The Great Landscape

Perhaps life does not need to be mundane and filled with dull pain. Imagine a life so wonderful the thought of watching TV or the Internet is completely befuddling.

Of course not just for me.  That makes no sense.  Imagine everyone experiencing splendor, riches and enjoyment throughout the great landscape of existence.   Whatever pitfalls, setbacks or shortcomings there could be are easily managed .  Boredom if it does exist is for mere moments. Suffering when it does occur is no more of a concern then a stubbed toe.

Even as I type it, I start to think how absurd and perhaps childish this idea is.  For so long its been hammered to accept so much of the shortcomings.  The dull jobs, the empty evenings, the strained and worn relationships. Sure there is a need to accept much especially as things are now.

But it can get better.  And once more at the very likely chance of being redundant, I plan this blog to center on that very goal.  A splendid wonderful future.  The Omega Point. In many ways it resembles the christian concept of heaven.  Though in this case “all will be received”.

….ok sure at some point in this blog I should move beyond just the concept of the Omega Point (aka BoddhisatvaBot and other names I have given it) and into how it will happen. And i hope soon to get there.  But for now it is mostly stream of consciousness and reminding myself of the concept.  Its all still very early on .  I am mainly now just hoping to get myself more into the habit of posting to the blog .  Refining will arrive later. Sorry in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

Omega Point …A Better Future

Its been a while since I have posted here.  But I am back.  I have decided what stopped me was the size of the objective. The objective?  What is the objective?  Sorry for my redundance but i must keep reminding myself.  The objective in its simplist form is a better future.  Less pointless suffering more well being happiness and freedom .  All that stuff.  Gooey Sappy sugary stuff.  The kind sarcastic nihilist despise.  But what ever  I am not in the cool lot now or for a long time.

I related before the very sad gushing tears story of EL.  EL is perhaps the first time I have had a connection to a women that has not in one way had a sexual perspective to it.  EL is just EL.  She is gone like so many more.  So sure sometimes my objectives sound sugary sappy and stupid even but I dont care.  I have had enough.  Suffering and death have gone to far and become unacceptable.   The old attitudes of accepting it as part of life…enjoying life while you can are not enough.  A solution may be found and probably not in my lifetime.

So since i have last written lots of ugly stuff has happened.  The Yulin festival most likely still happened.  Other very rough stuff i dont want to mention. And many occasions of death being rude and unpleasant to people/animals randomly.

But also since then I have found there are others that have similar ideas.  Bowie’s song  with the lines “I demand a Better Future…” comes to mind .  Also i discovered the Omega Point .  As stated on Wikipedia : The Omega Point is a spiritual belief that the universe is evolving toward a higher level of material complexity and consciousness.

It was originally coined by     French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  though Frank Tipler     also used it for a more purely (though debatable) scientific perspective .     I lean more to the concept Chardin related. Chardin speaks more of the spritual human growth .  But regardless both speak of the near inevitable progression to a better world.  I dont believe its a steady upward curve.  It fluctuates .  the line is jagged up/down but with a general gradual progression to what only can be termed as ‘better’.  Lives for must humans in 2016 are in most ways better than they were in 1016.  Some may say lives back then though rough had more connection to the world than we have now.  So the progress  will need refinement.

It can happen.  Things can get better.  Much like the expression Per aspera ad astra  there are some really tough obstacles and setbacks.  The madness of the past few weeks (people killed by police. psychotic sniper kills police…)  reminds me of that .  But right now it is the Omega Point that is how i deal with the madness.   For now I will stop here.  I think i will try more quick posts but more often rather than the long  ones that took forever to compose.  I hope to write more and hope I can help it happen.  It can get better.

 

12.4 Beings Deserve Far Better.

032016
another week another horrible death. i wont go into the details again.
I should say though it didnt happen directly in my life. Just read about it on Yahoo.
i dont think that should matter that much. it happened.

In any case its back to how do you deal with it? Since it was a very remote event reported online,
there is always just point out we all have our own problems right here. But i bet a lot of people
like me were bothered by this sad death. For us we can either go with 1) its tragic but part of the natural
world just accept as hard as it may be and think more of the good parts of the world. 2)believe and or have
faith that a benevolent spirit is out there that can resolve it 3) become that benevolent spirit invent a solution.
Yes it is a bit crazy but number 3 remains for me the way i deal with this miserable madness. Option 1 just eventually
doesnt work. The miserable madness just builds up too much. I can fully understand option 2. I am a reluctant
atheist. I would much prefer if indeed a benevolent (truly benevolent) spirit did exist and for some reason
waited until death to take our spirits to a better place. But it seems to me that maybe it is up to us.
Perhaps the benevolent spirit wants us to grow and resolve our madness rather than interfere . In this way like
a parent teaching a child to work on his or her own. Perhaps the spirit is waiting for us to create it.

