• Make America Greta Again
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/30/make-america-greta-again
    Tom Engelhardt

    Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly collapsed. Which tells you one thing: I'm not 16 years old like Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who almost singlehandedly roused a sleeping planet and is now described as “the Joan of Arc of climate change.” Nor am I the age of just about any of the demonstrators I stopped to chat with that afternoon, however briefly, while madly scribbling down their inventive protest signs in a little notebook.

    But don’t think I was out of place either. After all, the kids had called on adults to turn out that day and offer them some support. They understandably wanted to know that someone -- other than themselves (and a bunch of scientists) -- was truly paying attention to the global toilet down which their future was headed. I’m 75 and proud to say that I was walking that Friday with three friends, two of whom were older than me, amid vast crowds of enthusiastic, drum-beating, guitar-playing, chanting, shouting, climate-striking kids and their supporters of every age and hue. The streets of downtown Manhattan Island were so packed that sometimes, in the blazing sun of that September afternoon, we were barely inching along.

    It was impressive, exuberant, and, yes, let me say it again, exhausting. And that sun, beautiful as it was, didn’t help at all. At one point, I was so warm that I even stripped down to my T-shirt. I have to admit, though, that I felt that orb was shining so brightly at the behest of those young school strikers to make a point about what planet we were now on. It was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during that march, which fortunately was to a park on the tip of Manhattan, not to somewhere in Jacobabad, Pakistan, now possibly the hottest city on Earth (and growing hotter by the year) with a temperature that only recently hit 124 degrees Fahrenheit.

    That night, back in my living room, I slumped on the sofa, pillows packed behind me, and turned on NBC Nightly News to watch anchor Lester Holt report on the breaking stories of that historic day in which climate strikers and their supporters had turned out in staggering numbers from distant Pacific islands to Africa, Europe, the Americas, and -- yes -- Antarctica. Even -- bless them -- a small group of young Afghans in that desperately embattled land was somehow still capable of thinking about the future of our planet and risked their lives to demonstrate! “I want to march because if I don't survive this war,” said Sarah Azizi, one of those Afghans, “at least I would have done something for the next generation that they can survive." (Where, though, were the Chinese demonstrators in a country that now releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other, though the U.S. remains by far the largest emitter in history?)

    Let me add one thing: I’m a religious viewer of Lester Holt or at least what I can take of his show (usually about 15 minutes or so). The reason? Because I feel it gives me a sense of what an aging slice of Americans take in as the “news” daily on our increasingly embattled planet. If you happen to be one of the striking school kids with a certain perspective on the adults who have gotten us into our present global fix, then you won’t be shocked to learn that those “Fridays for Future” global demonstrations proved to be the sixth story of the day on that broadcast. But hey, who can blame Lester Holt & Co? (“Tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air!”) After all, not far from Chicago, an SUV (“Breaking news! Shocking video!”) had busted ever so photogenically into a mall and rambled around for a while knocking things over (but hurting no one) before the driver was arrested. No comparison with millions of human beings going on strike over the heating of a planet on which life forms of every sort are in increasing jeopardy.

    Then, of course, there was story number two: the “deadly tour bus crash” in Utah (“Also breaking, the highway horror!”) that killed four people near a national park. Hey, no comparison with a planet going down. Then there was the obvious crucial third story of the night, the “surprise move” of football’s New England Patriots to drop Antonio Brown, “the superstar facing sexual misconduct allegations,” from their roster. Fourth came an actual weather emergency, “the growing disaster, a new round of relentless rain on the Texas coast, the catastrophic cutting-off of communities, the death toll rising!” And staggering downpours from Tropical Depression Imelda, 40 inches worth in the Houston area, were indeed news. Of course, Lester offered not the slightest hint, despite the demonstrations that day, that there might be any connection between the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history and climate change. And then, of course, there was Donald Trump. (“Allegations President Trump pressured Ukraine’s leader eight times in a single phone call to investigate the son of rival Joe Biden!”) He’s everywhere and would probably have been bitter, had he noticed, to come in a rare and distant fifth that night. He was expectably shown sitting in his usual lost-boy pose (hands between legs, leaning forward), denying that this latest “whistleblower firestorm” meant anything at all. And finally, sixth and truly last, at least in the introductory line-up of stories to come, was humanity’s “firestorm” and the children who, unlike the grown-ups of NBC Nightly News, actually grasp the importance of what’s happening to this planet and so many of the species on it, themselves included. (“...And walking out of class, millions of students demanding action on climate change...”)

    As I’ve written elsewhere, this sort of coverage is beginning to change as, in 2019, the climate crisis enters our world in a far more obvious way. Still, it’s fairly typical of how the grownups of this planet have acted in these years, typical of what initially upset Greta Thunberg. Admittedly, even that day and the next, there was far better coverage to be found in the mainstream media. The Guardian, for instance, impressively streamed climate-crisis news all day and, that evening, the PBS NewsHour made it at least a decently covered second story of the day (after, well, you-know-who and that secret whistleblower). Meanwhile, a new initiative launched by the Columbia Journalism Review and the Nation magazine to heighten coverage of the subject has already drawn at least 300 outlets globally as partners. (Even Lester Holt has begun giving it a little more attention.)

    And though it may not be timely enough, change is coming in polling, in the media, and elsewhere, and those children I saw marching in such profusion that day will indeed help make it happen. Opinion will continue to change in the heat of the oncoming moment, as in the end will governments, and that will matter, even if not as fast as would be either useful or advisable.

    "Don’t Be a Fossil Fool"

    Let me stop now and look back on that New York demonstration, more than a week gone, where, at one point, people all around me waving hand-made blue signs visibly meant to be ocean waves were chanting, “Sea levels are rising and so are we!”

    To understand what’s happening on this planet of ours from the bottom up, what our future might truly hold in a post-Trumpian world (that’s still a world), I wish you could have spent a little time, as I did that day, with those marchers. But I think there’s a way you still can. As I mentioned, I spent those hours, in part, feverishly jotting down what was written on the endless array of protest signs -- some held, some pasted onto or slung over shirts, some, in fact, actual T-shirts (“No More B[oil], Leave it in the ground”). Some had clearly been professionally printed up. (Perfect for the age of Trump, for instance: “The universe is made of protons, neutrons, electrons, and morons.”) Many were, as participants told me, not original but slogans found online and turned into personal expressions of feeling, often with plenty of decoration. That would, for instance, include the mock-Trumpian “Make America Greta Again” and “There Is No Plan[et] B. Green New Deal!”).

    Many of the signs were, however, clearly original, some done with ultimate care, others scrawled wildly. Some were profane (“Fuck Trump, the Earth is Dying!” from a 14-year-old boy or “Clean the Earth, it’s not Uranus”); some were starkly blunt (“Act now before the show is over”); some politically oriented (“We’re not red or blue, we’re green”); some pop-culturally on target (“Winter is not coming”); some wry (“Don’t be a Fossil Fool”); some politically of the moment (“Real science, Fake president,” “Less AC, More AOC”); some critiques of capitalism (“If we can save the banks, we can save the world,” “We can’t eat money, we can’t drink oil”); some wise (“The climate is changing, why aren’t we?”); some culturally sly (“#MeToo, said Mother Earth”); or clever indeed (“This sign is reusable, STOP AND THINK”).

    There were those two kids I ran into. The younger, a girl of 10, was carrying a homemade sign that said, “Dear Donald, Hate to break it to you, but climate change is real. XOXO Love, Earth”; her brother, 14, held up a two-word sign all his own that simply said, “Mulch Trump.” Touché! A college student’s sign read, “I am studying for a future that is being destroyed.” A 20-year-old woman held one that said, pungently enough in our present American universe, “Eco not Ego.”

    A boy, 8, was blunt: “Save our future.” An 11-year-old girl no less blunt: “If you won’t act like adults, we will.” A 10-year-old boy had written plaintively: “I’m too old 2 die,” while another, a year older, offered this mordant message: “I don’t want to live on Mars. I want to live in Manhattan 30 years from now.” Many signs were, in their own way, upbeat, but some were deeply dystopian as in one woman’s that said: “Don’t think of this summer as the HOTTEST summer in the last 125 years. Think of it as the coolest summer of the NEXT 125 years.”

    There was the woman with a sign that read “Science is not a liberal conspiracy.” When my friend congratulated her on it, she responded, “I wish I hadn’t been wearing this sign for seven years!” There was the woman carrying a sign that proclaimed, “Here for my son’s future.” Mounted on it was a photo of a bright-looking baby boy. When asked, she assured me with a smile that he was indeed her child whom she had given this line: “Mom, why didn’t you do more?”

    And if you don’t think this -- multiplied by millions across the planet -- is hopeful, despite heatmongers like Donald Trump and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro now being in power, think again.

    Let me assure you, I know what it feels like when a movement is ending, when you’re watching a nightmare as if in the rearview mirror, when people are ready to turn their backs on some horror and pretend it’s not happening. That was certainly what it felt like as the streets emptied of demonstrators in 2003 -- and there had indeed been millions of them across the planet then, too -- in the wake of the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. It will not, however, be as easy to turn away from climate change as it was from the Iraq War and its consequences (if, at least, you didn’t live in the Middle East).

