Civilization and Beyond
A Metaconscious Mosaic Outline
In general, this means make connections, of as many different kinds, in as many different ways, with as many different people, entities, beings, as possible. Share information, and work deliberately to streamline and facilitate the sharing of information. Thinking about this, I have changed the copyright notice each of these essays bears. They used to say, Verbatim copying and redistribution are permitted in any medium provided this notice is preserved. Now they say, Copying and redistribution, in whole or in part, are permitted in any medium provided this notice is included. It is a way of encouraging the sharing of information, including incorporation into dirivative works.
I submit to your consideration that if creative people began deliberately, aggressively sharing their creativity in this spirit, the result would be a geometric, or exponential explosion of metaconsciousness among participants in expanding, proliferating networks. The result would be – could be – the spontaneous ignition of a synergistically combined human metaconsciousness entirely transcendent of the consciousness, intelligence, and creativity each of us experiences in varying degrees as individuals.
The beauty of this strategy is that it in no way calls for "going to war with the devil." Or with the Takers; or with the pharoahs; or with anyone. It is a means entirely in harmony with the ends it seeks. It "resuscitates and empowers the gods," while at the same time "disempowering the devil," because it is no longer responsive to the fear and divisiveness that is the primary strategy and the driving force of Taker culture. It does exactly what Buckminster Fuller recommended:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.1
The Net is a venue peculiarly suited to the project of fomenting metaconsciousness, and given a sufficient volume of enthusiastic participation, the process has the potential of expanding with extraordinary swiftness. It doesn't require the participation of "everyone" – which is fortunate, because there is no way "everyone" will want to participate, or will have any notion of how to go about it. Yet there are those, spotted about the Earth, some in small groups or networks, many in relative isolation, who given the vision, "will know what to do about it."
Mainly, – if you elect to do so – notice the large and small ways in which human metaconsciousness is stifled by existing "civilized" conditions. Envision, if you can, ways in which these conditions might be altered with the effect of nurturing, instead of stifling human metaconsciousness; and bring these conditions, and if possible, their correctives, to the attention of those within your personal network. In general, make, nourish, and expand connections among receptive, responsive individuals already known to you. They too have networks. If they do likewise... who knows what changes may be wrought in the human metaconsciousnes? Remember: we humans are not the only "interested parties" in the events unfolding on this planet. We are not alone, and things are not as they seem. Go for it! If you'd like some suggestions, browse through, or better yet, study in depth a copy of Christopher Alexander's et alia monumental work, A Pattern Language.2 Although not specifially intended so, this book is chock full of constructive ideas for fomenting metaconsciousness at all levels and scales.
As an example, here is one of my particular itches; perhaps you have your own to scratch: "Daylight Saving Time" stifles human metaconsciousness, because it severs the relationship between entire populations and the natural rhythms of the universe in which we live. "High Noon" is usefully defined as the moment in the day at which the Sun stands at its zenith. Under "Daylight Saving Time," this event is artificially redefined to occur an hour later, at one o'clock in the afternoon; which is a pre-emptive distortion of what's so, and has the effect of distorting the natural daily rhythm of everyone under its influence. Compounding the problem, "Daylight Saving Time" yearly reverts again to "Standard Time," and the artificial rhythms that have been established over the course of the previous six months are again upset, as "High Noon" is reinstated to its proper position on the Celestial Clock.
By this means, twice every year virtually the entire population of the "civilized world" are subjected to a disorienting temporal discontinuity which does not in fact save anything, for there are 24 hours in a day, any way you slice it. The net result is, human metaconsciousness is stifled by this regular and unnecessary disturbance of our relationship, globally, with "All That Is." I suggest this is not a trivial matter, and that it is a deliberate element in the war on metaconsciousness. If this is brought to the attention of expanding networks of individuals who have consciously decided to foment metaconsciousness, perhaps it can be corrected, e.g. if everyone agrees, by keeping Noon at twelve o'clock throughout the year among participants in the expanding networks.
This is just one example among myriads of ways, large and small, in which human metaconsciousness is stifled by "civilized practices" that have become so routine and commonplace that practically no one notices them. Each one may seem trivial in isolation, yet in their combined aggregate, they have the effect of enclosing the entire planet in a stifling atmosphere that is as poisonous to human metaconsciousness as a closed garage filled with carbon monoxide would be to any air-breathing creature.
The point here is not to become enmeshed and immobilized by an endless labyrinth of minutia, but to become aware of the innumerable ways in which human metaconsciousness is stifled, mostly by default; and the consequent vast spectrum of ways in which human metaconsciousness, and metaconsciousness in general, may be nurtured and encouraged by expanding networks of aware individuals working purposefully toward that end. Just as every tether one severs that no longer links one to civilization is another step beyond civilization; similarly anything, large or small, that one is able to do that nurtures metaconsciousness, makes its positive contribution to the Metaconsciousness of the Gods, and to the Life of the entire planet.
There is something to be done, in other words, for anyone and everyone who wants to participate in a deliberate effort to expand the human metaconsciousness; and none of them need have anything to do with "battling the bad guys." "Good guys" and "bad guys" are no longer the issue. Fomenting metaconsciousness is the issue, and it can be done by any two or more individuals who want to, without coming into conflict with anyone. Indeed, since conflict is one of the most pernicious destroyers of metaconsciousness, this endeavor will avoid conflict in every possible way – consistent with the expansion of metaconsciousness.3
One way to begin, I suggest, would be to bring the idea of metaconsciousness to the attention of others in your circle. You may distribute this essay, if you wish, or the parts of it that seem to you most relevant; or in some way convey to others the concept and the project of fomenting metaconsciousness. Mainly, this idea is "only an idea," and has no effect unless it is put into circulation, and captures the attention and participation of significant numbers of individuals with an active desire to see the course of human events diverted from catastrophe. Would you, who have read this far, like to help?
* Source: A Pact With the Devil.
1. R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895-1983. Quoted by Daniel Quinn, Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure, Three Rivers Press, New York, 1999, p. 137; quoted in turn in Beyond Civilization or The Killer Meme.
2. Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Oxford University Press, New York, 1977, www.patternlanguage.com.
3. This does not imply that one is obligated to lie down like a doormat when confronted by pre-emptive force.
Civilization and Beyond copyright 2004, 2005 by J. Harmon Grahn. Copying and redistribution, in whole or in part, are permitted in any medium provided this notice is included.
Civilization and Beyond
A Metaconscious Mosaic Outline