Reposted from the Henry Thornton Site:
I view the present day events in France involving various Islamic factions murdering French civilians as most likely blowback for French meddling in the Middle East since at least World War 1 along with the British and Americans. The great powers, Britain and France have been meddling in this region for a long time. But as the “little people’, in a Lawrence of Arabia sense, now have the financial resources of oil to back their policies, it’s unsurprising that the great powers are finally reaping their earlier sowing.
There is another factor involved and that is the phenomenon known as a ‘youth-bulge’ where large numbers of unemployed young males become a social problem, and first identified by social scientist Gunnar Heinsohn in the mid 1990’s. A useful analysis is published by the Council of Foreign Relations here. The problem becomes essentially one of trying to mitigate the effects of large numbers of unemployed young adults from creating too much mischief, as it were. And the problem seems exacerbated by the self-inflicted progressive policies of the various welfare states. After all, what would you expect large numbers of unemployed young adults to do while on welfare? Knit?
The mass movement from the Middle East to middle Europe also has to be explained and to me all the political commentators are either wilfully ignoring the elephant in the room, or, just as likely, can’t see it as a result of educational conditioning in the various ideas of the Frankfurt School of sociology and other progressive think tanks.
It is also a fact that the main players in these horrific events all belong, more or less, to religious faiths that emphasise an utopian spiritual after-life for the faithful but by being also monotheistic, at the same time are unable to cope with challenges to their spiritual authorities; after all if the Judaens, Christians and Muslims are all worshipping the one and same deity, why all the hubbub and acrimony? Not to forget the sectional violence between the Indian Muslims and Hindus resulting in the partitioning of India after the collapse of the British Empire after World War Two.
We also need to be mindful of the apocalyptic scenarios these religions are based on with the religious Jews waiting for the Messiah, the Christians for the second coming, and the Muslims the imminent arrival of the Mahdi. You might be also be tempted to align oneself with the secular humanists as an act of being post-religion, but that is not really going to work out as that group has its own apocalyptic meme in the form of the global warming Thermageddon. So are the ending times really on us? Is this why the state of Israel was formed in 1948? Are we approaching a theological tipping point?
I don’t think any of these latter day believers are insincere, and that many truly believe that the ending times are looming over the horizon, but I do baulk at the possibility that being an unbeliever might cause me difficulties with devout; this fear has historical precedence, of course. All of these ‘great’ religious faiths had periods of extreme intolerance when dissidents were killed off, including any bystanders who by happenstance were inadvertently caught up in the events; or collateral damage in the present jargon.
While the Judaen-Christian faiths might have moved on from those physically demanding times, and the followers of Islam yet to, nothing much has really changed because while intellectual proscription remains, and the horrors of any inquisition become politically unacceptable, recalcitrants are still punished but nowadays in a metaphorical sense. An improvement of sorts, I suppose, from being drawn and quartered or burnt at the stake for one’s ideological novelty; but the motives remain identical, whether that end is intellectual or physical death – the motive of the suppression of any dissent to authority remains alive and well.
So the question then becomes of understanding the origin of these apocalyptic beliefs, the latest of which will cause a thermal armageddon if we follow the global warming faith, or another ‘normal’ armageddon if we follow the other two faiths.
The basis for the global warming catastrophe is Venus and its assumed runaway greenhouse effect caused by its massive atmosphere of carbon dioxide. So on what are the other calamities based? The answer lies in the various ancient myths of humanity including the Romans, Greeks and their antecedents, who worshipped the planets and feared various prodigies in the heavens or sky. Ancient peoples had a palpable fear of comets, a fear that remains with us even to the present times where we call the study of weather meteorology – or the study of meteorites? Cometary or meteoritic impacts are also routinely evoked as explanations for the various circular craters found on the Earth and more so the moon, and occasionally as an explanation for past mass species extinctions, or at least the famous KT event that terminated the Cretaceous Period and opened the present era.
The fear of a Venusian hothouse can be traced to the 1970’s when Carl Sagan and the American Scientific establishment invoked this explanation to counter Velikovsky’s interpretation that Venus, being a recently formed planet, according Greek narrative, must therefore be hot. At the time it was generally accepted that Venus was the Earth’s sister planet, and possessed of a mild climate similar to Earth’s but shrouded by clouds. What a surprise, then, when the Soviet probes sent to Venus reported otherwise and indicated an extremely hot planet with temperatures up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The debate was clearly one between the religious minds who think on the basis that they only see what they believe, ie the American scientific establishment, and those of the other camp who tend to believe what they see until new data suggests otherwise, or the scientific minds.
While today western civilisation hasn’t any fear of the morning star, third-world cultures did and the Aztecs, for example, continued sacrificing people to placate the morning star at the time of the Spanish conquests of pre-Columbian America. Australian aboriginals also recalled the morning star accompanied by a rainbow serpent that sculptured the topography and rivers. So the fear of Venus, or more accurately, a morning star, remains ever present, no matter how much many wish to deny it.
