Citizens’ Council: “Unification, Solidification, and Determination for A New Order” November 5th 2077
Throughout history, empires have risen and fallen, and the political barriers that seem to divide us so sharply are continually being blurred. To put it simply, nations are more than lines on a map; they are more than lines that divide and separate. Political States are given life by ideas from the individuals that grant them validity. So, what are our ideas, and where does our power lie? In the coming days, we the Citizens’ Council will be granted an invaluable opportunity. Now is the time to employ a new order.
Fundamentally, all are given all, and in the same sense, everyone is intrinsically equal no matter the powerbase or legal structure in place. In this order, there exists a protection of choice in so far as it promotes the protection of choice. Autonomous consent is a required for a choice a to violate the intrinsic equality given to all.
A republic, by its very nature, can never be truly free as it is built on the idea that one minority must rule over a majority that is entirely irresponsible for its own well being as well as also being either mostly ignorant or indifferent of the way of things. A free “republic” is nothing but a farce, and a free state is not simply a nation on a map. Remember, all are given all.
Within this new order, any individual, regardless of race, creed, color, situation, circumstance or environment can play a part. Thus, the idea of citizenship can be thought of as gradient rather than an absolute black or white. Within the current technological framework, it is possible to decentralize legislative and executive powers to each individual connected within the network. Groupthought, as opposed to groupthink, can be achieved. It comes from a collective responsibility that decisions are made and citizenship, not restricted by lines on a map, can be achieved. Participation, collaboration, and culture will all play a vital role within the order. Furthermore, information must not be kept in secret or held private by any individual or group as a transparent society elevates all of those who are involved. Within a transparent society, we are all the judge and the jury. Remember, all are given all.
Just as governmental authority comes from us all, value comes from us all! The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value. Through the placement our own subjectively objective sense of value we have forgotten our brothers and sisters in ghettos across the world in place of luxuries in the moment. This can and will stop but only when we deem it necessary. Technology has connected us all and connects us to a new sense of collaborative value. What is valuable to the individual as well as the collective? Now we will know.
From one we come
To be as one
Of flesh and bone
From the unknown
An ocean of consciousness
Condensed into droplets of perception
That I am, you are, we are
what are you even doing?
why are you here?
no seriously, why are you alive?
because you’re awesome.
think about it, you change the world.
life is a game not a job.
everything at the same time is it all, how can you make it so small.
the derivative of time is now.
the imaginary derivative of time is energy.
quantizing infinity == math
you can't hide from the truth because the truth is all there is
believe that everything is okay
believe that everything is going your way
Citizens' Council: “Reevaluating Value”
It seems that ever since the first humans began to congregate together, an objective sense of value has been needed to cultivate civilization, encourage trade, and to advance society further into the great unknown; but this placement of value has not come without a price. Along with the numerous achievements and relative advancements along our journey, we have encountered many challenges and continuous pitfalls. Through the placement our own subjectively objective sense of value we have forgotten our brothers and sisters in ghettos across the world in place of luxuries in the moment. Even though many starve and suffer violent deaths at the hands of cruelty and indifference, we have the capacity for compassion. Even though we live in a world where the dichotomy of yacht clubs and abject poverty can exist only miles apart, we can change.
Now is the time for the Citizens’ Council to establish a sense of value that can, and will, benefit us all. In order to escape the cyclic nature of history, we must learn and evolve from those that came before. The central tenant of economics is to find a means to combat scarcity, so how can there be a system set in place to eliminate the certain struggles that we all face, to promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? I can tell you now; these are currently not the main focus. Money for money makes us all poor in the same sense that an eye for an eye blinds us all.
It is of the opinion of the Citizens’ Council that the government, currently, is simply a monopolization of power continually consolidating, as well as oppressing, with no legitimate authority. This authority comes from us all, this value comes from us all! The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value.
when you’re born,
why is it the norm,
to be handed a form,
about the path you could choose,
that is mostly concentrated on you wining while others lose?
but this is okay,
it doesn’t have to stay.
crumple the form, and chop the tree,
make the reality you’d like to see.
like everything else
on the ride
on with great
pride in the knowing
and the choice of love
soar up into the sky
high oh my
so far inside
all are given all
everyone is equal
information is free
choice is consent
where are we going as a species?
we are growing exponentially, but where exactly are we headed?
the world can change tomorrow.
money and value
oh how do you
Citizens Council: A proposal for “Leaderless leadership” r 1.4 October 22nd 2076
From the viewpoint of the Citizen’s council, the concept of a representative republic has lost legitimacy, especially with the current situation. Ever since issues were polarized as black or white, as one side against the other, our rights have been continuously stripped away and watered down by a small leadership minority. Looking back on history, the NSA mass surveillance revelations and the partisanship driven governmental shutdown of 2013 should be key precedents to what is now happening.
