Death as a condition for which a cure is needed

When I was the secretary of a very large social club for retirees, I discovered, much to my surprise, a widespread fear of death. Many of the members, up to age 90, told me of that fear. The members were all Anglo-Australians. In a retirement home, I saw a goodly number of elderly women just sitting there, with their heads down. Worse still, a regular church-goer said to me recently, in relation to our respective age-related health problems, that this was ‘better than the alternative – death.’

I have extracted the following from an article by Leah Kaminsky in the Jan31-Feb1 issue of ‘Spectrum’ in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald.’

‘Now many people in the Western world are living well into their 80s and 90s, and still hoping for more. Along with the professionalization and outsourcing of death, which has all but removed it from our everyday lives, comes people’s fantasy that they won’t die at all. … …

American surgeon … Atul Gawande in his latest book ‘Being Mortal’ … crafts … a powerful narrative about end-of-life choices. “In the past few decades,” he writes, “medical science has rendered obsolete centuries of experience, tradition, and language about our mortality and created a new difficulty for mankind: how to die. We hook people up to ventilators and IV drips, pumping them full of drugs to keep their withered bodies going, when the life force has clearly left them. Preserving them in ICU units like living mummies, we no longer know how to let them go.” … …

“Our decision-making in medicine has failed so spectacularly that we have reached the point of actively inflicting harm on patients rather than confronting the subject of mortality,” Gawande writes. … …

‘Being Mortal’ examines how we have failed the elderly and the dying. “The waning days of our lives are given over to treatments that addle our brains and sap our bodies for a sliver’s chance of benefit.”

It is a brave book – a cry of outrage as well as an optimistic call for change – that challenges us to reflect on how we have turned mortality into a medical experience. … … Gawande points out that modern-day medicine is a “profession that has succeeded because of its ability to fix.” Death is seen as a failure; a condition for which medical science is yet to find a cure. It’s time to challenge this cultural attitude.’

Cosmic catastrophes and their consequences

“Since major cosmic disasters have, in all probability, destroyed Man and his putative civilisations more than once, the Great Deluge (the last universal flood as attested to by a whole raft of prevailing myths from all over the world) may have destroyed all evidence relating to the alleged giants who apparently lived incredibly long lives on Earth. If they had inter¬bred with the humans they had created using homo erectus, unavoidable mutation may have shrunk them to become an integrated part of current humanity.

If the Sumerian clay tablets are to be believed, our knowledge of the formation of Earth, of the origin of modern man, of the history of human civilisations, of cosmic impacts, of geological upheavals, of the transmission of knowledge, and the probable loss of previously advanced cultures is open to substantial revision – assuming that we do not enter an Age of the Fifth Sun through yet another annihilation of most of mankind. The clairvoyant Edgar Cayce’s stories (which were uttered while indubitably asleep) about Atlantis (in the Atlantic Ocean) and Lemuria (in the Pacific Ocean), and the Inca culture’s ‘end of time’ prognostication do not offer much hope for the continuity of modern ‘civilisation.’ Yet, the search for understanding the Cosmos and our place in it must continue.

It is surely significant that Man’s Cosmos is now seemingly assumed by some cosmologists to be ever-lasting, always renewed after a cycle of growth and shrinkage. But I do wonder: in terms of the ‘Big Bang’ framework, would the Cosmos need to shrink to a dot before it expands once more? In any event, how plausible is a ‘Big Crunch’? … …

Harking back to the Hubble Telescope’s observations, what if this movement away of every visible object from every other visible object is on such a small scale as to be insignificant on a wider screen? What if other matter, invisible matter, is filling the spaces left vacant? Are we trying to describe an elephant by looking only at its feet? If so, does not the leading foot move away from the other feet repeatedly as the animal walks?”

(These extracts from ‘Musings at death’s door’ offer little hope of mankind knowing for certain as to what happened in pre-historic times. One thing is certain – the probability of cosmic clashes with Earth, resulting in convulsions of the ground in the form of earthquakes and tsunamis, and the consequential torrential rains. Our known history is too short for any confidence to be placed in available writings, myths, and beliefs.

In the meantime, vast research continues. But, how much illumination has been provided to understand our origins and subsequent history? For example, what if (for example) the Hubble Telescope’s screen is as wide of my thumbnail against the totality of all the space on the surface of Earth? What can we ever hope to learn through our technology?)

Needed – a sense of shared humanity

I once watched the boys from a local church school using a lad of the right age to hire a video displaying very explicit sex, for a lunchtime viewing. Their mums were presumably at work, saving up for that en suite. And that is something I cannot understand: why would modern Western man want a toilet right next to his bed? The world at large places the toilet where it belongs.

