Over the last few days, I have received several warnings from people that I consider more knowledgeable than most about the potential for a severe socio-economic disruption within the next week. The Arlington Institute, a future trends think tank, has been doing a study of precognitive dreams. Of course, dreams are imprecise yardsticks, but based on past patterns, they do seem to reveal aspects of what may take place. John Peterson, the director of TAI, believes that this data, along with other indicators he tracks, reveals the potential for a severe crisis that could unfold this weekend or early next week. Possibilities include a terrorist event such as an electro-magnetic pulse weapon, detonated on the East Coast of the US. Such an explosion could lead to a temporary wipeout of electronic equipment and hard drives, forcing the financial system itself to "reset." Another option may be some development connected with Iran or Russia.
Friends from within the financial world have contacted me to note that the panicked sell-off of stocks may indicate foreknowledge, on the part of some insiders, of an imminent announcement of even worse news than we have heard so far. This could be related to the banking system, or a military maneuver. One option that has been raised is that the banking system will be shut down next week. The officials may be waiting until after banks close on Friday to release this information, in order to limit panic, giving time for the information to be absorbed (Monday is a bank holiday).
I am suggesting to friends that it may be prudent to have some cash and basic provisions on hand, as the next few weeks may see some disruptions in basic services. Of course, this is still highly speculative and unlikely. However, it seems prudent to make some preparations, however modest.
On the larger scale, we should see interruption of business as usual as a good thing. The current system of predatory global industrialized capitalism is destroying the biosphere, and we need this entire system to be transformed rapidly if we would like to survive as a species. The disruptions could be a profound opportunity to connect people to a new value system and change the direction of global culture – as well as opening the heart chakra to universal compassion. Unfortunately, many people only seem capable of appreciating the suffering of others when they have suffered themselves.
The choice we may face, rapidly, is between a massive growth in collective intelligence and social awareness or a retraction into warring tribal factions, leading to species die-off. Ultimately, the collaborative and cooperative model is going to win out, replacing the immature system of dog eat dog competition that has gotten us to this point.
Image: "Emergency" by Chris.Violette on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.