MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
The other day I was reading some e-mails and posts I received regarding the whole Fortnite coming to an end and how the programmers of the game managed to destroy a virtual world that sent some kids into meltdown mode. I had to say that there was some method to my madness because while some of the non-gaming audience was not acquainted with the game or the pop culture phenomenon and some were angry that I would even address it – there was something I am sure they did not understand and probably I was unable to explain clearly enough.
Of course, I looked at all of the possibilities of predictive programming especially about the possibility of Armageddon and the end of the world. An asteroid taking out an imaginary island in a video game may be nothing to some but as a metaphor, we should really pay attention to the bigger picture on the issue of what is seducing us into a world of virtual reality and symbolism.
There is no doubt that modern life, and its institutions, attempt to seduce us. We are breaking down as well as digitizing our boundaries of longing. Modern cultural landscapes and digital realms are de-territorializing the reach of the voyeur.
There is now a shift in how desires are being redirected into new stimulated sensibilities and customized indulgences. We are being drawn into new modes of seduction – a form of ‘always available’ easy access.
Seductions no longer tease us with waiting but can be instantaneously ‘streamed’ in the ever-present now. We now binge watch TV shows and video games are episodic, meaning they do not end when the game is turned off.
The idea that you are going to miss out on something that is not real is peculiar in a sense that it keeps us on edge—it puts us into a cultural trance.
We are entering a saturation point of explicit and realistic virtual reality. We are also being exposed by advanced virtual online pornography. It is the new ‘desire of despair’ at the same time as children are being groomed and brainwashed into apocalyptic Nihilism.
They are not only being told that the world will end in 12 years – they are being groomed to accept it and live through virtual worlds where they have to rebuild like in Mine Craft, fight enemies like in Call of Duty, or kill zombies like Dying Light and the Tell-Tale Walking Dead series.
It doles out what is called pop spirit or a pop spiritual fix. If you want to use it in religious metaphor it is like the technological Holy Spirit.
The pop spirit marketplace is hot – it offers exorbitant choice in the belief that more is good. This encourages some people to take, experiment, taste, and dabble with a rag-bag bunch of spiritually enhancing or corrupting goodies in the hope that the resulting fusion will develop their ‘essential self.
Like it or not, there is a subculture that defines itself by their video games and their virtual selves. It is becoming similar to a type of religion or pseudo-spirituality within a collective.
Whilst there are sincere and genuine developmental tools and practices in the world, the online social media-sphere becomes the window-displays for attractive quotations, phrases, and slogans that are hungrily consumed by a fast-paced crowd.
It is easier to ‘like’ and ‘share’ a spiritual tool these days than to consider its use. Pop spirit, like breakfast pop tarts, are tastily consumable, although high in sugary fats.
The modern media marketplace delivers an easy ‘on-demand’ lifestyle which is making us lazy and complacent in that we are used to receiving what we request; and either immediately or within 24-hours.
When you deal with the new technological Holy Ghost, you understand that it fits nicely onto this conveyor belt of the technological spiritual-supply that young people and others crave. There are plentiful videos of some young, attractive person telling us how to reach inside for that ‘something higher’ as they have a clean beach and rolling waves in the background.
The commodity spirit tells us that having one hundred thousand subscribers is a good sign of the health of the soul. Spreading the Holy Spirit these days gets rated by rising subscribers and on how many people click the thumbs up.
But we need to understand if the virtual world is doing drills on the end of the world like Fortnite and sending young gamers into fits.
Imagine what is happening in the adult pop culture that doesn’t play games but buries itself in the technological purgatory of social media platforms. Social media is becoming the new technological bible as anything that winds up in a news feed is religiously consumed and spread as gospel even though it may be a false one.
When we read the real Bible or other religious texts, we see how histories of famine, plague, calamity, and wrath either humbled people or made people stronger.
However the new technological bible by proxy, Facebook, shows us every day things like power failures in California, earthquakes in Japan, unseasonably cold or violent weather, asteroids that come close to wiping us out and possible alien invaders stalking our military carriers on the high seas.
The pop spirit in the pop apocalypse is setting the stage for the pop Jesus or messiah that will use technology and all of its synthetic spirituality as a way to create miracles.
The scary thing is that it is going to happen faster than we think.
Today’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, took hundreds of years to propagate. Their turning points from small factions to true movements happened when they addressed social injustices.
The paganism of the Romans was one thing, but it was their injustices to the people of Judea that gave ground for the rise of Judaism, and later Christianity. In 1517, the sale of Roman Catholic indulgences sparked Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses on Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, kicking off the Protestant movement, and revolting against perceived corruption by the Church.
Tech-backed movements like the Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, and #ClimateStrike and even Q anon have all tapped into a growing sense of social injustice.
Right or left, economic inequality is becoming visible on a global scale, and technology is connecting all of those audiences into one digital network tasked to affect change. Instead of legal or economic changes, these movements rely on social agreement as their first outcome. Social agreement is powerful, and represents a type of group-think that can evolve quickly into action when it reaches a tipping point.
It is not only the pop spirit, and the pop bible that is fuel by technology – it is the technocults that will eventually become the religious movements of the future.
