The Unfathomable Binary of 289 Words on Each Side, a coincidence and short essay:
(Intended to be printed as a two sided pamphlet on fine paper and distributed anonymously)
Binary logic and bits, which are the foundations of the algorithmic paradigm, are as dangerous to the human spirit as has been the development of currency and the economic paradigm.
Currency is a conceptual marriage between obfuscation and coercion, the bedrock of the city-state and civilization—trade or be subjugated. This, the beginning of enumeration, leading to endless accumulation, and debt to these injustices. However troubled humans have been by their addiction to greed and envy since the concept of currency embraced, it will pale to the trouble brought from the addictions that will arise from our integration with bits.
We have moved from a delusion of assumption (because more is always better, is it not?) to a delusion of fundamentalism. Instead of a marriage between obfuscation and coercion, we have a marriage between transparency and phalanx, with the coronation of pride and wrath as our chief addictions and cardinal sins.
Transparency is expected because of a fundamentalism that the algorithmic paradigm is founded on, which is that a bit is either true or false—1 or 0. All questions are now satiated by information, and we zealously believe information is always to be had. Information is a fundamentalism in which knowledge may always be derived from it, and every aspect of reality a form of information. If all may be known, then all should be shown.
Phalanxes of opinion and identity are also created because of this fundamentalism. We may be either true or false, and easily aggregated accordingly. Virtual amassing is more destructive than conceptual coercion because it requires no imagination. Our separation from the other, and from the whole, so intrinsic and fundamental that our commonality can only be found through anger and wrath.
Side 0:What if reality is essentially musical? What if the soul—a term highly out of fashion because of our fetish with science, and a concept extremely confused because of its eternality a taboo in juxtaposition to the progress of modernism—is in fact our mode of attuning with reality? What then does a profoundly and physically musical universe mean?
If the way we organize our societies is intrinsically based on its most exchangeable indivisible unit, then transitioning from enumerative currency to aggregative bits means we are altering our ideals. Love, as a total mode of unity, is made misunderstood as linear by the enumerative perspective, but is now being made flat by the binary perspective. It is being reduced to a blinking diode.
Harmonies have a difference in position, but a similarity in ratio to the whole—a musical harmony might be a temporal proximation to unity as frequencies experienced, and existential harmony might be multidimensional and relativistic to unity as an infinite universe. Harmonies are not objectively fixed in any musical system because they are always relative to the whole—which is dynamic to the subject. If reality is essentially musical—without ideals and concepts, without distortion and fantasy—then living in harmony with reality is a polyvalent relationship of potential.
What is our perception of each other and ourselves without a mode of potential beyond true and false? The unknown becomes unfathomable—a taboo rather than a field of meaning—and a graveyard for sacred space. From accumulation to information, from the economic to algorithmic, as we structure our social relations and ideals to these forces, we drive the human spirit further from the potentiality allowed by the beauty and freedom of truth—of reality.