Creating An Interesting Life in a New World
If existing in the world with other people rubs against your skin like a cheese grater, congratulations, you are alive.
Someone recently told me that if they hear something stupid, it’s their job to kindly alert the person of their dumbassery.
I see this everywhere: complain, blame, and shame. Trolling has become mainstream and even applauded as morally sound conversation. These helpful trolls spend their days alerting others of their stupidity with gotcha comments that often make no contextual sense at all.
Maybe it’s because too many of us feel like bored aliens adrift in a mad universe, and a little bit of crazy is our only viable outlet. Or are we lamenting a world in chaos and our manic contribution to all the wrong doers somehow prevents our further descent into a dystopian hellscape.
Everything is still chugging on in some familiar way, and as long as we point our frustrations somewhere, we clearly are not part of “the problem”.
But “the problem” — is not the problem.
Our world, reality as we once imagined it to be, has ended. The old world no longer exists.
The end of the world has already happened.
We are in the interim period of the new: a borderland between what was, what is, and what could be.
The demand of today isn’t to cling ferociously to the past and spend our days commenting on it hoping that it will magically reappear better than ever.
The challenge is to reimagine the game. The board has been cleared, and the only thing we can do is invent a new game. But this time, the rules of reality have changed.
We don’t “live” only in physical reality anymore.
This is a hopeful and incredibly fluid time to be alive.
Americans say they love their individual freedom, yet they get breathlessly excited at the idea of some overlord pulling all the shots of our poor amnesiac humans.
We are not useful batteries for some powerful AI or avatars in a computer simulation destined to follow the obtuse commandments of a celestial being. The real terror is that none of that is correct, and just maybe, we might be fully in control of our actions and destinies.
But this means that we are also fully to blame for whatever we do or don’t do with our lives.
How a person can accept Bill Gates as their celestial lightning rod mind-controlling the population with his mRNA subatomic range rovers over clear, empirical fact and moral action is a baffling example of the refusal to commit to the consequences of owning one’s agency.
We love our freedom, but when it’s time to free us all in one collective swoop, we invent chimera’s to prevent it.
We will destroy our own freedom if that means we are fully responsible for the outcomes of our choices. We cling to any idea of master control rather than free ourselves from real roadblocks.
And there it is. We are bored with a world that has prevented our potential and at odds with any chance of freeing ourselves from the chains that bind us.
The old world says we are static entities who are easily behavioralized by big tech.
Our digital overlords are rolling out the same digital reality 2.0.
The Metaverse landscape will most likely be full of walled gardens and useful terrariums rather than be a landsape of mind-blowing creatively and horizonless freedom. The Metaverse is a marketing spin underneath a corporate power grab so that people continue to stalk themselves in a digital universe so bland and homogenized that of course we are all desperately bored of it.
*But this time, please use these meta goggles to see the war of 1812 in your coffee shop available only at Amazon World.
The creation of more bored, angry, static people are what brings dollars to our digital monopolies. We trade our agitated voices for any real opportunity of self-creation.
Big tech optimizes of our attention through surveillance and spits out “who we are” through personalized algorithmic nonsense.
This is not another screed informing us how digital life has changed physical relationships. Far from it. Digital life is not only here to stay, but it could also liberate us from Zuckerworld if we expand our limited notion of what the world was and what it can be.
We feel upended because our analog ground is moving and digital reality is shifting.
Reality is fractured: we are splitting into simultaneous identities.
Many of us are already fully fleshed out digital and physical entities. The point is to have economic and emotional control over both.
As it stands, big tech social giants have algorithmed us to the point that we are starting to believe that our “personalized recommendations” are actual snapshots into who we are.
The recommended song or book or news story must be clues to “who I really am.” After all, we do like the song. But this is true only according to our net worth as commercial agents. Our identity is measured in dollars and cents according to what we buy.
What we buy and read can never encapsulate the fluid journey of us or how and when our identities change.
We are constantly getting to know ourselves.
Our digital identity inside big tech is only “who you are” according to how much return we earn them on their investment in us.
Subscribing to big tech’s “who am I” behavioral hamster wheel locks us inside a single consumer identity. It creates a “you” one brand at a time and prevents us from surprising ourselves with entirely new interests expressed in a multitude of ways and allowing ourselves to emerge continuously.
Freeing ourselves from corporate personal identification to live more fluidly and spontaneously in both our digital and physical realities is the project of the new world.
There are openings occurring right now for anyone to jump through.
We can be digitally powerful entities, but we don’t have a lot of time. It’s almost the end of the beginning.
The “Metaverse” can be a brave new world of possibilities and imagination if we stake our own commercial ground there. We all know the power and reach of big tech especially now that they are telling us to sit back and wait for them to shape our new world.
But it’s far easier to bend and break reality in the digital world than it is in the physically present one.
We don’t have to be brand identities forever tattooed inside someone else’s digital memory.
And as we all traverse the geotrauma of changing worlds, we can be hopeful that we are going to gain more than we lose. It’s time to make exponential leaps into the digital realities of our choosing and how we might reside there.
There are choices to be made. The world is remaking itself and we can be our own architects — but only if we stop fighting with the old one.
Now is not the time to be bored.
Stay tuned for travels in the digital.