Urmas Kaldveer, Ph.D.
one were to imagine the Earth as a living thing, a Gaian perspective
let us say, then it would be obvious that in maintaining her
(Earth's') health it would be important that all her systems
(circulatory, respiratory, et al) were functioning properly.
all living things each system is intimately connected and dependent
upon all the other systems, so it is with mother Earth. Occasionally
there is a change within the body of the organism requiring
a restructuring. This can be caused by something outside the
organism or within it, and may require a simple adjustment or
it may demand a very serious over haul.
if one is lucky, there will be some early sign of "dis-ease"
and the situation can be addressed and it's negative consequences
minimized. This always requires the cooperative effort of all
systems and often, indeed almost always, results in a stronger
would like to suggest that the Y2K issue is just such an early
warning sign of an organism (the Earth) that is in "dis-ease",
and that that "dis-ease" is a direct result of a man made system
(or paradigm) which is not functioning properly due to some
very serious design flaws. I do not refer here exclusively to
the year 2000 glitch. That is a symptom, not the cause of the
more organism wide problem.
are a number of people who have considered the computer as the
key to an eventual maturing of the "global brain". That is,
the computer will be the tool allowing all peoples (neurons)
to communicate and in this way ultimately be integrated for
the good of the whole as the "global Mind".
problem as I see it (and this is only one individuals perspective)
is that the initial, and continuing, purpose of the computer
network has not been for the maturing of the global brain at
all, but instead for the expression of the materialism encouraged
by the philosophies popularized during the European Renaissance
and which have ultimately led us to a "heartless" (unconnected)
form of capitalism.
I am correct, and the "organism" analogy holds up, then the
Y2K issue is a symptom of the overall disregard and irreverence
exhibit in our use (abuse) of Gaias' body (natural resources
of all kinds).
is a glitch in Gaias' nervous system that is a direct result
of the above attitudes and is a warning sign that there is much
in Gaias' body that needs immediate attention. I am referring
of course to those environmental issues which are clearly serious
causes for the dis-ease of the planet.
serious the ramifications of Y2K will be will depend to a great
extent on how successful we are in remembering our pre-computer
capabilities and how prepared we are to come together as community
when things may unravel. It would be wise, just wise mind you,
to put aside enough food and water to be self sufficient for
at least two weeks. There is plenty of information out there
on how to do this. Also be prepared to accept the inconveniences
that come with events such as this. If and when there is less
food, energy etc. and you are feeling put upon, do not piss
and moan, do what our species has always done; help each other
through. And remember this, a vast majority of people in the
world (the third world) have been in Y2K since the Age of Exploration.
They did not choose to be in that position either!
is after Y2K that is of greater concern.
Will we see the innate errors in much of the present infrastructure
(partly manifested by Y2K) and make the changes necessary to
re balance our role in the health of Gaias' body? To do this
we must recognize the opportunity afforded us and change the
current paradigm to one that is more conscious of the need for
reverence and love for this most beautiful planet and our unlimited
potential as a species.
the computer is indeed to become the vehicle for experiencing
the best of the "Global Mind", we need to readapt that technology
for purposes other than speeding up monetary transactions and
eliminating person to person dialogue. Y2K may just make that
self evident to everyone.
We can do it!