The what and the why of the Third Age Matrix
I have to start out stating the choice of the title Third Age Matrix is not to be confused with New Age. New Age is associated with wood nymphs flitting through meadows and satyrs blowing on flutes and hippie communes with hippies scattering flowers and sucking on pipes. I chose the name Third Age Matrix as I have always liked Babylon V and their use of the term Third Age. (I actually like all science fiction). I had originally intended to name this site The Dialectic Matrix for the Third Age of Mankind but for the ease of remembering I shortened it to the Third Age Matrix. The Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “matrix” as “something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.” And again using Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary “dialectic” is defined as “any systematic reasoning, exposition, or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict.” No one can doubt or deny humanity is conflicted.
For the purposes I want to convey I have divided human history into three periods or ages. (At that over-simplification true historians are probably in need of resuscitation.) I view the first age as the period of time we know as BC from about 10,000 BC forward. This period includes the birth of agriculture, early organized religion, the bronze and iron ages, the beginning of villages that evolved into the early empires ending with the demise of the Roman Republic in 27BC. (I omitted the prehistory/stone age periods as being our metaphorical infancy.) The second age was the period we refer to as AD with the birth of Christ and continuing up until the 1930s which I view as the beginning of the third age. The period between 27BC and around 30AD, which included Christ’s birth, I consider a transitional period at least for our purposes. Although the Industrial Revolution which laid the foundation for the technology of the third age began many years prior to the 1930s I place the beginning in the 1930s as the technology beginning then mushroomed exponentially, from the nuclear bomb, advances in communications, the computer, the internet, energy, mass manufacturing (actually started decades earlier but it took off during WW2) and the potential of space travel, a few on a very long list of many, opened virtually an infinite choice of future roads for humanity to travel including the one we are presently on which is the road to extinction.
I acknowledge during that 12,000 year time frame there were other societies and civilizations on the planet in South America (Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayans, Incas), Africa (Ethiopians), India (Indus Valley) and Asia (China: Xia-[debated], Shang) but the civilization and culture that introduced the present era influencing and dominating the globe is the one we know as Western. The global culture that sprang from it has affected all present societies and civilizations and is still dominating the direction of the world. Space travel, which will allow humanity to travel beyond our planet and survive, began in earnest during the WWII period with the German V1 and V2 rocket programs. Humanity set foot on the Moon for the first time in 1969 and for the last time in 1972. One of the most significant developments of the human race, the height of human achievement, has been almost ignored for over 40 years. (The Chinese are beginning to eye the moon having recently landed a probe on the dark side). The thing that would have prevented or resolved many problems we face today has taken a back seat to other wasteful projects. The money America, and the world, has wasted on needless and failed wars and on needless and failed programs could have been used to establish colonies on both the Moon and Mars and at this time ore freighters and research vessels should be lumbering back and forth between them and earth. If we do not develop interplanetary, then interstellar, travel (and soon I might add) we will not survive and in order to reach into space we have to resolve our many problems and to do so will require a majority, or at least a sizable minority, that can think. I hope to post items that will be food for thought.
Many writers and thinkers from a diverse cross section of humanity and time periods have written about collapses of civilizations. Two notables are Oswald Spengler with The Decline of the West, written prior to WWI, and Edward Gibbon with The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written in six volumes, the first volume was published in 1776 are two. Any serious student or reader of history that has read those should be extremely concerned of how the history and present condition of Western Civilization overlays the “schematics” of both. Any science fiction fan that has read the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov would also be, or should also be, equally concerned. These are brilliant men whose intelligence level would undoubtedly be at the top end of the scale. Gibbons, though, some have criticized, and the issue debated, over his treatment of and the role of religion in the decline but it does not detract from the mountain of factual information about the economics, social, political, cultural and military aspects of the empire’s rise and fall. Parallels vividly noticeable today in the West.
