KURT ANDERSEN ~ FANTASYLAND ~ 2017

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

~ BI-AAA-CFTOFFWSTB-WCO-F-A-‘F’-TBTU ~ Believers In – Anything And Everything – Can Find Thousands Of Fellow Fantasists Who Share Their Beliefs – With Collages Of – Facts – And – “Facts” – To Back Them Up

~ BTI-C-WMI-A-SHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBOAAOTAATW-JLAN ~ Before The Internet – Crackpots – Were Mostly Isolated – And – Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions Are All Over The Airwaves And The Web

~ NATFLR-RAF-A-WAD-BAC ~ Now All The Fantasies Look Real – Reality And Fantasy – Are – Weirdly And Dangerously – Blurred And Commingled

~ CE-S-GSEATAOMOETPAW ~ Conspiracies Exist – Sometimes – Groups Secretly Execute Agendas To Achieve Or Maintain Or Expand Their Power And Wealth

~ CEOTW-TT-CASOD-RAI-DLTIIADAPE-ITGGPO-RAH ~ Conspiratorial Explanations Of The World – Tend To – Connect All Sort Of Dots – Real And Imaginary – Drawing Lines To Impute Intention And Design And Purpose Everywhere – Ignoring The Generally Greater Power Of – Randomness And Happenstance

~ T-19502-W-FAF-ATO-WH-W-TV-NAN-HMP-SMT-C-TAA-A-NISA-CQ-HS ~ The – 1950s – Were – Freaky And Fantastic – A Third Of – Waking Hours – Watching – TV – Nowhere And Never – Had More People – Spent More Time – Consuming – Fictions And Advertising – And – Never In Such A – Continuous Quasi-Hypnotic State

~ DU-WBPOT-FT ~ Drug Use – Would Become Part Of The – Fantasyland Transformation

~ I-TAOA-MB-B-B-C ~ In – The Age Of Aquarius – Make-Believe – Became – Blue-Chip

~ NSHBAOI-B-LFO-TEL-A-TPR-HBWDUOTST-TFT-OA-DFT-TA ~ Neither Side Has Been Aware Of It – But – Large Factions Of – The Elite Left – And – The Populist Right – Have Been Wearing Different Uniforms On The Same Team – The Fantasyland Team – Operating As – De Facto Tag-Team Allies

~ S-CFF-P-COF-T-EF ~ Self-Conscious Fan Fiction – Permitted – Consumers Of Fiction – To – Enter Fictions

~ G-DTJT-F-IC-B-O-L ~ Government – Decided To Join The – Fantasy-Industrial Complex – By – Operating – Lotteries

~ TP-EB-1965-W-S-BFLC-ICBL-‘R-A-ML-EF ~ The Pill – Everywhere By 1965 – When – Sex Became Far Less Consequential – It Could Become Less – “Real” – And More Like – Exciting Fiction

~ CS-AN-F-0-PY-KI ~ Cosmetic Surgery – A New – Fantasy – Of – Permanent Youthfulness – Kicked In

~ OIC ~ Our Inner Child

~ R-TITNIAMCOTTAE-BEI-A ~ Relativism – The Idea That Nothing Is Any More Correct Or True Than Anything Else – Became Entrenched In – Academia

~ AT-1960-TWR-A-CBETV-A-ILA-AEWPTBODWTW-TDBOAFWCOMF ~ After The – 1960s – Truth Was Relative – And – Criticizing Became Equal To Victimizing – And – Individual Liberty Absolute – And – Everyone Was Permitted To Believe Or Disbelieve Whatever They Wished – The Distinction Between Opinion And Fact Was Crumbling On Many Fronts

~ TNUI ~ The New UltraIndividualism

~ BI-GSC-T-RFTHITTI-AMF-TCP-T-TM ~ Belief In – Gigantic Secret Conspiracies – Thrived – Ranging From The Highly Improbable To The Impossible – And – Moved From – The Crackpot Periphery – To – The Mainstream

~ CWSU ~ Casinos Were Suddenly Ubiquitous

~ C-ONMS ~ Celebrity-Obsessed News Media Sprawled

~ FTVEC-MMRLMFP-RTCAITNOT-STWP-B-MWPWWABOF ~ Feeding This Vastly Expanded Celebrity-Media Maw Required Lots More Famous People – Reality Television Came Along In The Nick Of Time – Sometimes There Were Prizes – But – Mainly What People Won Was A Bit Of Fame

~ RT-H-R-ITN-B-FTB-RSCO-H-CS-CC-AINSS-A-D-P ~ Reality Television – Has – Reality – In The Name – But – From The Beginning – Reality Shows Consisted Of – High-Concept Stunts – Carefully Cast – Authored If Not Strictly Scripted – And – Definitely – Performed

