Monday, April 28, 2014

Deconstructing the Impending Ice Age: A Logistical Narrative

Geologists, climatologists, anthropologists and astrophysicists examine dust to generate data. That may be all they have in common, even if it is a small overlap in the larger picture they each look at in their respective fields. Dust can be a fleeting particle with a finite amount of information that can be derived from it before examination corrupts the data. There is no room for warm fuzzies when data from three diverse schools of science is crunched down to address a single question – what is live going to be like twenty years from now?

Twenty years can be a long time in a reality measured in nanoseconds. The same time period is more fleeting than a nanosecond in a discussion about a 120,000 year cycle, especially when that twenty year period is at a major transition point in that cycle. We don't know and the data isn't all in regarding that question. Check back in twenty years and we might have enough data to express an opinion. The real knowledge of what the next twenty years will be like won't be discovered until much later. The implications behind the question suggests that there will be something different enough about the next twenty years to merit some projections based upon current scientific knowledge. That's a lot of weight that has to be carried by a few collective grains of dust over a vast pool of non-integrated systems of information collecting and analysis.

Climatologists know that there is a cycle of Ice Age periods and data collected over the past 25 years has revealed that these cycles function in a much different manner than had been originally thought. It doesn't take several hundred years for the transition to occur. It takes less than a decade. In some parts of the world it can happen in a 24 hour period. That became obvious when woolly mammoths were discovered in glaciers standing upright with grass in their mouth, frozen on the spot and entombed in ice for 120,000 years.

The data is there to support the theory that this planet hasn't always maintained its current orbit or axis rotation. The north and south poles aren't carved in stone. The gyroscopic function of a planet is subject to change. That change changes everything, should that change occur also. There is no data that would support the theory that there is a possibility for that to become a factor regarding what could happen in the next twenty years. That doesn't eliminate that as a possibility. That does eliminate any warm fuzzies from the discussion if one were to project that at some point in the future, even as early as twenty years from now, the Ice Age will have begun a new cycle with the anticipation that the next one is going to follow the same patterns of glacial activity that the last one did.

Given that this is still within the realm of possibility, one would anticipate a glacial landscape that would include the start of a wall of ice that ends somewhere along the banks of the Ohio River along the northern border of the State of Kentucky, with Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois once again under the ice. Climatologists study animal behavior as part of understanding climate change. It would be a lot easier to derive some data from animal migrations that would suggest whether or not the next Ice Age is going to follow the same construct, were it not for the fact that those animals have been forced into extinction or are so vastly constraint as to not be able to respond in a timely manner. We know the polar bears are moving somewhere else. We just don't know where yet.

Astrophysics is a much thinner bit of cosmic dust in the big picture, but that big picture doesn't take a lot of space dust to become data. The stars go through cycles of heating up and cooling down. There's a lot of them out there and we don't get a lot of dust from the cosmos, not that we can screen out and sift through as such. That brings it back to a point of relevance much closer to home, the sun. It is entering a 50 year cooling period. That's what some scientists are saying. All it takes is one small boulder to impact the planet to cause a huge amount of change on the planet. We know this from the data that has been collected from previous events. There's a lot of dust in sedimentary rock that proves that point. We know the mathematical probability of such an event occurring again. Recently there was an asteroid that passed close enough to this planet for it to be observed via orbital satellites. Computer models can work up the orbital paths of large objects and know when they will coincide with our orbit. What hasn't been finalized is the discovery of every asteroid out there. We don't know.

What we do know is that there are a lot of things happening all at the same time that could contribute to radical climate change. Enter into this discussion a new book by David Archibald, The Twilight of Abundance.

Professor Archibald got a quick interview on Fox News recently to discuss his book. It is obvious that Fox News has a different agenda than Professor Archibald from the interview, but that is of little merit in the larger picture. It happened. There was an interview. That is enough. I'd like to hear more about the scientific process that the data was derived from that lead astronomers and astrophysicists to the conclusion that the sun is cooling down. That isn't Fox(worthy)News, so that didn't happen.

There's a lot of questions that come up with this interview and book. Add them to the on-going discussion regarding the transitional technology needed for the human species to survive on this planet into, during, and beyond the next Ice Age. I've been a participant of that discussion for the past 40 years. My life's work has been based upon concerns regarding the transitional technology needed for humanity to survive and remain inhabitants of this planet. It is a precarious relationship at the most optimistic end of the spectrum.