The influence of the churches about alcohol drinking times and places is finished. This, too, took a while. But contraception and abortion are still taboo, the latter unlawful, as with voluntary euthanasia. Yet the community feels otherwise, according to public surveys. In addition, I am aware, from personal contact with many young people, that young and old Australians pay little or no attention to strictures against contraception and abortion.

The definitive position taken by the churches to justify the illegitimate use (by some) of that emotive word ‘killing’ in relation to voluntary euthanasia bothers not the free man in the street and his woman. And there are lots of these about, and they are on the increase. Ironically, it is the less educated who, contrary to earlier generations, are ignoring such strictures. Religion used to be for the poor, but not anymore.

When it comes to voluntary euthanasia, the blinkered really start frothing at the mouth. Since euthanasia is first defined by them as killing, the word voluntary makes no difference. An editorial in a major newspaper, generally considered to be of a reasonably high standard, was recently guilty of this semantic and logical fault. More evidence of brainwashing?

However, a very, very large majority (more than seventy-five per cent) of Australians are reportedly in favour of voluntary euthanasia, according to recent surveys. Those of us who have sat by and watched someone close to us go through hell, without any hope whatsoever of surviving, and receiving inadequate relief from pain, and suffering the professional medical skills and high technology instrumentation being applied willy-nilly, will respond with compassion.

But not those willing to sit by the side of such sufferers, presumably chanting, “A life is a life, is a life, is a life” ad nauseam, and “Only God gives life, therefore only God takes life” ad nauseam, and then probably going home to a nice dinner. I cannot think of anything more offensive to God. It is also obscene. Has not the patient, in such a position, the right to decide that enough is enough; at minimum, why not let the patient die with dignity?

Ah, no, one cannot have that. Apparently, God gave some of these people the right to make vital decisions on our behalf; like the paramedic, who arrives twenty minutes after a man’s death, thumps his heart into activity, drops the patient into a hospital, and goes home to his dinner. But now we have a brain-dead vegetable in a hospital bed forever! God’s will? Did God authorise this paramedic to give life to a dead man? He had to try, said a friend to me. That’s also what a surgeon said to my wife when explaining why he kept cutting up her sister for week after week, when she was clearly dying. How do we protect ourselves from such people and their priests?

Fortunately, a sense of humanity, compassion rather than rules, and justice and fairness rather than strict law, have crept into the soul of the community; this was partly through our offspring wishing to think and act for themselves, partly because so many of us encouraged, indeed insisted upon, independent and clear thought and action by them, and partly through a sea-change in the community’s need for freedom from the chains of an illiberal, prejudiced, and fearful heritage.

(The above extracts from my first memoir ‘Destiny Will Out,’ raise some crucial questions about freedom from the religiosity of others, especially a minority of the population. By what right can they insist that dogma from their faith is binding upon all others in the nation? Isn’t this what some mullahs of Mohammed asking today in Australia?

More importantly, on what legal basis have our politicians imposed their religious values upon the whole population? Occasionally, a ‘conscience vote’ is permitted as a political safety valve; but that only permits politicians to vote their own personal religious beliefs, not that of their electors. They need to respond to the following questions.

Do circumcised Jews insist that all others be circumcised? Does a devout Muslim deny non-Muslims the right to eat pork? Have Hindus ever denied anyone the right to eat beef? How then can a Christian denied contraception by his church insist that non-Christians also be so denied? When about 82% of the Australians sampled seek voluntary euthanasia, by what authority can their so-called representative government then deny them that right? Do those elected parliamentary representatives responsible for this denial pray to a god who is different from the one and only universal Creator we accept as God?

This is one of the reasons I consider Western democracy to be a dud. Is there something better? Of course there is! The key lies in the word representation. Are not our politicians required to represent the views of voters, those who elected them? So, are we living in a concealed ‘command’ society like that of communist nations?)

Challenging experiences

Challenging experiences
My most intriguing experience at that time, and the most challenging intellectually, took place one warm summer night at the seaside. A friend and I were lying on the sand, watching the sky, and talking casually. Both of us saw the shooting star at the same time. It shot across the sky, not down. Then it stopped. We had expected it to disappear (as we discussed later), but there it remained for about a second (who was counting?). Then it changed direction, at an acute angle. Shortly, it stopped, turned again at another acute angle, shot across the sky, and disappeared.

That was no shooting star. There was nothing man-made in the skies (this was long before Sputnik). Nothing made by nature or by man then could do what we had seen. What could we say? I said nothing for forty years.

