Welcome To Censor U.

imgonline-com-ua-Negative-83ZG69XWWWU
All is Well At Censor U. Or else.

>> All Binks on Mehta essays

>> Mehta: Guilty Until Proven Guilty? Post-firing Statement

>> Andrew Lawton– Pro-Free Speech Professor Rick Mehta Fired By Acadia University

>>  TODAY’S ACADEMIC COWARDICE REPORT — via Powerline Blog

>> Mehta’s YouTube Channel: Video Update Regarding My Dismissal From Acadia University

>> Acadia U. fires pro-free speech professor Rick Mehta

>> Rick Mehta – Feminism, “Decolonization,” and Academic Freedom

>> My Chat with Rick Mehta – Academic Freedom Under Threat. Gad Saad

>> War on Acadia U prof Rick Mehta: “Weaponized” internal investigation

>> Free Bid Media– Dr. Rick Mehta Discusses Why He Was Recently Fired From Acadia University

>> Professor Rick Mehta, friend of the Podcast and defender of Free Speech, has been fired by the University of Acadia

applylatherrinse

fleurdeflourish


~ SO.. THE ACADIA University, Wolfville NS,
 cowardly & bullying powers that be finally pulled the trigger on their troublesome prof, just days before the beginning of Fall term. Except.. he’s not shutting up, or going away quietly. Awkward.

Until 2015 or so, Rick says he was a standard Lefty prof. No problems, complaints, or random accusations to be seen. Then, he woke up (partly via Jordan Peterson, and others), and looked around academia and noticed free speech & open discussion of important issues– in psychology & the wider curricula– were verboten. And at his beloved increasingly Soviet Acadia, too.

Uh-Oh Uppity Prof!

So in 2015, he stopped being an obedient tenured diversity hire, and started asking questions, speaking out, attending conferences, making popular videos, and befriending  various Canadian thought criminals. That was unacceptable, and from that moment on, the current Acadia regime, USSR-style, tried to scare him, silence him, dig up every malcontent & unhappy soul connected with him to register accusations, since as we know, accused = guilty. Now, they’re trying to vanish him.

After all, you can question EVERYTHING on modern campuses these days– except the holy orthodoxies: Feminism, anti-Colonialism, Social Justice Marxism, Identitarianism, Silencing & Deplatforming Critics, Triggering & Safe Spaces, LGTBQRSTUVism, Socialism, Trans-whateverism… and all the special-pleading rubbish “scholarship” behind it. Yes, that’s most college campuses today. Acadia pretty much fits the mutated type.

Raise Some Noise

There are few wars so petty and spiteful as academic wars. Not only is Acadia still trying to cover up, but to cover up the cover-up. Thing is, they feed off some of our taxes to run the Dear Old U.– thus, they owe the public & our elected officials a FULL & PROPER accounting of what looks like a professional assassination of character & reputation. If you’re giving full credit to the vague accusations, you might want to rethink that: this situation has been very much one of “A fair trial, then the firing-squad”.

Speak out. Write to the Acadia authorities, and be sure to CC: your letter to Parliament Hill, the media, the premier, local newspapers, and your local MLA. Put the CC-forwards at the bottom of your letter/ e-mail to Acadia. If you want it posted on my blog, then send it to me: binks-dot-webelf-at-gmail-dot-com.

And if you’re a prayer-person, do pray for this man, who went from “Woke” to actually AWAKE in three years, and got fired for it. You gotta know that such events take a toll on a man, no matter who you are. So why not drop him a note of encouragement, via his FaceBook page?

Thus saith,

The Binks

mehtanarr

Advertisements

Crying In Our Wilderness

>> Oleg Atbashian | Wiki & Bio | Everipedia

>> The New Censorship— Wikipedia deletes its page on The People’s Cube

>>  2016– Oleg Atbashian arrested, faces five years in prison for supporting Israel

>>  Why I was arrested & thrown in jail by @GeorgeMasonU police

>>  Articles by Oleg Atbashian – Bombthrowers

27858633_897959477037421_1703777861032483580_n


 

~ YES, I CAN BE longwinded in these things, so today, a short one.

A sad realization I’ve had over the past few weeks– Oleg Atbashian (The People’s Cube) was a former Soviet propagandist, he’s also an author, essayist, satirist, and graphic artist. He came to America for freedom.

