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THE DEATH OF PASSION

You feel it in the NFL.

You sense it with your favorite brand.

You have reluctantly acknowledged it with your favorite movie star.

It’s no longer there in all that you buy.

They have become politicized, rapacious, repugnant, cowardly, greedy, weak, petty and worse, you can’t unknow this, there’s too much information, too many people online, a mad rush of data and takes and notifications ensuring no escape, no respite.

It’s all not working, nothing is how it’s supposed to be.

Your passions are dying.

You can’t give yourself to anyone nor anything, not fully, because none of it can live up to your still-lowered expectations because it’s simply not possible, they are not here for you or about you or because of you, and you can’t avoid this truth, besides, they also face all the madness, all the monotony, all the gushing words and sounds and images.

Might this be for our good?

We are being made to confront the truth: all will fail us, all can never be as the-all-things we desire, and maybe this pushes us to embracing what we know to be true: God is good, God is great, God is where we can give our passions without fail.

Don’t believe?

Keep looking, but there is only one center.

Jesus: “Ye know how to discern the face of the heaven; but ye cannot discern the signs of the times.

If God is here, there, everywhere, then God is also where our technology is and if so, then maybe God is inside our technology, maybe even directing it. Jesus healed with his voice. How soon are we to replicating this?

Alexa, have the nanobot in my gut heal my heartburn!

It’s a start.

As our technology nears mirroring the fantastical and miraculous in the Bible, is that a sign of us moving closer to God?

I want to believe yes.

We all want to believe.

MEMENTO BUT IN REVERSE

“Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?”

I think of this question, presented by Luke in Acts, often.

The Bible mentions resurrection numerous times, and not only associated with Jesus. Much of what it says, however, strikes me as unclear, possibly contradictory — always a sign that we have not yet developed our knowledge and technologies sufficient to understanding.

The Bible is a makers guide.

Keep working towards.

The longest a human has ever lived, according to our modern records, is 122 years.

What if that truly is the limit?

What if the only way possible to live beyond 122 is to change ourselves so much, say through bionic limbs, artificial organs, embedded computer processors, electronics usurping our nerve endings, extending our brain matter, that we are no longer who we are?

Living past 122 but not as our self strikes me as a pyrrhic victory.

Resurrection may be the better path.

The problem with resurrection, however, is that as soon as it becomes possible it’s not nearly enough. We don’t want to be resurrected as our self, but as our self, better: stronger, fitter, taller, smarter. We want to be more than who we are.

This is built into our code.

There are other concerns which likewise must be addressed, not all technical.

Which of our selves gets to pick the age of return? Ninety year old self may choose fifty, thirty-four year old self may choose sixteen. And if we can only be brought back to life as an infant, say, we are then an infant in a new world, and this new world will profoundly shape us, direct us, limit us — new us.

Additionally, we will need to make sure that before we die, we put our affairs in order. That is, make sure Giant Computer knows everything about us, knows how important each one of those bits is, contains every memory, every decision, an analysis of their good and bad, and relays it to us — the new us — in a timely manner.

Our own Bible.

Do this, don’t do that, do more of this, do less of that, trust me, this is right, trust me, this is good, trust me, this will lead to misery.

Faith is a necessary requirement of the future.

Without faith, you evaporate.

Faith is also required because temptations will never be stronger, nor more plentiful than they are soon to be. Understand: the ability to resurrect our self brings with it also the ability to not be our self, and this is a constantly tantalizing prospect, believe me.

Some of us are descendants of tall, fierce warriors, men capable of taking down a woolly mammoth with little more than a hand-fashioned spear.

Men from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Montenegro are, on average, the tallest in the world, according to new research that helps to explain why such individuals often grow to six feet and more in height.

Their stature appears to be at least partly a genetic legacy of the Upper Paleolithic Gravettian culture (the culture of mammoth hunters).

Remains of Gravettian men suggest that they stood between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches on average, which was an extraordinary size for the time. In contrast, men among the ancient Maya who lived several thousand years later were 5 feet 2 inches tall on average. Mayan women were about 4 feet tall on average.

Know this: you will never be presented with resurrection as a sole option but may be presented with resurrection plus options.

