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Nero would be proud. We, too, fiddle as Rome burns.

Naturally, it is important to focus on the day-to-day events of our time, but if we neglect a deep and long-term understanding of what is happening on our planet, we might as well not bother with the immediate goings-on.

For the most part, many of us spend our time and thought consumed by our personal concerns, as well as mulling over the events and politics of the day. Naturally, the powers that be and the bought-and-sold media are filling our minds with bread and circus. At this level. recent calamities such as 9/11 and the Covid horror-show, can be viewed as "weapons of mass distraction."

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Those in power are going out of their way to cover up two primary realities. The first is how dangerously close we are to the collapse of our world-systems. It would appear that current circumstances are only the beginning of a decades-long extinction event (see Choosing Earth by Duane Elgin and Active Hope by Joanna Macy).

Stephen Jenkinson has spoken about the etymology of the word catastrophe. In the Greek language the first syllable, cata, implies a descent, a going downward and inward. It is a descent with a purpose. Strophe is a suffix that relates to the early technology of weaving, such as making a rope ladder. So, the fullest meaning of the word, he says, is that catastrophe is a descent with a path that has been woven before you were aware of it and that you didn't seek.

Catastrophe is, therefore, both an opportunity and an obligation to descend beneath what the culture is comfortable with - into the depths of one's own being and the actual nature of our world. We may be stretched to the max in this descent, but the fact is that other people before us, in other desperate times, have taken this path.

It is important to remember that initiation (planetary as well as individual) is always a brush with death, and there is no guarantee that the initiate will physically survive. Yet, as indigenous tribes know, it is essential for maturity.

While New Age memes insist that all will be well - and soon - we can remember that no enlightenment is possible without the endarkenment that comes with the visceral experience of the shadow and the dreadful ordeals that accompany the death of the ego.

The second factor is the presence of extra-terrestrial beings who have mastered energy sources that could greatly contribute to solving our "world problematique:" e.g., no more wars for oil, and free energy for the entire world. My understanding is that this is far from a wish-fulfilling fantasy. It is our present reality.

The ET matter has been one of the most highly classified matters for decades. The strategies for deflecting attention away from it have included mocking, peripheralizing and ridiculing citizen researchers outwardly, while the military-industrial complex has remained "obsessed" with this issue. Many of us have internalized this strategy, telling ourselves that only "tin-foil-hat-wearing" (crazy) people would give this phenomenon any credence.

Paul Hellyer, Canada's former minister of defence, has blasted governments' secrecy, and more than 65 years of alleged lies, compartmentalization and disinformation. He demands full disclosure of what is known about visitors from other realms, their technology and the extent of their collaboration with governments, including any treaties that may have been signed by them. Reporting on his conversation with a general, he stated that the general had said that "there have been face-to-face meetings between U.S. officials and visitors from other star systems."

(See siriusdisclosure.com and Paul Hellyer's Youtube videos, as well as Fromthewilderness.net.)

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Given the divisions in America, there is the real possibility that Donald Trump will gain a second term. It is clear that he and his loyalists are essentially neofascists. Given his psychopathic personality and his innate desire to abuse his power, many wise and intelligent people from various disciplines are suggesting that if Trump or Trump-like characters win the 2022 and 2024 elections, the American experiment in democracy may well be damaged beyond repair.

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We are facing the extinction of our very own human species and the destruction of the Biosphere.

If we want our children, grandchildren, and the ecosystem, which we can't exist without, to survive we had better wake up sooner, rather than later.

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Overshoot and collapse are common in nature, and we humans are not a special species, immune from the lessons experienced by the rest of life.

Like it or not, we must now recognize that the Earth is a single, tightly interconnected system that is currently breaking down and moving toward collapse.

Our future is not predictable and will depend on the choices we make in the present and upcoming decades.

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Overshoot and collapse are common in nature, and we humans are not a special species, immune from the lessons experienced by the rest of life.

