Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Pilgrimage to Bamboo River (Part 5)

The transition to 2010 was one of the most joyous New Year celebrations within recent memory.

I heard the fireworks go off from my bed in Ward 4A at the Sungai Buloh (Bamboo River) Hospital and felt fully expanded and exultant.

I had just been resurrected, reborn, renewed – after being in a life-and-death medical crisis for nearly a week, most of it spent comatose in Intensive Care.

Now I felt bubbly and sparkly and ready to go… anywhere!

My brain was processing data much faster than usual. I suddenly realized that, between yesterday and today, an entirely new reality option had blossomed. My neural circuitry had been cleansed of gunk and my biocomputer had had a complete systems upgrade.

Whilst a great number of earth humans remain locked in step with the analog world, millions others are now fully functional in the digital universe where information that used to occupy gargantuan libraries can be compressed and stored in a flashdrive smaller than a lipstick.

In the analog world it’s hard work storing and preserving master prints of films, for instance – takes up row and rows of shelves and each film will take up at least two reels weighing several kilos.

In the digital world you can store hundreds of full-length feature movies in a portable drive the size of your wallet. Not only that, you can then compress the data and upload these movies on some videostreaming site where millions can access it either for free or for a small fee.

My adoptive grandfather, holistic visionary R. Buckminster Fuller, was two or three generations ahead of his time. He had speculated on all these possibilities at the midpoint of the 20th century when computers first began to be used for academic research and Macintosh inventor Steve Jobs was but a gleam in his father’s eye.

Bucky spoke excitedly about “more-for-lessing” – achieving greater results with less effort through the savvy use of interactive, interconnected, self-regenerating synergetic circuitry.

You can see how this works via replication: millions of manhours go into initial research and development of new tech, but once the prototype is finetuned and tested, it can be endlessly replicated till the cost of an Intel chip is far lower than that of a chocolate chip cookie. That's why computers that used to cost $10,000 can now be sold for $500 - and yet pack 50,000 times the data processing power.

As Bucky figured so many decades ago, there are actually far more than enough resources to support all life on earth without any necessity for energy competition and conflict.

Lack and poverty can be made obsolete, Bucky realized. They continue to exist only because that makes certain privileged classes feel more fortunate. Old habits die hard. In the digital age, feudal power hierarchies exist only on the inertia of a cruel and murky past.

In recent days more and more people have been dropping Buckminster Fuller’s name – as a result of having attended self-regenerating workshops like Money & You (a program largely inspired by Bucky’s monumentally innovative work).

Perhaps not many actually understand what Bucky was on to – but not wishing to appear slow to others, they have been nodding in agreement. If you truly understood what the man was saying, you’d be floating several inches above the ground in ecstasy, celebrating the end of drudgery, slavery and the unnecessary evil of having to “earn a living” according to the dictates of a top-heavy dinosaurian power structure.

Wide awake in the hospital ward, I had spent hours paying tribute to all the innovators and creative geniuses who have ever touched my life and inspired me. From Walt Disney, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Orson Welles, Robert Heinlein, and Robert Anton Wilson - to Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Zappa, John Lennon, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Bobby McFerrin – we are the fortunate heirs to infinitely vast riches of the imagination just ripe for the havesting.

Don’t forget scientific pioneers like Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Marconi, Faraday, Graham-Bell and Steve Jobs. Try spending 30 minutes thinking about all these great beings whose work has contributed to making our lives so much easier and potentially more meaningful than those of our remote ancestors who had to constantly worry about mere survival. You’ll undoubtedly begin to feel a profound sense of gratitude for your rich genetic, cultural and spiritual heritage.

Although I have always gravitated towards the arts and humanities, my interest in scientific research and technological innovation keeps me more or less up to date on what’s happening at the cutting edge. When printed circuits appeared they made it possible to miniaturize and transistorize, so that once bulky equipment became more and more portable.

Look at the clutter and tangle of wires and interconnectors in an analog recording studio or film set – and compare it with the tidy elegance of a digital device like Apple’s iPad.

The new generation of Intel chips have achieved superconductivity through the medium of ionized air itself, thereby formally ushering in the Aquarian Age wherein the Water-Bearer symbolizes universal dissemination of life-enhancing information through the element Air, which represents Intelligence itself.

The three most ubiquitous substances on this planet are water, air… and the biomagnetically supercharged gravitational force we infuse with emotional content and call LOVE. That's right, folks - that ambiguous four-letter word we have so glibly tossed around to sell chocolates and roses every Valentine's Day holds the key to our ultimate liberation from what James Joyce called the nightmare of history.

Love - the vital, emotionally-charged gravitational force which holds planets in orbit around suns, and suns in orbit around galactic centers - and which is the underlying basis and reason for Creation itself - is actually all we need. The Beatles were right.

It makes sense that we swiftly phase out the use of fossil fuels (and I include enriched uranium in this category). Apart from the obvious benefits of harnessing solar and wind power, we can derive all manner of power from water simply by learning to control the separation of hydrogen from oxygen.

As we proceed further into the Aquarian Age, our collective thought fields will prove to be a force that can be harnessed like a team of horses. By consciously attuning and harmonizing our collective thought fields, we will attain a telepathically coherent communityhood wherein petty ego conflicts are transcended and our wills focused like a laser to swiftly manifest desired goals.

