"Dear Homo Sapiens of Earth", says Raminothna - by Anthony Marr
My dear Earthling friends:
On this Earth Day of this critical year of 2009 AD, may I share with you
Chapter 1 of my second book
Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH
(co-authored with Dr. Peter Carter and Taina Ketola). If you wish to have
the e-version of this book, for free, please request it by email.
Enjoy Raminothna. She is out of this world.
Dear Homo Sapiens of Earth
whose footprints now roam the craters of the moon, beware.
Beware of the 8 Cosmic Signs:
1. For millions of years, Earth’s night side has been invisibly dark, but
now, suddenly, there is light, neon light.
2. For millions of years, forests have thrived unmolested, but now,
suddenly, there is deforestation.
For millions of years, Earth’s atmosphere has been clean and
pristine, but now, suddenly, there is pollution and global warming.
For millions of years, the hydrosphere has been slightly
alkaline, but now, suddenly, there is acidification.
For millions of years, the ozone layer has shielded the Biosphere
from harmful solar UV radiation, but now, suddenly, it has been
For millions of years, as a radio source the Earth has been
silent, but now, suddenly, it is inundating its inter-planetary and
interstellar neighborhood with its news, movies, documentaries,
commentaries, soap operas, sitcoms, commercials… and televangelical
sermons, which still preaches that you are the be all and end all of
Never in its 4.6-billion-year history has Earth generated a
single thermal nuclear reaction, but now, suddenly, she is in danger
of generating too many too soon.
8. Earth was born of gravity, and by its own gravity its body parts have
always been bound, but now, pieces of Earth – spacecraft, so called - are
seen to suddenly fly away, some never to return.
Among Earth’s spacecraft are the Apollos, from whose #8 was broadcast a
prayer as follows: “Give us, o God, the vision which can see thy love in
the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith, the trust, the
goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that
we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each of
us can do to set forth the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen.”
And the Pioneers 10 & 11, each carrying an identity plaque showing the
position of Earth and the image of Homo Sapiens, which some humans call “the
image of God”.
And the Voyagers 1 & 2, each bearing an audio-visual recording of Earth
sights and sounds, the latter including earthquake and thunder, bird and
whale songs, human music and speech, the last being excerpted as follows:
From the Secretary General of the United Nations: “As the Secretary
General of the United Nations, an organization of 147 member states who
represent almost all of the human individuals of the planet Earth, I send
greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. We step out of the Solar
System seeking only peace and friendship, to teach if we are called upon, to
be taught if we are fortunate. We know full well that our planet and all its
inhabitants are but a small part of the immense Universe, and it is with
humility and hope that we take this step.”
From the President of the United States of America: “This is a present
from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our image,
our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our
time so we can live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems
we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record
represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and
From the citizens of Earth: “We send all beings of the Universe an
affectionate greeting of peace and happiness. May the future grant us the
opportunity of meeting.” (in Spanish) / “Greetings from our friends
amongst the stars. If you can cross the barrier between Earth and sky then
do it. It is our desire to meet you.” (in Arabic) / “Welcome to our
world.” (in Polish) / “How are you? We are thinking of you. Please
come and visit.” (in Chinese) / “We used to believe that the Universe
was created for us humans on Earth alone, but we can no longer maintain this
belief. We now think that you may exist to share this Universe with us, and
have the power to help solve the many problems here in our world.” (in
Efic) / “Please contact.” (in Gujurati)
In short, three words: “Greeting”, “Welcome” and “Help!” And I, for one,
hear them with joy and compassion. For the first, I salute you; for the
second, I come to you, and for the third, I will do my very best for you.
At midnight on May 17, Saturday, come to the upper viewpoint on Cypress
Mountain overlooking the city of Vancouver , and you will find me there.
I am Raminothna
the Fortunate and the Called Upon
at your service.
* * * * *
The above message was what I received as a reply to a blog I had posted
in my website
a couple of weeks ago, titled “RUNAWAY GLOBAL HEATING HAS BEGUN!”
