Well muthaf***er I stayed up all night.” —Brother Ali - Pedigree
We can’t look to government and industry for answers,
They only got a golden handshake and a -
Plan to abandon the ship before they deal with the cancer.” —The Herd - Emergency
Or you’ll be far estranged from Self.
I now go on alone;
Everywhere I meet It:
It now is me; I now am It.
One must understand in this way
To merge with thusness.” —洞山良价
Is all it would take,
To tear a hole in space.” —
Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts.
The first part is called The Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary; A block of metal, plastic and glass. Perhaps he asks you to inspect this thing to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course, it probably isn’t. You’ve seen objects like this before and at first it’s the same as any other. Everyone else is craning their necks to get a closer look, and whisperings of ‘gorilla glass’ and ‘machined stainless steel’ start making you curious as to if this is as ordinary as it once appeared.
The second part is called The Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Look at how it glows, how beautiful the interface is and how many apps you can fill it with. Look how it replaces a hundred other things you didn’t know you needed but now can’t live without. Look at how much better it is than the one the year before. Marvel at how productive you can be with all these new features that magically float above the the circuit boards. How can something so perfect come into being? Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t want to find out. You want to be…fooled.
That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige.
Until now, The Prestige has been a metaphor for bringing some kind of ‘newness’ to an already saturated market under the term ‘innovation’. Innovation is the ability to deceive and embellish, pulled from a short but grossly overused list of marketing jargon where we find such terms as ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘game changing’. What we praise, drool over and lust after as a consumer driven society is an illusion that comes at a very high human and environmental cost. The real Prestige, the real magic, would be to break away from this. To build and contribute to a society that is beyond obscene levels of profit and exclusivity, and to take risks and reward leadership that is about truly leading, not fueling the artificial fires of supply and demand that are causing irreparable damage to the very world we live in.” —
The I Ching says “Never confront evil directly and never name it directly because it finds weapons to defend itself.” We are not an army, so our strategy must be stealth. Its an alchemical strategy. What do I mean by stealth? I mean, the house of constipated reason must be infiltrated by art, by dreamers, by vision. What is new, is that there are massive technologies available to us, not available in the 60s. They were not designed for us, they were not intended for us, it was never, ever thought that such power should flow into the hands of freaks such as ourselves. Never the less, through the perverse nature of the unfolding of the world, we have such tools. I’m referring to the world wide web and the internet. No gay kid in Montana, no Chinese scholar in Botswana, no person anywhere with a specialized interest or predilection now need feel alone. There is no alone-ness. You can find your people.
A great rallying cry Tim Leary gave in the 60s, and it was much better than ‘Turn on, Tune in, Drop out,’ was “Find The Others.” Find the others and then you will know what to do. Well now you can find the others. You don’t have to stick a flower in your hair and go to San Francisco, you just go to the web. We all need to create affinity groups, which are subsets of the much larger community that we are part of. Then, using this technology which was designed to keep track of us, to pick our pockets and to sell us junk we don’t want.. use this technology to produce art. Massive amounts of subversive art.” —Terence McKenna on the correct use of the internet. <3 (via magickdojo)
More than money, more than technology
I believe, that there’s more than evolution
Like you can change your mind, but you can’t change your destiny
Blood is blood, and thicker than water
Men will die, to live forever
The race is on and I could be standing still
‘Cos I have faith in something more than my will…” —Fat Freddy’s Drop - Ray Ray
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.
The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t.
The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be …fooled.” —