October 11, 2019

Modern Reactionary Lust for Ancient Destruction

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism — Tags: , , , , — Russ Bangs @ 9:16 am


It’s typical that the earliest extant Western writing, the Epic of Gilgamesh inscribed in cuneiform, contains the earliest account of forest massacre, the mass murder of trees. Having defeated his enemy Humbaba, who among other things was steward of the great Mideast cedar forest, Gilgamesh celebrates his victory by hacking down the forest.
This is how Sumerian myth tried to account for how their forests somehow got destroyed, how they wrecked their fertile land and turned it into a desert: They passed the blame for their own rapacity onto a mythologized figure.
Thus we have the first Western documentation of how a Western civilization destroyed itself by destroying its forests. Many other examples have followed.
Today the modern global economic civilization is destroying all forests as fast and aggressively as possible, committing total ecocide and collective suicide as fast and aggressively as it can.
And as this civilization withers in its own broiling desert, who will it blame?*
Gaia’s Kinesis includes Earth’s direct backlash against modern civilization’s crimes. The great ecological manifesto Revelation describes this thruout. The Kinesis includes the death-wish of the civilization and its hyper-aggression against the Earth as it rushes over the cliff, and therefore much of it will be devastating to natural communities and to the least guilty among peoples, indigenous and impoverished frontline communities. This is being forced by the berserk insanity of Homo necropolitan, the “civilized”.
Reading by a Gaian interpretation, Revelation is not describing literally a god’s judgement and punishment, but is evoking the simple facts of what’s happening. It does include many literal ecological effects as well as much religious and moral symbolism transposing the modern biological war to the human cultural level.
The berserkers attack, damage, destroy, and the destruction redounds upon their own head and destroys them. Homo necropolitan won’t survive Gaia’s Kinesis, and there’s a decent chance the hominid species as such will become the apex victim of its own mass extinction and total ecocide assault. Certainly modern civilization won’t survive it.
We’ll look at one example depicting our present and near future, Revelation 16:1-9 as the seven angels emerge from the sky temple bearing the vials of the wrath of God, ready to pour them upon the orcs. Necessarily, this speaks only of what empirically is already happening and what common sense and science forecast is imminent. No one needs to feel it as religious prophecy unless that’s how they feel it.
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
The mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-17) is the mark of Mammon, the insignia of grinder producers and consumers, all who live to destroy the Earth (Rev 11:18), to buy and sell commodities, to worship money and to use it as a weapon of destruction. They farmed poison, they burned the air. Now the pandemics driven by industrial agriculture and global heating will afflict rich as well as poor. The complete poisoning of the air and water, the poisoned soil and food, the cancer and lung disease the rich long have inflicted on the poor and on the more-than-human world, these all now become noisome and grievous sores upon the rich as well. All must live or die on this Earth, and almost all have chosen to die upon it. They ratify their drenching amid the vial.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
They flooded the seas with their farmed poisons, they dumped their factory and consumer waste, they heated the waters, they crammed carbon to turn the seas to acid, they infused every drop with oil solids, they generated vortexes of this plastic. They kill everything, they crash their own fisheries, they conjure the turbulence, they loft the waves, they drive the surges, they raise the seas themselves, they flood their own cities, they salt their own coastal lands and aquifers. Most of all they cripple the biggest arc of the carbon cycle and block off the most expansive resting place for carbon in physical form and in time. In the longer run this by far will be the greatest heating and chaotic feedback effect of all.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Here the poison flooding of the waters begins, the runoff from the poison farms, the poison lawns, the poison work zones, the poison roads, the poisoned rain. What non-poisoned water is left is stolen by the corporate demons and sold back to the people who bear money. The campaign of heating and chaos drives drought, what’s far more the mass murder of trees, the massacre of forests, brings the desert. The water flees away and is no more. They’ll all die of thirst.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
They were vampires always, parasites always, and always have murdered to get their blood. They destroy their own children’s water, they drink their own children’s blood.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
The most direct self-inflicted global heating shall wipe out all agriculture and render vast spaces of Earth uninhabitable for hominids.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
We know the berserker response. They blasphemed the name of Gaia who has power over all these plagues, they refused to live in balance, they fought as hard as they could to maximize the plagues, and they did not repent. They will not repent.
9:21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their sorceries, their immorality or their thefts.
They’ll flock to the second beast (Rev 13:11-17) for propaganda charades, mirages of “industrial renewables” and “sustainable development”, emission-and-sink shell games such as “Green New Deals” along with the long-running “offset”, “carbon neutral”,”zero net emissions” lies. They’ll opiate themselves with these while they follow the lead of the same Earth-destroying corporations, governments, militaries they’ve always followed.
16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
All this is blasphemy in the name of the Earth. They won’t repent. Stripping away all the poses and lies, they’ll continue mass-producing, mass-consuming, mass-wasting, mass-destroying. They’ll continue being destroyers of the Earth unto their own collective suicide.
Those who Gaia would destroy she first makes insane.
Today we need the new stories, today’s consolation and inspiration, to be the affirmation amid all the tales of horror in tomorrow’s mythology. We need the stories of Gaia’s restoration to go with the stories of her Kinesis, her direct counterattacks, while most of all she drives the orcs to destroy themselves.
*I’m getting a pretty strong hunch who’s going to get most of the blame. More on that in coming posts.


  1. I was never one for revelations…mythical stories. This explanation is the first one that has made sense to me. Thanks Russ~

    Comment by rose imagine — October 11, 2019 @ 10:10 am

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