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Today, I was thinking about a geological process called tectonic plate drift. For hundreds of millions of years, the continents we live on have been drifting or floating on top of the earth’s mantle. The mantle has plasticity and is a molten rock part of the earth’s interior. It churns by the force of gravity and by the heating up and cooling down of the molten rock.

 The result of this repetitive temperature variation in the mantle is that the surface of the earth undergoes continuous change in its continental positions and thus makes different continental formations over vast periods of time. Sometimes they are together as a whole and sometimes the continents fragment into many parts. The cycle goes on and on. 

This constant flux and instability then turned my thoughts to the very complex and dysfunctional social, environmental, and political situation we live in. On all levels, the United States is in crises mode as is the entire world.

On the social horizon, there are no sound logical solutions to the countless problems we face. That is so because the dramatic stage whereon we act out our lives was founded upon false ideas. The idea that some people are born to be slaves or that society is a mirror image of predator and prey relations in the wilds. That kind of illogical thinking inevitably makes more links in a long chain of destructive decisions and actions which warp the fabric of our social relations.   

The philosopher Plato understood the inevitable end of illogical thinking. He made it clear in his ‘Allegory of the Cave’ that those who reason on false premises or shadows on the wall are doomed to spiritual emptiness and ultimate social collapse. 

I understand both scientifically and spiritually what is driving the mass dysfunction which makes America a very sick society. Increased suicide rates, increased prescription drug addiction, and a decreasing human life span are all inconsistent with the myth of what America is suppose to stand for. 

I know that most human beings are driven by their organic unconscious biological instincts namely fear and sexuality. But in combination with those basic animal instincts there generally exists very poor logical thinking exercised most of the time by most people. That is precisely why events go awry. 

For example, why would a person who is obese and at risk for dozens of diseases and a premature death continue to consume a diet that will ultimately kill him or her? Why would they allow their children to do so? Knowing full well that what confronts them are but two alternatives: change or die.

I understand that some very intelligent people understand those unconscious biological drives. They have worked hard to master methods of unconscious population manipulation for the sole purposes of economically exploiting the environment, control of mass populations of people, and ruling over them politically. Despite the intelligence of the power elite they intentionally do wrong to others for monetary profit or simply for pleasure. That fact underscores to me what their core beliefs are.

Some intelligent people who are determined to benefit themselves at the expense of others believe in and practice scientific racism or social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is predicated on the fallacious premise that there is an absolute natural standard of fitness by means of which unfit human beings can be identified. From that premise, it is deduced that once the unfit are identified they can be eliminated effectively washing the gene pool clean and making it fit.

A glaring antithesis to their claim that there is an absolute standard of natural human fitness is their claim that evolutionary change is a law of organic nature. Their argument for evolutionary change is antithetical to their idea of an absolute standard of fitness because evolutionary change presupposes genetic and phenotypical maladjustment to a broader natural environment.  In short, evolutionary change means that a specie is in a constant a state of unfitness, and thus on the chopping block, and subject for natural elimination.  

This may seem a stretch, but for example, a pattern of lowered human I.Q. in a population could be a signal of human brain adaption in reverse. A cerebral reversal in humans to restore balance between the human species and nature at large.  Such a restoration of balance in the natural environment would save both  humans and nature from technological destruction.

Put another way, if we toxify the environment, in more or less the same proportion the environment toxifies our bodies. If we make nature at large infertile, then proportionately nature makes us infertile at large. We are at a disadvantage in that kind of action and reaction contest with nature because nature is bigger than us and because nature has masterfully eliminated trillions of species before us and yet continues to move along its course. I do not suggest that nature is personal; nature is very impersonal in its relation to us. It’s just the way it does business.

Though such beliefs and practices expressed in mythological form by people date back far into ancient human history long before Charles Darwin wrote his book which gave rise to the phrase: “Survival of the Fit.”, power elites down through the ages have practiced the survival of the fit ideology on the premise that human reason or rationality are necessarily to be driven by human unconscious instincts. The general acceptance of social Darwinism by most people today has made a wide pathway for the worst kind of people to ascend to the top of our social hierarchies where decisions affecting billions of people are made. The result is now a disaster.

For example, it has become an established fact that human industries have released billions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere for over the last one hundred years. Those gases in the atmosphere are correlated with a 1-degree Celsius rise in global warming and extreme weather climate change over the last 100 years. Industries which polluted the atmosphere were allowed to operate despite the fact that it was reported by the Journal of Science in 1896 that the release of those gases caused by burning fossil fuels would cause a greenhouse effect thus making the earth surface temperature warmer. Why?

If we assume that intelligent people who owned those industries and politicians who legally sanctioned toxic industries knew how to do a basic scientific cost/benefit analysis or a risk analysis of the long term consequences of ‘the greenhouse effect’ on the global environment, that begs the question: why did they persist in doing what they knew would eventually cause a global crisis and death to billions of people in the future?

That answer is simple. Those intelligent psychopaths didn’t give a flying ducks quack about the future of billions of people nor the planet earth hundreds of years into the future after they are dead. They viewed only short term benefits and costs to them during their life time.

