One of the more spectacular movies recently was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in which the empire’s Death Star destroyed a city on the moon Jedha. The imagery struck me as being not much different to what might have happened when the events described in “Worlds in Collision” was first published in 1950.
We as individuals have memories without which speech and language would not be possible. The psychoanalysts Yung and Velikovsky added the idea of humanity having a species or racial memory of the past that occasionally surfaces as reenactments or nightmares in those individuals who accidentally, or wilfully, accessed those memories.
It could be considered a psychological axiom that memories cannot be based on events that never happened, so the fabrication of a Death Star assault on the city on Jedha, in which a thunderbolt-like weapon was used caused an explosion and an enormous eruption of disintegrated rock and soil, could have been seen in the past and formed the basis of the artistic reconstruction of the gods and their thunderbolts.
While the movie version mimicked a weapon that fired a single shot onto the Jedha moon, the thunderbolts that might have been produced by the physical encounter of a comet disrupting the Earth’s magneto and ionospheres would have occurred for longer periods of time, and caused even greater havoc than that portrayed in the Star Wars movie, Rogue One.
The depiction of a violent massive laterally spreading cloud engulfing all it encounters is not that far fetched if we apply this mechanism to the Worlds in Collision story, and rather than a traditional Newtonian billiard ball impact, the natural impact would have been comprised of less violent impact, similar to a usual atmospheric lightning bolt impact, and the outward spread of electric current in branch-like patterns, or Lictenberg patterns, eroding and producing immense clouds of electrically supercharged eroded rock and regolith spreading outwards from the impact site. Such a mechanism could quite easily create the formation of vast sheets of sediments containing, where possible, remnants of killed life forms as fossils via the medium of magnetohydroplasmatic erosion and deposition.
But the ideas for the creation of the Starwars movies, along with the awfulness of the Death Star with its capability of planetary destruction, had to be based on historical experience of similar events, now submerged in our collective past. Those memories can be accessed, often with ingestation of drugs, leading to serious psychological problems, or, in sensitive individuals who accidentally access those memories without chemical stimulation. These ancient events of destruction would have left the survivors with absolutely terrible memories of destruction and evility, in which to escape from humans fabricated their destructive Gods which they feared and worshipped. Such are the origins of religions, whose adherents to the present time remain as psychologically scarred now as our ancestors were then. Survival after such planetary wide events would have resulted in a scramble for resources, food, water, anything, and possibly led to the barbarity of Pagan times when psychologically damaged humans fought among themselves for vague reasons suppressed in their collective unconsciousnesses. The Aztec fear of the morning star or the Medieval fear of comets becomes explicable when the Star Wars story of Rogue One is studied for its historical antecedents.
And it seems this did not happen in the dim past beyond our reckoning, but much closer to our present times.
Update: Of course the First Order’s planet destroyer in the earlier latest episode of the Star Wars series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is another example of the re-enactment of earlier catastrophic, planet destroying events in our collective species memory. The Asteroid belt itself might be the source of the destruction of Alderan.