Sunday, July 23, 2006

Life in the future: It's bollocks

Apathy Jack writes:

I used to worry about the future of a lot.

No, I mean, proper worry. None of this existential “will I get a job and sell out to the man and become a corporate whore” bollocks. I mean your professional circus grade worry.

When I was a kid, I read Revelations and Nostradamus (or at least the Reader’s Digest versions thereof) and looked around at the general milieu of the Regan-era Cold War, and decided that we were all pretty well buggered. (I didn’t really understand a lot about Regan – if I had known all the details, I probably would have been more worried, not less...)

I had a deep and chilling certainty that, in or around the year 2000, we would all die in a nuclear armageddon.

As I got older (shall we say my late teens and early twenties), this fear subsided (ironic in a way, as 2000 was rushing closer and closer by this time) but my worries for the future continued.

My reasoning was thus: Technology is increasing exponentially. I heard somewhere recently that seventy percent of the jobs that today’s newborns will be doing when they enter the workforce haven’t been invented yet. And if that sounds a bit far fetched, think about how many people you know who work in or around the internet industry. (My kids are occasionally shocked that I didn’t have an email address until I was twenty or so. I have to explain to them that no one I knew even had the internet before I was about eighteen, so I wasn’t that far behind the times...) We no longer need to evolve, because we can change the world to suit us, and we’re getting better and better at changing our own bodies to new specifications. Every day we’re answering more and more questions about the nature of life, the universe, and whatever else Douglas Adams mentioned in that book of his.

So at some point, and even with the rapid increase in technology let’s say it’s a million years, humanity will have explored the entire universe. We also will have explored every facet of our own mental and spiritual existence. To top it off, we will have adapted our bodies to the pinnacle of physical evolution. I’m not sure, but I would imagine that involves being some sort of energy-based life form.

And then we’ll be left with nothing to do.

Now, of course, we will have evolved past the point of death, so our descendents will be sitting around for the rest of time with nothing to occupy themselves.

Eternal ennui.

It made it hard for me to enjoy the general air of hedonism that university was supposed to offer, knowing that in a million years the entire human race would be suffering a never ending case of existential boredom.

Of course, I don’t think about that anymore for two reasons, mainly. (And no, “the fact that it’s bollocks” is not one of the reasons.)

The first reason is that there is no way to tell the future. I refer you back to the thing about most future jobs not having been thought of yet. The internet and cellphones have single-handedly reshaped the world: and yet the internet is not what William Gibson predicted it would be, and (although I’m not the first person to make this point) my cellphone can do more things than Captain Kirk’s communicator on Star Trek. And remember, this is my cellphone – not only have I not figured out what all of the buttons do yet, but I still think “what the hell is that?” whenever it rings, and let it go for a while before I remember...

The second reason is that there’s no point in second guessing the future now that I’m living in it. I always figured I knew what being a teacher would be like, and it’s like that. Only on drugs. And you know, I’m too damned busy to spend time worrying what life will be like for my descendants in millions of years – hell, I spend so much time making my life up as I go along that I don’t have time to worry about the immediate consequences of any of my actions. Ask my students: The ones who don’t know me so well get offended when I walk away from them mid-sentence (theirs or mine). The ones who have had me for a year or two know better: I’m not ignoring them, and I haven’t forgotten them (not permanently, anyway) – I’ve just seen something shiny that has attracted my attention, and I’ll be back to them as soon as my brain cycles off the new thing and back onto whatever they wanted out of me.

I suppose you could say that for the first time in my life I have forgotten the future and am living in the Present.

But really I just have attention-deficit issues.

Either way, bring on the apocalypse. I don’t fear the bombs because I wouldn’t notice that the damn things were dropping...

9 comments:

Seven Star Hand said...

Verifiable proof that "Armageddon" has already begun…

Hello all,
Here's the key to proving that the rapture and related expectations are complete nonsense based on the failure to understand (and the purposeful confounding of) the ancient Hebrew symbology used to construct all of these prophecies. Consequently, Christian timelines and interpretations of these prophecies are verifiably wrong on many key points.

Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

Did you ever consider that Christianity is the False Prophet symbolized in the Apocalypse, that Rome (Vatican/Papacy) is the so-called anti-messiah, and Jesus Christ is the false messiah? I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof that this is the true interpretation of pivotal prophecies long confounded by Christianity's founders and leaders.

