President Donald J. Trump. Those words bring out a lot of emotions all the way across our political and emotional spectrums. Some liberals view them as Apocalyptic. Some conservatives think they are going to Make America Great Again.
But what if they are both right? What if the Apocalypse can be a good thing?
Most people associate the word Apocalypse with a myth about the total destruction or end of the world. That is what the word has come to mean, but as with many words, like “liberal” or “conservative” or “myth” to just name a few, the word “apocalypse” used to mean something else. And that original meaning is something worth looking at.
There is, of course, a great deal of symbolism implied by the word. In the Bible, the book most often associated with it, the Apocalypse can also be viewed as the total destruction not of the world, but of the ruling paradigm. In other words, Jesus came to change the world, in a sense destroying the old way of being in favor a new one. Hammurabi’s code of “an eye for eye,” for example, became “love thy neighbor as you love yourself.” And, symbolically, a new world was born with the destruction of one paradigm in favor of a new, more evolved world view. In another myth making the same point, the Phoenix rises from the ashes.
However, the origin of the word Apocalypse gives still another meaning.
Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal,’ from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover.’
And the election of Donald Trump, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum, has uncovered and revealed a lot of things. Revelations open the door to new possibilities. Could it be that the Trump Apocalypse is opening the door for one or more new paradigms to take the place of old worn out patterns and practices that are no longer helpful?
NEW WEEKLY FEATURE: The Integral Chat
WYT is a new Podcast. And while we gear up to bring you many guests and fascinating theories in the future, this week kicks off a new regular feature we’re very excited about: Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver will be joining Stephen T. Harper for a series of conversations about a variety of topics, viewed from Jeff’s unique perspective and the lens of Integral Theory.
This week we take a look at the bright side of some of the many disturbing things happening in American culture.
Because there is always a bright side. Well… usually.
Who’s talking in the Pre-amble this week? Terence Mckenna, Donald Trump, Terence Mckenna, Donald Trump, Prince Ea