PSYCHISM: a doctrine that there is a fluid universally diffused and equally animating all living beings
This is just more a check in or a follow up more than anything. At least it started out as that. As usual we’ve gone in a hundred different directions by the time it’s finished. But I only know this because I am in the future. I’ve read this already. Hang on tight and enjoy. This week TIME Magazine published an article entitled “Prison Breakout: Netflix keeps remaking TV with its best show yet” wherein the primary message is that Netflix is transforming the way American television is watched by releasing full seasons of series all in one go as opposed to one episode at a time on a week to week to basis as is customary. A brilliant idea. Where have we heard that before?!?! Hhhhmmm…
On Monday March 18th of this year, I published a blog entry here in the Transcendence Diaries entitled “Observations On Modern Television — Fixes” (click here to read) where I suggested that “if contemporary TV networks want to stay current and competitive, they need to start releasing whole seasons of TV series all in one shot so people could watch them at their leisure and NOT have to wait week to week to watch them. THIS is the future. Who will jump on it first?” This was five months before the TIME Magazine article touting Netflix’s new show “Orange is the New Black” and three months before Netflix was the first network in history to ever do it when they released both “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” in the same manner. Kudos to moi!
Now before a slew of “don’t let your head get TOO big Mr. Ambassador” comments pour in, let me state for the record that I am NOT claiming that Netflix got the idea from ME. Obviously they didn’t. Or did they??? Hhhhmmm… Okay so probs not. In order to pull off such a fete, Netflix would have had to have started filming House of Cards and Arrested Development months before that particular Transcendence Diaries entry was posted. Besides all the horn tooting and “who got the idea first” banter, I believe there are actually several other lessons to be gleaned from this event that are far more elucidating.
First and foremost, I wrote that particular entry from a place of DESIRE, not fortune telling — suggesting this change to modern television programming because that’s what I WANTED, as a viewer. I felt, as I stated in the original article, that for those of us who are super busy, too busy for TV (who isn’t?), it was ridiculous to assume that we have the time to pay attention to when some TV show is going to air, what day of the week or what time it’s on, and then the commercials, etc etc forget about it. I mean, who has the time?
Even in the DVR age — I must admit that without the DVR I would not be even talking about this subject, for I would not be aware of anything on TV; as in the past, my entire life up until a year and half ago, I never watched TV — no TIME or desire to. Then I predicted that there would be a “new American Television Renaissance” and thus went to explore TV to see if I was even close to being right; I was. The DVR had a big impact on my ability to do that research. It does make it possible for us to manage TV more effectively. BUT there are still HUGE problems for a certain demographic, the group of us who just do NOT want to (nor feel that we should have to) sit around waiting week to week to see which one of the Stark family dies next on Game of Thrones. For us, now, in this age of instant gratification, traditional TV programming has become as insulting to our intelligence and way of life as waiting for access to the internet on a dial up connection. Just not worth it.
So what are some of those lessons Well number one, when I got the idea, It felt like a ridiculous thing to suggest. I KNEW that when I was writing it. At least I thought I did. Turns out that I was just feeling something that was already happening. But none of us had the benefit of being able to know that except the few perhaps at Netflix who were in on the discussion that led to this programming change. “Who the hell is going to take this seriously?” I thought. Readers are just going to think “Oh there goes Ed Hale and his crazy imaginings about a perfect utopian world where whole seasons of TV are available all at the same time right for the taking just because we would love for it to be that way… Crazy guy.” But lo and behold, I wasn’t so far off. Netflix has grabbed that gauntlet and charged ahead, surely leading other networks to now reconsider their own programming. Lesson: Just because something seems far fetched or outlandish does not mean that it’s not a potential reality. Honoring our intuition is one of the most important lessons we can learn in any lifetime…. the sooner the better.
And hear me now, believe me in six months: This is only the beginning. The big cable networks like HBO and Showtime are not far behind. Those Emmy nods that Netflix just grabbed for Arrested Development and House of Cards go far. They speak volumes, because regardless of current allocation of advertising dollars, Emmys win numbers. And numbers buy advertisers. (In another post I will outline how advertising is being very quickly transformed, how the old models are dying and the newer models are way off the mark still.)
The other lesson that I cannot help but feel — it actually feels like a semi-panic like pain in my chest — is that next time I have an idea about something, anything, I need to run with it. For whatever reason, out of all the strengths and challenges that each of us come loaded with as individuals when we are born, (or develop over years in a lifetime…), being able to see what’s coming next happens to be a skill I excel at. It’s not even a skill. It just IS. I do it. It’s not from thought. It’s just a knowing. Of course the problem with being able to know ahead of time what’s going to happen next is that it HASN’T HAPPENED YET. So it feels totally crazy when you write it or say it out loud to anyone. So we feel a bit intimidated to go forward with taking any action in that direction. But I’m beginning to learn that we shouldn’t.