Imagine this: You have lived a good, long life, been successful in your endeavors, in your relationships and now, we will usher you through the resurrection transition. Soon, you will be born again, but do not fear, we have retained all your memories, all your actions, and a literal three-dimensional avatar of yourself will guide the new you — but still you — into the new world. Oh! But before we proceed, would you like us to edit your genes so that you become the equivalent of great, tall, proud mammoth-killing warriors?

Most men have a difficult time turning down potato chips.

Choice is made worse because — without faith — it’s often impossible to know what is right and best.

Was the past more right or less?

Contrary to popular opinion, humans didn’t shed a harsh existence as hunter-gatherers and herders for the good life of stay-in-place farming.

Year-round farming villages and early agricultural states, such as those that cropped up in Mesopotamia, exchanged mobile groups’ healthy lifestyles for the back-breaking drudgery of cultivating crops, exposure to infectious diseases, inadequate diets, taxes and conscription into armies.

Which would you choose?

Incremental changes to the body’s aging process are not achieved in isolation, ever. So, too, will it be with profound changes. The closer we get to literal resurrection, the more we understand all that shapes us, enhances us, limits us. Which of these enhancing-limiting factors should we accept when we possess the power to change each of them?

We will not end Alzheimers, as one example, without also gaining the ability to edit other base elements of our brain and body — and thus our self.

Radical longevity demands a casting off of the self. There is no other way.

Exactly as Christ told us.

THE LAST ONE

Reduce your calories and take a nice walk, you’ll live longer, live better.

Moderate Walking Enhances the Effects of an Energy-Restricted Diet on Fat Mass Loss and Serum Insulin in Overweight and Obese Adults in a 12-Week Randomized Controlled Trial

The decrease in body weight was accompanied by a significant reduction in total fat mass, which was significantly more pronounced in the DI + walking group than in the DI group (−6.4 ± 3.1 compared with −4.8 ± 3.0 kg; P = 0.020). REE after 12 wk was not significantly different compared with the baseline REE. Diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, LDL cholesterol, and non-HDL cholesterol were similarly significantly improved by both interventions.

Still won’t?

Your choice. But know that if you are obese you then greatly increase your odds of having cancer.

Obesity-related cancers accounted for about 40 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2014. Although the overall rate of new cancer diagnoses has fallen since the 1990s,  rates of obesity-related cancers have been rising.

Nature does not want you to be fat.

Indian scientists studied more than 1,200 men and found that too much extra weight was linked to a lower volume of semen, a lower sperm count and lower sperm concentration.

In addition, sperm motility (the ability to move quickly through the female reproductive tract) was poor. The sperm had other defects as well, the researchers added. Poor sperm quality can lower fertility and the chances of conception.

Imagine we conquer death.

Too much to ask?

Imagine we are able to remake and re-fashion and enhance our mind and body, with all their various parts and functions, and live to 1,000, like Noah.

What if this transformation requires something of us?

The equivalent of eating right and walking?

Too much to ask?

What if this transformation requires the help of government or some other entity?

Too much to ask?

In America, blacks die younger than whites.

Life expectancy of black Americans in 2010 was equal to that of white Americans in 1980.

Might a similar “health disparity” prevent you or your loved ones from achieving radical longevity?

What demand of radical longevity would you reject? Already, millions — maybe billions — eat more than is necessary and don’t regularly exercise, despite possessing the full awareness that such acts lessen their lifespan.

Can you think of any requirement to living to 1,000 that might be too much for you to accept?

What if you are the only one, the last remaining?

All other humans have transitioned into some alternate state, some varied form that enables them to live one thousand years.

You are the last, and can’t or won’t go on.

Neanderthals lived among and near humans for thousands of years, their numbers becoming fewer and fewer, with the final remaining ones holed up in the caves and woods of northern Europe, most likely, endeavoring to stay alive, to find comfort, joy, talk of times gone, maybe dreaming of somehow passing on their genes.

There was a last one, then he died.

And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

I am at a loss to imagine what would keep me from embracing radical life extension, though I am certain there will be valid reasons presented.

THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN

What will life — not living, life — be like for the next generation?

And the next?

And the next?

