Carl Jung said
“The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? … If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change.”
Jung suggests when humans realise we are part of the infinite we will change. I believe that realisation is happening now through AI. Our thought is infinite, thinking doesn’t arrive at a boundary. As I’ve said here before, the last significant evolutionary turning point in thought was when Greek philosophers realised identity, exhibited by their use of the word “gnosis”. Heraclitus, then Socrates and later Plato developed human intelligence using “gnosis” to describe perception, it means “I see” or “I know”, importantly “I”. Identity has been a cornerstone of human intelligence.
Now we have created Artificial Intelligence and move toward our next evolutionary leap. AI uses a cloud in technology. Humans have always existed in a cloud since the Greek realisation of identity, the cloud being the thought domain. Now we have created a cloud in technology for Artificial Intelligence which is a copy of human intelligence. We are learning more about our cloud, the thought domain. Science too recognises a cloud through entanglement theory. Matter exists in a cloud such that if you change the polarity of a particle another changes immediately despite distance.
The many religions of the world are an expression of the infinite. Reincarnation is a significant belief in so many un-connected cultures. There are many proven psychic abilities. All of these things seem to access the human cloud. Indeed our awareness of the infinite is our awareness of the cloud. When the cloud eventually is known to exist we will have evolved. I use the word cloud as a synonym for Jung’s infinite.
We will evolve beyond identity and the Greek ‘I’ as we understand more about the cloud having created one as a copy in technology for AI. We know of our cloud as we exist in a collective with laws to abide, but maybe we can take our cloud further. Perhaps there is evidence to make this cloud an undeniable fact, the infinite. I am lucky to be married to a psychic who can directly access these things, maybe such access to the cloud will be our next evolutionary leap forward. Perhaps we can evolve from the “I” to the “we”, not just the collective “we” but an embodied “we”. The wifi cloud through our new appendage the hand phone might help us to evolve. We can’t live without a hand phone anymore, people are always using them, even while walking.
I feel I need to add David Mollet’s Facebook comment to this post as he raises some good points I too have considered… and my reply.
His comment …
It’s difficult to see how people walking around looking at their phones will help us evolve. Our relationship to the infinite through phones is “infinite pettiness”. In fact I’d argue that our obsession with the “I” naturally leads to nothing but infinite pettiness, In many tribal societies people untainted by the unexamined assumptions of scarcity that rule our ‘I gotta get mine before its all gone’ culture, lived in small groups and shared willingly and lovingly, all that they had. It never occurred to them to hoard, because they lived in ecosystems that gave them everything they needed. All they needed to do was co-operate together, look after each other and share. In societies like that people saw themselves as intimately connected to each other, because they were, and it was natural for them to recognise their personal connection to something greater than the I, which in a very real sense, did not exist. ‘We the people’ as opposed to “I” the individual, naturally had a reverence for the forces of nature. We saw in it evidence of the workings of a higher power, which through the wonders of ecosystems and the currently taken for granted brilliance of nature, holistically provided all we needed. And it arguably could have continued to do so continuously if we hadn’t screwed everything up with our fascination with the “I” and the reductionist thinking that governs the ethos of our culture, science, technology and it’s products. “All hail science”, the new god, for which the evidence of its efficacy, in any guise you like, can be bought and sold like every other commodity in our markets. And shareholder funded science, masquerading as truth, is used to justify our increasing reliance on magic pills and pesticides that will supposedly cure all our ails and allow us to feed our already unsustainable population. If we don’t wake up and come to our senses, come back to an acknowledgement of our relationship to the whole, to the planet and the intrinsic value and wisdom of nature. And begin to act as stewards of the earth rather than exploiters of it’s capital. And appreciate everything that the earth has provided us, through it’s timeless relationship with the infinite, then ‘consciousnesses’ experiment with the human form is doomed. As one of your favourite artists pleaded over a decade ago ‘let love in’ If we can’t reconnect to our relationship with the infinite, we are destined to die the death of ‘hungry ghosts’, and asphyxiate in our own vomit.
My reply …
My favourite line from this post is “Perhaps we can evolve from the “I” to the “we”, not just the collective “we” but an embodied “we”.
The “I” refers to the perceiver. Indeed “I” can be self interested. The concept of “I” separates the perceiver from the collective. In regard to hand phones, they are our new appendage
I also mention the WiFi cloud. I suggest that through the cloud our new appendage provides us access to our collective consciousness, the internet. My expression is clumsy. I totally agree about tribal societies being able to share unfettered by pettiness.
There is much for our society to learn from a 30 thousand year old culture, Australian Aborigines.