Friday, February 21, 2014

Utopia part deux

Last night I was lying in bed considering the flaws in myperfect plan and I realised the terminator cyborg
approach was just a little too perfect and a little too cold.
Sure it got rid of the common problems many religions including Buddhism try to get rid of
i.e. our infamous appetites
by eliminating the good old eat and drink and be merry
and enjoy the woman of your life
but as I said it is just too perfect. 
After all we don’t want to turn into Data here.

So future medicine and future conception out of the traditional family unit which at best works once in a million and at worst creates nightmarish socio-economical nightmares of all sorts. 
What to do with it?
Obviously I had eugenics in mind but eugenics was kind of solved in that viral wipe-out with just a very few ‘perfect’ new and improved re-engineered ‘humans’.

Now we can add to this I suppose some form of painless birth maybe in vitro even and some form of advanced stem cells printing tissues and perfect organs to replace the ageing one while solving also a bad ageing of the brain which is not wanted either. 
So Heart, Liver, Kidneys etc CHECK!

Now we certainly don’t want a living Island of living clones for replacement part because after all we are writing a utopia here not a dystopia.

Another challenge here of course is not only we do not have the semantic ability to create this realistic utopia there would be nothing to write about it either as happy people have no history as we all know.

What could one write if there are no lies, no intrigues, no thefts, no murders, no wars, no adulteries, no offences and no offended parties?

I understand leaving sex in the equation complicates matters now.  It complicates matters in the animal world as well but what we are trying to imagine here is man at his very best beyond his actual capacity.

Casual sex for the pleasure with no ambiguous false morality or false modesty attached to it and with no strings attached as the good old line goes? What a thought!  Done somewhat in Logan's Run and Brave New World IIRC.

Like having a meal or a glass of wine with no more complications, mature and modern and some would say liberal! J

It does get different for sure when you take reproduction out of it. When reproduction is taken care of some other way, a more modern way… not necessarily through the means of a very flimsy whimsical nature.  It doesn't work in the animal kingdom and it certainly does not work among humans the idea that every sperm winning is a godly wilful act is just fucking insane.

Many will argue that there is nothing better than the love of a parent but I totally disagree since there is nothing worst either sometimes than the ‘love’ of an ignorant parent, the damage is irreversible and in a perfect society not left to chance for sure.

We cannot play Russian Roulette here with human souls.

There has to be sufficient care, sufficient supplies and sufficient everything.

One idea here would be to ‘program’ a society, a family unit with each of them having a farmer, a carpenter, sufficient land, none of that fiefdom ever any more. Equality for all.  In vitro reproduction even encourages equality for all.

It takes a village well let’s create a proper functional village then.

It certainly would be nice if it was an all-involved village with equal voices: bossing around and submission lead to nothing but trouble eventually.

Food and Sex that don’t hurt us now here is a new concept and try to add a good dose of healthy inebriation under ‘control’? Not sure is science will ever be big enough for that now? J

No Hunger Games, No Island, No Elyseum? Boring indeed innit?

I really have to reread Huxley. I liked him a lot back then but today I don’t like the idea of happy Deltas or even Betas for that matter.

Something straight out of The Village? Maybe I have read too many books and seen too many movies LOL. 

There was a certain peace to be had with the acceptance of the Hutterite style  I have to say if one could settle for this now.  Of course there were inequalities and cheating again as we can’t help being human and wrongly engineered but in its ideal view it is a nice place, a wealthy place even.

Hutterite or Amish without the bullshit religion and its boring meetings. A sense of community and sharing where everyone has plenty and is plainly happy.  Mind you I prefer the dressing code of the Eloi! J
No one is rich beyond others; there is no politics, no corruption, a minimal working week and plenty of well used leisure hours preferably in an ancient community style pre-social medias. 

A society of polymaths without the madness that usually comes with it.

Some Twilight Zone indeed on the Outer Limits of our possible current outcome.

I would like to think that Helen and Scott Nearing had a very happy life, the good life as they call it.

They were but one couple but imagine, one couple, one family, one village, one province, one country, one world… self-sufficient, non-violent, and happy.

There would hardly be any need for leaders and government or a ‘defense’ ministry or a police even.
No government, no taxes and a fair sense of bartering to meet everyone’s need. Everyone. 
Obviously that would include some form of major education and definitely a good family planning foundation.
Dream on Joe! Dream On!

