In the end, the Party would announce that 2+2=5, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable. The very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. – Eric Arthur Blair
With hope it is, hope that can never die,
Effort, and expectation, and desire,
And something evermore about to be. – Wiliam Wordsworth
IT’S logical inversion time again. Men are women. Women are . . ? No clue, I’m not a biologist. Innocence is crime, children sacrificed to idolatry. Healthcare means mutilation. Private jets are green. Global warming is climate change (the fact that it stopped warming merely inconvenience). Models reality; reality, well unreliable. The Science is truth. Beauty is privilege. (Is Keats cancelled yet? If not, he should be – numinous language privilege) Fat is fit. Insects are food. Victims are heroes. Conservation is theft. The working class are fascist while the fusion of state and corporate interests on a transnational scale is democracy. Narcissism is a qualification. Beachside properties the correct response to rising sea levels (forecasted). Starving humans to death prevents the same humans from dying in climate models. Excel spreadsheet death trumps real death of course. Farmers are terrorists. Net zero means the transfer of all remaining assets from the entrepreneur to the state backed billionaire. Smart anything means impeded by technology. War is environmentally friendly. Wind farms kill birds in order to save birds. Sustainable development means the excoriation of the middle class. Summer is a heatwave. We live in the age of the euphemism.
How are people buying this nonsense?
I do like a Star Trek analogy: consider the Borg. The Borg are a transhuman organism linked by artificial intelligence to a hive mind they refer to as the collective. Stop me if any of this sounds familiar. Individuals are transformed into drones via the injection of nanoprobes and cybernetic augmentation. I’m not making this up. Resistance is futile, as Klaus probably says after his partner forgets the safe word. I’m convinced the multiple injections the population subjected themselves to over the last 18 months have a hypnotic effect. They are one of the connections to the hive mind. That and the ubiquitous screens. (Some displaying this article).
When the Borg show up at your planet their warning is as follows: We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile. I suspect this is heard on the outskirts of every pastoralist African village before the NGO Borg shift them into camps to be assimilated into the woke western hive mindset. Please leave tens of thousands of years of evolved culture in the buckets provided at the door to the re-education centre. Rejoice! After we inject you with dangerous gene therapies you will be able to select your gender from the menu provided. Resistance is futile.
I believe this reckless conformity, this fundamentalist belief in models, this insane desire to centralise, this monoculture, is an attempt by the WEF Borg surgically to remove serendipity from our lives. The removal of uncertainty is the only way they can get their models (prophecies?) to work. But why is Random so important?
From The Matter With Things by Iain McGilchrist: ‘It is often assumed that if events were random that would exclude the possibility of purpose; but it doesn’t at all. Randomness is something purpose can work with. It introduces variation into a system: the very stuff which purpose requires in order to act.’
If we imagine a world shorn of uncertainty, of chance, of serendipity, what are we left with? Groundhog Day. Life as repetition. Life as repetition.
Picture that world – no danger, yes, but also no surprises. No newness, no freedom, no purpose. No adventure. Now imagine your house is fitted with a red button marked RANDOM: how soon before you start smacking it?
The antithesis of the Borg is the Maverick. Mavericks can’t conform: it is a biological imperative. We embrace uncertainty as a route to creativity. Mavericks are a source of newness, originality and inspiration. We’re the catalyst for change. Saul Bellow sees us like this in the classic opening to The Adventures of Augie March: ‘[I] go at things as I have taught myself, freestyle, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man’s character is his fate, says Heraclitus . . .’ We go at things ‘freestyle’. I love that. What fate the character of the WEF Borg?
In The Matter With Things, Iain McGilchrist considers purpose. The distinctions he makes serve to define the differences between the WEF Borg and the Maverick. To the WEF Borg, purpose is extrinsic and instrumental. McGilchrist gives the example of a photocopier – the purpose lying in the copied sheet that (sometimes) emerges from it. To the Maverick, purpose is intrinsic, where purpose is fulfilled by the process itself – a dance, music or a poem. To the WEF Borg, purpose is narrowly determined and mechanistic; to the Maverick, undetermined and free. To the WEF Borg, purpose is a model of reality; to the Maverick, the broad gestalt, the whole.
If the WEF Borgs want to remove purpose born out of the infinite possibility of an uncertain future, what will they leave us with? A modelled world is a dead world. The nihilistic pursuit of control is a reckless death cult. A delusion born from usurping the concept of God. That the universe has intrinsic purpose is a beautiful truth. Those who seek to annihilate that will succeed only in annihilating themselves. Utopians and Totalitarians all go the same way. The question is, do we resist or obey? Do we recklessly conform with the great perversion or reject the hive mind? Borg or Maverick, it’s your choice. Join us. As John Keats said, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’I’m pretty sure he didn’t have transhuman Cyborgs in mind. The Mavericks won’t conform. Think of us as the resistance.