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Senator Bennett addressed the crowd at the Utah Joint Information Center (JIC) shortly after midnight on December 31, 1991. He stated that he had just spoken with John Koskinen, who was "euphoric" at the good reports coming from the country's systems. Bennett said that he was delighted that the country had experienced the best case scenario possible.
"We can't declare victory until the first full business day," Bennett cautioned.
Bennett also said that Government and business has spent a lot of money on Y2K issues and was delighted that it has produced the hoped for response.
-- Jennifer Bunker (Salt Lake City, Utah) (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 01, 2000
Not directly on Sen. Bennett's and mr. Koskinen's understandable joy, and their satisfaction at the apparent results of their work, but I'd like to interject:
A question to ponder....
Rupert Sheldrake has written about "morphogenic resonance"...the ability of a species to impart a new bit of knowledge throughout that species, instantly, or almost that quickly, and wherever the species may roam.
Sitting in front of this monitor and the TV screen for something like 20 hours today, with a couple of excursions outdoors to see what the proximate world was doing, I began to wonder if something like morphogenic resonance was at work around our globe, among human beings.
Of course, our instant communications networks have contributed to what has happened, but I sense that it has been more than that.
There has been, around the planet, a remarkable celebration of goodwill, even a yearning for peace, in among the fireworks and the nationalistic or cultural symbolism. I had the sense that common man, whether in Auckland or Moscow or Paris or New York, was celebrating being-ness, and gesturing openly, expressing an open desire to reach one another.
I also had the sense that this feeling of goodwill (and interesting that the official season of Goodwill to Men passed by, at least in the western Christian tradition, last week) and peace on earth was being transmitted from one population to another, and had little to do with religion or nationality.
Likewise, although this may be stretching it a bit, good sense would have dictated that many people stay home. Yet two-three million turned up in Times Square, there were huge crowds in Red Square and on the Champs Elysee. Of course they were good parties, but, again, I sense there was more to it than that...And the medium of expression was television.
Even if this was not the intent, and no morphogenic resonance was at work, we had a chance to see that populations elsewhere were reacting as we would...with joy, and with hope. Another sense I got from the celebrations was one of optimism, everywhere.
Earlier in the day, the same sense of resonance had dictated, at many spots in the U.S., that people rush to stockpile those things they felt most important for their immediate wellbeing. There was no reason in the news...it was merely the result of long-broadcast warnings on which they had procrastinated....or, again, it was that resonance, acting, prodding them to take precautions.
And a Happy New Year to All.....
-- Bayard Stockton (email@example.com), January 01, 2000.
In regards to the morphogenic feelings, the senseing perhaps that at heart, all mankind share in sacred spaces, this is the real message of Y2K, at least to me. Rembrandt's painting "Belthazar's Wedding" comes to mind (as a title). In this beautiful painting, the dinner scene is disturbed by a hand materializing out of the thin air and writing a message, in Hebrew, in the air. Y2K is that hand of God appearing and pointing to 'time'; perhaps to remind us all that time is passing all too fast and not to forget our basic tasks of spiritual growth which results in the cognition of our unity. If we ignore this worning, it will be to our utter dismay, I would think.
-- Donald E. Park (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 01, 2000.
Noticed that a sense of global community was one of the take-away messages of the past 24 hours.
Whatever our challenges, and there will be many (not necessarily computer-related) these images of shared experience will be fixed in peoples minds.
It has the potential to make us stronger and more resilient. As a planet.
-- Diane J. Squire (email@example.com), January 01, 2000.
Social chaos or social transformation?
The resonance of cooperation elegantly moved us into a human spirit scenario.
-- Critt Jarvis (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 01, 2000.