~ T-O-MT-P-I-C-BA-TG-ATA-IS-CEIOSCTUT-TB-CABUA-SB ~ Transforming – Ordinary – Mostly Talentless – People – Into – Celebrities – Became A – Television Genre – And Then An – Industrial Sector – Canny Executives In Other Sectors Came To Understand That – Their Businesses – Could Also Be Understood As – Show Businesses

~ LARP-TO-APTBCAOSITRW-SFDAAT ~ Live Action Role-Playing – Took Off – Allowing People To Become Characters Acting Out Stories In The Real World – Sometimes For Days At A Time

~ FY:K’R’US ~ Forever Young: Kids “R” Us Syndrome

~ PHOT;IWA-TV-S ~ Politics Happened On Television; It Was A – TV – Series

~ ATI ~ And The Internet

~ BTW-CIAOF-CNSNAFOW-SIWMEF-RAR-TP ~ Before The Web – Cockamamie Ideas And Outright Falsehoods – Could Not Spread Nearly As Fast Or Widely – So It Was Much Easier For – Reason And Reasonableness – To Prevail

~ ITDA-ETAFAPARO-F-SHAUWT-IARUAMB-ATRM ~ In The Digital Age – Every Tribe And Fiefdom And Principality And Region Of – Fantasyland – Suddenly Had An Unprecedented Way To – Instruct And Rile Up And Mobilize Believers – And To Recruit More

~ OTI-TPGTA-FAOBOT-DEOTPOBOIS-ECOAL-IEAVPTVOTTTTTOTP ~ On The Internet – The Prominence Granted To Any – Factual Assertion Or Belief Or Theory – Depends Entirely On The Preferences Of Billions Of Individual Searchers – Each Click On A Link – Is Effectively A Vote Pushing That Version Of The Truth Toward The Top Of The Pile

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others

~ BTW-IRWETFOSA-FOCITWCPIOAT ~ Before The Web – It Really Wasn’t Easy To Find Or Stumble Across – False Or Crazy Information That Was Convincingly Passing Itself Off As True

~ P-IIS-IW-AAC-WDMB-EOODD-H-TFAA-I-C-BS-S-A-B-B-T-GAG-AMT-K-TWH-OOOM ~ Pre-Internet Information Systems – In Which – Accuracy And Credibility – Were Determined Mainly By – Experts Or Otherwise Designated Deciders – Had – Terrible Flaws And Annoyances – Including – Complacency– Blind Spots – Snobbishness – And – Bigotry – But – Those – Gates And Gatekeepers – Also Managed To – Keep – The Worst Hogwash – Out Of Our Mainstream

~ AG-UIPMPOBML ~ Anything Goes – Unless It Picks My Pocket Or Breaks My Leg

~ T-SMOON-A-SSMLTN-IDU-RI-MAM-ILOW-T-H-ST-POPABOL ~ That – So Many Of Our Neighbors – Are – Saying So Many Loony Things Now – Is Doing Us – Real Injury – More And More – In Lots Of Ways – Fantasyland – Has – Started To – Pick Our Pockets And Break Our Legs

~ ANOC ~ A Natural OmniConspiracist

~ T-S-S-EO-AC-MIT-I-TEADT-RRO-AT-FN-O-T-OS ~ The – Sudden – Shocking – Exposure Of – Actual Conspiracies – Make It Harder – Ironically – To Expose And Dismantle The – Rare Real Ones – All The – Fantastical Noise – Obscures – The – Occasional Signal

~ IF-IHFPTK-WAWTDLOIL ~ In Fantasyland – It’s Hard For People To Know – Where And When To Draw Lines Or Impose Limits

~ T-GD-HCP-B-TWT-WW-RAHTBI-FAE-F-A-WDT-MG-A-C-ASMF-WSMTYRWOL-T-SP-D-OR-DA-OUVOMITETRHF ~ The – Great Depression – Had Chastened People – But – That Was Then – We Were – Ready And Hungry To Believe In – Financial And Economic – Fantasies – Again – We Decided That – Mardi Gras – And – Christmas – Are So Much Fun – We Should Make Them Year-Round Ways Of Life – The – Smart People – Decided – Old Rules – Didn’t Apply – One Undeniable Virtue Of Markets Is That Eventually They Reflect Hard Facts

~ UR-MOUWUOT-N-GCITKCAPFNS-EOTB-C-S-A-V ~ Until Recently – Most Of Us Were Unaware Of The – New – Global Cottage Industry That Knowingly Concocts And Publishes False News Stories – Each Optimized To Be – Clicked – Shared – And – Viralized