A proper and functioning modern-day governance must come through the people it represents, and through their direct input and organizing power. Through current technology and our own resurgence and implementation of an Internet, citizens can be directly represented though an almost ‘leaderless’ leadership hive mind.
Participation is mandatory and informed citizens, as well as access to open information, are imperative. This is a shared responsibility among us all. It elevates each and every one of us to a presidential position and yet we are all equal. The time of ‘protecting the minority from the majority’ has come and gone. We no longer need a minority in government specialized in political manipulation to tell us how to act and how to lead our lives. We have the power to lead ourselves.
We have come a long way since tyranny in the past, and we must not revert when faced with a serious threat. It is time to take responsibility. Terrorist organizations will never play by any set of rules, but this does not mean that we cannot uphold the fundamental principles of democracy, the rights of the individual, and equality for all. Power must be legitimized, and it is our duty to make it so. This power comes from each one of us, not from politicians, not from lines on a map, nor from an old piece of paper. Leading by example is never easy, especially in these troubling times, but in order to evolve as a species, it must be done.
To start something, we must gain permission from those that hold the cards.
I've realized something, cash is king. Rather, value is king. What WE hold to be valuable comes to fruition, but our sense of value is distorted, playing into the hands of the few rather than the many. Our collective voice is stifled by those that control and influence, but what can the average person do? We simply have not, and it's this curious type of circular reasoning that draws us back into the trap. RAMBLE RAMBLE RAMBLE FINISH LATER, COOL IDEA THO
In the years leading up to the largest financial debacle in recent history, there was a noticeable attitude change prevalent throughout banking institutions around the world. In the past, lenders had been relatively conservative and relied on sound financial data before loaning out large quantities of money. However, as time went on, the allure of profit, control, and the proverbial blindfold of groupthink captivated and almost brought down the industry.
In the current economic paradigm, money is created from debt, and the system of credit, as well as risk, prevails. With this in mind, it is easy to start building a picture of how, and why, the great recession came about. Like anything in nature, the reasons why things played out the way they did is a multifaceted issue.
At the time, the housing market was as unfaltering. It was commonly accepted doctrine that house prices would always rise, and that, all in all, residential real estate was a great investment. Before the bubble burst, the idea of ‘flipping’ houses was introduced onto the collective unconscious, and the idea that there was money to be made was held onto fervently.
As this idea became wider spread and more pronounced it completely saturated the banking and investment industries. The global pool of money was itching to grow; it needed to find high yield, low risk investments and mortgage-backed securities seemed the way to go.
Since the hosing market was considered infallible, and because of the global pool of money’s insatiable appetite for attractive investments, the requirements for obtaining a mortgage became more and more lax while the perceived incentives for loaning out money became more and more pronounced. Incentives from both the investment and banking side compounded upon one another and before long, NINA (no income no asset) mortgages because relatively commonplace. The real magic came about when people were able to acquire a mortgage with no collateral and have their debt traded as relatively money good, having the same value as liquid cash in hand.
There was substantial risk of default by owning a single mortgage by itself; therefore, mortgage backed financial instruments such as CDOs surged in popularity as they attempted to diversify and further mitigate risk. A CDO or collateralized debt obligation was central to the global credit crisis of 2008. Through the magic of financial alchemy, money good assets could be created from a mixture of toxic debts. A CDO at its core is created from tranches, or fractions, of mortgage-backed securities which themselves are composed of numerous mortgages wrapped up in a neat package. By theoretically erasing risk from a debt portfolio, CDOs became highly profitable and popular for all parties involved except for, of course, the end investor.
At the height of the mortgage bubble, IndyMac bank was rapidly growing its business operations and its debt portfolio. To spark and sustain its growth, the bank, in the most non-ironic sense, relied on credit. However, there exists a tipping point where this system can no longer be sustainable and it collapses in on itself. As the world began to realize what was going on, IndyMac, among others, were no longer able to sell risky debt and began to default; falling like dominoes. Money was created and erased out of thin air by issuing, buying, and selling bad debt. Although hindsight is twenty-twenty, it seems so painfully obvious that there were problems brewing. Even though all of the technical financial data showed otherwise, does group mentality really eclipse common sense?
So what can be the take away from this scenario, and how could value be reevaluated? How is it that people die everyday from a ‘lack of money’ while value managers (bankers) are so irresponsible? In order to escape the cyclic nature of history, society must learn and evolve from those that came before. The central tenant of economics is to find a means to combat scarcity, so how can there be a system set in place to eliminate the certain struggles that each individual faces, and to promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Money for money makes us all poor in the same sense that an eye for an eye blinds us all. The economic freedom to life and the economic freedom of having a choice are imperative. Without these central ideals, we are all simply disposable cogs in a machine; slaves to our real masters -- our own deluded sense of value.
Throughout human existence, individualistically and as a species, we have yearned for truth, and through the process of life itself we have constructed layer upon layer of idea and experience. And while time continuously ticks forward within the present moment, we are fervently pressing toward our asymptotic goal of completely knowing and understanding existence. As we dig deeper into external sources for the true nature of reality, we are continually reflected back within ourselves.
