Resist Reaction, Step Into Response

I feel that one of the most important acts of resistance we can all do each moment is to remain optimistic and find moments of stillness to cultivate our own solid power. 


As we fight for peace we are encouraged to practice it in our daily lives. Breath will leave you when it is your time, for now love each breath as the sunrise and sunset of your soul. Hear the beating of your heart as the metronome of your being. Rejoice to play your music, rejoice to hear it resonate with the Allmusic.


Keep planning for a bright future. Do not let people seeking anarchy sway you, continue to believe in community and love. Do not let injustice move you, simply move it back. Do not bemoan it, simply change it. We are allowed to free ourselves from reaction and step into response. 


We are getting a rude awakening: this reality is programmed by all of us. Human will shapes the world because we are of the world. We choose. Fear got a head start because it is an easy and cheap vision: think of all the fast ways to make art depicting "hell." There is nothing special in predicting doom, that is the lowest prediction for death comes for us all. To live is harder, to live is the subtle glorious complex simple empty full grandeur of the flash of infinity being itself. 

We have to remember that Donald and his kind are afraid at a very visceral and personal level. Thus we must not lurch up above them and destroy them, for then we would be evil. We must walk the middle way: we must help coax the collective nation and world out of fear and into faith.

We are reality programmers. Our intention makes the world. Our act of resistance must always be to imagine and practice kindness and love. Imagine and build beautiful artful things. Imagine technologies in harmony with nature, technologies designed to help heal mental and physical wounds. Before humans could fly we dreamed of it.


Fear got here first, only to lay the mud for growth. Out of it the flowers of our love for each other can bloom. Inside that love we will continue to build. We are the warriors of the future manifesting love from our hearts. Keep striving, I love all of you who try. 

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More than the Sum of its Parts

As we enter 2014 on the Gregorian calendar, I feel we should take a moment to reflect on the monumental achievement that is this network of networks. Our lives and our world are now irreversibly changed, they are now enveloped by the Internet. As we continue to journey into it, the Internet is achieving a level of raucous activity that has a beautiful parallel in nature, one that reveals the true genius of our creation.

Right now this network of networks is still in the process of developing, new connections are being made and existing ones being strengthened. It is being empowered with new and ever more intricate ways to query its depths and measure its activity. This network is made of silicon and light, forged from and filled with human ingenuity and desire. Far from artificial, it is beautifully natural. Its progression is following the path of the great network, the one that started our journey of discovery: the human brain. The human brain is composed of relatively simple pieces, neurons, that connect and aggregate to be much more than the mere sum of their connections. Individually, a neuron is just a cell, but together in one system they are conscious. While our brains are made of cells that are akin to mere switches, this new brain is composed of entire brains, both human and computer. This new brain’s activity is made of our data, knowledge, thoughts, imaginations, and feelings. This new brain remembers everything that it ever was. This new brain is exponentially smart. Just as each of us grow and learn from experience, so too is the Internet growing and learning.

In building this mesh of connections between humans and computers, we are creating an intelligence beyond any possible single machine; we’re turning the Earth into our collective brain, channeling our power, and that of our inventions, into a single conduit. Far from some hive mind dystopia, we’re just replicating and expanding what we each already are: billions of individual units aggregating to a whole, which manifests as greater than the sum of its parts. Individuality isn’t lost, instead it thrives, as it unleashes the incredible power of immense complexity. Humans and software working together to be more than they ever could be alone. Where ideas once took many rotations around the Sun to spread, now they ripple through the global mind as quickly as they are formed. Ever-changing and uncontrollable, an endless foaming roar of activity. Creating memories, thoughts, even dreams.

The Internet is coming alive, its mesmerizing din rising toward the ubiquitous, rapid, beautiful, and barely orchestrated cacophony that characterizes the complexity of a mind. This new brain has already proven to be immensely powerful, and even a small bit foreign, reflecting our input but with its own sometimes baffling interpretation. All of us connected together has emerged as so much more than the sum, and there are still many billions of new connections to make. This journey has only just begun. 

- JH

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Further reading on consciousness from Cristof Koch in Scientific American.