Welcome to an age of sharing

“Capitalism, it turns out, will not be abolished by forced-march techniques,” wrote Paul Mason, in The Guardian – just over a year ago now. “It will be abolished by creating something more dynamic that exists, at first, almost unseen within the old system, but which will break through, reshaping the economy around new values and behaviours. I call this postcapitalism.”

Is it utopian to believe we’re on the verge of an evolution beyond capitalism? Read Paul Mason’s piece before you make up your mind.
Welcome to an age of sharing: illustration by Joe Magee

Welcome to an age of sharing: illustration by Joe Magee

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/17/postcapitalism-end-of-capitalism-begun

 

Something is really flying around

Image posted on Facebook by Empty and Meaningless (28 Oct 2012)

Image posted on Facebook by Empty and Meaningless (28 Oct 2012)

Unknown objects are operating under intelligent control … It is imperative that we learn where UFOs come from and what their purpose is … (Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, Director, Central Intelligence Agency 1947-1950, quoted on UFO Casebook)

This ‘flying saucer’ situation is not at all imaginary or seeing too much in some natural phenomena. Something is really flying around. The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious. (Gen Nathan Twining, Chief of Staff, US Air Force, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, quoted on UFO Casebook)

We have no proof, but if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that … other life probably exists out there and perhaps in many places … (Neil Armstrong, 21 Oct 1999, quoted on UFO Casebook)

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The image seems to have come from a Russian website: http://pikabu.ru/

Creating possibilities

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. (Henry David Thoreau, in Walden)

One website I visited today in search of Thoreau assured me that “This favorite quote from Henry David Thoreau is perfect for that special iconoclast in your life …” (They were, of course, keen to sell me something.)

Yuk! I muttered. I have no wish to be anybody’s “special iconoclast”. Seeing those two words strung together like that forcibly brought home to me how cunningly those who see themselves as ‘normal’ and ‘sane’ and ‘ordinary’ use language to quarantine us, assigning us to taxonomic pigeonholes intended to render us comparatively harmless.

Okay, I’m doing a bit of a rant. But I’m not going to self-edit … I’m going to leave it in for once. 

And now that I’ve looked my feelings of disappointment, futility, frustration, ineptitude and failure squarely in the eye …

You might have noticed that I haven’t specifically mentioned blogging; that’s because what I’m talking about doesn’t apply only to blogging. I’m guessing you will by now have seen exactly where it relates to you.

Instead of creating expectations of what should or should not be happening, cooperate with the form that this moment takes. Bring a ‘yes’ to the isness, because it’s pointless to argue if it already is. A greater intelligence is available to you when you no longer reject, deny, or ‘don’t want’ what is. (Eckhart Tolle)

PS: Let me repeat this little snip from Wikipedia, which I used in a comment on my previous post: “Mindfulness, which is an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment) is an antidote to delusion … This faculty becomes a power in particular when it is coupled with clear comprehension of whatever is taking place.”

If people aren’t moved

Six Pixels of Separation

“If people aren’t moved by what you’re creating,” asks digital marketing expert Mitch Joel (author of Six Pixels of Separation), “what does that say to you?

“If more and more people aren’t moved by what you’re doing,” he continues, “what does that say to you?”

“If you’re constantly and consistently putting out your best work and it’s not connecting/finding an audience, what does that say to you?”

For most of us, blogging is a means to an end. Whilst those ends are not the same for everyone, we all have something to say, and we all have an audience to reach.

Mitch Joel assures us: “No, this isn’t about creating something and quantifying the success of it based on how many people are moved by it, but it is one of the ways to keep score.” Which, for me, dovetails perfectly with the principles of mindfulness. 

Let me be even more blunt: What is your relationship to results?

Mitch Joel’s blog post, titled Moving People Creates Movements, is worth a read.

Dedicated to thoughtful examination …

My art is poetry, I deal in language and incantation, believing that poetry and oratory can invoke change.  Others follow a different path, preferring to draw out the healing properties of plants and salves. (Brother James Wise)

According to a blog I found today, “The Order of Mendicants (OM) is an initiatory, ecumenical religious order dedicated to thoughtful examination of all Faces of the Divine, while training Spiritual Directors to serve the needs of Community. The OM transcends the jurisdiction of any specific dogma, theology or religion toward the attainment of a more holistic approach to Divinity.”

All of which has appeal …

Discovery

Got a kick recently to discover, on someone’s blogroll, a blog described as “laconic, restrained, visionary”. Turns out it was |cross-ties|. Seems about right.

Here I am … blogging

Yesterday, I unearthed a bundle of papers from a decade ago that included some notes about “the possibility of being an authentic voice in the world.” At that time, I was aware (I think) of Usenet with its moderated newsgroups. The term blog had been coined, but – with my background in special-interest magazine publishing – I was thinking more about the e-zine concept.

Well, ten years on, with a lot of water having passed under a number of bridges, here I am … blogging.

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You might be interested to take a look at Wikpedia’s
History of Blogging.

An expanding Singularity

  “… Things going on. Great advances. Constantly increasing speed, infinite power, all knowledge and cognition sliding down into an expanding Singularity that will suck everything up and remake the universe. And what do I actually get? The ability to learn the uninformed opinions of everyone in the world through round-cornered communications devices my fat fingers are too big to use.” (Alexander Jablokov, in Brain Thief)

Oh my! There’s just so much in this piece of writing. And it’s so full of juice, I feel like I’m slobbering and the juice is running down over my chin and staining my T-shirt.

I can really only begin to touch on three points today. (I’ll really need to start tackling some of these issues in more detail at an early date.)

One: The language of science in general – and the Big Bang model in particular – is sounding increasingly like the language of the ancient esoteric teachings.

Two: “The ability to learn the uninformed opinions of everyone in the world …” The essence of blogging. (And I really enjoy the ironic description.)

Three: “… an expanding Singularity …” Take a look here: Antimatter : Life in a puzzling universe

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Jablokov, Alexander. 2009. Brain thief. New York: Tom Douherty Associates [p153]