Within the current scientific paradigm, the idea of causality has seemingly taken hold. The smallest building blocks of matter are thought as probabilistic billiard balls initially set in motion and interacting simply by chance; every action tracing its lineage back toward the initial spark of the big bang. However, quantum mechanically we are painted an uncertain picture about deterministic and causal properties of reality. As we zoom in further and further into physical nature, we find that the very properties that define up its rigid definition become wiggly. As shown in the double slit experiment, matter exists dualistically as an observer collapsed probability of potential. We are finding that the very nature of existence itself exists as a state of potentiality and probability. Almost nothing, other than the ever-changing nature of existence, is set in stone, or can be accepted as truth.
But what is all of this anyway? The nature of free will and consciousness is seemingly trapped within an ever-encompassing veil of predicted order without a holistic perspective. Fundamentally, everything is composed of the same stuff, the same primordial matter, energy, or being-ness. There is no such thing as a thing; that is a separate thing from everything else. Everything is everything, and when you really get with that idea, the field of all encompassing potential can be seen from an elevated perspective. From a transcendental point of view, the universe is unlimited and infinite in scope; everything exists at all times. All states are perspective permutations. With this thought in mind, the problem of free will and the hard problem of consciousness can be simply seen as self-imposed ideas. There is not a problem unless one is created! From the transcendental perspective, a cause does not need to have an effect nor must an effect have a cause. Free will depends upon the perspective and definition. Perspective is a construct.
Just as life itself, the idea of freedom originates from a subjective point of view. It is an abstract and multifaceted concept that, depending on the perspective, can interlock in a seemingly contradictory manner. From one standpoint, freedom is defined as the ability to act upon one’s desires without hindrance or restraint, but it’s all about the perspective. The most truly free man could be locked up within a cage for his entire life. Freedom is a state of being that is self-validated rather than originating from an external source.
Another way to define freedom is as the field of potential. One tenant of Buddhist thought stems from the idea that desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. Becoming desire less, or rather eliminating expectation, is a path toward nirvana; a metaphor for true freedom. The realization that holding on to one individualistic outcome is limiting to a literal infinite degree brings understanding to the idea of freedom in relation to desire. In this way, freedom can seem tricky. On one hand, it is about the individualistic pursuit, but through its very action it is limited in its scope. Freedom is a balancing act between sitting in the drivers seat and going with the flow.
The idea of free will is inherently a subjective gradient of recognition and knowing of experience. Viewing life simply as cause and effect on its own volition does not inherently erase meaning from existence. Perception acts as a construct, and the truly free will is free to be limited. Remember the old adage it’s the journey not the destination? While only the source of existence has and is true freewill, this does not diminish the quality of the limited nature of the universal essence that is spread throughout all things. Rather, it amplifies as this source is contained within every unit of being, and regardless of scenario, the simple truth is that of existence.
Existence can only be; existence cannot not exist. I am, that is a fact. This is unquestionable. I exist, and though this knowing I am set free. By letting go of certain expectations and desires, the full field of potentiality is still expressed as potential and not limited by cause and effect. By taking the dualistic approach in life of going with the flow while still sitting in the driver’s set, much can be learned. Existence implies true freedom just as true freedom implies existence. Imagine, just for a second if you can, the conception of true infinite freedom. Just be sure not to miss the point, you’re it.
Have you ever thought
That there ought not
Be so many caught sought
Up in what you may see
As adverse to your version of reality
Just so you can be
Given a glimpse of relativity?
life's a storm.
i'm outside. it's raining. a warm rain.
the water. the water is life.
i'm flowing though the river.
merging. diving. rising.
back and forth with the waves.
We are living in the world that we think collectively has the highest value. We choose to do x y and z. It is what is valuable to us! So let’s think about why. Why do we think suffering is valuable? What do we have to learn?
The ‘invisible hand’ touted by economist Adam Smith was accurate at the time as the force of the economic system was unconscious and under the radar. Now our value system is brought into the light. It is a hand that we can control. It is obvious that we collectively pick our value and current state.
Repeat after me
Repeat after me
I become what I want to be
I become what I want to be
Because I know there is only me.
Because I know there is only me.
So what can I learn on this day?
So what can I learn on this day?
That I can take with me in every way.
That I can take with me in every way.
Just repeat after me,
I am free.
I am free.
Reject the impossible.
Expand into N-Space.
Profit from trading is only a misallocation of abstracted value that is collapsed to the block of a monolithic sense of value.
