WE the peoples of the earth, have now developed & built a multitude of diverse technologies
which - we are only just beginning to understand
- are potentially detrimental
to the earth and ALL living things there contained - albeit also the basis
of our survival toolkit
. These developments have in turn stimulated the creation of diverse "techno-speak" languages of ba'bel
- which are used ever increasingly in POLITICS, SCIENCE & RELIGION to confuse and divide the people
rather than unite them.
In the context of Don Beck's
Spring/Summer 2005 edition of Kosmos Journal's article Windmills, Tulips, and Fundamentalism - The Netherlands in Crisis
and his ...
" Welcome to Tower of Babel II "
it is therefore opportune to re-itterate Helen Titchen Beeth's
words - What the world needs now… is that the WALLS between our separate experiences and bodies of knowledge be removed. That what is known by one can be known by whoever needs to know, when they need to know it.
EVEN Bill Gates
has stated the need to - do away with the politics of business by giving everybody the SAME message
- but to do ABSOLUTE justice to Helen's statement it is humility which has to be established
- across the board
- in the context of the dissemination & use of the power of knowledge (science
) - if we are to awaken to the potential universal interconnectedness
of HOMO SAPIENS - which is LOVE
In the context of the first broadcast on BBC2 last evening
- of Part 1 of 3
- of Adam Curtis' - The Trap - What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom - which is a follow on to his earlier series - The Power of Nightmares - originally broadcast by the BBC
- the time has arrived for me to respond more fully to Whitewave's comment
to my Don't KILL the Messenger
zBlog post - by way of expanding further on my Opening the Chinese Puzzle Box
- to allay the confusion
of Whitewave and no doubt others @zaadz.
Never forgeting that - we should wake up and SMELL the COFFEE - smell the coffee and awaken - and that for them that understand no explanation is necessary.
Following last evening's 2nd episode of The Trap - What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom - I can only suggest that ALL @zaadz should regard this as MANDATORY viewing - particularly in the context of your up & coming election.
‘Curtis has an uncanny knack for hovering coolly above recent world history and spotting huge, sweeping, disturbing trends, then recounting them in a way that feels subversive and playful, thoughtful and entertaining, all at once. He has an incredible eye for
archive footage, assembling one haunting montage after another,
apparently from thin air. His programmes unfold like a series of
revelations; watching one is
like having all your slumbering suspicions about the world - suspicions
so dormant you didn’t even realise they were suspicions - confirmed and
explained for the very first time.’ Charlie Brooker
KOYAANISQATSI - ko.yaa.nis.qa.tsi
( from the Hopi
language ) noun,
1. crazy life.
2. life in turmoil.
3. life out of balance.
4. life disintegrating.
5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.
I watched Koyaanisqatsi
again last evening to remind me of
- its unique, profound,
mesmerizing and thought provoking " LIFE out of balance
" message in support of our
present day CRISIS in SCIENCE
- & the translations of the Hopi prophecies sung in the film ... " If we dig precious things from the land - we will invite disaster "
" Near the Day of Purification - there will be cobwebs spun back & forth in the sky "
" A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky -
which could burn the land and boil the oceans "
Although WE now have diverse and comprehensive evidence
to support the concepts
of plate tectonics
and the carbon cycle
in unison with "gaia
" - such that ONE could utilise these perspectives
to begin to understand the universe itself - it is still the case that others, including Mystikal
can offer alternative perspectives
- in no unsimilar way than it has been since HOMO SAPIENS walked on this earth.
POWAQQATSI - po.waq.qa.tsi ( from the Hopi language, powaq sorceror & qatsi life )
noun, an entity, a way of life, that consumes life forces
of other beings in order to further its own life
Walking the line
- so to speak, in synchronicity with Dr. Buzz Aldrin
- the second of the qatsi trilogy
calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary
society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern
masterfully portrays " LIFE in transformation
" and the human cost of progress in the context of our CRISIS in RELIGION.
It is a bold and haunting film - epic in scale for its time
- which engages the SOUL as well as the MIND - it is truly an absorbing experience.
A classic example of this CRISIS in RELIGION
is yesterday's "global launch
" in Rome
of - The Gospel according to Judas - WRITTEN by Jeffrey Archer & Father Francis Moloney - is this the NEW FACE of conscious capitalism ?
TODAY is Budget day
in the UK - and our glorious
chancellor of the exchequer - Gordon Brown
- with aspirations
of Prime Ministerialship, will no doubt yet again TRY to blind us
from his pulpit
of RELIGION in the Houses of Parliament
- to divert our attention
& understanding AWAY
from the CRISIS in POLITICS
. NAQOYQATSI - na.qoy.qa.tsi ( nah koy' kahtsee )
( from the Hopi language, eachother - kill many -
life ) noun,
1. a life of killing eachother.
2. war as a way of life.
3. ( interpretation
) civilised violence.
I look forward to my viewing this evening of Naqoyqatsi
- test-drive the future
- " LIFE as war " and its first scene zoom into an image of the tower of Ba'bel
- to remind me - how it chronicles the shift from a world organised by the principles of nature to one dominated
by technology, the synthetic and the the virtual
- & how the extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience
that reflects the film-makers' vision of a brave new globalised world.
Last evening's 3rd & final episode of The Trap - What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom
- looked at the rise of terrorism in the 20th century, and how the twaddle of thinkers
such as Satre - " violence is good, you see, as it will free us from the bourgeois facade "
- inspired Pol Pot to slaughter the entire Cambodian middle class.
I thought The Trap offered a very good dialectical analysis, involving a thesis, antithesis, and synthesis of ideas and critiques. I thought that some of it was a bit simplistic, and that certain other areas were not covered much, such as how the West has created Islamic Fundamentalism and terrorism, but overall I thought it was a good series and hope it will be repeated.
Comment by Peter Gillis — March 26, 2007
An excellent series. Thought provoking. I merely watched and listened intensly. A fascinating documentary that didn’t go over my head too much. Gave me food for thought and left me wanting to know more. This
is a world in chaos. Understanding how we got to this state is very important. I would like to see more programmes like this. I am now going to seek explanations for: the words ‘democracy’ and ‘rehetoric’
and why do we have to live in such a ‘postcode’ lottery of existence in our ‘little’ Britain? Every joke has a punchline somewhere? Doesn’t it.
Comment by Jayne — March 26, 2007
Adam Curtis’s “The Trap” is a very unsettling piece of work. Brilliant but unsettling. Surely humanity is worth more than this? And yet…. the
series points the way to answers that we are all curious about, even if
we are unable to ask the right questions. Is that really how it all
works??? How sad. We know that people are starving to death on this
planet…. so…. why am I not doing something about it right now? Erm…
perhaps Nash was right.
Comment by C Sutcliffe — March 26, 2007
Curtis’s vision of a manipulated and controlled society is as unsettling and provocative as ever
What price ? our subsequent - WAR on TERROR
It is unethical not to know. It is unethical not to think. It is unethical not to love. It is unethical not to live an impassioned life. It is unethical not to attain greatness. It is unethical to succumb to the fear of envy and the conspiracy of mediocrity. It is unethical not to self-bestow genius. It is unethical not to be the first monkey.
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all."
~ Robert F. Kennedy, 20th century US political leader