OUR INSANELY GREAT AWAKENING

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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.”

DECEMBER TWENTY FIFTH

May your dreams be merry and bright.

God willing, I will return to daily essays on the second of January, 2018 — can you believe it, 2018!

Oh, and never forget. Whatever you have, that is enough for another.

PUT ON YOUR RED LIGHT

And jazz and calypso did have relations with the American R&B, while gospel watched from the edge, and this did make ska and ska begat rocksteady and rocksteady begat reggae and reggae did menage a trois with punk and with rock and roll and this consort did begat The Police.

And The Police was good.

And though they did sound very much of the 1980s and yeah did their considerable musical talent and global popularity did cloak the lyrical sweep of one Sting, the group’s lead singer, guiding force, and prime commercial draw.

The best trio in all of rock music. Yes.

Bass, guitar, drums.

Yet one of their most enduring songs is synthesizer-focused.

Talent will out.

Daring is rewarded.

But I wonder: is this still true?

Never before have we possessed so much, lived so long, and dared so little.

Has our spirit been buried by this material world?

Do our own creations keep us locked in?

You need to earn a few extra dollars? Simple. Drive an Uber! Need to get anywhere? No problem. Hail an Uber! Oh, but you’ll need a phone to do that. That’s mandatory. But those are made in anti-democratic China for the world’s richest corporation.

Freedom!

We are connected, that’s not the same as free.

We have access, that’s not the same as talent.

The world is at our fingertips yet we risk nothing.

Even the music’s gone safe.

“Spirits in the material world.”

Trapped?

How can this be?

We should be the most capable, most fit, most aware, most alive, most ready — the apex of human evolution and technological advancement.

And yet…

Feel great?

Sense greatness permeating around the world?

Where did it go?

Our self-inflicted and fully consensual reduction in human grandness, leading us not into ascension but deeper into hibernation.

The body electric, static.

Ghosts in the machine.

See me, hear me, touch me. I am your screen.

Stay seated before me.

“Where does the answer lie?
Living from day to day
If it’s something we can’t buy
There must be another way”

We need to set our spirit free.

But I am not sure I know how.

Move our eyes from the screen, possibly?

Prioritize the physical over the digital, perhaps?

Surround ourselves with less, maybe?

Welcome suffering, I fear?

Does my spirit need to be awakened, I wonder?

Stop asking questions. All you get are answers.

Look where that’s led you.

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