Smith is an egregore
THE AGENT SMITH STRATEGY (THREAD)
Everyone that has watched The Matrix knows the insidious figure of agent smith.
Smith was an Agent of the Matrix and the main antagonist of the series.
this is a pretty good data viz actually, the spiral allows them to
a. pack information more densely without sacrificing readability
b. colocate corresponding time periods, demonstrating periodicity
just bc their politics suck doesn't mean their tech does too
literally no reason to make this graph into a spiral
morality is downstream of aesthetics
you (degrowther): want to sub for the antispiral
me (technooptimist): want to dom the universe
we are not the same
while not w/o its pitfalls, the process of accessing vividness cracks one's mind open, letting the transcendent light shine thru, & the cultivation of centeredness uses that light to put the pieces back together, a spiritual kintsugi
you'll never be the same, but thats the point
this book served as both a warning sign and a handbook, cautioning me against the protagonists fate, while also handing me the concepts I needed to grapple with these difficult questions; not an exaggeration to say it was lifechanging.
his followup, Lila, helped systematize this
Quality is a characteristic systems can possess, an ineffable je ne sais quoi setting them apart. While typically treated like obscenity ("I know it when I see it") many have tried to pin it down, most notoriously Pirsig in the infamous Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
I find myself in this state often when my life is going well, when I've got my shit together and everything feels Right; a simple walk around the neighborhood becomes a veritable font of inspiration. I see beauty everywhere I look, absolutely churning out the photos of Quality
this state is vivid centeredness, wherein one is fully within their body, their spirit balanced, and hence able to channel the transcendent directly; while possible to enter intentionally through these practice, one can also live their life in such a way they naturally emerge
Even just random bits of the ground sparkle and come to life
technologists often make the mistake of ignoring the sociopolitical context of some problem and try to solve it entirely using technology
nontechnicals do the same thing, but in reverse, blaming technology for sociopolitical failures; where does this tendency stem from?
I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes
I snapped a photo of a group of people outside today. My iPhone replaced one woman’s head with a leaf. Rest of the photo is fine. No weird settings. I’ve never seen this before.
stepping into ur power by becoming ur own senpai is the only path to self-actualization; realizing that no one but urself is capable of giving you permission to embody ur divine aspect, releases u from seeking external validation
I’ve been thinking about this re: the idea of “royal touch”. People still do this today with celebrities, hoping senpai will notice them https://twitter.com/aella_girl/status/1475210492310392837
zen practitioners understand that the goal of practicing a zen art is simultaneously in the perception of the practice, and the pathway to the transcendent that opens up through the practice
passion and self-actualization is quite similar in structure
This is literally the actualization of @jordanbpeterson’s message
In case you’ve never seen an eagle flying with a shark before.
quote tweet this with a page or quote from a book near you
Walkaway, Cory Doctorow
The Nasty Bits, Anthony Bourdain https://twitter.com/malcolm_ocean/status/1471721940653989894 https://t.co/mqCPB1wjkl
its infinite-resolution decision trees all the way down
pov: you are trying to think about your future
@pee_zombie Do they understand images? ❌🐜 https://t.co/6sss9sDelj
a Schelling point for those who seek one