Now mythological nonsense this may all be to the sophisticates of the world’s political elites and their academic advisors, but it’s difficult to reconcile those myths and tales with our present day understanding of science and natural phenomena unless there were kernels of truth in those ancient myths. And of course it is also quite likely that some our cherished scientific beliefs might have some problems, especially those involved with the historical areas of human knowledge. And it isn’t until one starts digging into the origins of history, the who wrote what when based on this and that, that clarity is possible.
A good summary of the origins of the belief of apocalyptic ending times was a published paper written by Richard Landes titled “Lest The Millennium Be Fulfilled: Apocalyptic Expectations And The Pattern Of Western Chronography 100-800 CE. The general methodology used was to accept the literal truth of the Old Testament, assume that one day in creation actually meant 1000 years, and that therefore the age of this world would be 6000 years, in present terms, and the theological task was to determine where on this timeline the present occurred, thus determining how many years before the ending time is supposed to happen. The calendar used was the Julian one until the Gregorian system was implemented during 1582.
(I might add here that the end of a world might mean the end of a particular world-view rather than the end of the Earth itself. So one could say that the Christian world was created at some point in time, and which might end in the future while the Earth remains).
To this day there remain some religious faiths and sects who believe this chronology, that at some time in the near future, the ending times will happen and the faithful will be rewarded. This belief informs the believers of Islam who await the arrival of the Mahdi, certainly informs the believers of the global warming religion when Thermageddon is anticipated in 20, or whenever, years’ time and of course those of the major faiths who expect the second coming or the arrival of the messiah in the unspecified future.
What may not be fully understood by our readers is that this theologically inspired chronology, or calendar, also informs our scientific understanding of the historical and astronomical sciences.
Don’t believe it? What do you think Sir Charles Lyell did when he published his “Principles of Geology” during 1832 and thereafter? Although overtly a ‘scientific’ treatise, it was a covertly political exposition in which Lyell cherry picked his geological facts to fit his reconstruction of geological history, then still shackled to its theological roots of a creation and 6000 years before the ending times, but which after Lyell’s ministration, effectively moved biblical creation back to some distant instance in time, thus expanding historical chronology from its theological basis to a more ‘scientific’ one. The problem of course is that shifting a chronological fiction doesn’t change it to reality, although it must be said, it was an improvement.
But there remains a problem because the period that Landes describes also falls into the interpreted dark-ages of the middle ages, a period of time that Heinsohn has interpreted as ‘phantom’ or fabricated years. Historic ages are recognised by an absence of artefacts for a particular culture. Indeed artefact-free cultures are actually myths or fictions.
Put simply Heinsohn proposes a global catastrophe at around 935 CE which terminated the Roman Era associated with the comet of Justinian. Heinsohn’s methodology involves stratigraphy so that any documented civilisation or peoples had to have left remains of their era in the stratigraphical column. In this particular case Heinsohn points out that nowhere can one find a complete sequence of stratigraphy of Roman strata overlain by subsequent Ages; one finds 10th century overlying Roman strata, or 6th century over lying Roman strata, but never both 6th and 10th etc overlying each other at the same place. This is a familiar geological phenomenon of lateral facies change where while different strata overlie a base strata, those overlying strata are all of the same age over the base strata, and not, as usually interpreted, as of different ages. So in the archaeological sense what seems to have happened is that regional variations of the stratigraphy have been serially concatenated to cause an expansion of chronology when in reality they all occurred in parallel chronologically.
What is important to the ideas expressed in this article is that both Christianity and Islam appeared as organised religions during this stratigraphical hiatus and it is to those times that we must look to explain the present-day troubles in the Middle East and Europe.
It is likely that the Roman Era was terminated by a Velikovskian type of event associated with the comet of Justinian, and then was it actually Venus, Mars or Halley’s Comet that caused the climatic catastrophe that nearly wiped out humanity? Rather the barbarians arriving to sack Rome, it might be better described as hordes of people mass migrating to escape the climate catastrophes of their homelands caused by these heavenly prodigies, and fleeing to the large cities, such as Rome, where one might gain protection from the governing authorities.
Except today the hordes are escaping the devastation of their homelands in the Middle East as anticipated by Velikovsky in his posthumously published book “Mankind in Amnesia” in which, as a professional psychoanalyst, he recognised a species or culture amnesia of individual suppressed trauma, when whole nations or cultures actively suppressed the memories of the past catastrophes only to have those memories periodically resurface and re-enacted as wars and other socially disruptive behaviour, or more plausibly as an expectation of another looming catastrophe that might be avoided if humanity would but stop sinning. It could be said that religion is thus the intellectual means by which a culture copes with the traumas and memories of past global catastrophes, and in which sacrifices etc. are made to placate the gods, then overt physically frightening prodigies, today more benign intellectual abstractions such as the imagined wrath of God, or in these modern times, a thermal hell predicated on the burning of fossil fuels.
So the Muslims expect the Mahdi, the Christians the Second Coming, the Orthodox (Jews) the Messiah, and the secular humanists their global warming Thermageddon. And in anticipation of this catastrophe the human species has a population explosion to ensure enough survive to restart life after the next ‘event’, hence the youth-bulge that is driving the mass migration to the developed world and its unsustainable welfare states. And no one seems to understand what’s going on?
One wonders who the actual denialists are.
Henry’s Retired Geologist (HRG)