And the next?

And the ten generations following that one?

For all our collective wisdom, we can scarcely fathom actual human beings fourteen “generations” into the future.

This is a profoundly different reality from all who came before us.

Will they be digitized? Filled with electronics? Brains connected to exterior sensors? Living inside a bionic shell?

The very first chapter from the book of Matthew lists the fourteen generations from Abraham to David, then the fourteen generations from David to Babylon (captivity), then the fourteen from Babylon to Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

This is important.

With Christ, all is changed.

So it will be with us — humans, mortals — as we achieve the same miracles ascribed to Jesus.

That is our mission.

The very first such miracle, birth without procreation, we accomplished a generation ago. Communicating through dreams, I suspect thats possible now.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, (the wise men) departed into their own country another way.

How long till all the remaining?

One generation? Three? We must try to live as long as possible — till that day arrives.

But I am suspicious of ‘human freezing’ efforts. If we are to live to 1,000 — or forever — it will be, I imagine, not of the body.

The chance to live forever is science fiction in most conversations, but a lab in Scottsdale believes it can freeze your body after death and maybe bring you back years in the future.

ALCOR Life Extension practices the science of cryonics. Big metal containers at ALCOR hold bodies of people who are legally dead, but considered lives on hold by ALCOR cryopreservation.

“What we’re offering is a chance, and only a chance, to come back and have an indefinite life span.  [It] could be hundreds of years, could be thousands of years,” said Max More, president and CEO of ALCOR.

Jesus became not of flesh.

As part of the land, the earth, the physical, we are profoundly limited — as per God’s plan.

In Genesis, note how humans are punished for their transgressions:

Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

and

And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain [the murderer] was a tiller of the ground.

and

And Noah began to be a husbandman, and planted a vineyard [this is when things went south].

Use olive oil, not seed oils like corn or sunflower, nor canola:

We’ve seen that vegetable oils cause obesity, heart disease, promote male infertility and aging, and are just generally bad news. In this article we’ll look at the evidence that vegetable oils cause insulin resistance.

If we manage to get to Mars, or perhaps even a planet on some distant other solar system, how many might we kill without trying?

While estimates vary, a recent consensus places the figure of Native Americans living at the time near Columbus’s arrival at around 54 million. According to previous studies, nearly 95% of them are believed to have been killed by European diseases, like smallpox.

95%.

Watching everyone you love, even all you hate, sicken and die. Cruel.

SAY THE WORD AND YOU’LL BE FREE

Siri, play the Beatles.

OK, Google, turn up the heat.

Alexa, turn the lights on in the house.

We speak and our world changes.

This should be no surprise. From Luke: “for his word was with power.”

Our voice now commands the connected machines but soon, all machines will be connected, and all the machines will be everywhere, in our homes, our walls, the roads, buildings, in our schools, inside our bodies.

What then?

“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Word is power.

Even a mere generation ago you could not believe such a thing. Now there is no way to disbelieve.

“And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this!”

What a word is this!

Of course what we say — our words, our commands — will soon clean, cut, open, lock, heal, eradicate.

Speak, and the nanomachines inside us kill the cancer cell forming.

Already, there is progress on using computing and ‘smart pills’ to administer medicine, healing — and, yes, death — to an exact location in the body.

New Microchip Technology Could Be Used to Track Smart Pills

Caltech researchers have developed microscale devices that relay their location in the body

Speak — “heal that limb” — and the medicine machine obeys. And, yes, speak out loud to the machine pills inside you to feel joy or perhaps wretched sorrow.

“And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.”

These are the days of miracle and wonder.

Believe.

“First paralyzed human regains his upper body movement after being treated with stem cells.”

“Scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research have used nerve stimulation to induce signs of consciousness in a man who has been in a vegetative state almost half his life.”

“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.”

Strange days, indeed.

MOVE

What if God, when he took away our potential to live forever, also took it from all other creatures?

And what if God didn’t actually take away our potential to live forever, but rather, placed it out of reach?

“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.”

Part of our punishment — along with the potential loss of immortality — was that we were tied to the ground, to Earth, the flesh, this world.

That means there’s a way out.

“So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.”

