Feeling the Rapture?

January 21, 2020 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Australia, climate change, Destroying nature, divisions in society, Making History, Politics, Reflections, Religion, Social Responsibility, War and Conflict | 7 Comments
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For some time now, my journal has been mostly a record of, and comments on, the political, economic and social events in our world that are shaping up to bring about the end of the human species (and a great many others) – or at least to reduce it to small bands that I hope will have learned from what led to the destruction of most of the natural world. (Who am I kidding!?)

 

In recording all of these news events and commentary, It feels like I am documenting the biblically foretold Apocalypse. I probably am, although it has nothing to do with any god who will reward the good and punish the wicked. I don’t believe any of that. The so-called punishment of the wicked (ie, those who don’t believe in this manifestation of god) & The Rapture for the believers (ie, those who do believe in it and are rich, powerful and unscrupulous in exploiting the world and its inhabitants) is and always has been a tool for that very exploitation.

 

No, we don’t need a Satan to do this, we can do it all on our own. The exploitation and consequent destruction leading to climate change, among other outcomes, are the direct result of mankind’s own pride, greed, superior attitude & desire for power, and also of apathy from the general population who could have risen up against all that if they would open their eyes and see.

 

We have unending corruption and denial of morals, fomentation of fear, hatred and intolerance, the waste and/or pollution of precious resources, war, murder & genocide, as well as probable destruction of the environment and most of the life within it.

 

It may be possible to save some of our habitat, our plants and animals and the things we had always taken for granted, before they disappear. However, it will take a huge amount of combined protest from all levels of society. That means we need to arouse people from their apathy, foster tolerance and good-will, and make people realise they must act to get rid the Rupert Murdochs, Donald Trumps, Scott Morrisons and Peter Duttons of this world.

 

However, I have feeling that mankind as a species is too selfish to act for our planet, even though they will be encouraging their own destruction by not doing so. It takes an unselfish attitude to work towards the reconstruction of our world for the benefit of our children and their descendants. Unfortunately, for too many of us, our genes have not evolved to that level of consideration for others.

 

Whatever happens, I hope that those fake so-called Christians (who give true Christians a bad name) expecting to go with The Rapture are sent to some sort of hell instead because that’s what they deserve, and that those who have fought for humanity and all of nature and our planet will get the wonderful peace they deserve.

 

Linda Visman

21.01.2020

Apocalyptic

November 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Australia, climate change, History, Nature, Psychology, Religion, Social Responsibility, War and Conflict | 11 Comments
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Kooka looking over a burned out wasteland Nov 2019

It seems that fires are everywhere here in Australia, that the world and nature are going crazy. Drought here, floods in Venice, fires in California, the North Pole icecap melting, destructive storms and weather patterns, famine in many places. There are constant stories of corrupt governments, business leaders and many others too and it seems our civilisation is also on the verge of collapse. There are many who ignore it, pretend there is nothing abnormal, refuse to see what is happening, or simply refuse to do anything about it.

The word being bandied around, “apocalyptic” doesn’t seem too far off the mark. We have made such a mess of this world that we are the authors of what might, probably will be our own destruction.

I don’t believe that the end of the world, forecast in Revelations, is anything more than an astute observer of human nature seeing what will happen if we allow our worse side to dominate; if we continue being selfish, greedy, uncaring, intolerant, apathetic, and all the negative aspects of our nature that we seem to be good at. What a pity that the good aspects are so often over-ridden by greed, fear and hatred!

I don’t have any illusions about the good ascending to heaven in any Rapture. This is not a god thing, it’s a human one. What we are bringing upon ourselves and the world is simply the logical outcome of poor selection in the evolutionary process. It might have been a great way to survive in a clan or village situation thousands of years ago, with all the dangers of the world about, but it does not sit well with creating peace, acceptance and equality, a stable civilisation.

If only we could see this and consciously adapt our behaviour to select for the caring and sharing traits, not the destructive ones!

 

(c) Linda Visman

 

Self-fulfilling Prophecies

December 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Australia, divisions in society, History, Philosophy, Religion, Society, War and Conflict | 11 Comments
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My thoughts on a new news item

Trump Rally Cheers Because Jerusalem Move Will Launch Armageddon PATHEOS.COM

Comment 1:  This is where the Religious Right are taking us… RIGHT TO WAR….hoping in their stupid way that it is the final war that ends the world.

Comment 2:  Delusional fairy stories believed by the insane.

Comment 3:  Trouble is – some lunatics will use that to justify violence somewhere, and that could very well unleash armageddon. People are very good at fulfilling prophecies.

 

The story above was shared on Facebook a day or two ago, and a few of the comments led me to think about this whole Armageddon thing. So I wrote those thoughts and share them here.

 I think the last comment is right. The religious right believes the extremist words of prophecy in the Book of Revelations. They think that, as “Christians”, they expect they will be lifted to heaven when the world collapses, so they actively work towards that collapse in order to prove the prophesies were right.

It actually does seem inevitable that there will be an apocalypse of some kind, but you don’t have to be religious to see that, and it won’t be the kind of Armageddon the evangelicals are hoping for. It is the greed and intolerance of human nature and the desire for power and control over the masses and the means of wealth creation that are fuelling our own destruction, just as it has throughout history.

In recorded history the very same human traits have led to the fall of many nations and the rise of others. Those nations were not so intertwined as they are today. Instead, as Marshall McLuhan said over fifty years ago, we live in a global village. That village is now even more closely connected via almost instant communications networks.

It is this very increase in the population and the interdependence of nations that drives us to our own inevitable fall and to the rape & destruction of so much of our natural world. There is a struggle among the top dogs of the village to be the alpha, and they don’t care who gets hurt in the process.

I am sure that there have been prophets in almost every age who have foretold the end of the known world of their times. They didn’t need to have had a vison from some etheric entity to see what was before their eyes. As I write and talk about how the world is going to the edge of a precipice, I don’t believe I am a channel that is telling me that. There are no religious under- or overtones to what I am saying, apart from the use of religion as a power base. I am just stating the bleeding obvious.

But I also have some hope, little though it might be. Hope that it is the rational who will survive the end of the world as we know it. Hope that they will be the ones who will learn to live with the natural world and stop the destruction. Hope that somewhere in the future, any of my descendants who survive will create the world most of us wish we had now.

Of course, human nature being what it is, as those survivors grow & develop new societies, unless there has somehow been a genetic change in our brains, it will just start all over again.

Here is a poem I wrote over twelve years ago on how history repeats itself.

What History Lesson?

 

When looking at people throughout all the ages,

It’s clear that they go through the very same stages.

Just go back and look at our civilisations –

You’ll see the same problems throughout all nations.

 

One country gets stronger; thinks its ways are best;

Through warfare and conquest, it dominates the rest.

Time passes; it weakens, and its morals decay.

A new one takes over – it’s another dog’s day.

 

These cycles continue as centuries go by:

One nation brought low by another rising high.

Each struggles for power, takes its “god-given right”,

Before it cedes to another; that has risen in might.

 

Why Man cannot learn from the lessons of history,

but makes all the same mistakes is a mystery.

I suppose it is just that his nature won’t bend;

So, while Man’s on this earth, the destruction won’t end.

 

It will take far too long for our kind to evolve

To the stage where, as one, our dilemmas we’ll solve.

Before then, with our hate and our need for a fight,

We’ll have killed ourselves off, just to prove ourselves right.

© Linda Visman, April 2006

 

I wouldn’t mind hearing your views on this – but do keep it calm. 🙂

 

 

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