Sunday, April 22, 2007
What does New Energy promise the future?
WHAT PART OF FREEDOM INEXTRICABLY INTERWOVEN WITH EVOLUTION, SURVIVAL, WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING AND QUALITY OF LIFE, IS STILL NOT UNDERSTOOD ON THE ENERGY FRONT?
Another physicist speaks out
Physicist Brian O’Leary: a former astronaut, Cornell professor, physics faculty member at Princeton University and visiting faculty member in technology assessment at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Mo Udall's energy advisor and speechwriter during his 1975 Presidential campaign, author, AAAS Fellow, World Innovation Foundation Fellow, NASA group achievement award recipient, and founder of the New Energy Movement.
What does New Energy promise the future?
The restoration of balance to the Ecology. Humanity will no longer have to source its basic energy supplies from the limited deposits found in the body of Gaia. In turn, burning of fuel will no longer foul the atmosphere and the Greenhouse Effect may be steadily reversed. Local sustainability will become the cornerstone of economics, as opposed to global commerce. Preservation of natural systems can be given central focus in this new era, where ensuring quality of life is paramount. This ethic of sustainability will encourage cultivation of renewable and biodegradable resources for use in construction of homes, automobiles, and all other areas of industry. Where toxic waste has spoiled the environment, comprehensive bioremediation will be undertaken to restore its formerly pristine condition. Indeed, it is only once humanity has ceased the consumption of hydro-carbon and nuclear fuels to generate societal momentum that true planetary renewal may begin.
The freedom to pursue expansive economic development without marginalizing people or denuding culture. As regional economic independence is facilitated by de-centralized sources of New Energy, the insidious trend toward a globalized mono-culture will lose thrust. Simultaneously, the autonomy and self-determination that may arise in these areas will afford their populations a renewed sense of common purpose beyond mere industrialization. Creative endeavor, characterized by aesthetic and even philosophical advancement, may replace the society's former emphasis on economic gain through trading their natural resource base. A purely knowledge-oriented economy could emerge as the rebirth of business. This form of economic development would elevate human potential and guard against the exploitation of the labor force for the emancipation of the few. Just as the greatest wealth of biodiversity is preferable to a continued extinction of species, cultural diversity is an equally critical barometer of sustainability. New Energy promises to ensure a world of multifarious varieties and infinite shades of culture, rather than one homogenized by enforced slavery to artificial limitation.
Political stability and the hope of true world peace. Heretofore, most of the world's political strife has arisen from the perception of lack and the resulting competitive mindset that dominates human relations. With the advent of abundant, non-consumptive energy resources, sociological tensions will steadily dissipate as economies are thereby bolstered. Heralding unprecedented prosperity, a New Energy infrastructure promises a resurgence of egalitarian principles, humanitarian philanthropy, and the establishment of a holistic, wisdom-centered culture. The inevitable result this portends is surely a widespread, peaceful co-existence among all peoples. The re-direction of military assets and expenditures toward meeting the essential needs of every human person will symbolize the transition from a fear-based order to one of social uplift. What need is there for a policy of tyrannical violence when life can be equally enjoyed by all?
Radical clarification of theoretical physics leading to a new era of innovation and social advancement. Once the existence of space as the repository of all potential energy is embraced and this primordial reservoir is productively harnessed to the wheelwork of human endeavor, many prevailing scientific theories will have to be re-examined. Rather than disputing the relative merits of cosmological conceptualizations, the thrust of science may be turned to pure innovation. A stream of creative insights will be unleashed as effects formerly considered anomalies are integrated into an ever more simplified understanding of phenomena. Fundamental physical truths and natural philosophy will supplant the sophistry and intellectual debate of the past. And these will inform a paradigmatic shift in our approach to scientific research, igniting a revolution in the design and magnitude of technical developments. For, it is envisioned that a proper perception of space (primordial energy) contains the nascent seeds of every possibility ever conceived by science fiction: anti-gravity & directed force-fields, super-luminal space travel & communication, teleportation, time-travel, fusion & the creation of new materials. The radical reformulation of scientific knowledge that boundless, free energy brings us to contemplate is likely to involve dispensing with the classical laws of Thermodynamics. Yet, in the wake of this, perhaps the bizarre notion that the Universe is a slowly grinding to a halt (the result of its purported entropy) will be decidedly out of fashion.
Psychological and spiritual renaissance. The pre-occupation of humanity with ego-centric motives blinds us to our common birthright. With the popular acceptance of New Energy, what were the formerly unseen, numinal underpinnings of reality will have been manifestly revealed. The ready availability of life-affirming choices that proceed from this realization will rekindle the spirit of altruism necessary to dispel fear and greed. Suddenly, the collective consciousness shall have been initiated into the transpersonal desire to promote the common good above all relative moral concerns. Caring for the welfare of all our relations, down to the least dominant species and most infinitesimal element of Creation, honors the perfect symmetry of what is an implicitly unified whole. While the strict adherents of science may eschew such language as purely poetical and without practical significance to their chosen discipline, a rigorous social ethic is an inalienable concomitant of New Energy. One cannot be merely concerned with eliciting effects in pursuit of mechanistic ends. But, rather, devoting oneself to be of the greatest benefit to humanity must take overarching precedence. It is with this noble bearing that scientists might adopt a Hippocratic Oath, like their physician cousins. More importantly, the self-evident purpose for which life is geared, i.e. the awakening of cosmic consciousness, must be deeply integrated into the scientific mind. This is what has already begun to occur with the subtle melding of mysticism and the emerging consensus of Quantum Theory. May the perfection of our knowledge be occasioned by its convergence with the gnosis (direct perception) of the heart.