Now and then, patterns seem to change. Perhaps it’s a coordinated ripple in our social consciousness. I’m not sure. The following thoughts may seem philosophical, but they’re not. I’m talking about cultural studies and real events.
I’m not sure if they’re relevant to the Mandela Effect — either in cause or effect terms — but they’re worth considering when we’re talking about unexpected changes.
These broad scale shifts have happened many times. For example, around the time of the first Industrial Revolution, England lost the American colonies but gained Ireland. Luddite protests were a reaction to widespread job losses. Enclosures Acts literally changed the landscape. The Napoleonic Wars were part of major political transformations in Europe, as well.
For many people, those changes were dramatic. It was almost as if they’d fallen asleep in one reality and woke up in a new one, much like the fictional Rip Van Winkle of that same era.
(Folklore includes many tales of similar time and reality shifts, given mystical or mundane explanations.)
I could point to other times of upheaval, such as the years around World War I. (Resonance with that era may explain some of the popularity of the TV series, Downton Abbey.)
Each transition seemed to cover fewer years. Now, these kinds of changes seem to be happening more quickly.
One can point to the increased speed of communications, from newspapers to radio, from TV to the Internet, and from texting to apps that can convey news in seconds.
In 2008, the global economy unraveled and an extraordinary number of people made huge life changes by choice or by default. Some changed careers while others saw their jobs vanish. Some moved to very different communities while others lost their homes. People kept talking about “when things get back to normal,” but “normal” was gone.
“Arab Spring” launched another transition, generally dated to 2010.
Current news headlines seem to reflect additional shifts, with echoes of the past and a sense of free-fall in some areas.
As of April 2014, I’m also seeing social changes — people moving, changing careers, etc. — reminiscent of 2008. Or, this may be part of one long transition with occasional respites between pendulum swings.
This article isn’t about the politics, per se, and I don’t want to launch that kind of discussion.
Instead, I’m looking at this from a broader perspective, and wondering many things.
- Is the pace of time changing? Let’s say that time is basically a filing system used to maintain order in a multiverse where time and space aren’t constant. Has the increased flow of data mandated a change in how we perceive time? That is, has it changed how “quickly” data — including events — are being filed in our consciousness?
- Perhaps social upheavals occur when more people slide from one alternate reality to another, and — in this timestream — they say, “Wait. This isn’t the way things are supposed to be. Let’s organize and correct them.” (If they “slid” from an Earth with a different Cold War outcome, could that explain some political throwbacks to past eras?)
- Are there more efforts — both overt and covert — to dismiss phenomena like the Mandela Effect, remote viewing, etc? Consider the movie,”The Men Who Stare at Goats,” contrasted with the book it was based on. (Also, in the many years this site has been online, I’m suddenly noting far more criticism, random and snarky comments I don’t approve, and so on.
- Could we use remote viewing techniques to access alternate timestreams, at least from an observational viewpoint? Long-term, could we use these insights to choose a better future for ourselves and this planet, or — by the act of observing — are we automatically changing our futures?
Of course, I don’t expect any real answers… not answers with hard evidence, anyway.
However, if we look at modern events in the context of the Mandela Effect being real, this could make explanations more interesting.