The Sheep Look Up is a science fiction novel by British author John Brunner published in 1972. Reading it in 1975 seared my memory with the awful thought that this same story could happen here. The plot is centered on the rise of a corporation-sponsored government, pollution in big cities has reached extreme levels and most (if not all) people’s health has been affected in some way.
By the end of the book, rioting and civil unrest sweep the United States, due to a combination of poor health, poor sanitation, lack of food, lack of services, ineffectiveness of services (medical, policing), disillusionment with government/companies, oppressive government, high incidence of birth defects (pollution-induced), and other factors; all services (military, government, private, infrastructure) break down.
The people cause this destruction by acting like sheep, going along with the crowd and not paying attention to what is happening right before their eyes, until it is too late for positive action.
Something like this is happening in America now. We have begun to think of ourselves as well informed by the 24 hour news cycle, yet we know nothing other than what the various propaganda machines tell us. And they are telling us two huge lies.
The first lie is that there is no global warming and people who contest that are using that as an excuse to make money. Remember the Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore? Fox News convinced a lot of people that the global warming issue was just Gore’s way to make money.
For some reason at least 55% of the American population does not accept what is clearly obvious. From bee colony collapse to radiation from Japan lapping at the West Coast beaches to dramatic shifts in weather patterns and the melting of the polar ice caps, we are confronted with all the evidence needed to prove there is a problem, or problems. Yet we are not willing to solve or even look at this evidence. Not surprisingly, 97% of the world’s climate scientists have closed the debate and accepted the fact that we are polluting and heating up our world.
The second lie is also a product of the anti-intellectualism of the American character. Right now more than 46% of our population claims not to believe in evolution. They consider themselves supported by God in their beliefs. Yet by denying evolution and insisting it be stomped out, they are closing the door on the real solution that could take us through this global crisis.
God built us to evolve. It makes no difference where we came from; the issue is where are we going. There is a target for evolution’s process. We are meant to become much, much more in the future than we are today as individuals and as a species.
Denying evolution’s process and target is a way to block our progress and insure our demise.
Nevertheless, the people telling us these two lies are using them to control us and to make money.
But there is change ahead. As one era ends it must necessarily share the stage of time with the beginning of a new era. We see the truth of our situation being revealed daily….from the NSA files to the GMO foods poisoning our bodies. It is the end of the world as we know it. The New Era, now being born, will arrive bringing with it the new man, Homo Luminous, the man of light.
Daily we are given the opportunity to find new solutions and paths. But too many seem more empowered by defending the lies we have accepted for so long.
If knowing the truth is the gatekeeper to living in freedom, then it is mandatory that we be willing to tell the truth to each other and ourselves. And the truth is this: we have reached the end of an era, and if we want to enter the new era, we must take responsibility for the unfinished business of the past and prepare ourselves and our planet for a totally new understanding of why we are here.
As we do that, we will demonstrate to our brothers and sisters that in bringing light to all the dark caves of consciousness we have been living in, we are creating a new world for evolution’s next step, Homo Luminous.
Of course, I could be wrong.
This article first appeared in the March 6, 2014 Hill Country News in Cedar Park, Texas
Photo: David Saenz