Saturday, October 28, 2006

Deja Voodoo

Here is an oldie but a goodie with a slight rewrite of the end.

Parallel Reality

"Scientists now believe there may really be a parallel universe - in fact, there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, and we just happen to live in one of them. These other universes contain space, time and strange forms of exotic matter. Some of them may even contain you, in a slightly different form.

Astonishingly, scientists believe that these parallel universes exist less than one millimetre away from us. In fact, our gravity is just a weak signal leaking out of another universe into ours.

For years parallel universes were a staple of the Twilight Zone. Science fiction writers loved to speculate on the possible other universes which might exist. In one, they said, Elvis Presley might still be alive or in another the British Empire might still be going strong. Serious scientists dismissed all this speculation as absurd.

But now it seems the speculation wasn't absurd enough.

Parallel universes really do exist and they are much stranger than even the science fiction writers dared to imagine.

It all started when superstring theory, hyperspace and dark matter made physicists realize that the three dimensions we thought described the Universe weren't enough. There are actually 11 dimensions. By the time they had finished they'd come to the conclusion that our Universe is just one bubble among an infinite number of membranous bubbles which ripple as they wobble through the eleventh dimension.

Is there a copy of you reading this blog? A person who is not you but who lives on a planet called Earth, with misty mountains, fertile fields and sprawling cities, in a solar system with eight other planets? The life of this person has been identical to yours in every respect. "

But perhaps he or she will now decide to click over to atrios without finishing, yet you read on.

I got a glimpse of such a parallel universe the other day as I was going through the drive-in bank. Suddenly, I could see a world just like ours where the big tall buildings were not banks or office towers full of corporations owned by stockholders.

No, the world I saw was full of Cooperations, some large, some small.

But the really big Cooperations had their own towers, just like the Sears Tower in Chicago or the old Chrysler building in New York.

In this world, the Cooperations ruled. They controlled the media through their advertising. They controlled the news through their broad ownership of media properties. They shaped the news and therefore controlled the way the people thought. They made the laws through their contributions to the so-called elected officials. They wrote the text books, the history books, and they created their own religions to give themselves a moral and spiritual foundation and edifice.

Violence was uncivilized.

War was unthinkable.

Peace was a given.

These Cooperations existed to provide services and goods for their members. And they were owned and democratically managed by their constituent members. There were Cooperation logos everywhere. They were on the shoes, the hats, the shirts, and the giant stadium score boards.

They sponsored teams and races and golf tournaments.

Some members of these Cooperations were super enthusiastic about their coop. They would belong to no other because they knew that their coop was the very best at what it did for its members.

It was the job of the Cooperation to find, identify, and contract with the very best provider for the product or service that it provided for its members.

Some of the Cooperations did it all. They provided food, housing, transportation, health enhancement, telecommunication, IT support, all in one neat efficient package. They were very powerful entities. Some were even more powerful than the national governments they operated within. Many had economies larger than the economies of the nation states.

Some smaller Cooperations were specialist in their fields, yet their members came from all over the Earth. Some provided unique legal or diplomatic services. Other Cooperations were uniquely local and very much in tune with the land. Still others were simply neighborhood organizations that actually protected and provided for its members.

In this world, there were members and providers.

In the other world, there are stockholders and consumers.

What happens when two parallel universes touch?

A very big bang.

And a new universe is born.

A universe of time, and space, and energy.

And potential.

And Hope.

As Humankind deals with the great forcing issues

of Climate Change and Resource Depletion,

We will have to completely rethink what we do,

how we do it, and who we truly want to be.

Corporations have programmed us to believe

that we are consumers,

that we exist to make their profits, for their investors.

In the other reality, they exist to make things

and provide service.

As Butch Hancock says in his new song,

Whose going to be the slave?

Whose going to be the master?

It's our world,

Maybe not.

* Rene Magritte


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your visionary perspective.
Speaking of neat ideas I've heard talk about the creation of a National Department of Peace. Who could oppose that? I suggest another, The Bureau of Waste Management. Some governmental entity ought to be created to explain the economics of ethanol. Growing the corn requires gasoline. The net effect of switching over from petroleum to "grown" energy for the nation's SUVs would be minimal. Witness, ethanol costs more than gasoline at the pump. Duh.
The bigger problem is the gassification of the entire population. Maybe a Bureau of Waist Management should be contemplated--a New Age Center for Disease Control. The size of American waistline continues to increase exponentially ever since farmers switched from the governmentally funded Grain Bank to marketing high fructose corn syrup to the public, when Coke's went from 8 oz. to 12 oz.. That's what really went wrong while Reagan napped. The health costs are staggering. Raw capitalism does have it's downside amidst government downsizing.
The economy drives the market, not the reverse. For the Bush energy policy centerpiece to be ethanol is deliberately uninformed if not ideotic. Growing gasoline is counterproductive. The farmers have enough trouble raising grain to feed beef the economics of which is staggering. Directly consuming the grain would make more sense, from a conservation of energy standpoint. But this election isn't about energy conservation--it's about war to waste energy and human lives.
Frances Morey
Exxon brat and First Wives' Club President, formerly-married-to-an-economist.

1:36 AM  
Blogger respectisthehub said...

Universe, field of
stars, very big, very small.
So small. Love matters.

9:51 PM  

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