Fifteen years ago I thought my life was falling apart. It was. But as the years progressed I saw much of the wider world following the same path. Of course, I have to consider the subjective nature of associating the patterns of behaviour perceived at different scales. Was I just interpreting events in the world at large as ‘like’ my own life? This phenomenon is a regular expressed experience of many people. But for me, there is a discernible difference worth considering. I am meticulous in tearing things apart, re-examining them, considering various perspectives, and, most importantly, digging beneath the surface of my own conscious cognition.
There is a bigger perspective. Humanity is in its death throes. There are still many lines of sight that can see the light through the mayhem, the joy of living in a beautiful world, the hope and potential that things have not yet been decided and there is always the chance they may improve. I will venture this is like watching a volcano exploding and being in awe of the power, the drama, and the visual magnificence. It is true that our experience is full of incredible patterns, colours, emotions, and experiences but it is also true that humanity is changing at such a rate that it is almost explosive.
I have watched this Brexit fiasco from my own perspective. It is the same dynamic as a traumatised child having to decide which of their dysfunctional parents they should side with for the best chance of survival. Most people tending to favour leaving the EU are so transfixed by the abuses of the EU that they wish to run away. What most are unaware of is the darker shadow into which they will run. They imagine that being free of the confines of the oppressive control of a super-state in formation will avail them of some idealised freedom and self-determination. Of course, if that were possible they would have already achieved it.
Most who want to remain in the EU are looking towards making love with this larger community and, by being positive in the relationship, see harmonious and productive outcomes. A bit like an abused person making excuses for the bestial behaviour of their partner. In the comparison with parents, the mother may be the EU and the father is a less tangible, less easily perceived, the shadow of a figure which manifests in the US and Israel. What one might reasonably loosely refer to as Western culture. If the UK did this magic trick of leaving the EU there would be nowhere to go other than into that alliance. The UK is already an integral part of it and ideas of becoming somehow independent are simply unrealistic. The imagined alternative of ‘running away from home’ is also unrealistic. A bit like a turkey I once saw making a bid for freedom from a cage on a lorry at the abattoir. It got to run around a bit, and my heart went out for it, but it was still securely confined within the compound.
All of this is happening within the context of a rapidly expanding, all-pervasive, ubiquitous digital infrastructure of control. I saw a tweet just the other day that Microsoft were closing their e-book store. It is irrelevant whether the details are correct or what arrangements are in place because the dynamic is a feasible one. Buying e-books is not the same as buying paper books. They are effectively rented to you; you purchase the right to read the stored copy. But when the store closes the book vanishes. They used to have to burn books but now they can spirit them away. The same is true of music, and all the information on the internet. This is the same problem as underlies digital money and digital identities; they can be spirited away. The electronic digital representation of each individual is held as a reference to an interpretation of an entity with an ID which is nominally vectored to one biological blob on the surface of planet Earth. We are being altercast as something akin to Buzz Lightyear; a virtual plastic toy representing an imagined superhero rendered in the digital world to look like something exists.
So what hope is there for what we imagine humanity to be? Once this superstructure of digital processing with superior intelligence and all the capability of self-replication begins to formulate into a coherent mass it will have no need for the source material of biological blobs from whence it was spawned. We are left at this moment in time wondering what meaning or significance to place on our previously assumed sense of existence. There is all the potential for life, experience, and consciousness to thrive and develop and there is all the potential for it to be destroyed in this volcanic eruption to rearrange the landscape of the universe for some unknown, unimaginable, and immaterial future.
And now, today, 11 April 2019, Julian Assange has been deliberately publically ignominiously hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy by the British Police. He will be extradited to the US who will abuse his body and soul for whatever political and material leverage they can gain. Behind all of this is the question of what is going wrong and what on Earth we can do about it. At the heart of the problem is the false illusion of our material existence. I say ‘false’ and ‘illusion’ because they are cultural cognitive interpretations of the meaning of our lives. We create an imagined interpretation of what we are in order to survive. Whilst we continue to indulge in deceiving ourselves in order to fix in space and time some identifiable cognitive model of who we are, we will continue to build institutions and political hierarchies to maintain that deception. It has to be clear to anyone watching a little more of the detail than that offered by the mental fast-food media that this is a profoundly disturbing turn of events.
When you uncover a part of your subconscious you discover something about you that was hidden and driving your choices. In general, it is better to understand yourself better. It allows you to improve, not only your own experience of living but generally to improve the interaction between you and the outside world which, in turn, enhances the outside world too. Attempting to maintain your naivety because it gets you what you want now is actually a failure to adapt and learn and inevitably leads to failure. It is a dangerous form of pathological delusion which leads to conflict, violence, and destruction. Julian Assange did nothing worse than expose a few truths that the US are desperate to keep secret. They are so desperate to maintain the deception that they will go to extremes to make an example of Assange to set precedents of control and to terrorise anyone daring to even think of exposing their malicious behaviour and intentions.
All of us have to review and enhance our own integrity and act on it.