When the Lion Lies Down With the Lamb

 6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

(Isaiah 11:6-9)

Will the lion (or wolf, as it actually states) ever lie down with the lamb? That evocative image of a dreamlike impossibility from Isaiah forms the frontispiece of the United Nations entrance, but it would seem to be as far from Earthly realisation as ever. Or is it? It speaks of a time when the weak and strong will be able to dwell together, with the gentle lamb having nothing to fear from the lion. It may not yet be upon us, but several changes happening to society will make this possible at last.

One thing is the rise of a technological equality that previous societies couldn’t even have imagined. That is, through the medium of technology, democratically distributed, there are spaces and forums to which anyone can have access, pretty much regardless of background. Already, millions around the world have access to the internet in some way or another. When the next generation of interactive internet emerges, it will be an even greater part of our lives. It doesn’t mean everyone will be absolutely equal in their worldly status, the flattening affect won’t go that far. Personal development and effort will go a long way to defining people then as now, yet background will have a lot less sway. The society we presently live in is comparatively feudal in the emphasis paid to birthplace and parents. This will be increasingly unsustainable in the future.

The reason why the lamb will be able to lie with the lion is from having nothing to fear anymore from his bite. The lion, seeing clearly the benefits of the trusting and gentle ways of the lamb will likewise be freed from the primitive aggression he once felt towards those weaker than him, in a system so devoted to physical survival. Although self-restraint is currently urged upon the strong, in a world where such strength is seen as one of many attributes and not necessarily the most important one, mutual respect will make such consideration natural.

The words are held to refer both to nations and to individuals. The prophecy states that there will be a ‘healing of nations’ making this possible. This suggests reconciliation and forgiveness, though not necessarily forgetfulness. The memories will be shared as a heritage of primitive times that have long passed, ‘long’ referring to cultural distance and developmental progress, not just Earthly years. They won’t be angrily brought up, as the sense of reconciliation will have made such resentment impossible. The same will be in the personal space. Inner reconciliation will be the theme, not only forgiving in this way those that have wronged us, but more deeply reconciling the ‘strong’ and ‘gentle’ parts of ourselves, so that they healthily co-exist. Whilst much of history has been the story of bullies and their victims, the strong and the weak, a new chapter of humanity will open in which these roles are rendered redundant.

Technological advances will play their part in this, with the brightest designers fully aware of their millennial achievements. The technology will reflect the advances in thought and identity, not bringing such essential progress in itself. A society will emerge finding much more time and pleasure in enlightened learning, yet will appreciate the small features of daily life all the more as well, seeing them as just as much a part of the whole as larger issues.. As our hearts pulse more nearly as one in this peaceful unity, means to share experience with no delay, immediately even, will be fully developed. ‘computers’ will no more be the PCs we use now, though there may be data centers of a sort holding and backing up the great stores of information accumulated, just as there are now. Yet the usual ‘computer’ will be a light, wrist-watch like device capable of holographic projections to produce a whole field of interaction. The somewhat ‘ghostly’ nature of 3D as we now experience it will be far richer and more involving, and in fact will involve projections viewable from any angle, yet subtly different from matter all the same.

Although much of the arts will be digitised to be presented in such a manner, this won’t mean an abandonment of the analogue realm, as in many cases tools that create directly into the digital space will for a long time be far cruder and unexpressive than their analogue equivalents, which themselves evolved over centuries. It will still be easier to digitise a very sensitively produced analogue work than to improve a simplistic digital creation, for example digitising a marble sculpture rather than trying to achieve the same level of depth and feeling in CG. What digital will bring along with the greater convenience are its virtues of easy accessibility and near-infinite reproduction. In fact, in the wake of such great advanced in both the analogue and digital realms, a new field will open up before us like never before, but need even more careful guardianship; the genetic phase, in which life itself is created, modified and attempts are made to improve.


Letter to America

The Milky Way- The final frontier beckons as never before.

Some would say it takes a lot of audacity to write a letter to a nation. Who would read it? What effect would it have and just who do I think I am by writing it in the first place? My answer to all this is: who am I, inspired to do so as I am, not to write this very necessary, important and medicinal letter? Thus, let us create our future together, guided by the pinpoints of light that shine above us, 50 of which appear on this great nation’s flag.

America is at a crossroads. Before it stand the twin possibilities of regression and advance, progress and regress, hope and the despair of inertia. The light of hope is indeed in progress, anything less is indeed despair on a number of levels. Life goes forward, in evolutionary terms, there is no standing still. Yet human evolution, as distinct from what is known of the survival instincts inherent in animal evolution, continues into the growth of civilization, developing interest in human dignity and the intelligent future of humankind.

America has been blessed with a unique and inspiring constitution, one that has surely guided her over many generations, even into the modern age, in which she stands triumphant as the greatest and most prosperous power ever to have existed on the face of the Earth. Yet, new demands and even more so new opportunities should lead us to question whether amendments may yet be made to reflect a growing realisation that the society of early colonies that it first spoke to have changed immensely into the great nation that stands before us now. A nation that by its very position leads the world, as only it can. A nation composed first and foremost of all the other nations. Only by savouring this deep fact can we have a grasp of the actual reality we encounter here, so often rendered hazy by the specific concerns of economics, politics, or military matters. Only by seeing the meaning behind events can we see the truth guiding them.

