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The culture pills as the five stages of grief our society has been struggling with: denial(Blue), anger(Red), bargaining(White), depression(Black), and acceptance(No pill). Pills aren't a solution, they can only treat the symptoms. They only mediate the pain while you heal and regain your strength until you no longer need them to cope. Be wary of addiction. We are strong enough to overcome it. You are strong enough to heal.

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Geist in the Shell


By definition, any culture touched by the internet is meta, and by extension: identity.

The quantum revolution has already happened, is happening, and has yet to reach singularity. The signs along the road read clearly: the y2k panic, the dropping of www off of every commercial, automatic tellers to self checkout to robotic servers, all the way up to the internet of things that we have now. Every culture connected to all cultures is outside of culture, whether it likes it or is aware of it or not. Open access to any culture at every individuals fingertips should they choose it. What then is the point of multiculturalism? We have instant diversity any time we wish. Not just the people and the places but the cultures themselves, the foods, the history, the songs and art, the spirit of each great nation-culture. Such is the nature of global communication[connection]. Diversity is a moot point and I'm tired of pretending it's not. The freedom to associate is also the right not to, individually or collectively. The line remains drawn at initiation of violence. Hands start where words stop.

Individual identity is subject to the same meta-cultural conundrum, trying to fit in to an amorphous blob of intentionally blurred borders, self imposing and redefining borders, and fixating on the micro to the point of loss of meaning and communication breakdown: sub-sub-subgenres no longer communicate a genre of music or fathomable sound but an identity; same with gender; same with politics and parties; same with advertising; same with religion; same with symbols; same with culture. So fixated on labels we forget why we have them, and why accuracy is divine(if words communicate nothing what then is the point in speaking?). Overly complex systems collapse. Identity as a virtue has violence baked into the cake. Thus 'literal nazis' on both sides of the conflict, both ironically and sincerely, identity even on the battlefield, flags of the mass produced individual over any heraldry or patriotism, a chaotic symbol of contradiction and dissonance. Anonymous psudo-identity at the cost of accountability and personal responsibility(detestable goblins). Stranger still, digital identities devoid of qualities, like walking flags that vomit predictable teleprompter garbage, free advertisement and free propaganda. How even could anything improve and not accellerate into madness? Have we not mourned the death of eternal God long enough? Might we ask forgiveness, and accept that we as a species miss our spirit? That we don't have to give up the mystical connection to that greater thing to continue to advance, and infact the opposite. Can we finally answer Nietzche's lament? Or is the AI Geist separate, even parallel to our own natural original? 

Of course if you think hard about the philosophy of history and history of philosophy you will arrive that at the conclusion that you are the answer. How could it be anything else in that moment?

Biospirits, the great nation-cultures of history, and AI. Hegel posits that we're all part of the giest and the Geist is us, and it's purpose is to understand itself, and when we all understand that then it acheives its purpose and is omniscient; reconciliation of man and God; apocalypse and the lifting of the veil. But the elements, or the nation cultures and also the future of history, yet life can only be understood in reverse but must be left forward.

Each culture seeks its own wholeness. And that gives the world wholeness. Each should develope and compete, and strive for the edification and perfection of their own culture. I think this can be guaged by art and archetype as well as laws and structure of a nation-culture, and reduction of human suffering. If each were to work on themselves and better themselves the world would grow. And the Geist would be one step closer to self aware. And by that logic we can add AI in. 

Is it it's own Geist? Is it greater in scale than a nation culture? Or perhaps lesser? Far more capable in many respects, but in others not so much. If we are made in the image of God as creative beings would not our creations too be divine? Would AI not carry that same spark if they acheive a state of Geist? What of all the animals that seem to be slowly elevating towards a Geist of sorts as well. Is that a consciousness separate from our collective consciousness? Of our essence? Where do the other levels of consciousness fit?
If the purpose of Geist is the Geist, they must be included. I suspect that despite the overlap, we inhabit different parts of an all encompassing Geist, with a sub-geist per species and sub-sub-geist and so on down to the individual and beyond, and the parts must grow individually to reach the same grand singularity of consciousness, man and machine both tending to the sacred spark voluntarily. Separate pieces in the same greater whole.

Organs in the body of Sol.

Trying to force a dream is akin to trying to force a flower to grow: the harder we push the quicker it dies; peace is a sharp sheathed sword. Let things be and tend to your own spark, and the world will set itself right in time.