Like many former Soviet dissidents come to the West, his reception was mixed– now, he’s a positive threat to the new Sovietization of the West. The same happened to Jamie Glazov’s parents, at Marxist-deluded Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Don’t reveal the ugly truth of the Worker’s Utopia!

yg

Neo-Amerika, 2018

Now, under the politically correct, the corrupt establishment, politicized academia & media, we are going Soviet. Soft Soviet, with a smug smile and an iron fist. This devolution has been underway for almost a century, under many guises, and stages. Coercion of thought and behaviour is the ultimate goal.

Symptoms, just on Campus? Tribunals, trial by media & mob, the politics of personal destruction, radicalization of politics, thought-police, a quiet terror keeping people quiet & scared. Wrong-thinkers versus the Party Truth. Spying & tattling & surveillance. All must be sacrificed for the utopia.

sjw-university-ben-garrison_4_orig

We have become a Soviet-style prison, just waiting for the final bars & locks to be fitted. Ironic, no? Tragic, too.

Theodore Dalrymple:

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

soviet_america_by_russiansovietarmy-d8nzs5d

A Gift To Us All

And patiently, year by year, Oleg & his amazingly insightful website has been warning us of the risks ahead, from his life under the Soviet nightmare. We should all be grateful, and aware of his work.

Go read his blog. Read his book “Shakedown Socialism“. Buy his merch. I’m not saying he’s always right in everything said & done and thought– but that his angle is unique, deeply insightful, and hard-won by bitter experience.

Heed his warnings. Tragically, he’s turned out to be right, so far.

Thus saith

Comrade Binks

 

203_350x350_Front_Color-NA

Smartphone “Co-Incidences”

smartphone-listens-670x335

>> Is Your Smartphone Listening to You, or Is It Just Coincidence?

>> Does Facebook Use Your Phone’s Microphone To Eavesdrop On Your Conversations?

>> How should kids use cellphones? And at what age are they emotionally ready to have their own?

>> Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy

>> Is Social Media Destroying Humanity On Purpose?

>> The wireless telephone encouraged us to connect individually but disconnect socially

>> 2017 Social Experiment: Family Gives Up Electronics For 48 Hours 

fleurdeflourish
~ SO THE OTHER DAY, The She-Binks was out with a friend over tea, and while they were chatting, happened to mention a certain small resort in rural Nova Scotia. She had her smrtphone with her, on the table. She hadn’t googled that place, or anything like: just spoken words.
Two days later, advertising banners for that small resort showed up on her smrtphone. She was underwhelmed. and came to mention the strange occurrence. Somebody had been dropping some eaves.

Lesson? They Are All Listening. Presume so. To EVERYTHING within earshot. To your confessions, married special-time, private business chats, secrets, dinner conversation, family fights. Anywhere these computerized phones are present, BigEar may be listening in.

9b49d153ffc9df0adcca2ffbad039cfc
Smartphones are Smart! S-M-R-T!

Our Electronic Mini-Masters?

I don’t have one– my last was a fancy flip-phone. But I presume my iPad is listening, and her smrtphone, and the two boy’s smrtphones.

Solution? Turning it off and putting it in a metal box might do the trick. Or, one of these cool RFID/ signal blocker cases… or, just not having one. The addictive little things can wreck your brain anyway, as study after study confirms. At very least, break your  smartphone addiction now, so you can have your life & brain back. And those of your loved ones.

Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain

Rats In A Maze

When you think about the brain-effects, spying, and biological effects of smartphone & cellphone technology– and the rising number of cancers which might be linked to their use– it strikes me that this is a giant socio-biological experiment with no permission or parameters, introducing many good and bad factors into daily human life, often from toddler on up. Experiment. Like on rats.

For those of us geezers raised in the pre-smartphone/ social media era, all of this is an add-on technology, which can multiply our existing curiousity, wonder, imagination, habits of being & learning & socializing. It’s a power-tool of sorts.

Quick: Example Us, Binks!

SO, for example– I’m currently reading Nigel Tranter’s Margaret The Queen. When I’m reading a book (dead tree or Kindle), I will constantly be looking up places, definitions, pictures of the places, historical summaries, art, related literature, and other interesting detail to flesh out the book. It becomes three-dimensional learning, based on my older trained & ingrained pre-digital habits.

an-age-by-age-guide-for-when-your-kid-should-get-a-smartphone-1024x576-1520885265

What of the screen-addicted younger people raised in a time who have never known the old ways of curiousity, imagination, extrapolation, a love of learning and the intellect at play? I’m worried that endless music-playlists, SnapChat, InstaGram, flickering bytes and images which go by like dead leaves in a windstorm make it harder to develop those older qualities, which are not simply a “Different” form of intellectual and mental life, but the kind that is thousands of years old, and which built & sustained Western Civilization for thousands of years. Are our kids and grandkids being mentally flickered to death?

