Chronicles in Ordinary Time 231: The Strange World of the Future

I was born Back When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth; almost exactly seven years after V-J Day, the end of World War II. My father was born in the last year of World War I. These sorts of dates have become more important to me in my ‘senior years’ [I still have trouble accepting the term].

Growing up with two working parents, Superman was one of my babysitters, along with Robin Hood, Zorro and the Lone Ranger and Tonto. I grew up reading Tom Swift Junior, and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. I brought home Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick and other less famous authors. Space Westerns when Science Fiction had those two words for the genre. I still enjoy reading old books with cloth bindings. I’m reading a set of Tarzan books printed during World War I [the War to End All Wars…sigh].

I was not prepared for the Strange World of the 2020s.

I was not prepared for an American population that became mean and attacked ‘otherness’ with such careless abandon.

p45 was not the cause of this hostility; he was merely a symptom, writ large because of his position, and his unmitigated gall. Never in my remembrance was there a public leader, on camera, who mocked those with disabilities, who threatened individuals with violence, and lying so often that news organizations started keeping count of the numbers [30,573 false or misleading claims in 4 years]. Nixon was an awful President; but he at least attempted to act as a gentleman on camera.

President Eisenhower called it:

As we peer into society’s future, we—you and I, and our government—must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow…

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

The White Evangelical Church says that the solution to our current problems is to ‘turn our eyes to Jesus; and he will heal this land’. The White Evangelical Church has a problem with taking verses at random from the Bible and turning them into doctrine. This is one of the passages in the Jewish scriptures [Old Testament]:

…6 I will keep My eyes on them for good and will return them to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. 7 I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with all their heart. 8 But like the bad figs, so bad they cannot be eaten,’ says the LORD, ‘so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem—those remaining in this land and those living in the land of Egypt.…  Jeremiah 24:6,7   JPS Tanakh 1917

First of all, Jesus was Jewish, not Christian.

Jesus’ teachings came from Torah, the Jewish Bible [Old Testament]. During my 48 years in the White Evangelical Church, I was taught that Christians did not need to pay attention to Torah; Torah was for the Jews. Like Jesus.

I submit that Christians never had this world in the first place. Adam and Eve were tossed out of the Garden of Eden. They did not leave, voluntarily.

We have borrowed this world, and like a 60s/70s Rock Band on tour, we tore up the hotel rooms and threw televisions out of the windows. Like the criminals who tore up the Capitol Building on January 6th. They left excrement on the walls and floors, and a large contingency in the Halls of Congress refuse to admit this deadly demonstration of American resolve in 2021 ever occurred.

Humans have turned Planet Earth into an excremental nightmare. Like teenagers, humans need to learn to clean up their mess.

Dec 13, 2019 [CNN]  On Thursday morning, the President of the United States sent a tweet to his 60+ million followers blasting a 16-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome who has rallied efforts at fighting climate change around the globe. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend!” Trump wrote of teenage climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg. “Chill Greta, Chill!”

In her speech before the U.N., she noted world leaders have “stolen my dreams, my childhood, with your empty words.” She noted that “we are in the beginning of a mass extinction;” and asked, “How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions?” Trump’s comment is meant to undermine the very thing that makes Thunberg an effective activist: the impassioned moral clarity with which she speaks about climate change.

The Galactic Core of the Milky Way

At the center of our Milky Way galaxy, threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields weave around each other to create a spectacular galactic display captured in a striking new panoramic image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

This new image of the Milky Way’s core builds on previous observations from Chandra and other observatories. These newest observations stretch higher above and farther below our galaxy’s plane, or the disk where most of the Milky Way’s stars can be found, than previous imaging efforts have achieved…

The Strange World of the Future

Somehow, the human race cannot translate the technological accomplishments of the 21st Century into making a better society. We can view the center of the galaxy we travel within—a presently impossible distance to travel. And we cannot stop destroying this world.

The image above, for me, is a representation of what we could become. The Creator of the Universe is probably still Creating. Alpha Centauri is the closest star system and closest planetary system to Earth’s Solar System at 4.37 light-years from the Sun. I don’t know that we will ever know what Creator created there, 5 years ago.

The first law of thermodynamics states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another but can be neither created nor destroyed.

Think about this.

You are a brain with a body. All of you that is, your body, your ideas, your dreams, these happen in your brain. Your body provides transportation and nourishment to your brain. You theoretically are reading this on something that looks like a piece of paper. You do not have a screen in your brain. You cannot see a piece of digital paper. It’s all ones and zeroes translated into machine language. The light contacting the retinas of your eyes sends an electrochemical signals to nerve centers in your brain. What you are reading is a scientifically created illusion.

Take it a step further. Suppose that our current scientific understanding of the brain is missing what I believe is the key element: you are Energy. According to the first law of thermodynamics, you can be transformed; but cannot be destroyed. There is a YOU that is crafted by Creator and exists outside of our limited understanding of Life. I use the word ‘soul’ as many other people do. There are people who do not believe that the Soul exists because there is no evidence to prove it.

I have been following the Faith Walk, the Spirit Walk for 48 years. I cannot prove the existence of the Soul, but lack of proof does not mean lack of existence. The biggest problem I’ve had with my Faith Walk is religion. I have served in a variety of capacities in a number of denominations, and I am continually amazed at how people can take a few sentences out of their context, and then build a religious belief. I have also learned that I cannot change the minds of people whose minds are closed. The most I can do is provide an environment where change can occur, when someone wants to change.

You can be transformed; but cannot be destroyed.

This messes with the religious beliefs of many people.

I can’t help that.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope

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