Is It True?
Published on 01/13/06 at 13:23:14
by: Whitley Strieber
in the past two years, there have been two great
earthquakes that have devastated populated areas
and many other smaller ones that have also done
great damage, the Amazon has virtually dried up,
the Arctic has begun to melt, the Greenland and
Antarctic ice caps have become unstable, and the
weather has turned into a complex monster.
What is so interesting about this is that our
planet is not the only one in the solar system
that appears to be affected. There have been signs
of unusual weather on Saturn, and Mars appears
to be experiencing polar cap decline not dissimilar
to our own.
Now a scientific paper has been published suggesting
that increased solar activity over the past decade
has resulted in the sun contributing anywhere
from ten to thirty percent of the additional heat
that's going into global warming.
In fact, it doesn't just suggest this, it goes
a long way toward proving it. This will be taken
by some people to mean that we needn't bother
about global warming because it's the sun's fault.
But, of course, it's not ALL the sun's fault and
we can and must do something about the part that's
our fault. The truth is that the added impact
of solar heating makes the problem incredibly
urgent. This planet's whole natural process is
about to go into chaos, and when it does potentially
billions of us are going to die, and the most
vulnerable areas are the United States, Europe
and China, so we Americans cannot expect to sit
on the sidelines while the rest of the world suffers
for our sins.
Anybody who doesn't burn to do something about
the global warming problem is insane, and leaders
who won't address it are in the process right
now of committing the greatest crime against humanity
that history has ever known.
When I worked on Superstorm, there were no models
that factored in increased heating from the sun.
But it's there all right, and therein lies the
making of a catastrophe not unlike that prophesied
as the end of the age, according to Jose Arguelles,
by Pacal Votan, a Mayan ruler of the sixth century
I am beginning to see around me evidence that
this man's prophecy was correct. Why that would
be so is another matter entirely, and one that
I cannot address except with speculation, but
I can say that, if things keep deteriorating at
the present rate, there are going to be environmental
disasters of unprecedented ferocity in a few years,
and I would not be surprised if they weren't upon
us right around 2012.
There is no question at all that an age is coming
to its end right now. In the past couple of years,
the problems have become so obvious that they
are very hard to ignore. The sun is more active
than it has been in a thousand years. The magnetic
pole is showing signs of a shift. Storms are becoming
more frequent and catastrophic. Human pressure
on the planet's natural functioning is rapidly
overwhelming its ability to stay alive. Earth
And then there are the earthquakes and the subtle
suggestions that great volcanic events might be
impending. There are things nobody really understands,
such as the hot spot east of Santa Barbara, California,
and the signs of activity beneath some of the
The earthquakes are the strangest phenomenon.
Why are they happening now? Are they in some way
related to solar activity? If so, it's not something
that our own science understands. We even have
trouble understanding if there is a connection
between earthquakes that take place in close time
proximity but on unrelated faults.
There was a book published some years ago called
Hamlet's Mill that suggested that much ancient
symbolism was an attempt to warn the far future
that earth every so often, perhaps on a regular
cycle of about 12,500 years, went into a state
Subsequent to the publication of this book, we
have come to know that there was a complex series
of cataclysms on this planet around 12,500 years
ago, that led to the collapse of the world's then
extensive glaciation and the beginning of the
interglacial in which we have spent our entire
There is all sort of evidence, commented upon
by many authors, notably Rand and Rose Flem-Ath
and Graham Hancock, to the effect that some sort
of past civilization, advanced in ways that are
hard for us to apprehend, was utterly destroyed
during this time.
Sea levels rose fantastically during the glacial
melt, and they rose fast, increasing hundreds
of feet over just a few centuries. Nowadays, we
live in what would have been the highlands of
that period. Gigantic stretches of land that were
present in those days now are gone. And there
are suggestions, here and there, that there might
be inundated cities and other structures, now
far from land. But underwater archaeology is in
its infancy, and geology has not produced more
than a rough idea of where shorlines lay during
the last glaciation. Add to that the probability
that earthquakes have further altered landforms,
and the chances of proveably detecting any unquestionable
remains of even quite a large civilization become
Nevertheless, in memory and in prophecy, we do
have indications that this civilization was once
there, and that it has tried to send warning forward.
