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Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Ghosts of 2020. And the Ghosts of 2021



The devil scene from Walt Disney's 1940 "Fantasia" movie. A fitting representation of the nightmare that 2020 has been. 

This clip is especially fitting because you may notice how the devil doesn't really do anything bad during the whole scene. He summons ghosts and demons, they scream, they fly, they dance, but they don't touch anything, don't harm anyone. Evil is a characteristic of our mind: we create evil and we suffer its consequences because we believe in our own creation.

Perhaps we could hear bells dispelling evil in 2021, as it happens in the movie at 5:40? Maybe, but it is also possible that we'll create even worse ghosts than anything seen in 2020. Whatever the case, as always, we'll remain dominated by the ghost that we ourselves create.





  1. Note that the devil looks like a beautiful trained athlete, with all muscles defined and functional.

  2. At the end The Devil seems to loose his mojo. He snaps his fingers and there is no spark. But the real world does not work that way. If it did then we could expect sunshine and rainbows in 2021. A new day in the morning sort of thing.

    But our devils never tire. They will give us a banquet of consequences. While we grow weary they grow strong. The butterfly of chaos flapped its wings. We have yet to see the storm it flapped into existence. A year is not enough time for that. A tipping point was crossed. 2020 was only the devil waking up. The devil works in slow-mo.

    The American Imperialist devil has had his cup of Joe and he Bidens his time. Money and power elects a new lakey and this devil will not be going back to sleep. Though Joe himself might be.

  3. 2020 was, one suspects, but the end of the beginning of the beginning of the great psy op known as the pandemic - alas.

    Life was looking almost normal here, (except for small shopkeepers)but now the local authorities have shut down the ancient town market square, to 'fight Covid'. Indefinitely.

    We have a very, very low incidence even of the inflated 'cases' ie positive test results, which we know to be very unreliable to say the least. Let alone deaths which are minimal.

    Those devils still have a lot more fight in them.......

  4. 2020, 2021, 2022, ... - is Time real?

    While the best of our scientists are busy arguing if Time is real, Infinity is real, black holes are real, etc - the quest remains not much different from that when Constantinople was busy arguing if angles have Gender while the Turks were invading the city.

    Actually, in Iraq, people have developed a novel sense of time by now: every 5-15 years there should be a vicious war, for some reason...

    In 2020, humans have started the war against the pandemic.

    Iraqis hear the tick louder and louder since last war, and now much louder in 2021. God forbid others start to hear the same rhythm, too.

    Can anyone tell our god-sent Science to take note of these emerging clocking and clocks, if it helps our brilliant scientists finally understand whether - Time Is Real Or Not?



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)