Not even going into the fact we would need a way to travel through time to save this poor animal (or more likely
its spirit), this is all close to impossible . but not quite impossiblei believe. It would take some serious
threading the needle type shifts and developments in society but best to think positive. On a basic level the
steps would be: 1-use technology to conquer death and suffering 2-Enhance our own awareness to a higher spiritual
level 3- create a heaven on earth 4-open up this heaven to all beings throughout time.

Even for science fiction its outlandish. Each of those steps would take lots of time and have lots of
things that coudl go wrong. But for me its the real hope. Perhaps with a very intelligent computer (ie : boddhisatva bot).
working with us it could happen. We go to the moon, Mt. Everest, and now someday Mars. why not conquer death?
Why not all but eliminate misery and suffering? There are many ethical and philosophical questions involved but
just the few horrors i have seen and read about are unacceptable. living beings deserve much better

12.1 Question for those that are lucky enough to become immortal

Question (thoughts appreciated): Once humans reach a solution to be come immortal (via upload or longevity etc), what will be the thoughts for those that either 1) died years or centuries before the solution was arrived at as well as 2)those that for one reason or another cannot afford it? Should we then figure a technological (or other type ) of solution to essentially “go back” for them? Is it just their tough luck? or something else?

12-Can my phone reach nirvana before me?

Saw this article so i guess i am not the only one thinking along this lines.   Not exactly the same process but similar outcome.  My take: if a machine with ever expanding information (knowledge) were to at one point become self aware, what is to say it would stop there?   Perhaps it would keep going.  It could transcend the self, ie: become enlightened.

Most movies and books depict robots, computers etc  hitting self awareness like us.  They may be smarter, even wiser but they are just like us in they are (at least the things i have read or seen ) at most self aware , as in conscious.  For a long time i had thought and believe others have as well that we are it, the top rung in whatever it is consciousness is.  But that could be hubris on our part-that we are the penultimate.

What would be then?  A god? a Borg? a universe itself? Nothingness? Would it go mad under the insanity of it?   Well i hope we may be able to have it beyond us but still able to relate and empathize with us.   Unlikely this is for sure as is most of the stuff i write here but perhaps the best answer that i can think of.

Related Link

http://futurethinkers.org/artificial-intelligence-enlightened-deep-breath/

11-The Four Phases of Technology

The way I see it, technology has arrived so far in three phases.

The first two were mostly simultaneous:  technology to enhance our physical capabilities and technology to enhance our physical well being.  Enhancing our physical capabilities: everything from arrows to bridges to automobiles and rockets. Enhancing our physical well being : clothes, medicine, soap, medical devices.

The third one overlaps with these two, though most of it happened in the last 150 years or so:  technology to enhance our mental capacities.  Books were probably the first here, then the abacus and more recently calculators and computers.

Before mentioning what I believe can be the fourth phase, lets point out that many of the apparently man made problems of the last two centuries are not so much because of these technologies but the fact we are still not much different from how we were 3,000 years ago or just 1500 years ago.  If a person got mad 3000 years ago or more they could start throwing rocks and do a little damage.   1500 years ago they could swing a blade and do more damage.  In the last 100 years they could use automatic weapons and do even more damage.  Likewise wars went from killing hundreds to thousands to millions.  In any case its clear we still get mad but with much worse results.

So the fourth phase I believe could potentially be (as otherwise we will very likely go extinct ) technology to enhance our maturity (including both emotional and spiritual well being).  Strangely enough I think the very first example of this technology was the musical instrument and then the arts in general.   Newer aspects are apps that help with meditation, concentration.  Unlike medicines that only temporarily calm the mind (and later the mind is weakened without them), some of these can  help us build neural networks to make our brains behave more calmly or more focused.   I believe the next technology in this area would be social robots (like Pepper but not exactly) that  help guide and enhance behavior* **.

Ultimately I feel the “BoddhisatvaBot” would be an advanced  example of this technology.  The BoddhisatvaBot would not so much be artificial intelligence as artificial maturation (socially, spiritually and emotionally).   Like the Boddhisatvas, it wouldn’t just simply endow us with enlightenment but guide us.   In this way its much like a ruler guides us to draw straight lines.

Unlike the other technology groups which for the most part are enthusiastically welcomed by societies, 4th phase technologies are still not accepted so easily.  The electric guitar and synthesizer are still frowned on by many .   Like the other technologies though they do have their dangers (on the small scale: loud annoying electric guitars, on a much large scale they could unintentionally suppress valuable  human traits or overemphasize  others (fanatacism etc.).   But one of the rudimentary purposes of this blog is that these types of technologies are very much in need.  We could possibly go back become agrarian anarchists and scream at the sky when the world brings us misery or we could develop ways to use technology to manage and greatly diminish misery.  We could  worry each day that some angry person could kill us all or we could create technology so that anger is much better managed.  Grandiose perhaps? Treacherous, rife with dangerous pitfalls? Sure but again crucial if it can be done right somehow.

