Looking at the Past to Learn about the Future

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This article is a of prophecies that all seem to align and indicate that something big is about to happen in the tide of history.

This is not some end of the world whack – it is an actual study of very credible philosophies – some of which have had a huge influence on history already. These ideas all seem to suggest one thing – that history is moving toward something.

Now to you this may seem like a no brainier – time moves forward so therefore history moves forward – but this is not a given.

It is possible that history means nothing and is merely our collective awareness of time passing. It is possible that we give it meaning only because we want to feel the story of humanity is significant – like it has a purpose.

How can we justify things like the Holocaust, The Meat industry, or Child Labor unless it was for some greater purpose?

The secret fear of all humanity is that all our suffering was for nothing.

The following ideas are prophecies that suggest that this whole historical endeavor was not for nothing – but was actually part of a process – as if recent history was the puberty of our species.

The goal of this article is to explore these ideas and draw similarities between them. It is up to you to decide their validity.

The Book of Revelations

You know this one.

The final book of the Bible known as Revelations is a vivid prophecy about the end of the current era which will be known as the Apocalypse.

This book really set the tone for any prophecies afterwards – sort of the original: “the end is nigh.”

It has inherent within it the implication that history will one day be over – and when it ends a saviour will return to take the good people to heaven. This implies that history is simply a stepping stone to something greater – be it union with God or living in some form of permanent paradise.

What is striking about this prophecy is the suggestion that just before this return of Christ there will be a great deal of conflict and chaos – within which a charming figure will arise who will seem like Christ but will actually turn out to be the pinnacle of all evil – the Antichrist.

…Donald Trump anyone?

Perhaps – although – I like him.

Guess there is no heaven for me.

This prophecy is not taken seriously – because popular thinking has us imagining that the Apocalypse would be swarms of locusts and lava bursting up from the ground – it is defined in the dictionary as the “complete and final destruction of the world.”

That probably isn’t going to happen – but is that what the book of Revelations actually is suggesting?

The word Apocalypse when: “translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, a lifting of the veil, or a revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden.”

This implies that the end of history is more of a suggestion about a change in collective consciousness – triggered by the discovery of knowledge.

With the advent of verifiable science and most recently the internet – the collective mindset of humanity is changing rapidly.

Furthermore – the Book of Revelations suggests that the Apocalypse will occur 2000 years from the time it was written – and it was written around 2000 years ago.

Karl Marx and Historical Materialism

Karl Marx was the originator of the ideology we now condemn as communism.

When people hear his name – they sort of write him off as a quack – because “communism didn’t work”. Despite this adversity – there is a great deal of treasure to be found in Marx’s writings.

The idea of his we will explore here is one known as Historical Materialism.

History, to Marx, is simply a case of laborers – whom Marx called the Proletariat – slaving away their lives working for aristocrats – whom he calledthe Bourgeoisie – who decided what the poor people work towards.

Take the Pyramids of Giza for example.

All the conflict in history comes from the laborers demanding that their labor to be used well and have meaning – and the aristocrats demanding that the poor people do what they are told.

This deal works well when the aristocrats work hard at securing a good living standard for the laborers – but a great deal of social tension arises when the aristocrats start to lose sight of their purpose and begin partying too hard with all the laborers hard earned money.

To avoid this social tension – because when it isn’t avoided things like the French Revolution happen – Marx suggested that aristocrats tend to create systems of control to keep the laborers unaware of how badly they are being screwed.

The primary example of this is religion – as Marx coins: “religion is the opium of the people.”

What really set Marx apart was that he saw how technologies ability to increase the productive power of the societies would soon cause a huge amount of new social tension.

When the Industrial Revolution hit – which was an organised focus on producing better technology – the laborers themselves began to be replaced by the very technology they were creating.

This meant that the aristocrats began to value technology more than the laborers because technology was more productive – a scenario which was obviously bad for laborers – because then the aristocrats began to value the laborers less and lower their pay.

This in itself created a great deal of social tension – enough to birth ideas like Communism where the aristocracy was abolished – and Fascism where the aristocracy promised to use the laborers efforts to build a nation that could rule the world.

Despite this tension Marx said that this evolution of technology was actually agood thing, because the ideals of mankind – namely freedom and justice for all – could never be achieved as long as there was a class of laborers and a class of aristocrats.

Marx saw that if technology could take the place of the laborers and produce all the food and shelter needed for a society – then the population wouldn’t need social classes and could all begin to work on living up to their idealsinstead of focusing on survival and power.

His idea of a great society – a Utopia – is one that has a population which can spend all it’s time trying to fulfil its ideals, and his prophecy was that when technology became productive enough to cover our basic needs – we would become this Utopia.

History – to Marx – is a movement out of the jungle towards this Utopia. But his huge sorrow was that this scenario was not possible at the time of his writing in the early 19th Century.

