The Lord of the Rings saga unfolds as a tale
of many stories intertwined towards the one single end, to heal
humanity of what has never been healed on earth to the very day.
Sure, many empires have risen and fallen in the time-span
that we tend to regard the age of civilization. Empires typically collapse when
their voracious looting collapses the economic strength of their prey that their
existence depends on. This cycle has not been broken in spite of the numerous
attempts to do so during the last five millennia that should have been devoted
to human development, but were squandered by this unhealed disease that tends to
become evermore devastating the longer it festers.
The attempts to achieve a healing has been mostly on a
narrow focus, focusing on specific aspects rather than on the wide platform of
universal principles that support human existence and its civilization. Tolkien
was personally touched by the horrifying revival of the scourge of empire that
was buried in the
with the hard-won battle of the American Civil War. But it was dredged up again
from the imperial cesspools in
that had not been dealt with and cleansed from the landscape. Tolkien saw the
horrid results when the spirit of empire was revived that set the stage for
World War I that should have been overturned right then, but wasn't, which set
the stage for World War II and the Cold War in the shadow of the globalization
of empire that has not ended.
The ring saga thus stands at its root as a history lesson,
but also as an exploration of the principles of healing, even the process of the
healing of humanity of the disease of empire that has not yet been accomplished,
but which must be accomplished if humanity is to survive and have a future. In
the ring saga this healing is accomplished as a composite of many individual
healings of characters and perceptions in numerous arena's and to varying
degrees, with each contributing to the whole.
A wide stage is set in the opening pages. Numerous types of
perceptions and backgrounds rule society. In the saga numerous rings were
forged. We are told that three rings were owned by the Elf-lords, seven by the
Dwarf-kings, and nine by Mortal Men, and that there was one more ring forged in
secret, a master ring that controls them all, made by the master of empire who
employs it control the world.
In the saga the master of empire, named Sauron, is slain in
a great battle and his ring is taken from him. The
saga of the ring should have ended at this point. The ring should have been cast
into the great fire of
were it was made, where its influence could have been undone, to rid the world
of its evil effect. But this was not to be. The man who had taken the ring had
kept it for himself. Still, he
couldn't avoid the consequence. The
effect of someone possessing the ring draws the forces of evil onto it, whereby
the man is promptly killed. In the scuffle the ring falls from his finger and
So it was that the knowledge of the ring drifted out of
memory and out of legends until one day it was found again, whereby the cycle of
tragedy begins anew. In this the saga reflects the real world where empires have
risen and fallen seemingly without end, because the end has not yet been. The
names may have changed and become forgotten as relics of history written in
books that gathered dust in libraries, but the spirit of empire lingered on.
Tolkin gave empire the name Sauron. In the German language
the word "sau" refers to a mother of pigs. A sau typically has a
number of litters of pigs.
In the saga the spirit of Sauron awakens and takes on
physical form again when the lost ring is found, the One Ring, the master ring.
He wants it. He requires it to rule the Earth, the "One Ring to rule them
all," as the legends say, "One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring
them all and in the darkness bind them."
The darkness is the heart of empire where the shadows
gather - shadows of fascism, and of lies, secrecy, killing, and destruction. The
term "darkness" here may also refer to the shadows that empire casts
across the hearts of humanity by intimidation - shadows of impotence, fear,
smallness, hopelessness. The effect of this shadow is so intense that it causes
anyone to vanish from sight who dares to wear the secret master ring, but is
seen by those who dwell in darkness under the spell of empire. When worn, the
ring becomes visible to Sauron, its master who forged it.
