As an asteroid hurtles toward Earth, terrified citizens pour into the streets of
stare at the mammoth object growing before their eyes. Soon, it will pass
harmlessly by—but first, a strange old man, Professor Philippulus, dressed in a
white sheet and wearing a long beard, appears, beating a gong and crying: “This
is a punishment; repent, for the world is ending!” Brussels
We smile at the silliness of this scene from the Tintin comic strip L’Étoile Mystérieuse, published in
in 1941. Yet it is also familiar, since so many people in both Europe and the
United States have recently convinced themselves that the End is nigh. This
depressing conviction may seem surprising, given that the West continues to
enjoy an unparalleled standard of living. But Professor Philippulus has
nevertheless managed to achieve power in governments, the media, and high
places generally. Constantly, he spreads fear: of progress, of science, of
demographics, of global warming, of technology, of food... Belgium
by: Pascal Bruckner… Read on @ City Journal.
Note: The above article’s opening paragraphs refer to a TinTin story by Belgian author Hergé. In researching this, we were synchronisticly surprised to find “L’Étoile Mystérieuse” or “The Shooting Star” to be a tale that originates off-world. The story begins with TinTin observing an “extra star” in the constellation Ursa Major. The star turns out to be a meteor, which sparks the messianic prophecy referenced in Bruckner’s article.
We were doubly surprised to find the cover of “The Shooting Star” to feature a gigantic Amanita muscaria mushroom sprouting out of the meteorite that reached earth, causing Earth’s flora and fauna to magically grow to incredible proportions. Once again we see the imagery of extra-terrestrial intelligence, in the form of a Magic (psychoactive) Mushroom… seeding Earth and interacting with earthling
DNA to produce amazing terrestrial mutations.
Curiouser & Curiouser…
This article was brought to our attention by our friend and colleague, Dennis (aka: Agent 87).