In a way, it was not that different from a similarly confusing experience that I had as a youth. I saw from the edge of a field a man lying on a sort of mattress on the grass. The showman erected a rectangular screen, using bamboo stakes and cloth. There was a lot of drumming and chanting, and, lo and behold, when the screen was removed, there was the mattress suspended in the air. The man was still lying on it. There were ropes dangling from each corner of the mattress and swaying freely in the breeze. Mass hypnotism? With me at the edge of the field?

Until a few years ago I was not prepared to admit that I actually saw what I saw. In all these years I knew that I had seen it. I also knew that I could not have – science says that it cannot happen. What happens when what cannot happen happens? And that was the question I was left with regarding myself.

(This extract from ‘Destiny Will Out’ identifies my introduction to the third component or dimension of my 3-part reality. The first two obviously are the material and the mental worlds or domains; the third is the spiritual domain.

Claiming to have seen evidence of levitation to my guardian, with whom I had no rapport, was a no-no. Talking about extra-terrestrials and spaceships over Australia in the late 1940s was also a no-no because Australians seemed to have a strange fear of invasion – from Indonesians to Martians!

Then, in my early 60s, the spirit world presented itself to me, leaving me confused for 2 years. More recently, I was shouted at in a public place by a casual clairvoyant I had just met because my spirit guide was complaining to her that I was not listening to him; and she could see him, and then described him.

I believe that I am now tuned-in correctly. Naturally, I am grateful for the 3rd component of my reality. It is far more interesting, while challenging, than the mundane material and the uplifting mental spheres.)

Some questions about the events of pre-history

That there was a sub-continent extending beyond the south east coast of Asia, which was drowned, and which resulted in the nations of Southeast Asia as we know them today is apparently not contentious. If the single Universal Deluge had occurred about 13,000 years ago, as agreed by some powerful researchers, then one would expect this sub-continent named Sundaland to have been drowned convincingly.

That would not have allowed a gradual dispersal of the peoples of the sub-continent, because the trigger for the Deluge was a cosmic impact which was cataclysmic in its effects. Perhaps the emigration occurred later through local vulcanism.

Those who write about Sundaland refer instead to the gradual end of the last Ice Age, with 3 floods resulting, as the cause of the sequential emigration from Sundaland. The sea level surges cited are dated 14,000, 11,500 and 8,000 years ago. On the other hand, the impacts of the exploded supernova Vela have been dated at 41,000, 16,000 and 13,000 years ago. All these dates, measured in thousands of years, are certainly confusing.

Did those who have written of the end of the Ice Age as a cause of cataclysms take on board the repeated cosmic impacts and the resulting convulsions of Earth? Did they take into account specifically the probable buckling of the Earth’s surface; the possible shifting landmasses and oceans (from east/west to north/south in orientation) through the effects of the Deluge triggered by Phaeton, the fragment of Vela; the associated tilt of the globe; and the probability that the residents of previously unknown advanced cultures who had survived the Deluge of about 13,000 years ago had aided the subsequent recovery of human societies?

Allan and Delair, in their book ‘Cataclysm,’ state: “ … many had doubtless seen the great antediluvian buildings, large boats (arks included), irrigation systems, pottery, metallic utensils, and weaponry specifically mentioned in innumerable traditions they had not themselves designed, … “ And they do pose this question: “ … what firm evidence is there that such artificial creations existed before the Phaeton disaster?” This they date at 11,500 years ago.

Will we ever know? Do we need another Edgar Cayce?

The evidence for an older pre-history

Oppenheimer has come up with some interesting dates, and movements, of Southeast Asian peoples, much the same way that skeletons of Caucasoids (as distinct from Mongoloids and Negroids) have been found in the lands fringing the Pacific Ocean, or the skeletons of very tall humans (10 to 12 feet) have been found in the American mainland, or the huge, carved ‘Olmec’ heads found on Yucatan (Mesoamerican) soil, or a much earlier beginning to the Egypt of the pyramids than conventionally claimed.

Some of the great known unknowns in pre-history are: how the impossibly huge megaliths (stone blocks) used to construct the temples of pre-history were cut out, brought without using wheels to building sites, shaped without metal or electric tools, or placed into position displaying a lifting capacity not generally available in modern times; how the structure and stratification of society necessary for an advanced culture came about; the process whereby the needed administrative, organisational and (even) spiritual beliefs were achieved, without a long period of gestation, or identifying a source for learning by cultural diffusion; or whether an older civilisation of unknown provenance existing somewhere, at some distant past, had seeded primitive human societies to enable them to evolve into viable cultural entities – even if, in time, they displayed the truth of Newton’s Second Law of Thermodynamics – that entropy is unavoidable!

