Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Omens, Portents, Karma and the Mandate of Heaven

The question of legitimacy isn't limited to China.
what makes humans unique among social mammals? Some say humor, I would nominate superstition: regardless of how hard we promote our rationality and logic, humanity continues to sense portents and omens in events and feel the intangible tug of karma: the consequences of past actions that we arrogantly thought we'd escaped forever.
Michael Snyder recently compiled a list of peculiarities that are raising eyebrows around the globe: One, sure, two, not that unusual, three, well things happen in threes, but ten disturbances and we're only six weeks into 2020? 10 'Plagues' That Are Hitting Our Planet Simultaneously (Zero Hedge)
As the saying has it, Nature Bats Last, and maybe arrogant, destructive humanity's war on Nature is about to get its comeuppance. Maybe overdosing hundreds of millions of chickens and pigs to knock down bacteria in overcrowded conditions has finally generated a karmic blowback via bird and swine viruses.
As for karma in human society: maybe the disruption of the supply chain in China is a karmic response to offshoring production to fatten Corporate America's profits at the expense of all else in America's society and economy.
Then there's the celestial right to rule, a.k.a. The Mandate of Heaven, the concept rooted in Chinese culture that political leadership which fails the people invites divine retribution in the form of withdrawing the support of Heaven. This withdrawal of support manifests in the tangible world as natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, droughts, plagues, etc.
Though it's not politically correct to discuss The Mandate of Heaven in any serious way, the reading of omens goes back in Chinese history to oracle bones, the process of heating bones until they crack and then interpreting the patterns as portents to the future.
With human and domestic animal epidemics devastating China in a novel cluster of natural disasters, The Mandate of Heaven is in play even if no one dares speak of it openly. The regime is well aware that these parallel plagues are understood as manifestations that question the legitimacy of the current regime.
The question of legitimacy isn't limited to China. Soaring wealth inequality, the dependence on debt to fund "growth" and the political disenfranchisement of the masses are global manifestations of political-financial systems that invite divine retribution for their excesses of corruption, self-aggrandizement, and exploitation of the planet and its human workforce.
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