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the insanely great awakening

GLOWING

“And in my hour of darkness, she is standing right in front of me.”

What if we’re glowing and don’t know it? Able to cut through the darkest?

Do we need special lenses to spot who is glowing? Or is it all of us?

You’re angry because you want to believe.

You’re bitter because you believe the world has never been more powerful, humans never more capable, yet you accept being trapped, with no way out, no way in, no way up.

But you have all the powers you need, all the tools required always at your beck and call.

What if Mozart was born before the clavier — before the piano, the harpsichord, there was nothing available capable of revealing his greatest gifts?

That is not your world.

Think of the Beatles. They played before tens of thousands of adoring fans, but the equipment of their day was unable to unleash the full power and glory and sound. The glowing did not require this.

The Beatles did not need to wait until the right tools became available to them. They went into the studio and instead crafted magic for the ages.

I know. You’re broke. In debt. With few prospects. You can’t afford a house, can’t afford children, have no chance of ever having what all those before you now happily posses.

My god, what an opportunity!

The emotional stigmata which you think limits you, in fact, reveals your freedom. You are connected to everyone and soon to everything, and no one, not even presidents nor billionaires have ever possessed this.

How will you reach all?

The Beatles were the greatest artist collective of the 20th century, no contest. The Beatles were the here-now, so profoundly different than, say Bob Dylan, who was very much the now-there. But still you think — and today’s technologies support this enticing deception — that you can be both now and there. This is false. You are — at your most, your best, your all — now, here.

You and all you connect with have the chance — and this has never before existed in human history — to hack everything. Hack the brain, the spirit, your flesh. Hack community, hack economy, hack the global jam.

This is not your hour of darkness.

Are you glowing?

SEARCHING

“Well Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die. I’m a little bit scared of what comes after. Do I get the gold chariot? Do I float through the ceiling?”

Make yourself worthy of what God has blessed you with.

I know this may seem hard.

Our tools, maybe capitalism itself, maybe technology itself, or maybe both in concert, work their very best to make us feel we are not worthy, make us want to question ourselves, our talents, encourage us to buy, buy more, eat, eat more, spend, spend more, repeat.

These are the days of miracle and wonder and you.

Yet you find yourself weak, maybe powerless, cowering, uncertain of how to be a man, maybe unworthy of, but that you can change, I promise.

If a woman cheats on you, leave her.

This is non-negotiable.

If you derive pleasure from being cheated on, work on yourself, get better, stronger, stand up, throw down, but if you can’t, leave, always.

In our current political climate, the term “cuck” — short for “cuckservative” — has become an insult of the so-called alt-right, aimed at men they view as spineless and emasculated. The slur has its roots in the concept of cuckolding, or having an adulterous partner.

But, according to a recent study by David Ley, Justin Lehmiller and the writer Dan Savage, acting on cuckolding fantasies can be a largely positive experience for many couples, and hardly a sign of weakness.

Don’t be this guy. This is weak. This is cowardly. This is a violation of your moral code, our moral code, and your masculinity.

Which you possess. It is a gift, you are blessed, do not toss this gift away, do not forget this.

Also, stop being powerless. Go without if you must until you gain power.

No, power is not anger.

You are always able to — and should always remain — decent, even at your most powerful.

The President’s press secretary asked for prayer for a dying girl, whom asked the President for prayers from everyone.

The request was instantly pilloried by emotional cockroaches.

The fear and hate and rage to react reveals powerlessness at scale, and shows how we must pray not just for this dying child, but for all of us.

More information than ever before, but you’re lost.

Maybe when you go without, also turn off.

The New York Times recently examined some of the many questions we have about God.

People may not share their doubts with friends, relatives, rabbis, pastors or imams. They inevitably share them with Google. Every year, in the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of pointed questions, most of them coming from the Bible Belt. The No. 1 question in the country is “who created God?” Second is why God allows suffering. This is the famous problem of evil. If God is all powerful and all good, how could he allow suffering? The third most-asked question is why does God hate me? The fourth is why God needs so much praise.

And…

In the United States, there is more interest in heaven than in hell, at least based on searches. There are 1.5 times more searches for “heaven” than “hell,” 2.8 times as many searches asking what heaven looks like than what hell looks like, and 2.75 times as many searches asking whether heaven is real than whether hell is real.

If Alvin Tostig had a son today, I hope he would raise him strong and decent.

Every father should.

Back to you. Someone on the Internet told you that you could be strengthened by your wife having sexual relations with another man. False. You are being lied to. Find God. Find courage. Start at Google if you so choose, but that’s not necessary. Both God and courage always make themselves available to you.

THE SEVENTH HOUSE

“When the moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius”

You fear believing in God.

You have been taught this is wrong, small, limiting, dumb, intolerant.

Free yourself of these false teachings.

I know you will.

An insanely great awakening is upon us — an embrace of God proceeding from our embrace of technology. Atheists are on the wrong side of history. Just as we outsourced our labor to the machines, now we are outsourcing our thinking, our calculating, our rational tasks. As a consequence, we are becoming more spiritual, more creative, and yes, more irrational, free to explore all our thoughts, impulses, desires, fears, hopes, aggressions.

Belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will accelerate and deepen because of, not despite of, the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We go where our machines do not dare. Faith is our future. Spirituality is our expression. God, our salvation.

As we alter our bodies, our minds, upend society, reconstruct awareness and deconstruct all that came before, including markets, capitalism, value, power, wealth, influence and experience, there is a right path forward.

We just don’t know what it is.

Despite all our data, our computing, our connectedness.

