Our problem is not technology. Our problem is using technology unwisely. We clever primates have fabricated an external brain around planet earth built from the internet, phones, and the media that stands at the pinnacle of human accomplishments. But this virtual brain can easily be as rude and violating as it can be informative and enlightening — a golem that is as dangerous as it is magical. It may destroy us or it may open up the Heavens. Or, it may just open up an infinity of pop-up windows.
On the one hand, technology is chewing up every corner of mind and nature. Addictive use of text messaging is wiring the brains of a whole generation to have Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s getting hard to have a simple conversation without someone disrupting the intimacy to peer at a phone screen. On the other hand, technology is a gateway to the future — for starters, offering solutions to end-of-the-world scenarios. We have already seen its ability to bring people together to speak out against injustice.
Honor the father of technology, Technocrats, by taking the Technocratic Oath: “I will never harm anyone with technology and I will use it to uphold justice.”
Business Goal: Creating Heaven on Earth
Whether in hardware or content, any business that increases the flow of consciousness through earth’s virtual brain, not just commerce and data, will profit lavishly. As of the date of this book’s publishing, Google and Facebook (each of whom, commendably, has helped expand consciousness as much as any business ever has) seem to be unstoppable leviathans. However, despite admirable sentiments like “Don’t be evil,” they also each have a spiritual gap in their armor large enough for Apollo to drive a chariot through. As karma quickens, such vulnerability will make them fair game.
I’m leaving clues in this manuscript for the spiritual warrior-businessperson who wants to slay these Goliaths and become the next mega-billionaire. God is a good business partner. If you work with Him/ Her by using the internet to create Heaven on earth, you will be handsomely rewarded. If you go up against God in the marketplace, you’re gonna go down.
Integrating Metaphysics with Science: A Road to the Heaven
Science is one of the roads to the Heaven. I foresee an integration of metaphysics with communications, computers, genetics, and advanced materials, leading to a telepathically connected, cybernetic, super-human species. As long as we don’t wipe out first.
What I’m about to discuss means that either I am able to see into the future or I am terribly delusional. As spiritual practice fuses with science, unimaginably brilliant creations will meld consciousness with technology.
We can get a jump on evolution by designing cities that are not just functional, but also beautiful. Not that our cities are currently functional. We’ve had to go numb in order to survive living in these sewers of ugliness, making us lose cognizance of how badly our psyche is damaged by urban blight.
Our cities have looks that kill. We’ve lost all awareness of how the jumble of wires, ads, traffic, and concrete cubes etch dullness onto our brains, as we live our isolated lives in little boxes made out of ticky-tacky. On the bright side, if you live in a bleak, lonely box long enough, you can get used to it.
Blending Architecture with Nature & Art
Once upon a time, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, East Indian, and American empires built breathtaking cities, like Teotihuacan, to mirror the Heavens. Future archeologists will not be able to determine the cycles of the moon and sun by the layout of 21st century metropolises, but they will learn the densest way humans can be crammed into cheap, rectangular housing containers.
Here’s a radical notion: have architecture facilitate contact between human and human, human and nature, and human and art. Technology should bring us closer to beauty. The natural world should meander right up to the front door of every building. City planning should enable fellowship. What if skyscrapers were skyscupltures and cities were people preserves?
Evolutionary Road Map: Move Away from Aggression & Move Toward Beauty
War is the opposite of art, as war is the opposite of Heaven. War destroys everything we are evolving toward, and is only instructive now in the inverse: by doing it, we learn we shouldn’t be doing it.
“They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears
into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.” — Isaiah 2:4
A simple evolutionary road map: head away from aggression; head toward beauty. Aggression makes us animals; art adorns us with halos. The future will hopefully unfold into a kind of angel/human, bionic, sexually awesome, hippie-love world, except people take showers!
©2013 by Peter Ludwig. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission. Published by Ludwig Press.
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