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Post Apocalyptic America-- NOW!

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I'm a science fiction fan and have watched my share of post-apocalyptic movies and TV series.

I've been watching TNT's Falling Skies, based on the idea that aliens have attacked Earth, killed most humans, destroyed all major cities, and a rag-tag band of survivors struggling to stay alive as they deal with human-size, bug-like aliens and their elephant-sized battle robots.


Alien from TV show Falling Skies


I got to thinking that in some ways, we're actually facing a reality that has some similarities.

Think mega/multi-national corporations instead of aliens.
Think destruction of communities, of neighborhoods instead of cities.
Think extinction of the ligaments and ties that hold families together.

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The attack has not come from explosive weapons. It has come from commercial efforts to commoditize life, to replace citizens of communities with consumers of things and services.

There are a number of people writing about and creating films about this "apocalypse," though they do not call it that. I've interviewed some of them:

Helena Norberg-Hodge; Economics of Happiness

Chris Hedges; Death of the Liberal Class and a Call For Rebellion

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Arianna Huffington Third World America

The Abundant Community; John McKnight & Peter Block; Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

Robert Jensen, on facing an age of collapse, and about his book, ALL MY BONES SHAKE-- seeking a progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice

Naomi Wolf on teapartiers, transpartisanism, End of America Under Obama

Caroline Myss; Dark Times Require Transcendant Responses

I am sometimes accused of stretching a metaphor. That may be the case here.

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Dictionaries define apocalypse as the end of the world, or some important ending of some aspect of the world. But wikipedia goes a different route, looking at the etymology of the word:

An Apocalypse (Greek: ἀποκάλ...ψις apoka'lypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted. The Apocalypse of John (Greek Ἀποκάλ...ψις Ἰωάννο...) is the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. By extension, apocalypse can refer to any End Time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.

Apocalypse depicted in Christian Orthodox traditional fresco scenes in Osogovo Monastery, Republic of Macedonia (from Wikipedia)

In this latest apocalyptic TV show, Falling Skies, produced, by the way with the participation of Steven Spielberg's and Dreamworks operations, the aliens put some kind of bio-control thing on the backs of children they enslave and control the thoughts of. The few remaining "free" humans must kidnap these children, then surgically remove the bio-control things, which look like giant Helgramites.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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