dialog presents a far-flung exploration of the system of empire with its
beginning in India's distant past, going back in time more than 3,500 years,
extending forwards to its continuing expression in modern time.
India, who stands at the center of the story is not designed to represent a
specific person. She represents the modern women of India, specifically
those who have developed a keen scientific awareness of India's past and its
potential future, who stand at the leading edge committed to shaping that
itself is situated in Russia at the end of the Soviet era. The story unfolds
at a hypothetical peace conference, organized by the Youth of Russia, in a
resort town at the Black Sea.
Chapter 11 "Ice Age versus Depopulation" extending to
Some people say,
Oh if I where King for but a day!
Ah, but those who grab power go mad with it,
and in their madness they never stop.
This has been the case for 3,500 years already,
mankind is perishing by it.
My lovely celebration of life and of humanity was shattered one day by an exceptionally powerful presentation at the conference. I hadn't realized until then how deeply my growing sensitivity to the beauty of our humanity, and my growing openness to love, had changed me deep within. Some of the uglier political issues, those that I had been able to deal with in the past without becoming too upset, suddenly became utterly unbearable, even physically painful to deal with. Is this the price one has to pay for a growing sensitivity to love? May be it is. Maybe herein also lies the impetus that empowers us to face the Three Hundred Years War that the masters of empire are waging against humanity, to shut it down.
There were many women at the conference. Some stood out above the rest. None, though, had the same powerful effect on people that Tara from our tavern had. The speeches were theoretical. Tara was real. The speeches were demonizing. Tara had an uplifting influence. On rare occasions an exceptional speaker broke this pattern. One of these was a woman from India, a tall, slender woman with dark hair and a gentle and caring expression. Her appearance was mirrored in her name, the name,
Dayita, which means, "beloved." She was introduced to us as a Professor of Universal History, presently unemployed for political reasons, living in New Delhi, the place of her birth.
Dayita was the first and only speaker that afternoon, the last speaker for the day. She opened her presentation with some bright new ideas and new material that hadn't already been mulled over a thousand times before. I admired her for that. Her message was one of hope. She talked about the scientific power of the human being, with the potential to enrich the world with ever-richer states of civilization.
Her message also had a dark side. It became terrifying at times. At least it became so for me. She talked about the consequences for a society that stops regarding itself as human beings and looses sight of itself as the most precious gem in the Universe, whereby it looses the foundation for its civilization. She spoke about depopulation in this context, the kind of madness that the Spanish painter Francisco Goya seemed to have understood well, who had lived in the end-phase of a great renaissance that was overthrown in his lifetime by the same oligarchy that the renaissance-movement had once had successfully combated. Goya had seen both the day and the night. Dayita appears to have seen the same contrast in India, and probably around the world in modern times. She spoke in this context of the distorted logic of bankrupt decadence, the empty heart of the ruling imperials, of potentates, who lack the intelligence, humanity, and the scientific awareness of universal principles to create a viable world in which they themselves, society, and the coming generations have a future. She spoke of rulers, who in their emptiness at heart are hell-bent to prevent future societies from existing. Hence their focus on depopulation.
Dayita also spoke about the willing victims across the world, who are so deeply married to the imperial game, by its corruption, that they eagerly play their assigned roles for the few scraps of pleasure, privilege, and comfort that it affords them, who have thereby become so emptied of their humanity that they are more inclined to 'devour their own offspring' than to stop the game that gives them their pleasures. Dayita called the process 'deindustrialization.'
It struck me that Goya had painted the scene of 'deindustrialization' already 150 years ago, and in a much more descriptive manner, in his painting of Saturn devouring one of his sons. He painted boldly and courageously the naked truth that the 'civility' of modern language is designed to hide.
Dayita never mentioned the name, Goya, in her presentation. She didn't have to. She spoke primarily of her own country's history, which by all accounts was worse in all respects. Still, she found that her courageous daring to look at this history, as boldly as Goya looked at the truth, serves us well in our age, in metaphor, in judging our present world.
Dayita also spoke about the New Hope for mankind, that she beheld with a sparkle so bright as to defy the Ice Age that is looming over mankind's future. And she saw it as the potential savior of civilization and mankind itself. Also she spoke about America in glowing terms as standing at the center of this New Hope.
I was impressed by the title of her presentation. She had tackled a subject that even seasoned diplomats would have had difficulty in addressing, provided they dared at all. The title of her address was: "The Marriage of Humanity," with the subtitle, "The Ice Age versus Depopulation." I felt that
Dayita, who came to speak to us from the standpoint of India on such a deep-reaching subject, was probably the most courageous young woman of all the people that had gathered at the conference.
The title seemed promising and intriguing the moment I read it on the day's schedule. I looked forward to hear what new insights she had to offer. As it turned out she had quite a few new insights to offer into dimensions of our world that I hadn't concerned myself with as much as I should have. However, the outcome was not what I had expected. It was as terrifying as it was enlightening. It inspired a healthy fear with an open door to infinity.
Dayita opened her presentation by saying that mankind is a peculiar species, and that its history is extremely interesting when it is seen from a high level perspective. She also said that human development could be observed as unfolding in states and stages that are strikingly similar to the four states that exist in the physical environment. She said that all matter in the physical Universe exists in four different states that are defined by different energy levels in a given environment.
"Matter exists either in a solid state at low energy levels," she said, "or in a liquid state at a higher energy level, or as a gas when the heat goes up, or as a plasma in a super-high-temperature environment."
She reminded us that water, for instance, takes on a solid form as ice at low energy levels, corresponding to a low temperature environment. However, when the energy level is increased, it becomes a liquid, until at still higher temperatures, or higher energy levels, it turns into steam and becomes a gas. "But there is a fourth state of matter possible," said
Dayita, "which physicists call the plasma state.
Dayita spoke to us in a matter of fact type of tone, like a university lecturer would speak.
"The plasma state of matter is rare on Earth," she said. "It exists only at extremely high temperatures, like the temperatures that we find in the Sun measured in millions of degrees. At this super-high-energetic stage the shape of matter changes into a totally different state from all the others, with its own unique characteristics."
She told us that it becomes necessary at this point to take a brief tour into the world of plasma physics since the plasma state of matter is not generally understood, but is an exceedingly important element for our future, both in the context of physics, and in the context of a metaphor for the high-energy humanist environment that society needs to develop in order to survive the coming Ice Age.
"So let's take a look at plasma physics," she said, "which in many respects looks like a fairy tale world to us conventional people living in a conventional world."
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