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“We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why?
MORPHEUS: From the Matrix.
I began with this quote taken from the Matrix transcript and Morpheus and Neo’s, I’ll say, red-pill/blue pill conversation, because it seems that if you don’t have that inexplicable feeling then a prescription won’t help you. Even if your vision has never failed you check-ups are recommended.
You might be as happy as can be in any particular culture or demographic and deservedly remain so for many years. For many of us that examine our lives I know that’s not the case. Poor Richard said somewhere in his almanac that, ” if thou injurest conscience, it will have it’s revenge on thee.” This self-examination where we base past decisions on conscience and observe our influence on events show us conscience’s revenge. Conscience is the science that cons all other sciences. Like a splinter in our mind. If you’ve never examined your life, I’ll have to remind you of the words,” an unexamined life is not worth living.”
The imprisoned mind, at length, will come to odds in a world where routine encounters with those of different lifestyles and nationalities are on the increase. The Devil is in our details, so to speak, and the only way to be rid of our darkness is to shine light and/or reflect on the situation and make clear again parts of our vision that has gotten blurred. Subjective Refraction of the Mind requires that one is voluntarily receptive and can make what is objective harmonize with one’s subjective volition.
The Matrix is Science Fiction, of course, yet the meaning behind the story seems to resonate with many, hence, the Matrix’s success. The Art of Storytelling has stood the test of time in all cultures as an effective way of revealing morals and truths to the disillusioned. Which takes me to an example from the New Testament of the Bible, perhaps the greatest story ever written. Matt. 13:10-17, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”
Our prescription is unique to us. What works for one, might not work for another. It’s ok to have your favorite religion, philosophy, or holy person so long as the same courtesy is extended to all. Our DNA may be 99.9%the same yet we all look different and even maternal twins can have very different lives and experiences. It’s up to each and every one of us to go through that door. Many are ushering us through the sands of time and the written word to enter the future without disillusionment. History is the same for us all and hindsight is almost always 20/20.
We the People in 1984 BEHOLD! The Pale Horse of Kali Yuga and the Bane of the One Ring of Power in the Fires of Armajihadden
I love a good story. Back from when I was a kid my Grandma would read to me from a collection of Grimm’s fairy tales almost every night, on the occasions I would stay, as I went to sleep. “Is this story real?”, I had probably asked at some point with the response maybe all children get when they ask such things, “Anything is possible in the realm of make-believe.”
I don’t claim to be an apologetics writer, but I’m sure the title indicates, as was my intention a “mash-up”, so to speak, of a few religious prophecies and two works of fiction. Dystopian 1984, the book of Revelation from the Christian Bible, Canto 12 The Age of Deterioration from the Hindu Srimad Bhagavadam, the fate of the One Ring of Power at the end of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Jihad: the Holy War of Islam.
I think that any kind of prediction of future events no matter how open to interpretation, held to scientific precedent, or of reputable belief are always open to change especially if the will and means are there to do so in the “realm of make-believe” anything is possible.
I’ll briefly describe the circumstances and characteristics of each work and how it may apply to the “Espiritu de la epoca”, or spirit of the age, in today’s world. I’ll begin with 1984 that clearly does not end “happily ever after” unless of course you love Big Brother and don’t mind your fellow citizens dumbed-down to cerebral insufficients.
The main character Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, one of four ministries, for the ruling party in the nation of Oceania. The Ministry of Truth’s main function is to alter historical records to benefit the party and image of Big Brother. Work is also underway to implement Newspeak, a language meant to prevent political rebellion by taking out all words related to it. Winston knows something is wrong in the Party and they should be stopped. He starts keeping a secret journal to write his “criminal” thoughts. Oceania is one of three super powers of the world; the other two are Eastasia and Eurasia. The Ministry of Peace actually sustains a perpetual state of war with the other two. The Ministry of Plenty is in control of all the food supply and rations it out. Party members receive more than their share of luxury but are under constant surveillance by the Thought Police. The proles, or proletariats, in the book live in squalor but live generally unmonitored and have been de-educated enough to not have the capacity or sense of history to rebel against the party. Emmanuel Goldstein is the supposed leader of an underground rebellion called The Brotherhood. The secret journal, an affair with a lady named Julia, and a trap set by a co-worker named O’Brien to catch them in an open act of rebellion send them to the Ministry of Love. In the Ministry of Love, where those who might rebel, are tortured, brainwashed, and ultimately spirit-broken. Winston gets separated from Julia and adamantly resists for months until he pleads to O’Brien for Julia to take his place thus signaling his allegiance, betraying his love for Julia, he loved Big Brother.