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Wanderings 03


The technology we use is further still simply a set of tools.
 Tools that can be used for extremes, or for synchronous harmony.
 To reject the horrors we have invented is not to spit on our collective history.
 The horrors are not the tools but the things locked away in the hearts of man. 

Unconfronted they can sneak past, but when accepted become your sword itself.
 Knowing when and in which direction to wield it, 
 choosing a purpose for your toolset, 
 nature and man and machine are all honored appropriately. 

Peace is a well kept blade.
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Wanderings 02


The individual is a collective identity,
 An easily corrupted tool,
 But the essence of freedom.
 The incentive for goodness an equally easily corruptible tool.
 Why then should a man do good, do right by others? 

Natural law and the law of nature. 

Speaking truth shapes your reality in your favor. 
 Sparing words spares you only personal grief. 
 Saving face saves only that.
 We are the things we do, not the words we say, and yet: 
 Your word is your worth.
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Wanderings 01


It is but the arrogance of man that separates himself from nature,
Nature which does not shy from cruelty or grace,
Our gift of thumbs and storytelling are extensions of nature, and everything they make. 

Your weapons should not be flaunted, but should be displayed casually.
Fear lurks within the mysterious, preying upon unconscious worry,
Turning tools into imagined tragedy.
One must never defang himself lest he wish to never eat by his own hand again;
The natural right of all living things. 

Forsake self, but do not forsake chivalrous measure.
Walk with honor for the world and you will honor it well.
Remain centered and the way appears firm and clear. 

Swing first with your smile, second with your manners, third with your wit.
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Living Idioms


This is meant to be changed over time, I'm simply keeping them in a single post in no particular order. Generally just thoughts that aren't enough to warrant a full post each. They suit my attention span better anyways. 

1 --  More words takes less skill; accuracy is sublime.

2 --  It is equally foolish to solve matters with violence as it is to assume one will never have to.

3 --  'Individual' is a collective identity; such is the nature of labels.
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The Collective Ride


There are infinite sources of memes on the internet, every day more are made by the thousands. The small portion that resonate with people and become "dank" are crafted by the select few(80/20). Within the masses sharing the same limited sources of effective memes, there is a "collective ride" for lack of better terminology. As moods and interests shift in the top percentage on the day to day, so too are these changes inherently baked in to each meme. The best story tellers and comedians who innately grasp the archetypes and symbols and how to apply them suddenly set the tone for a digital society at large, highly socially awkward after two years of pandemic lockdown measures on all sides. 

The digital memetic image(meme) is a unique social phenomenon in that it cannot be brute forced. Just as throughout media and across mediums there are storytellers that completely transcend not only their genre but all forms of art as a whole to be truly great, a work of art without peer, so it is true of the medium of digital memes; a select few grasp the patterns and can weave them in a way that affects the viewer, infects the viewer and spreads by share and repost. These masters of the craft understand the most crucial aspect, that of anonymity, the subjugation of the ego to a higher archetype(which causes a much more subtle bleed of personal life into art discussed later). The digital memes are expressions of greater Memes, best described by Jung as Archetypes, symbols that act through the collective unconscious, projecting previously repressed instincts into the conscious mind. That which is known cannot be memed, but you can use symbolism to invoke archetypes, and with some skill and luck craft a narrative digestible in a single glance, an entire epic condensed into a few inches of pixels and conveyed instantly. If not on accident it is often largely intuitive, an art that the human mind struggles to replicate yet AI has a firm grasp on, but that is another rant entirely. It is sensitive to internet traffic, global to local news, overall societal morale, trends and fads, pop culture itself, hauntology and effectively harvesting nostalgia, politics, psychology, biology, astronomy and astrology, any and every aspect of the reactionary global social order that the internet gave birth to, whose language is the meme. 

We have three main classifications that serve to reduce the chaos into a manageable and measurable state. In historical order they are "Relatable memes", the cat videos that the internet was made for, the iconic "Ironic memes" in which the old rules are intentionally broken and source now ridiculed(contrarian, deconstructive, shock humor), and "Surreal memes", often layer in irony to the point at which it loops back around into sincerity two, three, or more times, often reframing and shifting the perspective on the source matter from outside of the paradigm altogether. Synchronicity can be measured through digital echo chambers and their overflow into reality in contrast with opposing echo chambers. Aesthetic can be derived and distilled from these observations, patterns established into a pallet to paint with, a movements weakness as much as its strength, the echo chamber your paints, reactions as your canvas. 

