Entering the realms of uncertainty

Entering the realms of uncertainty

The Wisdom of Uncertainty is probably Alan Watts’ best-known book. In it, he describes the fundamental openness of the future, the horrible indeterminacy, and the lack of control that is indicative of our condition as embodied beings in this collective experience we call human life on planet earth. This embodiment, this consciousness, is a fragile, finite thing–despite the ramparts and buttresses especially western civilization has erected to attempt to dam(n) the inexorable flow of life and death. This fear of death, what Freud diagnosed as Thanatos, or the death instinct, is precisely what compels us towards our destruction. For the desire for death (thanatos) and the fear of death, are just the Janus faces of craving and aversion. That is, both instincts, are out of alignment with the fact of death itself. And of life, for that matter. Death and life are not events or limns to be fetishized, but respected. As we’re reaching a low for the human race, ecocide, renewed racism and sexism, there is hope. And there is despair. Resting in either of these is unwise, as they are both incomplete half-truths. The steps back with every step forward, are indicative of predators and parasites holding on to their host, believing that their stability and certainty is tied up with dominating others. There is no recognition that maybe they themselves also are fluid, queer beings, subject to change and metamorphosis. No, instead–and in fact what ontologically makes a parasite a parasite–they are blind to the potential to be anything else. They are scared of evolving. They are scared of readapting to a changed ecology. This is...
Why Apple is Obsolete

Why Apple is Obsolete

Apple has become obsolete before their products even come out. This is because while they attempt to be industry leaders, their sights are shorter than a politician’s. They paradoxically want to create the most cutting-edge new products that have a less than 18 month lifespan. I’ve been an Apple slave since 2003. I learned their operating system, got used to the way my consciousness extended into their products, and got hooked. Sure, you couldn’t customize as much as on a PC, but their shiny aluminum casing and the attention to detail made me feel that my fingers had their own magic carpet to ride. But then the vice squeeze of greed and control destroyed a once useful technology. Gross profit got in the way of user experience, and the sleek feel of Apple’s products became an empty signifier, a symbol without depth. The coup d’√©tat even forced out Steve Jobs, the mythical creature that Apple attempts to moor its brand in. No, it is corporate interests, Goldman Sachs and Co. that are calling the shots, and creating Soccer Mom and Metrosexual products, useless to professionals, but easy for the computer-illiterate masses. Apple is now superficial details, without the power behind it. To call their product line “Pro” becomes laughable at this point in time. While I am well aware that right now, we have bigger fish to fry, as Apple is one of the biggest companies out there, they could lead by example, delivering energy-efficient technologies, and lying less. As it stands, they are the Donald Trump of the computer industry.   Dear Apple, Why do your computers suck...