21C Transition, episode 1: Age of Foolishness

“In a network, in transition, in a context of play: 8bn imperfect shards of spirit, beautiful beyond belief.”
@johnkellden

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A Tale of Two Stigmergies

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
— Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities
It will ripple through us, instantly slow, a presencing presence of collective presence. Vaster than narratives and infinitely, seriously playful. A miraculous response to our crying out.

“It was the biosemiotics of times, it was the plutocracy of times, it was the age of awakening, it was the age of consumerism, it was the epoch of fundamentalism, it was the epoch of murmuration, it was the age of community, it was the age of solipsism, it was the Orange Zombie Clowns with Nuclear Launch Codes, it was the Gilets Jaunes, we had everything at the touch of our Dancing Wu Li Fingers, we had the nothingness of our Plastic and Gabapentin, we were all glimpsing a wash over the mind, we were all remaining Produce inside Surveillance Proprietary Platforms — in short, we were sad creatures and magical beings, so much alike what has transpired again and again that we suddenly found ourselves, rediscovered ourselves, always and already as if for the first time, beyond any which comparisons, branches of denial of ourcellves we still for a brief spell were clinging, before turning imaginal cells.”
@johnkellden riffing on Charles Dickens

Our Despair, An Opening Up
Our despair is our ticket of admission. Our contentment turned denial, denial turned imaginal cells, ourcellves turned confusion: how we access our becoming intensely human. Our crying out, an instigation of all the worst and all the best of our times. A renewal of the covenant between spirit, mind, intelligence, desire and nature.

“I was referring to a mental flood, actually. You know, a release, a wash over the mind, not necessarily the land. A downhill course which leads to a disaster — an opening up, a telepathic society where people can read each others’ minds. Of course, in such a situation there’d be no real change for people who have been honest and open with whatever’s in their minds, but those who have been rather two-faced and who have kept their thoughts hidden would find it very difficult.”
— Peter Gabriel

We are already in the midst of our own coming alive together with our own boid rules of becoming intensely human. Don’t be afraid, to cry at what you see. Our transition, a wash over the mind. The act soon gone, replaced by you and me.

vaster than narratives and infinitely, seriously playful

It will ripple through us, instantly slow, a presencing presence of collective presence. Vaster than narratives and infinitely, seriously playful. A miraculous response to our crying out.

“If you accept the existence of proprietary platforms dominating mass media, you accept a system designed to persuade and to dominate minds by interfering in people’s thinking patterns. You also accept that the system will be used by the sorts of people who like to influence people and are good at it. No person who did not wish to dominate others would choose to build surveillance capitalism, panopticon proprietary platforms, or choosing it, succeed in it. So the basic nature of massively multiplayer digital platforms and all technologies created to serve them will be consistent with this purpose, will encourage this behaviour in society and in all participants easily swayed, and will tend to push social evolution at the expense of sovereign, social cognition.”
@johnkellden riffing on Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Permission Slip To Go Be & Do
In a network, in transition, as soon as you embrace social learning, learning from your peers, you start to detox your physical body, reclaim authenticity, vulnerability and trust in your relationships and in your own relational intelligence and rediscover your own cognition. Nothing more, yet nothing less, is required. As of right now, right here, you are hereby officially receiving a permission slip to go forth and be your full, awesome you. Go do.

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We made it? What happened? We woke up and found the others…
Small moves. Small steps. Reach out to friends. If they’re friends, they’ll be there for you, they’ll help you with the next steps of your own unfolding. Please stop beating yourself up. Stop giving your authenticity away. We live in an age where the people who we used to put our trust in to lead us, are no longer capable to function. Live yourself fully into your own unique questions. Let go of everything that insults your soul. Let come everything that unfolds your virtue and your path, in a context of connectivity, generativity, learning, nature, mutuality, metalogue, generativity and play.

Your Move…

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