Fundamentally, the philosophy behind economics is based upon the fact that there exists a limited amount of scarce resources to be efficiently allocated. Consequently then, in this closed and scarce system, an objective allocation of value improves relative efficiency to some degree, as simply trading goods as a means themselves can cause a double coincidence of wants, limiting the effectiveness of certain types of transactions. With the idea of money, more efficient markets can emerge. However, in the modern world the conceptualization of the market has changed with the advent of technology, automatization, and the availability of information. Today, we are privileged with the ability to access the collective web of human information from a keyboard stroke or a smartphone tap virtually anywhere on the globe. Information, and its accessibility, is only becoming more prevalent and pervasive. Taking this idea to its forgone conclusion, a market with a completely open and transparent transactional system will improve the idea of an efficient market although it comes with a privacy tradeoff. Within a transparent framework, we can see, as a group, where value flows and where it is placed.
Further still, the current economic framework exists within a monist sense of value. That is, no matter the way currency is spent, a dollar is still a worth dollar, and one dollar spent toward polluting the environment is, objectively, the same as one dollar spent toward feeding the poor. Negative and positive externalities seemingly are not taken into consideration in direct valuation. Rather, they are promoted or mitigated through governmental policy. Elizabeth Anderson in The Ethical Limitations of the Market states that, “the need to limit markets is based on pluralistic theory of the social conditions for freedom and autonomy,” giving rise to questions about decentralization from the monolithic and governmental backed source of value. Value is subjective, and through the nature of subjectivity it cannot be truly objective unless everyone is on the same page. Pluralism holds true as, currently, we are all different with individualistic tastes and wants. So, why is value monist?
Value is inherently subjective but this inherent subjectivity is not translated over in aggregate into the value markets as it is imbalanced by players entrenched in the game. Through the placement of our own subjectively objective sense of value we have seemingly forgotten those in ghettos across the world in place of luxuries in the moment. Though we live in a world where the dichotomy of yacht clubs and abject poverty can exist only miles apart, we can change. The current state of affairs is a reflection of our group-defined value. It is a direct choice; however, transparency can act as an equalizer. In a system with open information all are equal from an informational standpoint. Banking, particularly investment banking, is continually becoming more conceptual. Think about the financial markets and how, literally, derivative their value comes to represent. How abstract can it become while still retaining value? In the credit crisis of 2008, we saw the partial limit. Furthermore, the financial markets are like one giant game of game theory with its equilibrium equating to the current market position. However, as financial firms acquire more advanced fixed cost technology they are given a huge upper hand. A single day trader is no match for a hedge fund equipped with an array of high frequency trading super computers. But what about a market dominated by algorithmic trading? Should value be placed in the hands of automatization? This is the path that finance and economics are headed toward, and the ethical implications of a computer dominated value system are worth consideration. In imagining a better market framework, it is important to step back from the current system to evaluate its possible shortcomings. As stated by Allen Buchanan, high transaction costs and a lack of information are sources of inefficiency in the markets. However, these are problems that can, and will, be fixed as technology becomes more prevalent if the choice is made to utilize its power in a distributed manor. However, the market economy still exists in a closed system. That is, no matter the idea, society as a whole is encapsulated within its framework. This is worth noting as, currently, value is not equally distributed, and those with more collective value (money) also possess a collective responsibility to use it in a more objective sense rather than splurging on individual abundance. As economics is the science of tradeoffs, choosing to spend for, or rather valuate, one thing carries along with it the implication of choosing not to spend for any other possible outcome. The rather extreme example of an individual purchasing a one hundred million dollar yacht as opposed to providing free education for a multitude of others can represent this trade off. Which is more valuable for society as a whole? Well, that is up to the interaction between what humanity actually believes and its collective sense of value. The point is, the current state of affairs is what the group, or the group sense of value, valuates. The ethics of freedom, individualism, and equality are put at odds in a capitalistic environment where such exaggerated trade offs are accepted. In a sense, those with financial power are given their representative control either through birth, hard work, or a combination of both, and although this may mesh slightly with the ideals of a democratic republic, it exists as a start contrast to the idea of collective equality that is becoming more emergent with time. Finance, politics, and policy are intrinsically interrelated.
Seemingly, we have a problem. There exists a disconnect between (my perception of) humanity’s ideals and what actually exists. Presumably, humanity does not valuate people living in slums and yet this is the market solution; financially this is the valuable solution. To the philosopher, all money is obviously fiat, deriving its sense of value from its self -- the value that it is given. All financial value is self-reflective existing as a symbology for what actions it may cause or for what economic trade offs it may realize. Think about where the first dollar came from and what it meant. In today’s standards, money, in the most basic sense, is created though buying and selling bonds. Rather, it is created though a promise to pay ourselves back in the future; thus ensuring relativistic growth toward some unknown. This is fine and well but the game is played with cards already dealt, and this promise of repayment is not at all equally distributed. Marx presented the idea of labor being indicative of economic value, but this is just one layer of abstraction stepping back from monist ideals.
Transparency and personal abstraction and decentralization of value within the markets is seemingly one solution to the problems that the modern day global financial system faces in allocating resources effectively and efficiently. The problem of a lack of money, especially in poorer countries, makes no sense as it grows within our collective mind. Let’s think about that for a second.
