Jason Silva in London October 2018:
Entropy is your existential bummer, not our, Jason.
Is it really entropy an existential bummer? Jason, entropy created us, or rather, we have sprung from entropy as part of its own fabric. How could you have missed that? We, humans, as biological entities are a moment of the very process of entropy as a Herculean attempt, and some might consider it a Sisyphean one, of transcending entropy.
Yet, this transcendence is not just at the heart of life, it is in the very fabric of what has brought the star and our universe into existence. So, no, entropy is not a bummer, entropy is what brought us here with a heavy payload. The payload?
We might burn too fast to extinction if our sense of AWE is not cool enough and remains trapped by the childish, boisterous and ephemeral gasp of air with which you try too hard to make it eternal.
Entropy is a bummer for you Jason because you just want the light, the rush and the ecstasy. Entropy is much subtler and less decaying than the bullet ants neurons with which you add too much placebo toxins to your brain.
Jason, mentioning Rilke and Freud doesn’t help you. Your management of oxymorons and the underlying conflicts and contradictions which things shelter in your speeches areprecarious, deceiving and far too self indulgent.
You talk about inducing awe. I get it, that is regardless of whether the content of your information is able to induce awe on its own, right? You are really becoming see through Jason. We can take artificial drugs and induce awe regardless of whether our brain and its surrounding naturally induce it or not.
Jason, not because you cause to yourself and others “naturally” this state of AWE, it means that it is not artificial. Artificiality, toxic artificiality not only come from pathogenous drug inducing chemicals, like psychedelic, MDMA or cocaine, it also comes from artificially self induced endogenous chemicals reactions in the brain that do not reflect our real syncing with our environment and the true knowledge that could ensue from it.
We live in a culture in which the criticism of our obsession with success ends up in participation medals. Namely, medals for coming in last, giving to all obedient losers a Big Lebowski celebration. I can picture Jason Silva being a Big Lebowski fan, just for all the wrong reasons.
We live in a culture in which the criticism of our obsession with beauty and fitness end up in body positive activism. Namely, even if your body is below the threshold of average good health you are perfect whatever way you are. Everyone is beautiful even if that obviously doesn’t make any sense. Everyone’s mind is beautiful for as long as your mind skims effortlessly the complexity of any cumbersome topic. Jason, well done mate, you are a genius!
We live in a culture in which toughness of character is taught by leaders who are good at showing people that life is amazing even though they are depressed.
Let’s be clear with this one, Jason can turn his and your own depression into an inspiration for a new “Shot of Awe”.
We live in a culture of bipolar oxymoronic ways of life. Toughness, awe, wonderment, creativity, they are all a show, a facade on stage. Most of those who exhibit them are weak, very insecure and with a below the average self esteem to truly be creative without make too much noises and looking for attention. Jason is not looking for attention, he just want to induce AWE. Don’t forget, it is just a placebo, but it is effective for treasuring the NOW.
Heraclitus, the great father of contradictions and changes, has been grossly misunderstood.
Pythia, the priestess and oracle of Delphi at the temple of Apollo who used to give answers to humans most critical questions are no longer given by hints or riddles, they are dopamine pockets of instant gratification in a constantly re-invented frozen NOW.
This is the culture Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe is part of and proudly celebrates. That is his toxic legacy right at our face as he appears criticising it, while, on the contrary, he is just tuning in.
DISRUPTING THE DISRUPTOR.
“Disrupt, disrupt”, right? Jason Silva says loudly.
Well, I am disrupting you again Jason. I’m following your disruptive desideratum verbatim.
Fortunately, I am not yet jaded by your charming speeches, but trust me, there is plenty of material in them for that. But, you know, I am better than that! I am a great fan of your “being alive”.
Let me ask you first: Do we really “live in an age of jadedness”, in which the mantra is “everybody has seen it all before…”? Am I feeling already bored by your statements Jason?
Ok, let’s ask in a different way: Is jadedness just a mere state of mind grafted gratuitously to our thinking by hipsters un-detoxed of bad mental habits?
Can we contemplate by any chance the possibility that, actually, there is a lot of clutter and decoration in social media and anywhere urban enough for that matter?
Why is so hard for Jason to acknowledge that? Is it really hard to acknowledge that there is more bodywork and scaffolding in the market of ideas than foundation and bricklaying?
If Jason truly understood entropy he would agree that there is more disorder than order in the universe. So, there is more repeated and wasteful work than maverick work. No, sorry to disappoint your “eye-candy” sobbing, everything is not awe, and I am glad it is not.
And Jason, there is nothing jaded about the second law of thermodynamics. And there is nothing jaded about Murphy’s law. If it can happen it will happen, sorry to spoil your awe.
Sure, getting easily “jaded” is not a good thing, but neither getting easily in “awe” for anything. Such “awe” feels already phoney if not fishy to me. Thing can cause awe by themselves. That is real awe.
But sure, I understand jadedness. Any raw, infant and sketchy real thing that show some hints of a pattern is quickly forced to become a trend right ahead of it and before becoming consolidated as a pattern.
In other words, things are forced to become cliché even before they are fully developed pattern. That is jadedness. But, Jason, sorry, you forgot that there is also an opposite bad habit to jadedness. It is phoney awesomeness.
So, now we can be relatively convinced that our brave Silva is a pirate of fanciful ajusted and elegantly distorted meanings. Yes, a pirate; let’s leave that clear, he is not a hacker. A hacker is someone forced to follow some basic algorithms’ protocols, whether he or she likes it or not. Silva follows no algorithm protocols. Any protocol in Silva’s speech is dictated by the euphoria of his bubbling sweet agitated emotions.
Jason even advises us on “purposely induced estrangement” to make the ordinary strange…” “…to make the ordinary new… everything becomes magnificent.”
Didn’t Jason knew that to truly “make” the ordinary new, we ought to have the decency and humility of not “making” it, but rather finding it so? The true moral duty, is not to fake it and force it through faking it to be new. Yes, I can picture it: spitting awe through every of our pores, what a feast of phoniness!
But our brave Jason insists:
“Transcending jadiness becomes a moral duty, a moral requirement if we are to get any kid of pleasure for being alive.”
“Transcending” jadedness, right? We need to transcend eye-candy phoniness too, dear Jason.
And did you know Jason that there is much more to the adult mind than the “being there and done that”? In fact, the phrase belongs by default to a jaded mind, be it adult or a jaded kid who is already damaged by information anxiety.
Transcending jadedness is not done by pretending you are a child and have no knowledge, but by the elastic wisdom of knowing where there is entropy that consume you too fast either by excess of darkness or by excess of light. Jason really don’t understand entropy.
Believe it or not, phoniness = jadedness in terms of real exchange of energy with the universe. But that is a lesson our Captain Sparrow will never learn.
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