Sometimes you simply cannot ignore something any longer. If you are a writer, then this might be a story or a set of characters who must have their story told. If it is your own personal story, then you might come to a point in your life where you cannot ignore it any longer.
I must remain anonymous, at least for now. A lifetime of experiences bring me back to a conclusion, a very reluctant conclusion, that is difficult to ignore. The conclusion is that, just maybe, I am a wanderer or starseed or walkin or some other kind of otherkin.
This is not the kind of thing that I WANT to embrace. I am a trained professional with multiple professional licenses, and the people in my disciplines would almost certainly reject me were they to discover my beliefs which really are not beliefs at all but are questions, unanswered questions. Frankly, in a very real and practical sense, I have much to lose by writing this. I am not the friendly, chipper young pup that I once was (not sure I ever was, but that’s another issue), and personality clashes seem to be standard for me these days. I have just about given up on anything resembling a “conventional” job with face to face interactions. The last house on the block, for me, is employment or a business online. If that fails, then I am out of options.
I am metaphysical, and I can acknowledge that. To be certain, I am an astrologer. About twenty years ago I did some past life work with a group. A number of things emerged. A repeating theme is that I alternated lifetimes between being a warrior of some kind and being a monk. Within the “monk” lifetimes, I have been astrologer or scribe or both many times in many lives. During the Spanish Inquisition, I lied and saved the lives of many people who would have been executed as witches. (I think that is why Wiccans still come into my life, many of them, even though I am not a Wiccan myself.)
In Egypt, I practiced openly as a Scribe and Astrologer. In the Middle Ages, my astrology practice was limited to advising bishops upon threat of death if I revealed my true nature to anyone else. (I have had to conceal my true identity before.)
My current lifetime I am neither but in some ways a little bit of both warrior and monk. Some of those old lifetimes were NOT on this planet. Even though it had happened SOME, the people in this group did indicate that “off planet” lifetimes were not particularly common to them (and, indirectly, they let me know they were not sure how to interpret them).
As a child, I had MANY dreams about lifetimes on other planets, forms of travel completely unknown to our way of thinking, and views of multiple universes and multiple timelines. I saw technologies as a teenager in dreams that were science fiction prior to, say, 1990 but are common now.
Specifically, I saw compact flash, secure digital, and micro-SD cards. Micro SD’s were so unbelievable to me that I rejected the idea, so some part of me made a decision to present certain stories in the form of SD and compact flash. And, to be sure, these transformations are not over yet. Not EVERYthing will be in the “cloud” despite what Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and others want. Flash memory will become incredibly important, and no one has quite seen the edge, yet, of how big this will be.
We WILL see flying cars become viable, just not in my lifetime (and maybe not in yours). And that Radio Data System in cars now? That is the tip of a HUGE iceberg. Local servers will chat with your car and phone and tablet to let you know what is on the road ahead as your travel. Billboards (aka “outdoor advertising”) will continue to exist, but existing billboards will be used for locating these servers that chat with nearby cars, informing you of restaurants, hotels, local events, and more. Highways will be re-worked, extensively, to support driverless cars.
Those who “choose” to continue with conventional cars will see their insurance premiums shoot to such high levels that only the very wealthy will be able to afford to drive an “antique car.” Many will avoid automobiles altogether, using bullet trains for some or all of their commute and Uber style automatic taxis for anything else. Some very odd forms of ride-sharing will emerge and then die out before the system fully shakes out into its new form. The conventional car will go the way of the landline.
Bullet trains WILL become commonplace in the U.S. along with an alternative form of transport involving something similar to the pneumatic tubes used currently at drive through teller lanes of banks. These will not necessarily be pneumatics, and they might be a little larger so they can handle packages up to about 10 KG, but they will become commonplace to move high priority packages between cities no more than 300 to 500 miles apart. This will be completely autonomous and very high speed. Terrorists who attack this system will effectively get life sentences.
“Pallets” will not be as we think of them today but interlocking parts not physically the same as but conceptually the same as the pieces of a “jigsaw mat.” “Forklift operators” will monitor groups of semi-autonomous machines but be required to be able to take over any given machine in “manual mode” (which will not happen much after the initial debugging of the system). Drone transport will not be QUITE as widespread as some envision, but they will ultimately be designed to work with these new pallet systems. A revolution in shipping containers (and their handling) is a virtual certainty present in all but the most bleak timelines.
The flight from cities into the suburbs will become transformed into a flight into more rural areas. A renaissance of “small towns” will occur but rather gentrified as upper middle class and wealthy flee larger cities in favor for a quieter lifestyle at home and for their kids. The bullet trains / tubes / electrified autonomous uber taxis will help make this possible. Migration out of heavily taxed and over-regulated states (such as New York, New Jersey, and California) will continue UNTIL those states tune and adjust their systems (which will be very harsh medicine for them).
The very wealthy will maintain small (sometimes larger) apartments in the cities, but these will mostly be used for “shopping trips.” (Old school shopping at “stores” will be a luxury in many cases.) A revolution in architecture will occur, including retrofitting homes built in the 1950’s and earlier (in rural settings) for modern technologies. Buying and renovating old “ghost towns” will become very chic. (Waylon and Willie were decades ahead of their time with Luckenbach, Texas.) Some conflicts will emerge between existing long term residents and the “newcomers” (some of whom will be descendants of those who left the small towns decades ago).
Reduction of carbon footprint will become a law, at first a martial law not long after we have the first day above 120 degrees somewhere in an urban region in the Sunbelt (possibly here in Dallas), but later more gently enforced as the citizenry enforces a reduced footprint through social mechanisms (i.e. “peer-pressure”). And the kind of water-conservation measures that are common in Australia will become commonplace in the United States.
