We are in the cusp between the age of Pisces and the age of Aquarius. Between the age of emotionalism, religion, fear, emotional competitiveness and greed, and the age of technology, reason, coolness and collectedness, a calm going forth.
We are in the cusp. What does it mean? It means we are in an upheaval of change, of mistaking emotional opinion for facts. Eventually facts will matter more than they do now. People will eventually (soon I hope) start checking their facts before spouting opinions as if they were The News.
We hear from some experts of some kind that we are about to have another renaissance. Inventions, learning, advances in science, trips into space. Wow, that's exciting.
But where does it leave the populations that are still wrestling with the last age of religious wars, fear of trusting fact rather than tales they were taught. Fear of going back and reading the original texts, fear of not believing and acting on what they are told by the latest priest, cleric, Ayatollah? Fear of questioning "authority?"
And where does this take the new generations who are ignorant of the past, are unaware how important it is to be educated, who have no concept of educating oneself without having to have a "formal" education? Who are unaware that facts are not hidden, one need only go out and find them? That history is not hidden? That mathematics and science is not hidden? And therefore, it is not absolutely necessary to go to college in order to learn?
One of the things we used to teach children in elementary school was how to learn. How can anyone get beyond that without learning it first?
Pisces. The emotional, needy, religious, spirit and soul seeking, age of Pisces. Finally, we could possibly grow past the age of angst. Past the age of self flagellation, and into the age of caring about others…really caring about others without doing it because it's "cool" or the thing to do. Educating each other like we did in the 70's when someone with a computer would learn something new and call all one's friends and share the information without ego, but with excitement over learning.
We can possibly enter the age of reason. The cusp is where, for a proportional time we overlap the past with the future.
But the past will cling for differing lengths of time in different cultures. I often wonder about the importance of place. Not on a historical level, not in time. But physically. Why cultures in one place on the globe will advance or evolve more quickly than in others. Why some seem never to advance or evolve. I think it's probably complicated in many ways.
As technology advances quickly in some places, the cultures surrounding it may not advance at all. A country advancing in science may be relatively primitive when it comes to it's advancement in government or regulations of the advances in science and/or knowledge. Primitive in terms of human traits that manifest as "political nature of man." Selfishness that hold back the advancements of knowledge because of fears that the knowledge would be used against those in power.
I hope this coming age of Aquarius, not a water sign, but a water bearing sign, will see mankind evolve past the vestiges of the last age. I see mankind moving into space and other new frontiers. I would not want the culture of the Piscean age to go with us.
Religious wars and angst ridden struggles with morals and egos are more deadly than the spread of viruses. This new age does not mean the end of belief systems or knowing what is right or wrong. But it can mean a strength of morality, a little less neediness in the ego department, an adulthood, a calmer behavior where one does not wrap oneself with bombs and blow oneself up in order to make some point that is never understood.
Heaven is not a brothel full of "virgins"…… the foibles and absurdities of the masses. Why would we want to export them to another world? We should be embarrassed to have another, alien race, see us in this state.
Competitiveness is a good thing, in general. Friendly competition is even better. Competition between adults, not bickering, warring children.
I look forward to the Age of Aquarius. But I think I want my next life to begin a hundred years hence. The Age of Aquarius is arriving just in time to save us, hopefully, from climatic disaster. I don't want to be around through that….I prefer to skip it and leave it to those who are good at fixing those kinds of things.
But I do want to know how they do it, and where mankind is going in this age of knowledge, exploration, discovery. It's going to be exciting. It won't be without it's new brand of angst, but it will be new and refreshing. And I'm assuming, far reaching.
Science fiction has always been ahead of science. If that continues, the next age will be far reaching, indeed.