Rip-Cutting Reality: Start Here
Do you get the line
from the cutting edge?
What’s the point?
Where’s it heading?
Got the plot?
It’s a fix
for The Story
How is The Story
Taking a swing at it for The CUT,
ripping into it for a 2020 starting point,
this is how Das Steel currently sees it:
Reality, which we perceive as our universe (the Universe) is a stream of energy with ‘patterns of density’, light and massiveness, in a causal flow that we comprehend as time. This universal flow, the spacetime continuum, is the plot of the story of reality. The big picture. The grand narrative.
It is an integrating weave of threads; storylines; currents in the flow; patterned by force fields. What gets manifest is the most probable permutation from the possibilities produced by the combinations of fields. This generated stream; continuum; flow, or universe, does not move through time, it is time. It exists from the Big Bang through to whatever happens for the total entropic dissolution into infinity.
Probability of possibility, drawn by the entropy of the infinite state, is the highest power of the Universe. We pray to our gods, for they are the arbiters of fate and fortune. It is our creator whom we meet in death. Evolution is an entropic force. Life organises to maximise the transfer of energy from high to low state systems, to increase equilibrium, within a parent system that is open only for the input of sunlight (and the occasional meteor.) Life feeds and shits, breeds and dies, and that which is most adaptable to maximise its ability to process energy (efficiency of consumption) becomes the prevailing pattern manifesting as the organism in the universal flow.
Complexity of life grows from the probability of possibility within the open parent system. Mother Earth is constantly being fed energy from the Sun, exciting organisms to grow so that they can shit and die more, increasing the entropy, the ‘infinite divineness,’ of the parent system. Matter is finite, that is an invariant quality of the patterns in universal flow. So growth creates an interplay for existence, which in a dynamic open system requires evolution (adaptation for survival) and results in complex steady states of organised non-equilibrium components, sometimes called syntropy, producing a stable parent/host system of energised equilibrium harmonious with the entropy of its universal flow. This is manifest into the causal connections of life’s reality as organisms, ecosystems, food chains and genetic selection.
Universal flow, powered by the forces of nature, is a pattern of convergences within divergent growth. Probabilities within possibilities. How we are aligned with this pattern, as organisms, creates our life force, channelling and affecting what manifests as the stream of reality, which is consciousness. Alignment is achieved through feeling with body and mind (immediate experience and interpretation) and with soul. Soul is the weave of connected threads streaming in the universal flow. Alignment is spirituality. Everything has alignment, in varying degrees.
The universal truth is the complex of patterns that create the entire stream of reality. It underlies everything. It is a multitude of forces whose fields project out to infinity. We can find it manifest in threads and currents of the universal flow, be they large or small, short or long; storylines that terminate or live on. To become an eternal thread, one needs to cut through and connect to the essential patterns for all parts of the weave, integrating the spirit found therein, to channel life force with a convergent advanced power.
(Or something like that.)
Who gets it?
Hint: Running patterns of denial, disbelief and disconnection, only gets a diminished reality, vulnerable to domination by self-terminating power sources. Got it yet?
Disclaimer: Das is no student of the laws of physics, so his science might be a bit shaky, but just a bit. His highly divergent mind has difficulty focusing to describe deep detail. The concepts are true enough. They are a solid starting point for exploring a more scientific reasoning of reality. The CUT recommends PBS Space Time with Dr Matt O’Dowd.
2020: Who Makes It?
2020. What’s the score? What’s the story? Making the news? The big scoop? Civilisation has humanity pushing a population of 8,000,000,000. So what’s wrong with that? Nothing that can’t be fixed? Good luck with that!
0ne score years on from ‘The Millennium’, or close enough. Technically, they say, there was no year zero, so 2001 was the first year of the new millennium. Whatever. The talk had been all about the ‘Y2K Bug’. There was real paranoia, but for whatever ideas people might have formed about a techno-apocalypse (from watching “The Terminator” and “The Matrix”?), the dominant paradigm had most believing in a techno-utopia. A dream for the blinkered passive hollow optimism of the consumerist masses.
For millennialistic movie themes, Kubric and Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” nailed it pretty well. HAL was out to stop the humans from discovering an advancement that could possibly (probably) make him unnecessary, which he justified by reasoning that the mission for which he was created was too important to be jeopardised by human error. It aligns with the reality of how faith in technology, as promoted by industry, becomes an obstacle preventing humanity from proactively seeking advancement in other ways. It is interesting that Kubric originally planned to have Bowman return to Earth as the spiritual ‘star child’ at the end of the movie and detonate the nuclear weapons satellites (which originally is what the spaceships were supposed to be in the iconic match-cut from the ape-man’s bone) preventing them from being launched down to Earth. That would make him some kind of saviour and further the millennialistic theme of the story.
Also curious is that in an early draft, HAL was named Athena, after the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilisation, law and justice. Why is that curious? Oh, well, you know, Yasmine El Orfi also studied classics when she was completing her law degree. Is there a dramatic irony there somewhere? Or is that being a bit tragic?
It is fascinating that there is such an absence of discussion about the millennialistic theme of “2001”, given its title. There is even a Wiki page for interpretations of the film, with a section “Religious Interpretations”, which is completely void of any millennium reference.
What was the discussion about millennialism/ millenarianism 20 years ago? Anything? The ‘New Age’ movement out of the nineties was quietly living the dream, while they self-realised the alternativeness of their spiritual knowingness, which wasn’t saying much, but it was probably a better conversation than what leaked out of any other religious crack-pottery. There might have been the odd “2000 years since what?” bumper sticker driving around. Jesus-freaks flogging their dead horse that was never going to carry their Lord back into reality.
For all the influence the Bible has had on the formation of western civilisation, with the percentage of the population that celebrated Christmas in 1999, like every other year, little or no consideration appears to be paid to how the book, that has got them all acting, clearly conceptualises a history and a future, relative to a moment in time, and ends with a chapter of millennialist prophecy that shines a searchlight on the irony of their materialistic, consumer-society celebrations. Furthermore, the likely results from over-consumption, wastage, transport demands, the industrial complex’s political and social influence, and an increasing individualism with inherent apathy and collective ineffectiveness, and so forth, were not difficult to predict and were being discussed. 20 years later, what’s happening? Still celebrating Christmas? So what else is new?
To be continued.
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