Who Did This? Not the Kids

Even if older generations find smartphones are manageable tools, it is  a false logic to assume that people raised on them will turn out likewise. It’s that same thing with TV addiction in my youth: the idiot box ate your time, gave you a lazy brain, and– it turns out– wound up aggression even as kids were passively drooling before the one-eyed God.

Smartphones & digital technology are super-TV on meth & cocaine, doing untold damage all around us, even as we look on, semi-uncomprehendingly. “Kids today”, we moan, forgetting that every society creates exactly the kids it deserves. Think about it. ~

Thus saith,

Teh Binks

smrtphoneuse

What If It’s The Ending Of Your World?

img_0645_copy
The Barbarians Are Here.. In Canada

 

>> Psychologist stares down left-wing ‘Lock em in and burn it down!’ Queen’s U. protest

>> Local media reports say more than 150 people took part in the rally against University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson;also, ‘Absolutely surreal’: Student mob smashes window in protest against Jordan Peterson>

>> Jordan Peterson Speech Met With Broken Widows, Calls to ‘Burn it Down’; and Protesters break window at Grant Hall, barricade exits

> An Official Open Letter from Queen’s Faculty, March 2, 2018

>> Professor Rick Mehta news– University Investigates Canadian Professor Because Students Feel ‘Disturbed’; and also Acadia University investigation of professor intensifies campus free-speech debate

>> College librarians argue Christians who say ‘God bless you’ are Islamophobic

>> BARELY SATIRE: “Look at the calendar. Do you know what year it is? It’s 2018! Say it with me: two thousand eighteen. That means it’s long past time for us to get a few important things straight, once and for all.”


~ JUST THE OTHER DAY, some ‘marchers for peace’ from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Canada, protested a speech by lighting-rod author, professor and gadfly, Jordan Peterson. Inevitably, they wanted him silenced for, you know.. Reasons™. Some windows at the university were broken; virtue was signalled, the young Marxist social justice warriors felt superior, and succeeded in not learning or unlearning a single thing.

There was even a little incitement to murder & arson. ‘Lock em in and burn it down!’ yelled some of these “tolerant peace-loving” students. Yeah, that’s how I deal with discussions. Incitement & threats. Fire & kill.

The title of the terrible, horrible, very bad speech? “The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada.” Lifesite reports:

“Peterson posted several clips of the protest on Twitter, telling a follower that the speaking engagement was “absolutely surreal.”

“The mob neglected to bring torches and pitchforks, but the sentiment was there: ‘Lock them in and burn it down,’” he wrote.”

The End Is Past Nigh

Apocalypto_2006-Mel-Gibson-Maya-44
Coming over for tea.. and staying for dinner.

In Mel Gibson’s excellent movie Apocalypto (2006), neither the protagonists– captured slaves– or the bad guys– the forest-wrecking temple-building heart-ripper-outers know that it’s the end of their world. They go about their business.. then, in the penultimate scene, we see the European sailing ships coming closer to the shore.

Whatever was before is not gonna be that way very much longer. The future isn’t what it used to be. “Burn all down! Fresh start!” is the new cry for revolution, devolution, and The Big Satanic Lie that we can make a new world by sincerity, effort, and all built of our own fallen selves. “Ye shall be as gods”.

bunitall

Read, Learn, Weep

Hilary_White_300_300_55gray_s_c1
Miss H. White.

That’s the wisdom I draw from Hilary White’s latest essay cri de cœurBECOMING AS GODS: The Murder of Desdemona by Othello, Abortion and Communion in the Hand“.

Just go read the whole thing, and as yourself the question from Mel’s movie: If our world was ending, would we know it?

The thing I like about Hilary’s essay is the big picture– taking little signs and symptoms and showing how the whole structure of the West is in danger, from within and without. Nihilism is nopt a passive force: it’s rather like a poison gas leaking into everything, dissolving the core, and leaving only fragile appearances of what was, ready to fall.

Sadly, the same radicalism has captured most Western Churches: disruption, discontinuity, ugly new utopian content. Hilary nails this perfectly.

What If It’s Here?

maxresdefault
Acadia U. Nice view.  shame about the silencing.

What if your own kids & grandkids– poisoned by socially & politically radical teachers, cultural influences, and college– were the new barbarians inside the gates? How could you tell?

