A devilishly clever and extreme marketing method, but nothing strange yet. But it turns out that the CEO of the company, called Cambridge Analytica, was Steve Bannon, the publisher of the ultra-right online newspaper “Breitbart News” who has now been appointed to Donald Trump as chief strategist. And the first time the technique was applied in politics was months before in the Brexit campaign. Cambridge Analytica helped the campaign to an unexpected victory there.

When Trump won, all the pundits and pollsters saw their predictions go up in smoke as one by one the results of the presidential elections came in and it was clear that Trump had won, in many cases by razor thin local majorities in states like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It turns out that through these techniques, directed at a small portion of strategically chosen undecided voters in swing states, they could reap enormous results. Persuaded by these messages touching right in their hearts these undecided voters were swayed and through their votes these states could to go to Trump and with that, the election. The technique was used in the same way with the Brexit campaign months earlier and since then improved upon, so that Trump could confidently say in the weeks leading up to election day: ‘the elections are rigged – unless I win.’ While everybody was admiring the organization of Clinton’s campaign and how they outspent Trump’s activities, Trump was confident about his win, exactly because of this.

THE ALLIANCE WITH RIGHT-WING EUROPE

Farage, the former UKIP leader and winner of the Brexit campaign showed up very quickly after Trumps win and Trump suggested to London that he would make a great ambassador to the US under Trump. Meanwhile Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a niece of the leader of the French Front National tweeted that they will work with Cambridge Analytics for the French presidential elections in April 2017 and there have been indications of contacts between the right-wing parties in Switzerland, Germany and Italy and Cambridge Analytica for campaign assistance. *

In short, Trump’s revolution is in fact part of a much larger alliance of right-wing parties who want, who want…? What is it they are after? Since Trump clearly does not have a coherent world vision beyond a smiling look in the dressing table mirror, the input must be traced back to Bannon and the people at Breitbart, the most influential alt-right website in the US run by ideologically driven journalists that attracts a lot of extreme right-wing Americans to its website.

THE SECRET PLAN FOR RESTORATION OF CHRISTIANITY

While again no coherent vision for America can be perceived on Breitbart, and Bannon does not show much of what he has in mind, the site has been a major platform against Clinton. A lot of the ‘scandals’ surrounding her (email, collusion, Bengazi) come from research teams within the Breitbart group. So, what does Bannon want? He clearly avoids getting his ideas out, and his personal motto: ‘Honey Badger Don’t Give a Sh-t’, does not give a lot of information except that that tough animal of the African savanna’s is afraid of nothing, kills cobra’s, takes honey from bees’ nests while being stung hundreds of times and has been known to not even cower for a lion or a leopard. Honey badgers simply are on a mission and no-one is going to stop them.

A bit of internet research turns out some pieces of the puzzle. This quote is enlightening ‘I’m a Leninist’, Steve Bannon told a writer for The Daily Beast, in late 2013. ‘Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.’ Bannon has repeatedly fulminated at the crony capitalism and collusion of Washington and Wall Street where he worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. He thinks it is a disgrace that no banker was sent to jail for the crisis of 2008. At the same time, it is known that Bannon is a devout Catholic. In a rare speech, he held for a Vatican seminar, in 2014, he talked about the crisis of the Christian-Judeo western civilization and a crisis of capitalism that is now only geared to enrich a small group of global rich. About Islamic fundamentalists he says:  I strongly believe that whatever the causes of the current drive to the caliphate was .… we have to face a very unpleasant fact…that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global. It’s going global in scale, and today’s technology, today’s media, today’s access to weapons of mass destruction, it’s going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today. Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act.

THE DESTRUCTION OF CRONY CAPITALISM AND GLOBALIZATION

So here we slowly arrive at the worldview: crony capitalism (not just in the USA, also that of countries like Russia and China, where the elites rake in fortunes through corruption and collusion) needs to be destroyed and replaced by a more traditional capitalism that works for the middle class. Secularism has undermined western civilization and needs to be fought, but the most urgent fight is with Islamic extremism, which needs to be fought very, very aggressively.

And in the same talk he warns:

‘And we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if … the people in the Church do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the Church Militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.’

‘I’m not justifying Vladimir Putin and the kleptocracy that he represents, because he eventually is the state capitalist of kleptocracy. However, we the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.’

THE RUSSIAN NEXUS

And here maybe Bannon has not been completely forthcoming. An recent internal FBI report has been circulating that Russia is cultivating, supporting and assisting Donald Trump and has been for at least five years. An anonymous source from within the FBI said the response from the FBI was one of ‘shock and horror.’ The report alleges that Trump and his ‘inner circle’ have accepted a regular ‘flow’ of intelligence from the Kremlin and that Russian intelligence claims to have ‘compromised’ Trump on his visits and could ‘blackmail him’. It could also point to the reason why Trump never wanted to publish his tax returns (and got away with it).

So maybe there is a secret alliance between the US alt-right and Putin’s Russia. After all, Putin’s domestic and foreign policy are aiming at restoration of national pride and Orthodox Christianity and fighting Islamic extremism as well as the globalists and liberal views. Putin himself has a spiritual teacher, Alexander Dugin, who is promoting the Fourth Political Way (after liberalism, communism and fascism) where a spiritual Christian revival is central to his world view and Europe needs to be freed from the secular liberals, something Dugin says, only Russia can do.

If you’re Steve Bannon, you might conclude that a Christian nationalist like Putin might prove a useful ally in the simultaneous war against Islamism and the ruthless capitalism administered by secular globalists, which he wants to bring down.

THE THINGS TO COME

Together with Putin’s support for Brexit and the Front National and the intervention in the presidential campaign supporting Trump, we can now look at the most important signals and tweets that have gone out from Trump and his team since the win:

The stirring of conflict with China over Taiwan, the announcement of a new nuclear arms race, cancelling the deal with Iran, cancelling the TPP trade agreement, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and endorsing new settlements on the West-Bank.

Could it be possible that at the guiding hand of Bannon, Trump wants to destroy the Chinese economy, attack Islamic fundamentalism in cooperation with Russia and stir up new conflicts in the Middle East as an excuse to start a new war, but this time all out to bring Islam to its knees? Will this alt-right movement try to break up the EU and get Europe back into nation states run by authoritarian Christian regimes that will roll back the decadent freedoms of the secularized individuals, with the orthodox countries again under the stewardship of Moscow, the ‘third Rome’? In short, will Trump align with Putin to completely redraw the world order with the US and Russia splitting up and subjugating the Middle East and rechristen Europe, while crushing China economically?

We will soon know more, but there is a fair chance that the Trump team is not particularly worried about climate change for now, because it has a World War to win first.

*For the complete article in the reputed Swiss ‘’Das Magazin’’: https://www.dasmagazin.ch/2016/12/03/ich-habe-nur-gezeigt-dass-es-die-bombe-gibt/