The Fate of Public Enemy Number OneWritten by Tom Horn
THE FATE OF PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE We live in a world of patterns. But, according to science, patterns are unlikely. Any patterns that do occur are described as chance events that become quickly reabsorbed into a pervading trend towards formlessness or featurelessness. You can test this easily. Take several coins and pile them up, one on top of other, on palm of your hand. You will observe a 'cylinder' of coins - a recognizable pattern. Now toss them on ground. If three or four of those coins wound up in a pattern you would be surprised. If you tossed coins again and they fell into same pattern you would be completely flabbergasted. What generally happens, of course, is that coins wind up in a scattered arrangement on ground. All of natural forces identified by science, except one, lead to randomness. The exception is gravity, which leads to simple spherical shapes of planets and stars. But even stars and planets are scattered across heavens. If there are any patterns, these have occurred by chance and will not last. But gravity cannot account for all complex patterns and structures that repeat everywhere you look. Here on earth there are people, animals, plants, fish, birds, reptiles, insects. There are any number of repeating patterns of behaviour. Why? . Science and logic attempt to explain existence of patterns and structures by saying that chance is responsible for them. According to our learned duo, whole world is a clockwork, predictable process in which order and routine appear by chance within a general trend towards featurelessness. In other words, routines of your life occur by accident and always in an onward march towards meaninglessness, dissipation and grave. Logic and science say that, ultimately, your bones will be nothing more than so much dust blowing in someone else's eyes. Well, that is one explanation. Now I will tell you a secret that logic and science are not aware of. Most of patterns and routines that drive your actions and those that you encounter in your daily life have no logical antecedents. This means that there is no chain of causes and effects that you could trace that would lead up to routine or structure in question. 'Patterns' just emerge into world in a surprising way. The patterns of development that emerge as if from nowhere repeat themselves in every era. Originally they were depicted in great mythological stories. One such is Greek myth of Phaeton. This is an important story because pattern of development that gripped central character is common in modern world. Phaeton's father was Sun God. Now this God was far away in sky, so Phaeton was brought up by his mother alone. One day young Phaeton's pride was hurt when his great lineage was doubted by an acquaintance. So Phaeton went to his mother and asked for proof that his father was Sun God. The great lady directed her son to land in east where sun rose. Phaeton traveled there and was greeted by Sun God who confirmed that he was indeed his father. As an act of good will, Sun God grants Phaeton a wish. The young man, still smarting from damaged pride, asks to be allowed to drive his father's chariot across sky. Because of his inexperience, he was warned not to attempt such a feat. But Phaeton could not be dissuaded and he launches himself forward in chariot. Eventually, control is lost and fiery chariot lurches towards earth threatening a great scorching of land. Before damage could be done Phaeton is blasted out of sky by a thunderbolt and is killed. Now what possible relevance could that story have for today's world? Well, it is 'pattern' of development that is important. The absent father. Offspring brought up by lone female. Lack of self-esteem. The young person biting off more than they can chew. The catastrophic fall to earth. The children of unmarried mothers are very much 'available' to this archetypal pattern. Perhaps youngsters turn to crime and are emboldened by some early success. They climb to dizzy heights of notoriety. But, in their battle against authority, they have taken on more than they can handle and police inevitably catch up with them, bring them down to earth and cast them into gaol. In those lives, mysterious living trend of Phaeton will have been fulfilled. Many privileged people, politicians, industrialists and people in public eye suffer a similar fate within channel of their individual activity. Hitler, for example, did not get on with a father who died when he was thirteen. He then went on to live tragedy of Phaeton. If you examine these lives you will discover an absent father or a weak father or perhaps they were sent away to boarding school. This lack of a male role model will prevent optimum 'plan' for their lives from unfolding and they will become available to one-sided living trend depicted in myth of Phaeton.
The Melting PotWritten by Tom Horn
THE MELTING POT Society has been called a ‘melting pot’. This, I think, is an accurate description. But what is a melting pot? I imagine a pot full of some solid substance that has undergone a transformation into a liquid state. In latter condition, large and small bubbles are appearing unpredictably at surface. They inflate and then pop. The initial behavior of solid is governed by interaction of its adjacent parts occurring under scientific laws of predictability. However, behavior in melted state becomes holistically governed. That is to say interaction between adjacent parts of liquid is overlaid by a mysterious ‘global’ influence. If you perturb one point in bubbling surface, an effect is magically produced in some unconnected place. Society and human body are both a bit like this. But society isn’t exactly melting. It is just that society gets driven beyond a given threshold and begins to function in a way that is holistically governed. It passes from a state that is understandable into a state in which a principle of surprise begins to operate. This principle shows itself in impromptu emergence of living trends. These are ‘bubbles’ that inflate and burst on surface of melting pot. They arise with no cause that we can trace and burst in a negative surprise that we cannot foresee. Since you and I are members of society, we are constrained to participate in these living trends on a daily basis. And driving force that trips society over threshold into this particular type of holistic influence is IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE. Let me give an example of how this imperfect knowledge has maybe affected you. When you were young you probably went in search of your ‘true love’. If you were a boy, I dare say you spotted ‘her’ across a crowded dance floor and knew instantly that she was girl for you. Plainly, at that moment of first meeting, you had imperfect knowledge of this girl and she of you. This lack of true knowledge tripped you both over a threshold, making you available to living trend of infatuation. If you fell under spell of infatuation a living trend will have propelled you along a definite course. At first feelings of attraction would have intensified. Maybe you got married during this period. Then there would have been a sort of plateau phase of indecipherable length. We call it a 'honey moon period’. This could have extended for some years. Then surprising crash would have occurred in your relationship as feelings of animosity began to intensify quickly. Maybe these negative feelings drove you into divorce court. Whichever way, pattern of living trend will have been fulfilled. Only truthful communication at all stages between you and your dear wife, together with some massive compromises, could have prevented trend from manifesting its full ‘intent’. Now, if you had possessed ‘power’ at outset, you would have been lucky enough to meet someone whose thought processes were compatible with your own. In this case, at your first meeting, there would have been insufficient ‘imperfect knowledge’ to place you both in path of a living trend. Since most youngsters have been robbed of their ‘power’, often by well-meaning people, they tend to be in wrong places at wrong time meeting wrong people. In this situation ‘arranged marriage’ would seem to be a sensible alternative. This is where relatives select suitable partners on basis of temperament and class. When this is done astutely and tactfully, with a full explanation given of reasons behind selection (lack of ‘power’ and to avoid living trends), a lasting relationship becomes more probable.