In view of all the doom and gloom scenarios we’ve lately been seeing, it is refreshing and comforting to come upon a book that reflects the author’s hopefulness about our planet’s future. Edward Malkowski, an avid student of ancient Egyptian history and pre-history (see my review of his previous book, Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE, in New Dawn #123), has given us a very logical explanation for why our current civilisation is fraught with difficulties. This book is full of reflections ripe for contemplation, and I can only hope to briefly summarise a few of them here.
Malkowski’s basic premise is that humans have been the victims of a perpetual condition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) originating from the last Earth cataclysm beginning some 41,000 years ago and culminating in mass extinctions of many species about 12,000 years ago.
Post cataclysm, we were separated into far apart geographical areas that, over time, led to some variations in the physical differences of homo sapiens. It meant we had to learn to hunt, to cultivate crops, to fight for land, and to hoard resources to the point of often becoming competitively destructive. It meant organising society into a hierarchy of classes, each with a functional specialty, the instituting of royalty to govern, a progression of technology to ease the burdens of life, and the invention of money. Such was the only way to lessen the chaos of a situation that had not existed before.
Add to that the misunderstanding of the natural cause of the cataclysm, and we can envision that mankind blamed itself for the various upheavals. How had we angered the “gods”? How could we appease that anger? Through the millennia, we have forgotten what happened long ago. But, deeply buried traumatic memories and subconscious fear remain that it could happen again. And, so, we have institutionalised the appeasement of our “original sin” with “belief management” thanks to various religions.
However, the most fascinating part of Malkowski’s theory is his recognition that we are evolving to a state where our science is beginning to tell us how the cosmos actually operates. That knowledge in concert with our innate intuitive sense of right and wrong can, and must, lead to an understanding that we are part of a universe(s) that is composed of nothing but consciousness (“God,” if you will) attempting to open itself to greater and greater self-awareness. That consciousness, he says, is what makes up everything. Causal energy exists outside the physical laws of our universe but is forever imbedded within the system it creates. Quoting physicist and philosopher Fred Allen Wolf, “Matter is consciousness.” But, instead of consciousness being derived from physical being, it is consciousness that is holographically producing a virtual reality that we mistakenly take to be solid, objective reality.
In other words, imagination is real, and we are imagining things into existence to be able to experience them. Consciousness is “becoming” in order to see itself. Only that which is permanent is real, and physicality is not permanent but is, in some fashion, born, changes, and eventually dies. Everything is symbolic and archetypal, transcendent but real. Furthermore, we as human beings are a conduit in the middle of the subjective and the objective. As Malkowski explains, “In short, human DNA [being “read” by the brain] is changing the way it is expressed within the environment with the primary purpose of becoming more aware. It just so happens that we are the vehicles for its expression.”
It reminds me of the adage that has resonated with me for years: “And He created Man in His own image so He could know Himself.” That makes more sense to me than any other reason for our existence and for the existence of all we observe, from the tiniest subatomic particle (which physics tells us and Malkowski reminds us is not a particle at all but a confluence of energy waves or light vibrations) to the almost infinitely vast multiverse that theoretical physicists tell us must exist.
If true (and I intuitively believe it is), an understanding of this could generate, at a higher level than before, a new “Golden Age” free from greed, free from want, and free from labels that divide us, like “capitalism” versus “socialism,” “democracy versus oligarchy,” and “Christian” and “Jew” versus “Muslim.” Malkowski adds that the concept of this kind of “New World Order” does not have to result in a situation where there is great disparity of wealth.
He cautions that it does not, however, mean there would be no government, no laws, no regulations, but that those who govern or have the strongest influence on government would not be those who have more wealth and elite privilege as is now usually the case.
Can our educational, social, and economic systems change from their emphasis on how to make money to buy more “stuff” to an emphasis on embracing higher consciousness and expanded awareness as the goals in life? Can we rise up from our narrow, self-centred lives to become people of genuine wisdom? Ed Malkowski thinks we can, and he and others see it beginning to happen in the midst of the mess we have now. Let’s hope he’s right.
– Reviewed by Alan Glassman in New Dawn 143