    The new climate crisis movement is, I suspect, neither a flash in the pan (since global warming will ensure that our “pan” only gets hotter in the years to come), nor a movement about to die. It’s visibly a movement being born.

    There was the 63-year-old grandmother carrying a sign that said: “I want my granddaughter to have a future! She’s due on February 1, 2020.” My heart went out to her, because the afternoons I spend with my own grandson are the joys of my life. (He was marching elsewhere that day in a self-decorated T-shirt that said, "Plant more trees.") Yet there’s seldom one of those afternoons when, at some unexpected moment, my heart doesn’t suddenly sink as I think about the planet I’m leaving him on.

    So, even at my age, that march meant something deep and true to me. Just being there with those kids, a generation that will have to grow up amid fossil-fuelized nightmares whose sponsors, ranging from Big Energy companies to figures like Donald Trump, are intent on committing the greatest crime in human history. It’s certainly strange, not to say horrific, to have so many powerful men (and they are men) intent on quite literally heating this planet to the boiling point for their own profit, political and economic, and so obviously ready to say to hell with the rest of you, to hell with the future.

    So, yes, there’s always the possibility that civilization as we know it might be in the process of ending on this planet. But there’s another possibility as well, one lodged in the living hopes and dreams of all those kids across a world that is already, in a sense, beginning to burn. It’s the possibility that something else is beginning, too. And it’s never too late for something new. Increasing numbers of the young are now starting to make demands and, in the wake of that march, I have the feeling that the demanding won’t stop until they get at least some of what they want -- and the rest of us so desperately need.

    In the end, I’m with the eight-year-old boy who had clipped (quite literally) to the back of his T-shirt what may have been my favorite sign of the march. Begun by him but obviously partially written out by an adult at his inspiration (and then decorated by him), it said: “I’m not cleaning up my room until the grownups clean up the planet -- and I mean it!”

    As well he should!
    Make America Greta Again https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/30/make-america-greta-again Tom Engelhardt Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly collapsed. Which tells you one thing: I'm not 16 years old like Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who almost singlehandedly roused a sleeping planet and is now described as “the Joan of Arc of climate change.” Nor am I the age of just about any of the demonstrators I stopped to chat with that afternoon, however briefly, while madly scribbling down their inventive protest signs in a little notebook. But don’t think I was out of place either. After all, the kids had called on adults to turn out that day and offer them some support. They understandably wanted to know that someone -- other than themselves (and a bunch of scientists) -- was truly paying attention to the global toilet down which their future was headed. I’m 75 and proud to say that I was walking that Friday with three friends, two of whom were older than me, amid vast crowds of enthusiastic, drum-beating, guitar-playing, chanting, shouting, climate-striking kids and their supporters of every age and hue. The streets of downtown Manhattan Island were so packed that sometimes, in the blazing sun of that September afternoon, we were barely inching along. It was impressive, exuberant, and, yes, let me say it again, exhausting. And that sun, beautiful as it was, didn’t help at all. At one point, I was so warm that I even stripped down to my T-shirt. I have to admit, though, that I felt that orb was shining so brightly at the behest of those young school strikers to make a point about what planet we were now on. It was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during that march, which fortunately was to a park on the tip of Manhattan, not to somewhere in Jacobabad, Pakistan, now possibly the hottest city on Earth (and growing hotter by the year) with a temperature that only recently hit 124 degrees Fahrenheit. That night, back in my living room, I slumped on the sofa, pillows packed behind me, and turned on NBC Nightly News to watch anchor Lester Holt report on the breaking stories of that historic day in which climate strikers and their supporters had turned out in staggering numbers from distant Pacific islands to Africa, Europe, the Americas, and -- yes -- Antarctica. Even -- bless them -- a small group of young Afghans in that desperately embattled land was somehow still capable of thinking about the future of our planet and risked their lives to demonstrate! “I want to march because if I don't survive this war,” said Sarah Azizi, one of those Afghans, “at least I would have done something for the next generation that they can survive." (Where, though, were the Chinese demonstrators in a country that now releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other, though the U.S. remains by far the largest emitter in history?) Let me add one thing: I’m a religious viewer of Lester Holt or at least what I can take of his show (usually about 15 minutes or so). The reason? Because I feel it gives me a sense of what an aging slice of Americans take in as the “news” daily on our increasingly embattled planet. If you happen to be one of the striking school kids with a certain perspective on the adults who have gotten us into our present global fix, then you won’t be shocked to learn that those “Fridays for Future” global demonstrations proved to be the sixth story of the day on that broadcast. But hey, who can blame Lester Holt & Co? (“Tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air!”) After all, not far from Chicago, an SUV (“Breaking news! Shocking video!”) had busted ever so photogenically into a mall and rambled around for a while knocking things over (but hurting no one) before the driver was arrested. No comparison with millions of human beings going on strike over the heating of a planet on which life forms of every sort are in increasing jeopardy. Then, of course, there was story number two: the “deadly tour bus crash” in Utah (“Also breaking, the highway horror!”) that killed four people near a national park. Hey, no comparison with a planet going down. Then there was the obvious crucial third story of the night, the “surprise move” of football’s New England Patriots to drop Antonio Brown, “the superstar facing sexual misconduct allegations,” from their roster. Fourth came an actual weather emergency, “the growing disaster, a new round of relentless rain on the Texas coast, the catastrophic cutting-off of communities, the death toll rising!” And staggering downpours from Tropical Depression Imelda, 40 inches worth in the Houston area, were indeed news. Of course, Lester offered not the slightest hint, despite the demonstrations that day, that there might be any connection between the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history and climate change. And then, of course, there was Donald Trump. (“Allegations President Trump pressured Ukraine’s leader eight times in a single phone call to investigate the son of rival Joe Biden!”) He’s everywhere and would probably have been bitter, had he noticed, to come in a rare and distant fifth that night. He was expectably shown sitting in his usual lost-boy pose (hands between legs, leaning forward), denying that this latest “whistleblower firestorm” meant anything at all. And finally, sixth and truly last, at least in the introductory line-up of stories to come, was humanity’s “firestorm” and the children who, unlike the grown-ups of NBC Nightly News, actually grasp the importance of what’s happening to this planet and so many of the species on it, themselves included. (“...And walking out of class, millions of students demanding action on climate change...”) As I’ve written elsewhere, this sort of coverage is beginning to change as, in 2019, the climate crisis enters our world in a far more obvious way. Still, it’s fairly typical of how the grownups of this planet have acted in these years, typical of what initially upset Greta Thunberg. Admittedly, even that day and the next, there was far better coverage to be found in the mainstream media. The Guardian, for instance, impressively streamed climate-crisis news all day and, that evening, the PBS NewsHour made it at least a decently covered second story of the day (after, well, you-know-who and that secret whistleblower). Meanwhile, a new initiative launched by the Columbia Journalism Review and the Nation magazine to heighten coverage of the subject has already drawn at least 300 outlets globally as partners. (Even Lester Holt has begun giving it a little more attention.) And though it may not be timely enough, change is coming in polling, in the media, and elsewhere, and those children I saw marching in such profusion that day will indeed help make it happen. Opinion will continue to change in the heat of the oncoming moment, as in the end will governments, and that will matter, even if not as fast as would be either useful or advisable. "Don’t Be a Fossil Fool" Let me stop now and look back on that New York demonstration, more than a week gone, where, at one point, people all around me waving hand-made blue signs visibly meant to be ocean waves were chanting, “Sea levels are rising and so are we!” To understand what’s happening on this planet of ours from the bottom up, what our future might truly hold in a post-Trumpian world (that’s still a world), I wish you could have spent a little time, as I did that day, with those marchers. But I think there’s a way you still can. As I mentioned, I spent those hours, in part, feverishly jotting down what was written on the endless array of protest signs -- some held, some pasted onto or slung over shirts, some, in fact, actual T-shirts (“No More B[oil], Leave it in the ground”). Some had clearly been professionally printed up. (Perfect for the age of Trump, for instance: “The universe is made of protons, neutrons, electrons, and morons.”) Many were, as participants told me, not original but slogans found online and turned into personal expressions of feeling, often with plenty of decoration. That would, for instance, include the mock-Trumpian “Make America Greta Again” and “There Is No Plan[et] B. Green New Deal!”). Many of the signs were, however, clearly original, some done with ultimate care, others scrawled wildly. Some were profane (“Fuck Trump, the Earth is Dying!” from a 14-year-old boy or “Clean the Earth, it’s not Uranus”); some were starkly blunt (“Act now before the show is over”); some politically oriented (“We’re not red or blue, we’re green”); some pop-culturally on target (“Winter is not coming”); some wry (“Don’t be a Fossil Fool”); some politically of the moment (“Real science, Fake president,” “Less AC, More AOC”); some critiques of capitalism (“If we can save the banks, we can save the world,” “We can’t eat money, we can’t drink oil”); some wise (“The climate is changing, why aren’t we?”); some culturally sly (“#MeToo, said Mother Earth”); or clever indeed (“This sign is reusable, STOP AND THINK”). There were those two kids I ran into. The younger, a girl of 10, was carrying a homemade sign that said, “Dear Donald, Hate to break it to you, but climate change is real. XOXO Love, Earth”; her brother, 14, held up a two-word sign all his own that simply said, “Mulch Trump.” Touché! A college student’s sign read, “I am studying for a future that is being destroyed.” A 20-year-old woman held one that said, pungently enough in our present American universe, “Eco not Ego.” A boy, 8, was blunt: “Save our future.” An 11-year-old girl no less blunt: “If you won’t act like adults, we will.” A 10-year-old boy had written plaintively: “I’m too old 2 die,” while another, a year older, offered this mordant message: “I don’t want to live on Mars. I want to live in Manhattan 30 years from now.” Many signs were, in their own way, upbeat, but some were deeply dystopian as in one woman’s that said: “Don’t think of this summer as the HOTTEST summer in the last 125 years. Think of it as the coolest summer of the NEXT 125 years.” There was the woman with a sign that read “Science is not a liberal conspiracy.” When my friend congratulated her on it, she responded, “I wish I hadn’t been wearing this sign for seven years!” There was the woman carrying a sign that proclaimed, “Here for my son’s future.” Mounted on it was a photo of a bright-looking baby boy. When asked, she assured me with a smile that he was indeed her child whom she had given this line: “Mom, why didn’t you do more?” And if you don’t think this -- multiplied by millions across the planet -- is hopeful, despite heatmongers like Donald Trump and Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro now being in power, think again. Let me assure you, I know what it feels like when a movement is ending, when you’re watching a nightmare as if in the rearview mirror, when people are ready to turn their backs on some horror and pretend it’s not happening. That was certainly what it felt like as the streets emptied of demonstrators in 2003 -- and there had indeed been millions of them across the planet then, too -- in the wake of the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. It will not, however, be as easy to turn away from climate change as it was from the Iraq War and its consequences (if, at least, you didn’t live in the Middle East). The new climate crisis movement is, I suspect, neither a flash in the pan (since global warming will ensure that our “pan” only gets hotter in the years to come), nor a movement about to die. It’s visibly a movement being born. There was the 63-year-old grandmother carrying a sign that said: “I want my granddaughter to have a future! She’s due on February 1, 2020.” My heart went out to her, because the afternoons I spend with my own grandson are the joys of my life. (He was marching elsewhere that day in a self-decorated T-shirt that said, "Plant more trees.") Yet there’s seldom one of those afternoons when, at some unexpected moment, my heart doesn’t suddenly sink as I think about the planet I’m leaving him on. So, even at my age, that march meant something deep and true to me. Just being there with those kids, a generation that will have to grow up amid fossil-fuelized nightmares whose sponsors, ranging from Big Energy companies to figures like Donald Trump, are intent on committing the greatest crime in human history. It’s certainly strange, not to say horrific, to have so many powerful men (and they are men) intent on quite literally heating this planet to the boiling point for their own profit, political and economic, and so obviously ready to say to hell with the rest of you, to hell with the future. So, yes, there’s always the possibility that civilization as we know it might be in the process of ending on this planet. But there’s another possibility as well, one lodged in the living hopes and dreams of all those kids across a world that is already, in a sense, beginning to burn. It’s the possibility that something else is beginning, too. And it’s never too late for something new. Increasing numbers of the young are now starting to make demands and, in the wake of that march, I have the feeling that the demanding won’t stop until they get at least some of what they want -- and the rest of us so desperately need. In the end, I’m with the eight-year-old boy who had clipped (quite literally) to the back of his T-shirt what may have been my favorite sign of the march. Begun by him but obviously partially written out by an adult at his inspiration (and then decorated by him), it said: “I’m not cleaning up my room until the grownups clean up the planet -- and I mean it!” As well he should!
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  • On the Malicious and Scientifically Illiterate Bullies Afraid of Greta Thunberg
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/02/malicious-and-scientifically-illiterate-bullies-afraid-greta-thunberg
    Andrew Mitrovica