Looking at the Eloi Feast photos I can’t help but imagine also this future world to be fully flavoured and fully vegetarian or at least ovo-lacto vegetarian I do not feel the need to be overzealous but just the need to respect life and not to murder or kill  and obviously I am what you would called pro-choice considering the ovo part! J

That would extend also to textile clothing of some sort.

NO PAIN! NO WARS! NO CRIMES. NO "EVIL" and NO HATE even. NO DECEPTIONS, NO LIES... in fact mind reading even...  NO CLASS SYSTEMS or CASTES.

obviously NO BULLIES and no need even for psychological resilience.

TOTAL EQUALITY AMONG SEXES too, along with among races and since there is no creed to cling to, one problem eliminated.

one idea is to solve the problem of pain and the old mythical Judaic curse of pain in delivery 

Gen 3:16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

 more to come I am sure...a fun project anyway 

What is YOUR idea of a Perfect World?

The score will say Oblivion Won

Seasons go
And seasons past
Years go on
A bit too fast
First thing you know
It’s winter time
Your life force is
A distant chime
Your best days behind
And what’s ahead?
Plans and dreams are
All but dead
Clinging to Air
To consciousness
Remembering the
Ghosts of Past
Hoping for a last feat,
A legacy
Before you passed
To history.

A tiny unit of
The bungled and the botched
One more out of a thousand myriad of myriads
Whether you shine and leave a notch
Is getting closer and closer to naught
Plus what does it matter what the world said
Once you cold and forever dead?
You are part of Stardust and Greatness
But greatness has no consciousness

While you were searching for truth
You just forgot
There is no such word
It’s just a thought
You were fighting the river Lethe
Let it be, let it, Let. Delete.
The opposite of truth is Oblivion
And you forget that in the end
The score will say
Oblivion Won!

So enjoy this consciousness while it lasts
For no one knows no one can tell
If lack of consciousness is the only hell
For all we know it could be even
That Oblivion is the best Heaven

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Locked Room


Eu- topia ! Eulogy of topography! A “Good” “Place”!

One would think there should be only ONE eutopia right?

That forever imagine place of no pain and no death and no harm and above all no “evil”.

It certainly is nowhere BUT in a few people’s IMAGINATION. 

The Image of a Place!

Which reminds me of: “The Map is Not the Territory”.

And as much as I keep saying I would love to leave the greatest utopia behind me I cannot begin to even write a simple sketch of it.

Aldous Huxley certainly comes to mind as he appeals to me somehow in his rigidity or he appealed anyway since I read the book such a long time ago. I might have read it in French for all I know.  But the fact that parenthood as a rule is not such a good thing, that we are the cruellest animals of all towards our offspring makes me want government engineered test tube babies.

Songs like Mother for instance and Freudian approaches and what not makes me want to eliminate parental authority figures from the planet for good and for the good of the race too. (Movies like the General’s Daughter and other examples, what is worse than gang rape? Betrayal for personal profit)

So where does it begin and how does one get rid of dissidents without sounding like Mao or Stalin now? One would obviously have to eliminate dissidents at the source straight from ‘programming’ Day One.
So a Utopia without religion is one thing but a utopia without “POLITICS” now is an impossible challenge and we all know these two subjects ruin everything.

I don’t want a Harrison Bergeron, I don’t want a ruling class, and I don’t want a Philosopher Kings approach.

What I want is a planet of champions, no elite since all are at the top and equal.

It is impossible to imagine even with an apocalyptic cataclysm that would leave only two people on the planet (preferably intelligent and preferably male and female as well J )

In fact the only new beginning I can imagine is from scratch
with two “RE-ENGINEERED” human beings.

For let’s face it the original engineering utterly sucks.

So maybe Aldous was on the right track after all.  To refresh my memory I should really reread his work and its addition to it but let’s try to imagine one with what I have now, what I know now.

Now it seems quite a challenge to have a planet full of Alphas don’t it?

But the classes and the castes system horrifies me as there is so much room for horrific behaviour here and fucking colonialism and self-righteousness and what not.

So what could it be then? A new and improved Scandinavia but in a warmer climate? What if we needed the cold to cool us down now? Even though freezing does not come in my Valhalla at all.
In fact, I want 25°C, all day long, all year round and rain only at night! J 

Which would allow for another feature of my new paradise:
no clothes, so done with fashion tyranny.

So where does it begin? And how? And when? In a future where genetic engineering is possible but yet with a future not encumbered by technology and a new beginning triggered by violent nature rather than violent men, i.e. a planet wiping virus rather than a nuclear clean up.

