SyFy Channel’s controversial miniseries doesn’t even scratch the surface of the New World Order propaganda embedded in this celebrated science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke.
First a confession: Childhood’s End was one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels as a teenager, along with Dune, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I read it in high school, then again in college. So I was looking forward to SyFy Channel’s miniseries adaption of the novel with guarded excitement, perhaps more so than the new Star Wars movie. Currently, you can watch the miniseries online at syfy.com. However, I recommend reading the book instead.
I found the messages embedded in the miniseries to be blunt and simplified – there is the standard illuminati eye-in-the-pyramid symbol, which to my recollection wasn’t a feature in the novel (however some of the book cover art has featured one-eye symbolism.)
Yet after watching the miniseries, my memory and impression of the original novel was still quite positive; I was still convinced that they had taken a neutral-to-positive book and twisted the message into something more sinister (quite a testament to the brilliance of the book’s propaganda.) So I decided to reread the novel with fresh awakened eyes and see what I could discover after 30 years. Needless to say, I was quite surprised by what I had overlooked as a sleeping teenager back in the 1980s.
This is a rather common problem for awakened individuals who grew up in a western media-saturated environment, individuals who still have fond childhood or adolescent memories of beloved novels, TV shows, comic books, and movies that in hindsight are less than innocent in their message or purpose. These days its fairly easy to spot the occult messages and predictive programming hidden in popular media programs. However, as we travel back in time and memory, it seems to become more difficult to both see and acknowledge these early influences. We tend to view this media manipulation as a more recent phenomenon, within the last few decades. However, Childhood’s End was published in 1953, based upon a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, “Guardian Angel” written in 1946.
This article will focus primarily on the novel, however, I’ll give an overview of the plot and point out some of the major differences between the book and the television miniseries.
Earth and the Overlords: A New World Order
The image of giant spaceships hovering over the world’s major cites in the film “Independence Day” was likely inspired by “Childhood’s End.”
In the present day (or very near future) massive alien spaceships descend upon Earth and hover silently over every major city on Earth [very similar to the beginning of the movie Independence Day, but as we shall see, the plot of Childhood’s End brings the opposite of Independence Day, both the film and the national holiday]. Instead of attacking Earth, the ships do nothing. A global broadcast from an alien named Karellen, the new Supervisor of Earth, informs the world that they have come to bring peace and prosperity to Earth, and to supervise the future evolution of mankind. Thus the aliens are given the name the Overlords.
All political problems,” Karellen had once told Stormgren, “can be solved by the correct application of power,” (page 69)
Rikki Stormgren is chosen to be the sole spokesman for the Overlords and act as their intermediary. In the miniseries he is a simple farmer who settled a labor dispute. In the novel he is the United Nations Secretary-General [quite a difference]. Rikki becomes good friends with Karellen, but only hears his voice. The Overlords gradually turn Earth into a peaceful Utopia, yet they refuse to reveal their appearance to humanity for several decades (20 years in the miniseries, 50 years in the book).
Fifty years is ample time in which to change a world and its people almost beyond recognition. All that is require for the task are a sound knowledge of social engineering, a clear sight of the intended goal – and power. These things the Overlords possessed. Thought their goal was hidden, their knowledge was obvious – and so was their power. (page 69)
The above paragraph almost sounds almost like an excerpt from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” but is in fact from this science fiction novel. Written in the early 50s, the writing style is very different from the novels of today, using a passive voice and a fair amount of omnipotent exposition (a critique that has been occasionally applied to the style of my own novels, but I digress.)
In 1953, the United Nations was still a fresh experiment, and many nations were concerned about protecting their sovereignty and culture.
Surprisingly, the first part of the book seems to focus upon the details and political problems of creating a One World Government, or a World Federation, so that the Overlords can more effectively govern over humanity from a distance. The first part of the book almost reads like a blueprint for a New World Order.
“You have often asked me about our long-term plans,” he continued. “The foundation of the World State is, of course, only the first step. You will live to see its completion but the change will be so imperceptible that few will notice it when it comes. After that there will be a period of slow consolidation while your race becomes prepared for us. And then will come the day which we have promised … On that day,” continued Karellen, ” the human race will experience what can only be called a psychological discontinuity.” (page 61)
What does Karellen mean by a “psychological discontinuity?”
When the Overlords finally reveal their true form, humanity is made aware of the true nature of the demons that rule over them, yet humanity will have already come to love and embrace this enslavement – a subtle form of Stockholm Syndrome. In illuminati parlance, this has been termed “the externalization of the hierarchy.”