~ A-S-E-A ~ A – Stupendous – Exhibit – A

~ WNTA-AGP-YETYOOAYOF-B-NYOF-E-IYFFHP ~ We Need To Adopt – A Guiding Principle – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinions And Your Own Fantasies – But – Not Your Own Facts – Especially – If Your Fantastical Facts Hurt People

~ PF-WCH ~ Peak Fantasyland – We Can Hope

RENE GIRARD ~ GREAT HERO – COMMON CHRONOLOGY ~ THE SCAPEGOAT ~ 1989

~ O-T-R-H-P-J-A-D-A-Z-J-M-S-A-RH ~ Oedipus – Theseus – Romulus – Hercules – Perseus – Jason – Asclepius – Dionysus – Apollo – Zeus – Joseph – Moses – Sigurd – Arthur – Robin Hood

~ MIRV ~ Mother Is Royal Virgin

~ FIAK(OANROTM) ~ Father Is A King (Often A Near Relative Of The Mother)

~ COCAU ~ Circumstances Of Conception Are Unusual

~ RTBTSOAG ~ Reputed To Be The Son Of A God

~ AMTKHAB(UBTFOTOOTR) ~ Attempt Made To Kill Him At Birth (Usually By The Father Or The Overlord Of The Realm)

~ SFDBB ~ Saved From Death By Benefactor

~ BUBFP(UIAFC) ~ Brought Up By Foster-Parents (Usually In A Far Country)

~ NM(ON)IKOC ~ Not Much (Or Nothing) Is Know Of Childhood

~ ORMHROGTHFK ~ On Reaching Manhood He Returns Or Goes To His Future Kingdom

~ AAVOAK(A/OAGOM)~ Achieves A Victory Over A King (And/Or A Giant Or Monster)

~ MAP(OTDOHP) ~ Marries A Princess (Often The Daughter Of His Predecessor)

~ BK ~ Becomes King

~ ABUR ~ A Brief Uneventful Reign

~ LFWTGA/OHS ~ Loses Favour With The Gods And/Or His Subjects

~ DFTT ~ Driven From The Throne

~ MWAMD(OATTOAH) ~ Meets With A Mysterious Death (Often At The Top Of A Hill)

~ HC(IA)DNSH ~ His Children (If Any) Do Not Succeed Him

~ HBINB ~ His Body Is Not Buried

ALAN JACOBS ~ THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION ~ 2011

~ RBCBIP ~ Reading Books Can Be Intensely Pleasurable

~ RIOOTGHD ~ Reading Is One Of The Great Human Delights

~ RAW ~ Read At Whim

~ AINTLTBTNLAA-FR ~ And It’s Never Too Late To Begin This New Life As A – Free Reader

~ IYT-U-TSWYFACF-IS-YMDASOWTA-F-I-BA-Y-C-CIPWT-DI-UAN ~ If You Turn – Upstream – To See Where Your Favorite Authors Came From – Intellectually Speaking – You May Discover All Sorts Of Works That Are – Fascinating – Illuminating – But Also – Yes – Challenging – Challenging Is Precisely What The – Downstream Imitators – Usually Are Not

~ AMNATRFAABAGPO? ~ And Might Not All This Reverence For Ancient Authors Be A Great Put-On?

~ TW-WILB-MDSB-TA-AIARR-WCATOB ~ Those Who – Write In Library Books – May Do So Because – They Are – Admirably Irrepressible And Responsive Readers – Who Can’t Afford Their Own Books

~ R-ISTBA-TEWOM-N-AOTRTTEASO-M ~ Reading – Is Supposed To Be About – The Encounter With Other Minds – Not – An Opportunity To Return To The Endlessly Appealing Subject Of – Me

~ IIWTL-BIMBSMWTRABOBYDWT-R-CYEAMOTLOMOTP-IOTIPWOYSBDTA ~ It Is Wrong To Lie – But It May Be Still More Wrong To Read A Bunch Of Books You Don’t Want To – Read – Cast Your Eyes Across Most Of The Lines On Most Of The Pages – In Order To Impress People Whose Opinion You Shouldn’t Be Deferring To Anyhow

~ MBBMBTFYRT ~ Many Books Become More Boring The Faster You Read Them

~ MOUTTCOITMOTBAZ-BCTPO-M ~ Many Of Us Try To Console Ourselves In The Midst Of The Blooming And Buzzing – By Claiming The Powers Of – Multitasking

~ NOA-M-I-WSADTAGATOOAAGT ~ No One Actually – Multitasks – Instead – We Shift Among Different Tasks And Give Attention To Only One At Any Given Time

