Wednesday, April 27, 2005

increasing transparency (updated)

Yesterday one of my closest friends was totally taken aback at how open i am on this blog. It kinda scared her. It made me start to think about transparency, and the call that is being made for it.

So many are starting to demand transparency in their leaders, in the government & in corporate organizations, yet these same people refuse to have transparency in their own lives.
Their are definitely major privacy issues these days. It seems that no matter where one turns, businesses and other draconian forms of organization want your information. It has become an obsession. Many like to think that this is a good thing, that it will lead to better goods & services. What they fail to realize is that in no way shape or form is this the prime motivating factor in this mad dash to learn everything about you and to implement the ability to track your purchases, your movements, etc.
It is all profit & exploitation related. Once again, we find that the false idol of "The Economy" is worshipped without question.
Sure there are the few that stand up against or refuse to participate on at least subtle levels, but how many of us simply REFUSE to participate?

I myself spent quite a few years extracting myself from the info-flow. no credit card, bank account, preferred customer cards... I always figured who the hell has the need to know what i spend where i spend it, etc. etc.
recently i started using a prepaid mastercard. for the simple fact that there are so many things that one cannot even get access too without such a form of identification. also using paypal, as ebay & auction seems to be a transaction system that is as close to bartering as the current capilast system seems to manage.
Here's the thing. I may use such technology - to my own advantage, but i have absolutely NO qualms with dropping it immediately if need be. In other words, I am not enslaved to the technology, I am not totally reliant.heck i've even started gardening & walking long distances so that i do not even HAVE to rely completely on anyone outside of myself to survive - or at least i am developing a relationship with these technologies of self reliance. Now I know that there is no such thing as complete independence, it's not how the world works, it's about symbiosis. but there IS a type of relationship with reality that is based on this symbiotic relationship and it does not include the myth of scarcity which we have surpassed.

So anyway, back to my main point about privacy:
It seems to me that one of the most effective ways to combat the whole debate of privacy is to live as an open book, without fear.
People seem to miss the whole point about the privacy issue. They believe it is about the need to not have to share. I don't believe this is true. I think it is in actuality about the fear of repercussions for living how one wants to live in a society that proscribes some very particular ways of being.
Now, if we recognize THIS, we can start to get somewhere, we can get to the heart of the matter.
People poopoo technologies all of the time because of the chance that they can be used as control structures rather than as tools of positive progress. We must always remember, it is NOT necessarily the technology that is the problem, but the way in which it is used.
A while back I rstarted reading a book called "The End of Privacy" by Charles Sykes. I had to stop readin the dang thing because the author is so asleep!
The one thing that put me off is the fact that he believes that all of our relationships are defined mainly (and he stated it more in lines with this being the SOLE way) by who we are willing to tell what, who we are willing to share with. That we love certain people because we trust in their privacy, that they will not pass on to others that which we share. This is not love, this is like a business relationship!
To this i say...if you live like this, if your relationships are based on such shallow ideologies, you are not even you!
You are nothing but a persona, a false mask that you are presenting to the world. How is it that you can expect honesty, compassion, honor, trust,respect, or depth to anything in life if you are not willing to be truthful about yourself NO MATTER WHAT?
You are just an actor, not a realized human.
Do not get me wrong, there is nothing WRONG in this, it is simply a TRUTH. It is a spot along the path, and all of us make our own way up the mountain, some following the path of others that have come before, others creating their own trails that may only be tread once, or may be retread by those who follow. We are all examples to others and must take responsibility as such, while still attempting to maintain our own authenticity.
It is a great dance! we should rejoice in it, not be frightened! but then again, very fact that so much risk is involved hightens the entire experience. Move through the fear, embrace it, and you will come out the other side wiser, more expansive, and understanding more about yourself and others.
Repress it, deny it, curl up in fear and you simply stay static, as if dead.
It is not easy to make the step into the truth, into the awakened state. it is a tough road, but one that is necessary for the very survival of our species.
not everyone is ready, not everyone is willing, but we must at least stop pretending that we are being real, that we are being our "selves" when we are projecting nothing but illusions that we wish others to believe about ourselves and that we ourselves wish to believe as well.
This only compounds & perpetuates the problems that we have. The less we dialogue in an open manner with each other, the fewer chances we have to live experiences that help us grow and transform.
We have become so afraid of ridicule, of being rejected, of being thought of as mad, that we have abandoned our true selves, we have handed them over to those who wish to define the types of realities that we are able to experience. We have handed them over to the weakest so as not to hurt anyone's feelings.
We can move forward with our own spiritual evolution and be compassion at the same time. These things are not mutually exclusive.
Only through our own opening can we truly find freedom.
Only through awakening to our own individual true natures can we find that which we are all really hungry for. Only in this way will our actions & being come from authenticity rather than surface programming.
It is there inside of all of us, we simply need to recognize it.
So, to be truly beyond the fear of being controlled by information, we must move beyond it, we must simply tell "them" that we don't care what they think of us, that we will be who we want to be unabashedly. otherwise, how can one even begin to think that they are part of a true democracy or a culture of freedom?
The time has come for childish rules to be abandoned in favor of deeper understanding and deeper relationships.
the only way any you will create or get to experience a world that is about growth, love, compassion and plurality is if YOU make the steps towards it. and do not get me wrong here, i mean YOU specifically.
Stop waitng for someone else to make the first move.
You are responsible for your own world. so know that you are blessed, that you are divine, and that your expression is no less important or meaningful than anyone else's. Just remember that in the end, even your self is an illusion, and that you and I are one and the same, like tips of waves on the ocean.
so, knowing that, what is there really to be afraid of? your problems are mine & mine are yours. we're all in this together, so have faith in life. surrender. let that big ego go, recognize it as nothing more than a tool for interaction. it is NOT YOU, just a part of your being which you need to communicate, nothing more.
know you are beloved.
know that you are blessed.
and love yourself, be your own best friend & have compassion for your failed experiments. We are all learning, practicing, becoming.
It's okay to stumble, to feel negative, to fail.
Do not be so attached.
and remember most of all, sin is not doing something wrong, it's simply missing the mark. So like a zen archer, practice, develop alertness, and do not concentrate so much on the actual shot as to the process of it's becoming & realization. In this you may find the key to your own transformation.

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