Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quotation Nation

Letting your customers set your standards is a dangerous game, because the race to the bottom is pretty easy to win. Setting your own standards - and living up to them - is a better way to profit. Not to mention a better way to make your day worth all the effort you put into it - Seth Godin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pronoia 1

Are you in quest of a Soul Friend or a Freak Flag Consort? A Wild Confidante or a Master of Curiosity, who listens better than anyone ever; or a Lucid Dreamer with whom you can practice the art of liberation. The invitations below have been designed by the Rapturist to attract allies who are committed to the art of compassion and reverence. If you're a Crafty Optimist or Mystical Activist or Ceremonial Teaser, who aspires to put the elation back in relationship, you're invited to plagiarize any part of these for your own use. As you know, the world is conspiring to shower you with blessings.

My Eyes Remind You Where You Come From
Uncork me, angel. Unfurl me. Release me and restore me and unleash me. Not because I can't do it myself. Not because I'm just another narcissism-addict jonesing for a quick fix. On the contrary. I'm the most self-sufficient self-starter I've ever met. It's from my position of strength that I aspire to whip up spectacular synergies in tandem with your holy rolling reverberations. So, keep in mind that I'm here to uncork you and unfurl you and release you and restore you and unleash you, too. That's the art of the game that stretches out before us in all directions. That's the beauty of the gritty reality that's disguised as a glittery fantasy. As you bless my risks and massage my unconsciousness and save my soul, I'll always vice your versa. P.S. My last fortune cookie said, "You need nothing and want everything." 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Social Media Revolutions

The choice of the Egyptian government to shut down the entire internet is no small thing. Certainly there were social ramifications, but news reports don't lend the proper weight to how absolutely revolutionary this event is. Egypt is not some third-world, we-just-got-on-the-net kind of a country. They are on par technologically, and in many ways more advanced than most of the Western world. Egypt is also an important hinge point for international business, as most of the business coming in from the African continent and Middle East to the Far East and the EU, comes through Egypt. This being the case, the shutting down of cybernetic capabilities has heavy economic implications as well.

Why would the Egyptian government risk the detrimental economic implications just because a few radicals were posting stuff on social media websites? Because the population rallied around the idea, they came together collectively; and used the social media outlets as tools to initiate a massive change. What change will occur? We are in the process of watching that drama unfold, but this event speaks highly to the power we have as individuals through organizing, communication and communion to radically transform the planet that we are rapidly destroying.
Deep down to the core of our being, the human organism knows that we are in the process of a deep evolution. The realization of our over-consumption in the Western world on a large scale could represent the cusp of a massive transformation in how we interact as relational beings to one another and to the planet that we inhabit. Westerners do realize this problem, but they are left with the conceptions and weight of what may be at stake, rolling around in the outer-layers of subconscious experience. Hence, gut feelings and intuitive urges get dismissed as nerves or passing anxiety because we are repeatedly told that these modes of experience are separate and unrelated to normative, everyday experience. 
This represents the sleeping potion that is doled out to our population en masse via distractionary media--cognitive dissonance on a very large scale. Social media in many ways has served as one of the big sleepers that is preventing a massive awakening in consciousness globally. Egypt, and the preceding situations in Tunisia and Kenya, demonstrates that social media can be used to spark awakening when given the proper handling. The power we wield as individuals if we band together as a community can topple even the most corrupt system. It is through communion, understanding and conversation that such progress is sparked.