    It was, in a subtle way, a defining moment.

    After a 15-day trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Thunberg looked exhausted. Still, the 16-year-old climate change activist knew she had to talk about the meaning and purpose of her unorthodox journey with supporters who greeted her on an overcast New York shoreline.

    Predictably, the tired, petite Swedish schoolgirl faltered, losing her train of thought briefly before apologising. "I'm sorry," she said, "my brain is not working correctly."

    The crowd applauded. Energised by the encouragement, Thunberg finished her short speech, where she urged the rest of us to "work together, despite our differences" to avert "the biggest crisis humanity has faced … because, otherwise, it might be too late. Let's not wait any longer. Let's do it now."

    For me, that distinctly human moment crystalised the appeal of Thunberg—a young woman who, distressed at the world's inexorable destruction, was moved to do something about it. Alone, if necessary.

    In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world."

    She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery.

    In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world."

    Of course, the marauding swarm of vitriolic right-wing climate-change deniers see Thunberg—not how the prophetic Zinn envisioned her—but as a tiny, pretentious zealot who threatens the existing order. Their order. Their comforts. Their traditional "way of life".

    De rigueur, they have set out to discredit and, if possible, to destroy Thunberg with their, by now, familiar and crass modus operandi.

    They have mocked her. They have belittled her. They have denigrated her. They have insulted her. They have dismissed her. They have questioned her motives. They have suggested she is anti-democratic. They have, in the fetid recesses of the internet, even threatened her.

    To afford all their fuming, sophomoric attacks the imprimatur of seriousness, they insist—as they always do—that they are the implacable realists, who, unlike starry-eyed leftists, aren't duped by the media's veneration of a youngster peddling doom and gloom over the supposedly still-contested science about whether the end is nigh or not.

    They would, no doubt, recoil at any suggestion that their furious hostility towards Thunberg is also the product of a calcifying cynicism, seething malevolence or signature cruelty.

    Rather, they insist, it is an expression of their necessary role as sceptics or contrarians in the noble tradition of their philosophical patron saint in name only, Galileo, who also questioned the prevailing scientific orthodoxy.

    It is a lie and an insult. They aren't "sceptics" or "contrarians". They are scientifically illiterate bullies who amplify their malice and ignorance with a bullhorn on TV or keyboard on Twitter.

    They share no intellectual affinity with Galileo. None. Bereft of an argument that could remotely be considered empirically or rationally sound, they traffic in hyperbole and smears designed to pummel Thunberg into an inconsequential afterthought.

    The teenage revolutionary must be stopped before the climate revolution she leads goes beyond their ability to halt it.

    Consider what the Australian columnist, Andrew Bolt, had to say about her.

    "No teenager is more freakishly influential than Thunberg, the deeply disturbed messiah of the global warming movement," he wrote. "I have never seen a girl so young and with so many mental disorders treated by so many adults as a guru."

    Not done calling her a freak and disturbed, Bolt invoked Thunberg's reported past eating disorder, emotional and psychological struggles and autism as a cudgel against her.

    I defer to psychologists to discern the pathology that would prompt such viciousness. But Bolt's fear of the Thunberg phenomenon is plain. She is prevailing. He is losing. She is being heard, while he shouts obscenities. She grows more relevant by the day, while he slips further into irrelevancy and hysteria.

    When the predictable character assassination of a teenager gambit fails, it's time to raise "questions" about who or what powerful forces may be acting as Svengalis exploiting a vulnerable, damaged "child" for their parochial aims and possible profit.

    "Is Thunberg a green prophet or a schoolgirl puppet controlled by more sinister forces behind her?" the always temperate London-based The Sun newspaper asked, rhetorically.

    Using innuendo and recycled drivel, The Sun claimed a "naive" Thunberg was being manipulated by her "fame-hungry" mother and "energy giants".

    Like the paper itself, it is all empty conjecture designed to undermine Thunberg's legitimacy and authenticity and her just cause. It will not work because, clearly, she is no one's marionette.

    The irrational, absurd assaults on Thunberg's personality and motives aren't the exclusive preserve of the rancid tabloid press.

    Indeed, The New York Times newspaper permitted one journalist, Christopher Caldwell, to argue that Thunberg's appeals for immediate action are, incredibly, "in conflict with democracy".

    "Ms Thunberg believes that we should act, not argue," Caldwell wrote in his missive, oozing with condescension about her lack of life experience, "crude language", "unrealistic" world view, and "out of balance" priorities.

    While simultaneously acknowledging that the "authorities" agree with Thunberg that the climate crisis constitutes an "emergency", Caldwell claims that the youthful Swede is only interested in "sowing panic" and "simplification".

    His cockeyed prescription: more patience. "Democracy calls for waiting and seeing."

    [Thunberg] is the personification of the democratic impulse, not the antithesis of it.
    This is climate change denialism with the patina of gravitas.

    Thunberg, like the overwhelming scientific consensus she is intimately familiar with, is loud and clear on this urgent imperative: The time for waiting and seeing was over long ago.

    Patience, in this pressing context, is not a virtue, it is an abdication of responsibility.

    Thunberg has deployed every democratic tool at her imaginative disposal to make this salient point again and again. She is the personification of the democratic impulse, not the antithesis of it.

    So, I join millions of other global citizens who have been humbled, inspired and stirred by Thunberg's steely steadfastness in the face of the often-repellent locusts who come to bury her, not to praise her.

