Priestly Garments

Early adopters to any new idea have always been ridiculed. A round earth made no sense to people that could see that it was flat. But they failed to consider the dawning and setting of the sun, explaining it away with overtly simple explanations that were dead wrong.

The airplane, automobile and many other ideas were also laughed at, “Impossible!” they’d say. Traveling over 35 miles and hour and a man couldn’t catch his breath and he would die. Flying like a bird was against God. Even translating the Bible into the common language was a mortal sin. They made sure of that too, since they’d kill you if you tried.

Undaunted, these early adopters went ahead and did it all anyway, and many did pay with their lives. So they sailed off the edge of the seas, and built their airplanes and drove their automobiles and the rest is history as they say.

We’re making history too, right here on this blog. We all are. Early adopters for the crash, ridiculed, misunderstood and considered heretics. I liken these detractors to the “Flat Earth” people. They cannot perceive the changes coming. To them, their personal history is the only history that has ever been in existence. Modern civilization has “always been” and “always will be” in existence which is of course, absolutely ridiculous.

The days of famine, disease, suffering, hardship and death are foreign concepts that can’t fly, shouldn’t fly. Anyone who talks about these things or plans for them is heretical.

Their bible is the status-quo, the business as usual, book, chapter and verse. This is the only translation there is, and the best it has ever been. They cannot see civilization for what it really is. They have their priests on hand to interpret it for them every night at 6:00 pm, and that’s exactly how they like it.

But you — you have the gall to deny all this and to declare that this is not how man could live, should live or even God forbid, will live! You declare from your own throne that it is over for humankind, his edifices and institutions are going to crumble and fall into dust. How dare you!

I spent about twenty years in the ministry. I never talk about this anymore, but it’s true. It doesn’t matter though, I’d have dared without that experience. But I did learn early on that obeying was more important then thinking, and questioning was swiftly punished.

I discarded those garments in time, since like others, I just couldn’t stop myself from saying that the earth wasn’t flat. I knew it wasn’t flat, how could it be? I was able to experience the roundness of the earth, just as much as I am able to experience the collapse of our civilization. How can anyone deny this if they are already living the experience?

The only thing that makes this possible is to explain it all away as something else. Reality isn’t real, it’s really illusion. God didn’t ignore the suffering of all the people, he ordained it. Our civilization is not collapsing, it’s still advancing.

Of course, none of this is true, but denying reality (real events) is commonplace. Our lying President invaded Iraq because God told him to and millions believed it. The daily horrors of reality and pools of blood leaking from the bodies of children can all be explained away as something else. We’re not responsible for that!

This disconnect is everywhere. Cognitive dissonance, consensus trance, deep denial. And it makes these people delusionally dangerous. Even pools of blood are not real, if they’d only obeyed our demands, none of this would have happened!

Let me ask you something: Why do you think the collapse will be dangerous or difficult in the first place? Is it because of food shortages? Martial law? Fascism? Resource depletion?

The most dangerous part of the collapse is denial. Denial causes people to behave is strange and dangerous ways. It creates panic when they suddenly realize that the grocery stores are empty, or they can no longer drive due to the lack of gasoline.

Denial is people. Denial isn’t no more coal or oil or food or anything non-human. Denial is another way of saying, how people act. And how they act, both now and then is going to be a huge issue. It is the “what” that makes the collapse dangerous, not that we’ve run out of oil, or food or water or any other thing, but what these people are going to do.

Denial of reality, denial of facts, denial of events, denial of circumstances — these are all in widespread evidence today by the Flat Earthers. What do you think is going to happen as these real life events accelerate?

Rage. We’re busy trying to embrace the collapse. How DARE these heretics do that! If not rage, then anger. Or resentment. Or just all encompassing despair. But none of these are going to change their priestly garments which they wear as cloaks of protection from things they do not understand.

It is the robes themselves that are in the way, as they always have been throughout human history. These robes of denial, the robes of religious superstition, the robes of civilization are not protecting us — they are limiting us.

But they will hate you for this knowledge. Their Flat Earth is the only world they know. This is what makes collapse dangerous. People in denial wearing priestly robes of civilization and they will do anything to keep it alive, even kill you.

Some carry badges and guns. Others drive fancy cars and trucks. They’re all clinging to the view of the flat earth and how it’s going to last forever, and you come along with your gall and your logic and tell them that it’s all over and their robes of righteousness won’t help them at all. They will kill you for it, believing to be doing God himself a favor.

People are no different today then they were back then when the earth was flat. They are no more ‘civilized’ or decent or anything different. And they will have the same level of ‘mercy’ they showed heretics then too. Do NOT forget, morality and decency in real life can ONLY spring forth from abundance. Shortages mean a shortage of everything, including respect, decency, morality, justice, fairness, sharing, compassion and caring.

We are not going to be able to preserve these things without ongoing abundance. Humans will revert to the animals that they are. The Flat Earthers that don’t believe this (and I’ve heard from plenty of them) are in deep denial and need to go look at what is actually happening in the world today as villages, town, cites and nations fight over the remaining scraps.

