Comedians can expose what is normally hidden. A recent example of this comes from Louis CK, who says “Underneath
everything in your life is that thing, that empty… forever empty.” Viktor Frankl called it the existential vacuum.
Humanity today is transitioning into a new Story of the People, a new Story of Self, and a new Story of the World. I sometimes articulate it as "The connected self living in joyous cocreative partnership with Lover Earth." Rituals connect us to what is real within these stories.
To bring about change you need to practice dreampolitik. What Barack Obama demonstrated during his campaign, and
needs to remind himself of regularly, is that politics can be the art
of the impossible.
The "new" scientific paradigm we're looking for – which sees the Earth as alive and replaces the dead-matter scientific world view of State/Capital -– can best be found in the underground tradition of hermetic-Romantic science. Its manifesto is a little known, fragmentary 18th century novel.
According to Noah Levine, "Sid" (Siddhartha Gautama a.k.a. Buddha) was history's earliest punk. Like punk, Buddhism's user interface is decidedly personal and open source. Akin to the proverbial Sniffin' Glue punk dictum – "Here's a chord, here’s another, now go start a band" – Buddha said, here’s the Dharma, now go get enlightened.
When I first read David Lazarus’s "Web 2.0 is all about the money," I was livid. I contemplated a scathing rebuttal refuting everything he said and adding some personal insults for good measure. This is really most unlike me. Generally speaking I am considered a pretty laid back mellow guy; so why did this spark such a response in me?