That is, progressive deterioration is a fact of all existence. While a prospect of subsequent renewal (as, say, in Hindu cosmology) may not have been explicit, the reality of our present civilisation may offer some hope that human existence in the Cosmos is eternal.

It is a truism that life forms, whether immobile (like plants), or mobile (like insects, animals, and humans) generally have simple beginnings and, subsequently, mature – in order to carry out their respective roles. Our babies demonstrate the truth of this process. Similarly, human societies need to evolve to higher levels of functioning through maturation.

Therefore, the sudden appearance of organically mature societies in Egypt, Sumer, Harappa, and possibly elsewhere about 5,000 to 6,000 years ago is surely impossible. They needed time to have evolved, whether through borrowing (cultural and technological diffusion), or by being guided by a more advanced civilisation. Rejecting input, realistically, from extra-terrestrials, we are left with a wondrous gap of knowledge about human predecessors.

Would not a quick look at Oppenheimer’s theory be now warranted, although I do not find the path he has traced through linguistics and genetics to be quite persuasive. Has he explained the origins, purpose, or the advanced technology manifest in the super-structures of Egypt, Mesoamerica and the Andes? Or, did all that come later?

Lemurians in America?

The legends of the peoples of the Andes indicate that, following “ … a terrifying period when the earth had been inundated by a great flood and plunged into darkness by the disappearance of the sun … and the people suffered great hardship … “ there arrived a bearded tall man clothed in a white robe, bringing with him a number of viracochas. He was on a civilising mission, teaching love and kindness, as well as such skills as medicine, metallurgy, farming, etc., including “ … terraces and fields to be formed on the steep sides of ravines, and sustaining walls to rise up and support them.” (Graham Hancock in ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’).

Were the terraces similar to those constructed on Luzon by those who were believed to have operated Nan Madol’s cyclone-control system? If so, were Kon Tiki and his Viracochas Lemurians? Did those legends of the Andes also refer to those who had created the huge buildings constructed of megaliths, and how this had been done? Had these been built by an earlier culture with access to ‘magic’?

In a comparable manner, Mexican and Maya legends refer to Kukulkan and his companions bringing civilisation to Central America from the east in boats. The previous practice of human sacrifice was forbidden, while he “ … caused various important edifices to be built … “ (Hancock). Did that include the step-pyramids, which would have required ‘magic’?

Like Viracocha, Kukulkan eventually left the peoples he had led to civilisation, promising to return. Why did they leave? Reference to the East (as the direction from which he had come) is confusing, for Lemuria would have been in the West of the Americas. Was Kukulkan then an Atlantean? According to other legends, Atlantis had been established in the Atlantic Ocean by earlier expatriate Lemurians!

However, the folklore, as well as some totem poles, of sundry Native Indian tribes in northern America seemingly suggest a more direct connection to Lemuria. Indeed, on the basis claimed by Churchward of the image of the deer and the Tree of Life being key elements of the faiths of a number of cultures, it has been claimed that the Lemurian influence, through immigration, had extended not only to the Maya, but also to the Navajo Indians in the American Southwest, to the Japanese (Jomon and Ainu), and to China!

Claims such as this appear to be based on the apparently unchallengeable fact that, when Caucasoid people (that is, obviously light-skinned, but also long-headed with high-bridge noses?) are found in the Americas, and in Asian terrain as far inland as Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central Asia, they must be of Lamurian origin. Indeed, there are some who claim that the Garden of Eden was Mu (Lemuria); and that the escapees from a drowning Motherland had travelled, progressively, all the way to India, and then to the Persian Gulf!

Was this track traced purely on skin and hair colour? If so, compare the skin colour of modern North and Central Asians in the temperate zone, beginning from the Mediterranean Sea. Would it not be strange were the Caucasians to have originated, not around the Caucasian Mountains, but in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?

Or, had there been a mother civilisation of advanced humans which established Lemuria, as well as the suddenly-arrived, fully-developed civilisations of Egypt, Sumer, Harappa, pre-Inca Andes, and pre-Olmec Mesoamerica? How could they have known enough maths and astrology (without guidance), to build pyramidal structures reflecting the layout of the Earth’s surface, and Earth’s alignments with certain star configurations?