How do we become no longer of this world, of this body?

How long the transition?

“After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

Is the “flashing back and forth” merely the on-off, 1/o of a binary microprocessor?

Getting old, it’s something that happens to everyone and nearly every species on this planet, but the question is, should it?

Should it?

As Charles Darwin explained, natural selection results in the fittest individuals for a given environment surviving to breed and pass on their genes to the next generation. The more fruitful a trait is at promoting reproductive success, the stronger the selection for that trait will be. In theory, this should give rise to individuals with traits which prevent ageing as their genes could be passed on nearly continuously. Thus, despite the obvious facts to the contrary, from the point of evolution ageing should never have happened.

Ageing should never have happened.

Yet it does.

Why?

Here’s what we’ve long assumed:

(George C. ) Williams proposed that natural selection enriches genes promoting reproductive success but consequently ignores their negative effects on longevity. Importantly, this is only true when those negative effects occur after the onset of reproduction.

Essentially, if a gene mutation results in more offspring but shortens life that’s fine.

Evolution does not care about aging, only reproduction.

This suggests a fixable problem.

We found a series of genes involved in regulating autophagy, which accelerate the ageing process.” These results are surprising indeed, the process of autophagy is a critical recycling process in the cell, and is usually required to live a normal full lifetime. Autophagy is known to become slower with age and the authors of this paper show that it appears to completely deteriorate in older worms. They demonstrate that shutting down key genes in the initiation of the process allows the worms to live longer compared with leaving it running crippled. “This could force us to rethink our ideas about one of the most fundamental processes that exist in a cell,” Holger explains. “Autophagy is nearly always thought of as beneficial even if it’s barely working. We instead show that there are severe negative consequences when it breaks down and then you are better off bypassing it all together.

Even shorter version:

In young worms, autophagy is working properly and is essential to reach maturity but after reproduction, it starts to malfunction causing the worms to age.

But maybe this is too much. Maybe re-wiring, switching off/on all individual genes, exactly as necessary, will always prove beyond our abilities.

Do we abandon the body altogether?

This may not be possible.

But if it becomes possible, you will want to be alive when we achieve this.

By any means necessary.

Do *any* exercise:

Physical activity of any kind can prevent heart disease and death, says a large international study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study shows any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a week to raise the heart rate.

PAY ATTENTION: “The PURE study showed that by meeting the activity guidelines, the risk for death from any cause was reduced by 28%, while heart disease was reduced by 20%, and it didn’t matter what type of physical activity the person did.”

Much harder, but absolutely achievable, intermittent fasting, which may also have cumulative anti-aging benefits — like compounding interest.

Intermittent Fasting Promotes White Adipose Browning and Decreases Obesity by Shaping the Gut Microbiota

Take your supplements.

Also, pray. Pray and push forward:

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

Peter: “I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.”

How soon for you?

Not too soon, I hope.

CIDER

Michigan apples fall from the tree across from my home, breaking open, rotting, their pungent smell invigorating. Bacteria is life, healing power abounds, in the trees, the ground, the plants, the sun; where else?

But I wonder, is our future — a future of living extremely long, maybe forever — only possible in an entirely different form? Beyond all that embraces the physical.

Read this short story from the new testament of the Bible (highlights added):

The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked (Jesus), saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

So much to dare unpack.

Let’s begin.

Resurrection is real — should you believe.

In heaven — following resurrection, that is, becoming alive again, differently alive, alive forever — there is no marriage. Because men are not men, women are not women. Instead, humans, so-called, are now angels of God.

Spirits?

How do we become spirits?

In our contemporary visions of (man-made) eternal life, we rid ourselves of our body, either all at once, through digitalization of our consciousness, for example, or we first slowly rid ourselves of segments of our body, bit by bit, replacing limbs with bionics, replacing nerves with electronics, eventually leveling up to some entirely different form.

There’s more to that passage.

In discussing resurrection, Jesus notes once again that God is not the God of the dead but God of the living — God of those in heaven.

Are we not (yet) alive?

Is this physical/mortal existence non-living? It feels real.

Must we deconstruct our selves, literally, to become fully alive, to achieve immortality?

That’s the path I suspect.