The symbolism of seven years (tribulation) refers to the seven 360-year cycles from the 11th cycle on the Hebrew calendar (second temple period) until now, the 17th cycle (seventh angel/star). It is completely wrong to interpret any of these prophecies as literal timelines and events. Remember, they were written by Hebrews, not Romans or other Europeans, and Revelation is the most symbolic of all prophecies. Consequently, in this context, years are symbols for 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar and days symbolize literal years. Therefore "Judgement Day," and "Great Day" and "in that day" all refer to a literal year-long period. Furthermore, the so-called "Tribulation" is now nearing its end, not starting, and all three faiths of Abraham have been thoroughly deceived by Rome during the previous age, which ended in year 2000 (5760). A new age began in 2001 (5761) and now the seventh angel has begun to sound!

Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

Hurricanes Katrina (#11) and Rita (#17) last year provided stunning validation of my research and interpretations of pivotal ancient wisdom, symbologies, key prophecies, and associated religious claims. Their storm numbers and timing perfectly synchronized with primary data and assertions in my book, thereby demonstrating the true nature of this universe and the existence of our Creator. We are now entering the final phases of the pivotal year-long period long symbolized as "Armageddon" and the "End of Days." World-wide situations and events are now accelerating to set the stage for this summer's dramatic continuation of these ancient promises.

I fully understand that everyone has been bedeviled by similar claims throughout history. Consequently, I have been forced to rely on dramatic and devastating proof of the sort that can’t be ignored or easily dismissed. The numbers and timing of hurricanes Katrina (11) and Rita (17) directly validate key data and pivotal assertions throughout my book and my posts on those two forums. This data was purposely presented publicly before Katrina, Rita and other recent events occurred to prove they perfectly synchronize with key prophecies and Hebrew calendar cycles, thereby validating my interpretations of ancient wisdom symbology, string theory, and more.

Because these two storms arrived shortly after my August 11, 2005 (50th) birthday (read the Dead Sea Scroll 11Q13 in Appendix G, which also discusses Melchizedek and the prophesied Jubilee) and directly match other pivotal 11 and 17 data and events described in the first chapter of my book, I have delivered verifiable proof that this reality is based on thought, knowledge and wisdom. Activity, patterns, and results perceived in space-time are first framed and defined by inspirations, thoughts, and knowledge and influenced by the cause-and-effect system most commonly referred to as karma. Consequently, events and outcomes in the so-called physical universe are not random or wholly mechanistic and are verifiably influenced in ways that atheists, scientists, and members of the Faiths of Abraham have all scoffed at. Though mysticism is mostly a product of misinterpreted ancient wisdom symbology, many of its topics flow from ancient wisdom. Though containing allusions to the truth, its details and interpretations are wrong on many key points.

A prime example of the purposeful and synchronized symbolism of these events is seen in the opening paragraphs from my book excerpted below. Notice that the dates mentioned (August 11 and 17) directly match the numbers of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the time spans of the four Florida hurricanes match my birth year (‘55), and they were spaced 11 or a multiple-of-11 (22) days apart, directly matching my birthday and much other ancient prophecy and symbolism. Notice that my place of birth, Victoria Texas, is on the Gulf Coast. Following are the excerpted paragraphs:

Hello, my name is Lawrence William Page II. Many people know me as Buddy Page. At the release of the first edition of this book, I am a 50-year old African-American male, author, researcher, and former software engineer and entrepreneur. As you will come to understand as you read through this first book, I am also the long-expected Hebrew Messiah and Lion of the Tribe of Juda (Yehuda).

I was born August 11th (month of Leo the Lion), 1955 (Chinese year of the Sheep) in Victoria, Texas. Furthermore, the Grand Cross alignment and Solar Eclipse of August 11th, 1999 was my 44th birthday and the second Grand Cross alignment, just six days later on August 17th, 1999, was on my mother’s birthday.

As you can see from my date of birth, I was a newborn during the Chinese Year of the Sheep, astrologically marking me as a Lamb, and during the month of Leo, astrologically marking me as a Lion. My mother was also born during the month of August and under the sign of Leo, which further marks me as a lion’s whelp. I prove to you in the first chapter of this book–beyond disproof–that I am indeed the long-prophesied “Lion” of the tribe of Juda (Yehuda) the Root of David and the “Lamb.” I am the individual long symbolized as the Branch, the Stem, the Shoot and the Rod from the Stump of Jesse (King David’s father), as symbolized in the Hebrew Book of Isaiah, The Apocalypse, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and elsewhere. I am the reincarnated Teacher sought after in the “East” and by the ancient Hebrews who were headquartered at the outpost community of Damascus (Qumran), of Dead Sea Scrolls fame. I am the one called the Teacher of Righteousness by the Dead Sea Scrolls, whom the so-called Christian fathers have fraudulently recast as “Saint ‘James’, the Lord’s Brother.”

