The opportunity to affect change is rare, it’s so rare that it almost certainly will never happen to most people in a large scale. We compartmentalize our individual actions and through the power of society we enable huge change. We create, shape and interact with things larger than us. In simple terms for example, we could say pollution and the slow destruction of countless ecosystems is such human ability to generate change en masse.
This phenomenal and unique trait which brings an entire specie, albeit unbeknownst, into a single purpose driven monocelullar organism for the single accomplishment of either creation, improvement or the ultimate destruction of something. We’ve become so good at the game of collaboration that we’ve built entire communities around the idea of it, games to improve it, software to manage it and have forgotten what they were meant to do. Collaboration’s end game is to produce results, tangible, realizable and definite results. We plan around finite resources, computing power and human capital. We plan for failure and collaborate to avoid it or minimize its impact.
But I digress. I’ve recently been struck by lightning for the second time (figuratively), I’ve realized that collaboration is sometimes impossible and the assertion of unmovable conditions to enable a continued productive relationship is paramount. In less words, you have to stand your ground for it to work. It should be less about what you want to achieve but more about wanting to move forward together.
Making more yet smaller changes, compartmentalizing while being assertive about them means you have more chances to make mistakes yet increases your chances to actually get shit done.
While I was riding the bus to work a few weeks ago the sudden realization that we might have a deeper relationship with technology that we are comfortable admitting (like a second family we need to hide) must be real. We’ve become so massively dependent on devices for simple, yet incredibly evolved behaviors like basic communication, that we neglect to acknowledge the sheer incredibility of their existence.
We document our lives so thoroughly whilst in a frenzy, that I’ve even began to consider sadistic, in an attempt to generate this apparently endless stream of photographs, audio, video and text that will outlive us all. It’s strange, it’s new and exciting but I’m afraid it will consume us all.