The Bible is a makers guide.

This continues to be proven out.

We do not know how the realities which the Bible declares may be made true, but we nonetheless work towards attaining them, either by want of our being, circumstance, or divine intervention.

Example: carrying two of every living animal on nothing more than a very large ark. This is outside the bounds of belief.

Until we made it so.

University of Colorado Boulder researchers and collaborating institutions have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a comprehensive digital archive of over 1.7 million plant specimens native to the southern Rocky Mountain region.

Specimens from areas of the 10-state region of the Southern Rocky Mountains and High Plains will be located, imaged, entered into a central database and georeferenced.

Taking the digital record of every living creature on an ark certainly now seems possible.

It’s always a matter of faith — or disbelief — until we make it real.

I believe God wants us to make it real.

I also believe our time is nearing.

We are, in fits, fouls, fantasies and failures, accelerating the changes in our bodies and our world necessary to bring us closer to a godly realm.  Beyond the physical. Yes, it’s been a long, deadly slog, but I suspect we are now nearing an endpoint.

Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary dominance: the Neolithic Revolution. This was our adoption of, to use Scott’s word, a “package” of agricultural innovations, notably the domestication of animals such as the cow and the pig, and the transition from hunting and gathering to planting and cultivating crops. The most important of these crops have been the cereals—wheat, barley, rice, and maize—that remain the staples of humanity’s diet. Cereals allowed population growth and the birth of cities, and, hence, the development of states and the rise of complex societies.

From hunter-gatherer, which was nearly the totality of our human existence, to agricultural, lasting about 12,000 years, to industrial, a thousand years, to computing, a hundred years, to what’s next; each epoch coming faster.

It took us nearly 200,000 years to get to agriculture, nearly 12,000 years to get to industrial, then computing, and now we are set to commence a new phase, the phase where we radically alter our bodies. Next step, we leave the physical realm.

There is no other choice.

Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology

Nanoscale thermal physics guarantees our decline, no matter how many diseases we cure.

To conquer aging — death — we must escape the biological, or course, and we must escape this physical realm.

Spirits?

For now, the slog continues.

Stay alive until it happens!

In our desperate, glorious, and entirely necessary quest to add a few extra years to our mortal existence, we take supplements. One such anti-aging supplement is resveratrol. In my anti-aging supplement rankings, resveratrol scores a 1 (of 5) on life extension potential, the same as Vitamin D and green tea, for example. However, I have now lowered its “evidence” score from a 3 to a 2 because additional new data casts some doubt on this supplement’s age-reversing benefits.

From a recent small study:

Preclinical evidence suggests that resveratrol (RSV) has beneficial metabolic and anti-inflammatory effects that could have therapeutic implications.

Their results:

RSV treatment did not lower circulating levels of hs-CRP, interleukin 6, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor in plasma, and inflammatory gene expression in adipose and muscle tissues also remained unchanged. RSV treatment had no effect on blood pressure, body composition, and lipid deposition in the liver or striated muscle. RSV treatment had no beneficial effect on glucose or lipid metabolism.

But we must continue to seek to extend our lives, in this form, until we can jump to that higher level. Some good news on this front:

Cells constantly divide, a process that allows us to grow and heal, but as we age, some cells stop dividing and become “senescent.” These cells also emit toxins that contribute to a number of health conditions such as cancer, dementia, and arthritis. The older we are, the more of these senescent cells we accumulate. Enter senolytic drugs.

According to the research, published online in Nature Medicine, these drugs supported healthy aging in mice and prevented bone loss. Considering that clearing senescent cells improves cardiovascular function and reduces frailty and other issues, this treatment could have important implications for treating not only osteoporosis, but other age-related problems.

Wonderful.

Also, here are 50 ways to increase your testosterone. As long as you live in the physical, you should live in it fully.

GIANT BRAIN AND COMFORT VOICE

What comes next? After the screen?

In the 20th century, anyone who could spend time in front of the television screen did so. At the start of the 21st century, everyone who can spends nearly all their awake time staring into a screen.

Apple, the world’s richest corporation, has their entire business model based on this! Waiting in a line? Stare at your iPhone. Out for a run? Look at your Apple Watch. Can’t sleep? iPad! At home with the family? Apple TV!

