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


but ultimately

the “they” is the ignorance

in us—


“Forgive them,

they know not what they do”

as Jesus said


the “they” is the flip side of us

the “they”

is the order of the day


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


the medium

that is the message


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”


the “they” then is a way

of seeing

and a way

of unwholesome being



Attention Quarantined

You become what you agree to attend to.

And your freedom turns on it.



Effort of attention is … the essential phenomenon of will.

William James



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.



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.


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


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




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


I will someday lose out of mind

and fall through.