The average man, though he might prefer not to meet the Overlords, was grateful to them for what they had done to his world … It was, almost literally, a new world. (page 71)
Not everyone accepts the Overlords immediately. The Freedom League is an organization opposed to the Overlord’s interference. They kidnap Rikki to suit their cause, however the Overlords render them impotent [very differently in the book and the miniseries].
“…there could be no escape from the surveillance of the Overlords. In the early days of their rule, they had intervened so effectively on behalf of law and order that the lesson had never been forgotten.” (page 72)
We learn that just like the NSA, the Overlords have instituted total surveillance of Earth’s population, and they have conditioned humanity (like sheep) to obey every law.
“Since it is always valuable to know what your opponents are doing, the [Freedom] League is a very useful institution. Should it ever get into financial difficulties I might even have to subsidize it.” (page 60)
In the book, Karellen makes casual mention of a controversial totalitarian tool, creating and maintaining a controlled opposition. From the book, we learn that a controlled opposition likely begins as a legitimate organization, yet it is systematically infiltrated, funded, and orchestrated by a shadow power, in this case the Overlords.
In one example of how Karellen might make use of non-lethal force to achieve a goal, the alien Supervisor describes something that sounds remarkably like voice-to-skull technology, which has actually been patented in the U.S. Wired magazine even reported that the U.S. Army pulled a website detailing this technology.
“And the efficient solution?” [Stormgren asks]
“That requires about as much power as a small radio transmitter – and rather similar skills to operate… How do you think Hitler’s career as a dictator of Germany would have lasted, if where ever he went a voice was talking quietly in his ear?” ( page 70)
The Golden Age
After several decades, Earth achieves a golden age, acclimates to the Overlords’ presence, and Karellen finally reveals their true appearance – they resemble Earth’s mythological figure of the Devil – red skin, scaled wings, hoofs, barbed tail, horns and all. However the descriptive passage in the book is quite short, and doesn’t convey the same impact of seeing an actual horned devil on the television screen.
By this time Earth has already accepted their benevolence and largely abandoned religion and superstition. Only a handful of the population choses to live outside this new Utopia, in a city called New Athens.
Though few realized it as yet, the fall of religion has been paralleled by a decline in science. There were plenty of technologists, but few original workers extending the frontiers of human knowledge. (page 75)
It’s interesting to note that the Overlords not only discourage religion, they discourage scientific curiosity as well, refusing to answer any number of man’s questions about the nature of the universe, or life beyond Earth. In effect, the Overlords gradually reduce mankind to dependent children, obedient sheep, pets to be protected and sheltered from the Universe. Much like the illuminati, the Overlords decide to keep the secret of anti-gravity (or their reversed engineered extraterrestrial vehicles) to themselves.
Yet Man had not discovered anti-gravity; only the Overlords possessed that ultimate secret. (page 73)
The Last Generation
Eventually it becomes apparent that the Overlords have a keen interest in human children displaying new psychic ability. They study and protect these children who are beginning to evolve quite rapidly. The children of Earth eventually leave their families and segregate themselves on their own continent where they will transcend their physical 3D bodies and ascend to a higher level of consciousness.
Karellen reveals the Overlords’ purpose; they serve the Overmind, a vast cosmic intelligence. While they themselves are unable to evolve to this level of consciousness, they serve as midwives to help other races evolve and unite with this Overmind. No more human children are born, and many parents die or decide to commit suicide. The members of New Athens destroy themselves with a nuclear bomb. The Earth dissolves into nothingness as the children transform into this new consciousness. The Overlords study this process in hopes of learning how to transcend their own material world.
Angels or Demons? Ascension or Assimilation?
In a scene straight from the novel, Karellen requests two children, a boy and a girl, accompany him as he reveals himself to the world.
Childhood’s End, at least the novel, presents its ideas with deliberate ambiguity. Are the Overlords angels or demons? They are revealed in appearance as devils in what could be described as a brilliant pre-Twilight Zone plot twist that forces the reader to question his/her own beliefs.
Are the Overlords here to help humanity evolve and ascend to divine consciousness, or are they merely the administrators of some soul-swallowing demonic group mind, perhaps the gnostic idea of a demiurge?
The answer may depend upon the reader’s point of view and personal prejudices. For New Age readers, the plot could be interpreted as a metaphor for Earth’s physical Ascension to the 4th or 5th Density. For Christian and religious readers, the plot would be interpreted as a warning – as the coming of demonic powers or the reign of the anti-Christ.
