“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”—Shunryu Suzuki
WikiLeaks is the answer to the public’s cry for dialogue with the institutions we have put in power. It is the inevitable manifestation of people’s long burning desire for unbiased information about the operations of those that greatly influence the type society we live in. I absolutely love what this organization represents and what it is accomplishing right now.
The need for transparency of the institutions we have created to provide services to us is long over due. Our large institutions, namely the government, banks, religious institutions, large corporations, as well as their many offshoots need to be transparent so that individuals in society can choose whether the institution is still a crucial part of their lives and if it is, in what capacity it should continue to serve.
This can only be possible with transparency. The dialogue between these institutions and the society they serve has been purposely shrouded in secrecy in order to protect those who operate these institutions. The majority of society has no idea how these institutions operate and the objectives behind their operations. Indeed, the dialogue has been so skewed and biased that we as a society have gradually lost our ability to question our basic assumptions on how society can operate. We have given away our most precious gift, the gift of exercising our preference in the direction of our individual and collective lives to these institutions and they have taken this exceptional power to ensure a small group of individuals benefit. It may work for a while, but only if the majority of society is kept happy. Once we are not happy though, organizations such as WikiLeaks are created out of necessity to cast a light through the veil of secrecy and show us plainly how much power we have given to these institutions and how they screw us over with their decisions.
The media is the chosen method of communication between the institutions and society. The nature of this communication is portrayed particularly vividly whenever you turn on your television or radio, the traditional sources of information. Here the reality of the conversation is shown as not a dialogue, but a carefully edited and scripted monologue shrouded in secrecy. The traditional media is the epitome of regulation of the flow of information. A small number of channels, owned and operated by an even smaller number of corporations, provide a heavily biased view of the world and the viewer’s relationship to it.
I avoided traditional media for maybe a year or so as I got sick of what I felt was an untrue view of the world, and I have found it has allowed me to gain my own perspective about life. The fact is, most people will not personally experience the type of world portrayed by the media, and may come to different conclusions about the world if they trust their own experiences. However, the institutions in power do not want people to gain their own perspectives and we as a society have acquiesced to their will. It has allowed great progress to be made by these institutions with little significant opposition.
My enthusiasm for gaining my own perspectives has cause me to gravitate to the Internet for my information. It is the last refuge for free expression between members of society without regulation. I believe my generation and the generations coming will continue to gravitate to it because of this. I want to have a say in who I interact with for information and how I interact with it. Only the Internet allows me to do that currently. It allows myself and the growing community of millions of other users to access an unadulterated and varied free flow of information. This is the reason many of those in power are afraid of what the Internet and WikiLeaks in particular represent and have seeked to introduce legislation to censor it like the other media outlets.
They will not prevail; WikiLeaks and its many supporters have ensured this. The dialogue has begun and we now see the true nature of corrupt power. The government and the media have been very helpful in reinforcing my views by the way they have been reacting to WikiLeaks. They are fearful of the truth and of an educated society. The balance of power is now shifting with the endless unveiling of leaks and the downfall of secrecy. I am extremely excited about what this represents; it is the manifestation of a profound change in the consciousness of people.
I look forward to more inevitable leaks in the future. As the thinning of the veil of secrecy about our world continues we will begin to make conscious, educated decisions on the type of society we want to be a part of.
“Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities and the healthy person explores as many of them as posible. Religions that teach pity, self-contempt, humility, self-restraint and guilt are incorrect. The good life is ever changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative and risky.”— Friedrich Nietzsche
Baked Thought- Mmmmm.....Fresh and Toasty from the Oven that is my Imagination
Time for a baked thought….on evolution and animal behaviour. If all organisms on earth had a enclosed system of built in code of genetic material and behaviour, would it be possible for any organism to evolve? I don’t believe it would be.
For any organism, from the microscopic bacteria to animals and plants, to change itself and adapt to its environment, it must draw upon some source of information from outside the built in physical structure and use it to behave in a completely new, expanded way. It must also view itself as a separate object in relation to its environment. It would require a degree of self reflection to view itself from a perspective outside the environment and allow it to change its genetic makeup and evolve its existing form from a fundamental cellular level into something that did not exist yet. If there was a set of rules which could not expand, restricting the cells, they would lack the ability to adapt and evolve and the organism would then succumb to extinction. There is a natural check and balance system which exists outside the organism, which allows organisms to alter themselves in relation to gradual changes in the environment.
The cellular changes with regard to evolution have proven to be minute over eons of time, but even then, for an organism to change into something that didn’t exist earlier is proof to me of some sort of information outside the organism inspiring the genetic makeup of an animal to change. An example of a present day animal evolving from another is the marine iguana. It is unique amongst modern day lizards, in that it lives and forages in the sea. It is believed that it has evolved over time from its ancestor, which was most likely a tree dwelling iguana, to allow it to continue to thrive in its unusual way.
The process of evolution is sped up dramatically when viewing microscopic viruses. Some have the ability to develop a resistance to anti-viral medication very quickly, as we have seen with different types of flu reacting to vaccines. It is another example of an organism reacting to external influences by changing its very makeup. This would not be possible if the composition of organisms was fixed and rigid as we may think it is.
Not only do organisms adapt to survive by evolving their physical structure, they also change how they use their existing form by altering their behaviour with it and manipulating objects in their environment. The perfect example of this is the very clever crow in the posted video, who bends a metal wire to get food out of a cylinder. To do this, it must use a type of inspiration or imagination to reflect on itself in its current predicament and then come up with a unique solution it has never conceived of before. This is all done in a controlled environment where it can’t be said it is behaving in ways crows do all the time in their natural environment. There are many other examples of crows and other animals using this type of imagination like we do to create solutions to fulfill needs.
I believe the ability for us and our fellow earthly organisms to adapt and expand, both physically and mentally, points to a notion that our physical and mental composition is actually not created from within our brains and our bodies, but somewhere outside of them and outside the environment. If it was created within the closed system of a brain, the ability to self reflect and create new solutions by imagination would not be possible. The brain would only allow us to use our bodies in certain ways that were pre-programmed, so to say, into it. The question then becomes whether we have control over the internal cellular structure of our bodies the way we have control over our behaviour using our minds. I believe we have control, but we are not conscious of it as yet. I will go into detail in later posts.
It also brings up fascinating topics such as whether the ability to be conscious and imagine arose from being a physical organism, or if it is actually vice versa. I believe it is the latter, and this notion will alter the way we view ourselves and as a result our entire planet. I will explain more in my larger post at a later date detailing changes in our environment and the crucial use of our imagination with regards to these changes.