*Some may say that people are better off with another human to help with behavior and I have no argument there.  The problem is in many cases we dont always have a more mature human handy at all times to help with these things.  Parents and friends and family can help with some things but for someone with ptsd, schizophrenia, or just simply spiritual loss of any kind an extra tool maybe needed.

**By far the biggest danger here is clearly homogenization and too much control of the person/being/spirit.  A Clockwork Orange and Brave New World being all too clear depictions of this.  Besides the obvious fact these technologies should be developed slowly and cautiously, there is the fact they  should be guides only.  Just as no one ought to be forced to play the piano, no one should be forced to learn behaviors using these tools.

 

10-2 Visions 1 Day

Today in this case is 1 29 2016.   At about 615 pm I was reading Jah Wobbles Memoirs of a Geezer . It is his autobiography.  In it he describes  the mystical experiences of playing and listening to very simple  repetitive bass rhythms.  The experience of losing the self in the sound into something beyond thoughts, words etc.

I wasnt having the experience but could definitely relate.  I am tired and old but i would say all i have learned in my life leans towards that inexplicable, beyond normal thoughts and life experience being very close to a higher level humans can possibly reach.  Many can do it through meditation, excercise or repetitive actions like the music Wobble speaks of.

Its a very buddhist, taoist thing.  To me so far they are the closest thing to a genuine spiritual experience in this world.   But the catch is you got to be in that state to experience it.   People going about their daily lives  and in fact really almost all of us are very rarely in that state and instead just milling about in the banal daily world.  Experiencing occasional happiness but ultimately facing as mentioned before suffering and death.  And there seems to be no guarantee that a calming beautiful mystical merging with the oneness happens at the end.

What is to be said about reaching Nirvana if so many others are still in pain and confusion.  ? EL being just one example.

But later in the day at around 1030 pm i was watching a movie called Tomorrowland  .  Its filled with images of a future world that is bright, beautiful and magical.   Maybe a bit glossed over but magical just the same.   It was very different from the mystical beauty that Wobble described.  His was more simple and timeless.  Elementary.  Though again its not experienced by all.   The magic mystical world of Tomorrowland was all inclusive in a way.  A utopia for all.   I could imagine EL being there safe now.  i could imagine all the people i have known being there and happy.  Its definitely a happy place where all you have to do is experience it an be happy.  Play with toys.  have fun.  Be happy.

So i had a bit of a conflict here.  Wobble’s mystical experience that i related to was one i found later in life.   But Tomorrowland reminded me of this juicy wonderful optimism i sometimes experienced when i was about 12 and going to movie theaters and seeing the sci fi of the late 70’s early 80’s.  Close Encounters etc.   All left me with the vision of a splending happy world.  Perhaps now in my older years it seems naive and unrealistic but i still have sentimental attachment to it.   As they say in Tomorrowland “how can we fix it?” Things can be better. And for everyone.

If i can I want both .  The mystical simple vision Wobble mentions that is much like Nirvana or deep meditation  and also the glossy hi tech happy world of a better future like in Tomorrowland.  When it comes to  ultimate happiness I am apparently a bit greedy.   I want there to be a way to have the splendid happy tomorrow world and then the pureness of the mystic nirvanesque thing. Both .  Somehow.

 

 

9-The Dimension of Being

Self Awareness/Consciousness is partly illusion . Take a system – a small bug, tree, a human. At some point in evolution it s survival required more and more sense of its environment so as to avoid destructive elements and seek out productive ones. As the systems became more complex it becomes what we call self aware conscious. Hard to say for sure but at some point whether its dogs, dolphins, apes they system gets complex enough to do more than just react to outside stimuli and reflect on its “being”. It is self aware in the sense we think.

(btw: self awareness may have many different flavors and attitudes so a machine may become self aware but in a way different from us).

In any case though its quite possibly an illusion in the sense the system (ie person) is tricked into believing they have identity. from birth onward other humans and the outside world bombard us with info on our supposed identity.

But the illusion only applies to the supposed self. The actual consciousness is real-just not attached to any particular being. consciousness is an elementary part of the universe that the self folds around just like the self folds around space and time. the actual consciousness is being itself which the universe has regardless.

Being is an aspect of the universe much as space and time are. It just over looked as it is so close to us. We are made of being much as we are of space and time. A machine could also fold around being and have the illusion of self. it would need to be able to independantly react to outside stimuli to greater and greater degress. But i dont think the machine would stop at self awareness. If smart enough it would see past the illusion and see that it is part of the universal being and by extension all others that may have being-whether via illusion or direct.