Against this background the great battle over the ring
begins. Contrary to appearances, the great battle itself is a multifaceted
sequence of healing across a wide spectrum of people who become intertwined with
the effects of the ring of empire and the critical need to purge it from the
In the course of the healing immense military battles are
brought against the world of men by the forces of empire. Critics of Tolkien's
saga say that there is too much violence involved. Violence certainly isn't an
aspect of healing, nor is it necessary for it, but it is an unavoidable element
of empire. The horrid violence that is brought against the people in the saga is
the violence that ensues when the critical healing has been left undone. In
comparative historic terms, Tolkien's great battles are necessarily minuscule
skirmishes. In World War II up to 50 million soldiers were drawn into fighting
each other for various objectives of empire, for six years in a murdering
madness in which 50 million people were killed.
The scope of such madness goes way beyond the power of
fiction to convey. No one can ever imagine the scope of this immense horror that
has happened in these years. The tragedy should have been avoided. But it
happened. It wasn't avoided, because the necessary healing of society of its
disease of empire, had not been achieved.
The necessary healing has not been achieved to the present
day. Too little effort has been made by society to heal itself. As a consequence
the disease festered and became a monster so that the world is in a still deeper
In today's terms World War II was a small skirmish. Indeed,
one of the masters of empire, Bertrand Russell, had lamented in 1951 in an
article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, that even the big wars are
disappointing in that they don't kill enough people. He made it plain that wars
are too small to satisfy the imperial goals for world depopulation that is still
the agenda in the present and is expanding.
In the saga the beastly armies of empire were sent into
battle with the charge to kill all men, to leave none alive, saying that the age
of men is ending, and the age of empire is dawning.
They said it mildly. The modern song of empire is that
humanity is a pest on the earth, that the pest must be eradicated to very low
levels, from the present world population of seven billion people, to less than
one. And the tools to do this do exist. They are called are called economic
collapse, and thermonuclear war. The bases are loaded. Ninety minutes of war
could cause the extinction of humanity.
In Tolkien's tale the people faced a similar threat. It
became apparent in the tale that the fate of the world of men hinged on one task
being fulfilled without fail, to purge the world of the Ring of Empire. It was a
task so immense, dangerous, and seemingly impossible that it was said that it
can't be done.
Against this challenge that the task had to be fulfilled in
spite of the danger and all, Tolkien set up the tale as a wide-ranging platform
for healing. The healing that had been missed in previous times had to be
achieved this time, or else there would be time no more. Each one involved had
to heal in his own mind the smallness of thinking that stood in the way to a
solution. And so, slowly, bit by bit, with each person struggling individually
with the inhibiting smallness, driven by the need for stepping above it, the
great collective healing of society was achieved that in the saga won the day.
In real terms the process of prayer is not a process of
petitioning the Principle of the Universe to change itself to human wishes, or
to request improvements, to advise the infinite good of how to become better, or
to miraculously release us of our responsibilities to utilize the power we have
as human beings to uplift ourselves and our world. Such a prayer, if it was
possible, would belittle God, the creative power of the universe. However, one
can envision in times of need a process of uplifting oneself to utilize more of
what we all have available in terms of a higher-level resource. Thus prayer
unfolds as a call to ourselves to utilize what God has already provided
as a high-level resource of great power that we have the ability to draw on to
meet the human needs whatever they are. This process, of course, comes with the
requirement attached on us that we spare no effort to meet the human needs for
one another in one universal fellowship of love that is built into the principle
of our humanity, economy, and civilization, for which the higher-level
resources, called God, exist. On this type of reflected spiritual platform,
empire has no place to stand on. It becomes 'buried' by its lack of relevance.
Thereby the Ring of Empire is broken as a lie. It could also be called the Ring
of Money. Its nature is the same; and its effect is the same.
In Tolkien's tale the ring,
the master ring that binds into one, isn't 'buried' by just a single person. The task is accomplished by the collective achievement of a
large fellowship devoted to that one single good. As presented in the tale, the path
towards the achievement is technically a path of a monumental prayer, a quest for healing pursued on many fronts. In this
context the Lord of the Rings saga may be regarded one day as the greatest
recorded prayer for human healing of all times, especially when it becomes seen
as focusing on the unfulfilled needs of our present world, to gain its freedom
from empire and money, which are the paths to the
human power that fulfills those needs.
