A Whole New World

 

The redemption of the world depends on the individual, whose world it is.
To say the least: Each of us should act as if all of the future of the world
and mankind depends on us.
Anything else is escaping responsibility.

                                                ( Joseph Weizenbaum )

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This almost radical statement by Joseph Weizenbaum has inspired me over and over again. In a world that always points at others, the government, the world, systemic failure that is circumstantial one rarely finds people who are willing to assume personal responsibility (>to respond!)   and accountibility.  Yet we are constantly told that,   if you want to change, redeem or even save the world you should begin in your  own world.                                                                                           

According to the gospels of modern science and speculation anything that happens on a micro-level can have an enormous effect on the macro-level. Quantum-physics? Chaos-theory? Autopoiesis  (from Greek (auto-), meaning “self”, and ποίησις (poiesis), meaning “creation”, that is  self-creation – out of itself, by itself and through itself -  or self-organisation, almost implies that there is a self-destructive  aspect to whatever is.

The interactive multimedia project “A Whole New World”  is driven by the dynamic vision of an ideal. It is a dream…                                                   The ideal itself  should remain abstract, invisible and inarticulate. The Tibetan-Buddhist Dzog-chen assumes an innate self-perfected state of being and knowing “that it is”  all one can do is to surrender to what appears to be a void without any similitude or image.

I personally believe  that it simply is  what we call  cosmos,   meaning  “beautiful order”.  I would not hesitate to define it as “Beautiful New World Order”  or a “Whole New World” . But not a brave, new world and certainly not the  secretive “Novo Ordo Seclorum”.

This is not some God Plan, not even his Plan B – it is a human dream, remembered in imperfect fragments, eventually perfected by our collective knowledge and experience, whether conscious or subconscious. Therefore criticism of this project, both constructive and destructive, inspiring and support in anyway is welcome. We need brain-storming, the art of dreaming and vision to take us outside the boxc we have created. If  we can work “it”  out, each of us can become a cosmic player, capable of finding solutions to the errors and crimes of the global player.

I call it the Voodoo-principle and magick: Whatever you do to the little doll of a victim will happen to the real life victim. “Do unto others, what you want them to do unto you”  or should I say “Do unto yourself, what you’re gonna do unto others?”   It is indeed a matter of responsibility and accountability to be very careful what kind of world you dream, envision and create for yourself.

The greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea perfectly dove-tails with Weizenbaum’s quote. He actually was inspired by it, when he named his  famous computer-program, an early example of primitive natural language processing,  ELIZA. Why?  In  George Bernard  Shaw’s play PYGMALION,  Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by teaching her impeccable speech.

 

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Jean-Leon Gerome Pygmalion and Galatea 

 

In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a sculptor  who carved a woman out of ivory and named her Galatea. Pygmalion was not really interested in women, but beauty and perfection. As fate  ( or the Goddess of love?)  would have it, he fell in love with his statue….which was an ideal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In time, Venus’s festival day came, and Pygmalion made offerings at the altar of Venus. There, too scared to admit his desire, he quietly wished for a bride who would be “the living likeness of my ivory girl”. When he returned home, he kissed his ivory statue and found that its lips felt warm. He kissed it again, touched its breasts with his hand and found that the ivory had lost its hardness.

I feel inspired to interpret Pygmalion as follows: Even so we say that only nothing is perfect – God thus being perfect or nothing – we strive for perfection. Are we manipulated by  some mysterious potential or simply wishful thinking that drives us to make dreams come true or to “breath life into a carved image” whether made of ivory or clay.  The interaction of random imperfect human endeavor (biological, physical, chemical evolution that is ) and divine perfection maybe the mystery or secret of living reality.                         .                                                                                         

We can only do our best, God will add the rest. Venus granted Pygmalion’s wish:  Carve your own perfect world out of dreams, believe in ideals , fall in love and it will come alive if things are “just right” .

 

Vision and Dream

 As an individual I am aware that I only can see things the way I see them. From my point of view, articulated by my limited knowledge of what is. But I love to think for myself and then check it out, let go of my opinion if it proves to be wrong and move on.  I’d much rather question answers,  than buying any answers to any my questions The human being is very visual and our world is dominated more and more  by images, that in the digital age almost reach a perfection unimaginable half a decade ago.

I prefer to express myself rather in notes, than in elaborate essays. Whatever I say needs to be continuously edited, it evolves. Here are some headlines and key-images of  a cosmogony, of my assessment where we are standing today and what the future could hold, if …..

 

It’s a never-ending story, the quest for answers to most of our questions. Our cosmos is “Infinite In All Directions” ( Freeman Dyson ) Infinity does not mean timelessness or endlessness because there is neither an end or a beginning to the cosmos but infinite beginnings and endings, each end giving birth to a new beginning and each beginning giving birth to a new ending. That means:

Before our universe began ( with a Big Bang ? ) there must have been something else. I see some  logic in my assumption that the impossibility of absolute nothingness is the absolute reason that makes everything possible. Therefore:

As Nothing Cannot Be Something Must Be

This does not mean that I know what this “somethingness” is, it only describes the condition  for being. That something is, whether an illusion or material reality does not matter as long as we are seeking the nature of being. Even an illusion is something – believe it or not: it is an illusion. I know that we are, though I do not know what we are and where we came from or go to. Even the words of the “true spokesmen or prohets ” of God and their  “holy script” are questionable.

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