    Here's looking at you, kid.
    On the Malicious and Scientifically Illiterate Bullies Afraid of Greta Thunberg https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/02/malicious-and-scientifically-illiterate-bullies-afraid-greta-thunberg Andrew Mitrovica It was, in a subtle way, a defining moment. After a 15-day trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Thunberg looked exhausted. Still, the 16-year-old climate change activist knew she had to talk about the meaning and purpose of her unorthodox journey with supporters who greeted her on an overcast New York shoreline. Predictably, the tired, petite Swedish schoolgirl faltered, losing her train of thought briefly before apologising. "I'm sorry," she said, "my brain is not working correctly." The crowd applauded. Energised by the encouragement, Thunberg finished her short speech, where she urged the rest of us to "work together, despite our differences" to avert "the biggest crisis humanity has faced … because, otherwise, it might be too late. Let's not wait any longer. Let's do it now." For me, that distinctly human moment crystalised the appeal of Thunberg—a young woman who, distressed at the world's inexorable destruction, was moved to do something about it. Alone, if necessary. In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world." She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery. In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world." Of course, the marauding swarm of vitriolic right-wing climate-change deniers see Thunberg—not how the prophetic Zinn envisioned her—but as a tiny, pretentious zealot who threatens the existing order. Their order. Their comforts. Their traditional "way of life". De rigueur, they have set out to discredit and, if possible, to destroy Thunberg with their, by now, familiar and crass modus operandi. They have mocked her. They have belittled her. They have denigrated her. They have insulted her. They have dismissed her. They have questioned her motives. They have suggested she is anti-democratic. They have, in the fetid recesses of the internet, even threatened her. To afford all their fuming, sophomoric attacks the imprimatur of seriousness, they insist—as they always do—that they are the implacable realists, who, unlike starry-eyed leftists, aren't duped by the media's veneration of a youngster peddling doom and gloom over the supposedly still-contested science about whether the end is nigh or not. They would, no doubt, recoil at any suggestion that their furious hostility towards Thunberg is also the product of a calcifying cynicism, seething malevolence or signature cruelty. Rather, they insist, it is an expression of their necessary role as sceptics or contrarians in the noble tradition of their philosophical patron saint in name only, Galileo, who also questioned the prevailing scientific orthodoxy. It is a lie and an insult. They aren't "sceptics" or "contrarians". They are scientifically illiterate bullies who amplify their malice and ignorance with a bullhorn on TV or keyboard on Twitter. They share no intellectual affinity with Galileo. None. Bereft of an argument that could remotely be considered empirically or rationally sound, they traffic in hyperbole and smears designed to pummel Thunberg into an inconsequential afterthought. The teenage revolutionary must be stopped before the climate revolution she leads goes beyond their ability to halt it. Consider what the Australian columnist, Andrew Bolt, had to say about her. "No teenager is more freakishly influential than Thunberg, the deeply disturbed messiah of the global warming movement," he wrote. "I have never seen a girl so young and with so many mental disorders treated by so many adults as a guru." Not done calling her a freak and disturbed, Bolt invoked Thunberg's reported past eating disorder, emotional and psychological struggles and autism as a cudgel against her. I defer to psychologists to discern the pathology that would prompt such viciousness. But Bolt's fear of the Thunberg phenomenon is plain. She is prevailing. He is losing. She is being heard, while he shouts obscenities. She grows more relevant by the day, while he slips further into irrelevancy and hysteria. When the predictable character assassination of a teenager gambit fails, it's time to raise "questions" about who or what powerful forces may be acting as Svengalis exploiting a vulnerable, damaged "child" for their parochial aims and possible profit. "Is Thunberg a green prophet or a schoolgirl puppet controlled by more sinister forces behind her?" the always temperate London-based The Sun newspaper asked, rhetorically. Using innuendo and recycled drivel, The Sun claimed a "naive" Thunberg was being manipulated by her "fame-hungry" mother and "energy giants". Like the paper itself, it is all empty conjecture designed to undermine Thunberg's legitimacy and authenticity and her just cause. It will not work because, clearly, she is no one's marionette. The irrational, absurd assaults on Thunberg's personality and motives aren't the exclusive preserve of the rancid tabloid press. Indeed, The New York Times newspaper permitted one journalist, Christopher Caldwell, to argue that Thunberg's appeals for immediate action are, incredibly, "in conflict with democracy". "Ms Thunberg believes that we should act, not argue," Caldwell wrote in his missive, oozing with condescension about her lack of life experience, "crude language", "unrealistic" world view, and "out of balance" priorities. While simultaneously acknowledging that the "authorities" agree with Thunberg that the climate crisis constitutes an "emergency", Caldwell claims that the youthful Swede is only interested in "sowing panic" and "simplification". His cockeyed prescription: more patience. "Democracy calls for waiting and seeing." [Thunberg] is the personification of the democratic impulse, not the antithesis of it. This is climate change denialism with the patina of gravitas. Thunberg, like the overwhelming scientific consensus she is intimately familiar with, is loud and clear on this urgent imperative: The time for waiting and seeing was over long ago. Patience, in this pressing context, is not a virtue, it is an abdication of responsibility. Thunberg has deployed every democratic tool at her imaginative disposal to make this salient point again and again. She is the personification of the democratic impulse, not the antithesis of it. So, I join millions of other global citizens who have been humbled, inspired and stirred by Thunberg's steely steadfastness in the face of the often-repellent locusts who come to bury her, not to praise her. Here's looking at you, kid.
    On the Malicious and Scientifically Illiterate Bullies Afraid of Greta Thunberg
    As the world starts to take note of the teen climate activist, her critics have launched increasingly personal attacks... It was, in a subtle way, a defining moment.After a 15-day trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Thunberg looked exhausted. Still, the 16-year-old climate change activist knew she had to talk about the meaning and purpose of her unorthodox journey with supporters who greeted her on an overcast New York shoreline.
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  • Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have
    Jon Queally, staff writer

    Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her.

    "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will."

    Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!
    I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower
    View image on Twitter
    4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019

    "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before."

    In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes:

    She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery.

    In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world."

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis.

    Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema
    16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump.

    There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal
    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696
    11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019

    Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically."

    But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency.

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us.
    The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080

    Fridays For Future India
    @fridays_india
    You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19!

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080
    12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
    Attacks on Greta Thunberg, Say Allies, Show Just How 'Terrified' Reactionary Forces Have Become of Global Climate Movement https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/02/attacks-greta-thunberg-say-allies-show-just-how-terrified-reactionary-forces-have Jon Queally, staff writer Champions of Greta Thunberg—and the 16-year-old climate activist herself—hit back against malicious right-wing bullies over the weekend as she called her Asperger's syndrome diagnosis a "superpower" and her defenders said there is but one reason that people attack the person who has galvanized the global climate strike movement: they are afraid of her. "The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent and compassionate 16 year old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth." —Owen Jones"The bile thrown at Greta Thunberg is motivated by one thing alone: this incredibly intelligent, eloquent, and compassionate 16-year-old has terrified some of the most hateful and reactionary so-called 'grown ups' on earth," said British political columnist activist Owen Jones. "She's achieved more [at age] 16 than they ever will." Following her recent arrival in the United States to attend rallies outside the United Nations and promote a week of international climate strike actions, taking place from Sept. 20 - 27, Thunberg on Saturday suggested that a fresh wave of criticism directed at her from climate science denialists and right-wingers—including those mocking her Asperger's diagnosis—exposes much more about them than her. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower View image on Twitter 4:44 PM - Aug 31, 2019 "I'm not public about my diagnosis to 'hide' behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an 'illness', or something negative," Thunberg added. "And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before." In a column on Al-Jazeera English published Monday, writer Andrew Mitrovica came to the defense of Thunberg as he referred to those attacking her as "scientifically illiterate bullies." According to Mitrovica, agreeing with Jones, it is Thunberg's attributes—including her fearlessness and abilility to speak and act so matter-of-factly—that makes hers such a potent voice. He writes: She disdains celebrity. She makes no claim to heroism. She rebuffs efforts to idolise her. She isn't calculating or preoccupied with fame or ego. There is no artifice about her. She speaks plainly, without affectation or embroidery. In words and deeds, Thunberg is the embodiment of philosopher Howard Zinn's admonition: "We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world." Meanwhile, in an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News, Thunberg said she has nothing to say to people who refuse to believe in the scientific warnings about the climate crisis. Mike Hudema ✔ @MikeHudema 16-year-old climate activist @GretaThunberg says she “has nothing to say” to people who don’t believe in climate change - including President Trump. There is no time to waste, there is no planet B. #ActOnClimate #GreenNewDeal Embedded video: https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/1168565400239517696 11:44 AM - Sep 2, 2019 Asked if there was still time to address the planetary emergency, Thunberg said, "Yes, we do. We still have time. But that time will not last for long so we need to something now and we need to do it quickly and we need to do it drastically." But while part of Thunberg's story lends itself to the notion that "one person can make a difference," she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency. Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg On Friday the 20th and 27th of September we will strike again for the right to a future. But we can’t do it alone. To really make a difference we need the adults to join us. The children in India leads the way!! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 … Fridays For Future India @fridays_india You are our voice @GretaThunberg & we the children of #India will echo your voice LOUD & CLEAR till it is heard...Striking together on 20th September’19! Embedded video: https://twitter.com/fridays_india/status/1168177177281454080 12:50 PM - Sep 1, 20
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  • #Divine #Math #Busy #TimeManagement
    May 17 “But #Martha was #distracted by all the #preparations that had to be made.” #Luke 10:40
    Listen to #todaysDevotional

    Far #tooOften we #relate to Martha and feel that we are #tooBusy to #takeTime to #pray. But I have found that something #supernatural happens the #moment you #spendTime in your #Bible and in #prayer.

