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Chapter 5: Apocalypse or Unification? Peuple du ciel concludes with an apocalyptic vision. The blue star Sir- ius, in the form of a Hopi divinity, destroys mankind, while in the non-spiritual Western world, the destruction is carried out by B-52 bombers flying west over Arizona toward Korea for what will pre- sumably be World War III and the beginning of a nuclear winter. Le rêve mexicain proposes that the world has lost a fundamental insight into the nature of history because of the destruction of Meso- American cultures, an insight that might have persuaded us that his- tory is cyclical, not linear and progressive, and that each cycle ends with a cataclysm, just as the many Meso-American cultures died out either through conquest or through ecological collapses that led to starvation and the disappearance of large populations. The totalitarian and theocratic structure of the Aztec nation, with its enormous collective sacrifices and rigid social distinctions, are in tension with Le Clézio’s advocacy of a personal spirituality that is grounded on individual discoveries of relationship with the force be- hind nature, whether that force is felt as a Sufi saint, such as Es Ser in Désert or as the strange atmosphere of a Christmas night on the Sar- gasso Sea in Hasard. Moreover, while it is relatively easy to ascertain the connections among Islamic Sufism and the other traditions widely followed across the world that affirm some form of Perennialism, drawing a connection between a Sufi or Sufi-like...
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