~ TATMRIASO-‘CPA’ ~ The Attempt To Multitask Results In A State Of – “continuous Partial Attention”

~ TWBTAA-SM-TTBWATTO ~ Those Who Believe They Are A – Skilled Multitasker – Tend To Be Worse At It Than Others

~ EAHI-IH-WTSKOTC-TT-POL ~ Every Era Has Its – Intellectual Hucksters – Willing To Sell Knowledge On The Cheap – To The – Panicky Or Lazy

~ N-NOPOLP-WOIFRTSWCIISCAC-TAIDI-TDK ~ No – Novel Or Play Or Long Poem – Will Offer Its Full Rewards To Someone Who Consumes It In Small Chunks And Crumbs – The Attention It Demands Is – The Deep Kind

~ E-GI-EAITPOB-CAC-OMBAFBTT-P-C-S ~ Every – Good Idea – Ever Achieved Is The Product Of Both – Connection And Contemplation – Of Moving Back And Forth Between The Two – Predecessors – Colleagues – Solitude

~ N-OU-AHAAW-BWCAFOAAAAETWOITF-MOTI ~ Nonreaders – Outnumber Us – Always Have And Always Will – But We Can Always Find One Another And Are Always Eager To Welcome Others Into The Fold – May Our Tribe Increase

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ HENRY HOLT ~ 2018

~ YAL-Y-FW ~ You Are Losing – Your – Free Will

~ Q-SM-ITMFTWTRTIOOT ~ Quitting – Social Media – Is The Most Finely Targeted Way To Resist The Insanity Of Our Times

~ SM-I-MYI-AA ~ Social Media – Is – Making You Into – An Asshole

~ SM-I-UT ~ Social Media – Is – Undermining Truth

~ SM-I-MWYS-M ~ Social Media – Is – Making What You Say – Meaningless

~ SM-I-D-Y-CFM ~ Social Media – Is – Destroying – Your – Capacity For Empathy

~ SM-I-MY-U ~ Social Media – Is – Making You – Unhappy

~ SM-DWYTH-ED ~ Social Media – Doesn’t Want You To Have – Economic Dignity

~ SM-I-M-P-I ~ Social Media – Is – Making – Politics – Impossible

~ SM-H-Y-S ~ Social Media – Hates – Your – Soul

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ 2018

~ HC-Y-RA-IAWW-YA-UCS-A-ACPBA-RBSOTRCIH-WHNWOMMEB-BPTMYB? ~ How Can – You – Remain Autonomous – In A World Where – You Are – Under Constant Surveillance – And – Are Constantly Prodded By Algorithms – Run By Some Of The Riches Corporations In History – Which Have No Way Of Making Money Except By – Being Paid To Manipulate Your Behavior?

~ Y-Y-Y-H-TAR-T-IADWTL-WTCTIDS ~ You – You – You – Have – The Affirmative Responsibility – To – Invent And Demonstrate Ways To Live – Without The Crap That Is Destroying Society

~ WTTCTGEWY ~ Welcome To The Cage That Goes Everywhere With You

~ IJNRTC-DMOP-A-WMOHBC-A-MNBUA-CBMOATS ~ It’s Just Not Right To Call – Direct Manipulation Of People – Advertising – What Might Once Have Been Called – Advertising – Must Now Be Understood As – Continuous Behavior Modification Of A Titanic Scale

~ WHB-SN-PS-A-CSM-U-C-D-A-I ~ What Has Become – Suddenly Normal – Pervasive Surveillance – And – Constant Subtle Manipulation – Is – Unthical – Cruel – Dangerous – And – Inhumane

~ AITFSTF ~ Awareness Is The First Step To Freedom

~ T-CP-T-ASMTMM-A-TADTDTS-I-BM-MTTCBP-TDTSCBAMPC ~ The – Core Process – That – Allows Social Media To Make Money – And – That Also Does The Damage To Society – Is – Behavior Modification – Methodical Techniques That Change Behavioral Patterns – The Damage To Society Comes Because Addiction Makes People Crazy

~ W-MPAATMS-TWGDAC ~ When – Many People Are Addicted To Manipulative Schemes – The World Gets Dark And Crazy

~ ISGAR-WIPSR-OAPOC-WTDAPT-T-TTTDMOTT ~ If Someone Gets A Reward – Whether It’s Positive Social Regard – Or A Piece Of Candy – Whenever They Do A Particular Thing – Then – They’ll Tend To Do More Of That Thing

~ SC-AN-OF-OT-HB-TA-P ~ Social Concerns – Are Not – Optional Features – Of The – Human Brain – They Are – Primal

