Friday, January 20, 2023
In my January 11 post "I would rather rest than use my smartphone" for IzeLife.com, In it, I state that "due to human reliance on tools to carry out even routine tasks like dressing, even foraging human societies are matrixian, though by matrixian standards, they are the closest to nature."
Do I feel this statement also applies to the fictional Na'vi race from the Avatar films?
Short answer: Yes.
Don't the Na'vi live in harmony with nature, through the guidance of Pandora's consciousness, Eywa, and consciously protect and nurture their environment?
Don't the Na'vi cultivate deep bonds with Pandora's wild animals, including connecting neurally with the ikran and establishing spirit sibling relationships with the tulkun?
Don't the Na'vi understand how to tap into the Pandoran neural network to communicate directly with plants, animals, and Eywa?
"Yes" is the answer to all these questions. Moreover, there are other interesting spiritual concepts present throughout Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water*.
However, this doesn't mean that the Na'vi aren't ultimately matrixian.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
I remember the days after February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine.
Although I knew better than to be taken in by the war, I was hooked on the coverage, for the first six months of it or so. Russia's public position appeared pretty interesting, so I started watching and reading all I could about Russia's involvement in Ukraine. I must have started by watching Ukraine on Fire and The Putin Interviews then moved onto watching RT, RT Documentary, and Combat Approved, then eventually certain YouTube personalities and channels as Gonzalo Lira, Scott Ritter, Richard Medhurst, The Duran, and Redacted.
I even started reading books as A Short History of Russia by Mark Galeotti, Spetsnaz by Viktor Suvorov, and Mafia State by Luke Harding.
I checked everyday the new Ukraine war videos on the YouTube channel of Hindustan Times.
Then, one day, except for the occasional scans for information, I let it all go. I had finally decided to follow what I knew all along. In the words of Alonzo Harris from Training Day: "This is a newspaper, right? It's 90% bullshit. But it's entertaining."