“all the world is a stage for manipulation via social media.”
Social media was always going to end up being a tool of propaganda for the ruling Plutocracy. This in spite of the best intentions and naiveté of Silicon Valley Tech Hippies.
I’ve eschewed social media as I saw what was likely to happen right away although I did sign up for YouTube early on but never really used it–more just a place to archive my musical life and I also used MySpace and SoundCloud.
Social media is one of the primary drivers of The Culture of Narcissism, it also ensures a culture of distraction thereby limiting any meaningful long term social cohesion and resistance to the plutocracy–OWS being a primary example. Moreover, covert agencies use social media to divert attention away from foundational injustices–the SJW movement is a sure example of this–the motive here being to divert attention away from the root issues causing most of the problems: economic injustice and wealth inequality.
It sets in motion another device of totalitarianism: the ironic reversal–that which will attempt to install a brutal order on the chaos of human development. Here are two examples:
The entertainment complex became the main mouthpiece of the Plutocracy….The opposite of what it should have been. The internet and the delusions of Barlow et al who thought it would free humanity. The mind of man is no place to find freedom! You will find insanity, though:(
I believe the Chinese are developing a ‘mark of the beast’ app which will monitor and score your every thought, move, and disposition. It will no longer be just your credit being scored: everything about you will be scored!
Robin, “Batman, the villains are out of control and have taken over Gotham!”
Batman, ” yes, Boy Wonder, nothing is as it seems anymore!”
If Trump represents anything he represents the end of Republicanism; that is to say, Trump is the coalescence of oligarchy into plutocracy –ending once and for all the notion that the Republic is represented by the will of the people!
“hold not to
chance as she is a cruel mistress!”
I’m not sure if people really understand what an oligarchy is. I’m seeing people from both sides of the political spectrum concede that most nations have devolved into oligarchy since the rise of neoliberal and neoconservative rule; there is a concession that this has happened, but a remaining ideological attachment to one’s own left/right bias. This is quite strange to me! The Athenians had their own solution to dealing with The Plutocracy: The Drawing of Lots as the method of elections!
” it’s been a hard day’s night!”
Well, here we are! 40 years into the one/two punch of the oligarchies neoliberal/neoconservative poop show! 8 out of 10 workers now get the pleasure of a lifetime of gig work! This means absolutely no security; no benefits; no safety net; no WCB ( half the time); no protection from ‘contract’ abuse, and well–I could go on and on! But if you’re willing to be a prostitute then things are just peachy!
“change in the weather?”
Firstly, I am not a Climate Change denier! I believe it’s a grievous error on humanities part to treat the atmosphere like a sewer! Having said that, do I believe that all this bizarre weather is caused by C.C.? NO!
Here are my hypothesis and I believe history will prove it to be true, but I must preface by saying I believe it is not at all unlikely that ‘the powers that be’ would and could manipulate the weather via human technology. So yes, 99.99999% sure our insane rulers–see this— are manipulating the weather!
To me, this is a separate issue than C02 pollution which I believe to be real and destructive although from all my research I’m not sure of any timeline for catastrophic circumstances .
Why? Well, if I knew that…….But my first guess is that the military industrial complex would use this technology as a tactic of war. Big finance could also use it to their benefit or so I would suppose!
Like speculation? Muse on this one: where could the legacy of the conman John D. Rockefeller drill for oil where it is not in your face from the view of the general public? Aha! I know! A melted Arctic would open up the perfect place for these mega-corps to drill for oil far away from the spotlight of the vacationing hordes! Got coincidence? Perhaps not!
“It’s just a coincidence, damn it!”
This has happened within 100 years in an estimated 15 billion-year-old universe driven by chance alone.
1)* the discovery of a dense energy supply that was exceedingly inexpensive to extract in its early era which created the conditions for a planetary population explosion; the eventual destabilization of the earth’s climate and the plausible conditions for worldwide chaos as the supply dwindles with no replacement energy to scale anywhere in sight.
2)the concomitant establishment of a vast worldwide financial system modeled on usury.
3) the revival of Israel as a nation via brutal conquest and imprisonment of the Palestinian people juxtaposed to the rise of Christian Fascism and Islamic Jihadism.
4)the fact of massive wealth inequality towards the end of this era wherein less than 100 people own near 60% of the world’s wealth!
*note: the last three are established fact! There is controversy surrounding theories of Peak Oil and Climate Change here but the timeline of the discovery of oil is fact and I believe the consequences will be quite horrific if we factor in all types of pollution within my hypothesis.
But ya know: if atheists concede even the possibility of God and theists concede that religion and literal interpretations of holy books are in error then we may have room for a discussion!
I suspect there are those who don’t want this discussion to happen and have manipulated the situation so that everyone is fortified within their particular Ivory Tower which prevents anyone from challenging their confirmation biases.
” you never really know someone until you fight them!”
Should we be in a non-dual embrace with a false construct?
According to the Gnostic tradition, it’s the very last thing one should do! Why would you want to be one with the demiurge’s prison matrix?
I’ll throw Wilber a bone here and say this: Non-Dual spirituality is one of about a half-dozen spiritual philosophies/religions that are still valid in 2016–IMO. But only as spiritual ‘hypothesis’ and not as dogmatic assertions.
What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander!
The early 1900’s saw the implementation of their education system which intended to turn citizens into compliant workers for the burgeoning corporate model.
By the 1980’s the corporation outsourced its workers and the education system was reworked as a method of lifetime debt peonage. This also happened:
1-the universities were turned into schools of political correctness as an avenue for ending free speech!
2-the universities ended any proclivity to solve economic issues which in fact cemented the failed system of the usurious worldwide casino model of the economy which has perpetrated wealth inequality to unprecedented levels.
3-the universities pretty much gave up on solving the most important issue of our time–clean energy to scale civilization, and turned their attention to number 1 on this list.