Fist of all we need to realise that America has indeed evolved the institutions vital to her future. Her future, multifaceted though it may be, lies in the education of her children. Here we see that some wonderful institutions have arisen- the PBS network, the Discovery Channel and various radio stations that devote themselves to uncovering the latent creativity in the humans they speak to. This, more than anything, is a measure of America and her children’s level of advancement, civilisation, decency. This decency is at the core of any nation, real or imagined, present, past or future. These core values are what we must hold most dear, what we should realise that, despite the mists of confusion around us, we do indeed hold most dear. Already, we are talking in terms unfamiliar to the mainstream media that sets itself the task of informing, guiding, protecting the innocence of the nation. Already we are talking in terms that feel true, rather than offer the kind of ideological correctness that competing political visions addict themselves to. Already we are talking in humanly real terms rather than theoretical, pseudo-scientific ones.

And we should indeed be wary of pseudoscience. Science, like art or religion, is a definite pillar of civilisation. Without it, we are lost, condemned to primitive life, to greater toil and superstition. Science, like these other limbs of mankind, is what we shall use to walk to our true freedom as a species, freedom from need and fear, a freedom to create as never before.

So I hereby propose, offer, even, a new clause in the constitution to go with the provisions for freedom of religion, important and ever-relevant though that might be. We need a corollary freedom of science, freedom to respect and recognise scientific achievement as objective progress in the outer realm, just as the freedom to advance in our inner realm is guaranteed in the freedom of religion. For what is religion if not a path to guide us in the inner realm of subjective understandings of higher truth, personal salvation and the holding of values that whilst they may be objectively unprovable, nevertheless have inestimable value to those who hold them dear. Without inner truth, life would be a desert of limitation, so let us water in the oasis of the wonderful and miraculous, whilst simultaneously realising that it may well only be so wonderful and miraculous for we ourselves.

Maintaining the freedom of science is to protect it from the assaults of religion, or the state, just as religion and the state are guaranteed separation from one another. There may be no national religion as such, just as the nation may not favour or oppress any one religion. Likewise, the religion may not seek to dominate the state and throw it away from its constitutional commitment to rational enterprise in a competitive world, filled though it may be with as yet unrealised opportunities.Science too need to be freed to fulfill its guiding function, through a far greater respect being given to the learned authorities of the great scientific institutions, institutions that had far from found their current form when the nation itself was first founded.

Emerging problems such as global warming, the invention of ever-more effective weapons of mass destruction, possibilities unleashed by greater understandings of DNA, and the still-emerging race to exploit the opportunities offered by space need nothing more than ethical, reasonable guidance. This guidance cannot be supplied solely by political bodies, or politically-minded people. Nor, need it be said, can it be effectively regulated by the dictates of ever-aging religious moral understandings. Yet still, it surely needs guidance, understanding and a voice to proclaim it&s findings in a binding and respectable form.

With this in mind, the new additions to the constitution will enshrine the position of authority in worldly matter sot the union of concerned scientists, or some other as yet uncreated body that is able and willing to assume this lofty position. The results of failing to do this in a timely manner could be disastrous, or even catastrophic. Luckily, we still yet have time, but it makes sense to briefly outline the manner in which this should be done.

The Scientific Authorities

The power and position of these authorities are part of a new division of power, one that will emerge first in the USA and later in the emerging world state, now presently and however vaguely organized by the United Nations, a deeply corrupt, yet equally necessary institution that aims, at the very least, to save us from ourselves and restrain the natural egotism and hyper-competition that has caused so much destruction to our beautiful world and so much needless pain to our human family living upon it.

It is vital that the important avenues of science are not politicised, belittled with intent to ‘wish them away’, or made subject to the growing threat of superstition and big business concerns that see such information as a barrier to ever-greater profits, whatever the risks involved.

Also, education should be freed from belittling superstition that might render it compromised beyond recognition. Evolution, for example, happened, happens and will happen, whether we like it or not. No, evolutionary science has no mandate to organise society along survivalist or other lines, nor do its findings need to replace conventional morality with one assuming (wrongly), that since we are descended from animals and in particular a certain species that resembled closely modern-day lemurs, that by process of reduction we are in fact nothing more and the law of the jungle should apply to us, too. We should be freed, once and for all from such stupidity and the clearest and most concise way to ensure this is quite simply the constitutional path of amendment for present conditions, the path laid down by our forefathers and still, ever the relevant one today.

Only with this change can necessary progress be achieved in areas of the environment, transport, economics and health. The scientificising of these vital social endeavours should not be stopped, though it should simultaneously be made clear that this process in no way should impinge on the pursuit of happiness, religious conceptions of heaven or enlightenment, or service to their conceptions of the divine. The fact science has and always will be unable to locate God doesn’t mean belief necessarily should be mindlessly ridiculed away. This goes for people’s interior discussions on such matters as much as it does for their outer iterations.

These three branches of government, inner, (religion), social (politics) and outer (science) should respect one another, grow and intertwine one another, but always be seen as separate and distinct as far as undue influence goes. Hence we can have the rational pursuit of inner, subjective goals we have always dreamed of. The foundation or recognition of Academies of the sciences and formalised branches of government, though with no political power of their own, will be a great boon to progress and the building of a country that ever-more recognises the unique dignity of humankind on this planet, extending courtesies to other life within it and even beyond its atmospheric sphere into space. The possibilities are staggering.

Thank you for your time.


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