The return address was
[email protected] .
I fired back: “Who are you? What for?” But there was no reply.
On Saturday night, I drove up Mount Cypress around 11 pm, and pulled into
the gravelly glade the size of several football fields, surrounded by thick
forest on three sides and ending in front on the edge of a wide cliff
overlooking the city of Vancouver, which resembled a carpet of light
stretching from the foot of the mountain across the Burrard Inlet due south
towards Washington state. I parked the car there, facing the southern city
It was the second day of a three-day heat wave that hit Vancouver , the
first heat wave of 2008. The night was warm. The sky was cloudless and full
of stars. The moon was two days from full, and was then directly overhead,
bathing the glade with a milky glow. There were two other vehicles there,
one a mini-van and the other an SUV, both parked in dark corners of the
forest at the back of the glade. I assumed they were mobile love-pads each
in its own lover’s lane.
I got out of my car, locked it, then walked along the cliff due east by
moonlight, until I reached the forest. The edge of the forest fronting the
glade was thick with blackberry brambles. I found a narrow gap and forced my
way through, scratching my arms and my face. About 10 meters in, I looked
back and found myself still able to see the glade, but well concealed from
it. There, I found a mossy patch at the foot of a large hemlock tree, sat
down, and waited.
If you believe in time dilation, waiting is certainly the best means to
achieve it, especially when absolutely nothing is happening. At one point,
the door of the SUV opened and its interior light came on, then the door
closed again and the light went off. Then there was the faint sound was
liquid hitting earth, which lasted half a minute, then, the door opened
again, then closed again, then the engine started, and headlights came on,
and the SUV drove away. At another point, I saw the silent streak of a
shooting star. This was followed by half an hour of stillness. Not even the
whisper of a breeze, nor the rustle of leaves, nor even the hooting of an
owl. Time seemed at a standstill. But my biological clock didn’t fail me.
When I thought it should be midnight, I checked my watch, and it was
midnight, almost. No vehicle had entered the glade, and no one had gone to
check my car. Maybe “Raminothna” was late. Maybe it was nothing but a
practical joke. Maybe whoever was in the van, which had stayed silent, dark
and still as far as I could see, had been laughing their guts out the whole
hour watching me through their infrared goggles.
But then, I heard someone whispering in my ears (both), “I’m glad you’ve
It was a soft feminine voice, disembodied yet alive. By reflex I turned
to look around, but there was no one. A shiver shot up my spine. Somehow, I
recalled once I used a parabolic dish to receive distant bird songs, and to
my ears they seemed close at hand. I then installed a small speaker at the
focal point of the dish, facing backward, and found that the sounds from the
speaker could be project to a distant listener in a fairly tight beam, and
the listener would hear the sounds as if they were emitted close by. Also, I
knew that if I sat at the midpoint between two speakers, and the speakers
both played the same sounds, I would hear the sounds as if they were emitted
from somewhere inside my skull. Finally, I thought of schizophrenics
“hearing voices”. Instantly I wrote off the last possibility. Second, I
wrote off the twin speakers scenario, because whoever set up the speakers
would have to know where I was going to be for them to place the speakers
correctly. This leaves the parabolic dish scenario, which also had the
advantage of whoever handling it being able to project a sound beam at me as
well as received my replies using another dish equipped with a mike at the
I looked around again, this time more methodically, but still saw no one.
I decided to wait and see what would happen next. I sat up, and assumed a
“So, how are you enjoying this beautiful moon-lit night?” the voice said.
I tried to determine its direction of origin, but the sentence was not
long enough, and the voice seemed omni-directional.
“Fine,” I said, in a normal tone of voice. A one-second burst of low
decibel sound as a test, as it were.
“Good,” came the instant reply, as if “we” were having a chat across a
“Where are you?” I said.
“Somewhere you can’t see. So, you could stop looking around.”
