The above quote is from the famous opening paragraph of H. G. Wells classic science fiction tale, The War of the Worlds. I have not read the book since the sixth grade but I'm thinking I'll read it again soon and do a review of it and probably make some comments here. Until then, though, the book came to mind as I thought about current events and the world's dire situation, and I parsed the quote accordingly.
It seems to me that the people around me go about their business with infinite complacency, unaware of any potential dooms despite the evidence flying overhead through milky skies, the obvious lies from voices threatening war, and the lessons of recent history. Their assurance is that life will be the same tomorrow as today, and that no ill of world events will disturb their ability to live and to aspire for upward social mobility.
In Mr. Wells' story, that complacent assurance evaporated when the Martian cylinders began to fall. In our world, I think it will evaporate with the next phase of the financial collapse that erupted in 2008. A lot of economists and financial gurus are seeing this next collapse as a strong possibility in the fall of this year (2015). See here and here. That possibility is likely one reason for the Jade Helm "training exercise" during that same time period. If people panic and take to the streets, the military will be ready to clamp down.
Mr. Wells described his Martians as "intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic" and showed them moving resolutely to achieve their ends with no thought for their extermination of humanity. I believe this is an apt description of the earth's ruling oligarchy. They believe themselves to be dominant, with the God-like right to control us, the earth, and even the weather. I've written a few journal entries about Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering (SAG) because I see it as humankind's most imminent threat to our survival. The extent of the SAG program is mind-boggling as evidenced in this presentation by ex-meteorologist, Scott Stevens. SAG operations are like the red weed of Mr. Wells' book. They make the skies look alien in the same way the Martians' red plant altered the English countryside.
And now the oligarch's plans (or even just their common desires) are culminating with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP). A "fast track" bill is being pushed through the congress that will allow the TPP to also pass quickly through the legislative process without debate or amendment, and only a yes-or-no vote. The fast track has already passed in the Senate and the administration is now trying to force it through the House ASAP before opposition from "constituents back home" can influence the congressmen. The TPP was negotiated in secret and the few leaks that have emerged show it to be a democracy-killer and a facilitator for corporate world rule.
To quote Julian Assange, Wikileaks publisher:
It is a mistake to think of the TPP as a single treaty. In reality there are three conjoined mega-agreements, the TiSA, the TPP and the TTIP, all of which strategically assemble into a grand unified treaty, partitioning the world into the west versus the rest. This "Great Treaty" is described by the Pentagon as the economic core to the US military's "Asia Pivot". The architects are aiming no lower than the arc of history. The Great Treaty is taking shape in complete secrecy, because along with its undebated geostrategic ambitions it locks into place an aggressive new form of transnational corporatism for which there is little public support.
The Martians of Mr. Wells' book had an overwhelming technological advantage that made our "war" with them impossible for us to win. Beating them in combat was only possible in the imaginations of the deluded. In the real-world, nuclear war is just as unwinnable although our government doesn't seem to think so. They continue to push Russia to blows over Ukraine and prod Iran, Syria, and other flash-points to confrontations that all could go nuclear.
With all these converging and reinforcing crises, what can save us? That is the question that the discussion of all this, outside the mainstream, always comes to. I've seen much speculation and a lot of pessimism in the consideration, but no consensus on an answer. In The War of the Worlds, humanity's salvation came unexpectedly from the earth itself. Having no immunity to earth's virulent microbes was the fatal flaw in the plans of the unsympathetic Martians, and it defeated them where human guns could not.
I wonder if our home-grown Martians have overlooked some similar detail that will spell their doom and so allow the rest of us to live free of their oppression. Could that liberating detail come from Mother Earth herself, who is so oppressed as to be virtually under attack? Only time will tell. I expect it will be a short time.
I think people's complacency comes from their "normalcy bias" that keeps them living in a bubble for survival reasons. On an individual level, it works as long as the wider world doesn't intrude. When it does, the experience can be shattering, and I expect it's our fate to be shattered. If we make it beyond that point, we won't "rebuild," we'll just struggle to survive amid whatever remains.
NOTE: Wikileaks says: "The Obama administration is trying to gain "Fast-Track" approval for all three TPP deals from the US House of Representatives as early as tomorrow (06/12/2015), having already obtained such approval from the Senate." There is some resistance to it in Congress, but God only knows if it will be enough.