Monday, 2 October 2017

Twilight of Civilisation as we knew it...

Everything... society, countries, economies, politics, institutions, cities, businesses, politics, technology, AI, humans, human relationships, children, environment, nature, animals, fish, flora and fauna, climate have entered the twilight stage of existence.. the meaninglessness of all things is getting deeper and deeper...it is as if it's one gigantic fish bowl zombie Matrix existence ....where everything is going through its paces and lines ... as if part of some existential drama is being enacted in its last act and scenes... humans like the walking dead are lurching on blindly...looking without seeing...hearing without listening... a veritable theatre of the absurd... conditioned to the power infinity...living or dying dreams within dreams existences..

As the great anthropogenic era draws to an apocalyptic ending ... planet earth has starting weeping.... unheard of and unprecedented geoclimatic events are occurring with increasing fury, frequency, pace, intensity, amplitude, standard deviation... a tiny sample of these recent surreal magic realism climate events are:

  • ·         Wild fires in the Antarctica, Canada, Siberia, Greenland caused by exposed methane after melting of permafrost..
  •  ·       High temps of 41 to 44 c over huge swathes of Southern Europe...
  •  ·       Rain bombs.... Unusually high precipitation (sometimes three times of high averages of 1” per hour for say 4/5 hours), storms and flooding in US, Europe, gulf, south east Asia, South America
  •  ·        Heatwaves and rain in Australia during winter..
  • ·         Increasing drought and famines in Africa...dry and weak micro cloud rains...


The surreal magic realism is present in all spheres of existence... The recent antics of a paranoid prez in White House .... Managing by tweeting....singing praises of white supremists ....country tottering precariously on a financial precipice ....being responsible for after putting the entire globe on a rich carbon diet... Through Hollywood...SUVs...coke...Levi's....malls...consumerism....fossil fuel...

Everything seems to be spinning out of control....terror...financial decline of Europe ...wars....stand off with North Korea....migrants streaming into Europe....conflict within Islam in several countries....

These are indeed epochal times...inflexion point of human civilisation...it's very clear that everything seems to be falling apart...especially for some one born in the early 50s...for whom this is the seventh decade on this planet....for someone who has seen the best decades of the world ...the 50s...peaking during the 60s....the first signs of decline were perhaps the 70s....the start of the oil crises....crude prices shooting up...rise of the petro power and Arabs...in fact the greed and the avarice of the Americans for crude...contributed to the turn of events...this was around the time the gold standard was abandoned...

Maybe the decline of the western civilisation began with the oil crises...ironically....though tech and innovation kept increasing productivity and GDP still the first signs of economic weakening...debt started creeping up....Reagan was gov of California and he opened the floodgates of deficit budgets and debt...then when he became president of US ....he introduced reliance on debt with help of treasury secretaries from Goldman Sachs...

one of the main triggers of the burgeoning debt was the long string of wars being fought by USA on foreign soil...starting with Korea....these costly wars and covert wars / operations were necessary to ensure American hegemony over the world...most civilisations when they peak, they need extensive armed forces to police their territories....apart from the external wars USA was also waging a war internally with the economically lower segments like the blacks, Hispanics...in order to control them into submission...in the inner cities.. the level of incarceration very high...in fact highest ratio in the world ....most of the prisoners framed for minor misdemeanours like possessing marijuana....which has no logical reason to be illegal .....white supremacy dictate runs high...

In this manner the world's greatest ever society or civilisation...had peaked in the 60s...and there after declined...the very seeds of its destruction...like a being mass consumer throwaway society...prisoner of the capitalistic system wherein the corporate sector must keep on increasing its valuation as indicated by the gigantic stock market casinos....a quarter to quarter existence ....focus on short term gimmicks to impress analysts with express intent of flogging profits and share prices.....but no focus upon intrinsic long term wealth creation through real customer satisfaction and loyalty...

Thanks to globalisation, technology, Internet, media, tv, aviation, shipping, international trade....america's socio-economic model was exported and copied all over the world...sale of bigger cars, consumer durables, air-conditioning....Hollywood, rock n roll.....high energy intensive lifestyles....malls, high rises......rest of the world's impressionistic youth wanting all the so called American way of life...now...the world has become full of American clones..blended with each country's culture....one can detect various planes of Americanisms in the developing world....be it Asia, Africa, South America....this way all of us became fossil fuel dependent junkies...

For one brief shining moment there was Camelot...the magic of America... Kennedy...the peak of human civilisation in terms of pomp and grandeur...then the decline began in almost all spheres...the decline was in real debt adjusted terms...though in terms of technology, IT, AI, etc a lot of advances have been made....but in terms of the big critical parameters like societies, economies and climate....definitely there is a cause of alarm as all indicators are in decline inspite of all the apparent glitter and glamour which is desperately trying cover the stench of dying flesh putrefying .....there is just too much to worry about...we have morphed since the 60s....into a has been society.. civilisation.....


Finally climate is going to be the biggest game changer....will level the differences between the rich and the poor....probably only the ultra-rich and robots will survive the looming CLIMOCALYPSE....which maybe about 10,000 days away…..

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