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Saturday Ramble: 2013 — how bad will it be?

Optimism As an optimist, I have been scouring the Press and other sources of information for good news about the new year, 2013, or at the very least, a hopeful prognosis.

Apart from our recent escape from the abysmal Mayan Prophesy — prophesied here, by the way — there is very little else.

On the economic and business pages gloom predominates. We are, it is said, halfway through a Lost Decade, or even a quarter through a Lost Double Decade. The world is laden down with so much debt, much of which has to be written down before global expansion can take off again. We are all doomed.

Britain in particular is not well placed, thanks to Gordon Brown and Ed Balls’s pitiless spending splurge in their own interest. The absence of euro membership is the only dim light on the horizon.

Politically, we are in limbo, with David Cameron and Nick Clegg on opposite sides of the fence on the future of our EU membership, at least if the chatter from Downing Street is to be believed. Like many, I’m sceptical about Number Ten’s resolve on this.

Paul Goodman in the Telegraph writes that the Conservatives have not a cat’s chance in hell of winning the 2015 General Election because of the huge demographic surge of Labour-supporting immigrants from the Subcontinent. Brown’s treachery knew no bounds, as many of us warned at the time.

America stands on the brink of a Fiscal Cliff set to detonate on January 1st, in which taxes will automatically rise and government spending massively fall. In a sane world, that is exactly what the US needs now, except that in the midst of a world struggling to pay its debts, it would only add to the general depression.

So there you have it. Pain all round and no escape. The real misery has only just begun.

Or has it?

I must say, I don’t get the sense that the world is about to pitch into an economic dark age like the 1930s — with the possible exception of the eurozone — despite the huge debt that can only be offset by printing money and increasing inflation that will erode value and decimate savings.

Is Mark Carney (incoming Governor of the Bank of England) just covering his back by suggesting he will sacrifice inflation targets to promote growth?

But where to find confirmation of a very different scenario? From an unusual source, perhaps.

Last week I was flicking through the pages of the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, when I alighted on veteran astrologer Jonathan Cainer’s star-sign page. In the general section, one sentence jumped out at me. I reproduce it here in the hope it will cheer you up, so rare is the sentiment:

2013 will be one of the happiest years many of us have ever known.

Phew! There’s a man putting his reputation on the line. And he follows it up in today’s paper a week later:

2013 gets off to a surprisingly good start for most people and then proceeds just to get better and better.

Well! I’m not going to find anything more optimistic than that, so I’ll leave it right there.

You will have your own views, of course, but I wish you a great big dollop of the Cainer magic stardust and a very happy New Year.

John Evans

John Evans is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers.

Coming soon: Mystology: A different way of looking at the world. Also a website, mystology.com.

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Midweek Mysticism: Mystical optimism

Optimism I have always thought spatially … in pictures. I tend to create a three-dimensional picture in my head, then describe it verbally. My psychology professor said it was a characteristic of the male mind, for which I was grateful.

Scientists, artists, mathematicians, musicians and, worryingly, autistics are said to share this trait, along with up to 60% of the population. Phew, and I thought I was the only one.

Spatial/visual thinkers include, Einstein, Edison, Churchill, Faraday and Tesla, a fine bunch of men by any standards. Female thinking is said to embrace “fuzzy logic” — no jokes please, we are an equal opportunities website. However, fuzzy logic is the basis of the new creative technologies, such as iPad, gaming and the whole gamut of modern means of expression — ecology readily springs to mind.

It seems we are all endowed with something worthwhile. What a wonderful universe we live in.

Spatial thinking is rather boringly defined as: “a constructive amalgam of three elements: concepts of space, tools of representation, and processes of reasoning. Space provides the conceptual and analytical framework within which data can be integrated, related, and structured into a whole.” (via Wikipedia).

Linda Silverman describes it more picturesquely as “upside-down brilliance”. It is contrasted with “verbal intelligence”, ChickLit perhaps being a prime example of this.

I have to say I have never quite swallowed all of this analysis. It seems to be creating difference for the sake of it. Surely we all contain elements of everything in different proportions? But it is useful in spotting and defining exceptionality.

That’s the preamble, by the way. The real question here is, what exactly is the mystic mind and why is it so optimistic?

Let’s face it, optimism is a very scarce commodity right now. If it were traded on the exchanges, it would be up there with gold, at least £1000 an ounce.

This very day, the Eurozone is contemplating its ultimate ending — swift and final in the hands of the people; slow, expensive and tortuous when driven by bureaucrats and politicians. Guess which one we’ll be presented with?

In Britain too, it seems that every major institution, except the Monarchy, is draining away in a fetid swamp of greed and distortion. Parliament, Police and Media have blotted so many copybooks they’ve run clean out of them.

It’s as if our whole way of seeing the world is being spring-cleaned and spruced up. In any major upheaval, we must go through the chaotic stage before reaching the reward. That’s how a mystic sees it.

Many others are predicting endless attrition and world poverty, with the West being replaced by a resurgent East and what used to be called “the Third World”. A few days ago, the head of NATO said China and India will have to take over policing the world because the West is sunk.

Imagine it if you can: India sending gunboats up the Thames, while China forces us to buy opium poppies from Afghanistan.

But if the Eurozone moves towards the “single state” option, as seems inevitable if it is to avoid break-up, Britain will be outside it and in a position to determine its own destiny as a free nation again, with open trade routes into the unruly Continent.

That’s optimism in the face of imminent collapse. It’s also picture-driven thinking, a characteristic of the mystic mind. Simply dismiss the mountains of complex data, and picture the solution. If enough people do, it will happen. Another power tool of mysticism.

As for the institutions of the British State, they will heal soon enough if we keep our inner eyes focussed on a better outcome.

Mysticism is optimistic because it looks right through obstacles to superior solutions. Nothing is beyond the mystic mind. It knows that “magic” is not something special, just an everyday fact of life.

Whereas science builds restraints and logic blocks to progress, then makes us all believe in them, mysticism starts with a clean canvas and paints its will upon it, knowing that the living universe will deliver.

That’s why I often think that artists create the future more than science does. The greatest artists are all mystics … not political, nor number-crunchers.

Optimism is unreasonable happiness.

John Evans

… who is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers.

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