Here’s our little bro talking about Big Bro.
Me: Here’s one from a blog member: “With people putting massive amounts of personal information online—their own and others—and with governments also trying to restrict online access to information and communication, I just see it all just going faster and faster to where, in the future, there may be a whole lot less privacy throughout society and the world. How is this going to change social attitudes? Are we going to become a lot more tolerant after we’ve all seen each other’s baby pictures and had our closets opened? How bumpy a ride is it going be? Is this part of a spiritual plan to help society face itself?
Jamie (to Erik, in a singing voice): Back it up!
Jamie (clearing her voice): He loves the question.
Me: Oh really? Good!
Jamie: Yeah, he’s fascinated by it.
Erik: We’ve talked about it briefly before about having so much information on the Internet now and, yes, it is part of this whole spiritual evolution now—this holding up the mirror so that everybody can see themselves. It doesn’t mean that holding up the mirror gives everyone the right to judge you. There is no right to judge anyone. Actually, nobody has the right to judge. You have the right to your own opinion. But for you to claim that you’re the accurate end all, be all of whatever it is that you said is fucked up.
I have no idea what he’s talking about.
Erik: Vulnerability is a key aspect of spiritual growth. A lot of people don’t want to have it. (In hushed tones) A lot of people secretly want to do it, but they don’t want to do it in front of people. So, the Internet is the best vehicle to let that happen. And so people purge and share and show and tell. Then all of a sudden a million people know, but they’re still comfortable, because they haven’t met those million people face to face.
Okay, Now I get it. And I can relate.
Erik: The fucked up thing that I don’t like is how this whole Internet fiasco of collecting information is going to lead not just—
Jamie: I lost him, and I was just trying to ask him what he was trying to say, cuz, um, he’s talking about how you can tag certain words on like a blog or a picture or a post.
Erik: Yeah, it going from tagging concepts and words into tagging people themselves whether it’s ID bracelets or something that’s inserted or connected.
Jamie: He doesn’t like the idea of people being tagged.
Me: Oh no. God no!
Erik: We’re going to peek, uh, in seven years there’ll be; the biggest war will be the war of the Internet.
Erik: The war of protection. The war of information. And a lot of people are going to start valuing going back to the root of things: using trade, talking to a person in person—one-on-one. Eye contact.
Erik: Making deals and exchanges that way so that they can avoid the whole Internet share, credit card, information, numbers and things of that nature.
Me (in jest): Oh my god does that mean I can’t buy my Christmas presents online anymore?
Damn, and wouldn’t ya know, I just renewed my Amazon Prime.
Erik: No, no. You’ll still be able to do it, but there’ll be a motion of people who’ll say it’s not what they wanna do.
Me: Okay, good. Otherwise we’re talking bah humbug here.
Me: Anything else?
Jamie: No, he’s being quiet.
Me: Nothing else, Erik?
Sorry that was a short post!
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