    Just as #Jesus took the #loaves and #fish and #multiplied them, He can #multiply the #time we spend with Him. Try it.


    Spend #qualityTime with #God, and see how He will #extendYourDay. Your #mind will be #clearer and you will #accomplishMore. God takes the #timeWeSpend with Him and multiplies it to help us meet the #challenges of the #day. https://mailchi.mp/d298ee7d4a05/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-452373?e=9cbe669f39 #JesusChrist #Christ #YHWH #Yeshuah #Jehovah #Lord #AlmightyGod #OneTrueGod #Bible #Scripture #BibleStudy #dailyinspiration #promise #success #inspiration #motivation #motivationalquote #victory #dailymotivation #overcome #facts #life #lifestyle #christian #LifeHack #QualityOfLife #QualityLife
    #Divine #Math #Busy #TimeManagement May 17 “But #Martha was #distracted by all the #preparations that had to be made.” #Luke 10:40 Listen to #todaysDevotional Far #tooOften we #relate to Martha and feel that we are #tooBusy to #takeTime to #pray. But I have found that something #supernatural happens the #moment you #spendTime in your #Bible and in #prayer. Just as #Jesus took the #loaves and #fish and #multiplied them, He can #multiply the #time we spend with Him. Try it. Spend #qualityTime with #God, and see how He will #extendYourDay. Your #mind will be #clearer and you will #accomplishMore. God takes the #timeWeSpend with Him and multiplies it to help us meet the #challenges of the #day. https://mailchi.mp/d298ee7d4a05/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-452373?e=9cbe669f39 #JesusChrist #Christ #YHWH #Yeshuah #Jehovah #Lord #AlmightyGod #OneTrueGod #Bible #Scripture #BibleStudy #dailyinspiration #promise #success #inspiration #motivation #motivationalquote #victory #dailymotivation #overcome #facts #life #lifestyle #christian #LifeHack #QualityOfLife #QualityLife
    Divine Math
    God multiplies the time we spend with Him.
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  • MAY ENERGY UPDATES


    Wesak May 19, 2019

    Wesak is one of my favorite times of year, I just love the blending of the Buddha and the Christ with Quan Yin being a chickie buffer in-between them, these are 3 of my favorite spiritual energies. When they come together is it very soft and powerful and every cell of the body can feel the holy dispensations.

    Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth/ enlightenment /& death. According to ancient beliefs, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of Taurus. The Buddha returns at this time each year to bring a new Light to the world. Spiritual leaders from all dimensions and times gather in Wesak Valley, high in the Himalayas.

    Wesak is the time in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the healing forces of Shamballa, and The Buddha. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of Divine purpose. The Christ represents Gods promise and unending Love for humanity. The Wesak is like a holy pitcher pouring out a blessed healing elixir.

    Humanity is in a place of learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal, deep into the proverbial rabbit hole. It is time to change the description of what once defined thought. A call to duty is announced to all that are willing to expand. Without playing favoritism with any particular side of creation, exchange the cross for the crown. Encircling what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your "t's". Any and all limitations are the source of your power. Any darkness you battle can be a source of power if transformed from lead into gold. What stretches you comes from all sources. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, You must rely only upon your own intuition to move forward.

    As a singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone. By seeing the existing blessings in your transformative lives you will create a connection for this wave of blessedness to adhere to. The more thoughts you have of blessing what is in your life right now the more energy is generated, and the easier the new connection will be made. Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude beckon this wave of blessedness; thoughts of negativity repel it. The fruits of all past labors of life and love can be now tasted and supped upon. What was once thought to be lost is found within ones very life. Energy spent in helping others was placed into a universal account that has accrued to mighty proportions. Nothing was ever lost or wasted or tossed away in thoughts intentions, actions of goodness and kindness.

    All actions of inherent good have been counted and accounted for by the universal abacus. All time spent in prayer and kind thoughts for others has been exponentially expanded and multiplied beyond earth's ability to count. A great amount of heavenly rewards finds itself on the road to the masses. Fractals restructure themselves into different patterns of thought as the light within the unexpected and unexplained is turned up so high that even the 3 blind mice can see. You are leaving the energy of what has so distracted you and moving into a place of sharp focus. Chose to see all or nothing, do not turn a blind 3rd eye to any possibility


    I am the Light of Quan Yin

    Quan Yin is such a beautiful expression of the Divine Mother. She is known as the Great goddess and Mother of Compassion and Mercy, and is loved and revered throughout the world no matter religious beliefs . Mercy means there is more assistance given through love than through earned Merit. Kwan Yin is associated with the earth, fertility, birth, and healing. She has brought forth the energies of Magnified Healing. Quan Yin the Goddess of Compassion is often depicted riding on a dragon. She is the eastern counterpart of Mother Mary, she works to balance the feminine energies. She is one of the Lords of Karma representing the sixth ray. Isis carried the same 'mother energy' in Egypt.

    One of the several stories surrounding Quan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who through great love and sacrifice during her life on earth, earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. While standing before the gates of Paradise she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of eternal bliss, and dedicated herself to the hearts of the suffering. Following her ascension Kwan Yin made this pledge, "Never will I seek, nor receive, private individual salvation, never will I enter into final peace alone, but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence

    Quan Yin means ‘One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World’. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds. she who hears prayers. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. she is now also regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travelers. Quan Yin is depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful, white flowing robes, with a white hood gracefully draped over the top of the head and carrying a small upturned vase of holy dew. She stands tall and slender, a figure of infinite grace, her gently composed features conveying selflessness and compassion that have made her the favorite of all deities.

    I am the light of Quan Yin. I come on this day to escort you into mercy and blessings for you are truly a blessing to me. You stretch and dedicate yourself to walk upon the path of enlightenment, which is so often strewn with earthly dangers and physical pains. You are such blessings to me because you try so hard to fly above the earthly pain and suffering into a place you can see with the eyes of your soul.

    You are blessings to me because you continue to pray against all odds. You are my blessings and I come to help you remember the sacred contract that you have made with your body, with your mind, and with your spirit. For the trinity of you is so very Holy. You house the very universe in your physical body. In the time of Wesak when the Buddha and the Christ came together they will not separate their dispensations and heavenly gifts but will become as One, merging transfiguring and shifting, together.

    The Buddha will hold the vibrations of the Christ and the Christ will hold the vibrations of the Buddha. As you merge with them vibrationally you will become like sea water that has been in a jar too long and seeks the ocean. You are becoming, in the fluidness of your future. Allow yourself to be poured into new light assemblies stretching yourself beyond any prior limitations. This is a time for all of humanity to dispense with the contractions, to dispense with the fear, to dispense with anger. Both the Buddha and the Christ come and ask you to disband all that is toxic or negative, release it, and let it go. These Wesak dispensations come to you as cleansing bubbles that clear what has been hardened. Delete what keeps you less than. Dissolve with what keeps you from loving each another. Diffuse what keeps another from loving you. Stop using the excuses of your past to keep yourself powerless in the present. I am Quan Yin and you are my blessings.


    Fluid Creativity

    This power-filled summer will allow all of us the opportunity to align with all that was before known creation. This energy unveils itself in the form of pure undiluted universal possibility. The alpha and the omega and every atom in-between invite you to partake of their distinct truths. You are finally able to enter the ‘free flowing’ experience of all possibility. Learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal deep into space and time, takes its toll on your imagination, pushing you past any possible thoughts into the land of ‘fluid creativity.’ It is time to change the description of what once was thought to be possible and redefine that word. Like Dolly Parton said ”honey get off that cross someone needs the wood”, exchange the cross for the crown! Encircle what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your karma.