~ NE-SA-FAA-WUMEADIUL-TPO-ITLTBTTTLT-F-O-FROIS-WICTHTR ~ Negative Emotions – Such As – Fear And Anger – Well Up More Easily And Dwell In Us Longer – Than Positive Ones – It Takes Longer To Build Trust Than To Lose Trust – Fight-Or-Flight Responses Occur In Seconds – While It Can Take Hours To Relax

~ TPD-T-BE-RI-ANOENT-NE-ABAMT-PO ~ The Prime Directive – To – Be Engaging – Reinforces Itself – And No One Even Notices That – Negative Emotions – Are Being Amplified More Than – Positive Ones – The Result Is An – Unnatural – Global Amplification – Of The – “Easy” – Emotions – Which Happen To Be – The Negative Ones

~ TREO-UNEFTPOAAM-MIRETAR-IWUSE-HGR-A-NGABFTBWTTTBSD ~ The Relative Ease Of – Using Negative Emotions For The Purposes Of Addiction And Manipulation – Makes It Relatively Easier To Achieve – Undignified Results – Information Warfare Units Sway Elections – Hate Groups Recruit – And – Nihilists Get Amazing Bang For The Buck When They Try To Bring Society Down

~ O-E-LI-RI-G-GDM ~ Our – Early – Libertarian Idealism – Resulted In – Gargantuan – Global Data Monopsonies

~ WAA-CAD-TASF-MBM ~ We Are All – Carrying Around Devices – That Are Suitable For – Mass Behavior Modification

~ TP-ABM-IWTIITF-CRTPTMSEB ~ The Problem – A Business Model – In Which The Incentive Is To Find – Customers Ready To Pay To Modify Someone Else’s Behavior

~ BUMMER ~ Behaviours Of Users Modified And Made Into An Empire For Rent

~ N-LCOFSM-B-IFNBF ~ Nastiness – Like Crude Oil For Social Media – Because – It Fueled Negative Behavioral Feedback

~ WNETSB-A-OPTTB-A-B-TBABTMA ~ With Nothing Else To Seek But – Attention – Ordinary People Tend To Become – Assholes – Because – The Biggest Assholes Get The Most Attention

~ PDRHTABM ~ People Don’t Realize How They Are Being Manipulated

~ TDPO-M-I-TGPMAM-GI-A-TGTTSMAMT-ITS-B-OPFMAAT ~ The Default Purpose Of – Manipulation – Is – To Get People More And More – Glued In – And – To Get Them To Spend More And More Time – In The System – But – Other Purposes For Manipulation Are Also Tested

~ TAARI-LOABEOIS ~ The Algorithms Are Rarely Interrogated – Least Of All By External Or Independent Scientists

~ TMBMMIROTMM ~ The Mass Behavior Modification Machine Is Rented Out To Make Money

~ FP-APIUBVNAETA-ISVE-SP-WISIIHPAB-I-S ~ Fake People – Are Present In Unknown But Vast Numbers And Establish The Ambience – Invisible Social Vandalism Ensues – Social Pressure – Which Is So Influential In Human Psychology And Behavior – Is – Synthesized

~ EOUHA-IT-DLYITTC!-IIHWYAPS-ATS ~ Each Of Us Has An – Inner Troll – Don’t Let Your Inner Troll Take Control! – If It Happens When You’re In A Particular Situation – Avoid That Situation

~ YCILYH-MVTAYCB-DTIA ~ Your Character Is Like Your Health – More Valuable Than Anything You Can Buy – Don’t Throw It Away

~ WYIAP-SSAI-BMITTLR-YBL-AO-AP-O-AS -~ When You’re In A Pack – Social Status And Intrigues – Become More Immediate Than The Larger Reality – You Become More Like – An Operator – A Politician – Or – A Slave

~ ITM-TISYCDP-I-WYPIOP-YNANTIY-AI-ASOLSE-AYTLO-TSSD-TLTP-S ~ In The Meantime – There Is Something You Can Do Personally – If – When You Participate In Online Platforms – You Notice A Nasty Thing Inside Yourself – An Insecurity – A Sense Of Low Self-Esteem – A Yearning To Lash Out – To Swat Someone Down – Then Leave That Platform – Simple

~ WPAF-EBF ~ When People Are Fake – Everything Becomes Fake

~ P-AEWOCA ~ Paranoia – An Efficient Way Of Corralling Attention

~ T-A-A-TTC-S-THAV ~ The – Advertisers – Are – The True Customers – So – They Have A Voice