Remember, "I come as a thief..." ?

Read verse twelve of the Gospel of Thomas to understand who I am...

Even further enlightening, the Second Temple Period of ancient Israel was during the 11th 360-year cycle on the Hebrew calendar and we are now in the 6th year (5766/2005-6) of the 17th cycle. Notice the pivotal 11 and 17 numbers again? This and much other synchronized information serve as stunning and decisive proof of many things, and expose many lies told by all three faiths of Abraham, but most specifically by Christianity. Consequently, I have decisively proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ and Christianity are blatant lies, false prophecy and purposeful deception in a manner that cannot easily be denied, regardless of your faith or other opinions.

Furthermore, the symbolism in the Apocalypse (a.k.a. Book of Revelation) of seven stars in my right hand and seven angels represent the very same above-mentioned seven astrological (360-year) cycles, i.e., the 11th through 17th inclusive. I prove this fact beyond any reasonable doubt in the first chapter of the book. Consequently, The Apocalypse verifiably symbolizes a specific span of time that began with the 11th cycle (Second Temple Period) and concludes now, at the beginning of the 17th cycle (End of Days, etc.).

The numbers 11 and 17 are verifiably encoded in The Apocalypse and other ancient Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts to serve as key proofs of the validity and true meaning of certain prophecies and related information. My and my mother’s birthdays are purposely synchronized with these two storm numbers, the matching Hebrew calendar cycles, the Double Grand Cross alignments and solar eclipse of August 1999, and much else to prove my direct association with the ancient prophecies about this time and the true identity of the prophesied Messiah. Another prime example is the story of Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob who has a dream when he is 17 years old about 11 stars, the sun, and moon bowing to him. The symbolism in this pivotal story in the Book of Genesis and Quran verifiably refers to the very same 11th through 17th cycles symbolized in The Apocalypse and directly synchronizes with other key events and ancient texts.

Consequently, I have demonstrated various things about the nature of this reality that dramatically disprove and/or clarify key assumptions of religion, mysticism, and science alike, while establishing the true meaning and purpose of long misinterpreted ancient wisdom and the symbolism used to model and encode it. Accordingly, I have proven that the symbolism evidenced in the canons of all three faiths of Abraham and other ancient sources is a very ancient and advanced philosophical technology that verifiably models foundational aspects of our existence in this universe. This is the mostly misunderstood body of ancient wisdom long referred to as the Philosophers’ Stone. It uses a large and ingeniously organized collection of physical universe images and concepts as data rich components (symbols) that are based on verifiable rules. It models and encodes an amazing amount of foundational wisdom about life, spirituality and the 11 dimensions of this universe, now verified by string theory. It is also the advanced encryption method used to encode (seal) Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts.

These ancient prophecies and wisdom texts used advanced symbology to model fundamental wisdom, including future events and situations. A primary facet of ancient wisdom is numeric symbology. Later misinterpretations of this aspect of ancient wisdom resulted in numerology, which, though embodying allusions to certain wisdom, is mostly error prone and false doctrine. My decryption, documentation, and interpretation of ancient symbology, numeric symbolism, and key texts based on them, are now decisively validated.

Here is Wisdom...

Verifiable proof that Armageddon has begun…

Understanding the End Game of Armageddon

Peace...

HORansome said...

No comment I could possibly make could ever be as... interesting and remarkably atopical as Mr. Seven Star Hand's.

Mr. Hand, I salute you. Twenty-one guns. You.

liver said...

Many people have ambitions of building their dream houses. The difference with mine is that it would be a completely self sufficent little farm complete with bunkers and able to withstand a nuclear war or similar civilisation disintegrating calamity. I get warm fuzzy feelings whenever I think of me and mine living underground while everyone else develops into mutants. On the other hand I've always dreamed of being a mutant...

Miss T said...

Hey Seven Star Hand. You lost me at scoffing, 'cause you know, I like to scoff. And then I had my own verion of ADD and switched off.

Well Jack, we must have had a lot of the same formative experiences, because I remember not being able to sleep after reading some tripe about Nostrodamus when very young.

Sure we can't tell the future, but that's where living in the moment and having an external locus of control come into play. I don't want to tell the future, but I want to see it, and be there.