I looked some more. “If you aren’t in this forest, how do you know that
I’m looking?” I said.
“I know human nature.”
“So, again, where are you?”
“There are several possibilities. I could give you one, which may or may
not be the real one. How about this: I’m on the surface of the moon, sending
a tight radio beam at a radio receiver in your vicinity, which directs a
sound beam at you, or the bright infrared spot that is you. If you can see
the moon from where you are, I can see you from where I am. And when you
speak, your sounds are being intercepted by a sensitive receiver, which
converts the sound into radio signals beamed down to me, or should I say
“up”. I’m not saying that this necessarily is the case, but let’s just
assume that it is.”
I looked up at the moon involuntarily, and reflected on her “up” and
“down”. If I were on the moon, I’d be looking up at the Earth in the
I decided to try something else. I got up on my feet, squeezed through
the thorns again, getting myself more bloodied, and walked back to my car.
Near the car, I went to the edge of the cliff overlooking the city and the
harbor, and sat down on the grass with my back against a rock.
“I wish I could come and sit with you,” the voice followed me.
“Who are you?”
“I am Raminothna, the fortunate and the called upon, at your service.”
“Okay, let me rephrase. What are you?”
Raminothna: Normally, what one is towers over what one says,
but in our case, what I say is more important than what I am.
I: Still, it does not mean that what you are is not important. So, again,
what are you?
R: When you can tell me what you are, you will know what I am.
I: What am I? Another age-old question. I don’t suppose it helps for me
to say that I’m human.
R: Not particularly. It is about the same as an ant saying to you, “I’m
an ant”, if the ant itself does not understand what an ant is. Conversely,
it makes no sense to the ant if you tell it what a human is.
I: But if I tell you that my species is the one responsible for driving
this planet to runaway global heating, you might be able to tell me, for
example, that you are an interstellar planet saver, or savior, here to save
the Earth for us.”
R: This is a sharp argument. But, no, I’m not a planet saver, or a
I: Then why are you here?
R: To observe, to understand, to analyze, to evaluate, to report, and,
where you are concerned, to advise, and, if the worse comes to worst, to
stay with you so that your demise would at least not be too lonely.
I: To advise is the best you can do for us?
R: The best anyone not of your planet can do for you, due to the
interstellar non-interference protocol.
I: Why can’t you just give us the blueprint for a perpetual motion
machine? All problems will be solved.
R: But for three things. One, the solution then would not be yours. Two,
knowing your species, you’ll wage war with it as much as or even more so
than wage peace. And three, evading the test is equal to failing it.
I: Test? What test?
R: The cosmic test that all intelligent and technological species sooner
or later have to take.
I: Again, what test? Whether or not we can survive ourselves?
R: To begin with.
I: What else?
R: Whether you can save your planet from mass extinct due to global
warming, as you yourself have been trying to do, because if only you
survive, you’ll just go elsewhere in the universe to rape, pillage, plunder
I: Tall order, especially considering the corner we have painted
ourselves into, or should I say the mess we have made in every corner of the
R: Tough test, no question.
I: But why? Why do we have to be tested at all. Why can’t we just live
happily ever after?
R: First, because this is not a fairytale. Second, because your world is
finite, as are your needs, but not your wants. Sooner or later demand will
exceed supply, and the environment will be irreparably overwhelmed.
I: The overwhelming has in fact begun.
R: Thus, your cosmic test. But don’t take it personally. This happens on
every planet with intelligence and civilization, to whatever galaxy it may
I: So, some make it and some don’t?
I: And you won’t lift a finger to save those who fail?
R: That’s a pretty cold way of saying something that has to be.
I: According to whom?
R: The interstellar noninterference protocol.
I: Based upon what? Some kind of cosmic law?
R: Simply: Let those that are destructive commit self-destruction, and
let those that are constructive construct their own stellar and interstellar
I: Even if the destructive are beautiful and lovable?
R: Are you referring to yourselves?
