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I'm not at all sure that "the changes will be slow and non-catastrophic enough for civilization to successfully adapt." Right now i'm watching a glorious mottled red sky at sunrise, the fast moving speckled clouds turning toward stormy pink and yellow and back to red. (red sky at morning, sailors take warning.) i do see catastrophic changes coming.
The military harbingers in the NYT opinion piece saw it coming as well, as in water wars. Bechtel Corp. saw it coming, as they go around the world buying up water rights. I see the future as Mordor bringing it's belching industrial poisons into the Shire, and I see it already here, since decades. (Watch Home.)
But I also saw a mass rebirth of higher consciousness take place in my generation's coming of age. I saw new tools developed, which directly stimulated higher consciousness. And there are now many more, specifically tailored chemicals available. They build strongly upon the shamanistic experience of the history of humanity, but with modern precision.
So to me, the possibility to change consciousness does exist. Because I've already seen it.
I've worked hard my entire life to try and become mature without losing the childhood sense of wonder. Some would say I worked hard trying not to grow up. (Both likely true.)
There's already too much suffering, especially when compared to what else is possible. So let's end it.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
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