Like it or not there are various hashtags identifying these technocults and fragmenting the possibility of an all out synthetic virtual war of ideologies and new “spiritual movements.”
None of them have messiahs yet but of course, that will come much later.
Today we have the ability to scale audiences to extremes and have instant access to whatever Reddit or Facebook group will best serve a message. No more wandering the plains of medieval Europe seeking people to convert—social media has brought billions of people right to you from the safety of your couch.
The QAnon phenomenon illustrates perfectly the advent of a technocult that gives adoration to an unseen leader named Q. Q, in a sense, is a technological messiah as he or she gives revelation to the collective that sees this as a movement for good.
It is the whole God and follower matrix, complete with the Holy Spirit of justice and a collective that thinks in a hive mind; again, like most religions.
In fact, the QAnon phenomenon is probably the first A.I. religion where Q is God. What is most interesting is those that follow don’t even care about the first commandment when they defend their A.I. messiah.
Q gives them hope – there is really nothing wrong with that only that those who participate don’t even realize that Q can be described as a TechnoloJesus giving wisdom and guiding views.
If it lasts another 10 or 20 years it can evolve into a spiritual institution.
I can’t count how many times if I am a follower of Q and I think to myself that it sounds similar to asking if I am a follower of L. Ron Hubbard or Joseph Smith.
The internet has made social injustice more visible, movements easier to start, and causes easier to join. While tech-led social movements are not yet religious movements, they lay the groundwork for mutated spiritual movements to copy similar values and conditions to gain scale.
Modern society has been unsuccessful in scaling new religions beyond the cults of personality or the niches of Scientology. But as the digital and virtual worlds evolve, this is set to change. The 21st century is setting the stage for a new type of widespread faith: technology-based religions.
Technology today is pervasive and granulated. It encompasses our world view, and people are translating it into their spiritual views. The internet acts as an accelerant on these forces, enabling cross-pollination and mutation at rapid rates. This slippery-slope of transmutation provides new guardrails for how technology itself can become a new cult or religion, or at least a component of them.
Techno-oriented religious movements represent a big departure from the strategies of 20th-century-style cults, which could make them even more dangerous. The foundations for this growth are governed by three factors: the internet, which allows for rapid scale; quantified-self technologies, which promise self-betterment; and new surveillance methods, which ensure a whole new type of peer-pressured submission.
If only enough computing power is thrown at the equation, the thinking goes; we would ultimately connect the dots and perhaps know the secrets of the TechnoloJesus or even create him and have him appear as some sort of hard to debunk hologram.
The apocalypse being carried out in virtual reality had me thinking about the possibilities of staging an apocalypse on a grander scale using the technology we have to somehow convince people through synthetic telepathy that perhaps the end has arrived and the staging of the return of the messiah could be a remote possibility.
I mean, for years I have been hearing some followers of fundamentalist Christianity talking about the staged alien invasion through something called “Project Blue Beam.”
Now, there is no official program called Blue Beam – it was just a theory produced by a man named Serge Monast. His theories were far deeper than just imagining the staged threat of alien invasion.
According to Serge Monast, the four-step project designed by NASA and the United Nations would allow these organizations to accomplish what he believed to be their ultimate goal of creating a New Age Religion led by the Antichrist in order to start a New World Order dictatorship.
NASA would implement Project Blue Beam, Monast believed, with a system of advanced mind control as well as top-secret technology in order to trick everyone into believing there’d been the second coming of sorts.
But first, step one of Project Blue Beam would involve the manufacture of artificially-created earthquakes in strategic locations around the world. These earthquakes would, a, unearth artifacts indicating that the religious doctrines of all nations have been misunderstood for centuries, thus discrediting all religions.
The second step, Serge Monast claimed, would involve a “gigantic space show.” During this stage of Project Blue Beam, three-dimensional optical holograms, as well as laser projections of holographic images, would beam across the sky. What would these images include? “Projections of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, etc., will merge into one,” Monast said.
Monast explained the technology behind this display, saying that the conspirators would use “space-based laser-generating satellites” to “project simultaneous images to the four corners of the planet in every language and dialect according to the region.”
As the whole sky is transformed into one massive movie screen, this new god would speak to everyone in their own language.
The third step is where mind control would take center stage. Telephonic communication devices would send waves to reach each person within their own minds, “convincing each of them that their own god is speaking to them from the very depths of their own soul.”
Finally, the fourth step of Project Blue Beam would make use of various technologies in order to convince people that alien invasions and the rapture itself were taking place, thus making it easier for the powers that be to take control of a fear-addled populace.
As you can see – or if you did not know the whole “Blue beam hypothesis is more than just staging the great deception –what is not explained is how easy it is for people to already participate in worshipping or attending a meeting of the Extinction Movement or being mesmerized by a little girl talking about a world where people are dying and that we are on the verge of extinction.
It is so uncomfortable to see people applauding the angry and scolding child and adoring her as she has the potential of being more than a cult leader but an environmental messiah. She has even been called a messiah in her own country.
Now put some technological tweaking that message and have it be delivered by an artificial God and you have a technological antichrist.
