The Fate of Public Enemy Number One

Written 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 ofrepparttar other, onrepparttar 131445 palm of your hand. You will observe a 'cylinder' of coins - a recognizable pattern. Now toss them onrepparttar 131446 ground. If three or four of those coins wound up in a pattern you would be surprised. If you tossedrepparttar 131447 coins again and they fell intorepparttar 131448 same pattern you would be completely flabbergasted. What generally happens, of course, is thatrepparttar 131449 coins wind up in a scattered arrangement onrepparttar 131450 ground. All ofrepparttar 131451 natural forces identified by science, except one, lead to randomness. The exception is gravity, which leads torepparttar 131452 simple spherical shapes of planets and stars. But evenrepparttar 131453 stars and planets are scattered acrossrepparttar 131454 heavens. If there are any patterns, these have occurred by chance and will not last.  But gravity cannot account for allrepparttar 131455 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 explainrepparttar 131456 existence of patterns and structures by saying that chance is responsible for them. According to our learned duo,repparttar 131457 whole world is a clockwork, predictable process in which order and routine appear by chance within a general trend towards featurelessness. In other words,repparttar 131458 routines of your life occur by accident and always in an onward march towards meaninglessness, dissipation andrepparttar 131459 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 ofrepparttar 131460 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 torepparttar 131461 routine or structure in question. 'Patterns' just emerge intorepparttar 131462 world in a surprising way. The patterns of development that emerge as if from nowhere repeat themselves in every era. Originally they were depicted inrepparttar 131463 great mythological stories. One such isrepparttar 131464 Greek myth of Phaeton. This is an important story becauserepparttar 131465 pattern of development that grippedrepparttar 131466 central character is common inrepparttar 131467 modern world. Phaeton's father wasrepparttar 131468 Sun God. Now this God was far away inrepparttar 131469 sky, so Phaeton was brought up by his mother alone. One dayrepparttar 131470 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 wasrepparttar 131471 Sun God. The great lady directed her son torepparttar 131472 land inrepparttar 131473 east whererepparttar 131474 sun rose. Phaeton traveled there and was greeted byrepparttar 131475 Sun God who confirmed that he was indeed his father. As an act of good will,repparttar 131476 Sun God grants Phaeton a wish. The young man, still smarting from damaged pride, asks to be allowed to drive his father's chariot acrossrepparttar 131477 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 inrepparttar 131478 chariot. Eventually, control is lost andrepparttar 131479 fiery chariot lurches towardsrepparttar 131480 earth threatening a great scorching ofrepparttar 131481 land. Before damage could be done Phaeton is blasted out ofrepparttar 131482 sky by a thunderbolt and is killed. Now what possible relevance could that story have for today's world? Well, it isrepparttar 131483 '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. Perhapsrepparttar 131484 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 andrepparttar 131485 police inevitably catch up with them, bring them down to earth and cast them into gaol. In those lives,repparttar 131486 mysterious living trend of Phaeton will have been fulfilled. Many privileged people, politicians, industrialists and people inrepparttar 131487 public eye suffer a similar fate withinrepparttar 131488 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 liverepparttar 131489 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 preventrepparttar 131490 optimum 'plan' for their lives from unfolding and they will become available torepparttar 131491 one-sided living trend depicted inrepparttar 131492 myth of Phaeton. 

The Melting Pot

Written 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. Inrepparttar latter condition, large and small bubbles are appearing unpredictably atrepparttar 131443 surface. They inflate and then pop. The initial behavior ofrepparttar 131444 solid is governed byrepparttar 131445 interaction of its adjacent parts occurring underrepparttar 131446 scientific laws of predictability. However, behavior inrepparttar 131447 melted state becomes holistically governed. That is to say interaction between adjacent parts ofrepparttar 131448 liquid is overlaid by a mysterious ‘global’ influence. If you perturb one point inrepparttar 131449 bubbling surface, an effect is magically produced in some unconnected place. Society andrepparttar 131450 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 inrepparttar 131451 impromptu emergence of living trends. These arerepparttar 131452 ‘bubbles’ that inflate and burst onrepparttar 131453 surface ofrepparttar 131454 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. Andrepparttar 131455 driving force that trips society overrepparttar 131456 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 wasrepparttar 131457 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 torepparttar 131458 living trend of infatuation. If you fell underrepparttar 131459 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. Thenrepparttar 131460 surprising crash would have occurred in your relationship as feelings of animosity began to intensify quickly. Maybe these negative feelings drove you intorepparttar 131461 divorce court. Whichever way,repparttar 131462 pattern ofrepparttar 131463 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 preventedrepparttar 131464 trend from manifesting its full ‘intent’. Now, if you had possessed ‘power’ atrepparttar 131465 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 inrepparttar 131466 path of a living trend. Since most youngsters have been robbed of their ‘power’, often by well-meaning people, they tend to be inrepparttar 131467 wrong places atrepparttar 131468 wrong time meetingrepparttar 131469 wrong people. In this situationrepparttar 131470 ‘arranged marriage’ would seem to be a sensible alternative. This is where relatives select suitable partners onrepparttar 131471 basis of temperament and class. When this is done astutely and tactfully, with a full explanation given ofrepparttar 131472 reasons behindrepparttar 131473 selection (lack of ‘power’ and to avoid living trends), a lasting relationship becomes more probable.

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