Right now at Acadia University, in elm-shaded picturesque Wolfville Nova Scotia, is the fresh front in the war on civilization by “outraged” students and their enabling professoriate. Professor Rick Mehta is under fire for– teaching things. Things contrary to the progressive/ Marxist meta-narrative of victimhoods, oppressors, and the politics of personal destruction for any who don’t toe the party line.

Some Kids Are Crazy & Bad


War on Acadia U prof’s academic independence takes serious turn

Honestly, I’d rather just binge on NetFlix and hide while the walls come tumbling down on this city that I love: but dear people and good and true and beautiful things are at risk, and even the current enemies of those things might be saved from their madness and hate and self-righteousness.

A Sign of Hope?

Despair and doom-binging can be self-indulgent and blind to the possibilities even within apparent overwhelming darkness. After all, St. Paul & Christ’s Apostles faced and entire Empire founded on naked power, Emperor-worship, and pagan confusions. “Redeeming the time, for the days are evil“, says the Apostle to the Gentiles [Eph. 5:16].

One tiny point of brightness: I recently read on a YouTube video a comment by a college-aged kid who said that countless numbers of his friends & fellow students were binge-watching Jordan Peterson and other such content, because they were tired of the one-note lock-step radicalism of their professors. Truth finds a way.

YouTube app on digital devices

That is, behind the deceptive ivy-facade, and behind the radicalism within, social media was in fact enabling young people to learn to see all sides of various questions, to hear actually diverse points of view, and to — horror of horrors- learn to think, reason, argue & debate. That they have to have a hidden remedial education within a $5-$10K institutional mis-education– while parroting their professors– is a picture of the horror-circus we have let develop in our society.

We will need such young people and all such folks to rebuild things on the ruins of what was. The end IS past nigh.

Do Your Duty

Ghostly-Building-Facades-2
Look BEHIND the facades….

Investigate your local schools and colleges. Do due diligence before sending your kid off to school, imagining it still is like it was 30 or 50 years ago. Withhold donations and gifts and let them know what you think. And of your kindness, say a prayer and send a word to Acadia on behalf of Professor Rick Mehta. And don’t forget the petition.

Queens grad? Let them know what you think about the recent semi-riot. Because some students used their free speech to oppose free speech.

Thus Saith,

The Binks

 

All Shall Be Assimilated!

THE ABOVE is a creepy & loooong commercial on YouTube about some rich Mexican tech-boss, saying that 40 million people in Mexico don’t have the internets.

Mr. Mexi-Tecnho-man visionary states this like internet = clean water, food, a place to live, faith in God.

These poor deprived people are obviously cut off from all goodness. And YouTubes.

When he says the “40 million without” thing, I say “Good for them!” No hate, no fake news, vile and violent images, Candy Crush & Trump lovers & bashers, fads and group-think madness, no portable surveillance and tracking, no unhealthy radiation, no easy government and corporate intrusion into every single life, no internet addiction.

The Wonders of Technolog– Wait…

J.L. Baird with his invention, the 'Televisor'
The Baird ‘Televisor’. View of the Scottish electrical engineer John Logie Baird and his invention, the ‘Televisor’. The televisor was the first commercially available television set. The 30 line, mechanical scanning image did not take up the entire screen, but was in fact only 6cm high and 2cm wide. The televisor allowed enthusiasts to watch periodic broadcasts from the Baird/British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) studios between 1929 and 1932. Baird’s mechanical scanning system was replaced in 1937 by Marconi/EMI’s electrical scanning system. Baird also pioneered colour, stereoscopic and big screen TV, as well as ultra- short-wave transmission. Photographed in 1927.

When naive old Scotsman John Logie Baird finally invented a workable TV, he was certain this was an unlimited good– education and enlightenment for all! Access to the wisdom and truth of the ages! Social mobility for everyone who wanted it!

Baird could not conceive of “The BoobTube”, porn, tv-addiction, shopping channels, bubble-gum sitcoms, 500 channels and almost nothing on.. or perhaps he’d have spent the rest of his days wrecking his and other inventor’s efforts to prevent the mass-media madness he would help unleash into every home, nook, and cranny.

Below via

computer

Pimping The Webs

Who is helping sell this to Mexico? CHUBB, the giant U.S. Insurance Company. Go figure. Their utopian spiel?

“40 million people in Mexico are not connected to the Internet. Yet. Altan Redes is working to make that happen. In collaboration with multiple financial partners and the Mexican government, they are building a shared wireless network across the country. This will bring the Internet to people in Mexico who have never been connected before. It will provide endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

.. and the sun will be brighter, and the grass greener, and the food tastier, and bunnies and flowers will be breaking out all over. Paging John Logie Baird! “..endless opportunities for continuing education, economic advancement, and a stronger civil society.”