    You have finally come to the realization that your thoughts are the ‘source of your power.’ Any and all limitations are the ‘source of your power’. Any darkness you battle within can be the source of power, if transformed from lead into gold. This year issues a decree that you must become the Heroes. One who rises from battle over and over again and continues to move forward thru sheer will to do good. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, you must rely only upon your own instinct to move forward. As this singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone.
    MAY ENERGY UPDATES Wesak May 19, 2019 Wesak is one of my favorite times of year, I just love the blending of the Buddha and the Christ with Quan Yin being a chickie buffer in-between them, these are 3 of my favorite spiritual energies. When they come together is it very soft and powerful and every cell of the body can feel the holy dispensations. Wesak is the celebration of Buddha's birth/ enlightenment /& death. According to ancient beliefs, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of Taurus. The Buddha returns at this time each year to bring a new Light to the world. Spiritual leaders from all dimensions and times gather in Wesak Valley, high in the Himalayas. Wesak is the time in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the healing forces of Shamballa, and The Buddha. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of Divine purpose. The Christ represents Gods promise and unending Love for humanity. The Wesak is like a holy pitcher pouring out a blessed healing elixir. Humanity is in a place of learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal, deep into the proverbial rabbit hole. It is time to change the description of what once defined thought. A call to duty is announced to all that are willing to expand. Without playing favoritism with any particular side of creation, exchange the cross for the crown. Encircling what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your "t's". Any and all limitations are the source of your power. Any darkness you battle can be a source of power if transformed from lead into gold. What stretches you comes from all sources. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, You must rely only upon your own intuition to move forward. As a singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone. By seeing the existing blessings in your transformative lives you will create a connection for this wave of blessedness to adhere to. The more thoughts you have of blessing what is in your life right now the more energy is generated, and the easier the new connection will be made. Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude beckon this wave of blessedness; thoughts of negativity repel it. The fruits of all past labors of life and love can be now tasted and supped upon. What was once thought to be lost is found within ones very life. Energy spent in helping others was placed into a universal account that has accrued to mighty proportions. Nothing was ever lost or wasted or tossed away in thoughts intentions, actions of goodness and kindness. All actions of inherent good have been counted and accounted for by the universal abacus. All time spent in prayer and kind thoughts for others has been exponentially expanded and multiplied beyond earth's ability to count. A great amount of heavenly rewards finds itself on the road to the masses. Fractals restructure themselves into different patterns of thought as the light within the unexpected and unexplained is turned up so high that even the 3 blind mice can see. You are leaving the energy of what has so distracted you and moving into a place of sharp focus. Chose to see all or nothing, do not turn a blind 3rd eye to any possibility I am the Light of Quan Yin Quan Yin is such a beautiful expression of the Divine Mother. She is known as the Great goddess and Mother of Compassion and Mercy, and is loved and revered throughout the world no matter religious beliefs . Mercy means there is more assistance given through love than through earned Merit. Kwan Yin is associated with the earth, fertility, birth, and healing. She has brought forth the energies of Magnified Healing. Quan Yin the Goddess of Compassion is often depicted riding on a dragon. She is the eastern counterpart of Mother Mary, she works to balance the feminine energies. She is one of the Lords of Karma representing the sixth ray. Isis carried the same 'mother energy' in Egypt. One of the several stories surrounding Quan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who through great love and sacrifice during her life on earth, earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. While standing before the gates of Paradise she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of eternal bliss, and dedicated herself to the hearts of the suffering. Following her ascension Kwan Yin made this pledge, "Never will I seek, nor receive, private individual salvation, never will I enter into final peace alone, but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence Quan Yin means ‘One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World’. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds. she who hears prayers. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. she is now also regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travelers. Quan Yin is depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful, white flowing robes, with a white hood gracefully draped over the top of the head and carrying a small upturned vase of holy dew. She stands tall and slender, a figure of infinite grace, her gently composed features conveying selflessness and compassion that have made her the favorite of all deities. I am the light of Quan Yin. I come on this day to escort you into mercy and blessings for you are truly a blessing to me. You stretch and dedicate yourself to walk upon the path of enlightenment, which is so often strewn with earthly dangers and physical pains. You are such blessings to me because you try so hard to fly above the earthly pain and suffering into a place you can see with the eyes of your soul. You are blessings to me because you continue to pray against all odds. You are my blessings and I come to help you remember the sacred contract that you have made with your body, with your mind, and with your spirit. For the trinity of you is so very Holy. You house the very universe in your physical body. In the time of Wesak when the Buddha and the Christ came together they will not separate their dispensations and heavenly gifts but will become as One, merging transfiguring and shifting, together. The Buddha will hold the vibrations of the Christ and the Christ will hold the vibrations of the Buddha. As you merge with them vibrationally you will become like sea water that has been in a jar too long and seeks the ocean. You are becoming, in the fluidness of your future. Allow yourself to be poured into new light assemblies stretching yourself beyond any prior limitations. This is a time for all of humanity to dispense with the contractions, to dispense with the fear, to dispense with anger. Both the Buddha and the Christ come and ask you to disband all that is toxic or negative, release it, and let it go. These Wesak dispensations come to you as cleansing bubbles that clear what has been hardened. Delete what keeps you less than. Dissolve with what keeps you from loving each another. Diffuse what keeps another from loving you. Stop using the excuses of your past to keep yourself powerless in the present. I am Quan Yin and you are my blessings. Fluid Creativity This power-filled summer will allow all of us the opportunity to align with all that was before known creation. This energy unveils itself in the form of pure undiluted universal possibility. The alpha and the omega and every atom in-between invite you to partake of their distinct truths. You are finally able to enter the ‘free flowing’ experience of all possibility. Learning to truly see, to create, to make real by looking through the quantum portal deep into space and time, takes its toll on your imagination, pushing you past any possible thoughts into the land of ‘fluid creativity.’ It is time to change the description of what once was thought to be possible and redefine that word. Like Dolly Parton said ”honey get off that cross someone needs the wood”, exchange the cross for the crown! Encircle what you want with clear intention, dotting your "I AM's" and uncrossing your karma. You have finally come to the realization that your thoughts are the ‘source of your power.’ Any and all limitations are the ‘source of your power’. Any darkness you battle within can be the source of power, if transformed from lead into gold. This year issues a decree that you must become the Heroes. One who rises from battle over and over again and continues to move forward thru sheer will to do good. You have changed forever never to return to who you once were. You sit perched on a new branch of heart and light awaiting a signal of when it is safe to fly, neither sign, nor signal comes, you must rely only upon your own instinct to move forward. As this singularity you sit in a place of great power and sacredness; all that you do or do not do is created by you and you alone.
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  • Nicolai Levashov has created a special psi-field generator and placed it in his estate in France. He calls it the Source of Life. The generator is intended for influencing a given territory. The plants under its influence grow faster, give several abundant yields a year, have no diseases whatsoever. No fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides or any other chemical substances have been used. Here we share staggering results of this unprecedented experiment. Additional information and necessary explanation can be found in the articles of the series The Source of Life.

    Svetlana de Rohan-Levashov in her estate Here are the photographs taken by Svetlana de Rohan-Levashov, part of which was used in the articles. They are evidence of the unique results of the amazing experiment, eliminating any doubt in its authenticity and in the reality of happening events. The importance of these results for humanity is immense: they show that the productivity can be multiplied in times without soil exhaustion, there is no need to use any poisons, which for some reason we call fertilizers, there is no need to water and to protect plants from pests using other poisons, which kill not only pests, but also plants. The psi-generator influences the soil so that it gradually acquire the properties and qualities optimal for the needs of a specific plant. Changing the working program of the psi-generator, Nicolai Levashov changes the properties and qualities of plants so that they do not afraid of extreme weather conditions: frosts and droughts; and they give several harvests of truly ecological, delicious and health-giving fruits every year. The soil is not exhausted, but on the contrary, is constantly restored and improved. All this sounds like something unreal and imaginary, but everyone can personally see this fairy tale in reality.
    Nicolai Levashov has created a special psi-field generator and placed it in his estate in France. He calls it the Source of Life. The generator is intended for influencing a given territory. The plants under its influence grow faster, give several abundant yields a year, have no diseases whatsoever. No fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides or any other chemical substances have been used. Here we share staggering results of this unprecedented experiment. Additional information and necessary explanation can be found in the articles of the series The Source of Life. Svetlana de Rohan-Levashov in her estate Here are the photographs taken by Svetlana de Rohan-Levashov, part of which was used in the articles. They are evidence of the unique results of the amazing experiment, eliminating any doubt in its authenticity and in the reality of happening events. The importance of these results for humanity is immense: they show that the productivity can be multiplied in times without soil exhaustion, there is no need to use any poisons, which for some reason we call fertilizers, there is no need to water and to protect plants from pests using other poisons, which kill not only pests, but also plants. The psi-generator influences the soil so that it gradually acquire the properties and qualities optimal for the needs of a specific plant. Changing the working program of the psi-generator, Nicolai Levashov changes the properties and qualities of plants so that they do not afraid of extreme weather conditions: frosts and droughts; and they give several harvests of truly ecological, delicious and health-giving fruits every year. The soil is not exhausted, but on the contrary, is constantly restored and improved. All this sounds like something unreal and imaginary, but everyone can personally see this fairy tale in reality.
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    Like a peacock, your beauty is multiplied when you spread your wings and show the world who you truly are. Don’t be afraid to showcase that person. Each peacock feather is flawed and “imperfect”, but collectively they create something of great beauty. Your flaws are what make YOU the unique individual that you are. Don’t let the world miss out on your Beauty!
    AFFIRMATIONS ... Like a peacock, your beauty is multiplied when you spread your wings and show the world who you truly are. Don’t be afraid to showcase that person. Each peacock feather is flawed and “imperfect”, but collectively they create something of great beauty. Your flaws are what make YOU the unique individual that you are. Don’t let the world miss out on your Beauty!
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  • ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 731

    That day was full of shocks, – big shocks.

    But I hardly suspected the news Ed would come out with…

    "SUDDEN" APPEARANCE

    At first I could not believe it; there was but one
    pattern—the ‘sudden’ appearance of civilizations
    worldwide. Five coincidences, or one pattern; call it
    what you like.

    1. There was Egypt. In the 3rd millenniumn B.C. Egypt
    sprang into existence suddenly, fully developed—that is,
    without transition from a primitive state, with a
    fantastic ready-made high society.