He says that in order to produce the sheer advancement of technology required to feed and shelter all the people on earth we would need to focus our societies undivided attention to seek this technological innovation.

The only social tool capable of doing this was a very dangerous and powerful tool called Capitalism.

To Marx, Capitalism is a “creative destructive” tool – this means that it must rapidly destroy everything old in order to usher in each new innovation. Look at how useless your old Nokia is compared to your iPhone.

The problem with this creative destructive power is that it is very burdensome on society and the source of resources – the earth.

Marx recommended using Capitalism as a sort of rocket ship to quickly evolve us from all being a load of farmers to having technology which can harvest our food for us – making his Utopia possible.

His dire warning was that when we reach this point of technological capability  – we need to stop using Capitalism – as at that stage it’s destructive side will be too powerful.

The darkest side to his prophecy was that the aristocracy would be the owners of the technology that Capitalism creates – and they would be extremely unlikely to give up on Capitalism – and with it their power – to share with the laborers when the time comes.

Marx said that when our technology is sufficient to sustain a Utopia the aristocracy will still try to distract the laborers from the possibility of using it in this way in order to maintain their privileged.

The great hope of Marx’s prophecy was that the social tension that would result from such a situation would be so great that the laborers would band together and fight to overthrow the aristocracy once and for all to establish the Utopia.

He called this moment the great Social Revolution.

This prophecy echoes the many symbols of the Apocalypse – and makes for some very interesting thinking – especially since Marx was such an accurate interpreter of how economics works.

If we look at the history of Capitalism since his time – it has indeed been a chain of rapid innovations punctuated by severe and brutal recessions – the most recent being 2007. Furthermore this economic tension only feels to be rising as we move into the late first quarter of the 21st century – with people often condemning the “elite”, “the Illuminati” and the “1%”.

The great crux of this prophecy is that the laborers – that is normal working people – will begin to become more aware of how they are being screwed and begin to oppose the “way things are”. I feel that these types of ideas are getting more and more weight since the internet has become the main media source instead of the news. I hear of blogs and Facebook pages like “Wake the Fuck Up”, “Collective Evolution”, or “Truth Contest”, and I am astounded with the resonance with Marx’s idea.

The nail in the coffin seems to be the coming technological revolution.

People are freaking out that Artificial Intelligence is going to put them out of work – a process that is already happening. This is condemned by many as a terrible problem we will have to face where millions will be unemployable.

Combine this with the widespread social welfare that will available through the abundant resources that technology will produce – and we will have millions of people were sitting around all day thinking about bigger things in life than survival.

Things like: “why the hell is Kim Kardashian wealthy and I’m not?”

“I’m joining Anonymous.”

Terence McKenna and the Timewave Theory

Although falsely aimed at 2012 – Terence’s Timewave Theory is an interesting prophecy about the future that states that the universe is a system that createsnovelty – novelty meaning things that are new and unique. Let’s look at how we view the history of the universe.

Science claims that the universe began as a infinitely simple singularity – then the Big Bang happened and the universe began churning out new novel things we call stars and planets. Next the universe invented Life and Nature – and when that had reached its apex it churned out Humanity – a very funky animal.

Humanity then began producing novel ideas through the use of language – which eventually led to large religions and societies. Eventually we arrive to the present day leading us to wonder what the next step will be.

Judging this narrative of history – the creation of new and novel things seems to be written into the fabric of the universe – and what is interesting is that this great will to novelty is counteracted by the great forces of routine.

Conservatism and Tradition are the great forces of routine that challenge this novelty producing aspect of reality. Terence believed that these conservative forces were in place to balance out the incessant drive of the creative side of the cosmos.

Terence’s great worry was that Earth could not support Humanity for much longer in our current incarnation – and that we needed to take the next step innovelty to get ourselves out of this mode of consciousness.

The pattern of these forces of routine and novelty in History over the past hundred years suggested to Terence that this great moment of novelty was about to arrive. He felt that the intense conservatism of the Nazi Regime which was counter acted by the wild novelty of the 1960’s Hippies was the final phase of a huge Historical process which he claimed would end in 2012.

He felt that technology would be our saviour here – and that we would create a machine which we could use to free us from our bodies and live in the perpetual heaven of our imaginations.

Perhaps it did not happen at the exact dates he suggested – but there is a lot of interesting avenues in this idea – especially considering the thematic similarities to the other prophecies I have mentioned.

Steafan Fox

Steafan Fox

Steafan is a musician and writer with an irrational desire to “change the world”. Since he began making this intention known among his social circles he has been disappointed to discover that they expect that he backs up these statements with action.
The path of action he has chosen to achieve this goal is mastery in the arts. He feels that mastery will shape him into an individual worthy of changing the world.
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