Within a pluralistic and transparent market, finance can become more representative to both what the group and individual valuate. Within this framework, more abstract concepts can be valuated as no matter how a monist sense of value is utilized, is worth the same across the board. Is competition the best motivator? Perhaps in the current state, but collaboration within an idealized market enables the possibility for larger and more abstract investment returns. Imagine if companies as well as countries, worked together toward a common goal that may not traditionally be profitable such as collaboration for space exploration. Remember the space race was a competition, but most of the world will agree that there was more worth in the act than the United States beating Russia to the Moon.
Transparency is the great equalizer, and a way to move forward in the world of finance and economics. Although it comes with a price of privacy, and will limit the ability of profitization through market based arbitrage, it synergizes profoundly both with the idea of an abstract and pluralist sense of value as well as with continually advancing computer based technology. Within this ideal market, investment returns are normalized across the board, and the disconnect between value and money can be bridged. As time progresses in turn with technology, presumably, overall goods and services will become cheaper in certain aspects. As efficiency increases, scarcity will become less of an issue, but this will only occur if, as a group, this is decided as valuable. There will come a time when humanity will have to make more conscious and definite choices on what is valuable. If it was perceived as valuable, everyone could be given certain abstract currencies that that could be utilized to solve issues such as homelessness and world hunger. While there is no single solution to the world’s financial woes, it starts with pluralist valuation.
For all that is and ever will be
I am me
And you are we
So whatever I see
You can be
As I am we
And you are me
There’s merit in the road less taken.
There fun the challenge, and there’s success in the defeat. How you look at life will change it entirely.
We are just ideas being expressed.
What is your idea?
And how can you know,
That this is where you want to go?
Well let me tell you that
You already know?
And I want you to see that this is where you need to be.
And I want you to feel that this is real.
Reality is built from perception.
This is your belief.
Such a fleeting vision this may be
Sought through the eye of tranquility
And why do I fear
When there’s nowhere but here?
And how can you know
What I haven’t forgotten?
And how can you show
What I will not see?
For all that will be has been as all that has been will be.
there was a time.
there was a time
where i thought it was mine
it was my right to shine
while others couldn't even find
the means to get by
but we were all just too shy
our pockets too heavy
with coin whose values are mixed
just as our own
it's a symbol and we have shown
that we give it worth
we give it birth
so where can we go
where can we see
a future for both you and me
and some may say it's a problem of numbers
but does that not make you wonder?
how potential is viewed, and life blundered?
everything is just an idea
because when you know that everything is just an idea it can set you free.
free from the ideas of friends.
free from the ideas of society.
free from ideas about you.
because who do you think you are, really?
as I’m sure you’ve had some ideas.
but everything is just an idea.
an idea born out of choice without force or coercion.
an idea with a purpose.
an idea chosen by you.
that everything is just an idea.
because when you know that everything is just an idea it can set you free.
The idea of time is an illusion, an allusion to the idea that there is change. Fundamentally, everything is the same; it is one. All the while, for experience to exist there must be change, but in absolutist terms there is no change. Imagine a motion picture, each frame is still, complete and whole as a separate frame. However it is not a movie standing still; it is just a simple picture. As the animators draw one frame, and then the next, and the next, the illusion of motion can be seen though a sequential layering of drawn out events. There is no such thing as a past or future that is separate than that of the present. Each moment is a separate and whole probabilistic reality that is not dependent upon a certain path; it is a complete snapshot that can be accessed. The universe exists as an infinite unordered set of probable events that can be traversed though time in whichever manor discrete from the reaching influences of the past and the encroaching expectation of the future. To quote the instrumental physicist Albert Einstein, “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
Is time linear? It can be, but it is important to take into account the relativistic and subjective nature of the universe itself. Once again, according to Einstein (as well as those that built upon his ideas) and his work, time is dependent upon the observer. Clocks on the Space Shuttle run slightly slower than reference clocks on Earth. It has been scientifically proven that time itself is moldable by differences in certain properties such as gravity and velocity. In a certain sense, this is akin to altering the frame rate upon the movie of life.
TimeLINEs can be though of as a linear progression; however, in the model of an unordered set of universal snap shots, it is possible to take any number of paths to reach a certain destination. That is to say, the current state of existence is not entirely dependent upon the events that came before. Although there is a probabilistic impressional influence, it is dependent upon the current frame now. With each and every moment a new frame is introduced and an entirely new universal reality is experienced. There exists a web of possible paths to the same point; the past is not entirely real as a separate entity from the present, it is a way of seeing a possible probability for the future present. No matter the frame, one cannot ever experience the past or future directly. It is only experienced within the present moment. Even the idea of reminiscing about the past or idealizing about events to come is here and now. There is no way to escape the current moment.
