- Religion and Philosophy
All Set Up For Disasters? 7th conversation
The intention of this 7th article is to expand on the main theme of Conversation #6, namely our collective need to find, and engage with, our own authentic Protective and Nurturing energies.
All that has been achieved historically, all that is happening within our communities and in our homes has never been linear. All that we ‘think’ we have chosen to do and to say - even today - is as interwoven within itself as the many strands of a Celtic Endless Knot.
There are many disaster films centered around a character, usually a male who, regardless of his prior M.O., when the chips come down, behaves selflessly.
The media, too, occasionally bring us news of persons of both genders and of all ages who ‘accidentally’ happened to find themselves at an exact location, at a precise time just to be ‘moved’ to respond to a sudden, life-threatening occurrence with the correct amount of speed, agility, strength and amazing timing to save any number of lives.
Still, so rare is this behaviour in our society that, when it is observed, this behaviour is labelled heroic.
Examples of Protective Core Energy
Locke is a 2013 British/American minimalist film. It is entirely shot in a car. It is solely based on non-stop car phone problem-solving on a number of fronts, as Locke (Tom Hardy) drives under pressure, in the rain, at night down the highway.
Locke, a man essential at his workplace, a loving husband and a caring father offers a realistic, non-sentimental illustration of ‘responsibility’ through Protection.
Similarly, in the 2013 apocalyptic thriller, These Final Hours, the decisions and actions of James (Nathan Phillips) exemplify P, the sort of protective energy karmically extended to Man of all ages, the core energy that enables him to act independently of his own needs.
Roughly, the plot goes as follows: a meteorite-triggered tsunami of fire, which has already engulfed most of the world, is announced to be only hours away from James’ town
In the absence of the usual deterrents that most effectively keep our human nature in check, it is easy to imagine the rampant, violent and depraved, fear-driven dystopic behaviour met at every corner.
Yet, instead of continuing with his plan to party doing drugs and having unbridled sex with fellow crazies while awaiting the waves of fire, which had been James’ initial exit strategy from this lifetime, he puts the brakes on his needs to rescue a little girl who had just been kidnapped by a burly man who, clearly, had his own ideas on how to while away time until the moment of doom.
From then on, though he knows he is powerless to alter their ultimate, imminent fate, instead of returning to his end-of-world party plans and numb his brain, James keeps sheltering Rose, the little girl, as protectively as if she were his own, much loved, little sister.
The take-away from this film is that good things can, and often, do happen when decisions and actions are made altruistically – and that can only happen when, through circumstances, we are compelled to tap into our authentic, gendered energy.
Man-Made Disasters? Global WarNings?
The debate will go on, but contextualizing natural events, so-called Acts of God, helps make meaning out of events that are occurring more frequently and with more devastating intensity than ever before - except perhaps in biblical days, if we go along with the narrative of the Torah.
Over the past century, separately and collectively, some might say passively, others might say actively - we have co-created the so-called unpredictable vagaries of death and weather reactions.
Short Walk Down Memory Lane
In 1952, smoke released from fireplaces burning more coal than usual in response to an unusual icy winter created a black cloud of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot.
The London killer ‘fog’ killed over 12,000 people.
In 1986, the meltdown of the Chernobyl Plant released radioactive material four hundred times more radioactive than Hiroshima.
Besides countless children born with birth defects, it is thought that the disaster resulted in some 100,000 fatal cancers and it is estimated that the area will not be safe for farming until the year 2186.
As I wrote somewhere in the preceding books of the Stepping Stones to the Top of the World series, we need to understand why any mayhem caused by Nature has nothing to do with either bad luck or divine punishment.
We also need to understand that any natural disaster is simply the only way Nature has of stopping us in our tracks, pushing us to rethink our own and, ideally, the collective, cultural way of ‘doing life’.
As a result of that, no doubt, excruciating soul-searching - as survivors by karmic fortitude - we are intended to rebuild but not life as we knew it to, as soon as possible to return to ‘business as usual’ as soon as possible. Instead, we are intended to build a new LIFE, thoughtfully, from the inside out within a vastly improved, holistic model.
Serious Heads Up
It could be said that each time we experience a personal or collective disaster, Nature, God, the Cosmos, Soul, that Intelligence that is well beyond us, are giving us a second, sometimes a third, chance to rebuild our lives … differently.
Tried and Fried
As for the impetus that pushed pioneers onwards towards the unknown, dramas and disasters are the wake-up call we should heed to shuffle away from the enduring materialistic model based on accumulation of goods in favour of karmic opportunities.
That would enable us to pair our selves with the energy of authentic living from our core - away from the societal and the cultural tried and fried built-in Modus Operandi of permanently cycling around the fear of never having enough of whatever we crave the most and which pass for love substitutes.
Science Knows Best
As things stand, beyond the Great Flood, God’s way to rid the world of the wicked, as narrated in Genesis 6:9-9:28, various sectors of the scientific community warn that scenarios of cataclysmic, natural disasters of proportions not yet seen on our planet are not as far-fetched as we would like to think.
And so, by now, collectively, globally, we are positioned to experience tsunamis more devastating than any of the previous ones; killer explosions more explosive than any of the previous ones; wild fires wilder than any of the previous ones; super-cell tornadoes churning winds on a scale we cannot yet fathom, but perhaps akin to that which is said to have overturned the tower of Babel, daringly built to rise close to heaven - crushing the multitude of its dwellers.
Or an event like the Great Flood, featuring Noah.
Is it So Impossible To Imagine In our Lifetime?
Another quick flick through the Torah: when God informed Abraham of his intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleaded with God to save the cities for the sake of the righteous who might be living there.
When God replied that if there were even ten righteous inhabitants in Sodom, He would save the entire city for their sake, Abraham stop pleading.
Genesis 19: 24 - Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah - from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities and also the vegetation in the land.
Serious question: the biblical discourse aside, is that landscape of absolute destruction and fiery mayhem so impossible to imagine … in our lifetime?
Beyond Looters There Will Be Heroes
Yes, beyond the usual hordes of looters, these events will reveal thousands and thousands of sociopaths and psychopathic bullies, war boys/war girls of all ages and self-appointed warlords presumably of both sexes.
They will also reveal heroic memes of the likes of Lt. Ellen Ripley in Alien; Neytiri in avatar; Sgt. Rita Rose Vrataski in Edge of Tomorrow; hustlers like Bernie La Plante in Angel Of Flight 104 and accidental heroes like James.
When the dust settles, later, much later, these accidental heroes will inspire admiration and aspiration.
A new breed of folk tale heroes will be created.
They will be shared across camp fires and across valleys.
Time to build LIFE from within a vastly improved, holistic model, thoughtfully from the inside out. All will be as it should be.
Or perhaps, not even then.