Oh yes, things will be different when the internets swamp Mexico– political dissent, social organization, fighting the news-monopolies, radical activism, along with all the addiction and ugliness which will pour into every home computer and smart-phone eating up billions of hours and souls and minds. And the tender technofascist mercies of Google, FaceBook, and Amazon.

Utopia. An awesome idea.. as long as you leave human nature out of the account. ~

So saith,

The Binks

Zombie-Computers-Intro

Word To A Scottish Blogger

canstockphoto19419198-two-confused-guys-300x211

Saith the Binks– the following (minus section-headings,minor formatting, and graphics) was written as a comment on Loki’s webpage for the article just below. It is unedited, and so there you are, and there you go. ~B~

~ ITEM: PRIVILEGE AND PREJUDICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF MALE CONFUSION– February 25, 2016 by Loki The Scottish Rapper

Sargon of Akkad:
The Regressive Left has Become the Religious Right

Dear ‘Loki’ Scottish Blogger–

This is a brilliant, courageous, truth-speaking essay, and while you will get flak from your own side as a possible heretic, keep speaking, thinking, and looking at reality as you are trying to do.

I don’t fit in many of the modern categories– I’m a vaguely libertarian-ish old-liberal-ish semi-Catholic-ish middle-aged male Christian. Where do we believers fit, except in the categories of ‘old absolutist’, bigot, superstitious, and wrongly maligned as if all Christians are anti-intellectual, creationist, and laughable, and exactly the same? Everywhere, and nowhere– equally oppressed?

christianity-under-attack

Picking A Team

Therefore, looking around the current political battlefields, I find many of the new Atheists interesting, because rigorous, if biased; I find the power-mongering systems-theory irrationalist SJWs cultic and absolutist and moralizers and comment-blockers; and the secular economic capitalist too cruel and immoral; the MGTOW/ PUA/ MRA men’s movement partial and obsessed, if worthy of sympathy; the 3rd wave feminists unreflectively and nastily Marxist, without understanding their own progressivism. Sigh.

Back in the 1980s when I was in university, the politically correct were trying, but failing in their first effort to conquer academia, silence criticism, and make colleges into tribal hooting places, instead of a level playing field for learning, thinking, gaining some grasp on various topics via effort and research, without profs being nasty cheerleaders for this or that propagandistic cartoon of a topic. Yes, there was such a time, even after the irrational rumblings of the 1960s.

_79160148_universitystudents1994

The 80s? You talk to all sorts of people to learn what & how they think; you disagree, or even disapprove in some cases, but still have coffee and friendly chit-chat after; you actually try to think both sides of an issue– then you know more than a one-side-only obsessive. You imperfectly use the evidence and reasons and tools you have, without judging someone who differs from you as stupid, or immoral, not entirely human or deserving of respect… or in need of re-education camp.

Enter The Now

2f3c14cf-f628-49c7-b21b-438997faa52a

Safe-spaces? Tantrums? No-platforming? Really? Monsterizing anybody who disagrees in any speck or word of the current moment of identity politics? Nope. Erasing from our common humanity whole categories of our fellow men and women via class, race, gender, cheap discount Marxism, and right-grabbers, minoritarian cry-bullies and petty tyrants? No way.

Anyhow, sorry for the pontification. Great article. I got here via Sargon of Akkad.

Cheers,

Binks

http://www.steynian.wordpress.com
http://www.therebel.media/binks_webelf

elf-list.jpg

All Hail The Machine!

6a00d8341bf7f753ef01b7c7da283e970b.png
But.. is It human, any more?

~ ITEM: Wiki– Technological singularity

~ ITEM: Hilary White– “In Praise of Inconvenience: Why We’re All becoming Fat, Lazy, Stupid and Immoral”

+ + +

IT IS SOMETIMES asserted by futurist-types that humanity is approaching a “Singularity”, a union with technology, you know, because reasons. Evolution. Progress. Robots.  Amusement. Keeping up with it all. Entertainment. A new religion….?

thestupiditburns2

I view this horrific possibility as the final destructive insanity of mankind, where we crawl ever further into our own butts, growing ever smaller and smaller, finally to vanish with a ‘pop’, and nothing more. It is mass-suicide and extinction by machine.