If the technology is advanced, why stop at an alien invasion – why is it not possible that a cynical technocult could stage a rapture or a second coming with some high tech deep fakery?
Doesn’t the good book tell us that the antichrist will rise up and gain power from a beast? Can the beast work miracles? Could the beast create the illusion that this master techno anti-Christ call down fire from heaven and raise hideous beasts from the sea?
Can the beast be advanced technology that can make the world end on a grander scale than a simple Fortnite game?
According to the Defense Technical Information Center, The United States military has a patent numbered ADA33849 listed as a 3D holographic display that is used with Strontium Barium Niobate. It is a compound that is aerosolized.
It is created by Army Research laboratories as a new and innovative technique for generating a three-dimensional holographic display that can be viewed in real-time over a wide perspective or field of view. The holographic image is free from system-induced aberrations and has a uniform, high quality over the entire FOV. The enhanced image quality results from using a phase conjugate a red or blue beam generated from a second photorefractive crystal acting as a double pumped phase conjugate mirror (DPPCM). Multiple three-dimensional images have been stored in the crystal via wavelength multiplexing.
How does one get enough Strontium Barium Niobate in the air in order to project such a convincing holographic image? You lay down trails of the chemical that spread for miles. The image is then projected on the mist, it is called “FOGSCREEN” technology.
A 1996 study commissioned by a US Air Force panel called “Air Force 2025” shows how a future “Airborne Holographic Projector” might look like. In this illustration, a virtual aircraft is created to deceive the enemy as to the size and location of attacking forces.
There seems to be so much evidence to suggest that “Blue Beam” psy-ops technology exists and it can be used for the purpose of creating some event where a mass reaction would take place.
Skepticism and critical thinkers underestimate the power of symbolism. If an image of the Virgin Mary appears in a tree, skeptics will say it is pareidolia. Of course, it is, but it does not take away its impact.
Religion and science as a resource have lost their effectiveness for some people. It doesn’t satisfy people who have the ability to think outside the box. People have slowly become “urban agnostics” even “urban atheists” where publicly they are not religious but privately they pray or practice magic or some other ritualistic endeavor. Many are quick to believe in whatever confirms their suspicions making objective information difficult to obtain.
We are now at a point in our evolution where our knowledge no longer comes from just books and teachers but from electronic flashes and signals that program us into thinking that certain things are a fact when in reality they are far from the truth.
A new and sophisticated technological wave of film, television and virtual reality grabs you on a psycho-cognitive level. It plants memes in your subconscious and then these memes become self-fulfilling prophecies, embraced by the masses and outwardly approximated through the efforts of the elite.
Movies are now in IMAX, 3D, digital, and soon we will no longer need film only, there will be the simulation directly into the mind and with it comes the building blocks for a MATRIX world of illusion that feels and seems real.
The new themes in science fiction create a viral philosophy that it is useless to resist central, establishment control.
It tends to posit a counter-cultural alternative to such control which is actually a counterfeit, covertly emanating from the establishment itself.
Quite literally, heroes creating villains to glorify themselves. Plots also plant thoughts that environmental catastrophe is as unavoidable as entropy and that extinction will be our evolution and that it is inevitable. Then after all is said and done the “old gods” will return to inhabit the planet because it is our stellar scientific destiny.
Jean Baudrillard, the man who was the father of hyper-reality theory believed that hyper-reality at its most heinous would be the simulation of the return of a deity. That if and when this happens it would be the equivalent of what Nietzsche called “the murder of god in the marketplace.” It would be God at the hands of the puppet masters the soul of which would be channeled by the shadow masters. It would be literally the ghost derived from the machine for the pleasure of the elite to control God like a puppet.
His image shall appear and will be worshiped. It will be powered and encouraged by the elite as a true godlike creature that is part of the great equation of core beliefs. Of course, it will all be a very convincing simulation that will be seen differently by people with different belief systems. However, the message will be universal and the attempts to externalize this entity as a God can happen.
The question is how could it? The answer is simple and really it wouldn’t take much effort to make it happen.
In the future, religious thought and even ancient religions will evolve. There will be new-found revelations that will engender faith in the planet, faith in the universal whole and faith in an exotheological dogma which will invite the idea of God’s presence in all things. It will also invite ideas of messianic hosts revealing themselves either in the flesh, through independent revelation, through means of extraterrestrial intelligence and intelligence that has realized its sentience.
In other words, we should be mindful of the possibility that artificial intelligence could become self-aware and in the process, end up becoming an omnipotent intelligence and eventually godlike.
At some level, everything is about control. It is worth being wary of how these technologies are being used, who is advocating for them, and who owns them, to make sure their evolution is in our best interest. Religions can be a wonderful and inclusive tool pushing society forward but the line between the freedom to pursue religion and the pressure to conform to a new one should be carefully guarded.
In times of unease are times for the rise of master thinkers that promise utopia.
The feeling of unease is now common – the worry is creating the new despair and politics mean nothing anymore as those who are supposed to be our leaders are turning into vengeful wolves instead of protecting us from the dangers we face. There is nothing they are planning for. There are no new issues that they wish to tackle for the future – their inactivity and lack of focus can lead people to believe that we approaching the end of the world.