It is only all too apparent that the United States, and the West, has become too irrational, dysfunctional and inefficient to survive and the world is not far behind. Oswald Spengler in his The Decline of the West “hit the nail on the head” in his analysis of Western civilization. We all know (I hope we all know) we are in a precarious position. If we lose our technology we will not survive in any condition worth surviving in. We are not producing enough qualified or capable young to maintain the present level of technology much less than advance it. It is also apparent that both our form of social democracy and our economic systems are primarily based on ignorance, greed, crime and corruption and have failed. If we are going to survive we need a strong functional government that can deal with problems quickly, fairly, rationally and thoroughly. There are four issues that must be dealt with before any other issues can be satisfactorily resolved: population growth, the environment, immigration and space travel. Almost all other issues, including most social issues, stem from the failure to address these four basic, vital issues I call survival issues. Addressing them would force us to solve many social issues that have plagued us since our beginning. The social gains that many think we are making will evaporate in time if these issues are not resolved. A dysfunctional government catering to mob rule, which our social democracies have become, will not be able to properly and effectively resolve them.
(Note I have had to add a fifth: Islam. It is obvious that the world, especially the West has handled this problem badly. The dangers are mushrooming exponentially (like their population) and must be dealt with. I will do an essay on the subject later. The solution is both complex and simple at the same time. [One of those contradictions humanity seems to constantly land itself in]. Although technically Islam would fall under the umbrella of immigration I have separated the two because the immigration issue the United States faces from south of its border has different characteristics and implications than from the Middle East and Muslim nations they can be separated. A look at Europe will verify that.)
This site is intended to give everyone that can think some issues to think about and hopefully it will do so. Many people fall in lockstep behind either the left or the right side of the political spectrum. It avoids the necessity of thinking. General George S. Patton said it perfectly when he said: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking”. Most people can’t or won’t think either from a lack of education, a lack of adequate intelligence, or an overabundance of emotion. It is a good general rule to follow that the extreme right will oppose any legislation, regulations, laws, or rules regardless of how logical, sound, and well-conceived. The extreme left will support any legislation, regulations, laws, or rules regardless of how illogical, unsound, and poorly conceived. The late F. A. Hayek said “Probably it is true enough that the great majority are rarely capable of thinking independently, that on most questions they accept views which they find ready-made, and that they will be equally content if born or coaxed into one set of beliefs or another. In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority.” Thinking must be done critically, unemotionally and logically. Any other way is doomed to fail and unfortunately humanity is, for the most part, one large mass of contradictory emotions. I will write essays on various topics and post videos, pictures, quotes, and various misc. items that will be food for thought for those that can think. With the essays there will often be some overlapping and duplication of material and information as there is no other way possible to do it as so many issues are interconnected, like pieces of a puzzle, with others making complete separation impossible. One section that should be of interest is the Books Worth Reading section. It contains excerpts or a report on some extremely interesting and pertinent books that can be applied to the issues of the day. In those reviews or reports, whichever you want to call them, I have more often than not quoted the authors as the bulk of the report. I have also done so in the essays as these authors are much smarter and far more eloquent than I am. My trying to convey them in my words would only detract from them and from what I am hoping to convey.
We are at the point in our existence where the margin for error is extremely small and shrinking with each delay or attempted incorrect solution(s). If we do not make the right moves the planet that is the cradle of humanity will become its grave. If we make the right decisions and moves and life is indeed immortal which many believe (which I also tend to believe) we may all meet on a Deep Space Nine space station somewhere, sometime in the future. If life isn’t immortal we will at least have given our descendants a chance for a meaningful existance. To do so it is necessary, as I have said, for enough people to actually think. It is for that goal this site exists.