I: Well, yes and no. We could be very ugly and despicable too.
R: So my answer is: Yes.
I: What is the percentage of passes and failures?
R: Can’t tell you this either.
I: Why not? I’m not asking you what you are.
R: If the success rate is high, you’d slack off. If low, you might lose
confidence in yourself. It’s best just to do your best.
I: Do you want us to fail, or do you want us to pass?
R: Here is an analogy. In the incubation room are 1 million eggs. Some
won’t hatch. Of course the care-taker would want as many eggs to hatch as
I: But you won’t do anything to help those eggs you know won’t hatch?
R: Is this a trick question?
I: In what sense can it be a trick question?
R: If I said, no, I won’t help those I know won’t hatch, then you’d say
that since I’m here to help, your “egg” will hatch.
I: I’m not as intelligent as I look.
R: Alright, I will say this. If I know that a planet is beyond help, I
would devote my time and energy to another that has a chance.
I: So, this planet Earth here has a chance?
R: I’m here, am I not?
I: What kind of a chance? As I said, runaway global heating as begun, and
it can only get worse, exponentially, until all the forests dry to desert,
all the oceans become an acid bath, and the entire biosphere turn to dust.
If allowed to run its course, runaway global heating won’t end until all the
methane clathrates have been released from the permafrost and the ocean
floor. Where there is 700 gigaton of carbon in the atmosphere today, there
will be 12,000 gigaton then. Where the concentration is 385 parts per
million of carbon in the atmosphere today, it will be almost 6,000 parts per
million. The earth will become a second Venus with the atmospheric
temperature in hundreds of degrees. No life can exist under these
conditions, not even heat resistant and sulfur loving bacteria. If the mere
0.6 degrees Celsius (1 degree Fahrenheit) global temperature rise today
since the pre-industrial times is enough to begin melting the permafrost
which releases vast quantities of methane (see
global warming section, Arctic subjection), What is there to stop permafrost
melting at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 degrees warmer than today? The methane-caused
global heating will feedback upon itself, and the cycle will become a spiral
to oblivion. There is nothing as stabilizing at 6 degrees above today’s
temperatures. 6 degrees will melt off the methane clathrates all over the
world, and the temperature will shoot well above 10, 20, 30 degrees in no
time flat. And our citizens of profit, our corporations of greed and our
governments of corruption will make damn sure that will happen.
R: Where is the second part of your sentence?
I: What second part?
R: The positive part.
I: Is there a positive part?
R: In everything is a positive part. Even the blood-sucking mosquito is
food for fish and birds.
I: So, what is the positive part about human kind? I see nothing. Life on
Earth would do much better without our species screwing things up left,
right and centre.
R: For a time.
I: What do you mean “for a time”?
R: Until the next asteroid comes crashing down.
I: A replay of this planet’s fifth major mass extinction bout, the one
that wiped out all the dinosaurs.
R: Imagine T-Rex being able to fire a rocket with a nuclear bomb to
deflect that asteroid’s trajectory.
R: If this happens today, most major species, including tigers, eagles,
dolphins, whales… risk being wiped out like the dinosaurs. Imagine a primate
species able to fire a rocket with a nuclear bomb to deflect this
I: Equally incredible, not even the chimpanzees can do that.
R: How about the human primates? What are they going do about it?
I: I see what you mean.
R: You have discovered that your planet has experienced five major mass
extinction bouts in the geologic past, only one of which, the fifth was
caused by an asteroid strike. The other four were by climate change. The
third, the End-Permian 251-million years ago, wiped out 75% of all land
species and 95% of all marine species. Obviously climate change is every bit
as potent as a huge asteroid strike in terms of killing power.
I: Haven’t thought of it that way.
R: So my question remains: What is the technological primate going to do
I: I think our silver bullet, in terms of technology, is Carbon Capture
and Storage (CSS), or Carbon Sequestration and Storage (CCS), in combination
with non-combustion energy technologies including solar, wind, geothermal,
tidal and wave power.