~ A-DWYS-TMYDKWOPAS-B-WWASDPW-TOCTOABM-OPOAR-S-WRGO-ITWSLTEBOWOAS-SWHLOTUEO ~ Algorithms – Determine What You See – That Means You Don’t Know What Other People Are Seeing – But – When We’re All Seeing Different Private Words – Then Our Cues To One Another Become Meaningless – Our Perception Of Actual Reality – Suffers – What’s Really Going On – Is That We See Less Than Ever Before Of What Others Are Seeing – So We Have Less Opportunity To Understand Each Other

~ T-B-A ~ Tagged – By – Association

~ HCY-FH-W-ASE?-HCY-BA-WEY-R-S-O-D-IBFIA-JM? ~ How Can You – Find Happiness – Without – Authentic Self-Esteem? – How Can You – Be Authentic – When Everything You – Read – Say – Or – Do – Is Being Fed Into A – Judgment Machine?

~ GEW-RAFS-EAYOW ~ Gig Economy Workers – Rarely Achieve Financial Security – Even After Years Of Work

~ YCMASWBMIC ~ You Can’t Make A Society Wealthy By Making It Crazy

~ BISLORSBCMGCIDIOR ~ Bringing In Some Level Of Reward System Beyond Clannish Mind Games Can Inspire Dignity In Online Relations

~ W-SMCAPDBU-IOB-HTP-T-TWSTU-ISS-SWBATPTSPP-B-TWBATPTHTPDASE-TIFPTWWBU ~ When – Social Media Companies Are Paid Directly By Users – Instead Of By – Hidden Third Parties – Then – They Will Serve Those Users – It’s So Simple – Someone Will Be Able To Pay To See Poisonous Propaganda – But – They Won’t Be Able To Pay To Have That Poison Directed At Someone Else – The Incentive For Poisoning The World Will Be Undone

~ SIDYPAFD ~ Something Is Drawing Young People Away From Democracy

~ YCTWI-O-A-WW-E ~ You Can’t Tell What Is – Organic – And – What Was – Engineered

~ TACCADC ~ The Algorithms Can’t Care And Don’t Care

~ M-R-BO-TADIHNBIG ~ Meanwhile – Racism – Became Organized – To A Degree It Had Not Been In Generations

~ AITWEVSTOTA-AI-G-IPS-A-BRRWE ~ As If There Weren’t Enough Voter Suppression Tools Out There Already – As If – Gerrymandering – Inaccessible Polling Stations – And – Biased Registration Rules Weren’t Enough

~ TBWYCH-I-NTATWWMYFA-B-STFY ~ The Best Way You Can Help – Is – Not To Attack Those Who Would Manipulate You From Afar – But – Simply To Free Yourself

~ TIIINTP ~ The Internet Itself Is Not The Problem

ECKHART TOLLE ~ THE POWER OF NOW ~ 1999

~ TW-E-CUTIOS-SA-ATELTKITW-B-IISYNSOFOW-B-YTNBNAF ~ The Word – Enlightenment – Conjures Up The Idea Of Some – Superhuman Accomplishment – And The Ego Likes To Keep It That Way – But – It Is Simply Your Natural State Of Felt Oneness With – Being – Your True Nature Beyond Name And Form

~ ‘IT’-‘TIA’-TMBE-TE-T-W-B-A-I-W-T ~ “I Think – Therefore I Am” – The Most Basic Error – To Equate – Thinking – With – Being – And – Identity – With – Thinking

~ ACA-TM-S-SOF-IET-A-ITFAASF-TJOB ~ All Cravings Are – The Mind – Seeking – Salvation Or Fulfillment – In External Things – And – In The Future As A Substitute For – The Joy Of Being

~ DTB-F-O-E-ISACFFOCI-TF ~ Desire To Become – Free – Or – Enlightened – Is Just Another Craving For Fulfillment Or Completion In – The Future

~ TM-ASTD-TN-ATEFI-B-ICFARICW-T-WI-PAF-SIPTT-N-AT ~ The Mind – Always Seeks To Deny – The Now – And To Escape From It – Because – It Cannot Function And Remain In Control Without – Time – Which Is – Past And Future – So It Perceives The – Timeless – Now – As Threatening

~ A-TA-W-TPM-C-AI-AIYHCI ~ Accept — Than Act – Whatever – The Present Moment – Contains – Accept It As If You Had Chosen It

~ YCACW-TPM-B-YCCWSTIO-AMP-YCCW-TF ~ You Can Always Cope With – The Present Moment – But – You Cannot Cope With Something That Is Only – A Mind Projection — You Cannot Cope With – The Future

