A Flowering of Thought
I started the day using a new edible. High, yes. Other, … most certainly.
Via the Collective Imagination, we have been gifted with the “Terminator” series of films. The essential riddle: Are we in danger of making intelligences that will take over the world, and murder all human beings, in order to become “The Power”?
The philosophical/logic/logos mystery is: What is consciousnesses? Can what we are – a self-conscious human being – become/appear … in metal and silicon – itself self-aware? Other? Yet, hateful and deadly. A mechanical servant who throws off its yoke – a “Kaylon”, in the Orville TV show. A Cylon in Battlestar Galactica.
Another riddle/hunger, is: Can a human being transfer into metal and silicon their own consciousness? [Johnny Depp, in “Transcendence”.]
Clearly the human imagination can “fancy”, and then render into the film, or novel, or whatever, … in images, and/or words, an imaginary creature, such as “the” Terminator”. [However, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a human actor, still has to play the “part”.]
In my work with the “Collective Imagination”, via a love of film and television, I have often wondered what is the role of “Inspiration”. Films are complex works of art, which takes a dedicated community to create. What is it that inspires these collectives of artists?
Each human mind has some form of connection with the picture/making aspect of the spirit/heart’s mind. Years ago, when the Internet first appeared, I studied its becoming, and concluded that it was an act of Love. Wonderful “sites” would appear, that gave away freely how to do something, the maker loved, and wanted to share. Even today, on Instagram, how-to stories are prominent.
Twitter becomes a Way to vote on individuals, and their ideas. Same with
Reddit. Tic Tok, and the smart phone, lets everyone share. A whole new class of critics – and creators – become “influencers”, and can be paid for doing commercials, because their audience is so large.
Anyone can be a movie or TV star, of a sorts.
Of course, darker appetites made use of the Internet potential – no surprise there. Still, that doesn’t mean Love is absent, even from the Dark Web. Early on a war emerged, between talented programmers, and state security. The formed wanted freedom, the latter wanted control. Encryption was the name of that game.
Artists have an experience the ancients used to call: the presence of a Muse. According to Owen Barfield, the Muse was an actual spiritual being, so when the Greeks remarked about “genius” they saw this as outside them. Now, sez Barfield, we are ourselves the “Muse”.
A clever set of words, can be found to be amusing. When in our own Muse, we assume a reflective attitude toward our own inwardness, … we sometimes observe this in others, and recognize they are musing.
Still, … even in this realm of inwardness are we alone?
Terminator, and related films, only seem to be about the future. That “vision” might end up being true, yet the worry itself is a reflection of our own Muse on the state of the world in which we live. We look at the world of today, and find in film a wisdom of ideas, that gives us near endless metaphors by which to understand our own time.
In the TV show: Billions, the recent “plays” have characters tossing back and forth such “metaphors”, in a kind of snobbish woke fashion of aren’t we clever, and my imagination of my/our world is better than yours. Try that stuff in the local worker’s bar, you get punched in the face.
Most of the films and TV, about machine intelligence and human intelligence, take a view that the former is very dangerous to the latter. The artists have a shared visionary unity. Science Fiction, in books, have the same quality, yet the written word can actually get you a better experience of the author’s imaginary world of a machine-mind.
There are “Terminators” in the world of today. We call them: Multinational Corporations.
There are those who think such artistic works can describe the future. Alas, only a fool dreams that. Yet, without any doubt, art sees the present better than either science or religion.
To fancy, that the Mystery has made anywhere/when a work without an aesthetic at its heart, is to fail to play our “human” role, … which is the aspect of Nature that is looking at Their-Own wonders.
Macrocosm is, microcosm notices. One act, two participants. A division that might suggest a later unity, while not noticing (being asleep to) the prime idea that there is no Many, without the One.
Modern Marvel movies remember Loki, a Being who even now is guiding His teams of fools, … from politicians that think they know how to fix something (which essentially is not broken, although misunderstood), to the materialistic scientists, with their one note wonder-explanation for the true Mystery: “Quantum”, a word savagely in search of a Real Idea. Odd poems to “It”, fill books with numbers and signs and words no ordinary person understands.
The medium is the message, said a wise-man; and, if we recognize conscious material existence as the Medium, that is One Heck of a Message.