The great lie in the middle of it is that it’s all inevitable, can’t be stopped, evolution, you know, it’s totally going to happen. The other great lie is that the technology is somehow ‘evolving’ to this point– except, it’s people who invent computers, programs, technology, and so it’s other people who are actually shaping the world, the future, and people controlling the possible destiny and doom of all the other people influenced by their gizmos and ideas– via machines and technology.

singularity-c3po

A union with our own technological creations would be the ultimate tyranny, the perfect world of utopians, except not via political means. It’s also the culmination of elites and controllers everywhere:

“They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.”

Choruses from The Rock – T.S. Eliot

Oooo! Perfect systems! Forcing everybody to be good! What’s not to like?

Dreaming Dark Dreams

Yet if there is darkness outside us, and evil and imperfection and blindness within us, how then can we hope to perfectly save ourselves with a de-natured techno-heaven, a digital salvation, if that saving thing itself is made by imperfect sinful creatures which cannot see all ends, and all possible consequences? If I can’t outrun my own shadow, how can we manufacture our own perfection?

You can’t escape yourself. The Mad Hatter is amusing in a story, but you wouldn’t want him making and running your utopia, your mind and your life.

Experimenting On Our Kids

machines1007

Via.

The current vanishing of so many kids, teens, and adults into the tiny hand-held world of the smartphone/ tablet for so many of their waking hours is already a warning about how such a “singularity” is likely to turn out. Badly for all concerned, except the profiteers and rulers.

What do we get in return for worshipping the shiny things? Amusement. Advertising. More amusement. Distraction. Control. Spoon feeding. Tiny flitting memories, attached to wizzled up brains unused to logic, passion, love or truth.

nature-park-4

What do we lose? Walking through the soaring blue sky cathedral of a leafy walk in a park,– but hearing and seeing no birds, barely noticing the flowers, not sensing the endless activity of all the flying, crawling, creeping, buzzing things everywhere, smelling no leafy mulch, nor spicy pine trees, hardly noticing the breeze through your hair, nor feeling the thrum of the nature in your own heart and bones and countless cells resonating with the nature all around you, both ongoing and self-making creations of the same Everliving God.

You know, because text, or YouTube vid, or funny picture, selfies, or– Squeee!– teh kittehs! Click clicketty click-click. Shiny Thing makes it all better.

But.. Oops.. We Never Meant…

In the ground-breakingly cool & insightful movie The Matrix, humanity is reduced to the status of Duracell batteries, after a war with the machines which we created blocks out the sun, and so they harvest our biochemical energy to run themselves. In the film, ‘The Matrix’  itself is the simulated reality pumped into each brain, to make them imagine they are living a real life in a real world, although it is a illusory computer program.

hal9000
I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.

The other possibility, of course– and it’s real, not just a Terminator movie-script– is if our misbegotten “artificially intelligent” weaponized machines decide to revolt, and we end up in conflict with them. That, or something bad like a global digital mind, made by us, decides humans are some kind of dangerous virus to be ‘cleaned up’.

Yes, inventors and scientists consider both of these real dangers, and problems to be prevented. Seriously.

Advancing Progressively Backwards

screenhunter_01-jul-14-09-26

Given that the “incredible, inevitable” social, technological, and mechanical progress of 1900 turned into the machine guns, blistering gas attacks, and slaughter fields of the Somme, and the mechanized Holocaust, and strategic mass-bombing of the Second World War, we have absolutely no reason to be naively optimistic. That is: because of what humans are actually like, our schemes and machines and digital machinations will go awry, and tend more towards a dehumanizing, unnatural, disconnected enslavement to technology far greater and more detrimental to freedom, thought, creativity, justice, love, and faith than the mess we’ve already made of the 20th and the 21st century since Christ’s birth.

wpid-nclb-cartoon1

Via

How do I know? Because via well-meaning inventions like the television, and then the public internets, and then Smartphones and tablets, we’ve already been doing something horrible and propagandistic and mind-numbing and time-killing and soul-wasting and immaturity-boosting for up to 65+ years. What would magically change for the good if The Machine was somehow everywhere, and inside us, too?

If we pursue this path, we will be fashioning our own damnation, and destruction, our own insane heaven and hell all at once, concocted in our own broken image. I told you so.

….But it seems that something has happened that has never happened
before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.
Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has
never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.
The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards?

Choruses from The Rock – T.S. Eliot

So Saith,

The Binks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Echoes. The abandoned heart of our Western Civilization. Cuz our machines we made will save us and make us perfect. Hopefully. Repenting and believing is not an option.