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and all I'm left with is a day at work after a huge snowstorm.


In all seriousness...

This is a day that's been in my mind for many years now. First hearing of it from Terence McKenna's Timewave Zero Theory. Well, I first heard of Terence in an interview in High Times and that was 96, but TWZ wasn't part of the theory he was presenting there. I think he was doing the stoned ape hypothesis in that interview. So I saw "Alien Dreamtime" at our local video store in 1997 and rented it and watched and was like "what's this then?"

And I bought Archaic Revival and read it. Never bought any of his books, but tried to consume what I could. Found archives of mp3s at hyperborea. Got turned onto other thinkers like RAW in the process, but was always closest to Terence due to his eloquence and gentle soul.

So I remember when it first hit me what Terence was on about, with "History is the shockwave of Eschatology" when I grokked his idea of "the UFO".

If you don't know his theory I won't go into the whole history of how it formed, but the basic gist is he took the 64 hexagrams of the King Wen sequence of the I Ching (Chinese divination book -- you've probably seen the patterns - look on the S Korean flag.

He came up with what he calls a "Fractal Wave" that is self similar and repeats on small levels and large levels, and applied it to time. The end point he considered "The Eschaton".

I don't know if he ever latched a date onto it at first, but when he heard of the New Age 2012 woo, he thought "why not" and I think he thought he was making a good career move that way. He did, I think. I don't think he was ever fixed to that date, it just sorta worked when he lined it up. I think it would work with any date. The idea is that the troughs of the wave are periods of high levels of novelty and innovation and the peaks are low levels of novelty...

It is self contained, and thus has a beginning and end point. It is the end point that concerned Terence. What is this zero point? "The Eschaton" the "end of time" not in the apocalypse doomsday scenario of Christian end times or Hollywood. Not even the New Age woo GALACTIC PHOTON BEAMS ALIGHTING EARTH! The idea was basically a riff on the Transhumanist/Extropian concept of "The Singularity" with a spiritual bent.

We as humans are a creative species, and through consciousness we create music and art and atom bombs and spaceships and microscopes and vaccines and televisions and computers. As Terence said:

“But technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects. All our tool making implies our belief in an ultimate tool. That tool is the flying saucer, or the soul, exteriorized in three-dimensional space.”

His is a very Platonic philosophy. The talk of "the ultimate tool" as a sort of idealized form. The "soul exteriorized in three-dimensional space" is in a sense the highest expression of humanity via technological creation.

The creation of this tool literally creates waves into the past as it comes into being, thus forming it's own self via a historical process that is not based on cause-effect, but effect-cause-effect. The wave, being self-contained is a/the "ding an sich" (thing in itself). It is both in time and beyond time, it is also time itself.

Terence talks about the UFO as an archetype of humanity's future imaginings and desires. A prehension of the thing to come. The wheel within a wheel. Angels, Aliens, Flying Saucers. All these things are the conscious perception of humanity's innate aspiration to fly into they hyperreal. It is the dreaming self. They are not made of form, but of mind. They appear to us in times of crisis. One image I like, though I'm not sure if Terence has used it or not, though I feel like he has, is that of the flying sauce being a sort of "skipping stone" across the surface of the wave of time. Hitting the surface, to appear for a brief time, only to jump back off and into hyperspace (the sub-imaginal realm) It is this appearance of itself, perhaps, like a mirage across space and time and cultures. But it goes deeper than the simplistic derivation portrayed on "History" channel. It goes deeper than any profane and material view of what it means to the masses watching the boob tube.

So 12/21/12 means something to me, not because of "doomsday" and not because of whether it was actually the right time for timewave zero, but what it says in general about humanity's collective aspiration. The desire for escape, the expression of that longing, when P-Funk sings "Swing down sweet chariot... stop and... let me ride" it is a song of redemption. It is the Time Wave Zero casting the long shadow over history. It is this creative process that Terence sees as connecting everyone and everything together.

He sees this process as a sort of apotheosis of sorts. In this regards I disagree with him. He is very much of the social sciences. Brilliant, but in the end, very anthropocentric (even if he does have a wide view beyond the humanities). We are not the end. We are not even necessarily the beginning.

We may live, we may die. He saw the UFO the collective expression of human dreaming and creation as the act of creation - the Omega Point IS the Alpha Point. This is his one contribution to the concept of Eschatology, I think. The idea of a shock or a rupture.

Danger is a biological necessity for humans, just like sleep and dreams. If you face death, for that time you are immortal. For the Western middle classes, danger is a rarity and erupts only with a sudden, random shock. And yet we are in danger at all times, since our death exists... Is there a technique for confronting death without immediate physical danger?

My final thought is that I'm looking on this as a sort of way to shut the door on the past decade. Not that I didn't have a lot of great things happen during that time. But to me, I need to really move on, I feel as though I've been traumatized by 9/11 + GWB... I feel like this is a chance to shut the door behind me on that decade and just let it rot and move towards the future. So goodbye 00s and hello a brighter future. The solstice is turning the days are getting longer, and the sun will be shining again.


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