R: How do you intend to funds these trillion-dollar ventures?
I: I have launched an online petition at
www.thepetitionsite.com addressed to the U.N. Secretary
General asking him to orchestrate the formation of a $120-billion-per-year
Global Green Fund for such projects, by means of a 10% across-the-board
reduction of the $1.2 trillion global military budget. (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/to-un-secretary-general-for-creating-the-120-byr-global-green-fund-for-combatting-global-warming-and)
R: I wish you success. But would technology alone suffice?
I: No. We need a social and economic reform, some say revolution, as a
means of adapting to the new environment imposed by global warming.
R: What kind of revolution?
I: A friend of mind calls it “Re-Evolution”. And another friend calls it
“E-Revolution”. One way or another, things have got to change.
R: Such as?
I: Socially speaking, greed and selfishness should be replaced by
altruism and unconditional giving and sharing. Economically, not the gold
standard, not the silver standard, not even the money standard itself, which
should be replaced by a moral standard based on awareness of facts,
knowledge of truth, reverence for nature, love for beauty, compassion for
animals, responsibility to our children and all life on Earth, and a higher
R: And what is this destiny?
I: I have no idea.
R: If you don’t know your destination, and you travel, what do you
I: A drifter.
R: What is the purpose of a drifter?
R: What is the purpose of the human species?
I: According to whom?
I: Our species as a whole? Up to now, none. The best we’ve come up with
is some kind of philosophical or religious Utopia that is all theory and no
substance, and where some scenarios could actually lead our species into
R: So, your species is a drifter?
I: I think so. At best. I do think that we need a beautiful destination
to strive for. A worthy destiny to fulfill.
R: So, what are they? Where are they?
I: I don’t know.
R: If you have no destination; what about a path, the right way that can
lead you to the best destination, wherever it be?
I: “Path” in Chinese is “Tao”. The Chinese advanced Taoism, in which
context “Tao” means “Way of the Cosmos”. The Tao Teh Ching says, “In the
Cosmos, Man should accord his way to the Earth, the Earth to the sky, the
sky to the Tao, and the Tao imply is, according to its own nature.” So, if
we follow this Way of the Cosmic, we should arrive at the right destination.
R: So, what is this Way of the Cosmos, this Tao?
I: Unfortunately, the Tao Teh Ching also says, “The Tao that can be
spoken is not the eternal Tao.”
R: So, there is a path, but you can never tell where it is?
I: That’s about right.
R: So, what good is this system of thought?
I: So far, no good, and Taoism has since degenerated from a school of
philosophy into a house of sorcery.”
R: What if this Tao can be known, and spoken?
I: Then it would be truly enlightening, and perhaps even planet-saving.
Why? Can it?
R: First thing to note, with the unknown, never say “Can’t”.
I: So, Lao Tzu was wrong, to say that the Tao cannot be spoken?
R: You can answer this for yourself, after you have spoken it.
I: Hold on for a moment here. I’m not a miracle worker, you know. I
cannot conceive the inconceivable, speak the unspeakable and do the
R: You can, and you will, before the night is out.
I: You’ve gotta be kidding me. More than two thousand years without an
answer, and I would do it within five hours?
R: And you shall.
I: Well, we’d better get started ASAP then, eh?
R: Immediately-or-sooner always suits me fine.
R: Tell me. Have you heard of the “Superorganism”?
I: Yes. It was a term first coined by social insect researcher Morton
Wheeler in 1937, referring to an insect society - of the social insects such
as wasps, ants, bees and termites - as a single living organism of a higher
level of organization, that is societies as organisms. But since the
constituent individual insects of an insect society are themselves
organisms, Wheeler dubbed the insect societies “superorganisms”. Edward O.
Wilson, pioneer in Sociobiology, defines the superorganism as “a collection
of single creatures that together possess the functional organization
implicit in the formal definition of organism”.
R: Do you see any repetitive pattern yet?