Like it or not, we must now recognize that the Earth is a single, tightly interconnected system that is currently breaking down and moving toward collapse.

Our future is not predictable and will depend on the choices we make in the present and upcoming decades.

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Good article. I also referenced 'ladders' in a similar vein in my latest post. Our descent is clear to see for all who care to embrace truth and reality. I like your reference to the Roman Emperor, Nero. I think that your article would have been even more compelling if you had drawn parallels (there are several) between present conditions in the US and the prevailing circumstances, which precipated the fall of the Roman Empire. The colossus collapsed from within, and there are lessons to be learned, assuming it's not too late.

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Thank you, Irene.

While I agree with you that more details re- the Roman Empire might make the article more colorful, my emphasis was on the now - and the fact thwt we are ignoring the seeming inevitability of collapse

David Ray Griffin did such a careful comparison in his book,

Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action

Probing disturbing questions that beg for a response from the Christian community, distinguished scholar of religion and popular writer David Ray Griffin provides a hard-hitting analysis of the official accounts of the events of September 11, 2001. A tireless investigator, Griffin has sorted through enormous amounts of government and independent data and brought to the surface some very unsettling inconsistencies about what really happened. In this, his latest book, he analyzes the evidence on 9/11 and then explores a distinctively Christian perspective on these issues, taking seriously what we know about Jesus' life, death, and teachings. Drawing a parallel between the Roman Empire of antiquity and the American Empire of today, he applies Jesus' teachings to the current political administration, and he explores how Christian churches, as a community intending to be an incarnation of the divine, can and should respond.

From the Publisher

"WARNING: If, like most Americans calling themselves Christian, you prefer the comfort of acquiescing to the official version of 9/11 and the imperial wars it facilitated, DROP THIS BOOK NOW. But if you are open to the grace of honest inquiry and the risk of following the historical Jesus in confronting the evils of empire, this rigorously argued book is a MUST READ."

Ray McGovern, CIA veteran analyst now with Tell the Word, a project of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.

"David Griffin has previously made the case for the Bush administration's complicity in 9/11 and the cover-up of this evidence by the 9/11 Commission. Here, in this important book, he puts these shocking realities in the context of Christian theology and the challenge to the churches. In a profound exploration of the nature and history of the demonic, Griffin suggests that American empire is a culmination of human demonic alienation from God."

Rosemary Radford Ruether, emeritus scholar, Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology

"Do American Christians want the United States to act like the New Rome, invading other countries to impose its imperial rule and its control of other peoples' resources? That is just what the U.S. is doing, increasingly so since 9/11, explains David Griffin. In this gripping summary of evidence for the truth behind 9/11 and the 9/11 Commission report, Griffin makes a compelling case that the imperial practices of the American government have become a destructive force in the world. And he clarifies the biblical and theological basis for Christians to challenge the resurgent American imperialism that often claims divine blessing on its destructive actions."

Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, University of Massachusetts, and author of Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder

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"Compelling reading. Here is a remarkably thorough presentation of facts regarding 9/11 events. Professor Griffin sets the events of 9/11 in a historical, religious, and philosophical context that is most enlightening. Although this context is also somewhat chilling, he holds out hope in his discussion of where we can go from here. I most highly recommend this book!"

Steven E. Jones, Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University

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David Ray Griffin is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology at Claremont School of Theology, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, and Co-Founder of the Center for Process Studies. He is the author of Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith, and coauthor, with John B. Cobb Jr., of Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition. Author of numerous books in philosophy of religion, he has also published two popular books on the World Trade Center attacks: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11.

9/11 as "Demonic Revelation"

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Having already become familiar with the overwhelming amount of evidence indicating beyond a reasonable doubt that 9/11 was an inside job, I skimmed Part I of David Ray Griffin's "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11," which concludes by saying that what is needed now is (a) for the American people to be informed of 9/11 Truth, through the churches; and (b) that Christians should take the lead in exposing the truth about 9/11. While I most certainly recognize that all of the American people should become aware of what 9/11 is all about, I cannot wholeheartedly agree that Christians should necessarily take the lead with regard to advancing 9/11 Truth. However, it would be most welcome if Christians (Jews, Muslims, and everyone) would participate in the effort to spread the word about 9/11 Truth,and consider the guidance that Professor Griffin provides in Part II of this excellent work.

