Physics tells us how electrons behave but usually keeps silent regarding the intrinsic nature of electrons. However, some people are certain that electrons must have a being element as well, in addition to the doing which is extensively described in contemporary textbooks. Our brains are physical but we are conscious, hence there must be some very basic form of consciousness within an electron itself, wouldn’t you agree?
My love affair with London has proven fruitful once again. I came across a talk on emotions held at the Horse Hospital the other week and was determined to find out how this material world functions on the inside.
According to the researchers who contextualise matter in relation to emotions, people have been concealed strange objects in walls, ceilings or fireplaces of buildings for centuries, mainly shoes or batman boxes. The study investigates this odd ritual and found a correlation of these objects aimed at keeping bad spirits out of a person's home. They say if you believe in something long enough, if you really feel it, then this very belief can be found in an object. An emotional connection between the person discovering the objects and the one concealing them became apparent. A lady who found a shoe in her fireplace showed possessive tendencies, saying that she would never give the shoe away, it belonged to her house. Isn’t it crazy how a ritual can transfer emotions into moving electrons which can then rest in an item?
If I place a shitload of emotions into something, it has the tendency to become a personal symbol. There was a time when I was madly in love with a guy called Robert. Oh man, I’ve been seeing his name everywhere! Whenever I would go into a gallery, chances were pretty high the artist’s name was Robert. Somehow I was magnetically attracted to everything Robert and the world was constantly screaming his name. I am convinced to this very moment that there must have been an emotional, material connection going on.
We have come such a long way. Doctors have gained spectacular powers that effectively allow them to take complete control of the most fundamental parts of a patient’s physiology – the patient’s material sphere. Genetic manipulation and the use of stem cells are able to help us remain healthy and active beyond what we would consider normal. At least that’s what’s being sold.
But what if we as human beings are born out of the sea called human nature and once we figure out what it means to be a proper human being, we can then enter a next phase, the phase of posthumanism? I’m not sure about you, but being has a whole lot to do with emotions in my little world. Imagine we are able to understand our emotions fully, in particular, the point where thoughts and emotions transition into matter. Would we finally be one step ahead of the world of Jesus and company?
Various religious beliefs encourage us to have faith, that might be closely tied to the fact that we were never able to bridge the exact point where thoughts became matter. Or are we designed in such a way that we will never understand this particular part out of our world?
All I can see though is that we are mastering ourselves. There are so many of us meditating regularly, tuning into source. Nowadays people’s happiness depends on their expectations, not their conditions. We kind of know if we do this, there will be a penalty. If we do that, we get extra points. Is there an ideal way to seek happiness? Will I ever be seeing signals out of my phone, predicting my future emotions?
We are already merging with the computers, algorithms and devices that make our lives better. My head is on the edge of exploding, so many thoughts, even more questions. Who designs ethical algorithms in the case that a self-driving car is about to hit a child? Do you risk injury to the pedestrian or the passenger? I’m just saying. Whenever we follow the blue line on Google maps, taking a certain turn, we are trusting the algorithm. Is it right? Where do we draw the line when it comes to outsourcing our executive decisions? What is the interplay of intuition and algorithm?
Our minds are extended, first via the notebook, now via Evernote, Google and what not.Yet whenever I feel stuck on a particular thought process, I tend to look into nature. The animal which came to my mind quite frequently these days is the lovely whale. I even imagined swimming along with one right before I fell asleep this week. We lean on external structures, all that matters is the right information at the right time, so here a little dive into the deep ocean. As the shoe was a symbolism to keep spirits away, Google tells me that the whale itself is a symbol of its own.
Swimming in the ocean for more than 50 million years, so whales are far older than us humans! There must be some quintessential mechanisms which might help us as well. Whale energy aids in tapping our ancestral DNA. They are able to connect and coordinate with other whales over thousands of miles of ocean, all possible by communicating clearly from their hearts, it says. Mastering to dive into the depths of the sea and endure immense emotional and physical pressure, all possible by understanding their emotions and what affects them deeply. Such a power animal which blends the conscious and unconscious by becoming a mover and shaker who will take charge of its life without hesitation. Hmm.
Let’s just wait for a real revolution when we are able to link biochemical processes in the body with the computational power of big data, I tell myself. A posthuman time when free will may no longer make practical sense may well be on its way. A time where algorithms can make better decisions than a human. Maybe.
Maybe not. I'm a firm believer in the irrational element in decision-making. Linear lines looked always quite boring to me in high shool. Maybe there will always be infinity out in space but more importantly within as well. Systems are influenced by other systems. Whatever your belief, I tell myself to never apologise for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time or for not giving up on finding the soft spot where thoughts cross into matter.
Psychic attentiveness bursts forth when the whale surfaces again. There may be times when the whale’s powerful nature upsets your boat so that you can get out of a rut. This won’t be a gentle ride, but you will not go under.
Book of the Month:
When it comes to writing, William Boyd says he can only manage to focus three hours in a row before fatigue sets. His favourite writing time is in the afternoon and late into the evening. In Sweet Caress he tells the story of Amory Clay whose life is a documentation of journalistic photography's golden era. The reader has a level of intense engagement with the fictional character, I wasn't even able to finish the last pages reading the book in a cafe because my emotions were utterly stirred.