These may be making us more lost.

The past is rapidly becoming more unknowable to us than the future. We are like Adam and Eve, better suited for what’s to come than for what’s come before us.

We will seek out God.

We are eager to know.

The world is soon unlike all that was.

No home, new modes of work, play, crafting, interaction, and the connection of all places and things to all people will lead millions, maybe billions, to forever wander the land, seeking friendships, seeking answers, a willful freeing of their mind and liberation from place forever altering our culture, and filling their emptiness by replenishing the spirit.

Nothing is how it’s supposed to be, it’s all not working. We have never been more empowered, more capable, more angry, more empty, and we sense, the fear and revulsion and excitement of it always on display, that the very idea of human, of person, of self may soon vanish forever. With our god-like powers, we have made pursuit of God necessary.

Some will find temporary solace in idol worship, idle pursuits.

The New Age of Astrology

In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.

Until you are ready to embrace the truth you will lurch into comfortable lies, sex, screens, the zodiac.

In 2013, when Sandhya was 32 years old, she downloaded the Astrology Zone app, looking for a road map. She felt lonely, and unappreciated at her nonprofit job in Washington, D.C., and she was going out drinking four or five times a week. “I was in the cycle of constantly being out, trying to escape,” she says.

False faith is your start, it will not be your finish.

God is in your future

CONSUMPTION NOW!

“Farmer is a happy crook. Jesus hates him every day. Cause Jesus gave and farmer took.” 

You no longer need to work on Maggie’s farm. Near-global, all-digital, easily accessible platforms bring the world to you.

With little effort, minimal costs, and a few keystrokes, you are everywhere, and everyone who connects with you becomes a walking, talking, image-making proponent of your brand, every customer a positive ripple in the commercial marketing zeitgeist — remember, this requires near nothing from you — you are fully realized, able to launch a business, sell your wares, instantly satisfy wants, needs and fulfillments inside a dizzying partly-physical, slightly virtual planet-spanning logistical ecosystem.

It is glorious.

Technology should enable us, extend us, liberate us, maximize our talents, our skills, our commitment.

But I remain uneasy.

Logan Paul is a very popular “YouTube star” with millions of viewers — literally, despite the fact that you never heard of him. His various antics are watched by millions mostly on small screens, smartphones, tablets, laptops. He earns a great deal of money through YouTube advertisements.

Until now.

Many people were upset by how they viewed Mr. Paul’s response to recently “finding” a dead body.

These people, certain their righteousness was more right than others, took to the same semi-global platforms to howl their outrage. Google promptly marginalized Mr. Paul’s YouTube channel.

Which is fully their right, in America, in the early 21st century, given that it is their platform.

Except, there aren’t very many of these wondrous platforms. Maybe there can’t be?

If you can’t express your thoughts on Twitter, or promote your wares on Facebook, or upload your video to YouTube, that low-barrier, low-cost, giant-digital mart gets really small really fast.

Should we allow this?

Three companies — Google, Facebook, Twitter — all headquartered in one small area of one state in the United States can, anytime they wish, marginalize any business, any talent, any idea, any voice.

That’s far too much power.

For now, I am not suggesting we seek government redress. But, we must keep vigilant.

But wait. There’s more.

Let’s imagine a world where Google, Facebook and Twitter — and nearby Apple, which makes the world’s most popular smartphone, the prime entryway to our global bazaar, which is made in a democratically-opposed nation — all always do the right thing.

They are tolerant of voices and ideas and the many ways these are expressed.

No fears, everyone hop aboard!

Now what?

Everyone’s able to buy and sell and market and collect in this glorious grand parade of digitalized commerce.

But shouldn’t there be more?

Or different?

Check out my Amazon e-store!

Use the brand code from my Instagram feed!

Click on the App Store link on my blog!

All well and good, true enough. But it’s just stuff and money, honestly.

I deeply appreciate the always-learning, never-sleeping, constantly-iterating, desperately-challenging consensual hallucination that is capitalism. I do. It has extended our lives, broadened our minds, liberated our days.

But all we’re doing with these blessings is consuming.

That seems like a major failure on our part — not something we can blame on technology or capitalism or even small minds.

Rather, fear.

Let’s stop being afraid.

Let’s build what comes next to be better than who we are now.

JUST ALRIGHT

“Jesus is just alright with me, Jesus is just alright, oh yeah.”

Jesus Is Just Alright was first recorded in 1966, popularized by The Byrds a few years later, then made a classic rock staple by The Doobie Brothers just a few years after that.

Much has changed in the 50+ years since the song emerged.

Most of us now spend most of our days inside things that did not exist in 1966 — the Internet, the personal screen, our head.

But how are we differently alive then those before us?

I think the answer to this is less elastic than we hope to believe. I also think that humans just ten years from now, not fifty, will look back on us and find the answer is: dramatically radically profoundly different.

Everything we make from this point forward is connected, sensing, aware — alive.

How are humans differently alive?

This question will be the driving force of our culture probably for the remainder of the century.

I think I know the answer.

We can’t be faster, stronger, smarter, more logical, nor more rational than our machines — but we can be more irrational, more emotional, more outraged, more hopeful, more faithful.

We believe, which our machines never can.

“I don’t care what they may say
I don’t care what they may do
I don’t care what they may say
Jesus is just alright, oh yeah”

Atheism is on the wrong side of history.

The future is faith, religion, belief, God.

An insanely great awakening is upon us, and will touch us all.

Jesus will be viewed as far more than just alright.

“He took me by the hand. He led me far from this land.”

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