[Think of how President Barack Obama, just after releasing a laughably fake 'birth certificate' and whose political career literally started in the living room of Communist domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn (never mind Ayers likely wrote Obama's 'autobiography'!), is now considered champion in the U.S.-led War On Terror for bringing down Osama bin Laden....a figurehead who had little to do with 9/11 in the first place. In other words, someone that likely symbolizes an ultimate national security failure is popularly believed to be a profound national security success. I'm afraid this situation reflects almost perfect mass self-delusion before a catastrophic upset of misled popular beliefs and expectations, i.e., the "Apocalypse Wave".]
Man's collective insanity plays out historically as the ups and downs in mass mood known as bull and bear markets on Wall Street, business cycles and, most importantly, fractal "Elliott Wave" patterns of human progress and regress. Instability generated by man's egoism which goes against the reality of our essential oneness IMHO.
While most think it would make sense to constrain the implications of cycles in mass mood and thought to financial and economic developments, what's key to understand is that ALL of human history unfolds in the context of these historical swings. A fine example of that occurred with the last significant cyclical reversal in early March when the DJIA reversed below the psychologically important 12000 mark and this took the form of the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan and subsequent nuclear crisis.
This latest "coincidence", or more aptly "historical correlation", was further corroboration of the theory I've been positing that thought is all that matter's (matter is) rather than vice versa (idealism over materialism, i.e., the "conscious" whole is greater than the sum of the parts). More so, meaning is primary and what is "written" by the Creator (universal consciousness within which we are co-creators) to convey meaning to us (and through us) is secondary. In this sense, our universe is effectively like a 'never-ending story' where the essential meaning is the guiding force for what is expressed through temporal bits and pieces of material creation and destruction, e.g., Elliott Wave fractals of human progress and regress, biological growth and decay, life and death, etc.
What's being written in God's creation is temporal, but the meaning, the spirit of HIStory, is eternal and ultimately the source of all that is. Human beings are creatures perfectly designed to conceive and receive meaning, God is the universal meaning-maximizer and, as with all great stories, there come concluding chapters when the whole point of what's been written is made clear for all who are reading. In this sense, it is rather telling that the final chapter of The Bible (meaning 'The Book') is called 'Revelation':
An Apocalypse (Greek: apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted. The Apocalypse of John is the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. (Wikipedia)
But what meaning is to be realized via the "Apocalypse"?
Well....it seems rather key that this final chapter of the Bible is mainly prophetic, i.e., it describes future catastrophic world events foreseen some 2000 years ago by John of Patmos.
Why is prophecy key?
It's really quite simple. Only the author of a story can know events in future chapters before they "unfold", i.e., before they are "read" by others. More so, we are as creatures effectively characters in the Creation being authored by our Creator. The Author of our universe stands outside of time and space and knows the full story we experience as unfolding HIStory from beginning to end. Thus, the fulfillment of prophecy in the Bible's last chapter is PARTICULARLY REVEALING IN THAT THE EXISTENCE OF GOD THE AUTHOR, AND TRUE AUTHORITY OVER HIS-STORY, IS ESTABLISHED since only the sovereign, omniscient Author of the story could have foreshadowed to characters in the book within which we dwell momentous events that would transpire some two millennium later in human history. ("Scientifically", this means that the four-dimensional holographic illusion of our universe from beginning to end is fractally-embedded on the 3-dimensional surface of space we measure and "experience" over time as unfolding "reality".)
But even so, what is the point?
The Author, by revealing His existence, brings an end to the insanity of man's ongoing worldly struggle to write his own story. Indeed, it is most telling that the catastrophic events foretold in the Bible's Book of Revelation are ultimately being caused by man trying to be the sovereign author in human history, which he is not - only God is, and that is key to comprehending the true meaning of what's being written.
It's all about the humble counterpoint of God's love and truth versus man's dangerous self-delusion of universal self-importance:
That this all seems upside down to everyone around me is by definition. Truly man is smart enough to understand this no matter how subjective he may have been made....and that's the difference between the temporal, subjective fictions of man versus the eternal, objective reality of God.
Am I lunatic, liar or Lord?
(NOTE: It is only by taking this seemingly insane self-sacrificial path that I can save man from himself. Tis part of the job.)