At the beginning of Part II (in Chapter 7), Professor Griffin discusses Jesus and the Roman Empire in ways that I had never before seriously contemplated, even though I was raised as a Catholic, attended Catholic schools, and (as an adult) undertook a two-year independent research project in search of the "historic Jesus." For example, Professor Griffin analyzes the "anti-imperial gospel of Jesus" by pointing out that in Jesus' "The Lord's Prayer," Jesus asks that God's will be done, "on Earth as it is in Heaven." Over the course of my life, I must have recited The Lord's Prayer thousands of times without ever considering the political implication of doing God's will in Rome. But as is obvious now after reading Professor Griffin's interpretation of this prayer, Jesus' goal of having God's will be done on Earth was diametrically opposed to Roman authority, and thus made Jesus a revolutionary force.

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Professor Griffin also presents Mark 12:17 in a whole different light. There, Jesus said that it was acceptable to render unto Caesar the things that were Caesar's. But, as Professor Griffin notes, with authority, that for Jesus and other Jews of his time, everything belonged to God and nothing belonged to Caesar. Thus, with his ambiguous remark, Jesus was in effect saying "Render nothing unto Cesar," and again espousing a revolutionary spirit.

In Chapter 8, Professor Griffin discusses the divine and demonic in theological terms. In so doing, he advances the theory that once demonic power has emerged, it has its own power and cannot be unilaterally controlled or eliminated by God. Thus, in contrast to what is to this day routinely taught in Catholic schools...

In Chapter 9, Professor Griffin presents a convincing argument that Jesus' negative evaluation of the Roman Empire applies to the American Empire. In so doing, Professor Griffin supports his thesis with examples of U.S. foreign policy implemented in Iran, Guatemala, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Iraq, etc., to the point where those new to this type of discussion may start to wonder, "How did I not see that America is an imperialist nation before?"
...Professor Griffin concludes that "the American empire is evil, and in fact the principal location of demonic power in our time."

Additional evidence for Professor Griffin's thesis is represented by America's amassment of nuclear weapons, global warming and the government's... imperialism, Professor Griffin argues that we are left with "global apartheid," where 18 million people die every year from poverty-related causes (like starvation) --11 million of those victims being children under the age of 5. As America is pretty much in control of the world's apparent disdain for the environment, and of course the false flag/treasonous attacks of 9/11 which Professor Griffin newly interprets as a "demonic revelation," i.e., a revelation of the demonic nature of American imperialism which seeks to approach omnipotence.

Professor Griffin concludes his insightful work by stating that learning the truth about 9/11 should lead "the church" (which apparently means all Christian churches) into a process of reflection and action (even though the process of reflection and action could be followed by any socially progressive anti-war group, and individuals as well).

Specifically, says Professor Griffin, the church should reflect on: (1) the blackout of objective reporting about 9/11 in the mainstream media...;ction in order to start an illegal war; [to justify Americans thinking that their country is devoted to spreading freedom and democracy, while the truth is that America is creating global apartheid; (4) Jesus' message that God's will is to replace the present reign of demonic values on Earth with a reign of divine values in which, for instance, all people would have their daily bread;

Suggested actions that Professor Griffin would have the church undertake include (1) efforts to bring about a "great reduction" of the military budget which, in real terms, currently consumes 68% of the Federal budget, (2) educating the public about the corporate control of the media, (3) supporting the public financing of fair and meaningful elections, (4) striving for a global democracy, and (5) disassociating the church, "fully and explicitly, from America's imperial project."

