Our prophets, wise men and Native elders have spoken. The question is, are their words enough to sustain us through these turbulent times? Magnetically drawn towards the new millennium and daily inundated with disturbing political, social and ecological news, is the simple truth enough to carry us through?
Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and volcanic activity are increasing in frequency and intensity. Respect for human life is decreasing, greed abounds and there are anomalous occurrences on every hand. If one focuses solely on the strange and negative they can be quickly overwhelmed. Is it inevitable that we must stand paralyzed in the headlight glare of oncoming disaster or is there a better way to react to the fact that the distress foretold by the prophets "to come upon all nations" is already here?
Folks of the denial persuasion believe global disaster is simply a matter of over-saturation by news media. In other words, if we were living a hundred years ago we would be relatively unaware of potential disaster. Folks of the opposite opinion are sure that the end of the world is imminent and each piece of frightening news denotes another tick on the doomsday clock.
Historically, most work was physical in nature. When resources met the point of diminishing returns, migrations to discover fresh land to work or forage was the natural order of things. Industrial and Technological progress have quite successfully alienated most people from receiving the balancing effects gained from directly working with the earth that our ancestors enjoyed. Benefits included better physical health, peace of mind and a sense of interconnectedness with all.
Our anthropocentric attitude (that all revolves around us), is currently focused on maintaining the level of affluence we have achieved. For too long Mother Earth has been pressed into submission with over-harvesting, total resource extraction, dangerous pesticides, deadly herbicides, frightening experiments and other forms of disregard in order to achieve and maintain a "high standard of living," for a small percentage of earth's population.
Is it any wonder that Mother Earth is rebelling against being unnaturally "used?" Or to paraphrase a concept from the scriptures, "consumed for our lusts?" Yes, we are a greedy lot who has failed to realize that all we receive from the earth is a gift from Heavenly Father to be shared and replenished. Mother Earth is not some giant free supermarket, but provided as a teacher to link mankind with its Creator and future generations. We were put here not only to receive, but also to give.
The earth and its people have a symbiotic relationship. We need our Mother Earth and our Mother Earth needs her children. Unfortunately, those who have intellectually removed themselves from this relationship have tipped the scales towards degeneration and dissolution of the invisible bonds that hold the earth and her inhabitants in balance.
A flashing yellow light of this imbalance includes a recent disturbance in the electro-magnetic field that is causing thousands of homing pigeons to become lost. In addition, icebergs are melting, the hole in the ozone is admitting more deadly ultraviolet light, frogs are dying worldwide, animals and children are acting in strange ways and unexplainable sounds such as the "Taos Hum" are emanating from deep inside the earth.
So what are we to do? Many will ignore the signs of the "Times and Seasons" while others will detrimentally spread paranoia, a typical response of those who think they should be able to control Mother Nature. Both of these extremes are unacceptable to TGS. Is there a middle ground? As we enter the new millennium or year 2000, Native elders and prophets have suggested that we prepare ourselves spiritually and physically for the great final purification.
Spiritually we can practice all the purification processes we have faith in. We must do this in order to attune ourselves to the frequency from which the Holy Ghost and Spirit of Truth operates. If we fail to raise our level of spiritual vibration to that needed to receive the truth, we will be lost, depending solely on science or the philosophies of men to guide us. However, if we fine tune our spirits to receive the celestial truths that are continually broadcast by a loving Father and Creator, inner guidance will keep us in "Holy Places." Priorities of family and basic needs and wants will fall into place.
Physically, the prophets have warned that troubled times will come upon both good and bad. Basically, it all boils down to attitude, or as Paul in the New Testament said, it mattered not to him if he lived or died, because he was alive in Christ. Paul, of course, was a prisoner and continually threatened with death. If anyone ever had to "be here now," it was Paul. Naturally, we all want to survive as long as possible and have an innate desire for self-preservation.
We have been given a few simple guidelines to deal with unexpected events. Some of these are: Grow food, maintain our health to the best of our ability, provide for loved ones by storing enough food for disasters, get out of debt and work with our communities toward common goals that will benefit all. These goals of sustainability are difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish in highly populated areas.