On the internet, everything is a joke, which is as it should be. It’s the safe haven of absurdists, and the challenge we need most. Can you hold your ground and keep believing nothing is sacred in the face of the infinite electronic laughter?
Ones and zeros: It’s there or it’s not. We live in an intricate series of yes or no questions that, taken all together, result in a big amorphous maybe.
We thrive on intersections of opposing ideas. It is the age of Hecate and Hermes and Pan all over again. I used to know a witch who swore by Pan’s balls. It only occurs to me now how appropriate that is.
The things that make the least sense to us, the ideas that refuse to be categorized, the questions that cannot be answered — those are where we find our truth. We thrive on nonsense because it makes sense in an age of contradictions. When we grow up learning about the american dream, when it’s en vogue to hate the leader no matter which side you’re on, when we see reflected in ourselves everything that’s wrong with our country and our world, we turn to the absurd, and we say yes.
It’s important not to get too wrapped up. It’s essential not to believe too thoroughly. Faith will disprove itself, we have seen. Absolutes once embraced show us the gaping wounds in their bellies or in their brains.
And despite and because of the uncertainty, we become a conglomerate of hope. We become the new primordial ooze. We are extraordinarily rich with potential, even as we wallow in this mud. Ideas form and flow faster than any of us can think. The collective human computer is at war with itself and producing one failed solution after the next to the unsolvable problem of human nature.
We don’t even have to fear artificial intelligence because we don’t have time to invent a machine that smart. We’re too busy destroying one another. We are our own monster creation. Beautiful and grotesque. The most amazing stage of human evolution is now.