New political parties will emerge. It is POSSIBLE that they will still be called “Republican” and “Democrat” (depends on which timeline we collectively choose), but the platforms will be quite different from today. Some people will try to continue to embrace Marxist ideologies, either openly or covertly, but a revulsion at parasitic classes of citizens (except, hopefully, elderly and disabled and pregnant or new mothers) will mostly eliminate any approaches that simply take away from “those who have” to “those who need.”
Marxism will eventually be considered to be vile. Consequently, a revolution will occur in the belief systems of college professors as the old Marxists die out and are replaced by those with newer ideologies. Small liberal arts schools will be snuffed out of existence UNLESS they take on specific niche categories for working adults (who will not be very tolerant of the current model of college student who plays “beer pong” between classes). The current style of “college student” will be a luxury only for the very wealthy. Oddly, almost paradoxically, as productivity increases through automation, we will see six month and year long sabbaticals will be offered to some members of leadership in large corporations. (This may be an employee incentive offered if caps on salary come about for top management. These caps would likely be in terms of a ratio, something like “the highest paid member of a firm cannot be paid a salary of more than five times the salary of the lowest paid member of the firm. In that case, other incentives will be offered, such as the sabbatical.)
Corporations will adjust their structure to better accommodate working adults who are taking classes related to work (at least tangentially related). Incentive systems in all parts of society will become both more granular and more targeted. Compensation will become more clearly tied to productivity in all fields. Some will be oppressed by this since the price of under-performing will be jobs of lower social status, perhaps even “menial.”
Incarcerated felons who are parasitic will effectively disappear (again, except elderly and disabled). Prisons will become work camps, and this will never stop being controversial. High res video (including hidden cameras that the guards do not know about) coupled with “data science” technologies will revolutionize prison management. Prison corruption will be greatly reduced (though never quite eliminated). DoD and DARPA will start testing surveillance systems in prisons, and states will agree to that upon the threat of losing Federal funds for non-compliance. Civil rights warriors will fight some of this but mostly lose since privacy has never been a right in prison. However, overall, life for prisoners will improve.
Solitary confinement will mostly be eliminated except for prisoner safety reasons. Capital punishment will either be abolished or nearly abolished. This will cause a problem because some people can never be recovered. This means that “life sentences” will have to be restructured. (Not eliminated, but very different.) Sadly, recidivism will not change much because some individuals will prefer the more structured and more “predictable” environment of prison. Gang membership will become particularly problematic for gang members since tracking will become so effective that incarcerated gang members will unintentionally “give up” those on the outside. Mental health inmates will be segregated from the main population.
As a result of the preference of some for highly structured environments, we will see a peculiar kind of social institution emerge that will integrate housing and lifestyle and work into a new form of the “company town” with the “company store.” Though some discontent always exists, many will prefer these. Some religious organizations will get in on this act. This will lead, indirectly, into a revolution in the mental health system. Those who prey upon the mentally ill will be seen as especially vile (as they are).
Housing projects will always be with us. But public surveillance tools (such as gunfire locator systems, automated license plate readers, and others that have not been invented) will reduce crime, along with highly granular inmate tracking.
The “work ethic” will return with a vengeance, and even the very wealthy who could sit around and do nothing but “clip coupons” will take on volunteer positions because of the revulsion at ANYone viewed as “parasitic.” Writers and artists and similar will continue to exist, but will not any longer be an excuse to hide as a non-producer. If you are a writer or an artist, you will be expected to produce SOMETHING. However, oddly, a fair number of people make work a reduced work week (as automation makes this increasingly more possible).
Conventional capitalism will be dead, too, and entirely new models will emerge that have SOME elements of older economic ideologies but mostly will be radical new re-writes. Incentive systems will become more granular and targeted to accomplish specific goals. More of us will be contractors, and that will mean that employee benefits (i.e. healthcare and retirement) will be revolutionized. Government intervention into some aspects of supply chains (i.e. “vertical integration”) will begin and be similar in some ways to the “anti-trust” laws of the past century.
Outsourcing to locations outside of the United States will continue to be a huge controversy.
And, eventually, we will see a form of aircraft that uses a technology the same or similar to magneto-hydro-dynamics (MHD). (We may see this in water drives first. We will later see it in unmanned spacecraft that also use gravity slingshots.)
But, back to today….
A day or two ago, I wrote about an odd set of experiences I had in the late 1990’s with a palm reader who, arguably, was a mentor or guide of mine. I do not know if she is still alive. (I tried to find her, but could not get a clear fix.) I wrote a little bit of the story between us in another blog entry on one of my blogs. A reader actually read it, and we had a short exchange of ideas about it.
Then I discovered, after an Internet search, that another person important to me had died in 2015. He was not much older than me, and I felt my sense of mortality more strongly than usual. I remembered that I was waiting until I had my life more “together” before I checked back and said “Hi, this is what I have been doing with my life.” Frankly, my life is a bit of a mess now, and has been for some time. I think I could persuasively argue that I have been in a very long “Existential Crisis” or “Dark Night of the Soul” since about 1998, maybe longer. But this important person died while I was away, and I will never have the chance, now, to thank them face to face for what they did for me. I regret this, but I cannot undo it. The realization brings me to this key question about some of my strange events and experiences that maybe certain others might need to hear or read: if not now, then when?
That looks like a good stopping point for an initial entry. We will see where this goes, if anywhere.