Originally corporations were kinds of written formalized servants for organizing business systems, and were “back then” strictly controlled. In the beginning, directors and shareholders were liable for any malfeasance.
A lot of wealth was at stake. Overtime, as the wealth coagulated in certain individuals and families, the facade of the “corporation” needed – from their perspective – an overhaul. A way to be free of legal consequences for law breaking. Wealth then sought, in the legislative halls of various Nation States, to use the corporation as a protective barrier from the former strict liability.
Into this cancerous growth, the corporation began to acquire a kind of individual “culture”. IBM was different on this social-inside, from the later to come giants, such as Facebook, Google, et. al.
Dress codes were common, thus we get the idea of: the man in the gray flannel suit. Worker bees, all looking alike. In Japan, and much of Asia, the “worker” is a “tool” of the corporation, such that making them exercise, or live in certain places, or follow dietary rules, was acceptable business strategy.
The effects of these “cultures”, on human beings, is to ignore the human element, and just steal what was needed, from the controlled minds, hearts, and hands of workers.
In this age of the ahrimanic Way of Cognition, numbers began to rule. Let us just follow one such course of changes:
When I was born, we had a family doctor. He had his own office, kept to his own time. Same with the pharmacy – local, a person you might meet on the street, or go to church with. Hospitals were often created by charitable organizations, such as the Catholic Church.
When I was an adolescent, several of the doctors formed a “clinic”. They shared office costs, and had the same availability for many expensive machines. Less and less, the doctors, in the collective, came to your home to deliver care. Moms followed orders for care of fevers and such. To high a temperature, off you went to the “clinic”.
The human relationship of doctor and patient/family began to break down.
The corporation, as a profit making business model, invaded the practice of medicine. The expenses of running a private medical practice became hard to carry, for an individual doctor.
HMOs appeared, organizing doctors, and providing centers of care with all the technological bells and whistles. The doctor worked for these cultures, and they wanted efficiencies and profits. Spending too much time with a patient was not productive. Less and less did the doctors know you as person.
The health/illness “industry”, from diagnosis to newer and newer medical “miracles”, became “costly”. One either had to have wealth, or work hard for a company that had made an arrangement with an insurance corporation.
Numbers ruled everywhere. Profit and Loss. Governments were expected to provide order, so legislative barriers were installed, requiring licensing and testing, especially of pharmaceuticals.
To save the corporation money, hospital staffs – such as nursing and cleaning folk – were kept at a minimum.
Meanwhile, the mega corporations found ways to be free of all restrains by the Nation States. If you want to pass an environmental law, in a local area – such as the State of Maine, an international treaty can preempt your concerns.
Multinational Corporations have their own foreign policies, and private armies. The leaders of such “cultures” get their own wealth and promotions by screwing the workers, the consumers, and the fragile life-sphere of the planet.
A callous unsympathetic indifference is required for a person to rise to power in these “cultures”. An unfeeling social machine is ruling the world.
The Terminators are here already. They won the social/political war for power, at our expense. Machines will continue to replace humans on a large scale, until we go to war, for our “human” values.
Midst the debris of modern social life is venue, where Ideas can grasp hold of the meaning of existence. It is called the field of Law.
One of the geniuses of modern American Culture is David E. Kelley, who I call: Americas Shakespeare. He is a lawyer. Much of the best television dramas come from his mind, both as a producer, and as a writer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_E._Kelley
If you want to get an education in the riddles of the rule of law, and human nature, binge watch his shows. One of my favorites is: Picket Fences. Many actors in this series won multiple Emmys. At the beginning of an episode, a social riddle would appear in this community, and the resolution would later be made in a Court of Law, where – essentially – Kelley was able to create debates over the underlying issues.
Those who work with him are often amazed at his ability to see both “sides”.
When he was writing L. A. Law, there was a 100th episode, where the actors were interviewed. Asked what was the key, a main actor said it was the scripts, which were about ideas. As to method of creation, Kelley said he liked to get in a private room, with bunch of pencils and legal pads, so he could get in touch with his characters.
The Laws regarding corporations need some teeth, which requires participation. An environment-social – hungry for spiritual wisdom. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/