COVID-19, Economic/Societal Collapse, and Howard Storm's NDE

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At this point, it's very clear that COVID-19 is here to stay and, with it, a permanent impact to our society and way of life.

One of the first NDE's that I encountered in my foray into the paranormal and consciousness studies about two decades ago was Howard Storm's "My Descent into Death." His NDE included a prophetic glance into the future.

Here is that glance: https://www.near-death.com/experiences/exceptional/howard-storm.html#a04

Storm described what the light beings told him concerning the way things will be on Earth in about 2185.

He asked the light beings the question, "Will the United States be the leader of the world in this change?"

The light beings replied, "The United States has been given the opportunity to be the teacher for the world, but much is expected of those to whom much has been given. The United States has been given more of everything than any country in the history of the world and it has failed to be generous with the gifts.

"If the United States continues to exploit the rest of the world by greedily consuming the world's resources, the United States will have God's blessing withdrawn.

"Your country will collapse economically which will result in civil chaos. Because of the greedy nature of the people, you will have people killing people for a cup of gasoline.

"The world will watch in horror as your country is obliterated by strife. The rest of the world will not intervene because they have been victims of your exploitation. They will welcome the annihilation of such selfish people.

"The United States must change immediately and become the teachers of goodness and generosity to the rest of the world." Today the United States is the primary merchant of war and the culture of violence that you export to the world. This will come to an end because you have the seeds of your own destruction within you. Either you will destroy yourselves or God will bring it to an end if there isn't a change."
There is more at the link and, of course, in the book.

I've been thinking a lot about Storm's vision lately. It seems more plausible now than it did before.
 
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This from John Michael Greer’s Ecosophia blog:

One of the great mental blind spots of our society is the notion that there are only two possible futures: on the one hand, business as usual stretching endlessly into the future, with a side order of technological progress dished up at intervals; on the other, sudden apocalyptic mass death, with or without a small band of plucky survivors sitting around a campfire as the final credits roll. An astonishing number of people these days literally won’t let themselves think about any other possible future, and will either change the subject or get furiously angry at you if you should be so bold as to suggest one.

The evasion and the anger come from the same source, which is that those imaginary futures are the ways most of us distract ourselves from the future we’re actually getting: a future of decline. We all know this. If you’re old enough to be out of elementary school, you’ve already seen ongoing declines in standards of living, public health, public order, the quality of education, the condition of our infrastructure, and much more. Those trends define our future. They also defined the future of every past civilization, because that’s how civilizations end, and it’s how ours will end, one to three hundred years from now. Again, at some level, all of us know this, but it’s taboo to discuss the matter or even think about it, which is why so many people bury their heads in shopworn fantasies of perpetual progess or overnight cataclysm.
https://www.ecosophia.net/the-arc-of-our-future/
 
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