For churches heeding Professor Griffin's call to reflection and action, the challenges most certainly will be formidable, as they would be for any 9/11 truth seeker, especially given the citizenry's engrained belief in American exceptionalism. However, the truth must be told--by Christians and all others who choose to accept the responsibility to spread the word. In meeting this responsibility, those who spread truth should become empowered by the idea that the spirit of Jesus will support them in their efforts, as Professor Griffin convincingly establishes in "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11."

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Professor Griffin also presents Mark 12:17 in a whole different light. There, Jesus said that it was acceptable to render unto Caesar the things that were Caesar's. But, as Professor Griffin notes, with authority, that for Jesus and other Jews of his time, everything belonged to God and nothing belonged to Caesar. Thus, with his ambiguous remark, Jesus was in effect saying "Render nothing unto Cesar," and again espousing a revolutionary spirit.

In Chapter 8, Professor Griffin discusses the divine and demonic in theological terms. In so doing, he advances the theory that once demonic power has emerged, it has its own power and cannot be unilaterally controlled or eliminated by God. Thus, in contrast to what is to this day routinely taught in Catholic schools...

In Chapter 9, Professor Griffin presents a convincing argument that Jesus' negative evaluation of the Roman Empire applies to the American Empire. In so doing, Professor Griffin supports his thesis with examples of U.S. foreign policy implemented in Iran, Guatemala, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Iraq, etc., to the point where those new to this type of discussion may start to wonder, "How did I not see that America is an imperialist nation before?"
...Professor Griffin concludes that "the American empire is evil, and in fact the principal location of demonic power in our time."

Additional evidence for Professor Griffin's thesis is represented by America's amassment of nuclear weapons, global warming and the government's... imperialism, Professor Griffin argues that we are left with "global apartheid," where 18 million people die every year from poverty-related causes (like starvation) --11 million of those victims being children under the age of 5. As America is pretty much in control of the world's apparent disdain for the environment, and of course the false flag/treasonous attacks of 9/11 which Professor Griffin newly interprets as a "demonic revelation," i.e., a revelation of the demonic nature of American imperialism which seeks to approach omnipotence.

Professor Griffin concludes his insightful work by stating that learning the truth about 9/11 should lead "the church" (which apparently means all Christian churches) into a process of reflection and action (even though the process of reflection and action could be followed by any socially progressive anti-war group, and individuals as well).

Specifically, says Professor Griffin, the church should reflect on: (1) the blackout of objective reporting about 9/11 in the mainstream media...;ction in order to start an illegal war; [to justify Americans thinking that their country is devoted to spreading freedom and democracy, while the truth is that America is creating global apartheid; (4) Jesus' message that God's will is to replace the present reign of demonic values on Earth with a reign of divine values in which, for instance, all people would have their daily bread;

Suggested actions that Professor Griffin would have the church undertake include (1) efforts to bring about a "great reduction" of the military budget which, in real terms, currently consumes 68% of the Federal budget, (2) educating the public about the corporate control of the media, (3) supporting the public financing of fair and meaningful elections, (4) striving for a global democracy, and (5) disassociating the church, "fully and explicitly, from America's imperial project."

For churches heeding Professor Griffin's call to reflection and action, the challenges most certainly will be formidable, as they would be for any 9/11 truth seeker, especially given the citizenry's engrained belief in American exceptionalism. However, the truth must be told--by Christians and all others who choose to accept the responsibility to spread the word. In meeting this responsibility, those who spread truth should become empowered by the idea that the spirit of Jesus will support them in their efforts, as Professor Griffin convincingly establishes in "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11."

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Radical Regeneration: Birthing the New Human in the Age of Extinction Paperback - November 3, 2020

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"This is a demanding book, but our times are demanding. It is an honest book and our times demand truth."

Matthew Fox, American priest, theologian, and author

"The genius of this book is the knowledge that this catastrophe is a necessary precursor to a radical transformation that we are co-creating with the divine. Radical Regeneration is an indispensable guide for what lies ahead."