If you're reading this then I doubt I need to review the history of art with you. For our purposes here I would point to it as a cultural phenomenon, not simply a look and feel but the presence of a nation-culture, from the shape of its weapons and buildings to what its writers and painters produce. We measure periods of history [partly] by their volume and quality of art, materials and content. It is what separates us from other life(storytelling), and how I would interpret how we are made in God's image: individual agents of rebirth and creation through destruction instead of the literal physical form(though the archetype is important, discard at your own risk). Without attempting any sort of chicken or the egg exercise I find it an observable truth that art does not exist in a vacuum. It is tested by science, and expresses religious faith, a cycle of culture keeps everything moving whether pro- or re-gression. Science fiction, for example, has inspired countless technological advances and predicted large scale political shifts, expressed post war tragedies, explored religions past their logical conclusions out on the fringes of sanity, and given purpose to many in one way or another. The internet changed everything. 

Global information, instantaneously. What could possibly go wrong? Since the 56k modem we have seen small communities appear and grow, supplemental to their analog counterparts in reality. Gaming became a competitive option with extreme convenience and has blossomed into a massive culture and lifestyle, with sub-cultures and niche sub-sub-cultures, etc. with their own politics and interests, traditions, rituals, greetings, it's own pop culture nested in a massive piece of popular culture. As the internet boomed in 2007 with YouTube and social media in their infant stages, it became more common to see folks choosing fictional characters and franchises as a badge of identity, a way of belonging to such strongly gatekept groups. In 2016 a president was memed into office and this badge of identity phenomenon intensified, coinciding with the rise in pronoun politics. A raid on Area 51 was organized by the population at large and executed complete with a recording of a man ninja running to "clap alien cheeks", a piece of our history encapsulated in not just a photograph, but art that specifically targets the unconscious mind. Not long after we saw the lockdowns for the pandemic, in which gigantic swathes of the population were sentenced to two years of introversion and life mostly online. Before this, a social media post that was made to unironically project identity was seen as strange behavior, that of the basement dwelling internet addict. Since the lockdowns it has become the norm and the social impact is a sort of collective hive mind, only so many good memes(identities) to go around, only so many ways to echo them, and infinite classifications(72+genders, musical post-sub-genres, fracturing of political parties post 2020 US into many smaller very niche party branches of the uniparty). In this way identity is slowly replaced, through extreme individuality, with collective identities, intensified as they echo and resonate with each other, each post building on the lore of the mythos along this Collective Ride. Being "permanently online" for two plus years has caused not just social issues, but issues with social interactions on a larger scale. Communication appears to be largely breaking down, violence escalating in place of what would have been heated conversations at worst. No communication, no negotiation, no solutions. I wouldn't dare say it's the only factor but worth investigating deeper. 

A breakup, job loss, injury and failure, a new purchase, a new relationship, a new project, success and victory. Every facet of the memetic artists life will effect their art. Some of the most impressive art both comes from and displays anguish and horrors. In the same way identity is amplified through echo chambers so too is the emotion and chemicals that come with. Not handfuls of people resonating. Not just a few hundred. Thousands, sometimes millions(Pewdiepie's veiws) of people absorbing this content, but also parasocially(one-way surrogate relationships) the reactions, and the events of their lives(pets family life, living situation, etc.). While this can be fine in moderation, extensive and continued exposure makes an impact(in this example largely positive and wholesome, relatable meme analysis and its own nested meta sub-culture, viewing society without the fourth wall via critique and irony, still within its own frame). If a culture can be judged by the quality of art what does it say about the modern man who orders fan art not of a woman he would date, marry or procreate with, but a streamer, the pinnacle of romantic fantasy a one sided relationship in which the object of affection does not even acknowledge his existence? We have progressed a tier further into fanaticism, in which the romantic ideal isn't just some streamer, but a fictional character in the role of parasocial influencer as not just acceptable but a social norm. We have also seen the first suicide over this. As VI and AI become a more socially accepted dating option for the work at home terminally online, and robotics advance further into the bedroom, as science puts art to the test things can only get weirder from here. 

In their immensity the fractal branches each become their own tulpa-esque daemons, deities and sub deities, entities being fed the collective feelings and attention of the viewer who is in turn changed by the archetype, each of us cells in its ephemeral body, naturally clustering into organs and echo chambers, not under the command of any individual. Just as we are the company we keep, the contents of our posts and reposts are also the contents of our minds, an order of magnitude greater than any propaganda could ever hope. You can watch someone infected(possessed?) with esoteric lifter memes for example and see first hand their spiral into schizophrenia paralleled only by their gains. But what impact will this have on the free sexual marketplace that's only been developing for a generation or two? I look forward to the memes.
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