To Steve Bannon: Did I hear Apocalypse, Again?

––the complete final destruction of the world?  especially as described in the biblical book of Revelation? I’ve heard it said, the gods try to awaken us. Awaken us to participate in the awesome, mystery of heaven on earth, or as Joseph Campbell says, “in the agony of time and the rapture of eternity.” Joe’s rapture is not an ‘end-time’ event, that would E-ZPass a mere 144,000 souls, spared god’s wrath, through heaven’s gate. I think Campbell’s gods are not that mean. We’re invited to listen to the gods’ first of many appeals through our small, inner voices–the whispers in silence, or next, as Carl Jung advises, through, “dreams which are little hidden doors to the innermost soul,” which, if we fail to remember, present as meaningful coincidences and sychronicities happening during the day, and lest we finally awaken, plagued we become by catastrophes, diseases, and disasters–all of which we have brought upon ourselves. Is that where we are today? Those convinced of apocalyptic endings are not unlike the man stuck on his roof during a flood who repeatedly turned away assistance because he was waiting for god. “No thanks,” he said, “I’m praying to god for rescue me. God answers, “I came as a man with a ladder, as a sailor in boat, by emergency helicopter, and you refused me.” Did he drown? Can we step back from a self-fulfilling, prophetic precipice, of Apocalyptic fantasies? Hasn’t our conception and experience of god matured? Isn’t the ‘battle-field’ always and everywhere here and now? Isn’t life the open field of opportunity to contest good and evil inside our very own hearts every step, everyday? Surely these little, personal battles would spare us a Big Bang remix. Our omnipotent, apocalyptic fantasies, betray a pathological lack of imagination, a total blinding effect of literalizing and concretizing scripture, metaphor, symbols, and images, and our diseased projections then create the very evil we seek to destroy in others, and no supernal, intensity of violence is great enough to annihilate that which cannot be vanquished by force. 

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