It’s happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there’s at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices.
Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be riots across the globe. Sure enough, we’re seeing them now. The paper’s author, Yaneer Bar-Yam, charted the rise in the FAO food price index—a measure the UN uses to map the cost of food over time—and found that whenever it rose above 210, riots broke out worldwide. It happened in 2008 after the economic collapse, and again in 2011, when a Tunisian street vendor who could no longer feed his family set himself on fire in protest.
Bar-Yam built a model with the data, which then predicted that something like the Arab Spring would ensue just weeks before it did. Four days before Mohammed Bouazizi’s self-immolation helped ignite the revolution that would spread across the region, NECSI submitted a government report that highlighted the risk that rising food prices posed to global stability. Now, the model has once again proven prescient—2013 saw the third-highest food prices on record, and that’s when the seeds for the conflicts across the world were sewn.
“I have a long list of the countries that have had major social unrest in the past 18 months consistent with our projections,” Bar-Yam tells me. “The food prices are surely a major contributor—our analysis says that 210 on the FAO index is the boiling point and we have been hovering there for the past 18 months.”
It certainly seems to be the way of things that when it comes to the concept of change; the good variety takes forever while the more negative kind can and does happen over night. Change, and more importantly rebirthare the key concepts of our emergence into the Aquarian age and a new evolution for humanity. Few of us expected earth shattering events on a massive scale lastDecember 21st when the long count Mayan calendar ended, instead we saw it for what it was, the moment of conception for the rebirth of humanity.
This week marks the ninth month since that ominous date, and common consensus is that this gestation period is over. Not everyone agreeson just what this means or what may happen (of course) but most do agree we are about to witness an event of magnitude and importance. The universe rearranges itself to match our picture of reality. By example; people who are always upbeat, positive, and believe in themselves experience a much different reality than those who have poor self esteem and believe only bad things happen to them. It’s the old law of attraction at work – energy flows where thought goes.
Because reality itself is different depending upon who and where you are, it seems likely that whatever is about to occur will be perceived differently by everyone; according to belief system; and what each individual is willing to see/experience. When it comes to belief systems there is no shortage of them here on earth, and we’ve all heard it said that they can’t all be right … but why not? If the universe is considerate enough to rearrange itself to match our view of what reality is, wouldn’t you also expect it to reveal itself in a like manner, i.e. something each person was comfortable with and willing to experience? Seems logical to me, especially if we’re really the ones creating all of this reality.
Just because this shift of the ages is happening now it doesn’t mean that everyone is ready or prepared for it. We are not all at the same stage or level of spiritual progress after all. Our current spiritual needs are as divergent as our beliefs, and in such a beautifully complex system I simply do not believe that “one size fits all.” So, you may wonder as many are, how exactly is all this going to work? How are all these divergent and often intolerant belief systems going to manifest together all at once, without even more insanity than there is now? In the wild, when a wolf pack grows too large to remain efficient, or when there is a leadership challenge, part of the pack splits off to form a new pack structure. Reality continues for both packs…just not the samereality.