With all of the strange violence and chaos that seems to be popping up lately, one has to pause and wonder what it is that is actually going on?
What would make a middle class suburban kid decide to go and fight for some strange violent group of people in a foreign country?
Security and a sense of direction, meaning in life, solid foundations regardless of creed.
We are at a nexus point in human civilization and most people are unaware of it.
The digital revolution is no longer a revolution, but an evolution. There are no answers to the days ahead, no predictability at all.
For the longest time I expected some major upheaval, more dissent something tangible that would signify the end of civilization as we know it, and either the human race imploding or us making some sort of major advancement.
But today while I was looking at new tech trying to ponder how to prepare the twins for adulthood I came to realize something.
It’s happening. We are moving forward regardless of trademarks, profits and property rights. We are as a species circumventing the powers that be, and we are unifying in a way that has never happened before.
Free knowledge and public licensing in technology has opened the floodgates. And access on a global level is giving laypeople the opportunity to create real-time practical solutions to their environments, all the while crowdsourcing the resources they may not have.
It all seems a sham to people who hold power because they can’t calculate it. You can’t tally knowledge and there are no dividends on freedom. But there is a technocratic creep happening. In fact it’s upon us and we don’t have the faintest idea what it will bring.
Which brings me back to people going to strange lands and adopting violent mantras. They see it, and don’t understand it, and they are looking for a solid conservative direction to protect them.
Ultra conservative people need a sense of meaning and defined directions and roles in order to feel safe. It’s ingrained in our genome, and has served us in the past even though it doesn’t serve us now.
But the change is upon us and there is nothing that can be done aside from complete destruction of humanity to end it. And nobody is insane enough to step across that line.
As the change comes, it will keep accelerating and those able to adapt and think on their feet will have the most success.
What we are seeing is the death throes of a dying civilization, but as there are so many of us, humanity itself as a whole will be here to usher in its replacement unlike previous civilizations.
All in all we are going to see some amazing things in the short term, and I look forward to where it’s going.