Transhumanism

Only enlightened humans can wield a double edged sword without hurting themselves and others…

“They want us to accept that our rights are but privileges contingent on our compliance with the whims of tyrannical diktats…

“They want to usher in a totalitarian digitaliarism where access to goods and services such as the internet is tied to a digital ID…

“They want to preside over the resources and assets of the natural world and ration our access to those under the banner of sustainability…”

etc. etc.

But who is them?

Who is this powerful “they” the investigative reporters keep bringing up?

it’s clear as day

the “they” is the corrupt way—

it is the picture of Dorian Gray

yes

but ultimately

the “they” is the ignorance

in us—

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“Forgive them,

they know not what they do”

as Jesus said

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the “they” is the flip side of us

the “they”

is the order of the day

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the “they” is technology

per se

as Heidegger conceived it—

not in the control of man

but the other way around

it being in control of man

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the medium

that is the message

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wherein we are running

(but racing rats)

in the OS of technology—

in the matrix of enframing

that reduces the world

in the image of resources—

of the affordances

of a “standing reserve”

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the “they” then is a way

of seeing

and a way

of unwholesome being

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Attention Quarantined

You become what you agree to attend to.

And your freedom turns on it.

Literally.

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Effort of attention is … the essential phenomenon of will.

William James

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The way Social Media can in effect anti-socialize us and Smart technologies dumb us down is the way that our capacity for discerning attention is under great threat in the Black Hole Glut of the Attention (=Distraction) Economy.

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And it all happens when we have no distinct idea about who we actually are and what we actually stand for.

Absent clarity of intent and intuitive self-reliance we’re bound to forfeit our agency and to defer to what (ever) is being curated for us.

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Free will then is not exempt from causes and conditions but is rather the flexible coordination of attention, intention and emotion in skillful action. That’s what it means to be free from a psychological and phenomenological perspective.

Evan Thompson

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Which reminds me of a profound poem by A. R. Ammons—which arrested my attention the very first time I read it:

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ATTENTION

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Down by the bay I

kept in mind

at once

the tips of all the rushleaves

and so

came to know

balance’s cost and true:

somewhere though in the whole field

is the one

tip

I will someday lose out of mind

and fall through.

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Adyashanti on Free Will

THE NUMBER ONE PRINCIPLE OF MY WHOLE TEACHING IS TO HAVE A GREAT CLARITY ABOUT YOUR INTENTION. ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING WHY YOU ARE DOING IT AND WHERE YOU ARE HEADED. BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT CLARITY: YOUR ENERGY GETS DISSIPATED.

right.

the question ultimately is: are you gearing towards satisfying your greed and your gluttony and lust (as a way of sublimating your fear of loss)

or towards saying yes to life and committing to serving something beyond your appetites.

each and every day: to what energies and psychic currents you lend your flesh and your bones—is the ultimate question.