The A:O are beyond human understanding. This is why they are described in such Eldritch weirdness by HP Lovecraft and other mythos writers. We can not see them as they truly are, we can not understand their language, and any contact with them in our material existence would drive us utterly mad.
Any Lovecraft fan is, at the very least, familiar with the A:O and the role they play in each of the stories; however do they truly understand what it would mean for humanity if they were to return from their dimensional prison? I've often been called insane for any attempt to awaken them, the A:O are seen as monsters which would devour humanity whole. This is only a half-truth. If the false reality were stripped away, we would see them as they truly are, understand their language fully and a new era of man would come to pass.
This flesh, this seemingly 'real' existence is the lie. The truth, is that all material can be reduced to atomic particles, and reduced again to energy, to light, and to infinity. If we could maintain consciousness in this state, death is but a dream. Cthulhu waits, dead but dreaming. Do people honestly believe their is a giant Octopus monster asleep in a forgotten city under the sea? Cthulhu represents so much more than any allegory we could fathom. Cthulhu is consciousness in waiting. We only need to find a WAY to pass through the void of our material lives into the realm of what if...A place without limits.
Cthulhu 2008, is but one example I could provide so you could relate to this idea. The storyline is a mixture of Lovecraft tales, but I believe it demonstrates a what if scenario.
Instead of the A:O returning, its the Shoggoths. If you remember the role of the Shoggoths in the stories, they learned the power of the A:O and then used it against the A:O to banish them from our world. What people believe to be the A:O are the Shoggoths in disguise. The story goes that with each new male child born, the grandfather dies. Later it is revealed that they have not died, but have gone 'into the sea' to live among the A:O. In reality, that which was man has become something more, immortal and when the Shoggoths return they bring with them the apocalypse - the end of an era. These dead men, are not dead at all, but live on for thousands of years in the sea. The very idea that there is a life-span at all, lends evidence to a 'false' A:O. The Old Gods defy all time and space, don't be fooled by the Shoggoths. The devotees are over-joyed at their return, and welcome them with open arms. The conflict among the devotees is that the primary character has rejected the A:O his entire life. He left his home only to return when his mother passed. Later it's discovered that his father killed her, she was attempting to warn her son what lay ahead. His father is the Priest, ushering the devotees to welcome the Shoggoths in. The entire story revolves around his son, because he has left, and he is homosexual. Thus, he would not produce an aire. His aire is likened to the Christ, for he will rule the new era of Shoggoths and men. An aire, produced by the product of rape and born on the Walpurgisnacht or May Eve (Beltane
Later Santa Walburga). This symbolism is significant, in terms of fertility rites and the 'burning' represented by bale fires. It is represented by the gathering, rape, and the world in chaos (burning) in the film.
The film closes with a sacrifice of his lover to the Shoggoths, a cliff-hanger to leave the 'what if' to the imagination of the viewer. He raises his hand to strike, but does he? What would bring him from disbelief to belief? And would that new found belief equate to faith? He spent his whole life running from the horrors he knew deep within, what would turn-him around to embrace this life with the discovery of even deeper horrors?
A scan of the world during this epoch, shows that man is in chaos, insanity, people are killed, blood, death, and more death. Is this what the A:O have in store for us or is it a lie painted by the Shoggoths?
Are people aware of how to make the distinction between the A:O and Shoggoths in disguise?
The group A:O has been established to discuss the Old Ones. I recommend that we utilize it for this purpose. To explore the awakening of the A:O, what efforts we can make to accomplish this, and what this would mean for all of humanity.
In addition, Paint me a picture group has been established for working scenarios and furture-casting.