The ancient reason the human race has always had storytellers is the belief that some truths are best conveyed in the form of a story. It’s the reason Jesus used parables and Greeks recited their myths.
The problem is that while we humans are good at telling stories, we’re often not very good at listening to them and internalizing the important lessons they contain.
Take the myth of Icarus, for instance.
The basic story is that the inventor Daedalus and his son Icarus were being kept as prisoners by a tyrant in a high tower. Daedalus being the most brilliant inventor of his day created two pairs of artificial wings, with the intention of flying to freedom across the ocean.
Daedalus had warned his son that he should fly level and straight until they were both home, but Icarus didn’t listen. He was proud of the mere fact that he could fly and decided to take advantage of the chance. After all, how many people had ever flown before?
Icarus’ pride got the better of him, though. He flew too high, got close to the sun, and his wings burst into flames. He fell to his death.
Then there is the myth of Phaethon, whose father was Apollo. When his playmates made fun of him and said he was lying about his parentage, he went to see his father and demanded something that he could use to prove to his friends that he really was the son of Apollo.
What Phaethon demanded was to drive the sun chariot that Apollo drove across the sky. Apollo relented, but Phaethon, instead of listening to his father’s instructions, flew too low to the ground so his friends could see him in the chariot. This caused the Earth to catch fire. He panicked and flew too high, causing the Earth to freeze. Finally, Zeus stepped in to fix things and killed Phaethon with a lightning bolt, causing the horses to return to their accustomed path across the sky.
Jesus also spoke about pride in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14). In that story, the Pharisee boasted of his goodness before God, but the Tax Collector was humble, begging for forgiveness. “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
In our modern age, even science has inspired its share of cautionary tales that point to the dangers of thinking we know more or are more capable than we really are. “Frankenstein,” “Jurassic Park,” “Terminator” — the theme is the same: in our pride, we create the very thing that destroys us.
Which brings us to some of the people in Silicon Valley.
From information-sifting capabilities that put Big Brother to shame, to texting while driving, to the furious race to achieve artificial intelligence, Silicon Valley types seem to have a natural penchant for creating “conveniences” that demand a payment in freedom, suffering or blood.
One of the latest and potentially most catastrophic efforts is the Marine Cloud Brightening Project, based in Sunnyvale, California.
The goal of the MCBP is to “brighten” clouds by shooting salt particles into the upper cloud layer that will reflect sunlight back into space.
This was inspired by global warming, which should be called global hysteria as it is based in dubious data and scientists’ own pride in their overrated abilities to uncover what the weather will be doing 100 years from now.
The MCBP’s plan would cool the entire planet by preventing sunlight from ever reaching the ground. (Wasn’t that why the machines started using humans as batteries in “Matrix”?)
That’s called geoengineering, and there are only about a hundred ways that this plan could go wrong. Of course, if it goes wildly wrong, then it’s called terraforming, like they did in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” with the Genesis Device. …
Physicist Jack Foster told the San Jose Mercury News that the plan was just “insurance” against global warming and wouldn’t be deployed … until it was needed.
That’s the same thing the government says about armed drones.
“We’d like to have something available, so we know what works and what doesn’t work,” Foster said.
In other words, they’re going to experiment with the system when people aren’t looking and hope it, you know, mostly works. (Gee, why’s it 50 degrees in Autumn?)
By the way, that stuff about chemtrails? You must be some kind of conspiracy nut, man. (Pay no attention to the hyperlink above.)