A peaceful world orgasm awaits this Friday.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The countdown to Synchronized Global Orgasm has dripped to just hours and minutes now. It is scheduled to happen all day Friday, Dec. 22, on the winter solstice. The organizers are egalitarian—all people from “anywhere in the world, but especially in countries with weapons of mass destruction” are invited to participate “at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing, and with as much privacy as you choose.”
The organizers’ goal, meanwhile, is ambitious: creation of a powerful, aggression-defeating surge of love by focusing all human thought during and after orgasm on peace. (Should all human thought suddenly shift—from peace to, say, Eva Mendes—well, there’s no telling what might result.)
“The combination of high-energy orgasmic energy combined with mindful intention may have a much greater effect than previous mass meditations and prayers,” the Web site, globalorgasm.org, reads. “The goal is to add so much concentrated positive input into the energy field of the Earth that it will reduce the current dangerous levels of aggression throughout the world.”
The organizers—the same people who have led a series of naked peace protests under the banner Baring Witness—cite some science to back up their mission: They say data from Princeton’s Global Consciousness Project and its network of Random Event Generators around the world, which record changes in “randomness” during global events, “show that human consciousness can be measured to have a global effect on matter and energy during widely-watched events such as 9/11.”
The response to the effort has ranged from the obligatory playful sloganizing—“We came in peace”—to international coverage from CNN, the BBC and The New York Times.
Locally, Joyce Vandevere of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center has mixed feelings.
“Well, I’m an old lady and it’s a little beyond me,” she says. “I’m happy for people to do anything they want to do to bring attention to peace, but it isn’t the way that I would promote it. Some things should be a little more private.”