It’s probably no secret that something seems to be afoot on this world of ours. It’s kind of hard to avoid, depending on what media sources you use for coverage of current events. Although mainstream media busies itself primarily with political, economic and social issues, they occasionally drop tidbits of astro/geo science containing info about events that could ultimately impact all beings on this planet. It’s fairly obvious that earth changes are occurring all around us… extreme weather, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, polar ice changes. In the words of Dylan (Bob, not Thomas) “…it doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
But there’s more to it than that, and these earth changes aren’t just happening on their own. Our planet is affected by events in our solar system, our solar system is affected by events in our galaxy, and our galaxy is affected by events in our universe. It is important to understand how extra-planetary events affect us here on Earth. Science has penetrated space to a remarkable degree and the volume of new data is increasing exponentially. The answer to what the future holds for this planet are within that data, and it contains plenty of threats from many sources. It can be frightening, so it’s not surprising that mainstream media is not interested in focusing on it, especially when coupled with the somewhat scientific lingo involved. Given the current science and math scores from U.S. education statistics, it’s no surprise that the media has difficulty interpreting this very important information.
Politics (Money) not only overshadows science, but also manages to manipulate it’s presentation (directly or indirectly). As a result, it is left to the individual to find alternative sources of up to date information. Usually this means slogging one’s way through the morass of “info/old info/dis-info/non-info” that permeates the internet, in a never ending brain drain to find out what’s really going on. Endless dead-ends, countless agendas, and a barrier of disinformation so vast it makes the Great Wall of China look like Lincoln Logs (Lego’s for those under 50). It would be easy to give-up, give-in and become a sheeple… don’t do it people… use the greatest asset known to man, your mind! Get out there and investigate… when the info feels questionable, listen to your heart… always keep searching. In order to see the whole picture, you must look at many perspectives and layers.
The following poem came to me via my college art teacher (and friend) Thomas E. Howell. Although presented as part of a lesson referencing the lifelong journey one makes as an artist, it is poignantly applicable to life in general and our current global situation. For me it offers inspiration, and strength to carry on with the search… I can only pray it will indeed “last for many years”.
When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)