War Of The Future Worlds
Daniel Pinchbeck Vs. Whitley Strieber
The other week I was driving around the city in the afternoon with a friend, feeling mellow, killing some time. Regrettably I had introduced him to conspiracy theories a few years ago and he was going off on some new security camera that had been put up down the street from him. Soon enough the conversation predictably turned to the popular Austin-based conspiracy radio host Alex Jones.
“He’s the enemy.” I said. “He states that he is fighting for freedom, but all he does is terrorize everyone with frightening tales of a super-powerful Satanic New World Order or whatever he calls it. If our thoughts create our reality what kind of reality is he creating? One of fear, terror and powerlessness. Bush and Alex are two sides of the same coin. Both use fear mongering to increase their power and wealth. Bush’s elite class gets wealthier off Bush’s phony war on terror and Alex gets richer pushing his DVDs and Berkey water filters. They’re both the same.”
My friend admitted that conspiracies did make it seem hopeless to do anything. That it killed his creative drive.
“Yeah. The only people who benefit from them are those who use it to move product. That’s it.”
So it was interesting to hear alien contactee Whitley Strieber interview psychedelic philosopher and writer Daniel Pinchbeck – both of whose latest books deal with 2012 – on Whitley’s Dreamland radio show recently. The interview became quite heated – unusual for paranormal radio – because Daniel objected to Whitley’s negative prognostications about a planetary die off, among other things. The gist of Daniel’s argument is that one can never know for sure what is going to happen in the future, and our thoughts create reality, so that promoting negative future scenarios instead of more healthy and positive ones is irresponsible, especially when one has a platform that reaches as many as Whitley’s. Of course it deteriorated from there, with Daniel speculating that Whitley had come under the negative influence of the Grey aliens and Whitley hurt and claiming that he never would be Daniel’s friend etc. The full interview can be found below and Daniel’s and Whitley’s post-interview responses can be found respectively here and here.
I have to admit I tend to agree with Daniel on this one. We are limited beings and how much we can really know about the world, the universe, reality is going to be incomplete and potentially wrong. We can do the best to try and map our universes in order to help guide our way through them, but since we aren’t omniscient the future is always going to be unexpected and unseen. To state with certainty that a future is going to happen – like Strieber does – has more to do with projection than any objective reality. History is littered with unborn futures based upon the dogma of the day, and our current cherished worldviews and prognostications are no more immune and important. The only was we can really know the future is to live through it.
The idea that reality proceeds from our thoughts I also tend to agree with. While it is empirically difficult to prove, I have had enough curious experiences over my life of high weirdness that make me believe that the barriers between objective and subjective realities is not as solid as we typically believe, and that what we desire – either consciously or unconsciously – tends to manifest in the world. And if that is true, why not desire a positive outcome for yourself and reality? Even if that idea is wrongheaded and delusional, at the very worst you’re going to feel optimistic and relaxed thinking that you can successfully manifest your will, instead of anxious and depressed that you are helpless and powerless. Although I strongly suspect that there is more to it that just that.
But what about the idea that Whitley has came under the influence of “alien entities that do not have the best interests of the human species at heart?” I’m going to remain agnostic on that one, although reading over Whitley’s post-interview comments I can’t help but come to the conclusion that his views on reality and the future are extremely negative and focused on our limitations, entropy and decay rather than joy and overcoming.
And why is that? Is “Strieber influenced by the force that the visionary philosopher Rudolf Steiner called ‘Ahriman,’ the evil spirit who pulls humanity down into minerality, materiality, sterile technology, and extinction?” Or is he unconsciously deluded? Consciously deceptive? Or maybe he is right and we’re all fucked for eternity? I really don’t know.
Although there is one thing I’m pretty sure of.
You will never go broke playing upon the anxieties and fears of us silly apes, afeared and traumatized by history, nature, each other.