There won't be a Noah's Ark that will come along and save us all. There never was one in the first place if science is integrated into the conversation. That can be a perilous place to move the conversation for those invested in non-realistic mythos. It is unrealistic to suggest that all the species of animals on this planet could have ever been boarded up on one boat and survived for forty days. That isn't the important merit of that myth when one discusses transitional technology. The first check mark regarding the story is the fact that one man was able to intuit the need to build a boat at a locality that would later be under water after the ice melting at the end of the last Ice Age floated the basin of what was to become the Mediterranean Sea. He was chided and ridiculed prior to the event. He survived and left a mark on history because of his efforts. No one knows if he was the only one that had this insight and attempted a similar effort. It's a big sea and there were a lot of people living in the area that is currently submerged from that flooding. What we do know is that humans do have the ability to foresee events in some manner and act to survive those events. That is a very important bit of knowledge to ingest in the overall discussion about what is about to happen.

The discussion hasn't been limited to what we will be eating in 25 years, although that is an important part of transitional technology regarding the Ice Age. One event that I brought forth in the fall of 1990 was the Sacred Run for the Return of the Buffalo as part of my vision (that role of envisioning what can be done to make the world a better place to live for the next seven generations) and I was able to continue this as an annual ritual for a number of years as a contribution to the current list of rituals that are being done within the Native American communities across the North and South American continents among indigenous peoples. That ritual, shortened to “The Bull Run”, was discontinued as an annual event due to factors beyond my control, but there are indications that it will be revived and continued once those forces at play that deter it from being held are no longer present. We'll see.

Equally important to me in my work is the need to provide a way to convey important information over a long period of time that can be accessed in a manner that transcends language or cultural confluences. This need is a reversal of the physical “Noah's Ark” anxiety. Invested with the ability to imbed information in literary works, visual art, and audio recordings, I have considered this challenge to be of some merit. Succinctly, I am attempting to convey the spiritual information regarding the process of liberation from the self-imposed limitations of awareness that are a function of self-centered ego aberrations. I am attempting to do this outside the current framework of culturally divested schools of thought without leaving any of the information conveyed through those schools of thought out of this archival project. Then we raise the bar a little higher, just to make sure we surpass any construct of possibility, and endeavor to make an object that will not only survive for 100,000 years, but will contain information relevant to the situation then that can be accessed from the physical object.

The most archival object that could be used over a long period of time is pottery. It is more resistant to acid rain than most stone would be. Stone carving is till a major way of preserving information over long periods of time. Cave painting has also served humanity in this manner longer than we are aware of at this moment. Imparting information upon a cotton canvas via oil paint or acrylic is less certain, but more intuitive in the range of spectrum opportunities. These are pigments derived from the earth after all. The lack of fire in the process as would be the manner of preservation via pottery is duly noted. The use of gum Arabic as a binder for watercolor on paper takes this information storage to another level. The chances of survival are less probable. Getting that information down and making it accessible for those that would see the merits of making copies that would extend the existence of that information further into the history of the future makes it more effective on the working end of conveying the information in the quickest manner possible, as there is a lot of information to be conveyed. There are limitations but they become less a function of reality in the long run if they are continually preserved through duplication. The continued process of canonization of spiritual information is a common practice among humans. Just don't anticipate it being as good as the original work. (That's a joke, I think.)

The final point in this deconstructing process is the need to impart a familiarity of this information to the largest number of people possible over a broad spectrum of humanity at this moment. That process is borne out of the understanding that many of these people will participate in this process further into the future via incarnate beings. That point isn't limited to any construct regarding reincarnation. There isn't any concern for what a person believes. That is their spiritual challenge and human reality transcends belief systems that would impart limitations upon their spiritual growth. There is little impetuous to support this process in a social environment that is invested in a materialistic, ego-centric construct. However altruistic (or not) a person might be, the Universe recycles, and I am participating in that process over a large span of time. So is everyone else. It isn't a choice. The choice is how that person integrates into that process. The model of deconstruction imparts an awareness of choosing without implying the outcome of individualistic choices. There will be participants.
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Oliver Loveday © April 28, 2014 12:30 pm EDT