In a postmodern world where technology has created an amalgam intellect, where individuals are simultaneously anonymous and celebrity, where the engineered, yet unwritten social contract demands, more than ever before, we react to the spectacle of hyperreality as part of the day to day mechanics of what it means to live your life, to reveal your Authentic Self requires you Anti-Social Engineer the Hypermanipulated Self.
I'll be honest, I've wanted to tie a Neckerchief ever since I was a little boy and saw Clint Eastwood wear one in the Spaghetti Westerns.
Yet I always remained envious of the occasional real cowboy that passed my rural path. I feel the same about the Neckerchief as I do the beret, in that, they are fashion accessories to specific communities, to which either I don't belong.
It's a perfect solution if your goal is to not spread your germs. Fold it once diagonally, tie the diagonal ends behind your neck, with the flat part of the triangle over your nose. Like you're going to rob a train...
Then pull it down off your nose and leave it alone around your neck. A Neckerchief...
Now rock that shit!
In the crazy world where you not only have to worry about protecting yourself and everyone else, you also have to adjust your habits just to live your life, you are now prepared to wear a mask if it's required, or if you want to, or maybe even if it's just going to make one person more comfortable. Like a sign of respect.
Remember, this isn't going to do much to protect you from getting sick. Just other people. It will protect a bit. It's proven better than nothing.
It's just a bonus that we're all going to look cool doing it.
The third phase of the Hindsite 2020 collection of essays concern problems and perils of being human.
In the last ten years, I've expressed some ideas that I think are important to work into a collective paradigm, perhaps none more interesting or baffling than the idea that we get rid of money. (Not get rid of currency for some other form of trade, just stop using trade.)
The third phase of Hindsite 2020 contains essays about the problems and perils of Humans today. Most of them have something to do with making money...
This next essay is about the booming business of warfighting and the psyche that leads to it.
Here is a quote: "... the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." - Hermann Goring at the Nuremberg trials, 1946.
The second phase of Hindsite 2020 contains essays about: Governments, Conspiracies and Societies.
Today's essay is one of my most popular. It has been published in various languages and read over 100,000 times.
The War on Reason is a chapter from Anti-Social Engineering the Hypermanipulated Self about two things: 1.) How American intentionality lead to the events of September 11, 2001. 2.) Which of the myriad of conspiracy theories around that event might have some validity.
This one is a bit long, but it's not too deep.
Tomorrow we start the third phase of Hindsite 2020 - Problems & Perils
The second phase of Hindsite 2020 contains essays about: Conspiracies, Governments and Societies.
This next essay was written to address the ignorant, fear-borne racism of ordinary people on facebook. Some of them my friends. Confronting bigotry or ignorance is really just an opportunity to educate. However, some people are just hopeless and there's value in picking your fights.
The first five essays of Hindsite 2020 are about Philosophy, Paradigm management, the promise of the 21st Century Enlightenment and Hyperexistentialism.
The fourth essay of Hindsite 2020 concerns the personal responsibility we have to this new Enlightenment.
Here's a quote from Inside the BIG problem of the new Enlightenment.
asks, "Has the world gone crazy?" The
short answer is, "the world IS crazy" and "it IS
because of us." The
long answer is contained in the word "gone..." Inside
that little word, "gone" is the BIG problem of the new
Enlightenment. How did we "go" crazy?'