We are living in the time it identified as the
next age of chaos, and we would do well to acknowledge
that fact as they did in their time, in order
to do what they did, which is to project some
remnant of what we have accomplished and what
wisdom we have gained forward into the next human
It is fair to ask, then, what is to be done?
I'm not a survivalist and I'm not going to recommend
the purchase of flashlights and seeds. Time and
chance will capture us all, and it will be a matter
of luck and the moving finger on the wall who
survives and who does not.
Best that we humbly acknowledge that, somehow,
the past had possession of extremely potent knowledge.
It's demonstrable: Mayan texts do identify 2012
as an epochal year; and the environment is disintegrating
in ways that suggest that this prediction, made
over a thousand years ago by a man who didn't
even have use of the wheel, is perhaps the most
potent human idea formed in all of our history.
If he is correct, then it's not difficult to argue
that his was the best mind that ever lived, at
least during this particular cycle.
For nearly three million years, earth has been
rocked by climactic instability. The periodic
nature of ice ages suggests that the sun heats
up over a vast cycle of thousands of years, causing
the release of greenhouse gasses through natural
means, resulting in a spike in air temperature
that violently melts the ice and ushers in another
interglacial when the sun suddenly changes and
cools down again.
This gigantic solar cycle must exist now, but
it has not always existed. Actually, the earth
has spent huge, unimaginably long epochs in a
condition of stability unlike anything we have
known across the entire history of our development.
During many of these periods, there were no polar
caps, and life evolved slowly, impelled by the
competition for living space into the myriad of
forms and survival strategies that we see around
For the past three million years, though, the
opposite has been true. The continuous cycle of
cooling and heating that the planet is now undergoing
has wrought havoc in nature. The number of species
has been in decline for that entire period, and
has just now reached the peak of the bell curve.
We will see a phenomenal dieoff in the next few
years, a massive collapse in the number of life
forms on the planet.
The extinction event that created us, in other
words, is about to challenge our very existence.
It's not as if it hasn't happened before. In
fact, every time there was a gigantic climate
change, the primates reacted by adapting themselves
anew to changed conditions. Were it not for the
instability of the present situation, we would
never have become an intelligent species.
Now, that intelligence must be called upon again,
to get us through to the next period of relative
calm. During this period, we will leave behind
virtually everything we now understand as civilization.
The consumer society will be the first to go,
a victim of overpopulation and our failure to
address the need to find new energy sources early
enough. With it will go the United States as superpower.
We are already in the last phases of that: like
the British Empire in 1910, our country is overwhelmed
with debt and beginning to treat the restless
in its client states with extraordinary brutality.
Next will be some cataclysm, perhaps the unexpected
collapse of Saudi oil or the detonation of atomic
bombs in our cites or a great plague--who knows
what it will be--but on the other side of it,
the world will no longer be dominated by a superpower.
At the same time and consequent to the fall of
the superpower, will come a period of climate
change so rapid that growing seasons worldwide
will be disrupted at the same time that the large
scale movement of food around the planet becomes
problematic due to a lack of energy resources.
This is likely to mean sickness and famine on
a very broad scale, especially in areas that are
not self sufficient in food.
It's not a pretty picture, and the failure of
human leadership worldwide just at the time when
creative innovation at the top was most essential
has condemned us to vast suffering.
So, why don't I just go ahead and fall on my
sword or put a gun to my head?
Because I am optimistic about the future, and
I have good reason to be.
At the same time that all of these negative forces
are gathering and arraying themselves against
us like some kind of dark army of invincible soldiers
with the monstrous weapons of the apocalypse,
all aimed straight at our hearts, the mind of
man is responding in ways that are so far beyond
what we presently realize that they beggar description.