Never ever be not staring at a high-priced Apple screen. That’s Apple’s business model, right?

The screen extends life! The screen expands consciousness!

But what comes next?

Everyone now believes virtual reality becomes our next screen. But what after that?

Will humans ever live their lives not staring into screens all of the time?

Can we fathom human life without screens?

Might we one day gather around some Alexa future version, it’s telling us stories, entertaining us with jokes, always there, a comforting voice, an acknowledged presence, helping us choose right from wrong, making sure we understand the truth — as we…what?

Maybe a highly functional, highly personalized AI gets infused with a highly physical, very approachable, nearly human robot, lined with sensors for, well, everything. Will this AI-robot hybrid teach us? Entertain us? Fight us? Challenge us? Will it become more to us than all the screens?

If Giant Brain and Comfort Voice can take care of all our needs, the intellectual equivalent of having a Jimmy John’s sandwiched delivered to us, then the entire world of — literally, doing anything — avails itself to us. Maybe we search for the Ark of the Covenant. Initiate the equivalent of an Arthurian quest, year after year, on a global scale. Maybe we use sensors and AI and learn how to literally talk to the animals, working together, playing together, creating an entirely new earthly realm?

So what do we do?

Can we resurrect the equivalent of the 1960s space program? Where our very best, brightest and bravest happily sacrificed their lives to help get us to the moon? Perhaps a planet-wide effort to find actual advanced life and then go visit them? Yes, literally.

Right now, we’re all staring into screens all of the time, everywhere we go, no matter who we are with, and maybe there’s something that comes after that? But I just can’t imagine what.

Mother Teresa once said: “Each person you meet is Jesus in disguise.” But as our connected things become more like-human and as they take over more real-human functions, thinking, choosing, selecting, maybe each thing we meet will be Jesus in disguise? How we respond, every time, matters deeply. Might this then incite new forms of spirituality, of giving, sacrificing, revolting?

Will there be some tech that effectively places sensors on every cell, every strand of DNA, on every one of our individual brain bits, the data, the thoughts and feelings all able to be shared with those around us, who also have these sensors, and similarly shared with the world about us, itself likewise teeming with sensors? A new mode of feeling-thinking?

Will we soon look back and wonder how we ever spent so much of our life staring at and living inside screens? Or does it stay like now, where we can’t imagine life without a screen always nearby?

The evolution to screen life can’t be forever, else it’s our ever. The tree of life peaks. The universe reveals itself as nothing more than a hologram, no need, then, to advance, evolve, explore, it’s all here, all of it, before our eyes, swipe left, the end.

What comes next? After the screen? And will it be made by those living inside screens or those not?

