For those of you that don’t have the time to do so, allow me to paraphrase. It is quite clear that 2012 will be a very momentous year. The old world order, centered on the Bretton woods treaty (a 50 year treaty signed in 1944) technically “expired” in 1994. From 1994 until the present, the world has been adrift, lacking an agreed upon structure. It appears that 2012 will be a time of tremendous change. Structure is coming to the world, one way or the other.
Humanity is at a tipping point. We cannot move forward without a worldwide consensus on the proper relationship between the world’s governments. We also need a consensus on the proper relationship between governments and the people. It is important to understand that the world’s governments DID have a consensus prior to the expiration of Bretton woods. We will discuss Bretton Woods in more detail in a later post. In the meantime, it is enough to know that a new world order is not only coming, but is long overdue. Perhaps it was the looming expiration of Bretton woods which persuaded George Bush to announce the coming of a “new world order” on September 11, 1991. 10 years to the day, before the infamous September 11, 2001.
Some 30 years ago Buckminster Fuller wrote a book called “Synergetics”, a truly marvelous work. In it, he likened humanity to a baby chicken preparing to emerge from it’s shell. You see, nature knows precisely how much food to contain within the shell to nourish the chicken, right up until the time it is mature enough emerge from it’s shell. At the precise moment, the chicken’s food runs out. The chick, while trying in vain to find food, inadvertently cracks it’s shell. And with that marvelous accident, the chick begins it’s new life.
In similar fashion, humanity is likewise reaching a point where the resources which have accommodated us for so very long, are running out. By resources I refer of course to natural resources, but it’s more than just that. Almost all of mankind’s existing worldwide structures, be they governmental, social, or educational, are simultaneously running into dead ends.
Like the rapidly maturing chick, humanity has reached a point where in trying to find sustenance it has no choice but to crack its shell. It is still an open question as to what we will find on the other side. Whether humanity finds heaven or hell is largely dependent upon whether or not we are able to make an internal, spiritual, transition at the appropriate time.
The older generation, my generation, does not yet understand these things fully. We are a bit like the Israelites wandering through the desert for 40 years. The Israelites could not enter Canaan until the first generation had died out. Why? Perhaps because the older generation simply could not imagine a life where they were not slaves in Egypt. Certainly the occupy movements worldwide are a testament to the fact that the young people seem to be able to see the futility of the current situation more clearly than their parents’ generation is able to. Note also that it is the young generation that is currently embracing Ron paul’s message of Freedom & Liberty. The reasons are the same.
So what will the future new world order look like? Will the future look somewhat like the present? Will the “new world order” look like the old, with but a few cosmetic “marketing” changes? Like the difference between a 1960 and a 1961 corvette? I suggest to you that the new world order will not look at all like the old. We can’t begin to imagine what life will look like in the next 20 or 30 years. Our most fantastic visions only scratch the surface of the future that beckons to us.
Are you aware of that cold fusion is soon to be a reality? Cold fusion appliances may actually be available at your local Home Depot in late 2012. There are radical re-designs of our engines – gas, diesel, and electric, already in production. These new engines are remarkably efficient when compared to the engines we’ve been using for the last hundred years. What this means is that we are approaching a time when energy will no longer be a scarce resource. Maybe 21st century energy won’t be technically “free”, but it will be dirt cheap.
When we no longer need to worry about paying for massive amounts of energy, productivity will skyrocket to levels that you and I cannot even conceive of at this moment. Consider, what’s the primary reason that you and I don’t have our own personal submarines, our own personal helicopters, our own personal Lear jets? One of the prime reason of course, is that the cost to manufacture and then power such things are simply out of our reach. However, cold fusion appliances will soon be as common as microwave ovens. The power needed to build and operate our own helicopters or any other fantastic gadgets, will be a trivial thing.
How about 3D printers? Have you considered the implications of this rapidly emerging technology? At present 3D printers are relatively expensive and far from ubiquitous. But that will change. Probably within five years every household will have a 3D printer. For those of you who are not familiar with 3D printers, I strongly urge you to view this video. As you watch it, please understand that as remarkable as this technology is, it is still in its infancy. Imagine what the technology will be like in five years.
The day is coming when virtually everything that you need or want for your home, for your office, for your car, will be printed in the privacy of your own home or garage.
As exciting as this prospect is, this has devastating implications to the world economy as it exists today. Per the paradigm of the old world order, things must be assembled in manufacturing plants. We’re talking about a lot of jobs, both here at home and abroad disappearing . We’re talking about the tax base going away. Indeed, most taxes will be uncollectible. The existing manufacturing paradigm will soon be obsolete.
What kind of society will mankind create when anyone can print their own AK47 on demand? How about when it is a trivial thing to print all the parts needed to assemble your own racing car in the privacy of your own garage? Check out this full sized “printed” motorcycle, and see the future that is dawning. 3D printing, like cold fusion, is going to change everything. Soon.
So, is technology as destabilizing as 3D printing, ultimately a bad thing? I suggest you that it is not a bad thing. Far from it. It is a very good thing. The crisis that these things represent is simply another indication that humanity is like the maturing chicken in the egg. The sustenance/structures which have been maintaining us will soon be gone. It’s time. The old world order is at a dead end. A new world order must emerge. We must crack the egg, and discover a new life on the other side.
As I indicated to you in parts one and two of this series on 2012, I am very optimistic about the future. Not only is humanity on the verge of adopting a new paradigm, but it appears that even the animal kingdom is on the verge of a major shift. We’re in a time of “missing links”. However, there is still a question as to whether or not our transition will be successful.
In my opinion, the biggest question mark on humanity’s future centers upon whether or not the military industrial complex, will successfully con humanity into launching a war against Iran. If they are successful in this regard, all bets are off. For an attack upon Iran will likely represent the beginning of world war 3. We will talk more about Iran in a future post.
In the meantime, let’s not talk of apocalyptic destruction such as was envisioned in the popular movie 2012. There may indeed be violence in our future. But the larger violence will not be the result of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The violence will be a reflection of whether or not we’re able to change ourselves in a timely manner. Can we become a race that “deserves” to enter heaven? Can we successfully craft a world where anyone can “print” weapons of mass destruction in the privacy of their own homes, while at the same time be highly confident that such weapons will never be used?
This is ultimately a spiritual question. It is a religious question. So we will need to discuss religion in a future post as well. Until then, stay hopeful!