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When man plays God

/ 12:20 AM September 19, 2015

We’ll be reprinting the concluding part of last week’s column (Gov. Vic Yap’s rejoinder to the “tipping point” at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital) next week to give way to an urgent, possibly life-changing and soul-changing, message regarding a potentially catastrophic event that can happen this coming week.

Is Mother Earth quite old already, so overpopulated, so polluted, so wasted that some people of much more superior intelligence than many of us have, are thinking of destroying it—just like what some builders would do of rundown, dilapidated houses—so they could build a new one?


This speculative question may be inappropriate for this column, but I have this burden to share this urgent message with you after agonizing on it for several nights. A well-meaning scientist-friend shared me a supposedly confidential info, which after some browsing, I realized is already all over YouTube and the Internet.

Particle accelerator


CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire or European Council for Nuclear Research), a well-funded leading-edge organization of scientists, physicists and nuclear engineers based in Switzerland, near its borders and that of France’s, is just about ready and may anytime soon—most likely this week or next week—fire its large hadron collider (LHC), which is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

The LHC is the type of machine we thought we’d only see in sci-fi movies, with all its fictional devices and equipment that can open or create black holes in the universe. It can also breach through natural and supernatural dimensions and can open so-called portals or gates to another dimension, perhaps like the past and the future, even the gates of heaven or hell.

There’s no questioning the scientific capabilities of the CERN scientists. Some of our Nobel laureates in the past several decades came from CERN or were involved in some of its experiments. It’s also the origin of the World Wide Web, from which the Internet came. It can rightfully take pride in many other innovative scientific inventions, which paved the way for many of our advances in the various fields of science and technology.

But I’m afraid it’s also playing God already and trying to show one and all we can already match His wisdom. CERN’s scientists are trying to find the answers to questions like: “What is the universe made of? How did it start?” It’s like if man knows the answers to these basic questions, man can also create or recreate the universe.

Odd logo and statue

I find it creepy that its logo is like either a 999 or a 666. In front of its main building is also a statue of Shiva, the Indian deity for destruction and recreation. For an organization of intellectuals, I find it odd that it found these appropriate, especially since it is working on the LHC, which to the average mind like mine, can potentially cause a manmade doomsday, despite all its assurances about the powerful machine’s safety.

Just to give us an idea of its potential impact, the LHC consists of a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles, making them travel at almost the speed of light, which if my elementary science memory serves me right, is around 300,000 km per second. How fast is that? At that speed one could circumnavigate the globe more than seven times in one second.


At supersonic speeds

Remember the Concorde planes that could travel at supersonic speeds, or faster than the speed of sound, which is roughly 1,250 km per hour—definitely, much, much slower than the speed of light? They were temporarily placed out of commission because the safety was a big concern after a catastrophic crash around 15 years ago.

Not all airports were ready for them, too. Window panels would shatter to pieces whenever a Concorde plane landed or took off. And that’s only with a tiny fraction of the speed of light with which CERN’s powerful LHC is sending particles at. The speed that CERN’s hadron collider is capable of is more than 900,000 times faster than the speed of sound, which was already too much to handle for the Concorde planes. I dread to imagine what will finally happen when CERN finally decides to ramp up all the energy the machine can take, and activate it.

The image of that fateful Concorde tragedy, caught on television, with the plane in flames as it took off was a perfect representation of a technological Icarus, symbol for excessive pride and lack of respect for the gods. I think CERN’s gigantic hadron collider is a much larger version of a technological Icarus, perhaps the last God will allow; hence the urgency of this message. It’s the modern-day Tower of Babel which ancient men also tried to build to reach the eternal realm, and that’s exactly what they’re trying to do with the hadron collider machine.

500th day

Is the activation of the hadron collider really scheduled this week? On May 13, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, during a White House press conference alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry, that the world has only “500 days to avoid climate chaos.” The 500th day is on Sept. 23, 2015, four days from now. (“The ‘Big One’ on 9/23/15?” 8/15/15)

Is Mr. Fabius, as well as the elite representatives of the 22 or so member nations of CERN, privy to the timelines of the LHC project? As well as the uncertainly that activating it may cause?

CERN can always present hefty documents, analyses and expert opinions on the safety of the LHC, but the brilliant engineers and scientists who built the Concorde planes also said the same thing. With the kind of power this huge hadron collider can wallop, one miscalculation can really destroy the world once it’s activated.

Aside from CERN’s elite council, who else could stop them from activating the LHC soon? Is the United Nations lulled into complacency on this issue? What does our government have to say about this?

Is there an undeclared agenda of really subjecting the world to a makeover, sacrificing up to 90 percent of the population, so Mother Earth can again start afresh, with man proud and confident in believing he has the capability to recreate it and possibly expand it to another dimension?

And for us ordinary citizens of the world, how can we survive this global chaos and calamity, which the French minister himself forewarned—albeit a slip of the tongue it might have been—last year? Unfortunately, all these are beyond our control already. There’s nothing much we can do but make sure that, though our physical bodies may not survive it, our souls get saved.

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