8 February 2018
Today Elon Musk sent a car out into space, hurled by the force of a rocket, to orbit around Mars, along with a David Bowie soundtrack and the iconic words "Don't Panic" written on the dashboard. This epic stunt has polarized people around the world, with some gasping in admiration and others shaking their heads with scorn. We find it interesting to analyze Musk's endeavour through the lens of the Ten Terrains, for an act of such magnitude is a reflection of Terrain on a grand scale.
So which Terrain does an act like this come from? It comes from the Reflection-Based Terrain (Diamond). In fact, this is the ULTIMATE expression of the 'Modern' aspect of the Diamond Terrain.
The Reflection-Based Terrain is all about innovation, about daring to be different, about being creative and pushing the envelope and doing what has never been done before. With his creative use of advanced technology, Musk has certainly pushed the boundaries of what was considered possible, bringing about something that seems straight out of a science fiction movie. Diamond is all about exploring the frontier, and discovering new horizons. Well sending a car to orbit Mars is about as big an expression of this desire as we have seen yet!
Diamond is also about raging against the machine, overturning authority and taking power back from the institutions and putting them back into the hands of the individual. Here Musk has taken the opportunity in the spotlight to promote himself and his own car, as a publicity stunt, in direct contrast to how the space race was previously used by people at the Order-Based Terrain (Square) working for their government, serving their society and promoting national interests.
Diamond is also about the supremacy of the human mind. At this Terrain man conceives himself in his own image, rather than being shaped by society and its institutions, or by religious dogma. And at this Terrain the mind is seen as able to dominate and harness nature. Elon Musk's statement is no different than climbing a mountain to stick your stake into it, to prove that you have conquered it. By Elon Musk hurling his car into the stratosphere he has tamed physics and proved that he has ultimate dominion over the elements. He is declaring that it is possible for the human race to survive a catastrophe on Earth, by using technology to colonize other planets. Soon we will be riding Tesla cars on Mars!
And ultimately, Diamond is about identity. It is about choosing your identity, standing confidently and declaring to the world "THIS is who I am" and then having that identity reflected back to you en masse. By his space car stunt, Elon Musk has truly declared himself to be a space pioneer, an innovator, and a supreme showman. He has claimed space and branded it as his own playground. It is a brazen and ambitious act, an iconic act, a giant statement of one man's identity writ large.
So how are people at different Terrains likely to feel about Musk's actions? Well they will all react differently, depending on their personal history and beliefs, but we are seeing common threads of response from people at the particular Terrains.
People at Diamond who are "Moderns" are excitedly applauding Elon Musk's latest stunt and lauding him for his vision, his audacity, his originality, his branding and positioning genius, and his technological prowess. People at Diamond who are "Cultural Creatives" are high-fiving Musk for his creativity and his sense of the absurd and for how he is rocking the establishment. People at Diamond who are "spiritual seekers" are not quite sure how to react, as the sheer audacity and originality of Musk's stunt appeals to them, yet the materialistic symbolism of the shiny car does not rest well with their deeper values. Some are actually getting angry about this blatant display of gross wealth and going into a rant about how the world has lost its way into superficiality and glitz. So even amongst people at the Reflection-Based Terrain, there is not universal approval of Musk's action.
People at the Will-Based Terrain (Pyramid) are attracted by Elon Musk's Wild-West mentality, by his giant-sized metaphorical phallus of a rocket, by his chutzpah, by his ability to conquer territory by his wealth and sheer audacity. They are attracted to wealth and status symbols, so the shiny red car riding the solar system appeals to them. This is a Terrain about domination by wealth and power, and they see Elon Musk as a shining example of this, even though he is actually coming from a different Terrain.
People at the Order-Based Terrain (Square) who are not yet on the move towards Diamond are likely to find Musk's action to be a waste of resources. They feel he would have been better served to use the opportunity to test something more useful than a Tesla car when launching his rocket. Their Terrain causes them to want to contribute to their society, rather than make what they see as outlandish attempts at personal recognition and fame. If this is our chance to send a message out on behalf of the human race, they ask, shouldn't the message have more meaning and gravitas than a shiny car with a Bowie soundtrack? They harken longingly back to the era when the space race was about serving one's country and one's society.
People at the Connection-Based Terrain (Circle) find Musk's action more than a little unsettling. After all it is a declaration of man's supremacy over nature, and people at this Terrain are deeply attuned to the natural world and they honor it for its innate wisdom. These people believe that the way out of our current problems on this planet is to listen deeply to Mother Earth and care for her, not to abandon her for a life on Mars. They would prefer to spend the billions of dollars on caring for each other, healing the sick, cleaning up the Earth, rather than wasting it on advanced technology. They have no interest in visions of a technological future, they prefer to be here now, connected to their hearts and to the Earth. They may even be angered by Elon Musk's latest stunt, seeing it as a sickening misuse of profit and wealth and part of an alarming futurist movement to disconnect from the heart and live in the head.
People at the Coherence-Based Terrain (Spiral) are likely to view Musk's endeavor with compassion. They are so immersed in their own inner journey that the images of the car in space will have little impact on them, other than to remind them that there are so many different ways to see the world, and to remind them to have compassion for all. They will probably see Musk's endeavor as a giant act of ego that is understandable given where Musk is at in his own personal journey. Most likely it will cause them to look more deeply at their own shadow, and at their own ego needs for reflection. They will not judge Musk, rather they will look inwards at themselves.
People at the Fractal-Based Terrain (Toroid) know that Infinite Consciousness has everything in hand, and that what is playing out on this planet is what is meant to be playing out. They know that everyone is playing the part they are meant to be playing. They see that the Earth will continue long after humankind plays out and that life is not limited to the hubris of the human form. They have not interest in jumping ship, whether that be by uploading their consciousness into a robot or by colonizing other planets. They know that there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. There is only this one moment. Therefore they may spare a passing glance at Elon Musk's latest adventure, as if noting the delightful antics of a child, but they see that it is simply one thread in the giant tapestry that is unfolding perfectly.
So you can see that people at the different Terrains will respond very differently to this epic action taken by Elon Musk to put a car into outer space. It's wonderful that we have so many different perspectives in our world. What a multifaceted dance we humans are!
～ by Tahnee Woolf ～
co-creator of the Ten Terrains Of Consciousness
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