Posts Tagged ‘obama’

I get the feeling tonight that there is an intense buzz, important thoughts vibrating across the planet. You just stick your rod into it, and with the right hook, you can pull out any number of riveting tidbits. Like a few from Clay Shirky, for example:

“The unthinkable scenario unfolded something like this: The ability to share content wouldn’t shrink, it would grow. … People would resist being educated to act against their own desires. …Revolutions create a curious inversion of perception.  … the pragmatists were the ones simply looking out the window and noticing that the real world was increasingly resembling the unthinkable scenario. These people were treated as if they were barking mad. … When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry. Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse. … “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke. … With the old economics destroyed, organizational forms perfected for industrial production have to be replaced with structures optimized for digital data. It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem. … Elizabeth Eisenstein … focused on, though, was how many historians ignored the transition from one era to the other. To describe the world before or after the spread of print was child’s play; those dates were safely distanced from upheaval. But what was happening in 1500? … What was the revolution itself like?” Chaotic, as it turns out. The Bible was translated into local languages; was this an educational boon or the work of the devil? Erotic novels appeared, prompting the same set of questions. … That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn’t apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread. Even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen. Agreements on all sides that core institutions must be protected are rendered meaningless by the very people doing the agreeing. … Ancient social bargains, once disrupted, can neither be mended nor quickly replaced, since any such bargain takes decades to solidify. … And so it is today. When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to. … There are fewer and fewer people who can convincingly tell such a lie. … We’re collectively living through 1500, when it’s easier to see what’s broken than what will replace it. The internet turns 40 this fall. Access by the general public is less than half that age. Web use, as a normal part of life for a majority of the developed world, is less than half that age. We just got here. Even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen.”

… and so forth.

Or Seth Godin … who I won’t quote, just link to.

There are, of course, many more sources.

I am prompted to write this by my friend’s previous post. Add to that, a discussion over lunch yesterday (with females in the “new-agey-scene” that should know better) about Obama and conspiracy theorists, who are apparently convinced that he is the Antichrist, etc. etc. I agree with Stephan completely that it is indeed time to increase one’s sensory sensitivity. Where I differ, or choose to focus my attention, if you will, is that we simply must - for our survival as a species - give up doomsday thinking. I refuse to think that Obama is going to treat some essential issues the same way Bush did. The very fact that his brain apparently functions in an entirely different way is testament enough for me to trust. For I have learned that, hey, that’s about all you can do as a citizen of this world. Trust and vote. Certainly discussions are necessary, too, and involvement to some extent. But two things are on my mind:

1) The discussion I had this evening about the demise of newspapers. The worry here is that only these information providers had access to or the journalistic, research-based wherewithal to “discover the truth”…

2) The many avenues I am currently dealing with and discovering or re-discovering about intention, the power of positive thinking, etc. etc. Articles about the scientific proof of visualization helping stroke patients to heal, etc. etc. Old news, really. A German filmmaker here told his story in a book about his transition from being paralyzed to walking and leading a normal life. I went to see him talk at a German university and yes, needless to say, he walked in. And stood during his talk. And walked out. And founded an institute for self-healing.

Are these two somehow connected? Where you put your focus is where the “energy” goes. Seems logical, otherwise no one would get any work done and bus drivers would constantly be hitting trees or trucks or other drivers. Our focus, our attention, our hopes, our dreams, our will to do – perhaps belief, perhaps personal intention – may play a bigger role then we think. What if we not only believe but also INTEND Obama to do the “right” things, to pull the right strings for us as a society? What effect could that have? If one’s focus is on something vile, ineffective, violent and damaging (to oneself or society), it’s really as if you are drawn to that magnetically.

This lesson was brought home to me with an “over 40″ skiing lesson. Of course we wanted to learn how to ski. But of course this group of 40-something women were terrified. Of the speed, the slope of the mountain, other skiers, just everything. Our teacher, a not-quite-yet-40-something, told us something that made sense and stuck for me in many other situations. And worked, very clearly, empirically. She said, “If you stare at that pole, if you focus on that other skiier, you’ll head straight toward them. Chances are good you’ll crash right into it/them. Focus on the valley, where you want to go, where you want to be, as far away as that may seem. Look at the valley.”

And we did. And it worked. We sailed down in no time, with seemingly little effort and no injuries. A wonderful experience – and invaluable advice.

When I think of my focus today, or even the past few months, I find myself looking at the essentials, the things that really nourish me, pleasure me, make me happy, content and - ultimately - free.

Do you want to know what they were today?


Hot water.

Sweet potatoes and broccoli in a nice sauce.

Companionship and connection with people who I am personally intertwined with.


Being able to drive a motor vehicle where I wanted to go.

Using a telephone.

Being able to write this.

It’s so simple, really. I gave Obama my vote, now I need to give him more. WAY more. My faith, yes. Trust, also yes. But he needs my intention and concentration on how I want this world to be. Some things ultimately will not work because people just are the way they are, but the flip side is true as well: some things WILL work because people just are the way the are. So many things in our lives are changing so rapidly that there is no way to see through the chaos and people who claim to be able to do so are just … delusional. What is time tested is going with one barometer and one barometer alone: your own passion for what works for you. And go right on to the end with that. To your own personal end or whatever end that may turn out to be. That is, ultimately, what hones your focus, whether your realize it or not. Making it CONSCIOUS is part of what this shift is all about - in my humble, yet focused, opinion.


Obama returning favors to the recording industry that helped him come to power?

A very interesting WIRED blog post  >> Read me now



If this doesn’t make you tingle with glee, joy and antici… pation…


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