Time is intrinsically interrelated with the notion of frequency, or rather the idea of vibration per unit time. Drawing back to the motion picture metaphor, time bound experience is woven though the continual refresh of numerous snapshots. Zooming in toward the base foundation of existence, everything, in time, is in a state of vibrational flux refreshing at the quantum level of plank's constant. Time is, in a sense, a side effect of experience. Without it, there could be no perceived difference at all. Once again, each frame of existence has no movement. Time gives the illusion of change by continual movements though parallel reality upon parallel reality.
The true reality that one lives is within the present moment now. Humans tend to live in a place that is not really here. That is, a lot of energy is put into concentrating on a good time coming tomorrow or into worrying about what may happen next. In this way, we develop a chronic anxiety of time though living within an abstraction rather than something that is tangible and real. The future is almost seen as more important than the present; but it is impossible to plan the future unless we plan in the present moment. It seems that within the current framework of society what is coming next takes upon a greater value than what is appearing now. One goes into school with the ambition of earning good grades to then get into a good college to then acquire a good job to then what? There is a continuous ladder that one is climbing – reaching for some unknown goal. However, after sometime you wake up saying I arrived, I am here. Although, perhaps with some disappointment. This is colloquially referred to as a midlife crisis as for your entire life you have lived for something that is not real; the now was never good enough. Living for somewhere where you are not can cause problems. There is not much use for planning for a future to arrive at the future to plan for the future. One really cannot life at all unless one lives fully now.
What would life be like if you could fulfill whatever wish you desired instantaneously? What would happen after a while? It seems like there is no real fulfillment without delay, and impatience with time tends to lead towards frustration. To be able to enjoy the music, we must listen to it now. And immerse ourselves completely. When one can come to the realization that the present is the only place that one lives, and that the past and future are only useful illusions, one can really settle into the present moment. T.S. Elliot, in his poem “The Four Quartets,” writes:
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past,
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
A Buddha, or awakened one, is literally thought of as a person who has woken up to the reality that all time exists within the present moment. This person is one who recognizes truth of the equality of past, present, and future by clearing the mind by existing now. There is a statement in Zen Buddhism that goes, “spring does not become the summer, first there is spring then there is summer.” This Zen quip establishes the idea that time is composed of a series of frames that are each separate and complete events. And while there may be a gradient present within the transformation, each is thought of as whole that is independent and separate from one another.
Furthermore, time, just as experience itself, is subjective and relative. Depending on the scenario time can seem to fly by or crawl along. For example, one may take a thirty-minute nap and have a dream that seemly lasted for day, as time is dependent on the abstract experiencer of experience. Within the idea of the three dimensional time space matrix, one is always at the ground zero of the present. In this way, the past is the present moment; the future is the present moment. There is nothing other than present. Probabilities are continually fluctuated but there is no fundamental difference.
For all human beings time is a matter of extraordinary importance. Man is a time binding animal; a creature that is viably aware of the fact that time exists. To most it is experienced as a solid line straight from birth until death. From one deterministic perspective it is fixed and unmoving fashioned out like an unwavering arrow pointing toward the events of life. But is there another way to frame this argument? What of the perspective that everything exists throughout all times deterministically laid out as the total set of infinite events with time simply being the driving force of animation?
Fundamentally, for experience to exist there must be change. Time drives experience and allows for the game of life to be more than just a beautifully intricate picture. It refreshes the continual movie, and at a certain level time can be though of as the source of all experience based existence. However, at the very core, everything is composed of the same stuff, the same primordial matter, energy, or being-ness. There is no such thing as a thing; that is a separate thing from everything else just as there is no such thing as a past or future that is separate than that of the present. Each moment is a separate and whole probabilistic reality that is not dependent upon a certain path; it is a complete snapshot that can be accessed though a web of probable paths. Every moment in time, a different 'you' is created; every moment in time a different universe is accessed. Time flows as a river creating ripples, eddies, and patterns over the sometimes-rocky course of experience. Everything has already been set in stone, but that does not mean that one path is paramount.
I look out at the world and I see faces looking for direction, I see people looking for a leader to tell them how to act.
BUT THIS IS WRONG. WE MUST GROW UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
How is it that we are so complacent? How are we not out in the streets taking this by storm?
If this is our current path it will soon be too late, and we made the choice to give ourselves, and rights, up. You make this choice every time you feel something you disagree with and choose to ignore.
WE MUST sacrifice temporal comfort for what we think is right. It’s time to take back what is ours.
Enough is enough.
I can’t even contain the energy inside. And how is it that you’re okay with all of this.
Oh but look at my job, look at my family, look at my big bank account. Look, miley cyrus’s new album. That’s more important than rights and what is right.
It’s almost always easier for the status quo as change takes effort. But is an effortless life even worth living? With every second of every day you make the choices that you do. You choose to go by rules that you know are wrong. You choose to be abused and beaten down; you choose to not even try.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HOW IS THIS OKAY? And the simple fact is that our governmental representatives have lost their use.