I: Repetitive pattern? No. What repetitive pattern? What for?
R: The Path, the Way of the Cosmos, the Universal Masterplan, the Tao. To
know the future by knowing the past.
I: Well, not yet.
R: What’s that to your left?
I: It looks like an anthill.
R: What’s in the anthill?
I: One this size would contain upwards of hundreds of thousands of ants,
which are differentiated into several casts – the queen, the major workers,
the minor workers, the seasonal winged reproductives called alates, and the
soldiers – which then cooperate as a whole.
R: What is an ant a society of?
I: An ant? I’m not sure what you mean. It is a social insect, and we have
established that an ant society, such as this anthill, is a superorganism.
R: Yes, but what is an ant a society of?
I: Are you saying that an individual ant is a society itself?
R: Isn’t it?
I: Well, if an individual ant is a society, then it would be a society of
its own body cells.
R: How can this happen?
I: I think in much the same way as how the ant form their society – by
differentiation and cooperation.
R: Give me some specifics. When did it happen?
I: Before about 600 million years ago, there were no multicellular
organisms. Only undifferentiated cells each living an individual life of its
own. But eventually, inevitably, cells develop sociality, and formed their
own cellular societies, at first like sponges and corals, but eventually
centrally organized cellular societies like a dragonfly or an ant, or a
bird, or even a human.
R: What benefits could there be?
I: The benefits were huge. An amoeba, an undifferentiated organism, can
crawl on the bottom of a pond at, say, a foot a day top-speed, non-stop. But
differentiated and cooperative cells, by collectively becoming a higher
organism like a dragonfly, which lays its eggs into the pond, attain a
quantum leap of power and a higher level of freedom. The cells of a
dragonfly, for example, lost their small freedom of individual amoeba-like
movements, but together, their society the dragonfly can fly over the
mountain at 50 miles per hour, when the amoeba cannot even perceive beyond
the confines of the pond, much less emerge from it on its own.
R: So, do you see any repetitive pattern yet?
I: Beginning to. One – organism as society on all levels of organization.
Two – society as organism on all levels. Three, social and nonsocial units
on all levels. Four, differentiation and cooperation on all levels.
R: Excellent. Now, What is a cell a society of?
I: Its own molecules. Each cell is a society of its own “social
molecules”, each also operate by the principle of differentiation and
R: And the molecules?
I: Each a society of “social quarks”?
R: Now, look at Vancouver .
I: I’m looking at it.
R: What is a city, in this scheme of things?
I: A city is like a human equivalent of an anthill or a bee hive, or a
wasp net, or a termite mound.
R: So, what is Vancouver ?
I: Vancouver is a superorganism of differentiated and cooperative
Vancouverites, which are social humans.
R: Is Vancouver as an organism social or nonsocial.
R: What is the society to which Vancouver belongs?
I: Canada .
R: What is Canada in this scheme of things?
I: Canada is a superorganism comprising all differentiated and
cooperative Canadian cities.
R: As an organism is Canada social or nonsocial?
I: Social, kind of.
R: Kind of?
I: Because although the nations are beginning to be social amongst one
another, they have not yet formed themselves a higher organism. There is
still conflict and warfare, and international relations are still more
competitive than cooperative. Most definitive of all, the nations still
uphold their sovereignty as supreme and sacrosanct. So, I would deem the
rise of life on Earth currently reaching the level of the nations as
organisms, but no higher, yet.
R: When the integration of the nations is complete, what do you think
I: I think this will mean the rise of a higher level or organization than
the National level, and the emergence of a higher superorganism – the planet
Earth herself, to whom all nations are her differentiated and cooperative
organs, if they continue to identify themselves as nations.
R: What about the military?
I: Just as there is no mutual defense system among my bodily organs,
there will be no military on the national level.
R: What will happen to the military forces of the nations then?
I: I think the multinational military of today will merge into a single
planetary defense force against external threats such as asteroids, and
perhaps alien invasions.
