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A Bang Or A Whimper – Which Will It Be?

Part I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us-if at all-not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

T.S. Eliot 1925

When I first read Eliot’s The Hollow Men in high school many years ago, I found it unsettling and dark and didn’t understand it. How could a teenager in the 1960’s possibly comprehend it?  The last two lines of this poem have haunted me for several years now as I have tried to make sense of what is happening to us as a species. I made several films in search of the answer. The first was The Ghosts of Jeju that first revealed the insidious plan of my country to be the world hegemon. The Pentagon would impose “full spectrum dominance” on the seas, the land, in the air, and in space. This is painfully clear today for anyone paying attention. 800 military bases in over 100 countries with naval armadas in every ocean and sea. America is an occupier and a colonizer like the world has never seen.

Next came Thirty Seconds to Midnight the result of realizing that my country was close to all-out nuclear war with Russia, more serious now than in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I realized for the first time that there were only two existential, real threats to life on the planet: a nuclear Armageddon and climate change. In my need to discover the truth about all things Russian, I had to go to Russia to see for myself who these people were that were being so aggressive towards America and threatening Europe with war. This journey inspired me to make my third feature film, Who Are These Russians And Why Do We Hate Them. In the making of this film I learned about America’s decades-long attempt to conquer Russia and to rape and steal her vast resources of oil, gas, gold, silver, Uranium, and rare earth minerals.

By now it was clear to me that the United States of America, to which I no longer swear “allegiance,” was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. (MLK) My journey led me to understand that everything I had been taught since childhood about America was a lie. I learned that this country of mine was founded on genocide, slavery and the theft of land and its resources. It was painful to understand that we weren’t exceptional, we weren’t a force for good in the world spreading freedom and democracy. In fact, we ourselves were not free and only living with the illusion of freedom and having a voice. As the great prophet and comedian, George Carlin, famously said, “The American Dream. You have to be asleep to believe it.”

I was now convinced. The game is over and we have lost.

The recent scientific report from Australia about human extinction by 2050 because of climate disruption, and even the NY Times, are sounding the alarm: human extinction by 2050!

Meanwhile, the US military, with the largest carbon footprint on the planet, and the destroyer of ocean life, animal life, people and the environment, continues to threaten war with any country that challenges America’s interests.

Meanwhile, China, Russia and some other 40 nations have joined the One Belt One Road initiative connecting Eurasia from China to Portugal, the largest landmass on the planet. This vision of cooperation, collaboration, and respect for the sovereignty of all is the exact opposite of America’s quest to be the global hegemon. This epic battle for the future pits America’s vision for a unipolar world against China, Russia and the others’ view of a multiploar world. This is THE endgame that is unfolding right before our eyes. Everything else is secondary.

Unfortunately, nobody I am aware of is talking about how both visions will cause human extinction, namely that both are based on continuous development and consumption. Both are based on extracting and burning the very last drops of fossil fuels to power their respective growth and development.

Progress, continuous growth and development based on consumerism have condemned the human experiment to extinction. Earth’s resources are finite and there is no Planet B. We are already in the final stages of the Sixth Mass Extinction. The only thing we should be talking about is, how will it all end.  How will we live, how should we live our lives, if the end is neigh?

Will it end in a nuclear Armageddon, with one big radioactive BANG? Or will it end with a WHIMPER as Mother Nature mercilessly snuffs us out as she inflicts her wrath on the cancerous growth that plagues her?

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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