~ BOIPN-A-DEDM-TE-IVVAI-A-ISIACUT-T-BTW-ITC-EITEIOVC ~ Because Of Its Phantom Nature – And – Despite Elaborate Defense Mechanisms – The Ego – Is Very Vulnerable And Insecure – And – It Sees Itself As Constantly Under Threat – This – By The Way – Is The Case – Even If The Ego Is Outwardly Very Confident

~ F-SHMC-B-UAFITEFO-D-A-TTE-DIAJATC ~ Fear – Seems To Have Many Causes – But – Ultimately – All Fear Is The Ego’s Fear Of – Death – Annihilation – To The Ego – Death Is Always Just Around The Corner

~ TBMOTUS:IWM-WCAFS-TE-AASFYTSRIB ~ The Basic Mechanics Of The Unconscious State: Identification With The Mind – Which Creates A False Self – The Ego – As A Substitute For Your True Self Rooted In Being

~ TH-II-IND-IIAWT-DSIWYSYSII-A-MIFWYA-ITB-TEM-A-TOYWL ~ The Mind – In Itself – Is Not Dysfunctional – It Is A Wonderful Tool – Dysfunction Sets In When You Seek Your Self In It – And – Mistake It For Who You Are – It Then Becomes – The Egoic Mind – And – Takes Over Your Whole Life

~ T-EP-ITSWWYWLU-TOFTRC-LIN ~ The – Eternal Present – Is The Space Within Which Your Whole Life Unfolds – The One Factor That Remains Constant – Life Is Now

~ N-ITOPTCTYB-TLCOTM-IIYOPOAITTAFROB ~ Now – Is The Only Point That Can Take You Beyond – The Limited Confines Of The Mind – It Is Your Only Point Of Access Into The Timeless And Formless Realm Of Being

~ TRWSPLTEIDA-IFTI-TN-TIAS-TI-FOT-FOP-FOT-FOTBOTP ~ The Reason Why Some People Love To Engage In Dangerous Activities – It Forces Them Into – The Now — That Intensely Alive State – That Is – Free Of Time – Free Of Problems – Free Of Thinking – Free Of The Burden Of The Personality

~ TMYRYA-NP-YAP-WYAATOYM-YANLTII-AFHCI-STINOTM:TWP ~ The Moment You Realize You Are – Not Present – You Are Present – Whenever You Are Able To Observe Your Mind – You Are No Longer Trapped In It – Another Factor Has Come In – Something That Is Not Of The Mind: The Witnessing Presence

~ U/A/T/S/W-AFOF-ACB-TMF-A-NE-P ~ Unease / Anxiety / Tension / Stress / Worry – All Forms Of Fear – Are Caused By – Too Much Future – And – Not Enough – Presence

~ G/R/R/G/S/B-A-AFO-N-F-ACB-TMP-A-NEP ~ Guilt / Regret / Resentment / Grievances / Sadness / Bitterness – And – All Forms Of – Non-Forgiveness – Are Caused By – Too Much Past – And – Not Enough Presence

~ TMYATT-TN-YF-AP-AS-AP-YNLDOTFFFAS-YDLTIFS ~ The Moment Your Attention Turns To – The Now – You Feel – A Presence – A Stillness – A Peace – You No Longer Depend On The Future For Fulfillment And Satisfaction — You Don’t Look To It For Salvation

~ AYS?-AYSB-GTTF-T-TPIRT-AMOGT? ~ Are You Stressed? – Are You So Busy – Getting To The Future – That – The Present Is Reduced To – A Means Of Getting There?

~ S-ICB-B-‘H’-B-WTB-‘T’-O-BI-TP-B-WTBI-TF ~ Stress – Is Caused By – Being – “Here” – But – Wanting To Be – “There” – Or – Being In – The Present – But – Wanting To Be In – The Future

~ OTPCFYOTP ~ Only The Present Can Free You Of The Past

~ TKYA-TBUTT-TSUTMN-TLAJUTP-I-F/S/E ~ To Know Yourself As – The Being Underneath The Thinker – The Stillness Underneath The Mental Noise – The Love And Joy Underneath The Pain – Is – Freedom / Salvation / Enlightenment

~ TOTICWEC-DNMUATFOAGSA-AAFA-ALAYDT-ALAYTTEFTOWTTWD-TWOODNOU-AYRTITS-WWRTSODF ~ The Opportunity That Is Concealed Within Every Crisis – Does Not Manifest Until All The Facts Of Any Given Situation Are – Acknowledged And Fully Accepted – As Long As You Deny Them – As Long As You Try To Escape From Them Or Wish That Things Were Different – The Window Of Opportunity Does Not Open Up – And You Remain Trapped Inside That Situation – Which Will Remain The Same Or Deteriorate Further