They rationally concluded that what happens to the planet and the animals on it after they are dead is irrelevant to what they wanted in their life time. They are attracted to money, fame, power, control, status, prestige, and all other possible pleasures in their life time or in the here and now. They figured that once they were dead that nothing on earth or for that matter in the universe could either benefit or cost them nor put them at risk of harm because they believed that at death they simply cease to exist. They were selfish. It’s that simple.

All intelligent psychopathic power elite, oligarchs, or tyrants operate on that same premise because they have no conscience nor the compassion or empathetic feelings associated with what we know to be human conscience. As a consequence, most people suffer politically from what is known as a kakistocracy. Kakistocracy means government controlled by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Eventually, such people destroy other people along with themselves and are now working on the destruction of the world we have come to know as our home.

The Burned earth

I understand that the kind of economic exploitation we suffer overlaps all societies and exists within every class or caste level, ethnicity or race everywhere in the world and that it has existed throughout history. It simply underscores the fact that we have yet to find a way to vet psychopaths out of our economic and political systems or to prevent them from infiltrating into our political systems.

I understand the connection between humans’ biological instincts and social/economic slavery. Intelligent people who are also psychopathic know that they can enslave most people to do their will by addicting them to substances of all kinds ranging from food to drugs, material possessions and status, or false beliefs.  Or they can enslave most people by instilling in them fear of pain and or death.

Yet, people are at least minimally rational unless they are intellectually defective. So, most people are able to understand when they are being short changed and by whom as one would feel when he or she is cheated in a supermarket because they do not receive the correct change in exchange for a purchase.

But most people tacitly accept servitude to a power elite rather than choose to be free. In other words, they internalize subconsciously a self-image of being a slave and then through that internalized image interpret their social relations as inferior to the political and economic power elite. They then go about acting out accordingly. This is true everywhere despite the fact that cultures differ more or less throughout the world.

I started this talk with some thoughts I had on geographical continental drift. For me it indicates that no matter how powerful or large a thing may appear to be whether it be empires, nations, clans, tribes, and individuals, each and every one of them will come to its end and be destroyed.

If you are a scientist or scholar, then you know that that which begins in one form must end in another form according to the law of thermodynamics. If you are a follower of Jesus, then you know of the famous quote: “I am the Alpha and the Omega…the beginning and the end; the first and the last.” If you are a Muslim, then you know the verse in the Quran: “We are not to be frustrated in changing your forms and creating you again in forms that you know not.”.

WE ARE LIVING IN A DARK AGE, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed


Most people in the United States are taught to associate the Dark Ages with a period in European history between the 5th and 15th centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire.  Discussions about the ‘Dark Ages’ usually turn on the social and economic relation between peasants and landlords, various warlords, the Catholic Church, as well as people’s overall quality of life. People then were dirt poor, they were generally unhealthy, and they lived short lives averaging about 23 years of age.

Discussion of the general characteristics of the Dark Ages is usually avoided in K- through 12 public schools in the United States and it is glossed over as simply being the consequence of the fall of the Roman Empire as though the Romans were enlightened peoples.

Also ignored is the idea that a ‘Dark Age’ is not necessarily a social condition frozen in the past nor should it be singularly identified by a number of dead European cultures.

But on a higher plane, the Dark Ages were not only  an exterior set of material conditions blocking human intellectual and material development but rather the Dark Ages was also a culture reflective of an interior absence of conscientiousness in each person who lived in it.

In order to avoid confusion, let me define two concepts for you. First, the word conscience means an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior and the capacity in a person to empathize with other peoples’ feelings and conditions.  Secondly, a ‘Dark Age’ means a high point in cultural dysfunction which is not limited to the past nor measured by a societies technological development.

A dark age is a majority human population at any particular moment in human history which is characterized by extreme scientific ignorance, vulgarity, frivolity, lack of hygiene, cruelty such as torture, endless economically motivated warfare, human economic exploitation, religious superstition, and an absence of popular conscientious sentiment. 

My question is whether or not those characteristics fit the United States and global nations today? My answer is that those definitions do describe today’s societies. Except for a very small minority of people, we are right now living in a historical moment of high social dysfunction all over the world. 

But I should clarify what I don’t mean by ‘a very small minority’. What I do not mean by ‘a very small minority are formally educated people such as scientists, technicians, and oligarchs.

Scientific knowledge and mechanical skills as well as having had a liberal arts education is not necessarily indicative of conscientiousness. In fact, it may be indicative of the exact opposite.  We know that as evidenced by the corruption in both our state and federal judicial systems.

Conscientious self-questioning is not practiced outside the narrow circle of self-interests by the majority of the educated classes. And the problem only gets worse among the less educated and poor in society because they are usually imitative of upper class mores.


We know that because a majority of lower class citizens in the United States support crimes against humanity now being perpetrated in the world.  Those same people are also silent on the moral issues surrounding commercial degradation of the global environment. For example, recently it was uncovered that the Governor of Michigan approved for use contaminated water for citizens in Flint Michigan. Flint Michigan is a city with a 56% black population. Thousands of people are now suffering the adverse side effects of lead poisoning and will continue to suffer through the duration of their lives.

