Tuesday, January 18, 2005
To reply with another quotation:
"We want the world, and we want it now."
--Jim Morrison of The Doors
We are faced with a choice between two doors
into alternative futures:
1. Behind Door Number One is the "war without end" and global warming and genetically modified food for genetically modified people, and 500 billionaires facing off against 5 billion residents of slums.
2. Behind Door Number Two is a network of communities run by their own inhabitants. Participation at all levels in local production of social values. An environment of cooperation between individuals, between societies, and with nature.
The open secret of our era is that both doors are opening at this moment in history. No one "knows" this, yet everyone knows it. To see through door one is easier if you watch TV and read newspapers. It is, however, equally easy to see through door two if you happen to know where to look. Such environments exist here and there all over the world. That they don't even appear in the media is yet another reason to distrust status quo ideology.
Since both doors are open, perhaps I should frame this by asking which door should we choose to close.
Next you may ask, "How are we supposed to get from here to there?"
A: The process was already started with the "Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" (see link above).
It has been 40 years in the making, and it remains true to the original inspiration -- a revolution of conscious values in appropriating the world, not in the old fashioned taking over of the state and setting up the new boss, getting fooled again.
B: We hope you will join us there. The next step taken was the creation of autonomous zones. But these are beleaguered by offensive attacks from the world behind door number one. Some few survive, straggling along, despite the attacks. They exist in tiny pockets in the USA, in Europe, in Asia, in Mexico, in South America, and probably in other places I don't know about. A few autonomous zones failed to revolutionize their own consciousness, and thus fell into the trap of psychopathic hells. North Korea is the largest example.
Others succeeded to various degrees, but face intolerable pressure from the world of door number one.
C: The next step is to network not merely the million minds (the 1960's tactic) but also these zones.
In the new times of global deterritorialization and time-space compression, where geography has been virtualized, such zones can be networked more readily. We are no longer restricted to local enclaves.
This step is what I call "The Virtual Insurrection of a Million Zones".
D: The step beyond this virtual insurrection of networked zones remains to be seen. Its direction will emerge from the network itself. For the present, I can barely discern its vague outlines rising out of the fog of information.
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
--William Blake 1757 - 1827.
This "world" of Blakean perception now has new implications given global alternatives.