It may well be that nothing less than such a monumental
prayer as the ring saga will be sufficient in our age too, to achieve the one great healing that
has evaded humanity through the ages, namely the healing of its landscape of the
disease of empire and money, which has enslaved humanity in countless ways in
Today the challenge still remains before us. The
has not yet been healed. It hasn't been healed in the entire timeframe since
civilization began. Tolkien in his saga of prayer stages the human
desire to be free, high above the currently prevailing level, all the way to where humanity lifts itself
above false limitations to where it finds that everything that is needed for the
task to be fulfilled is already at hand from within, or is available from the
highest-level resources for meeting such needs. A prayer in this sense is a
struggle with oneself to discover one's inner strengths and humanity's available
resources that may be termed God, to develop them.
On the universal plain, the necessary healing prayer
unfolds the as it must, as a fellowship in purpose that binds all together as
one people, into one invincible force for dealing with the ring-phenomenon decisively,
creating on the path a lateral relationship or fellowship among humanity on all
levels, built on the common
universal soul in which the spiritual nature of our humanity is defined.
Tolkien keeps the concept of God out of the ring saga. He
appears to present the inner development of individuals as the sole source for
their healing. However, while he does this he describes many of the leading
characters in the saga as having outstanding spiritual qualities, such as great
love, wisdom, friendship, loyalty, and a devotion to good, and so on, by which
they stand out as profoundly with superhuman qualities drawn from this
higher-level spiritual resource that one might term God. Their drawing on this
type of resource may be termed prayer, a prayer beyond religion, a scientific
prayer, in which the strongest roots of their fellowship are rooted, which
nothing breaks or can break.
It may take this type of fellowship again the cleanse the
world of the Master Ring of Empire that is staged to choke much of the world to
In the saga, each one's need for healing comes to light as
drawn from a higher resource, though the individual needs are different in
nature, and the individual goals and successes towards the goals unfold
differently too, sometimes depending on how deeply the individual's self-denial
had eroded their humanity that hides their higher-level resourcee. Thus those,
and they are very few who have let go too much of their humanity, find
themselves beyond redemption and recourse in the saga whereby they promptly
perish in their self-occasioned void of good.
The rest who struggle in the tale of the rings find
themselves able to achieve what they had never imagined they would be able to
achieve. With these uplifted efforts the victory over the ring of empire is won
in the saga so that it ends in victory as it must for nothing less is actually
How far along on this path of healing we presently are in
the real world is difficult to determine. Today's empire that aims to rule the
world still sits tall on the throne of speculative monetarism that has become
the world financial system; a throne built with the craft of thievery, lies,
threats, intimidation, murder, war; a throne that is about to collapse, as
nothing within supports it from within, and all its external supports have been
destroyed by it. Then, when the throne disintegrates, much of humanity will
perish with it that has its economies and its living tied to the throne that it
had foolishly allowed to remain standing.
The great battles in the Ring saga are the consequences of
failures that should have been corrected in their budding stage when the
correcting would have been easy, safe, and simple, rather than at the critical
stage when the failures developed into monsters with existential consequences.
In our time, the Vietnam War should have been avoided. It nearly was. President
Kennedy had ordered the disengagement and withdrawal of American troops. But he
was killed and a big war was started instead. The justice that stands behind
peace should have blocked the powers of war. But it didn't happen. War was
allowed instead. Likewise the
war should have been prevented. Nothing justifies attacking another nation, or
people individually. Some protest demonstrations did occur to block the war, but
the resulting efforts were too feeble. The war erupted. Millions were killed.
And many more millions will become victims of this war for many decades and
centuries yet to come as a consequence of the radioactive poisoning of the
global air with 5 million kilograms of vaporized uranium that has a half-life of
4.5 billion years. This means we have to live with the resulting mess, as no
means exist or are possible, for cleaning it up.