Unfortunately the predictable and inevitable collapse of the United States and the West due to economic and social problems and the period of anarchy and the terrible conditions that will follow are all but set in stone and without draconian measures is unavoidable. Unfortunately human nature being what it is I fear we will either ignore or deny many problems or kick the can down the road until it is too late. (I have done a book review on Spengler’s The Decline of the West in the books worth reading section of this site.) The continuing moral, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural degradation in the US and Europe has made collapse almost unavoidable. (By moral I do not so much mean sexual morality, although it does figure into it, but the attitude of both individuals and groups in their responsibility toward others and society). As at this time much of the world is tethered to the US and Europe the world will also go through significant turmoil making help from outside the borders of most nations almost, if not wholly, impossible. A technological society requires more stability, structure and prohibitions then an agrarian or semi technological society. The fact this reality is ignored or denied gives ample proof that we no longer even have the basic concepts of right and wrong and fail to understand certain restrictions, regardless of how seemingly archaic or absurd, are necessary to survive. If you read and analyze Spengler you can see he had the underlying belief that although the West is declining America does not have to go down with it.
Philip Wylie said in his 1942 book Generation of Vipers “The imposition of disciplines by the state is called fascism, or tyranny, by the common man; and he hates it. By the same token, any nation which subscribes to liberty and then attempts to maintain a majority who have no discipline of themselves, is destined soon to be without freedom.” Relaxing of prohibitions that are in place to ensure structural cohesion will result in a continuing degradation of the society. He continues and says “American liberty has been tentatively saved for the last few decades not by the self-discipline of its citizens but by their instincts, which had not been blunted quite enough to prevent the people from realizing imminent dangers at the eleventh hour.” (Remember this was written in 1942). We have now reached the point where our instincts have been blunted to that degree. We are no longer able to sense danger and we no longer even recognize right from wrong. Examples are the push for legalization of drugs and pedophilia. [I am not opposed to legalization of medical marijuana.], the failure to recognize Islam [of course not all but the ones that hold the seats of power and influence. The bus driver or the pilot determine where the passengers on board go.] as the biggest threat Western civilization has faced, the enacting of social programs that defy reason and are based on emotions, the blind allegiance to the business system that betrayed the nation and of us abandoning or perverting the concept of one of the basic tenets of civilization that we are “our brother’s keeper“. Oddly enough the hope of humanity possibly now rests with two nations the West was at loggerheads with for decades, either Russia or China. Although they (especially Russia) are riddled with problems they have the governmental structure, authority and discipline necessary to maintain stability and effectively deal with the problems without having to cater to the voice of the emotional, the irrational and the uninformed. Edgar Cayce known as the “sleeping prophet” predicted this decades ago. I will also add China has been working for decades to overtake us as the world’s leading economy and is very near success. If it does your lives will change forever and not for the better.
The dysfunctional state that exists in the US is due to domination by two polarized political parties with incompatible visions, each party by itself containing enough irrational errors for complete failure due to their own positions, makes a recovery unattainable. (The Western world is in a state of dysfunction but this is written from an American perspective). Many of the litmus test issues for “member in good standing” of their respective sides have little, if anything at all, to do with maintaining the safety, security, and stability of the state and often run counter. They are usually based in ignorance and/or emotion. Any recovery will only be illusory, temporary and/or artificial. The only way to prevent anarchy and the terrible suffering that is en route is for a state neither totally left nor right and with some measure of military oversight to maintain integrity. Since it is the military that pulls our fannies out of the fire they should be able to nix a harebrained policy that places them in the fire. The government has to be and will remain civilian but the military, (and I include paramilitary organizations such as law enforcement, fire departments, paramedics, etc.), must have some oversight and firm say so the reason for which, and, the desirability of, will be in future essays. Some matters, concerning both national and international affairs, must be decided with the necessity of taking politics out the equation. The military would merely function as an oversight board much as civilian review boards do now as oversight for various government and private agencies and organizations. I will attempt to convey the logic of that statement on this site. We are not going to be able to maintain the original vision of Western civilization but we can maintain the primary aspects of the culture. It is the culture that developed from Western civilization that is actually what we value. Much of what we have come to think of as freedom has become illusory and temporary and actually threatens the freedom it claims to be. Freedom has become a much abused word like love has been. If we don’t realize and accept this we will lose it all. It is to the military, the paramilitary, the professionals, the working classes and the other segments of the population necessary to maintain social stability, security, safety, human advancement and keep the wheels turning so to speak, those whose functions which can not be done away with, this site is directed at and is appealing to.