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Ron Patton | January 16, 2019
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I have really been thinking about the future. Not just my future but the future of our country, the future of the world and where we are going through time. There are many people who believe in long term planning for the future. Some even say that it is a sign of maturity.

Most members of society tend to look down upon short term thinking and admire those who have visionary goals for a secure future.

However, there are still those who have a hard time figuring out what they wish to do in the next ten minutes let alone that next ten years.

Throughout the nearly two decades of the 21st century, planning for the long term has literally stalled because of the doomsayers that seem to get our attention in science and religion.

So the question that needs to be asked in the year 2019 is, how far in the future is it reasonable to plan? Should we count on a future that will be relatively easy to plan for or should we believe that we live in a time of catastrophe and collapse?

I was reading an article about global warming today and my mind started reeling. I am not a supporter of this so-called settled science because it appears that it has been hijacked by political ne’r do wells that wish to exploit a climate apocalypse in order to form a dialogue for a world government and a state socialist agenda.

Apparently, the United Nations has made plans for you and me and that is by 2030 the green economy will be implemented and by 2050 we should all be grateful that due to our servitude, being overtaxed and redistributing world wealth we should be able to reverse the effects of our so-called environmental abuses.

There have been some other lofty goals for the future — some of them we will never see in our lifetime.

By the end of the 21st century, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative aims for all human diseases to be cured, prevented or managed. And Elon Musk wants a self-sustaining colony on Mars within 100 years.

Scientists believe that within a few years we will know without a shadow of a doubt that we are not alone in the universe.

Officially we have heard nothing or have found no evidence of life in space. However, scientists, especially astrobiologists and those that have an ear for technosignatures are certainly acting as if we have discovered something that will have to be revealed gradually in order to not panic the populace.

It remains perfectly possible that we are the only conscious beings in the galaxy—or even the universe.

However, from 2017 until now, there has been a resurgence of interest in unidentified aerial phenomena, technosignatures, biosignatures and even errant objects that have come from interstellar space that some conclude are ancient space probes.

The Kepler space telescope has taught us that almost all the hundreds of billions of planets in the Milky Way host planets.

Even if only 1 percent are habitable, that’s tens of millions of potential homes in our galaxy alone.

It is true that with current rockets, it would take tens of thousands of years to reach even the nearest star. Of course, Starshot aims to radically reduce that journey time, at least for small robotic probes.

But on a timescale of millions of years, such limitations are insignificant—and spreading throughout the galaxy becomes plausible.

Imagine a future in which we have not only fulfilled Musk’s vision of becoming an interplanetary species but become an interstellar one. The sheer number of conscious minds that could exist in such a scenario is almost too vast to contemplate.

I have talked about METI and Breakthrough Listen Project, where scientists are utilizing some of the world’s biggest telescopes to search for artificial signals from beyond Earth.

If we find one, chances are it was emitted thousands, millions or even billions of years ago. Decoding it will be our most ambitious ever attempt at archaeology because we will be reconstructing a civilization not only very alien but very ancient.

Now, all of these amazing things in the future are waiting to be fulfilled, but there is a snag in all of the optimism.

If we care about the 7.7 billion of us on Earth today, should we not care at least as much about the trillions of future minds whose existence depends on our survival?

Can we even think ahead in time to know the suffering and joy of future generations? What about their music, art, science and forms of culture that we cannot even conceive of? I wonder if we can think about our distant descendants and I wonder if we think that they will be too different than us to matter.

For all we know they may no longer be organic or that they have evolved to become one with technology. Thinking about the far future is not a distraction that shields our eyes from current problems. I believe that it should help us focus them even more acutely on our responsibilities right now.

However, there seems to be something that has been set in stone that could very well be a detriment to our progress. On a quantum level, we may see a future that is counterintuitive – as so-called prophecies in religious texts speak of a future where disasters and final judgment await us.

This is the future that has been debated for hundreds of years – a future where a retro causal apocalypse has been placed in our religious texts. Arguably chapters in holy scriptures that paint a bleak picture are now being seen as counterintuitive as people are ever suffering and waiting for a cataclysmic apocalypse.

Although there are many counterintuitive ideas in quantum theory, the idea that influences can travel backwards in time from the future to the past is generally not one of them. However, recently some physicists have been looking into this idea, called “retro-causality,” because it can potentially resolve some long-standing puzzles in quantum physics.

But from the spiritual view of retro causality the dominionist view of the future has influenced a lot of our dreams meaning that three of the Abrahamic religions have been generating a bit of retro causality in painting a picture of a dismal future and the fate of the world.

From the Bible we read the apocalypse from the Book of Daniel — it is the Old Testament apocalypse that we try to apply to our world today. The Book of Revelation is nothing more than a new Testament fulfillment and interpretation of a pat apocalypse that repeats itself through generation after generation—this would mean that the story that John left us is a an oracle that multiplies through generations and can actually be an account of “prophecy after the fact,” because by putting it in the mouth of a person who ostensibly lived a long time ago and letting that person tell the story it has the quality of predicting our fate.

That is because the end of the world has happened before, and some of us are remembering it in dreams and out of body experiences.