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Blair, Thanks for an excellent articke. I hope it will serve as a much-needed "whack on the side of the head" to awaken more of us to the urgency of the crises we're facing.

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Thank you very much, Robert.

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Streaming online:

On Sunday 1/16 9-12 PM, Eastern -WGBH-FM - "Eric in the Evening - longer clips of King's speeches and sermons (revealing the depth of his intellect, courage, and moral compass) interspersed with black spirituals, jazz dedicated to King, and contemporary songs (including Nina's Simone's lightening-like, heart-rending:"Why?")

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In response to the urgency of our situation we need to: "Make haste slowly," while accessing the transpersonal dimensions of our psyche. There is much more within us than we are currently utilizing.

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In response to the urgency of our situation we need to: "Make haste slowly," while accessing the transpersonal dimensions of our psyche. There is much more within us than we are currently utilizing.

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Let it be known that William Pepper (who tried the case which found James Earl Ray innocent of killing King) stated that King was still breathing at the hospital and that he was smothered with a pillow by government agents.

Psychopaths in suits, indeed.

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As Gurdjieff said, we are living a form of waking sleep. Our nose is pressed right up against the painting, without the wisdom to step back to appreciate the whole.

Will we wake up in time?

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Martin Luther King:

Radicals and Revolutionaries

Accused of extremism, King responds by reframing the question of extremism as a choice between acting as extremists for love and justice, or extremists for hate and injustice. Standing between those who would rather acquiesce and those who instead resort to violence and vitriole, King occupies a liminal space characterized by persistent non-violent protest. Invoking the likes of Jesus Christ and other so-called radicals and revolutionaries of their time, he calls upon others to unite in their differences, prioritizing justice for all.

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"Presently, we face a similar set of concerns over what have been deemed radical and revolutionary politics, striking fear and panic into those who associate such terms with violent authoritarianism and ruthless dictatorship. Radical and revolutionary terminology has been corrupted and tainted, but with wisdom and compassion, they may still be reclaimed and reframed in reference to a radically and revolutionarily inclusive movement, the first to fully acknowledge and embrace that we are each and all embedded in an inescapable network of mutuality, a single garment of destiny. Perhaps there is more freedom to be gained than lost if we transcend the deeply ingrained tendency to view ourselves as separate entities operating in the mindlessly self-serving ways that characterize individualism.

Threads of Synergy that Support and Sustain

"Given the increasing complexity of our environments, we face a set of uniquely complex challenges, whether epidemiologically, climatologically, or otherwise. Unfortunately, when it comes to interrelatedness, we too often focus on the networks that spread disease and panic instead of those threads of synergy that support and sustain us.

"Rather than let a pandemic of pandemonium ensue through the contagion of division, a disease gone viral as it spreads across networks, let us envision ways in which the inescapable network of mutuality may work to the advantage of all, the health and well-being of each part of the whole.

"Repairing and regenerating the network, ensuring that its routes of transmission are open and clear and, importantly, that what is transmitted is medicinal and not pathological will be how we transcend outdated modes of being and transform the system from the inside out into a sustainable society for all."

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"At present, our response is drastically, and almost comically inadequate.

"One the one hand, much of the transpersonal world is largely clueless and narcissistic in relation to the severity of our predicament...

"As elders, we are challenging the transpersonal world to plunge into the shattering realities of our dark night, and evaluate all of the different spiritual traditions by the willingness to do so. We challenge spiritual practitioners to stop indulging in fake spiritual delusions of saviors and gurus and begin immediately taking up the challenge of humanity's greatest mystics and profits to put love into action....

"We denounce any tendency by the transpersonal milieu to turn away from the severity of the crisis, just as we denounce the cynicism of the activist whose pragmatic perspective prevents him or her from adopting a sufficiently holistic stance in order to fully engage the struggle."

Carolyn Baker and Andrew Harvey - Radical Regeneration

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