IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE THINGS ARE STARTING TO HEAT UP AGAIN GLOBALY...WHAT DO YOU THINK/FEEL????
I'm not sure if things are heating up globally except in terms of climate change brought on by an inability to conceive sustainable futures. The oil price is driving dangerously close to causing a world recession however and that is going to shift the balance of power away from the developed world unless we get on with finding viable alternative technologies fast enough to keep up with peak oil shock without social disruption and economic dissolution.
In terms of the clash of the cultures driven by the apocalyptic agendas of world religions and the fault line running through the Holy Land, I see this as a psychopathic error on all sides that frankly needs an exorcism in judgment of all the end of days domination scenarios, Christian, Jewish and Muslim as well as Zionist and Arab.
I don't want to leave the late planet Earth until I have held all three monotheistic apocalyptic religions to account for their sins of violence domination, sexual transgression and frank genocide, particularly in regard to their nuclear ambitions and end of days utopian dreams and have taught people to love their neighbours as themselves for their own survival and for the generations to come.
The actuality - the truth if you like - underlying the spiritual quest of existential reality - is so very different from all the ideas of God espoused by monotheistic religions, its like speaking another language, or living in a separate reality - as the last Mohican, or the noble savage of Brave New World, or an extraterrestrial. It is also vastly more subtle, deep and awe inspiring than simple materialist world views of quick-fix technological utopias can fathom.
However explaining this to religious leaders committed to submitting their faithful to God's will in the interests of a world domination locked in the fear and implicit violence of a 'merciful but vengeful creator', firmly believing in virgins reborn every day for the pleasure of men in a heavenly paradise, let alone any other traditional view of the afterlife, is a very difficult mission.
It is even more difficult with religious figures whose power depends on it than with vested interests of the military industrial complex, whose hypocrisy is more transparent and whose agendas are more immediately practical. The lesson of communism was that a materialist philosophy can imprison the body but it can't imprison the soul. Religious utopias incarcerate body, mind and spirit, lock, stock and barrel, and throw away the key. This is why they are utterly dangerous and diabolical in essence, for all their pretensions to justice, morality and peace.
While Rome slowly burns, I'm hanging out at the antipodes watching and waiting and biding my time, making music, writing and producing, keeping the sexual covenant and nourishing the family life, and the life of the land, while working part time for a few semesters more to keep my academic hand in the financial pocket sufficiently to make ends meet.
However if a bolt of lightning strikes, and all hell breaks loose, I'll be there in the centre of the cyclone, just like the woman clothed with the rays of the sun, to perform my act of 'miraculous dread' for the unborn generations to come.
WE NEED TO DECIDE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS IF WE ARE GOING TO LIVE HERE OR MOVE TO PERU - WE ARE OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS
When I was drifting down the Ucayali I seriously thought of buying as much land in a remote biodiversity hot spot of the Amazonian jungle as I possibly could and maybe moving there, but I'm pretty sure foreign ownership of land isn't as easy in Peru as it has been for the last 15 years in God's own country.
I love the Edenic great forest but it's another type of conflict zone where human life is cheap and the ultimate issues are perhaps even harder to resolve because they are less iconic and more diffusely a product of the vagaries of human nature. I yearn to protect the lungs of the planet, but until all these things be done the mass extinction is likely to continue for a while yet.