The dispersal of the Lemurians

Accepting Nan Madol as a high-tech artefact with economic purpose – that is, protecting massive tiered and terraced rice fields in Luzon by electrically preventing the growth of tropical storms into highly destructive typhoons over the Philippines – should establish the reality of the intruders into the Pacific of an advanced culture from regions unknown, the Lemurians.

I am curious – why has not modern Man, with all his technology, not tested this approach? It would seem that some modern scientists have indicated that it can be done.

What other evidence is there of the probable existence of the Lemurian civilisation? An open mind can willingly receive information or even suggestions (perhaps in the shape of long-held folklore) about the possibility – even the relative probability – of certain events in the hitherto impenetrable distant past. Since all human knowledge is normally incrementally gained over time, the speculative formulation of a theory of what might have been – even if not testable or confirmable undeniably – may be an indicative path to a more accurate knowledge.

Indeed, is there any such thing as an undeniable process in a universe whose alleged core is built from uni-dimensional vibrating, folded ‘strings,’ and subject to the Law of Indeterminacy?

In the event, 2 things might be examined. First, to see whether technologically and spiritually advanced foreigners had entered the lands skirting the Pacific, as well as known settlements on the islands of the Pacific, over the extended period of time ending at about 3,700 years ago (when Lemuria is said to have been finally lost to a gradually rising sea). Second, we need to see whether what was introduced as cultural, technological or spiritual improvements to the simple societies then existing in and surrounding the Pacific were similar, if not identical. Would this not be a reasonable approach?

What does one look for to indicate a common source of an advanced non-threatening people who were obviously human, but who might have been different in skin colour, build, and social organisation?

Were the Lamurians sent to the Pacific for a specific reason?

Nan Madol in Pohnpei, Micronesia was apparently an integral component of Lemurian culture. It involved high technology based upon a deep understanding of the laws of nature. The technology would, in part, be described as magical (a concept reflected in folklore).

Using huge magnetised basalt blocks weighing from 5 to 25 tons, whose origins and the manner of quarrying and transportation to site yet unknown, “sorcerers, wise and holy men” built a “weather modification project purposefully to prevent tropical storms from becoming typhoons” using “flying dragons” (Frank Joseph). David Hatcher Childress, who conducted several underwater investigations at Nan Madol, describes the project as comparable in scale with the Great Pyramid of Giza. A Dr. Randall Pfingston is quoted in Childress’ book ‘Lost cities of ancient Lemuria and the Pacific’ as theorising that “Crystallised blocks of basalt need only to be resonating at the frequency of gravity, 1012 hertz, … and they will lose weight.”

Preventing typhoons from being formed through electrical ‘shortening out’ of the tropical storms at Nan Madol, was apparently to protect massive tiered rice terraces, spanning about 50,000 acres, carved out on Luzon in the Philippines. The ‘shortening out’ resulted in the rain falling on Nan Madol instead of damaging the rice fields of Luzon. These terraces are now on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list, and described as ‘the greatest engineering feat ever undertaken.’ Who, and where, were the intended consumers of this vast production of rice? Yet again superior technology is intimated.

Nan Madol is estimated to have originated before 12,000 years ago, and was said to have been flooded by a progressively rising sea until about 5,000 years ago. Will we ever know who its technologically-advanced creators were, where they had come from, and the consumers of all that rice?

Was Lemuria a mother-civilisation?

To avoid accepting ‘gods’ from the heavens (who must have been spacemen from somewhere) as having guided simple human cultures to technologically-developed civilisations – mainly because each side would probably find the other repulsive, as well as because of the real risk of death by introduced bacterial diseases – we need to find one or more advanced human cultures before our current civilisation.

By and large, modern mankind can claim to be technologically advanced enough (while being somewhat backward morally) to be considered civilised. However, I demur. It is the level of shared spirituality displayed, and a compassionate approach to those of mankind not as well endowed as the others, which determines whether or not our society is indeed civilised.

Returning to Mu as a possible ‘mother-civilisation,’ there have been casual references here and there about magical processes prevailing in certain pre-historic sites. This term is possibly just another way of saying ‘We know nothing about that.’ Is this also another way of saying ‘We don’t want to know, because we will not accept myth, folklore or oral history’?

As well, the word magic used in this context will no doubt turn away any scientist skilled in those disciplines attempting to decipher what seems an impenetrable distant past, who is not committed to the mystery of a Creator (or God) of the Cosmos, and the magic emanating from a deeply rooted belief in this mystery; or who denies the reality of a psychic or paranormal sphere experienced by rational humans.

If magic were not involved in all these early societies which built huge constructions using incredibly heavy and unwieldy megaliths, how were they built – and why? Was ‘magic’ associated with their use?