- Many of my friends are going through the same problem. They have built up a certain following on social media. Could be YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Their fans expect a certain line, a tone, an approach, the voice of a cause they favor.
- COMMENT: This is the 2017 truth dilemma and the nature of fan bases – people who TRUST that the person who stood up to LEAD has integrity and unshakable conviction.
- Then one day, the message changes because time and circumstances change. Their friends denounce them and unfollow. Panic ensues, followed by real depression.
- COMMENT: What they realize is what they were told worked didn't really work as well as they were told. In fact it's one big confidence game. From the top level down to the bottom.
- You loved the love when it was there, but now you face the hate. It can be debilitating. There isn’t a person who hasn’t self censored in order to avoid it.
- COMMENT: When you lose faith in your path it is a deafness of truth that sets in and a time to find the roots that bring you back home to where the heart is.
- But now, you have a different problem. Getting fans and enjoying their praise and attention used to be a source of personal empowerment. It gave you bragging rights. It made you feel valuable. Fame, even in small doses, makes us feel alive and seems to give us purpose. The prospect of it going away does the reverse: it is embarrassing, devaluing, and disorienting.
- You are living a lie because you think it is better than facing the wrath of your followers. You find yourself caged by the fans you once saw as your liberation.
- I’m sure this happens on the political left but I’m most familiar with cases where this happened to people on the political right. Over the last two years, they drifted further into nationalist, nativist, and racialist thinking, gaining a bigger following with each edgy step. The more anger they expressed, the more people cheered. The more extreme their claims, the more fans they gained.
- But it gets exhausting over time. And much of it turns out to be exaggerated, imbalanced, distorted, and manipulative. Now they find themselves a bit creeped out by the world in which they have found themselves. But they don’t know how to leave. Will they be denounced as enemies? Will they be doxed?
- This week, I’ve had three people tell me of their fears to unfriend the same person because his temperament seems to be worsening to the point even of hinting at violence. How many more like him are there among your followers? Just thinking about this prospect makes you want to play it as safe as possible. It’s as this point that social media is no longer fun.
- COMMENT: Holy moses – this is what happens when the hollywood magic spell wears off and the duped flock turn on the master to feed off of his flesh.
- Any public figure today knows exactly what I mean.
- Today’s social media entrepreneurs are discovering a truth known since the ancient world, confirmed by all psychological research: fame operates on the human mind like an addictive drug. Consuming it without understanding the danger can lead to disaster. You end up giving up all that really matters in exchange for what is absolutely unsustainable.
- COMMENT: This is the truth of things known and unknown, I've had the same pattern manifest.
- At some point, as Marcus Aurelius says, no matter how famous and seemingly beloved you are, you will be displaced. Just as one sand dune covers another in the evolution of a desert, so too “former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.”
- My friend’s advice to young social media stars is slightly different: pay as little attention as possible to praise. Do not come to believe the flattery heaped on you by your fans. Their loyalty to you is as thin as water.
- As much as possible, stay focused on the mission that drove you here in the first place: the art, the ideas, the notion of truth, the love of communication. Whatever it is, don’t ever let your lust for fame and followers displace it.
- In other words, earn your following by just standing by what you believe. Sincerity and honesty are always better than currying favor from the crowd. If you have made the mistake in the past of chasing likes and follows at the expense of your personal integrity, it is a sunk-cost fallacy to continue in this direction. Stop now. Then use the block, unfollow, unfriend, and mute buttons liberally.
- To live authentically is more important than racking up ever higher viewer metrics. To say and do the thing you must say or do–even though you know for sure that your biggest fans will be outraged–is part of living the good and happy life.
- Yes, there could be a short-term cost. It could be very high. On the other hand, you can escape the cage you built for yourself, feel better about what you do, and, if all goes well, you can eventually replace every lost follower with two more people who will always appreciate how you modeled the meaning of integrity.
“The science fiction about traveling to the moon or to Venus and Mars and the lore about Flying Saucers are eﬀects of our dimly felt but none the less intense need to reach a new physical as well as spiritual basis beyond our actual conscious world.” ~ Carl Jung
The Kabbalah and the Sacred Word–The Yod–The He–The Vau–The second He–Synthesis of the Sacred Word.
ACCORDING to the ancient oral tradition of the Hebrews, or Kabbalah, 1 a sacred word exists, which gives to the mortal who can discover the correct way of pronouncing it, the key to all the sciences, divine and human. This word, which the Israelites never uttered, and which the High Priest pronounced once a year, amidst the shouts of the laity, is found at the head of every initiative ritual, it radiates from the centre of the flaming triangle at the 33rd degree of the Freemasonry of Scotland, it is displayed above the gateways of our old cathedrals, is formed of four Hebrew letters, and reads thus, Yod-he-vau-he, יהוה.
It is used in the Sepher Bereschit, or Genesis of Moses, to designate the divinity, and its grammatical construction recalls even by its formation 1 the attributes which men have always delighted to ascribe to God. Now we shall see that the powers attributed to this word are real up to a certain point, for with its aid the symbolical gate of the arch, which contains the explanation of the whole doctrine of ancient science, is easily opened. It is therefore necessary to enter into some detail respecting it.