Now extrapolate that on a world wide scale where there is no help coming from any quarter and you get the idea of what collapse means. How people act. Those that insist on clinging to their priestly garments will be the most dangerous ones of all, because they will act and believe as if they have “authority” and “moral rightness” (to act with extreme brutality and injustice). This is how it has ALWAYS been with humans and how it will ALWAYS BE.

It is just as ludicrous to try and ‘save’ humanity from the collapse as it is to try and stop the collapse, neither battle can be ‘won’. The battle for hearts and minds has already been lost, and it is an impossible task anyway. This planet cannot support 7 billion people anymore, anyway.

Ok then. Just something I had to get off my chest.

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13 thoughts on “Priestly Garments

  • March 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm
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    Collapse, unfortunately, will give those wearing a badge the freedom to shoot on sight anyone on his enemies list. The sheriff of the backwoods county in which I live once told a state conservation agent, regarding a suspect, “If you don’t have evidence, manufacture it.”. Our sheriff is an accomplished poacher (already been convicted), and no doubt a Flat-Earther.
    So, yeah, flat-earthers abound, but when they have the guns and the courts behind them, who knows what they will do?

    And it’s more than a little scary thinking of ALL those other flat-earthers out there–think Katrina. I’m not on a “blame-the-victim” rant, but I was amazed at the number of people in New Orleans who had less than one day’s worth of food on hand when disaster struck! There was the video clip of one gal hurrying into a quick shop type place and asking for a loaf of bread, only to be told “we’re out of bread but have a bag of flour left”, whereupon she sneered “I don’ want that!”.

    I guess the key is to become as invisible as possible.

  • March 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm
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    Collapse will give anyone the freedom to shoot on sight (anyone). It doesn’t take a badge to be a punk.

    Only an idiot will still be wearing a badge in collapse as I see it, or pretending that there is still any rule of law left.

    But I’m sure that there will be a lot of idiots (targets) anyway.

  • March 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm
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    My friend who recently, (through my browbeating) finally, realized that the earth is round asked me “what will collapse be like?” I said think of your worse nightmare about what i have been telling you. Then multiply by ten. That won’t even come close to the coming reality.
    I really enjoyed this article. Plus the fire one the other day.
    Yep, it is easy to share when you have alot.
    And I bet it is easy (mentally justified) to ‘take’ when you have little and your children are hungry. We’ll soon see, won’t we?

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:09 am
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    The flat-earthing lifestyle is driven by emotion, as you have expressed so clearly here in yet another fine piece of writing. I believe the masses primary explanatory strategy is much more emotion than reason, mixed in with a healthy dose of magical thinking, just in case evidence-based irrationality is not enough.

    We early adopters balance more on the curiosity and reason side. Whatever this blessing or curse may be, questioning and seeing things for what they are sentences one to a life of ridicule, or worse. I can’t recall all the times I have been marginalized because I could see down the road and advocated for preparation and planning. It’s tiresome.

    I got an email a couple of weeks back from a woman who listened and then looked into evidence I had supplied regarding peak oil and the implications of increased fuel costs to the business of providing meals to senior citizens. To any of us here, predicting $4 gasoline 3 years ago was hardly earth shattering, heck we could see that decades ago. Anyway, she made adjustments, and her organization is mitigating the impact of runaway energy prices. So there is one success (but only one).

    My employer at the time marginalized me totally for the same messages. You all know the drill, the brilliant staff guy, the idea person, who really just doesn’t understand things but could be useful to figure just about anything out. In that position I implemented GIS analysis (first in state), redesigned the website and implemented it (for the first time), designed the MIS and taught all the managers above me to use it, and I supervised 75% of the programming and annual budget of nearly $2,000,000. But, collapse talk was off the table. Makes me puke.

    I believe we early adopters are destined to either create change with great fanfare, or to be marginalized and parasitically closeted. When we do inspire broad based change, the rationality behind it is converted to emotion by those who adopt it, and place it in stone. To me this is like placing our operational “code” in an “emotional ROM”. We early adopters are the coders, and re-coders. The masses live inside the “emotional ROMs”. We live in an operational world, they live in a world of fixed, unchanging verities. The verities are internalized and protected by emotion, and when challenged, the battle is on.

    I don’t think the process has ever been different as you argue forcefully. In the past, this blindness, inertia and denial has mattered less perhaps, but now it could not be more dysfunctional because our survival is on the table. We will not be heard once more, but that is our lot.

    MD

  • March 26, 2008 at 9:54 am
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    Excellent posts gentlemen. Your well reasoned and written thoughts are invaluable to me in understanding this undergoing. Thank you. Now back to the garden.

  • March 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm
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    Well, yes and no, ThePrisoner. Big Gav posted about turning fat into fuel recently. But the bones and muscle -nope. Brains, even of those dead of starvation, will have a goodly fatty acid content … but so few living humans have brains as it is, well…..

  • March 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm
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    I don’t imagine there would be a need to turn corpses into fuel. The “other white” meat can be eaten raw.

  • March 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm
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    That depends on what they died of, John. If it was just stupidity, then, sure, they are edible raw. But disease dead are another thing.

  • March 26, 2008 at 6:19 pm
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    Let’s see, boiled, roasted, baked, fried, poached or raw? There are many ways to ‘serve mankind’.

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