David Stoney
December 04, 2001

Imagine…

a world where "serious disturbances in the understanding of reality are inevitable if and when awareness of the contextual wholeness is lost"*...

a participatory world interconnected via local and non-local mechanisms, where sentience – a capacity to feel – is universally present…

a world where life, including its embodied and unembodied aspects, is seasonal both in the long and the short run…

a world whose different seasons require very different modes of adaptation…

a world where the climate abruptly cycles between relatively short, warm periods, when life is encouraged, and long, cold periods, when the Earth’s lifespace is reduced and only the lucky and adaptive survive...

a world where, because of the long duration of each phase of the climate cycle – especially the cold phase, organisms have not evolved any automatic adaptive response to the cyclic change in climatic season…

a world where, for most of history, habit and emotion have been the principal or only guides to behavior…

a world where superstitious primates come to believe that they and the universe they inhabit are of supernatural origin…

a world and universe with only one mind, shared by all organisms, where the dominant organism comes to believe that only itself and the supernatural originating agent in which it believes are conscious...

a world where clans of these creatures come to believe that their group and only their group, now called a tribe, is legitimate…

a world where the dominant organism, now disconnected from its biogeologic past, comes to believe that the individual accumulation of trinkets, wealth, and power is the most important thing…

a world where the natural response to imminent change of climatic season is a growing psychic discomfort…

a world where the dominant organism, mesmerized by the noise, heat, and light of its own production, fails to respond to the signs that the season is about to change…

a world where fear so dominates the feelings of the dominant organisms that they are incapable of thinking seriously about the seasonal nature of things…

a world where those who could be setting an example for their neighbors, focus instead on their individual capacity to accumulate trinkets, wealth, and power...

a world where the thoughts and actions of the dominant organisms become less and less appropriate to the current and forthcoming stages of life’s season...

a world where the dominant organism is so alienated from the nature of things that it now mistakes its own self-indulgent maps for the territory…

a world stuck in a rut, primed for a population crash of unimaginable proportions…

a world led by individuals who choose to pretend that the nature of things is other than it is.

Imagine Earth in 2001 CE…

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*Quotation from Kenneth Keulman, The Balance of Consciousness: Eric Voegelin's Political Theory, University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990, pg. 136.