6 March 2019 — Caitlin Johnson
Scottish scientist Robert Ogilvie Crombie feared succumbing to habit and walking through life in a trance, so he devised exercises for himself which forced him to do things in an un-habitual way throughout the day like performing all tasks with a different hand.
When having difficulty remaining present during meditation, Zen monks have been known to sit dangerously close to the edge of a cliff to ensure that they remained upright and alert the entire time.
In 1981 Harvard law professor Roger Fisher published a proposal that US nuclear codes should be kept in the chest cavity of a volunteer who accompanies the president at all times, so that the impersonal decision to kill millions in a nuclear launch would first have to go through the personal decision to kill a close acquaintance and cut his chest open.
We are teetering between the brink of extinction and a technological singularity which could transform and enrich our world beyond our wildest imaginings.
This is no time for sleepwalking.
Don’t blink, for the war machines are roaring and the permafrost is thawing, and this could all be over in an instant.
Don’t blink, because artificial superintelligence is a technological inevitability which could be upon us very soon.
Don’t blink, for the trailers are ending, and the show is just about to start.
Don’t blink, for your brain is the most advanced information processing system in the known universe, and you are striding through a world made of miracles.
Don’t blink, for you are standing on the most complex point in a universe of ever-growing complexity.
Don’t blink, for there are no perceptible limitations within your conscious experience, and everything is fundamentally a mystery.
Don’t blink, for dimethyltryptamine transports the human mind into alien worlds of unfathomable strangeness full of beneficent entities, and no one knows why.
Don’t blink, because what we know is dwarfed by what we know we don’t know, and what we know we don’t know is dwarfed by what we don’t know we don’t know.
Don’t blink, for each and every person you meet is an opportunity for the eyes of consciousness to see directly into the eyes of consciousness, and that’s not a show you want to miss.
Don’t blink, for true love is real and so is enlightenment.
Don’t blink, for you are capable of so much more than you realize.
Don’t blink, for the opposite of life is not death but habit.
Don’t blink; stay alert like a soldier behind enemy lines.
Don’t blink; don’t take one second of this howling God orgasm for granted.
Don’t blink; feel your ineffable body ensconced in your world-throne at all times.
Don’t blink. Show up for this.
Don’t blink. Pay attention.
Don’t blink. Lean in.