Climate Scientists “Discover” Earth Transformation Prospects

Scientists have re-discovered and confirmed another ancient truth about science and the Cosmos: Earth will not be destroyed by climate change but it will be transformed and emerge as a completely different, as yet unpredictable, place.

Whether humanity can sufficiently adapt and evolve quickly enough to avoid being one of the millions of species rendered extinct by the transformation is an open question. I have an abiding belief that mankind is in the midst of a major spiritual evolution from which it will decidedly emerge, albeit in a form that may be largely unrecognizable to homo sapien sapien.

Ancient Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies teach that creation is not a linear process but rather a cyclic, rhythmic experience. Destruction is a prerequisite of creation. The old must give way to the new, whether gradually or cataclysmically.

In Hinduism, for example, “The Trimurti is a concept … in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Śhiva the destroyer or transformer,” as explained in the Wikipedia entry on Shiva. Not only are creation and destruction co-embodied in the Trimurti, but Shiva combines destruction and transformation.

Cosmology plays such a central role in Buddhism that it can be said to be an equally important characteristic along with the psychology or life-living aspects of the teachings of the Buddha. Its cosmology is a very complex series of interlocking and overlapping periods of time which are seen as further sub-divided into eons of dissolution (destruction/transformation) and evolution (maintenance/creation).

In both of these ancient wisdom teachings — and in many, many other more obscure offerings including some of prehistoric nature — the important thing to note for the purposes of this discussion is the inevitable interconnection of creation and transformation or destruction. This pattern is vastly different from the Western world’s concept that the Universe either had or did not have a beginning (embodied in the debate about what existed or transpired before the Big Bang) and either will or will not have an end (with modern mathematical cosmologists and scientists asserting that it must have such an end point much as they argue that the Big Bang was a definitive starting point).

At root in all of this discussion is, of course, a clear understanding of spacetime. Physical science must view eternity with suspicion because by its very boundlessness, it defies the construction of precise mathematical models, which are the only tools available to Science to explicate and extrapolate Cosmological insights.

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