R: A la the War of the Worlds? Listen. If we wanted to invade you or
conquer your planet, we’d have done so thousands of years ago.
I: This system of reality looks like a fine blue print for world peace.
R: It also illustrates our Interstellar Nursery of Planetary Eggs.
I: The planet as an egg. It now seems more real than metaphorical.
R: How would you term this intralevel integration and interlevel
I: You’ve said it! I would call it Integrative Transcendence.
R: What is the Tao, the “inconceivable”, Unspeakable” Tao?
I: Oh my God, it would be Integrative Transcendence. Oh my God!
R: What is God?
I: God is believed by the vast majority of this democracy to be the
creator of the Universe.
R: What three words do the Catholics use to describe this God?
I: Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.
R: More real than even what you now think.
I: In what way?
R: An embryo has a gestation period. What is the gestation period of the
I: The Geo-Embryo?
R: What do you think it is?
I: I think it must be the Biosphere of the planet.
R: And what is the gestation period of the Geo-Embryo of the planet
I: I don’t kn… Ah, yes! The Earth was formed 4.6 billion years ago. If it
succeeds in its Integrative Transcendence, it should be within the next
century or two. So, the gestation period of the planet Earth is 4.6 billion
R: Good. Now, some embryos go through several stages of metamorphosis. Do
you see this in the Geo-Embryo of the planet Earth?
I: I now certainly do. Every time a new level emerges from a lower one,
it is a new stage of metamorphosis. So, since the Earth has the Molecular
level, and the Cellular level, and the Metabion level (multicellular
organisms) and the Tribal level, and the National level, and finally the
Planetary level. So, all in all there are six levels of organization and
five phases of metamorphosis in between.
R: Is there a metamorphic schedule?
I: This would be the time table of the different levels emerging from the
one beneath it. So, we should start with the Big Bang 13 billion years ago
as the time of the formation of atomic and molecular matter from the quarks
below. Second, the Cellular level arose on Earth about 3 billion years ago.
Third, the Metabion level arose about 600 million years ago. Fourth, the
Tribal level arose in the form of the first insect societies, I’d say 120
million years ago. Fifth, the National level I would think not with human
super-societies, but cetacean super-societies, societies of whale and
dolphin pods, may 10 million years ago, And sixth, the Planetary level
should emerge about now.
R: Form a series with these numbers.
I: 0, 10 million, 120 million, 600 million, 3 billion, 13.7 billion.
R: What does this series look to you?
I: I think it could look like an exponential series, but we need to know
the true zero point, which I doubt would be set at the time of the
“organismization” of the planet Earth. It might be the point of the
Integrative Transcendence of the Universe Itself.
R: Back down to Earth for a moment, what will happen to her after she has
succeeded in integratively transcending into being the Planetary Organism
I: By the now very obvious repetitive pattern, the Planetary Organism
Earth at first nonsocial, will reproduce, and begat offspring throughout the
Solar System, which will eventual become social amongst one another, and
again by means of Integrative Transcendence, ultimately forming the Stellar
Organism Sol, on yet a higher level of organization, the Stellar.
I: There are upwards of 100 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, of
which Sol is only one. I think this spiral can unfold about three times
before reaching the formation of the eventual Galactic Organism Milky Way.
I: There are upwards of 100 billion galaxies in the Universe, of which
Milky Way is only one. I think this spiral can unfold about three times as
well before reaching the emergence of the ultimate Universal Organism.
R: If you were to choose 3 words for this Universal Organism, what would
I: Oh my God!
I: It would be all present, all knowing and all powerful. The three words
could only be Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent!!!
R: There are only two differences between the Universal Organism and your
God. What are they?
I: Well, one, It did not create the Universe, but it is the
evolving Universe. Two, It did not create us; instead, we will be part and
parcel of Its own self-creation. And three, there is nothing supernatural
about this Godly being; It is all natural.
R: And how would you name such a worldview?
I: I would call it the Omniscientific Cosmology.
