|april 23, 2006 (0021us)
you'll have to keep strong
this long ago, a bad news bearer prepared you by putting a hand on your
shoulder and saying, "You'll have to remain strong."
The bad news bearers has changed into the daily newpaper. It does not
prepare you for shocks any more. It throws you direct into the urn
which reeks and will reek more and more (the urn=
our planet, Rev of Ares XIX/15), facing which the powers,
religious, political or economic, tremble more and more in
their sleeves (XIX/16).
The modern world, a miracle of technology, is going on the blink
precisely under the weight, rattling, juddering and leaks of its own
technology, which is devouring it alive.
morning the paper brings only bad news, except the 80th birthday of
Elisabeth II with a begonia-colored hat. The US automotive industry is
declining: Ford reports a $1,2 billion loss and General Motors a $323
million loss for the first quarter of the year. The situation keeps
worsening in the Middle east, in Iraq (an insoluble political
deadlock), in Afghanistan. The relations between Iran and the Western
countries are getting more strained. It's not definite, at all, that
Prodi swapping places with Berlusconi is favorable for Italy. The visit
paid by China president Hu Jintao to George W. Bush is turning sour in
Washington DC. In Nepal, the non-unlikely transition from the king to
the maoists, whose guerillas have spread their ideology, would not help
matters in the country. In France the political leaders reach sky-high
disapproval ratings: 70% of the French are discontented with Chirac,
73% with de Villepin. And the price of oil is rising, rising...
oil barrel costs more than $74 now, will cost $80 soon, may well be
reaching $100 in the near future. It's China, whose expanding industry
is in enormous need of oil, that is bidding higher than ever against
other countries. She is tempting the oil producers with promises to pay
similarly enormous prices. As China pays out in salaries and social
expenses far less than we Westerners pay out, it has got large
available funds for energy, money which we are going to lack, instead.
"You're wrong," some tell me, "the government will reduce the taxes on
gas and fuel." They will do so for sure, but this will not avoid the
oil shortage (a few European countries have already had gas ration
coupons printed), because the oil reserves will not increase as quickly
as the oil requirements will in China, Asia and even Africa one of
these days. In any case, if the government deduct less taxes from
energy, the citizens will be granted less benefits, less schooling,
less public facilities and less oil (which is to be paid, anyway). In
other words, we will have to pay for oil one way or another. What's
more, this won't improve matters for the jobless.
Things actually are much more complicated, but a news flash is just a
news flash. A good way of cutting short this post consists in reminding
that, in the late seventies, erudite analysts, who had studied The
Revelation of Ares,
gave the sort of wise laugh sagacious men give and told me, "Your
so-called revelation heralds quite a lot of disasters. They usually
guarantee a book a fine success, but they belie the economic reality."
Things were rather going well in 1974, I admit. Thirty years later, we
have to recognize this Word's extraordinary propheticality and,
therefore, the reasonableness of its appeal for a radical change
of the world (Rev of Ares 28/7).