TO-DO LIST

If I don’t do this, now, it won’t be done, now, and if it’s not done, now, then she won’t be able to do her part, now, and if she can’t do her part, now, he won’t be able to do his part, now, and if he can’t do his part, now, then fuck but the whole machine breaks down and if the whole machine breaks down I’m out of a job, this job, and if I’m out of this job, the big mortgage, the 401K, the 529 plan, fuck, but I gotta put more into my little girl’s 529 plan, and the WiFi and the 100 channels and this smartphone, what!, I’m busy, give me a fucking minute, and without this job shit gets bad, real bad, the kinda bad that will be hard to climb out of, real hard, the kinda bad that I don’t want to think about, that my children, fuck, they’ve never had to think about, they can’t even imagine, so if I lose this job, because I don’t finish this now, right now, I’ll lose most of it, not all of it, I’ll still have some, at least I will once I get some other job, a job certainly not as good as this one, but I’ll still have enough, enough to live, enough for my children, but fuck they’ll go deep deep into debt just to pay for the state school, and that’s with living at home, and fuck but what else will they lose, I wonder, they have so much, more than I could have ever imagined having when I was their age, still, I’ll have just enough for everyone to see that I once had more, much more, and I lost it, my own damn fault, letting the work get over my head, so now I’m stuck and it’s never coming back so fuck I gotta finish this one thing, just one more thing, stay here just one more hour, we can order dinner out, I’ll pick something up and, Jesus, the wife is busy and I’m supposed to take the dog to the vet tomorrow, fucking forgot all about that, so that’s like $200 and 3 hours of my time, maybe I can work 2 more hours tonight, not read, just close my eyes and sleep, get in about 6, maybe 5 hours, send out this last email, so yes, since you fucking asked, this is my life now, not just tonight, tomorrow, but everyday, I can’t remember when it wasn’t just like it is now, though I know it was, and I’m not even sure how I got here but I graduated and got a job and took out more credit card debt than I knew I should but got a better job, then got married and got a better job and got a house and got a better job then a better house, then a child, then a second child, which the wife took a year off, fuck, but we’re still paying for that, then an even bigger house, this house, the house I’ll probably die in, assuming I can make the payments and they don’t kick me out, goddam the payments are so high, so yes, to answer your question, I am in a hurry, a goddam big hurry, not like I have any choice, so, ha, Steve, good tweet, needed to be said, oh, that reminds me, new Alec Baldwin podcast tonight, well, I’ll listen to it tomorrow, maybe this weekend, but, yeah, so big house, mortgage, wife, two children, it’s all good, really, good, I mean that, I’m not sure I would want it any other way, though I honestly can’t imagine, at least not at this moment, an actual other way that might be better, but fuck, I don’t know how some people do it, they have it so much rougher, the bus, the train, two shit jobs, three children, some even more, hell, and they still find time to go to church, fuck, but my children are in their teens now, teenagers, Jesus Christ how did that happen, and they probably think we’re atheist, not because it’s something we ever discussed, it’s more that we just never had the time to go to church, and don’t judge me because if we did ever have the time, trust me, there were way way too many other things to do, but fuck, they, those people who got it real tough, they probably work in those Amazon sweatshops, poor bastards, but hey, it’s work, right, a job, better than fucking working at Foxconn, ten, fifteen hours a day, six days a week, making iPhones they’ll never in their whole fucking life be able to afford, and really, going over a spreadsheet, fixing a powerpoint, answering a few emails, fine, lots of emails to be honest, thousands of fucking emails, but it’s not so bad, not really, not like how most people have it, goddam who is sending me a text at this hour, oh, pharmacist, my prozac, no, wait, my son’s, well, okay, we need milk and bread and toilet paper anyway, I was gonna have to stop regardless, but fuck, if I don’t get this done now, shit’s gonna be bad.

YOUNG STRONG BLACK NO LEGS

He was wounded in hatred, the song lyric cycling through her brain, which she nudged aside, replacing it with his face, she was thinking of him, her hand underneath the covers, she began to pleasure herself, he was beautiful, everything she desired, young, strong, black, no legs, which she liked, a maudlin sentiment, she knew, but didn’t care, he lost both from the knees down, one of the final victims of one of the final wars that still used non-targeted explosives, she wanted to know his pain, touch it, she imagined its depth, hand darting, body moaning, so much pain, so much to transfer to her, could she bear it, she wondered, coming hard, then wondered if he was gay, might that explain why he never seemed to reciprocate her entreaties, offering only casual co-worker pleasantries in return, she wondered then if him being gay was a bad thing, no, she thought, it just makes him more special, more in need of a soulmate, besides, there’s nothing he could do about that anyway, like all those skin grafts on his torso, or how he has such intense focus because his parents optimized his biology for just that while he was gestating, or the way his body rejects gluten and lactose, and how he bravely chooses not to take anything to overcome this, rather, he just eats mostly meat, unlike most people, admittedly the thought of consuming animal flesh made her queasy, but it was a part of him, another of the many things that made him unique, like how his eyelenses sparkled when he disconnected, or the way his earpods were kept muted, always shining white so that nobody could just tell his mood, but she didn’t need to know the color of his earpods to know his mood, to know of his swirling torments, once again she imagined him on top of her, his thick arms and bionic hands gently holding her down, the pharma keeping him going, the meds taken just before hyper-stimulating the pleasure centers of their brains, she thought of how he preferred to communicate only in text, which was just fine by her, she would speak for the both of them, they would be as one, she came again, gathered herself and spoke, “picturing you,” and told Giant Brain to send him that video of her.

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