I’m becoming one of those people that believe that there is no such thing as random chance.  I don’t believe in god in any of the Western traditional senses.  I don’t believe in reincarnation.  I don’t believe each person’s life is preordained.  I believe in what I’ve personally experienced, and then I take that with a grain of salt, figuring there are unconscious agendas.  In a way, I live my life inside a big “as if” frame, believing many things tentatively based upon the information that I have.

Part of this revolves around my belief that my unconscious is aware of everything my conscious is aware of, except earlier and with more information, and it is less distracted than my conscious mind.  I take my conscious machinations as sort of the froth at the edge of big waves hitting shore.  Lots of sound and fury, but most significant is the depths that it implies.

My feeling that there is little random chance is revolving around the sense that I as an individual and we as a society are living lives that are guided by the stories we create.  I often have the sense that as compulsive story makers we are constructing layers and layers of realities that engage in a sort of evolutionary selection process.  We tell stories about stories struggling with stories.  This process goes on in our heads and across the scale of our societies.

It’s almost as if there’s a whole level of evolutionary unfolding happening at a level outside of perception.  Similar to the concept of Dawkins’ memes, this concept is different in that the pure survival of a story is not the focus of the struggle.  What is important is that the story offers an efficient bridge between the human imagination and the sense-based world.  Those stories most effective at reproducing an infinite, interconnected, everything-influencing-everything reality offer the holders of those stories an advantage when integrating with sense-based reality.

In January of 2008 when Obama won the Iowa caucus, a story unfolded as a possibility.  In the story I saw forming, Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the economy crashes, Republicans are blamed for the crash (and the other Bush debacles) and Obama enters office with a mandate.  The story made sense if our society understood (at the unconscious level) the environmental emergency taking place and needed a powerful story to compel compliance with coming changes.

I began with the presupposition that the coming crisis is real, that a society like an individual has an unconscious (as Jung proposed) and that the societal unconscious will address the crisis by creating circumstances, a story, that most people will with conviction share.

Obama’s winning in Iowa, to me, was the first chapter in a story that involves a major shift in identity that will allow for an ability to address the crisis.

Another example of noting an event and seeing it as part of a forming story was the mainstream media first lambasting Palin for lying, right after the convention, and then skewing GM, Ford and Chrysler CEOs for taking private planes to congressional hearings.  For the first time that I could remember, truth and integrity were being promoted by the press in a context that was not necessarily in their self interest.  It wasn’t just any truth and integrity.  The media was exploring corporate incongruity and noting hypocrisy even when engaged in by major advertisers.  GM, Ford and Chrysler pay large portions of mainstream media expenses.  I see a new story emerging.  In this story, corporations and the elites are held responsible for society’s demise. The AIG bonus debacle may be the tipping point in this tale.

Right now I am watching for how the coming depression will be characterized.  Will it be called the Great Depression II as Krugman titled it on 1/5/09, or will it have another name that suggests the story we are at the beginning of telling ourselves?

The last depression bridged over into that hybrid of global integration and global conflict called WW II.  This depression will refine global integration and offer horizontal, diverse and transparent opportunities.  Will it end with conflict?  Not the kind we saw last time around.  Instead, we will see vast resources expended on an integrated multinational embrace to prevent any more of the horrible refugee plight, starvation, border conflict and conflagrations appearing on Youtube and the web.

This will not be called Great Depression II or Depression 2.0.  It will be called something like the Vast Depression because it will touch everyone.  It will be profound, everything will change, and though the word “Vast” sounds like the word “Last,” this Depression will be the beginning.

Humans like stories with a happy ending.  We also need cautionary tales.  Consider how we tell ourselves the story of the coming years.  It will be the story that our species uses as our foundation tale.


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