Gaia Community

compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion

or Babylon - meaning CONFUSION - as described in Genesis 

became known as such because GOD was so displeased with the people
- who wanted honour for themselves (small mind) - rather than populating the earth as GOD wanted (BIG MIND)that ALL the people were "caused"  to speak different languages, to stop building the tower, to split into different language groups and to disperse throughout the earth. The tower - as part of a big city - had been ordered to be built at the behest of Nimrod - a great grandson of Noah - so that he could take command and control of ALL the people - at a time when ALL the people spoke ONE language.

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 seriesThe 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


( 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, subduction 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.

( 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
life, Powaqqatsi 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 with SCIENCE from his pulpit of RELIGION in the Houses of Parliament - to divert our attention & understanding AWAY from the CRISIS in POLITICS.

NAQOYQATSI - ( 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

Matthew Carr

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

   A WORLD divided by WALLS !!?? 

    WATCH this SPACE

MY thanks in gratitude to Willie Nelson who has recently posted ALL three episodes of the Power of Nightmares @ his Peace Research Institute blog - & posted Adam Curtis' The Century of Self here @zaadz


Access_public Access: Public



views (2,189)


Michael : catalyst-producer

1 day later

Michael said

A BBC Press Office release says about The Trap -

Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It's what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone
to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you step back and
look at what freedom actually means for us today, it's a strange and
limited kind of freedom.

Politicians promised to liberate us from the old dead hand of bureaucracy, but they have created an evermore controlling system of social management, driven by targets and numbers. Governments committed to freedom of choice have presided over a rise in inequality and a dramatic collapse in social mobility.   And abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the attempt to enforce freedom has led
to bloody mayhem and the rise of an authoritarian anti-democratic Islamism. This, in turn, has helped inspire terrorist attacks in Britain. In response, the Government has dismantled long-standing laws designed to protect our freedom.

The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom.

It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom. This model was
derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists
during the Cold War to control the behaviour of the Soviet enemy.

Mathematicians such as John Nash developed paranoid game theories whose equations required people to be seen as selfish and isolated creatures,
constantly monitoring each other suspiciously – always intent on their
own advantage.

This model was then developed by genetic biologists, anthropologists, radical psychiatrists and free market economists, and has come to dominate both political thinking since theSeventies and the way people think about themselves as human beings.

However, within this simplistic idea lay the seeds of new forms of control. And what people have forgotten is that there are other ideas of freedom. We
are, says Curtis, in a trap of our own making that controls us,
deprives us of meaning and causes death and chaos abroad.


1 day later

DragonTiger said

I love this post.


sarva : light leaper

9 days later

sarva said

Dance in a Circle.

science is empire.
technology is neoplasm.
spiritual evolution is healing.

there is no promise of a cure.

Michael : catalyst-producer

14 days later

Michael said

NO faith of a cure
NO belief of a cure
NO promise of a cure

THE cure can only be found within

sarva : light leaper

15 days later

sarva said

i'm sorry, Michael.
you know, everyone is telling me the same.
this is compassion, not cruelty.

the bridge between zero and one,
does look back on
infinity between the two.

surefire cure
kills the metaphor,
and healing is worth infinitely more.

in love, surrender
means never admitting defeat.

in Cartesean terms,
B4 and after/math,
[('E)GO]es by(e).

C? i can ALL CAP(itulate), what i c'est 2.


Michael : catalyst-producer

15 days later

Michael said

If left-handed is to THE LEFT and right-handed is to THE RIGHT

Where DOES ambidextrosity FIT ?

sarva : light leaper

16 days later

sarva said

your left is my right.
a sound of one hand
to say nothing
of clapping.

just… i.e., right before ambient
(in my WEBster's, i.e.).

Michael : catalyst-producer

10 months later

Michael said

IN the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
I cannot find anyway whatsoever to disagree with the following Hopi Nation perspective on the matter of the consequences of unrelenting Climate Change on the lives of Indigenous Peoples ...

You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is THE HOUR !
And there are things to be considered: Where are you living? 
What are you doing? What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation? Where is your water?
Know your GardenIt is time to speak your truth.
Create your community. Be good to yourself.
This could be a GOOD TIME !
There is a river flowing very fast.
It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid.
They will hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say that we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, 
keep our eyes open and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time we are to take nothing personally, least of all, ourselves. 
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones that we have been waiting for."
The Elders - Hopi Nation

11 months later

cHAngeL said

I know of love, that is what is most important.

Albert : Warrior

about 1 year later

Albert said

A wonderful compilation, Michael!

Michael : catalyst-producer

over 2 years later

Michael said

THANK YOU kind sir !

According to 

"When the nature of things is unknown, or the notion unsettled and indefinite, and various in various minds, the words by which such notions are conveyed, or such things denoted, will be ambiguous and

Leave Your Wise and Insightful Comment

Views: 226

Comment by Michael Grove on June 16, 2012 at 9:49

Gordon Brown -  the man who claimed "to have ended the cycle of boom and bust for the UK" - Didn't he also save the world as well from ALL of its financial woes? - is here again at the penultimate moment of the Euro Crisis expounding the fact that IF the G20 doesn't get its act together to help keep the Euro alive we shall all be faced with potential bailouts for France and Italy as well.

Surely its the founding members of the Euro project - Germany, France and Italy - who should now be realising that the wheels are falling off the charabanc because they chose not to fit tyres to the wheels in the first place.

Comment by Michael Grove on March 28, 2014 at 6:38

Welcome to Tower of Babel II

Since colleague Peter Merry (who lives in The Hague) and I, having 

worked in Holland for a number of years, we quickly seized the

opportunity to address the growing threats and fears from a Spiral 

Dynamics-Integral perspective. More people per capita have been

exposed to Spiral Dynamics in the Netherlands than in any other

country. We had long believed that we had encountered more complex

thinking among the Dutch (and Northern Europeans in general)

than anywhere. We believed that if we could assist our friends in

dealing with this crisis within their country, they could discover

the models and processes for confronting and dissolving 

ethnic/religious/cultural conflicts elsewhere

Their collective pain would be everybody’s eventual gain.

Comment by Michael Grove on March 24, 2019 at 22:10

 At this TIME we are to take nothing personally,       

 least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do,

 our spiritual growth comes to a halt. The time of

 the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish

 the word struggle from your attitude and your

 vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a 

 sacred manner and in celebration. We are the 

 ones that we have been waiting for.

 The Elders - Hopi Nation


Comment by Michael Grove on August 25, 2022 at 18:10

Initiations tend to be life-or-death thresholds, liminal spaces. At this point, we don’t know if we are going to survive this cascading catastrophe we have unleashed. Many climate scientists are now speaking more openly about the prospects for near-term extinction. We need to stop the momentum of this civilization, but it is difficult to imagine how that can happen without cataclysm. If we were to return home, to the community of life, where are the elders who could help us rediscover our proper role in the cosmic order? I suspect that we must seek to establish, more consciously, interspecies communication.
Indigenous cultures rooted in entheogenic shamanism understand that many plants (not just psychedelic ones) have a form of sentience, intelligence, or wisdom that can be contacted through ritual practices like Dietas. Where does such a “plant-mind” or “plant-soul” exist? I understand the physical plant to be the visible expression of a supersensible being, an astral entity. By working with the plant’s physical being, you can contact the hidden being that lies in the invisible, astral dimension, and access its teaching.

Comment by Michael Grove on September 18, 2023 at 19:21

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Gaia Community to add comments!

Join Gaia Community

© 2024   Created by Michael Grove.   Powered by

Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service