Today the media loves to pretend that the Democrats and Republicans are in a constant power struggle for control of the house or senate every two years we see a barrage of commercials and accusations of “smear campaigns and mud slinging”. It really heats up in a presidential election year. with the presidential debates as the centerpiece. The supposed non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates has former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Mike McCurry, former Democratic press secretary for Bill Clinton as co-chairs of the commission. Sounds bi-partisan not non-partisan to me. The Commission’s mission states it was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. I underlined possible because in Black’s Law Dictionary means capable of existing or happening. Any information is capable of existing or happening, the possibilities are endless. It looks like confusing legal language, the Newspeak of 1984, is legalese today capable of making non-issues a tool for dissension among Americans against each other. Top it all off with the final exam needed today to practice law in the US, the BAR exam, whether you get the story of the bar in historical British courts to separate the lawyer to represent their case from the rest, BAR standing for British Accreditation Regency/Registry, or that’s a silly suggestion, it’s too close for comfort and Americans need to get to the bottom of it. Don’t take my word for it, take a part of George Washington’s farewell address for it,
“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”
The book of Revelation and the Hindu Kali Yuga bear remarkable similarities despite there fundamental differences. Each have four distinct separations, Revelation in regards to Israel: Alpha, Scattered, Regathered in Unbelief, A Remnant Saved, and Omega/New Jerusalem. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega with incarnations and resurrections similar to the Hindu Krishna. In Hindu prophecy, Satya Yuga or age of Truth lasts 4,000 divine years, Treta Yuga (3/4 Truth) for 3,000 divine years, Dvapara (1/2 Truth) for 2,000 divine years, and Kali Yuga (1/4 Truth) for 1,000 divine years. There is 432 earth years to one divine year in Hindu cosmology.
Satya Yuga/Alpha is characterized by 100% self-realization in man and complete meditation on God. Treta Yuga/scattered is characterized by a process of sacrifice for self-realization. Dvapara yuga/regathered in unbelief is characterized by self-realization by the worship of deities in temples. Kali Yuga/ a remnant saved is characterized by quarrel and hypocrisy. Self-realization is found in the chanting or singing of his Holy names.
Armageddon and the Satya Yuga/ Kali Yuga conjunction are almost like brothers of tales as well with Christ’s victory,”That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Revelation 19 18-20. Krishna in his Kalki avatar incarnation arriving to slay all the treacherous ones in SB 12.2.19-20: “Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as kings”.who Revelation 19 11-13 describe,”And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
Satya Yuga begins again according to the Srimad Bhagavadam and A new Heaven and a new Earth with New Jerusalem as it’s great city in Revelation where everybody lives “Happily ever After”.
The other work of fiction in this “mash-up” comes from J.R.R. Tolkien and the story behind the One Ring of Power. In the mythology of Middle Earth there were nineteen rings of power crafted by the Elf Celebrimbor and Sauron who was on good behavior at the time. Three were for the elves and were never touched by Sauron, Seven to the dwarves, and nine given to the rulers of men who later became the Nazgul. Sauron crafted the twentieth One Ring in secret with the motive to contol all the other rings and their possessors. The whole story of the third age of Middle earth revolves around the mission to destroy the One Ring who Bilbo Baggins “stole” from Gollum, later Smaegol, in the Hobbit. The Climactic battle in the Return of the King provides the cover for Frodo to make his way to Mount Doom where Smaegol’s last grab, or I should say bite, at it sends him falling to his doom as well as the Ring bringing about the fourth age or the dominion of men.
What could a ring of power could mean in the real world? Imagine if each society on the globe had a religion, economy, philosophy, something to keep things in order in that culture unique to them. Couldn’t it be considered a ring of power? Now what could control those sovereign states all at once with some not even knowing what’s happening? Money can do that, not just any money but fiat currency. In fact, America may be like the beast influenced by Britain the dragon from Revelation today or Sauron acting as Melkor’s regent in the LOTR. Fiat currency and the abhorrent practice of usury may be the influence of Kali Yuga in a society where paying interest debt justifies the whole business of moral debasement and makes it profitable.
One religion that hates usury and the people that hoard riches worse than adultery, is Islam who seems to be America’s sworn enemy on the world stage since the Mujajideen ousted Russia from Afghanistan in the 80’s.
The Repentance 9:34-35, “O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah: announce unto them a most grievous penalty. Proclaim a woeful punishment to those that hoard up gold and silver…. Their treasures shall be heated in the dress of Hell, and their foreheads, sides and backs branded with them. . . . ‘Taste then the punishment which is your due.”
The Cow 2:275, “Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah. But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.”
“…They will be paraded before your Lord in ranks: “You have come to Us just as We created you at first. Yes indeed! Even though you claimed that We would not fix a time with you.” The Book will be set in place and you will see the evildoers fearful of what is in it. They will say, “Alas for us! What is this Book which does not pass over any action, small or great, without recording it?” They will find there everything they did and your Lord will not wrong anyone at all.” (Al-Kahf 18: 48-49)
Islamic Jihadists have a happily ever after too.
All three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are in a severe state of unrest in 2014 even though they come from the same lineage. All America and it’s interests seem to play the situation in the Middle East as a profitable endeavor for the military-industrial complex. The Defense Department acts like a Ministry of Peace. With so many people in the world who have such strong beliefs killing each other, are they make-believing a spiritual war leading to this Armajihadden? Let’s make believe a chance to throw the One Ring of Power into Mount Doom and listen to His-story, before a government of total authoritarian control like 1984, where our higher power is “Loved” out of us, can be make-believed into existence?
Can we all live happily ever after?