Daniel first spoke of an apocalypse – that may have already happened or if you wish to speculate – it all happened simultaneously. John told us about our own future in a way that is loaded with symbolism. The symbolism was left for interpretation and some take it literally; however, the truth is that the revelation could have been a simultaneously shared experience through time.

This, of course, is unconventional thinking, but it is possible as throughout all religions a supernatural element is never explained through the possibilities of quantum entanglement.

Really, all apocalyptic literature is much more a response to a set of circumstances that seem to repeat in various times, timelines and dimensions.

Now there seems to be a debate on whether or not the Book of Revelation in the Bible should be removed so future generations will be able to progress without the worry of a biblical Armageddon.

There is also the argument that it creates an unwanted retro causal hex where we have been cursed with a biblical text that has been used and abused by cult leaders and others who wish to use it as a tool of fear and that what is said in the Book of Revelation is inevitable.

Apocalypticism has had a powerful impact on American life. It has fostered among adherents a strong sense of purpose and personal identity, however, has it become a detriment to our progress – has it laid the framework for a disastrous future that breeds despair. Is it shaping the way we treat each other?

Although there are many kinds of apocalypticism, in the United States, Christian forms have dominated the discussion.

According to visions written down by John in Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, a global cataclysm is coming, and history, time, and the world as we know it are all coming to an end.

Apocalyptic visions, rather than fostering a sense of indifference to the coming of the end of days, have served as a call to battle. Millennialists insist that God has given them much to do and very little time in which to do it.

Millions of Christians have tried to make sense of local, national, and global events through the lens of biblical prophecy. The Book of Revelation has offered a kind of secret knowledge to those anxious about everything from their own personal problems to the most complicated challenges faced by their generation.

Many are now convinced that the world is edging closer to its end and that a messiah will arrive to save us from all of the death and destruction.

Christian apocalypticism also became ubiquitous in American pop culture. We see apocalyptic movies which some believe is part of the Revelation of the Method.

We have musical groups that have used it as well. Groups like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Marilyn Manson have used it to sell CD’s and records.

Manson demonstrated how apocalypticism had influenced his generation through albums like Antichrist Superstar and a memoir in which he recalled his fear of the coming Rapture. Eventually, like many other musicians and filmmakers, he found a way to transform evangelical fears into pop-culture topics. In so doing, Manson demonstrated that no part of American life was immune to Christian apocalypticism. “Zombie Apocalypses” are simply the latest incarnation of this prevalent American fear that the end of the world is on the horizon.

You can also include my show into the mix as much of what I talk about has been about by my love history, science fiction, and how I have been influenced by Christian apocalypticism.

When I was a kid the book of revelation read like the script of a horror movie. It was like a cinematic explosion of blood, violence, and redemption. For me, it was the scariest book ever written that has a really happy ending.

I was traumatized when I saw the movie The Omen – a film that I eventually realized was written by religious scholars that wanted to put the fear of God in people.

Whereas most of the rest of the New Testament talks about faith, hope and love, the Book of Revelation has been read for nearly 1,700 years as a nightmarish warning to sinners, heretics, and non-believers about the reign of terror to come for those who reject Christ.

The world’s two billion Christians read it as a holy book — laying out the trials and tribulations they will face as they wait for the Second Coming of Jesus.

Even for those who take it as more of a metaphor than a literal final battle between good and evil, few dispute that it belongs as the capstone to the New Testament.

There is however a faction that believes that the final book of the bible is the reason most young people today are fleeing the Christian churches because this book is doing more harm than good.

In truth, it was the book of the bible that many church fathers wanted banned when the New Testament was finally settled in the fourth century.

The composition of the New Testament came about after long debate and was settled over many years during Church councils. The Book of Revelation attracted more debate than most: not because some Church fathers thought it was more of a warning to the Jews, but that as a piece of writing it was just too weird to be included in the bible.

There were many that felt that the book was written by a heretic.

There were also edicts that would go out to the clergy that they should not use the book of revelation as a tool for conversion.

The great reformer Martin Luther made an attempt to remove the books of Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation from the biblical canon as well.

Some new reformers are even suggesting that the clergy should back off on the millennial preaching today because the younger generations see it as being too negative.

The Book of Revelation has also been used by many religious fanatics, who have preyed on the weak and ill-informed to promote their wild and fanciful speculations and theories.

It is believed that many Christians today are ill-informed as to the content of the book of Revelation, with a general concept that it is a most difficult book and that it can only be understood by those who are Biblical scholars or by those who have some type of higher secular education.

Over the past 2,000 years, Revelation has inspired great paintings, songs and literature, has been used to justify wars and has led many Christian groups to believe the end of the world is imminent.

The question is whether or not it should be removed from the canon because the author John sees nothing of the present world surviving, except the people who are dead come back to life in this new world.

John was a refugee from the Jewish war that had just destroyed his homeland, Judea. And the center of that whole territory, which was Jerusalem, the Temple of Jerusalem, had been utterly leveled by the Romans in response to a Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire.

The Book of Revelation is actually wartime literature. It comes out of that war, and it comes out of people who have been destroyed by war.

So this brings up a question did the world end then and will history repeat itself in some retro causal fluke?

It is the loop of history that we may see again unfold because of the law of attraction.

Written by Ron Patton

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