We don’t need them to make decisions for us anymore. We are mature enough to rid ourselves from the career politician.
This is a tipping point in human history, and we all have the privilege to be here to witness. To be the change that we want to see in the world.
NOW IS THE TIME. FEEL IT. Let’s do this; let’s prove them how strong we really are.
TURN ON, LOG IN, DROP OUT
don't fight fire with fire.
don't put out what you wouldn't want to receive,
and don't let others tell you what to believe,
for it comes from inside, it comes from yourself
whether as sickness or though perfect health,
don't fight fire with fire.
just know that it is your choice, you reap what you sow
and just as plants learn how to grow,
the children of men are beginning to see
how they treat others, how they treat themselves,
how they act, and who they want to be
are one in the same with no separation.
so don't fight fire with fire, you may just be thirsty.
here, have a drink.
Within this vast and beautiful universe of existence that we call home, a myriad of perspective permutations can be called upon and experienced subjectively through the idea of personhood. For some it may take form though the progression of time, or rather, though the layering of continuous events and through the summation of the experience gained an emergent quality that takes on more than the sum of its parts can become apparent. However, this claim is subjective, and is processed though a personal perspective on both on the end of the writer, on the end of the reader, and on the end of the abstract experiencer of experience. It wholly depends on how the events are perceived, and the question of whether or not this perception is deterministically dependent on the physical manifestation of matter remains unclear. Imagine the hypothetical scenario where a Star Trek like transportation device is, in fact, a reality. If all of the physical components that comprise your body are replicated and transported with the consequence of the destruction of the original copy, are you still you? Well, yes and no. In a more general context, are you still the same person that you were ten seconds ago? Well, yes and no.
At no point in time do the substances that compose one’s body remain still. Energy, almost as a principle, is continually changing and recycling though all forms of the universe. To quote the influential astronomer Carl Sagan, “The cosmos is within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” The fact that the cosmos exists within, both physically as forms of matter and energy and metaphysically through the property of existence is a powerful conceptualization of the idea of unity. Energy exists within a state of flux; through its existence, it is evolving within time -- each and every snapshot of being is an entirely separate and complete event. Time flows as a river creating ripples, eddies, and patterns over the sometimes-rocky course of experience. Although the patterns may change, the driving source of flow is still in perspective control. As we dig deeper into external sources for the true nature of reality, we are continually reflected back within ourselves. No matter the form, you are you. Energy cannot be created or destroyed.
The idea of the formulation of the concept of the self, once again, is entirely dependent on the perspective that is accessed. Physically, I am compromised of all that came before; I am an amalgamation of the totality of history up to this point. The quantum mechanical eddy that comprises my physical form contains wiggly vibrations that were shaped within stars. In fact, probabilistically, I am composed of a, very small compartmental wise, percentage of all that has ever existed -- if the assumption of the big bang is taken as truth. I am the river, and I am the flow.
At one level, the perception of myself is that of a human individual whose form was assembled through a permutation of energy. My body is (perceived as) separate from the energy that surrounds it, and my being is seen as different from all other life in the universe. I am an individual, or so I think, or so I believe. But this is only one way of looking at things. The ego-self and the personality-self can be different than the universal-self. In the example of the teleportation device, the universal-self is, fundamentally, the same. Existence implies its unchanging nature. This can bring us full circle, but there is more to be discussed.
Some important considerations of the hypothetical teleportation device to bring to mind are the assumptions that are made in its inception. Within the framework of an infinite universe, a true self-retaining teleporter would need to be able to scan, identity, and copy all levels of energy contained within its area of effect. If it only copied what we currently understand as matter and energy, much could be missed. How can we know a perfect copy is produced when we do not perfectly understand the universe? Simply put, the fact that we do not know what we do not know is a limiting factor.
This hypothetical scenario can be thought of as a critical junction to the question, does death exist? On one level the answer is obvious. Yes, death exists. People are born, their bodies grow old though the progression of time, and, after a certain amount of experience, it decays and dies. But, am I my body or something else entirely? I take a human form, but even if all of my atoms were vaporized, I would still be a collection of vaporized atoms existing within a universe of existence. Even if my body were to shut down and fail, the physical parts of my being are recycled throughout. In death, I am given birth to new forms. The perspective would be much different, but fundamentally, you would still be you as parts that are contained within existence. The point is that you are the universe at a very fundamental level. And assuming the universe is not created or destroyed, than neither can you at this fundamental place of existence. You are the rotating stars, you are the essence of the spiral of the galaxy in which you inhabit, you are the creation and you are the creator.
Consciousness seems to acts as a mirror and it uses the tools available; it utilizes tools such as the brain and the body to sculpt experience. There is no self as a separate being from the rest of the world. My hands are the same as the air that surrounds them in the sense that they are composed of different variants of energy. However, energy is a fluxuation, a perspective permutation of the universe. So, am I still the same person that went through the teleporter? Yes universally and maybe personally -- depending on the assumptions inherit within the technology of the device. Even if my three dimensional corporeal form is copied over with one hundred percent accuracy certain higher aspects that may affect the idea of “who I am” could be modified.
