Wednesday, July 05, 2006

This aura quiz and the decline of civilization

Your Aura is Violet

Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous violets include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

(found at Exploding Aardvark)

This reminds me of the indigo children, so called because their auras are indigo, and supplied as a New Age reason for why there is growth in the number of children with attention deficit disorder and Asperger's syndrome. The indigo child concept was first publicized by the book The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived., written by the husband and wife Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. And these two have cashed in on their own phenomenon with many more books and a cottage industry (Think L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics, but with him actually, maybe believing it!). Carroll describes himself as a channeller for Kryon, an angelic being. Whatever.

The indigo children in turn are evocative of the blue children described in the fist novel in the Stephen Baxter Manifold series, Manifold: Time. Firstly, Baxter remembers that he is writing science fiction. His blue children are programmed by the downtimers, the descendants of humanity in the extreme far future, trillions of years from the present, almost to the heat death of the universe. They send messages and the means back to the blue children in the present to destabilize the false vacuum of the universe. Much more interesting than plain old ADD.

Now, it is one thing when traditional religions are replaced with an atheistic rationalism borne of empiricism and scientific thought. What I can't stand is the downward slide toward neo-paganism represented by taking any belief from anywhere, worship the trees, crystal energy, alien revelations, Scientology, New Age fluff and turning it into a full blown religion that I am supposed to respect as much as any other. Conveniently, most of these new "beliefs" have as a tenant that they cannot be understood by "Western", patriarchal, rational, empirical (pick your once neutral, but now perjorative term) science. This disbelief in simple science and the scientific method will be the end of civilization. This distrust is also found on the complete oppoiste side of the coin among the fundementalists of the "estabilished" religions.

I suppose I am a hypocrite (see blog title), should Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism or any of these older religions be any more "rational" than one I just invented today? Some part of me I can't explain (and cannot be measured by empirical means) says so. The history of the older religions and their reliance on building a code of ethics based on their beliefs may perhaps be what separates them from the others. I am not worshipping crystals!

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