    In the remotest period of which there are records, Egypt
    shows a level of civilization which is inexplicable. It
    sounds crazy I know, but it’s a fact!

    2. Take a look at Sumeria. The appearance around the same
    time as Egypt of Sumerian civilization was likewise
    sudden, unexpected and out of nowhere.

    3. Then there was Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. They were the
    key centers of the Indus Valley civilization. These also
    appear to have suddenly sprung up with no clear-cut
    traces of having evolved from primitive beginnings. Your
    third coincidence.

    4. And the Maya of Central America are in it, too. The
    Maya go back to approximately the same time. And at the
    outset of Mayan culture, their script was already perfect.

    Four very odd coincidences. But there’s one more.

    5. The megalith builders of northwest Europe appeared at
    precisely the same time. The achievements they
    demonstrated were identical, that is, the ‘simultaneous
    discovery of Pythagorean triangles, a precise calendar, a
    true compass-bearing for north, knowledge of the movement
    of celestial bodies (possibly including knowledge that
    the world was round) and a minutely accurate system of
    measurement.

    Well, what do you think? How was all this possible? So
    many instant civilizations.

    I took a map, encircled these suddenly appearing, ready-
    made cultures and stared at them.

    A COMMON ORIGIN?

    Was there any connection between them?

    I began to sift every available isolated piece of
    information. Over the next few months the search would

    lead through scores of countries.

    Something told me there was a connection, though I knew
    not where. As for a possible link between the "instant"
    civilizations, eight clues emerged.

    1. Symbols and hieroglyphics, identical worldwide, bore
    the marks of a common heritage. Everywhere the
    swastika, snake and sun combinations, as well as
    numerous specialized and intricate glyphs were
    repeated with no chance of coincidence.

    2. Likewise, similar systems of writing were in use—
    again all over the globe, even on isolated islands.
    This was striking.

    3. And languages had similarities. The older these
    were, the more they resembled each other.
    Practically all languages have connections through
    both vocabulary and construction. In almost every
    language are many words containing similar root
    words or combinations beyond what mere chance would
    allow. (Take, for instance, the names of the
    constellations. I found these were substantially the
    same whether in Mexico, Africa or Polynesia.)

    4. The calendars of Egypt and faraway Peru both had
    eighteen months of twenty days, with a five-day
    holiday at year’s end.

    5. I also took into account the great similarities in
    buildings, not only in construction but in
    astronomical alignment. Sphinxes in Egypt and
    Yucatan; pyramids on every continent and on remote
    islands; monoliths and stone circles also worldwide
    and often quarried elsewhere in the world. I was
    struck by similarity even as to original purpose.
    The Tower of Babel was built (according to Josephus,
    first-century Jewish historian) to provide shelter
    should another Deluge destroy the earth. And
    regarding the Toltec pyramids, the Mexican
    chronicler, Ixtlilxochitl, states: "After men had
    multiplied, they erected a very high ‘zacuali,’
    which is today a tower of great height, in order to
    take refuge in it should the second world be
    destroyed." Now I ask you, without a common source,
    why should the purpose be identical in Babylon and
    Mexico?

    6. Customs again were similar, as in burial,
    mummification, circumcision, or in binding babies’
    heads to produce an elongated skull. (The Maya,
    Incas, Celts, Egyptians and Basques did this.)

    7. Forms of religious observance bore more striking
    similarities.

    8. Finally I added to the list worldwide traditions of
    early history. Traditions of a Garden of Delight, a
    Golden Age, a global Flood, one original language, a
    tower where sudden language confusion resulted in a
    dispersal—clearly these bore the marks of a common
    source.

    Of one thing I was certain. The origins of cultures that
    were so different and so widely dispersed could not
    wholly be explained by borrowing and imitation.

    The Russian poet Valeri Brussov seemed to express it
    well:

    "At the bases of the oldest cultures of mankind we must
    look for a single influence… We must look back beyond
    antiquity for an X, for a still unknown cultural world
    that set the engine we know in motion.

    “The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans
    were all our teachers, but who were our teachers’ teachers?”

    My attention was riveted. Here were several fully
    developed cultures, apparently related, suddenly
    appearing out of nowhere.

    Well, how does one deal with such a discovery? I must
    confess, my curiosity was exploding.

    One more search was imperative. This time I had to track
    down the common source of any footprints leading to these
    cultures.

    SOURCE OF THE FOOTPRINTS

    Fortunately, after four to five thousand years, there
    were prints still visible enough to read.

    The evidence fairly tumbled out.

    Language was the first clue. It was soon apparent that
    root words in almost every language had their origins in
    the Middle East.

    Written signs added to the evidence. A single system of
    signs used over an extensive area of the earth by the
    Stone-writers originated likewise in the Middle East.

    Anthropology provided another helpful clue. I discovered
    that the best reconstructions by anthropologists located
    man’s point of origin close to the center of the Europe-
    Asia-Africa land mass.

    Archaeological finds clinched it. Agriculture had spread
    all over the world from, where else, but the Middle East
    highlands. In every instance plants, shrubs and fruit-
    bearing trees basic to survival and advancement came out
    of the Middle East first. Botanical genetic studies
    confirm the archaeological finds and leave no doubt.

    There it was. Our beginnings were in the Middle East
    highlands.

    You ask, why did agriculture begin in the difficult arc
    of mountains and highlands? Doesn’t it make you wonder?
    Why was it not begun on the fertile, easily cultivated
    plains and valleys?

    That is a natural enough question. During my search I had
    found other scholars expressing surprise at this most odd
    discovery.

    My archaeologist friend Ed Savage said to me, “Well, have
    you considered a worldwide disaster? In fact, a worldwide
    Deluge?"

    "You don’t mean Noah’s Flood?" I snorted.

    "Just that," clipped Ed. "It does shed some light on
    things."

    "Jonathan, don’t you see? Survivors of such a Deluge (an
    event most scholars have overlooked) would still be in
    the mountains. The lowlands were not yet dry enough
    following the global Flood."

    "And did you know, biblical sources not only point to
    Ararat (Armenia) as the landing place of the Flood
    survivors, but state that they landed ‘in the
    mountains.’"

    Ed unfolded a world map; I elbowed over it on the table.
    He pointed out the pertinent areas.

    "Artifacts uncovered suggest that settled communities
    extended from the Americas in the west to Thailand in the
    east by 2000 B.C. And overlaying that is a proven pattern
    of high cultures from Spain to Pakistan."

    I stared, somewhat intrigued, at the map. Armenia, the
    dispersion point, lay almost precisely in the middle.


    (I would later discover that other researchers had
    reached a similar conclusion. As says Howells: "If we
    look, first of all, for that part of the world which was
    the hothouse of the races, we can make only one choice.
    All the visible footsteps lead away from Asia. ")

    "Ed," I asked, "could this perhaps be the key to your
    five coincidences?"

    "Oh, I hardly think so. How?"

    I recited to Edgar the succession of discoveries made
    since our last meeting.

    1. Each of the first civilizations appeared suddenly,
    already fully developed. (Ed’s find.)
    2. A connection existed between them.
    3. Their footprints led back to the Middle East
    mountains.

    The archaeologist thought a minute, eyes narrowed,
    working through all the angles.

    Gradually a smile formed on those weathered lips. "By
    gum, man, you’ve hit it! Only one thing could explain
    their high level of civilization. Those nations got their
    heritage basically from the world that was wiped out in
    the Deluge. They continued where the generation of the
    biblical Noah left off!"

    "Those Flood survivors must have carried sufficient
    knowledge of the antedeluvian era to give a rapid start
    to the new cultures that sprang up ‘out of nowhere’ soon
    after."

    He clicked his fingers. "And the timing. A few hundred
    years—all it needed. The oldest civilizations appear just
    long enough after the Deluge for a population density to
    support a culture."

    Of course we could hardly claim to be first. Sir Leonard
    Woolley notched up a similar observation years before:


    "It was confidently expected that the widely held view of
    a gradual development would be proved, but the whole
    evidence has been to the contrary; indeed, it has grown

    to such proportions where we contact the most ancient
    civilizations that we find the peak was reached soon
    after the flood."

    The sudden appearance of civilization is itself a
    memorial to history’s one great catastrophe. More
    importantly, the Flood is a historical event of
    tremendous testimonial importance to modern man.

    Our world conditions are similar – high technology,
    population explosion, corruption and violence. Is there a
    warning for us here?

    GLOBAL ORDER FROM THE RUINS

    It goes without saying that the small group of bewildered
    survivors from the Deluge could hardly reproduce all of
    the aspects of the pre-Flood technology.

    Nevertheless they would have bequeathed to their
    migrating descendants the information of which they had
    personal or recorded knowledge.

    We know that the very earliest grains show genetic
    evidence of sophisticated manipulation; that is, they
    were already uniform and highly specialized immediately
    after the Flood.

    In an attempt to reconstruct the antedeluvian technology,
    the semblance of an integrated global civilization
    emerged in various parts of the world. Its achievements
    were astonishing; in some spheres, penetrating knowledge
    which our science has scarcely begun to nudge.

    Well, , you might already have that
    astonishing report on ancient mysteries, Dead Men’s
    Secrets …crammed full of surprises - more than 1,000 of
    them.