Legion, the demon of Gadarenes, appears frequently as a character in popular culture. The Christian New Testament gospels of Mark and Luke describe an incident in which Jesus meets a man, or men, possessed by demons who, when asked what their name is, respond: “My name is Legion, for we are many.” (Wikipedia)
It’s fairly obvious why Christians would view the meaning of this material as satanic, yet the novel was well received by readers in the 1950s, and it went on to become a science fiction classic for decades to come.
Perhaps even more disturbing is the similarity that exists between the above scene of Karellen with two small children and the recently unveiled satanic statue of Baphomet with two small children, which was originally built for the Oklahoma Statehouse, but later unveiled in Detroit. The controversial statue is still looking for a home and may even end up in Arkansas.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath an inverted pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma. (source)
Some readers may quibble over the definition, but the Overlords in Childhood’s End seem to be purposefully portrayed as Luciferian rather than as Satanic. In this context, the Devil is represented is his better light, as Lucifer, as the light bearer, as the the bringer of knowledge, as the serpent in Eden, as the unappreciated anti-hero. Thus Childhood’s End seems to serve as a type of Luciferian propaganda or cult mythos. But to what end? The creation of a new world religion?
A Rebellion Against Organized Religion
To gain some insight into what made this novel popular, and thus effective propaganda, I will describe my own affection for the material as a semi-asleep teenager. I was raised in a strong religious environment, a mix of my father’s Catholicism and my mother’s Protestant faith. However, from an early age I questioned everything that I was taught and ultimately rebelled against the idea of organized religion. Yet I considered myself to be spiritual. I believed in some form of deity. I believed in life after death. As a wanderer or a starseed, I knew from an early age I had some sort of extraterrestrial connection. I knew Earth was not my home. As a teenager, a saw the world as brutal and barbaric, and I blamed religion and superstition for much of the ignorance, intolerance, and violence that has plagued humanity.
I know that many awakened, spiritual people can identify with this early experience. I know many progressive atheists who share these same feelings (without the spirituality). People of religious faith need to come to terms with this and acknowledge the past mistakes of their own religion, with the less-than-Christ-like behavior by which zealots have treated outsiders, behavior and beliefs that have turned so many people away from their faith, in many cases, tossing aside spirituality all together. This is not an indictment of faith or religion, but rather of the zealots who have permitted the dark side to manipulate and ruin any positive spiritual message.
In the miniseries, a religious woman opposed to the Overlords (a character not in the book) is presented as a violent, unbalanced zealot. She is effectively turned into a negative caricature precisely because of her bad behavior, not her spiritual faith. This is how propaganda works, and this is how the dark side twists truth and obscures light. I have written about the need to evolve beyond duality thinking in several other posts. I don’t feel a need to rehash it here.
Into this void of positive and mature spirituality step these Overlords from the pages of a book (as well as other stories published today). They are presented as truly wise beings who never resort to any form of violence or discrimination to steer mankind toward a better world. In the novel, they expertly manage mankind, interfering directly only twice, once to end Apartheid in South Africa, and then to end animal cruelty and bull fighting in Spain. As a sleeping reader, you can’t help but admire their calm intellectual, cautiously parental supervision of humanity. This is how propaganda works.
This is very likely the sort of grandiose (and delusional) self-image that many old-school illuminati members have of their own perceived supervision of humanity. The Overlords represent a New Age for mankind, a Golden Age where religion and superstition are left behind in favor of management by superior intellect with pseudo-spiritual overtones.
As a semi-asleep adolescent, I might have welcomed this outside solution. Now I know better. The truth is, over the last century our society has gradually accepted the idea of materialistic intellect with pseudo-spiritual overtones as a replacement for organized religion. The Star Wars films offer a similar candy-coated spiritual substitute for organized religion, contributing to their commercial and fanatical success within the sleeping public mind – a media created religion surprisingly close in to the “purified Buddhism” this books speaks of…
Profounder things had also passed. It was a completely secular age. Of the faiths that had existed before the coming of the Overlords, only a form of purified Buddhism – perhaps the most austere of all religions – still survived. (page 74)
No one knew – any more than they knew, a lifetime after their arrival, what their ultimate purpose might be, Mankind had grown to trust them, and to accept without question the superhuman altruism that had kept Karellen and his companions so long exiled from their home. (page 76)
When speaking of winged devils exiled from their home, the most logical literary analogy would simply be Lucifer’s rebellion against God, his fellow fallen angels, and their descent from Heaven.
In Part Two, I will examine the messages embedded in the last two thirds of the book (or the second and third night of the mini series) which has far less to say about world politics, but quickly dives into the occult or more esoteric aspects of the story.
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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*NOTE: Page numbers referenced correspond to my paperback version of Childhood’s End.
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