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The list of similarities is well beyond that of mere coincidences, and yet, against all reason, it goes largely unnoticed.
The very basic mechanisms of organic human interaction have been profaned by irrational fear and ego driven ignorance long enough for the natural imperative to protect one's way of life to slowly decay until it is completely replaced. Whatever cultural artifacts that remain are mere vestiges of the past that, at best, find themselves renewed as twisted marketing assets for opportunistic corporates, and at worst, another deceptively selected target for the misguided masses to attack. Establishing a self preserving vicious circle of hatred towards the very ideas and traditions that nurtured humanity up to the presented day, further straining the already crumbling social cohesion and encouraging isolation in an already apathetic society.
Those most unfortunate souls that have been born after the past decade or so will be the ones that suffer the most. Their mental model of reality will be tainted by the coldness and indifference we've embraced during the most critical period of their development, they will learn from a very young age to accept their place in the new world as hedonistic slaves and forgo the endless potential inherent to their being.
For a free spirit like him, death should be nothing special.
Surviving in cyberspace as a legitimately free and autonomous community requires total commitment to the engineering, administration, maintenance, legality and moderation of the platform, such that only those that manage to turn in a profit that justifies the effort and risk have any chance of survival. Even then, the myriad of ways that the all-powerful competition can undermine smaller platforms makes it implausible for anything but the most sophisticated, underground efforts (onion markets, private decentralized messageboard, etc.) to have a fighting chance. Digital platforms on the mainstream internet are, therefore, always at risk of being targeted and dismantled, further discouraging the rise of new online ventures and keeping the ones online in check. Step out of line and you'll be silently culled.
Decimated as the autonomous domains have gotten, there has been a comparatively small, yet symbolically victorious resurgence of anti-conformism with the current state of affairs by the programmers and engineers that the monopolization of the net has displaced. The few, independent platforms that still hold some relevancy have made it this far partially thanks to the collective, organic efforts of their respective administration and userbase in defiance of the dystopian alternatives. However, finding such communities is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge. In particular for the newer generations that despite being born in a post-internet world, rarely venture beyond their mainstream prisons and thus, have been conditioned to rely on corporate solutions for what, in reality, are very basic services. To make matters worse for these unfortunate individuals, their mega-corporations of "choice" are most definitely, ruthlessly undermining their clientele by abusing their trust and ignorance. Often through sophisticated means that most are not willing to even believe real.
Nevertheless, the aforementioned digital realms where the last exchanges of unfiltered, untainted ideas still happen remain open, eagerly awaiting new participants to nurture it's community. A good example of such platforms is lainchan. A cyberpunkish, anonymous imageboard named after a surprisingly introspective if somewhat niche anime that revolves around discussing related subjects. Not particularly known for the stereotypical shitposting inherent to anonymous communities, it's one of the last bastions of cyberpunk culture worth participating in, at least in the clearnet. It's publicly available and requires no registration to post, making it an easy target for hackers, trolls and shills, despite this, the board remains relatively clean, probably due to it's moderate popularity and organized moderation. Regardless, responses on anything but the most active threads do take their time to pour in, it's no reddit or 4chan in terms of sheer population density, that's for sure. It's to be epxected since it's pro-freedom / anti-censorship attitude gets invariably associated with some recently conceived social taboos (an excellent way of reinforcing mainstream, sterilized preferences) that filter many, if not most, potential new users.
Those that do stay around tend to be more than just wandering cybernauts, a good deal of them can be considered aficionados to at least one of the discussed subjects. Such users are among the best additions to any community because they have the drive to participate in the current discussions, and it's from the mix of attuned veterans, eager new members and the liberty to exchange ideas that solidifies the platform's culture, crucial for the long term success of any collective. It's the unwritten rules of the game that ultimately serves as a catalyst for the personality that will be associated with the brand, hence why the mainstream alternatives all seem to complement the same superficial image of sterility and safety that encourages it's users to stay within corporate influence. Lest they learn a wrong opinion or two.
Lost another client to the failing economy this past week. A small phone and laptop repairing business that I used to host a few services for was unfortunately claimed by the current economic circus, namely the recent cost spike in rent and basic services and their inability to compete with global brands. At least the owner managed to find employment shortly after, if that can even be considered advantageous anymore.
Workloads are at an all-time high yet the greatly increased productivity does not reflect in the quality of the employee's life, or
even it's overall time on the job. On the contrary, despite the nigh miraculous scientific and technological leaps of the past
century we find ourselves in the ironic position of a deprecated asset on its way out. One that isn't even worth replacing with
dignity and that, ultimately, has little to no repercussions to a monopolized and corrupt market.
At this point I can't tell if this purge of independent efforts is part of the price to pay for genuine progress or just another victim of predatory corporations.
The future that awaits, though still shrouded by uncertainty, paints an even worse scenario. One where the current system can no longer uphold all the accumulated negligence and stupidty we've been responsible for and begins to fail when it is neeeded the most.
This second half of the year feels twice as long as the first. There are so many bizarre situations simultaneously unfolding it makes the past decade look insignificant in comparison.
So much has happened in the past ten months alone that the precedent for the foreseeable future is clearly an even bigger struggle. As every corner of the planet is busy dealing with its own mayhem, we as individuals are being economically, emotionally and intellectually taxed to extremes previously reserved for the horrors of total war. Victims to a silent yet meticulously planned offensive that keeps us artificially preoccupied and ultimately distracted from what truly matters.
The collective stress is palpable even from a distance. Expressions full of exhaustion are now the norm even for those few that had remained unscathed thus far, now resigned to accept their newfound status as yet another prisoner to the system's jailer with the rest of their worth. Such is the fate of all members of a society that still requires human intervention to perform at essentially every level. Perhaps when this is no longer the case, we won't even be necessary anymore.
Needless to say, such a model lies beyond the scope of our current understanding of the nature of reality and well withing the realm of the metaphysical, it even shares many similarities with Plato's "Realm of Ideas". A similar concept that attributes our perceived reality as a projection of a higher dimensional plane from which all ideas originate. The resulting universe is, therefore, an imperfect projection of a perfect idea, host to incomplete shadows or "forms" that are but abstractions of a core, fundamental concept. Thus, complex life can be understood as an incomplete permutation of a greater, encompassing idea that keeps an unconscious, bidirectional connection with its own projection.
Who we are lies betwixt our cognitive genetic legacy and the arbiter of our own original actions we define as free will. The metaphorical blank check that new consciousnesses are popularly compared to is, therefore, inaccurate in that it fails to account for the inherited psychological defaults, the archetype that from that point on, will wrestle with the conscious self into a predestined path of sorts. A Hegelian dialectic of the experiences we assimilate as unique individuals and the accumulated lives of our species.