Let me give you an example. I’ll tell you right here right now that EMAIL IS DEAD. It’s a ridiculously tired old boring and laborious task that offers zero pay off for the most part, number one, and furthermore there are much more effective and efficient methods for communicating in THIS age than email now. This isn’t the 1990s. Email is a thing of the past. Most of the people I know get so frustrated by my refusal to use email. And when I announce this little prediction of mine they tell me that I’m crazy. But I don’t let it bother me. Hell, we thought i was crazy when I said that we should be allowed to watch whole seasons of our favorite TV shows all in one day in the first week. But that’s the new trend now. Before that, everyone was threatening to lock me up because I was saying that we were about to see a bunch of people’s revolutions take place all over the world and see entire governments fall. Old news now.
And that’s the thing. BEFORE they happen, things that ARE going to happen DO seem ludicrous. Until they happen that is. So there’s something in there about the importance of honoring our vision, or our intuition. Truth be told I’ve always been really good at this. So for me this might be easier said than done compared to someone who thinks this sounds like a risky idea. Most people are much more measured and calculated. They observe and sort data and wait for the signs… My gut tells me that another important lesson out of this is this: if WE are desiring something, thinking about it, wanting it, hoping it happens one day, there’s a good chance that a few other people (at the least) are too. And THAT is how we can trust that the ideas that we have are viable or worthy or have potential to take off or at least transpire.
I’m not saying we should start believing we can call where the Dow Jones is going to be on Monday; but you get the idea. Being able to see into the future and predict what’s going to happen next seems to be a skill made up of several different sub-skills: an innate vibrational or energetic feel based ability to see/feel/know what’s going to happen next (call it “psychic” if you must” but I believe that diminishes the ability and undermines how common it is in most of us), plus a keen sense of detailed observation AND an ability to rationally sort observed data, leading to an increased ability to see where that data will land next when uprooted — ALL data and matter is constantly being uprooted in a chaotic universe whether we see it or not. In addition one also need recognize that the direction things are heading is in large part up to US. You + me = us. So if YOU are feeling it, wanting it, scared of it, hoping for it, so too are others; that also gives us a good idea of where things are heading. Most people don’t get this. They think that they’re just “them” and that “the world happens”. They don’t realize that THEY are part of that world and in return are part of what is making things happen. That’s YOU baby. YOU’RE doing that. So too am I. And THEM. But don’t cut yourself short.
More than anything perhaps that’s the key: remembering to honor our role in it all. Remembering that it is WE who call the shots. Sure there are the bigwigs at the top of the foodchain who seem to control everything. But only because we LET them. The whole idea of “bigwigs at the top controlling everything” is our creation; it’s the setup that we’ve all agreed as a collective to structure our lives around. The primary controlling mechanism for societies in general in the moment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We just choose it to be that way. For now.
Want another prediction? This is about to change. In a big way. The top down control structure that has governed human societies for millennia is a thing of the past. It’s already starting to fall away, but we are only seeing the beginning of it now. In one fell swoop that system is going to appear to come crashing down — but it will actually happen in incremental events, starting slowly and then spreading rapidly across the globe. One country at a time. Millions will die for this cause. It will happen in our lifetimes (for those of us who are younger than 80 probably). It will be the most brutal series of world events we’ve ever recorded in human history, more so than either world war, because this time rather than country against country fighting for survival and dominance, it will be people against authority structures that will be fighting. Military and police will find themselves not just killing innocent civilians in other countries as in times past; they’ll be doing it in their OWN countries….
And in those moments, depending on each individual wearing a uniform that day, that hour, THAT is what will determine which people will win the fastest in each region of the globe. In the United States we will have it the worst, more than any other country. Because we have the most solidified system of accepted deception and corruption in government anywhere on earth at the moment, with the strongest and wickedest top down leaders in place. Ours won’t be an easy battle. And frankly I cannot even see how we here in the States are going to win, at least not initially, not in this moment. Remember Chechnya? Or the Native Americans who lived here first? Life isn’t fair. It isn’t just. It isn’t honest. History is a collection of lies created by the strongest, toughest, most arrogant and greedy and the most sociopathic or lacking in human empathy.
That’s enough about that topic for now. There are other places where I am writing about this in much more detail. But suffice it to say that there are plenty of people who will read this and think it sounds preposterous. They’d be willing to bet money that “it’ll never happen in our lifetimes”. All that means is that they didn’t do very well on the reading comprehension portion of the SAT. With them, it is important that we do three things: one, respect. They’ve a right to their opinion just as much as anyone else. Two, listen. There’s a good chance we could learn something, regardless of how much we may disagree with them. And three, don’t let their disbelief affect our beliefs even a little bit. Remember, that’s one of the biggest lessons here: it’s easy not to believe in things BEFORE they happen, even if we KNOW they’re going to happen. I’m not talking “faith”. I’m talking about experience. If you’ve lived a life where 9 times out of 10 you just always seem to know what’s going to happen next, it’s probably a good idea not to let anyone talk you out of believing in that ability. Regardless of how outlandish it may seem.