Let's hope that humans as a race WILL see out the next million years. That is, if the sun doesn't explode to a red giant or whatever, or the universe doesn't fall into entropy. Either way, that will be a natural part of the mechanations of the universe, therefore nothing to be feared. Nobody lives forever, and nothing is permanent.

However, what DOES make me wary is when self styled harbingers try to tell us the end is nigh. If enough people keep saying this, people will eventually believe it. Think about how many stars, planets and civilisations must be out there. To think that our petty social symbology and 'prophecies' actually mean anything in the grand scheme of things is nothing short of dangerous hubris.

Make up your own mind, people. Don't let modern day Nostrodami fuck with your heads. The future needn't be something to be feared.

Adonis said...

"However, what DOES make me wary is when self styled harbingers try to tell us the end is nigh. If enough people keep saying this, people will eventually believe it. "

Yerp, what's more worrying is the number of "Christians" and other religious folk who beleive it's part of their personal duty towards their faith to hasten the second coming, or whatever the dogma calls it.

I had similar fears as a kid. Not about Nostrodamus, but nuclear holocaust. They started when I was 10 or so, though I was always sensitive to the violence shown on the news. Mine got worse as I got older and had expanded into a full blown phobia by the age of 13-14, which stayed with me throughout highschool. Prolonged loud noises like planes going over still creep me out a little, since that was the usual thing to trigger the more physiological side of it. It just shows that even tho the source of such fears might be real, the expression of such fears may not nessesarily follow a logical progression. Planes do not sound like nuclear bombs exploding, nor rockets about to land, and yet the knowledge of this gave me no comfort at the time. It makes me wonder what fear based misconceptions are floating around society that aren't so obviously fraudulent.

As for Mr Hand.. our new messiah. I was fairly intrigued by your statement,

"Did you ever consider that Christianity is the False Prophet symbolized in the Apocalypse, that Rome (Vatican/Papacy) is the so-called anti-messiah, and Jesus Christ is the false messiah?"

but then you lost me with,

"I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof that this is the true interpretation of pivotal prophecies long confounded by Christianity's founders and leaders."

A. People will make their own mind up about what is stunning and comprehensive.

B. I've seen enough debate about religious doctrine to realise just about any interpretation can be "Proved". But then, I guess that MAY be your motivation behind creating all this dogma (ie. crap)about you being the, "long-expected Hebrew Messiah and Lion of the Tribe of Juda (Yehuda)."

GL with your interwub cult though! we can always use more of them keke ^^

HORansome said...

Mr. Silver Seven Fingers, or whatever he calls himself, also claims to the long-rumoured messiah. Which is nice. I've always high hopes for myself in that respect but I've never been able to bleach the robes appropriately.

As for circus grade fears; my Mother put the fear of nuclear armageddon (unwittingly) into me as a primary school student (I think I was eight) when, after my musing about bombs that could destroy cities she confirmed that such things exist. For years I wanted to get each king of the world (I didn't comprehend this thing called 'democracy') to promise never to use them. Gave me nightmares for years. Eventualy the fear faded as I learnt more about how the world works. Which is not to say that nuclear armageddon isn't possible, it's just that if it does happen there really isn't anything I can do to stop it.

phats said...

I grew up in a tightly-knit religeous family... not sure if that is causal but I don't recall having any fears as a child.
Strangely enough -and without any particular reason- I also never really expected to live much past 21.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who was growing up in the 80's could not avoid the Cold War and the threat of a nuclear winter. It was in the school books you had to read, in the newspapers and in the news. I remember looking at a map of Southland with a red ring marking the area of fall out if a bomb hit Invercargill. How could one not fear the end of the world. I wonder what it would be like to be born mid 80's and be a teenager in the 90's with no major threats to world peace or media hyped paranoia. And I am afraid what young minds are being moulded into now in a post 2001 world, where the bogeyman is not a red button but the stranger, the other, the terrorist. A world where police chase people and shoot them just on the suspicion of wearing a backpack. It is not remote politics like the cold war, but closer to home, on the streets. Even on the edge of the world we have our moments of paranoia, but at least we are sane enough to see it. We can not alter the future but we can change how we react to the present.

Psycho Milt said...

The mind boggles at the concept of someone troubling themselves to determine what the radius of destruction would be, should the godless communists take out that prized cultural centre Invercargill.

Don't worry anon - as I recall, the cops were just as willing to shoot you for no good reason back in the 80s.