How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse II

Commentary by Gary Stamper

Strangelove“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness.

And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.

“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.

“Certainly,” said man.

“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.

And He went away.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle


Some mainstream media (MSM) sources are beginning to recognize that we really are in deep shit…ABC News and the New York Times both recently had serious stories that are actually beginning to talk about just how bad collapse might actually be. Of course, the ABC story wasn’t on a national broadcast, but a local news show, but you gotta start somewhere.
But while the MSM refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of the problems we face, the dramatic TV shows and movies about “end-of-the-world” scenarios continue to flourish. Apocalyptic themes abound: Stargate’s “most exhilarating end of the world movie you’ve ever seen,” human genetic mutations, zombies, killer robots…Movies like Independence Day, War of the Worlds, Terminator, The Walking Dead, Jericho, Falling Skies, The Book of Eli, The Road, World War Z….and “4:44 Last Day on Earth,” called an apocalyptic valentine….and on and on.Why?
 Of course, the MSM mostly labels those who are willing to ask the hard questions and seek truth as conspiracy theorists, kooks, and “whack jobs,” but a lot of Americans are getting tired of the safe, censored, and pre-packaged news that they get from the corporate media. Ironically, the 6 giant media corporations who control the news, also control our entertainment, internet and cable, and telecommunications, are completely willing to profit from the apocalypse, but unwilling to really talk about it.
But  this isn’t an article about the MSM’s role in shaping our minds about apocalyptic thinking, whatever their motives might be..I just thought it was an interesting metaphor for the whole collapse/apocalypse mindset that drives so many people crazy on all sides of the various belief systems that come into play.

The Online Slang Dictionary defines “whack job” as an extremely erratic or irrational person, someone who is mentally ill, a crazy person, a nut; as in “people who don’t go along with the majority way of thinking are whack jobs.”

On the other hand, it was Krishnamurti, who is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and spiritual teachers of all time, who said,

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

…and while we have the mainstream media either lying about what’s going on, saying nothing at all, or telling us what they want us to know for their own unknown reasons, and the “sheeple,” who seem to be incapable of critical thinking, we also have charlatans and fear-mongers, who want us upset and angry.

Dogbert: “Reality is always controlled by the people who are most insane.” – Scott Adams, Dilbert

As I wrote this, I was visiting my 89 year-old mother in Napa, California. She’s pretty healthy physically, but is losing more and more of her cognitive abilities, and it’s showing up as dementia. I visit her twice a year, so I really see the changes in her. This year, she’s sleeping a lot as a result of the medications she’s on, so I’m really not getting to spend time her, and sometimes she doesn’t know who I am,..I’m just there, present, and available when the cognitive moments unexpectedly – but happily – arrive.

Being there with my mom is part of my practice: Gratitude that we’ve had so many great years, and for whatever time we have remaining; presence of just “being here now,” surrender of what we cannot change, and finally, being in service in whatever way I can.

And finally, being on purpose: around my relationships, around love, and around everything that is going on in the world, whatever the outcome may be.

And for my mom? She has no idea that her son is a “whack job”….at least not anymore.

She’s just grateful in each moment that aware that I’m there.



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