The fact that it was done knowingly and with reckless disregard for human life is evidence of a contradiction between what politicians say when they take an oath of office and what they do to innocent people who stand in the way of their own interests when they are in positions of power. Another example is Rob Emmanuel the mayor of Chicago Illinois. That mayor attempted to suppress evidence of a cold blooded killing of a black youth in Chicago. Then, another case emerged in which the district attorney withheld evidence in the case of another black man who was killed by police for no cause. Rob Emmanuel suppressed that information as well. But for having been caught, Rob Emmanuel would care less about those two unjustified police killings.


But how does the lack of moral conscience show itself in the scientific community? There are 5.8 million scientists in the world. Of that total number, there are 2.5 million scientists who are U.S. citizens and that number does not include the millions of technical support professionals who work with them on projects.

The majority of those scientists and technicians are employed by commercial institutions which contract with governments to make technologies designed to inflict death on whole populations of human beings as well as to degrade the natural environment. Most of those very same scientists make no conscientious objection to the uses of their technological innovations by the companies and governments they are employed by. They simply work for money and scientific prestige. Why are they so indifferent?

One reason for their lack of conscientiousness is their adherence to atheism. Atheism literally means ‘against God’ or anti-God and the counter belief that life is inherently meaningless. For example, in the United States, 93% of all top scientists who belong to the ‘National Academy of Sciences’ are self-proclaimed atheists.[1]

This is one reason which explains why they suffer no moral dilemma about making weapons of mass destruction and the use of those weapons on both human populations and the natural environment. I think of all the napalm bombs which were dropped upon the people and jungles in Vietnam and of cluster bombs being used to kill civilians in Yemen by Saudi Arabia today. The scientists who invented those weapons never protest against the use of those weapons.

The vast majority of people are not knowledgeable of the mechanical or electronic nature of the technology they use on a daily basis. For instance, the fact that cell phones emit dangerous radiation is unknown by the average person. The average person could not explain how an internal combustion engine works to generate energy even though the vast majority of them have been living in societies where cars have been driven for over one hundred years.

The truth is that there is no reason to accept a claim that every human being has reached a historically unparalleled rise in consciousness let alone conscientiousness. Not even a significant percentage of human beings have reached higher conscientiousness. Otherwise the average person would be intelligent enough to comprehend how they are politically manipulated and stop it and we would not be in the national and global predicament we are in now.

The truth is that most people still subscribe to old myths and stereotypes; they are the very same myths and stereotypes which guided beliefs and behaviors of people 5000 years ago. Most people are willing to act on those kinds of beliefs even if their actions result in crimes against humanity. For example, recently a Muslim women stood up at a Donald Trump presidential political rally wearing a T-Shirt which read: ‘Salaam, I come in peace’.  As she stood silently, the crowd nearly attacked her physically.  She was taken out of the arena by armed security guards. The crowd displayed subconscious mob reactions to negative stereotypes. Had they been triggered more by Donald Trump, they would have killed that woman. That is an example of what happens in a ‘Dark Age’.

Other examples are the many secular atrocities of the twentieth century. Those atrocities evidence the general lack of global conscientiousness within people everywhere and especially among scientists and the oligarchs or ruling elites in all nations. For example, over 250,000,000 (million) people died in secular wars waged during the 20th century.

Even now, in the twenty-first century, the United Nations stand by passively in the face of Zionist crimes against humanity ranging from the forced sterilization of Black Falasha Jews which has resulted in a 40% decrease in the Falasha fertility rate within the last 10 years. They stand by passively as African immigrants are forcibly put into concentration camps and they stand by while the military killing of thousands of civilians with reckless disregard in Palestine over the last 5 to 8 years continues.

The United Nations’ inactive enforcement of human rights furthers this dark age we live in. It either cannot act or refuses to act in Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Israel against the execution of thousands of civilian Sunni and Shi’a Muslims by Isis and governmental gangsters who are funded by Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States.

The United Nations stands by impotent in the face of global arms sells by western nations to reckless gangster governments; and it lacks a definitive policy for global environmental protection in the face of extreme climate change and increasing climate catastrophes.

In all cases cited above, large populations and their governments are complicit and are glaring examples of individuals and governments that lack conscientiousness. These examples, therefore, support my claim that the Dark Age never stopped. The dark age continues to exist and paradoxically the dark age we live in runs parallel to our highest human conscious aspirations.

Despite our highest human conscious aspirations, superstition has been dressed up and given the form of pseudo-science and modern political gibberish. But be not fooled because they are the same old superstitions of centuries past. And with those superstitions and stereotypes, the masses of people have adapted modern technology and science to their barbarism and atheism. These new modes of doing evil acts have been put to the service of a new generation of psychopaths and have made both religious and secular warfare more deadly and exploitative of human beings than ever before.


A pall hangs over the entire world. We are thus living in a dark age. A dark age as frightening as any other dark age that has existed in the past. Humanity is in tow by the presence of death.



[1] Nature ( Journal), by Larson and Witham, 1998