Monday, December 19, 2016
Tee-Shirt Season Is Almost Here.
Pilot light went out on the Sun
Assumption based on the misapprehension that the temperatures of the Holocene are natural for Planet Earth.
They are not natural. These temperatures are. We are simply returning to average climate for Terra Firma.
God is smart. He knows it sharpens his children to keep the thermostat set a lot lower. You could call the normal climate of the planet an idiot-killer. That's what it is. The Neanderthals were brighter because they had to be. They survived a million years of these temperatures like water off a duck's back because their minds were sharp and their wits keen. All others ended up watching the spring thaw from inside of a glacier. You could not beat an Ice Age with hooey and double-talk. That stuff doesn't work when the needle drops. All those talking heads who dominate the culture now and fill that television screen would all be dead and anybody who took their advice on any subject would end up dead with them. They just don't know what they are doing. A phenomenon of the 12,000 year summer that is now closing. This is not grasshopper weather. It is time for the long winter of the ants once again.
I want you to imagine just how swiftly somebody who spoke about privilege and unfair distribution in a Neanderthal tribe would be put out onto an ice floe. They would spin on their ass as it drifted out to sea. Would take two seconds to conclude by unanimous vote they were completely loco. There are just no openings for professional opposition and career whiners in these groups of people. There is too little quantity and too much quality to make this viable as a biological strategy.
I had a conversation with my daughter about this a few nights ago. I told her the most difficult thing to understand is how people so practical had such a rich dream culture and vivid imaginations. They would need it to wind the ongoing narrative of their lives into something refreshing and continuously inspiring through times that were hard, demanding and sometimes frightening. The long hibernations and the constant need to keep the fire burning created a rich fertile ground for a very elaborate and engaging love of the fabulous that was intertwined closely with the natural world. The Neanderthals dreamed with their eyes open and still didn't miss a trick. I can remember when I first read Stan Gooch's books I wondered what in the hell he was going on about. I had to think about it for twenty years before it all began to make such good sense to me. In particular recently I have thought about the Neanderthal's deep love of twilight and the moon and how much it would have contrasted with the Cro-Magnon's Sun Monkey zombie horde. The Cro-Magnons would have had the most intense fear and hatred of the Neanderthal because they seemed so magical and so much closer to God. Whispering to animals, mimicking their calls, perhaps as Gooch suggests drawing voices out of plants and even stones that breathed life into matter- ventriloquism? Or just doing for these things what they could not express themselves? The Cro-Magnons lusted after the beautiful women and loathed the males as incredibly powerful and capable creatures compared with their own meagre list of talents that hardly exceeded spear chucking and burning villages. We know how the Cro-Magnons viewed the Neanderthal. When they elected to hunt and kill one of them, they brought at least 300 of their own people. That tells you everything. They viewed the Neanderthal as a creature with nearly supernatural powers who was invulnerable to ordinary threats.
P.S. I was listening in on an anthropology mailing list in 2002 shortly after I started Vault-Co and I remember these guys (when they thought they were speaking privately to their peers) spoke quite seriously of Stan Gooch. The main thrust of the discussion was how to gradually take credit for his ideas without actually crediting him as the author. They even spoke of the duality that he enumerated and seemed to accept it was the source of conflict not just between Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals but the conflict in the resulting race of mankind as well. They were admitting Gooch was right but saying he should not be taken seriously since many of his ideas had been described earlier by classic psychologists and they also spoke of his irrational claims about his experiences as a medium. There was not much scientific about it, they simply didn't like the man. They nevertheless pored over his notions without realizing they were plagiarizing a poor, broken has-been who had his career as a professor destroyed by people exactly like them.