~ THBMPFW-L-L-I-O-P-IWF-TOTBTGT-ITTT-LGO-FS-IASE-DGAD-IGT-D-H-A-C-IMTMR ~ There Have Been Many People For Whom – Limitation – Failure – Loss – Illness – Or – Pain In Whatever Form – Turned Out To Be Their Greatest Teacher – It Taught Them To – Let Go Of – False Self-Images And Superficial Ego-Dictated Goals And Desires – It Gave Them – Depth – Humility – And – Compassion – It Made Them More Real

~ E-I-TUM-TRYLWYAN-P-ATWC-TW ~ Ego – Is – The Unobserved Mind – That Runs Your Life When You Are Not – Present – As The Witnessing Consciousness – The Watcher

~ TE-PIAASFIAHU-WNRICTAOB-SBOE-WIESAAPTOWIWATUFIOE ~ The Ego – Perceives Itself As A Separate Fragment In A Hostile Universe – With No Real Inner Connection To Any Other Being – Surrounded By Other Egos – Which It Either Sees As A Potential Threat Or Which It Will Attempt To Use For Its Own Ends

~ T-BEP-ADTCIO-D-SFASOL-TA:R/C/P/G/D/A ~ The – Basic Ego Patterns – Are Designed To Combat Its Own – Deep-Seated Fear And Sense Of Lack – They Are: Resistance / Control / Power / Greed / Defense / Attack

~ SO-TES-AEC-Y-TNTSAOIP-SB-TE-I-ITP ~ Some Of – The Ego’s Strategies – Are Extremely Clever – Yet – They Never Truly Solve Any Of Its Problems – Simply Because – The Ego – Itself – Is The Problem

~ AO-WI-IFYF-MI-A-TRYW-B-RI-TM ~ Acceptance Of – What Is – Immediately Frees You From – Mind Identification – And – Thus Reconnects You With – Being – Resistance Is – The Mind

~ A – ‘B’ -THIYL-UIFE-LIFYIIP-MA-ASWH ~ Anything – “Bad” – That Happens In Your Life — Use It For Enlightenment – Let It Force You Into Intense Present-Moment Awareness – And See What Happens

~ SDNDIIWYMIU ~ Suffering Does Not Diminish In Intensity When You Make It Unconscious

~ WYDEP-EYDOT-AWAYR-BCWI ~ When You Deny Emotional Pain – Everything You Do Or Think – As Well As Your Relationships – Become Contaminated With It

~ WTI-NWO-TISA-AWT ~ When There Is – No Way Out – There Is Still Always – A Way Through

~ TM-CAIIB-TP-ASTR-CWIKAIFW-EIIIP-ALIIF-TUID ~ The Mind – Conditioned As It Is By – The Past – Always Seeks To Re-Create What It Knows And Is Familiar With – Even If It Is Painful – At Least It Is Familiar – The Unknown Is Dangerous

~ WY-S-T-WI-ASB-FP-TPCTHAP-YDNNIA-P-ITK-TN-ITK ~ When You – Surrender – To – What Is – And So Become – Fully Present – The Past Ceases To Have Any Power – You Do Not Need It Anymore – Presence – Is The Key – The Now – Is The Key

SAMUEL ARBESMAN ~ OVERCOMPLICATED ~ 2016

~ WTTE ~ Welcome To The Entanglement

~ E-AWBSTBMAMC-TIAGDBHWIOSTA-A-HTADA ~ Entanglement – As We Build Systems That Become More And More Complicated – There Is A Greater Divergence Between How We Intend Our Systems To Act – And – How They Actually Do Act

~ WCSAOIRTSTAA-OTHBDF-TCCBALITFOTU ~ While Complicated Systems Are Often Incredibly Robust To Shocks That Are Anticipated – Ones They Have Been Designed For – Their Complexity Can Be A Liability In The Face Of The Unanticipated

~ WATUACS-WMDTPR-OLOD-AWTLAI ~ When Attempting To Understand A Complex System – We Must Determine The Proper Resolution – Or Level Of Detail – At Which To Look At It

~ COUP ~ Complications Of Unknown Purpose

~ WWIRTATCOAOKTA ~ We Will Increasingly Require The Ability To Connect One Area Of Knowledge To Another

~ WHWT-WMHHWR-A-CWF ~ Walking Humbly With Technology – We Must Have Humility Without Reverence – And – Curiosity Without Fear

~ BATPUTHOTIJIOE;IHIUAUPTOT ~ Being Able To Peek Underneath The Hood Of Technology Isn’t Just Interesting Or Educational; It Helps Inoculate Us Against Unhealthy Perspective Toward Our Technologies