Pokémon Zombies

Last weekend I found myself enjoying an afternoon stroll with family in the local park.  It was a beautiful autumnal day and the trees were glowing red, orange and yellow.  There was a clear fresh breeze and the sky was as blue as one could ever wish to see.  The park was much busier than usual though, and it took us a while to see why there were so many people there that particular day.  It was only when we passed through a group standing at the junction of a few paths that we discovered everyone was obsessively looking at their screens.  It was one of the most bizarre social gatherings we’d ever seen where nobody was speaking or even looking at each other, there seemed to only be the vaguest recognition of anyone else being there.  As we passed through the small crowd, they all seemed completely oblivious to our presence.  I really regret not taking a photo, the ones gathered below from the internet give some sense of the surreal scenario we encountered.  Certainly, not a single person was taking in the majesty of their surroundings.  There seemed to be entire families ignoring each other, a stark contrast with families out on their bikes and breathing in the beauty of the day.  Those skulking around with their heads bent over their gadgets looked pasty and lobotomised.

It’s difficult to say if I thought badly of the event which seemed like a half-arsed attempt at a social gathering organised on behalf of people who are already lost to a virtual world.  To be honest, the fact that these people are generally at home craning over their screens just leaves all the more space for those of us who still want to enjoy the natural world.

Maybe I just missed the beauty of people getting together via a video game.  Maybe they all got home and talked fanatically about the semi-virtual events of the day.  Who knows?

Without any doubt, the article which was written under the title “Pokémon Go still has the power to bring people together” seems massively over-stated.  The game, which was co-created with Google and the CIA, has used its users without their even questioning the designer’s intent.  Quite possibly created as a means to refine the ubiquitous mapping of our entire world, including all the interior spaces of our homes, it has undoubtedly been an incredible ruse.  How else could they have convinced everyone to go into their homes and provide a detailed map of every last nook and cranny, just so that the video maps could be uploaded to the servers of the secret alphabet agencies.

This enormous social experiment, probably the largest ever initiated, seems to be accelerating and it might appear difficult to make fun of it, but I’m trying not to take it too seriously.  Let’s celebrate the beautiful natural spaces we have left and give thanks to the creators of virtual worlds who mostly seem to be able to keep the parks clear for us to enjoy.

 

Two Fleas and the Question of a Dog

Although the absurdity of the image of two fleas arguing over who owns the dog is immediately apparent… the absurdity of how we must pay for the right to live on the land continues to escape our society as a whole.

Over 20 years of paying rent and feeling the futility of trying to build a home whilst vulnerable to the whims of the housing market… I have been moved on from over 30 addresses.  Last year my patience finally broke and for the last 15 months I’ve lived without a place to call my own, rent free and without the associated property obligations but experiencing an even greater form of vulnerability.  Although I’ve not had to spend a night on the streets, there have been moments when the dampness of a shop doorway has felt perilously close, close enough to further deepen my empathy for those with no alternative.

Our culture is so completely insane, so totally upside down and back to front… it seems we must choose between living as an outlaw or surrendering to the insanity of reinforcing our culture’s bizarre traditions like paying money for the right to lie down on a small patch of earth.

Cyber Soma – The New Drug of a Brave New World

Although reading 1984 was a life changing experience at age 11, I only got around to reading Brave New World last month and this book, like Orwell’s stark warning of cultural tendencies, highlighted many issues that we would all do well to be aware of if we don’t want to move inexorably towards a communist control paradigm.  For anyone who doesn’t think that’s possible in our supposedly ‘free’ society would do well to realise that 8 out of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto have already been implemented in the West.

A significant theme in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is the pervasive use of Soma, a drug which enables the State to maintain a status quo through mass medication.  The enormous percentage of the population using prescription drugs today is as high as 70% in some areas with many of those consuming all manner of mood enhancers daily.  Add to that the enormous number of people who self-medicate with illegal drugs, alcohol and nicotine and it’s clear we are living in one drugged up society.

But far more insidious is the proliferation and ubiquitous presence of cyber drugs.  Has any other phenomenon more effectively isolated people from each other than the sparkling allure of gadget screens?  Has any other phenomenon more effectively distracted the public from the injustice of their society?  The majority of civilisation spends the significant part of its day scrolling up and down having its perception stimulated by the content which is largely managed by a handful of content providers.

The electronic dummy (or pacifier in the US) is probably the most significant and invisible form of crowd control in the modern world.

New Paradigm Astrology

There are many people who disregard astrology out of hand because of a misunderstanding that the stars in some way exert a force over human lives and shape events or incline us to behave in certain ways.  This is a misunderstanding of the alchemical appreciation of the adage: “As above, so below, as within, so without”. Continue reading “New Paradigm Astrology”

Human Neoteny – From Tadpole to Salamander

What an incredible phenomenon… this is a must watch! Two minutes of pure hope for humanity.  A very short excerpt from the workshop Terence McKenna presented at Esalen in December 1994.