2012 Is Bullshit; 2020 Is When We’ll really Be in Trouble
Scientist Peter Turchin's work suggests that the next state of upheaval in the US is set to hit in 2020. It’s like that Mayan-apocalypse nonsense, except Peter’s theory is the result of the hard work of a respected scientist rather than some dead...
We are watching and we are listening—uncomfortably—at what is happening in our world today. As we are in a state of confusion and pandemonium, fear may also be taking hold of us. We may be asking ourselves about our future and the future of our children and grandchildren.
Anne Frank wrote in her diary about the Holocaust, “Perhaps they (the future) will learn something about goodness, and this is why we have to suffer.”
2020 is without a doubt a year for books. So far, it has brought us the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s perhaps largest civil uprising calling for justice for black lives and police reform. What’s even crazier is that this year is only halfway.
We still have to navigate the presidential election of 2020, the second (or third?) wave of coronavirus, and with six months to go, who knows what else awaits us. So, yes, 2020 is officially nutzo but the astrology of 2020 might explain why everything was so chaotic, intense, and action-packed.
In fact, astrologers have warned us about 2020 for years, as this year delivers a number of rare, intense, life-changing planetary moments that are actually shaking our foundations personally, politically and socially, and forcing us to adapt to an entirely new meaning of “normal”.
Our daily lives, as well as the global landscape, have changed dramatically since we rang the New Year’s bells, and this theme will continue for the rest of the year as we usher in an entirely new astrological era.
“The astrology of 2020 has been a hot topic in the astrological community for years. And not only astrologers but leaders of many different cultures have referred to this year as a portal, a threshold that humanity will cross in order to start a new era,” says astrologer Narayana Montúfar. “Astrologically speaking, the cycles of many different planets are coming to an end, bringing about radical changes that will take place over the next 30 years. ”
Astrologers have long known that the rare and epic celestial events of 2020 scattered throughout this year would bring about large-scale changes, cataclysmic events, and full paradigm shifts but no one knew exactly how these energies would play out in real-time.
Read on for the mid-year scoop on some of the major planetary events that have made 2020 so absolutely crazy so far and what cosmic chaos is yet to come. Bustle asked some astrologers to explain why the astrology of 2020 is so intense.
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2020 ASTROLOGY PREDICTIONS: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ASTROLOGICAL ERA DECEMBER 29, 2019 / GRAY CRAWFORD
The theme of the last decade of human history has been very simple. Whatever your worst fears were, they weren’t nearly bad enough. I call it the Long Catastrophe and it should be eminently clear to any thinking person by now that it consists of climate change, mass extinction, ecological collapse, growing global inequality, and the fascisms, authoritarianisms, and the economic depressions and social collapses all those will yield.
2020 is the Year the World as We Know it Began to End This is What a Collapsing Civilization Looks Like
An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning "an uncovering") is a disclosure or revelation of great knowledge. In religious and occult concepts, an apocalypse usually discloses something very important that was hidden or provides what Bart Ehrman has termed, "A vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities". Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology obtained through dreams or spiritual visions. It is thought by many Christians that the biblical Book of Revelation depicts as an "apocalypse" the complete and final destruction of the world. However, there is also another interpretation of the Book of Revelation in which the events predicted are said to refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Roman armies of Titus. This second view is known as the Preterist view of eschatology.
In all contexts, the revealed events usually entail some form of an end time scenario or the end of the world – or revelations into divine, heavenly, or spiritual realms. There are many other books from the Jewish and Christian world that can be classified as apocalypses. In addition, other books of the Bible contain passages pertaining to an apocalypse or to apocalyptic circumstances.
Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 byCommon Dreams With Dire Assessment, Scientists Warn Humanity in Denial of Looming 'Collapse of Civilization as We Know It' "We aim to provide leaders with a realistic 'cold shower' of the state of the planet that is essential for planning to avoid a ghastly future."
In an example to the rest of the scientific community and an effort to wake up people—particularly policymakers—worldwide, 17 scientists penned a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the planet and what the future could hold due to biodiversity loss, climate disruption, human consumption, and population growth.
"Ours is not a call to surrender—we aim to provide leaders with a realistic 'cold shower' of the state of the planet that is essential for planning to avoid a ghastly future," according to the perspective paper, co-authored by experts across Australia, Mexico, and the United States, and published in the journal Frontiers in Conservation Science.
Co-author Paul R. Ehrlich of Stanford University's Center for Conservation Biology—who has raised alarm about overpopulation for decades—told Common Dreams his colleagues "are all scared" about what's to come.
"Scientists have to learn to be communicators," said Ehrlich, citing James Hansen's warning about the consequences of "scientific reticence." Hansen, a professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified to Congress about the climate crisis in 1988.
Ehrlich was straightforward about how "extremely dangerous things are" now and the necessity of a "World War II-type mobilization" to prevent predictions detailed in the paper: "a ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health, and climate-disruption upheavals (including looming massive migrations), and resource conflicts."
"What we are saying might not be popular, and indeed is frightening. But we need to be candid, accurate, and honest if humanity is to understand the enormity of the challenges we face in creating a sustainable future," said co-author Daniel T. Blumstein of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a statement about the paper.
