the Culture Bomb

Lifting The Veil

An Apocalypse (Greekἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis; “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.- courtesy of wikipedia

Back in the 50’s and 60’s the battle between capitalism and communism was erupting around the world. Asia, was largely no longer colonial and was of particular interest of both economic systems. Note how I describe these systems anthropomorphically? They are memes, and a meme’s point is to spread as far and wide as possible.

Understanding this, it’s easy to explain why the U.S. sent troops to Vietnam. Our leaders thought that if Vietnam fell to communism, then all these other little Asian countries would in turn fall like domino’s.

Currently, people are beginning to discuss the Middle East in a similar way. Egypt and Tunisia recently had successful revolutions. Even under the threat of death, protesting is beginning to take off in Iran. Considering our influence in Iraq and Afghanistan, it looks as though democracy is going to take hold in Arabia. The difference between democracy and totalitarianism is the concentration of power among the citizens of the state.

If power is spread more evenly among the people and their access to information is increased, then the veil has been lifted and those citizens can finally have the opportunity to see the world for what it really is.

Of course, then maybe American citizens will be inspired to lift their own veil. If one looks at America with a critical eye, one can easily see that power is quite concentrated in a few centers. This has created a false sense of democracy, of freedom among our people. Information is manipulated and distributed among our citizens, which creates what Noam Chomsky refers to as “Manufactured Consent.” This is one of the basic concepts of a totalitarian regime. Our American culture, government, financial institutions, education system and so on have all been engineered to develop a society in which the civilians do not realize they are handing over their power to allow it to be concentrated in the hands of the few.

When studying mythology, it’s a common practice to draw parallels between one myth and a similar myth from a different culture, maybe in a different time. For example, the epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Noah’s Ark contain a very similar story concerning the flood. Likewise there is actually a flood myth from numerous other ancient civilizations around the world.

With a little research one can see many parallels from mystics spanning the globe, throughout time concerning the period we are living in right now. The most popular is the Mayan prophecy of the apocalypse in 2012, which is the end of a 5,125 year cycle where the north and south pole are apparently going to reverse. Another popular prophecy is found in Taoist literature, in which they believe that a great spiritual ascension will begin as we enter the 3rd epoch of mankind. Certainly one could go on finding parallels in Christianity and Islam, from Nostradamus to Da Vinci.

If there is something big going to happen in 2012, then we are seeing the stage set even as we speak. And if this is the framework for us to operate under, then we have a lot of positive changes to look forward to.

This entry was published on February 16, 2011 at 12:40 am and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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