If we replace our pre-programmed tribal fears, hostilities and suspicions with affection, mutual attraction and profound love for one another – imagine the vast power at our disposal.

That, folks, is the way forward: the path to limitless abundance, beyond lack and scarcity, beyond hunger and homelessness – and existential angst. It is NOT a pipe dream. It’s the blueprint of a New Heaven and a New Earth, restored to pristine health and beauty - and gladly supporting and nourishing all the lifeforms that call her home.

[Part 6]


Unknown said...

What a brilliant and inspiring post that reminds us that life is an unending journey of discovery and growth.

Take care and have a good week.


Martin Bradley said...

Good to have you back mate!

semuanya OK kot said...

- Slave labour on a massive scale supplied the productive foundation of almost all ancient societies. Feudalism altered that foundation only slightly. Recently, the rising number of families with 2 wage earners barely maintained household incomes – and that at the expense of child care, housekeeping, volunteer work, and other informal services. - Owen Paepke, 1993, adapted
- At the expense of health, sanity, good relations and the welfare of our descendants, the consumer culture demands blind faith in these tenets: (a) Objects bought with money are more desirable than what we already have or can cultivate in ourselves, and value is proportional to expense. (b) Wealth and social position define success, presentation is more important than reality, and what the majority believes defines the truth. (c) Government, religious institutions and other official experts know what is right for us, well beyond our own comprehension or experience, and any idea is justified or not according to whether it is legal or not. (d) Humans are above nature and natural laws. - Matthew Webb, ~2000, adapted
- The morality of work is the morality of slaves. The holders of power have used the concept of duty to induce others to live for their masters. In former times leisure for the few was only rendered possible by the labors of the many. Leisure is essential to civilization; labor is valuable, not because work is good, but because leisure is. The war showed conclusively that, by organizing production scientifically, it is possible to keep modern populations in fair comfort using a small part of the working capacity. At the end of the war, the old chaos was restored; those whose work was required were made to work long hours, and the rest were left to starve. This ensured that any unavoidable leisure would cause misery. - B Russell, 1932, adapted
- What does peace mean in a world in which the combined wealth of the world's 587 billionaires exceeds the combined gross domestic product of the world's 135 poorest countries, in which rich countries that pay local farm subsidies of a billion dollars a day try to force poor countries to drop their subsidies? What does it mean to people in occupied countries, to aborigines, to women and non-Muslims in Islamic countries, to those uprooted from their lands by development projects, or to the poor who are being actively robbed and for whom life is a grim battle for water, shelter, survival and, above all, some semblance of dignity? - Arundhati Roy, 2004, adapted
- Either the collapse of the financial system will save the Earth, or the collapse of the ecological system will lead to a financial and economic crisis. - Edward Goldsmith, attributed

Antares, let me know if I am overdoing it.

lanaibeach said...

Technology moves
Even when we sleep
Dreaming about paradise
When we wake up
Something new

Once we must be living
In the city to ilk a living
Rushing into sardine cans
Compartmentalized smog filled sky
The city of sin and money making
And don't forget the power chase

It is still there
The same new set of people
Converging sucking into its silky web
The money honey and the glory

Now some can stay away
Into a quiet abode live the life
Yet the modern new tools
Reaching far and wide in marketability
Only we embrace the new vision
“Small is beautiful”

Starmandala said...

MWS & Yusuf - Glad to see you here, thanks, sweeties!

Semuanya OK - Thanks for the very informative comment which views the same issue from a different perspective (US vs THEM). I'm not against activism, as such, and have sometimes been labeled an activist myself. We all get caught up in "the struggle" - which in itself only serves to perpetuate a dualistic view of things. What I experienced brought me to a whole new level of perception wherein I let go of the compulsion to be proven "right" and for the "enemy" to be brought to justice and punished for being so "evil." I recognize the enemy as my own shadow self, the aspect of myself that's living in fear instead of love. So the transcendental solution serves to heal and reintegrate the schism within the collective psyche and allows us to transmute our passion into compassion, a far more creative approach than to charge in there and beat the shit out of the recalcitrant aspects of ourselves.

Caravanserai - I see you're acquainted with E.F. Schumacher (author of "Small is Beautiful - a study of economics as if people mattered"). The blueprint of heaven on earth is already here. The gap between the problem and the solution can only be bridged by inclusiveness and love.

Pat said...

I've been here, and been reading, but didn't leave a comment after the first couple or so, because I thought it futile to gush and tell you what you already know!

On this post, I especially liked your comment in the comments column: 'So the transcendental solution serves to heal and reintegrate the schism within the collective psyche and allows us to transmute our passion into compassion, a far more creative approach than to charge in there and beat the shit out of the recalcitrant aspects of ourselves.'

I'd like to believe that that's where I am, too.

And why is it that every mandala you've put up abso-blooming-lutely fascinates me, ah?

Old Fart said...

Every post on your Pilgrimage to Bamboo River is indeed such an inspiring piece. Thanks for that. But, Antares, next time you want to deliver anymore of your most impressive musings, you don't need to go down that hole of a cesspool first. Welcome back!!

Belle said...

I love your response to semuanya ok and 100% agree :)

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