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Bitch please. You want PC? I'll give you Mac. Fuck it, Big Mac. Fuck you, MACDonald's. And fuck you too, Billy G and Stevie J, you guys were insecure as fuck and took it out on most of us. Bitch please. You want vanilla? Well here's neopolitan, freeze-dried, because my head is in motherfucking space. Save face. I have a memo for you. Yes, YOU. It's all one place and it's all the original face, like Stuart said.
It was none other than Leonardo da Vinci.
"Technology," he stated, "is indeed the means to this end. However, technology is a double-edged sword - it can be respected and it can be abused. Furthermore, the technology that will transform this world into utopia cannot be sourced by the government. We have waited centuries, even millenia, for public officials to successfully serve the people, and as we know, the history of humanity is stained with blood and tragedy. No, this technology must come from the people..."
"What technology?" asked Musk.
"The technology must make learning, serving, and healing as pleasurable as one can possibly imagine."
"What do you mean?"
"As we have discussed, education is central to this transformation. Modern schooling has failed miserably. All the information, all the knowledge, is now accessible by billions of people, and yet the educational content is not structured, nor is consuming it enjoyable. In the year 2021, billions of humans invest hours every day into consuming mindless and shallow internet content. Humans are addicted to social media. Yet discovery, learning, education, is or at least can be far more gratifying than meaningless photos and videos. There must be a global, online academy that is more enjoyable than the most enjoyed social media, which will in turn make it the most effective means of education. Learning alone is insufficient, though. Serving others - impactful, charitable, philanthropic activities - must be incentivized via technology. The technology will document, coordinate, and celebrate everyone's efforts to help other beings. Finally, technology must incentivize us to become healthy - mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually - if we are to realize such a utopian dream. The same mechanics, the same psychology rendered digitally, which addicts billions of people to the shallow mindlessness of social media, must be applied to learning, serving, and healing."
"I don't believe that is possible," said Aristotle.
"Allow me to explain."
Title? Fuck titles.
When the storm arrives, would you be seen with me?
Life's a movie and Nolan's my director.
My agent's adjacent to the adjunct, defunct fixture.
I swirl like the wind.
Saul Williams' syllables sear through my seance, essentially -
My skin is blue, Vishnu, Avataric Consciousness
(you wish y'knew
(yet you do)
and you don't).
Pandoric horoscopic potent-potionistic, verbalistic
on the kosmic ocean -
while I am relishing in every single syntactic
You are more than most welcom(ing).
each word is pre[sh]’ous -
like a diamond in the
mind; write mindfully.
“Life is a game, and winning the game isn’t a matter of just learning all day. Books are great, truth is fantastic, academia is beautiful, but if we are living in this utopian society, of which all of us are envisioning and discussing, then - surely - we aren’t just spending our lives in libraries and laboratories. What about celebrating? What about opening a 20-year-old bottle of wine and getting drunk? What about exploring? What about traveling halfway across the world and getting pleasantly lost in a completely new culture and society? What about creating? What about making music, poetry, literature, food, love? What about communing? What about spending quality time with our family and friends, colleagues and acquaintances? What about being? What about sitting in half-lotus position, thinking of nothing, doing nothing, remembering there is just this, just consciousness, we are one, and that’s all there is to it? Surely, learning is an outcome or component of all these other activities. But these other activities, in and of themselves, are truly separate and distinct from learning as such. Imagine we are living in this grand utopia; there is no such thing as crime or poverty, humanity’s carbon impact is net-neutral, technology is so advanced that we have conquered disease - imagine humanity is suddenly afforded a cornucopia of the most precious resource imaginable: time. This imagining in mind, ask yourselves, ‘What are we to do all day with such a surplus in time?’ Some people, such as Plato, will naturally gravitate toward learning. We all have our archetypes, we all have our passions. You cannot tell a scholar to abstain from books and analysis just as you cannot tell a bird to part from flapping its wings and soaring the skies. Yet academia isn’t necessarily the end-all, be-all - winning the game of life isn’t a function of learning, ultimately. Learning is to the color blue what said game is to the entire color spectrum. One color isn’t superior to another, just as one cuisine - say Italian food - isn’t superior to another cuisine. This ideal society will have scholars - those who live to learn. It will have celebrators - those who live to entertain. It will also have adventurers and artists and communors and mystics - those who respectively live to travel and create and socialize and be. To me, it seems winning this game is actually a function of balance - doing all these things in harmony and with excellence.”
There was a long pause. Finally, Musk spoke.
“All that sounds great. But let’s not fool ourselves. How are we going to afford so much time? How are we going to create this utopia? We have spent the past several hours theorizing, but none of the theories seem like a good plan. We need a plan. We need a specific, measurable order of operations that will get us from Point A to Point Z.”
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a new figure entered the room.
Slay me with your words. Annihilate the very fabric of my being. I've been meaning to emphasize the import of meaning as a means of amending the syntacic meanness. Madness. And by "meanness" I mean please by all means do be sweet upon my mind's ears, you see, they lately have been failing of being able to make me savor any trace of such euphony. Let the symphony recommence, let the advent of any address apropos of the dress code to this digital address (following "the") be unrepressed, and for the love of (the) fucking press, DO press play, I beg you to abstain from "pause" or "rewind," and let us continue with minding our most verbal business. And madness, of course.
“Life without insanity, without crime, without evil, would indeed get rather boring,” said Plato.
“How do you mean?” Alexander asked.
“I mean, let us examine the purpose of life. Why do we live? Why do we exist? I would contend that life is a game. I would contend that the meaning of life is playing the game of life to its fullest extent. Such a statement begs the questions, though: What is a game, and what does it mean to ‘win?’”
“The word ‘game’ implies competition,” said Aristotle.
Everyone at the table seemed to agree.
“I believe, more so than competition, the word ‘game’ implies fun,” said Pythagoras. “A game is a fun activity, defined by a set of rules, that results in winning or losing, pursuant to those rules.”
“Such a claim brings us to the second question begged,” replied Plato, “that concerning what it means to win a game, regardless of what rules define its competitors.”
“Winning is a matter of following its rules perfectly - or more perfectly than any other participant in the game,” said Musk. “It’s a function of minimizing error. However, relaying this discussion back to my original point, imagine a game where everyone is perfect - imagine a game wherein, for that reason, there is no competition. Winning is effortless. I would argue that a world in which no one is insane, or evil, or sinful, or unjust, or whatever you want to call it, is inferior, because in this world, there is no more challenge, no more adversity.”
“I disagree,” said Alexander, “imagine a world in which everyone is peaceful, emotionally and physically, but nonetheless dissatisfied intellectually. There is no hunger, there is no violence, but there is still ignorance - therefore, there is still suffering. I contend that in order for the game of life to continue, there must be suffering. Crime and evil can disappear, but suffering - to whatever extent - must remain - even if the suffering is purely cerebral.”
Plato continued the train of thought. “You make a valid point. Perhaps, then, the meaning of life, the ideal society, the truest possible republic, if you all will, is one where we have afforded ourselves the luxury of learning all day, every day, because emotionally and physically, we are perfectly whole.”
“It can’t all be just learning, though,” I said.