There’s something tickling out there at the confluence of our refusal to accept uncertainty and our belief in cause & effect.
Even here, as I ponder these two concepts, I’m falling into the expectation that relation equals cause. I was about to say that we refuse uncertainty – vehemently, violently, with suicidal insistence – because we believe in cause & effect.
How else can we talk about relation? This happens, that happens, there is some relation. After all, everything-is-in-everything.
This common complaint came to mind recently in relation to the resistance I often encounter to my interest in looking at the basics, at how we tend to glide right past fundamental discrepancies – incoherence – in a rush to “Get on with it!” What came to mind was how this had been the attitude of surgeons and physicians when the concept of antisepsis was being pioneered. Rushing from patient to patient, wiping his crusty blade on a crustier leather apron, weighed down by the press of amputations yet to be done – “Lives to be Saved!” He would bridle at talk of stopping to wash his hands, “I don’t have time for this!”
Two seemingly disparate connections resonated with this image. The first was from a video of a Krishnamurti dialogue on attention. The second was the sense I’ve had for a while of considering practices pointing at finding coherence as a form of hygiene.
I recently removed myself from Facebook. I joined reluctantly and have regretted it since the beginning. Was pushed along by expectation and crowd-mentality.
I’ve long felt that Zuckerberg is the worst kind of nerd entrepreneur. Caught-up in fantasies of egotistical superiority requiring that he WIN at all costs and prove to the world that it’s better to be profoundly damaged and powerful than to find a way to integrate with the world and work on developing our strengths together. The foundation of FB, based on the model of a harsh and inferiority-fed adolescent collegiate-smash-book, could not have led to anything better. Add in the drive, both personal and corporate, to maximize profit and control while mining content from a user-base they have despised and treated as the most lumpen resource, we get what we see there now. That’s before you add in the Security State….
All of this so far is pretty obvious, a standard anti-corporatist critique. What has me writing this today is that the focus brought on by deciding to quit FB has brought an underlying structure to mind.
To you I only exist in so far as I intrude into your world-view. As an acquaintance, someone you barely know – we do not share much of a history – I’m; someone who does not appear particularly physically threatening; my existence – in your eyes – is a fleeting and transient phenomenon; my hold on your attention is precarious and, at best, fleeting.
Now, of course, the same is true of you and your existence in my eyes, in the eyes of others. Perhaps this is why we hold onto our belief in our distinct individual existence so fervently. Why we defend it so stridently. Why we are willing to risk and destroy so much if we feel that even looking at the question might risk that belief.