    Fiction couldn’t challenge your imagination more. And yet
    there it all is, fact after fact, story after story,
    about the lives and discoveries of a people thousands of
    years ago.

    Now naturally these exhibits will not be popular with
    some people. The majority of the scientific community has
    greeted them with deathly silence because of early
    indoctrination in evolution. It tries to ignore them for
    the sole reason that it cannot explain them.

    Yes, you can seize the advantage – and get information
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    Meanwhile, I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

    Until next time,
    Jonathan Gray

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    ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 731 That day was full of shocks, – big shocks. But I hardly suspected the news Ed would come out with… "SUDDEN" APPEARANCE At first I could not believe it; there was but one pattern—the ‘sudden’ appearance of civilizations worldwide. Five coincidences, or one pattern; call it what you like. 1. There was Egypt. In the 3rd millenniumn B.C. Egypt sprang into existence suddenly, fully developed—that is, without transition from a primitive state, with a fantastic ready-made high society. In the remotest period of which there are records, Egypt shows a level of civilization which is inexplicable. It sounds crazy I know, but it’s a fact! 2. Take a look at Sumeria. The appearance around the same time as Egypt of Sumerian civilization was likewise sudden, unexpected and out of nowhere. 3. Then there was Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. They were the key centers of the Indus Valley civilization. These also appear to have suddenly sprung up with no clear-cut traces of having evolved from primitive beginnings. Your third coincidence. 4. And the Maya of Central America are in it, too. The Maya go back to approximately the same time. And at the outset of Mayan culture, their script was already perfect. Four very odd coincidences. But there’s one more. 5. The megalith builders of northwest Europe appeared at precisely the same time. The achievements they demonstrated were identical, that is, the ‘simultaneous discovery of Pythagorean triangles, a precise calendar, a true compass-bearing for north, knowledge of the movement of celestial bodies (possibly including knowledge that the world was round) and a minutely accurate system of measurement. Well, what do you think? How was all this possible? So many instant civilizations. I took a map, encircled these suddenly appearing, ready- made cultures and stared at them. A COMMON ORIGIN? Was there any connection between them? I began to sift every available isolated piece of information. Over the next few months the search would lead through scores of countries. Something told me there was a connection, though I knew not where. As for a possible link between the "instant" civilizations, eight clues emerged. 1. Symbols and hieroglyphics, identical worldwide, bore the marks of a common heritage. Everywhere the swastika, snake and sun combinations, as well as numerous specialized and intricate glyphs were repeated with no chance of coincidence. 2. Likewise, similar systems of writing were in use— again all over the globe, even on isolated islands. This was striking. 3. And languages had similarities. The older these were, the more they resembled each other. Practically all languages have connections through both vocabulary and construction. In almost every language are many words containing similar root words or combinations beyond what mere chance would allow. (Take, for instance, the names of the constellations. I found these were substantially the same whether in Mexico, Africa or Polynesia.) 4. The calendars of Egypt and faraway Peru both had eighteen months of twenty days, with a five-day holiday at year’s end. 5. I also took into account the great similarities in buildings, not only in construction but in astronomical alignment. Sphinxes in Egypt and Yucatan; pyramids on every continent and on remote islands; monoliths and stone circles also worldwide and often quarried elsewhere in the world. I was struck by similarity even as to original purpose. The Tower of Babel was built (according to Josephus, first-century Jewish historian) to provide shelter should another Deluge destroy the earth. And regarding the Toltec pyramids, the Mexican chronicler, Ixtlilxochitl, states: "After men had multiplied, they erected a very high ‘zacuali,’ which is today a tower of great height, in order to take refuge in it should the second world be destroyed." Now I ask you, without a common source, why should the purpose be identical in Babylon and Mexico? 6. Customs again were similar, as in burial, mummification, circumcision, or in binding babies’ heads to produce an elongated skull. (The Maya, Incas, Celts, Egyptians and Basques did this.) 7. Forms of religious observance bore more striking similarities. 8. Finally I added to the list worldwide traditions of early history. Traditions of a Garden of Delight, a Golden Age, a global Flood, one original language, a tower where sudden language confusion resulted in a dispersal—clearly these bore the marks of a common source. Of one thing I was certain. The origins of cultures that were so different and so widely dispersed could not wholly be explained by borrowing and imitation. The Russian poet Valeri Brussov seemed to express it well: "At the bases of the oldest cultures of mankind we must look for a single influence… We must look back beyond antiquity for an X, for a still unknown cultural world that set the engine we know in motion. “The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans were all our teachers, but who were our teachers’ teachers?” My attention was riveted. Here were several fully developed cultures, apparently related, suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Well, how does one deal with such a discovery? I must confess, my curiosity was exploding. One more search was imperative. This time I had to track down the common source of any footprints leading to these cultures. SOURCE OF THE FOOTPRINTS Fortunately, after four to five thousand years, there were prints still visible enough to read. The evidence fairly tumbled out. Language was the first clue. It was soon apparent that root words in almost every language had their origins in the Middle East. Written signs added to the evidence. A single system of signs used over an extensive area of the earth by the Stone-writers originated likewise in the Middle East. Anthropology provided another helpful clue. I discovered that the best reconstructions by anthropologists located man’s point of origin close to the center of the Europe- Asia-Africa land mass. Archaeological finds clinched it. Agriculture had spread all over the world from, where else, but the Middle East highlands. In every instance plants, shrubs and fruit- bearing trees basic to survival and advancement came out of the Middle East first. Botanical genetic studies confirm the archaeological finds and leave no doubt. There it was. Our beginnings were in the Middle East highlands. You ask, why did agriculture begin in the difficult arc of mountains and highlands? Doesn’t it make you wonder? Why was it not begun on the fertile, easily cultivated plains and valleys? That is a natural enough question. During my search I had found other scholars expressing surprise at this most odd discovery. My archaeologist friend Ed Savage said to me, “Well, have you considered a worldwide disaster? In fact, a worldwide Deluge?" "You don’t mean Noah’s Flood?" I snorted. "Just that," clipped Ed. "It does shed some light on things." "Jonathan, don’t you see? Survivors of such a Deluge (an event most scholars have overlooked) would still be in the mountains. The lowlands were not yet dry enough following the global Flood." "And did you know, biblical sources not only point to Ararat (Armenia) as the landing place of the Flood survivors, but state that they landed ‘in the mountains.’" Ed unfolded a world map; I elbowed over it on the table. He pointed out the pertinent areas. "Artifacts uncovered suggest that settled communities extended from the Americas in the west to Thailand in the east by 2000 B.C. And overlaying that is a proven pattern of high cultures from Spain to Pakistan." I stared, somewhat intrigued, at the map. Armenia, the dispersion point, lay almost precisely in the middle. (I would later discover that other researchers had reached a similar conclusion. As says Howells: "If we look, first of all, for that part of the world which was the hothouse of the races, we can make only one choice. All the visible footsteps lead away from Asia. ") "Ed," I asked, "could this perhaps be the key to your five coincidences?" "Oh, I hardly think so. How?" I recited to Edgar the succession of discoveries made since our last meeting. 1. Each of the first civilizations appeared suddenly, already fully developed. (Ed’s find.) 2. A connection existed between them. 3. Their footprints led back to the Middle East mountains. The archaeologist thought a minute, eyes narrowed, working through all the angles. Gradually a smile formed on those weathered lips. "By gum, man, you’ve hit it! Only one thing could explain their high level of civilization. Those nations got their heritage basically from the world that was wiped out in the Deluge. They continued where the generation of the biblical Noah left off!" "Those Flood survivors must have carried sufficient knowledge of the antedeluvian era to give a rapid start to the new cultures that sprang up ‘out of nowhere’ soon after." He clicked his fingers. "And the timing. A few hundred years—all it needed. The oldest civilizations appear just long enough after the Deluge for a population density to support a culture." Of course we could hardly claim to be first. Sir Leonard Woolley notched up a similar observation years before: "It was confidently expected that the widely held view of a gradual development would be proved, but the whole evidence has been to the contrary; indeed, it has grown to such proportions where we contact the most ancient civilizations that we find the peak was reached soon after the flood." The sudden appearance of civilization is itself a memorial to history’s one great catastrophe. More importantly, the Flood is a historical event of tremendous testimonial importance to modern man. Our world conditions are similar – high technology, population explosion, corruption and violence. Is there a warning for us here? GLOBAL ORDER FROM THE RUINS It goes without saying that the small group of bewildered survivors from the Deluge could hardly reproduce all of the aspects of the pre-Flood technology. Nevertheless they would have bequeathed to their migrating descendants the information of which they had personal or recorded knowledge. We know that the very earliest grains show genetic evidence of sophisticated manipulation; that is, they were already uniform and highly specialized immediately after the Flood. In an attempt to reconstruct the antedeluvian technology, the semblance of an integrated global civilization emerged in various parts of the world. Its achievements were astonishing; in some spheres, penetrating knowledge which our science has scarcely begun to nudge. Well, , you might already have that astonishing report on ancient mysteries, Dead Men’s Secrets …crammed full of surprises - more than 1,000 of them. Fiction couldn’t challenge your imagination more. And yet there it all is, fact after fact, story after story, about the lives and discoveries of a people thousands of years ago. Now naturally these exhibits will not be popular with some people. 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