The great military assaults on the world of men by the
forces of empire, such as the Orcs, the Uruk-hai, and Nazgul, are likewise
symbolic of the currently ongoing monetarist assaults on the platform of human
living. The monetarist looting forces of empire are in a war with civilization
on a gigantic scale. It is destroying the industries that humanity depends on,
and the food supply, and so forth, by stealing the financial resources that a
productive economy requires to exist. $50 trillion have been stolen so far from
the American society through the bailout trap. All of the wars in history
combined have not caused as much damage to society than this single act has, of
looting the world with speculation, bailouts, and monetarist thievery. The huge
battle in the ring saga, at Minas Tirith, is a minuscule affair in comparison
with what has been planned to happen in the world.
The current world empire that owns the world financial
system - the system that is collapsing under the weight of its greed and
thievery, that no form of bailout can save - is planned to be shut down together
with all the debts that can never be repaid, and also all the obligations,
including pensions and social support systems. It will be let go and be replaced
with a new system of private monetarism that will be too small to support the
physical infrastructures and economies that support the populations. The
intention is that vast masses will die, to thereby reduce the world population
from the present seven billion people to less than one billion, which then
become willing slaves to the masters of empire. That's the goal of the current
ring of traitors against humanity.
This planned, intentional catastrophe can be avoided by a
law that isolates and protects the commercial banking system from the imperial,
speculative looting system, in order that the financial system that is critical
for the operation of the physical economy and society's living doesn't go down
with the collapsing system of empire. This means that when the system of empire
falls, only empire itself will go to its grave in its war against humanity, and
not humanity with it. Enacting the banking separation law is the equivalent in
our time of casting the Master Ring into the fires of
in the saga. The law would not be revolutionary. It was once enacted in 1933 in
under President Franklin Roosevelt. It is commonly known as the Glass Steagall
Act. It had enabled the rebuilding of
after the Great Depression. It took a bunch of traitors in high places, acting
tirelessly for their masters of empire for half a century to get the vital
protecting law repealed - an act of treachery that thereby put empire back onto
the throne of the world.
The master of empire had demanded this and of course
rejoiced, while by their action evermore of the nation began dying in the shadow
of it. Against this background, the
restoration of the Glass Steagall law is now urgently needed. It would bring the predatory throne of empire down that utters nothing
but death and destruction.
In order to get some life back into the world, the repealed
law needs to be reinstated and a government credit system needs to be added to
reconstruct what has been lost. To do this simple thing in Congress, and to do
it contrary to all the screams and threats by the masters of empire, would be
synonymous in the real world with the One Ring, the Master Ring, being cast back
into the fire of Mount Doom where it was made and can be unmade. But this basic,
simple step, that had been easily taken in 1933, no longer has any significant
backing in Congress. In today's world the Fellowship of those committed to purge
the Ring of Empire from the world is thin and weak. It is nearly non-existing.
Nevertheless, Tolkien suggests that there remains still
enough of a spark of humanity in the heart of society so that a healing is still
possible - a healing that is ignited by this spark to prevent a doom that would
otherwise, if the healing was not accomplished, be the greatest doom of all
We stand at the crossroads today. A victory is possible.
the Glass Steagall law
The victory will likely be a healing wrought in universal prayer, carried out in universal
fellowship across the wide landscape of humanity.
It is interesting to note that the music composed by
composer/conductor Howards Shore, for Peter Jackson's films of The Lord of the
Rings, is a type of music that projects a sense of quiet universal healing, even
of healing, intertwined with the momentous struggles along the way.
Listen to The Lord of the Ring's Symphony (1:55 complete)
Is Prayer Effective on the World
of the Lord's Prayer
and Christmas --
Marriage on the Infinite
Lord of the Rings' Metaphors
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the future determines the present with love,
we discover the heart of our humanity.
Thus we discover the emptiness of the 'fire' that would destroy it.
We also discover a brighter 'fire,'
a flame that glows with the light of universal love?
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