"By scientists' telling it like it is, we hope to empower politicians to work to represent their citizen, not corporate, constituents," he said in an email to Common Dreams.
The paper, Ehrlich and Blumstein pointed out, comes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic—which, according to Johns Hopkins University, has killed nearly two million people. Over the past year, the Covid-19 crisis has provoked calls for humanity to end its destruction of the natural world to prevent future public health catastrophes.
"We're all seeing the shocks to our global systems now from Covid and the rise of authoritarian leaders," Blumstein said. "Because our current ways of life are ecologically unsustainable (we're living in an ecological Ponzi scheme), we fully anticipate more—and more deadly—pandemics in the future. We expect civil unrest, wars, and famines. We are all shaken by the likelihood of the collapse of civilization as we know it."
Cliodynamics is a relatively new area of research that aims to take a scientific approach to studying history. In 2012, a scientist named Peter Turchin published a paper describing how political instability in the U.S. tends to repeat over short- and long-term cycles. Turchin suggests that political instability in the U.S. is driven by underlying factors like falling wages, wealth inequality, and intra-elite competition. If we don't understand the mistakes from our history, we may be doomed to repeat them. But what if we could use science to not only better understand our past, but also make predictions about our future?
One scientist's research suggests that may be possible.
In 2012, Peter Turchin published a study in the Journal of Peace Research that offered an ominous prediction: The U.S will suffer a "peak" of instability in 2020. Today, that prediction seems to have been spot on. The nation is suffering from a deadly pandemic, social unrest over police brutality, and the reliably chaotic state of Trump-era politics.
But how did Turchin get it right?
As a mathematician and evolutionary biologist, Turchin is a key figure in a young and controversial field called cliodynamics. (The name comes from "Clio," who was the muse of history in Greek mythology.) This multidisciplinary area of research examines history through a quantitative approach, essentially treating history as science.
Cliodynamics practitioners often take advantage of newly digitized historical information, creating and testing mathematical models that aim to explain big questions about the past, like why do empires rise and fall? In blunter terms, the goal is to show that "history is not 'just one damn thing after another," as Turchin told Nature. Here's how Turchin described cliodynamics in an article published in The Conversation:
"...the adherents of cliodynamics treat historical record just as, say, evolutionary biologists treat the palaeontological record. Theories are constructed and based on general principles and tested empirically with comprehensive databases. In short, we use the standard scientific method that worked so well in physics, biology, and many social sciences."
In his 2012 study, Turchin examined the history of sociopolitical instability in the U.S. from 1780 to 2010. To do this, he used data on about 1,600 violent political incidents from American history, such as lynchings, riots, and terrorism.
He combined that data with a model that factored in broader societal forces, such as falling wages, wealth inequality, changes in population, and increased competition for elite jobs.
The results revealed that American political violence tends to occur in regular cycles, with valleys of peace punctuated by peaks of violence and unrest.
One might ask how it is possible that, for thousands of years, people have believed that they were living in "the end times" or "end of days," or "the last days." Like so many other ideas, we must reconfigure our notions about what such phrases really mean. Properly framed, it becomes perfectly understandable that the last 10,000 to 12,000 years of human history can validly be seen as "the end of an age."
The one important fact to keep in mind is that the metaphysical substance of time is not just a mental abstraction, but a real entity. Every age, every epoch, every year, every month, every week, and every day is not just a random series of events, but a quantitative and qualitative unit encapsulating a real object made up of our aggregated experiences.
This is why the ancients considered every age, every year, every month, etc. to be a god or a deity in it own right. So, an Age is not just a duration, but an actual, self-contained thing, a discrete, temporal object existing in space-time. The thing in which human civilization has been immersed for the last decade of millennia or so emerges from a quality of the soul commonly known as egoism, which is nothing but the collective energy of our ignorance, fear, and greed.
What makes the "end times" as we humans experience it especially poignant is that we feel the terminality of these last days as a kind of impending doom. We sense that our precarious position on the margins of the Multiverse haunts our lives with the stench of mortality. These intimations of doom are less the product of the Age itself, than the effluence of own fetid egoism, since the ego is nothing but pulsating, illusory cluster of fear and anxiety over death.
This Age, or "Aion" as the ancient Greeks put it, was fashioned - as are all Ages and Aions - within the vast panoply of multiverses made by the Creator. But unlike the countless other Ages and Aions and Universes in the Multi-level, Multifaceted, Polycosmic Multiverse, the days of this mixtus orbis we call "Earth" were fashioned last of all, after the other Ages of Ages were created by the Hand of the Almighty.
So, to say that we are living at "the End of the Age" is less a chronological description than a metaphysically spatial, or cosmo-geographical, one. In fact, it might be more accurate to say that we are living not in the "end times" but in the "bottom times," in as much as the horror, tribulation, and pain that our collective egoism has caused through civilization for millennia is part and parcel of a cosmos that lies on the outer fringes of an almost endlessly brilliant, nearly infinitely blissful Polycosmic Pleroma."