However, we are on a collision course with two
destinies: the planet is about to throw us off
like a horse switching its tail at a persisten
dobson fly, while at the same time we are on the
point of making a series of phenomenal scientific
breakthroughs that may finally take the mind in
the direction it has been trying to go ever since
we looked up and saw the stars, which is outside
of the body, into the surrounding world and universe,
into total knowledge, total freedom and a future
so fantastic that what we will be in fifty years
will be so radically different from what we are
now that we will be all but unrecognizable to
If we live.
This has happened before. During the latter stages
of the dinosaur age, the climate entered an unstable
phase as well, which lasted about three million
years before a the great cataclysm that delivered
the coup de grace. During this time, the number
of dinosaur species gradually declined, and highly
intelligent--by dinosaur standards--new species
such as Struthomimus--evolved. This fast, smart
little beast came about as a response to a consistently
In modern (by geologic standards) times, the
mammals responded to our own climate challenge
by evolving another highly intelligent species--us.
But we're a much better contender than Stuthomimus,
and for a very specfic reason: we are intelligent
enough and informed enough to induce further,
even more rapid evolution in ourselves, and perhaps
save ourselves and even our civilization, from
the coming upheaval.
Indeed, I don't believe that a changing environment
is actually our greatest enemy. Our greatest enemy
is a part of nature that lies concealed within
us. It is the death wish that arises out of excessive
population pressure. This death wish began to
be triggered a long time ago, in the middle of
the eighteenth century, when a restlessness swept
europe as cities grew in population, crowding
and filthiness. By the middle of the nineteenth
century, there had been two major revolutions,
the French in the 1780s and the upheaval of the
1840s. In the United States in the 1860s, the
first war of population destruction was fought.
And then, at the beginning of the twentieth century,
the firing of a single bullet into the brain of
an archduke in Bosnia turned on a killing machine
that we had invented in the form of the European
arms race that had unfolded from 1890 through
That killing machine, started by that single
bullet, has never since been turned off. It is
directly responsible for the rise of communism
and Naziism and the massive avalanche of death
that they brought to this world. Indeed, I could
take you, event by event, from that bullet to
the latest death in Iraq and show you just how
direct and unbroken that chain really is.
I could take you, also, through the wicked hell
of opposing ideologies that keep the machine running,
and show you how a larger sense of enmity, expressed
again and again as a desire to enter one utopian
condition or another, has been threatening man
from within even as the environment threatens
us from without.
But this is not a history lesson. It is about
what lies ahead, because the machinery of death
might at last coming to pieces, and, if it does,
then the human mind is going to spring free, and
there will be wonders.
A confluence of scientific discoveries holds
almost immeasurable promise for us. We are in
the position, probably for the first time in any
of the cycles we have lived through, of taking
possession of our own evolution, and therefore
also of the nature that now controls our lives
with its dangers, its arbitrary cycles, and its
indifferent casting of species after species down
Biological and informational technologies are
about to come together in ways that are beyond
startling, that suggest that we may finally leap
free of the bondage of the death wish and all
the silly superstitions and ideologies that flow
out of it, from the myth of the good communist
to the myth of the superman to the myth of the
free market, to leave it all behind, and along
with it the religious and social superstitions
that drive our ideologies on the ash-heap of failed
ideas and false gods.
As our ability to create ever more dense information
nodes is increasing exponentially, so also is
our ability to deliver information to the brain,
and to alter ourselves in ways that enable us
to process it with greater efficiency.
And this is only one of many areas in which science
is progressing toward the exact sort of post-apocalyptic
human state that has been prophesied, that we
will reach superconciousness even as the world
falls apart around us.
It turns out that our approaching this state
isn't connected with some sort of magic at all,
any more than the spirit hole through which Pacal
Votan said that he would speak was woven of an
incomprehensible magic. Just as ordinary science
is going to make the magic of the superconscious
human being a reality, it was that hole that enabled
archaeologists to discover Pacal Votan's tomb,
and bring his existence back to light.
Magic, when you understand it, is no longer magic,
and we are rapidly reaching the ideal human condition,
which is one in which the average person is too
smart to believe in the deadly superstitions and
ideologies that claw at us like evil trolls trying
to prevent us from fulfilling our destiny, which
is to take flight and fill the universe with human
mind, human spirit and human being.
If we live...