Lee Smolin – Time Reborn (Penguin Alan Lane, 2013)
There is a paradox inherent in how we think about time. We perceive ourselves as living in time, yet we often imagine that the better aspects of our world and ourselves transcend it. What makes something really true, we believe, is not that it is true now but that it always was and always will be true. What makes a principle of morality absolute is that it holds in every time and every circumstance. We seem to have an ingrained idea that if something is valuable, it exists outside time. We yearn for “eternal love”. We speak of “truth” and “justice” as timeless. Whatever we most admire and look up to – God, the truths of mathematics, the laws of nature – is endowed with an existence that transcends time. We act inside time but judge our actions by timeless standards.
The contrast between thinking in time and outside time is a parent in many areas of human thought and action. We are thinking outside time when, faced with the technological and social problem, we assume that the possible approaches are already determined, as a set of absolute, pre-existing categories.
Anyone who thinks that the correct theory of economics or politics was written down in the century before last is thinking outside time. When we instead see the aim of politics as the invention of novel solutions to the novel problems that arise as society evolves, we are thinking in time. We are also thinking in time when we understand that progress in technology, society, and science consists in inventing genuinely new ideas, strategies, and forms of social organization – and trust our ability to do so.
Quantum Mechanics and the Liberation of the Atom
The reality of time is the key to addressing the mystery of what selects the laws of physics. It does so by supporting the hypothesis that those laws evolve.
Taking time as fundamental may also help resolve another great puzzle of physics – that of making sense of quantum mechanics. Time’s reality allows a new formulation of quantum theory that can also illuminate how laws involved in time.
Quantum mechanics is problematic theory for three closely related reasons. The first is its failure to give a physical picture of what goes on in an individual process or experiment; unlike previous physical theories, the formalism we use in quantum mechanics cannot be read as showing us what's happening moment by moment in time.
Second, in most cases it fails to predict the precise outcome of an experiment; rather than telling us what will happen, it gives only probabilities for the various things that might happen.
The third and most problematic feature of quantum mechanics is that notions of measurement, observation, or information are necessary to express the theory. These must be regarded as primitive notions; they cannot be explained in terms of fundamental quantum processes.
Quantum mechanics is not a theory so much as a method for coding how experimenters interrogate microscopic systems. Neither the measuring instruments were used to interact with the quantum system nor the clock we us to measure time can be described in the language of quantum mechanics – nor can we, as observers, be so described.
This suggests that to make a valid cosmological theory we will have to give up quantum mechanics and replace it with a theory that can be extended to the whole universe, including ourselves as observers and our measuring instruments and clocks.
Boe: “a theory of the universe including us as observers” requires a theory of observers, a theory of observation, a theory of mind, a theory of sense-making, a theory of evolution (time and its history).
As we seek that theory, we must keep in mind three clues about nature that experiment has revealed are integral to quantum physics: incompatible questions, entanglement, and non-locality.
Any system will have a list of properties, such as position and momentum for particles… Associated with each property is a question that can be asked: Where is the particle now? What color is her shoe? It is the role of experiments to interrogate the system to get answers to these questions.
If you want to describe a system in classical physics completely, you answer all the questions, and this gives you all the properties.
But in quantum physics, the setup you need for asking one question may render other questions unanswerable. For example, you can ask what the particles position is, or you can ask what its momentum is, but you cannot ask for both at once. This is what Niels Bohr called complementarity, and it is also what physicists mean when we talk of non-commuting variables.
Entanglement, too, is a purely quantum phenomenon, according to which pairs of quantum systems can share properties while each system remains individually indefinite. That is, you can ask a question about the relationship between the pair that has a definite answer, whereas the answer to any related question about the individuals does not…
In classical physics, any property of a pair of particles is reducible to a description of properties of each. Entanglement shows that this is not true for quantum systems.
The importance for our discussion is that you can create, through entanglement, novel properties in nature. If you entangle two quantum systems of a kind that have never before interacted with each other, by preparing them with the property like contrary you create a property that has never before existed in nature. Entangled pairs are created by bringing two subatomic particles together and having them interact. Once entangled, they stay entangled, even if they separate and move a great distance away from each other.
As long as neither one interacts with another system, they continue to share entangled properties.
Boe: the interacting universe – theory of computation – l'ordinateur!
This gives rise to the third and most startling to about nature at the quantum level, which is non-locality.
These features and issues have been the focus of a great deal of attention in the nine decades since quantum mechanics was formulated. Many approaches to a greater understanding of it have been proposed.
I believe now that they all missed the mark, and that the strange features of quantum theory arise because it is a truncation of cosmological theory – a truncation applicable to small subsystems of the universe. By embracing the reality of time, we open the path to understanding quantum theory that illuminates its mysteries and may well resolve them.
The market is getting ripe!!!
“For what seems like forever, every day, I am confronted with the issue of a lack of digital skills in the communications industry, or rather an ever increasing demand that simply outstrips the supply. In the next two years alone it is estimated that there will be 750,000 unfilled digital roles across the UK and that in the next 20 years more than 10 million jobs will be replaced by a digital alternative, which in turn will create millions more role.”
“It is so much more straightforward, more dramatic, impressive, and therefore more convincing, to see all the things that happen to me than to observe how I make them happen. Indeed, the animal nature of man makes him resist seeing himself as the maker of his circumstances.”