R: And what would the central teaching of the Omniscientific Cosmology
I: Integrative Transcendence.
By then the moon had moved more than half way down the western sky. I was
overwhelmed by the vision implanted into my mind. I looked around to
re-orientate myself. The van was gone. I was all alone, except for
Raminothna, who may still be a trick of electronic wizardry, or just a
figment of my own imagination. But you know what? Half a night ago, I would
have been devastated were Raminothna not real. But now, having seen the Tao,
the Way of the Cosmos, and the highest human destiny, and the optimal fate
of the Earth, laid out in my brain so clearly and systematically and
scientifically and symmetrically, it no longer matters if Raminothna turned
out to be real or not. The truth has come forth. The agent may rest.
But I have further questions for Raminothna.
I: This is absolutely amazing and breathtaking. For me at least, it
answers all the great philosophical questions rolled into one: The Meaning
of Life, the Purpose of Existence, the Human Destiny, the Fate of the Earth…
R: All are interrelated.
I: But let me figure out what in nuts and bolts need to be done so that
our planet can pass this cosmic test.
R: By all means. I am well pleased with you as my choice of a human
vehicle on Earth for my visit.
I: Erm, my pleasure.
R: Have you heard of the term Cosmic Providence?
I: Can’t say that I have.
R: It goes something like this. Billions of years ago, life arose out of
non-life. Since then, life has evolved to produce humans, which in turn
produced the technological civilizations that feed upon oil. Concurrently
some of the dead turned into the fossil fuels to feed the technological
civilizations. You got it so far?
I: Cosmic providence indeed!
R: But here is the twist.
I: Let me guess. There are more fossil fuels than can be burnt without
driving the planet into runaway global overheating.
R: Thus the Cosmic Test.
I: I see. And I concur. The species that cannot pass this test is greedy,
selfish, myopic and brutal beyond redemption, and does not deserve to
survive to join the interplanetary and interstellar community. And the
executioner will be none other than itself.
R: Now, there is a final test for you.
I: For me?
R: Yes, just for you.
I: Okay, go ahead.
R: If you are allowed one yes/no answer, what would it be?
I: Will our planet Earth pass or fail this Cosmic Test?
R: Very well. Now, gather five round rocks of about the same size
I: Here they are.
R: Arrange four on the ground in the form of a square, with each rock
touching its two neighbors.
R: Now place the fifth rock on top of the four to form a pyramid.
R: Now, go back to your car, get a pen, and write this on a piece of
paper: “Homo sapiens of Earth will fail the Cosmic Test.”
I: Will fail?
R: Yes. Fail. Now, fold the piece of paper twice to make a small
R: Now, insert it into the cavity in the center of the pyramid.
R: Now, listen to me very carefully.
I: Which I have been doing all along.
R: If you planet Earth is destined to fail this Cosmic Test. The sun will
rise, and nothing will happen to the piece of paper. But if the Earth is
destined to pass this Cosmic Test, a Cosmic Hand of Destiny will reach into
the pyramid and reduce the paper to ashes – before sunrise. Good luck, and
I: Good bye? Are you leaving?
R: Other worlds await, and I must go to them, as I have heeded your call,
and come to you. I sincerely hope that we will see you in the interstellar
community one of these eons. So long.
I: Raminothna, wait!
The rest of the night was long. But I managed to stay awake. It became
colder and colder, and I began to shiver. The near-full moon declined lower
and lower until it was lost to view, meaning that the sun is rising higher
and higher beneath the horizon. At long last, and all too soon, the eastern
sky began to glow. As the last minutes dwindled to the last seconds of this
fateful night, and I had sunken to the lowest ebb of my nocturnal despair, a
cosmic hand of destiny did reach out, and in a burst of flame from a lighted
match, reduced the piece of paper to ashes.
Not a moment too soon, the sun broken through. And in its first glorious
rays, I regarded this Cosmic Hand of Destiny, which was my own.
Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
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