However, personhood, to an extent, can be thought of as an illusion of the idea that fundamentally one exists purely as a universal and infinite existence. The teleportation problem can be thought of a metaphor that you are who you believe you are as there is no such thing that is separate from anything else. The self is a subjective and an extremely abstract concept that is able to take numerous forms. It can be fashioned as a literal infinite degree of perspective – even within the perspective of personhood as being a composition of the body. There exists the here defined molecular-self, the cellular-self, the organic- self, the human-self but at what level are you truly you? To me, you are you at all levels; it just depends on how you look at it. However, this can be somewhat difficult to grasp as we, currently, are filtering though the brain and though the body and even more importantly though the human experience. But this is just a part that I am playing as one aspect of the greater self, or the universe.
Once again, it is all about how you look at it; it is all about perspective. After a while everything takes on such an abstract nature that is impossible to forget. After a while, one seriously beings to ask the question “what is anything anyway?” but this question is necessary to allow oneself to step back from the current perspective. It seems that the only thing one can prove to oneself is that one exists; that one is playing a role and living a life as a separate but intrinsically interconnected being of existence. On a certain level, everything exists within; there is no such thing as outside from the universal perspective. You are everywhere but at the same time can be nowhere else but where you are right now. The comedian Bill Hicks in talking about drug induced perspective experiences summed things up in a rather vivacious way by saying, “Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”
So, after I walk through the teleporter, I am changed, but in a certain way I am no different than the changes that I take upon myself by walking though time. Within each and every snap shot of existence I am teleported into the next probable moment. The eddy of energy that encapsulates my incarnated body is continuously flowing and being transformed. In an infinite universe, every possible perspective has already been written out; it is just a matter of how one flows though the metaphorical grooves. The self, just as the universe, composes an infinite degree of perspective and possibility that is influenced by belief, and intent. Who am I? I am a human being. I am a personality. I am my brain. I am my body. I am energy. I am the universe. I am existence. I am (god).
I have made progress on this software. cool!
Our collective potential is staggering. It’s all about where our value is placed. We could literally do anything. We are on a little earth in space. It’s relative. We are everywhere and are nowhere. How we define ourselves is paramount. We define ourselves as a species conflicted by war and a history of violence. Oh but its of our very nature! Oh how easy is it to pass over responsibility to the way of things. However, when we do collectively wake up to our true potential, we will truly remember how to be completely happy and to be completely sad as there’s no such thing as good or bad. Embracing the truth that everything is every thing will free us..
feel as you should
feel like you could
and feel like you would
feel as you grow
and feel as you show
feel it for you
feel it for me
feel it for all we are soon to be
anonymity vs complete transparency
We are living in a virtual world. The web of information is oh so pervasive, and with every moment in time it is growing.
what once we tried to bind
we're now told to untie
myself from the picture
my tint from the night
my root from the ground
and the leaves from my height
if not for the limbs that
hold me at times
i'd feel no more interest
the world third eye's blind
live for the moment
die for the past
remember the music
sing while it lasts
but know most important
is dance while you can
dance while you can
let's dance while we can
a new weaving motion
our bodies the string
let's twine a fabric
let's sew a dream
WE is one word
we are one mind and
we are one birth
we die together
when one dies alone
so forget displeasure
let's make our words known
live for the moment
die for the past
remember the music
sing while it lasts
but know most important
is dance while you can
dance while you can
let's dance while we can
a collab with chase dubois
Life is ruled by these glowing rectangles, but this isn’t something that should get us down. We should be empowered by mindfulness and the connections that we share.
Think about the growth of potential. How the growth of information, interconnection, and data manipulation is sculpting life itself. The universe is readily organizing and analyzing the bits of its very creation. It’s also playing angry birds and sending snapchats. It’s endlessly scrolling and seemingly zombified by its very power. But just imagine the potential!
Now is the time for the United States to realize that it’s time for a change.
As the projected approval rating for congress asymptotically approaches zero, the words government and efficiency are effectually antonyms. How long will it take us to realize that it doesn’t have to be about us or them, and that leading by example is a much more powerful stance than a blind show of force and ideology?
The idea that in order to form a more perfect union, insure domestic tranquilly, and provide for the general welfare requires a need for monopolization of information is simply false. This role the government is currently playing is a show for us to understand that it isn’t a requirement in an ideal society for security and freedom be substitutes for one another. How then can we forge an idea than synchronizes and synergizes with the central tenants that the United States was founded upon? What types of perspectives might we take to further progress our species toward a more ideal future? Remember, society is built upon the systematic aggregation of ideas prevalent throughout – a vital consideration when identifying and constructing points of possible relativistic improvement.