How do you build now from 2 to a decent 1000 as close to the original as possible?

In this world it is impossible since as soon as a new religion is born, a new political party, schisms start right away and heresies as they call them and divisions and what not.  It certainly is a biological tendency for cells to tend to split.  On one hand one does not want cancerous cells but on the other hand we can’t all have exact clones either.

How to manage to get no debate necessary on all the ‘essentials’?
How to establish these ‘essentials’ once and for all in the human psyche?
So many questions which will ever only have answers in the imaginary.
School? Education? Bullies? Sibling Rivalry? Early problems in life.

And since this would be my utopia there is no sense in establishing a committee to try to form it, establish it.
That committee alone would not be very utopic to begin with.

Many would disagree with my rule number one which is no religion at all, no myth and no lies. (No Santa, No Tooth Fairy, Fantasies presented as such fictive and not real)

Religion is fact in this world is a virus that has to be quickly eliminated with extreme prejudice
and no mercy whatsoever unless we go back to what we have now.

A mental sickness with no cure provided by denial and self-delusion. 
No one is harder to cure than the one who think he is healthy.

Which brings me to this citation here:

Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus
that rewrites pathways in the brain, dulls critical thinking.


Korzybski's work argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and by the structure of language.
Korzybski thought that people do not have access to direct knowledge of reality; rather they have access to perceptions and to a set of beliefs which human society has confused with direct knowledge of reality. Korzybski is remembered as the author of the dictum: "The map is not the territory".

What to do with all this now?
Rewrite our genetic faulty code in the original re-spawn?
Correct our nervous system and rewire the brain
and more importantly
mightily improve in a very primitive semantic/linguistic system?

And the one billion dollars question here obviously is in a “written” utopia How the HELL do you do this with WORDS?

Wow some task here!

Come to think of it while I am at it would be to eliminate death and sickness by placing consciousness in a mechanical repairable ‘eternal’ body a la Terminator meets Spike Jonze.

Now for this consciousness not to be too Vulcan either and remain ‘human’ when the word itself ‘human’ seems to be so much more part of the problem than part of the solution.

Love without hate? Try to imagine that now.

Without reviewing my old ramblings on Utopia here my recreation of one would probably be very similar to my basic idea of it I suppose.
So here is a beginning somehow?

When? Good question. 2500 seems too early. 

I like the good old Herbert George AD 802,701

I like what the urban dictionary has to say here

supposely the year where Morlocks and Eloi are the only races.
802701 A.D. the year where there are only two races.

And here is the hick again: Two Races.
This Dualism and more importantly this monotheism which creates a duality right there and then with this Us & Them attitude and this Chosen better than thou bullshit.

This Dualism must go. What we need here is an Eloi without the Morlocks. 

And more importantly,
an intelligent Eloi that cannot die, cannot drown or burn or have an accident even and absolutely no Morlocks at all in this world, 

no Paul no Stalin.

And yes it might take 800 thousand years to get there.  By this time I’d like to hope that we’ve moved way up on this Kardashev Scale and can move our consciousness to more viable premises.

It doesn’t have to be here.

Therefore my 25°C, all day long, all year round and rain only at night! J

A gigantic DOME comes to mind here J

Also the room to expand but here rises a problem somehow there must be the birth of a brain and a ‘soul’ in this immortal world, apparently nurtured properly and then transplanted in a more durable vessel.

It is hard to imagine harmony though in an expanding race/world. 

 As if chaos must come to reign at one point as if the universe cannot just spread forever without EXPLODING.  

But we could also keep it small scale but it implies again stagnation and some sort of death.  

After all we don’t want a Logan’s Run Carrousel at any age do we? L

 Altogether an ultimate exercise in futility
but much funner than reality anyway :)
A permanent LSD trip where one totally escapes the harshness of the environment for a while
not so different from everyday life really.

It would be proper to terminate this with Rust Cohle's last heard words
In that last nanosecond, they saw what they were,
that you,
this whole big drama,
it was never anything but a jerry-rig of presumption and dumb will
and you could just let go
finally now that you didn't have to hold on so tight...
to realize that all your life-- you know, all your love, all your hate,
all your memory, all your pain-- it was all the same thing.
It was all the same dream, a dream that you had inside a locked room,
a dream about being a person...
and like a lot of dreams...
there's a monster at the end of it.

So I want my dream with no monsters that's all,
I want my locked room to be a happy place!