This piece is an excerpt from my ebook ‘Crowd/Control’, now available on Amazon.
We had the Industrial Age. We had the Information Age, which slid into the Communication Age of putting information to use. We saw ourselves from space as one planet for the first time, and then set about making it a technosocial reality.
If you had to classify the times we’re in now, or are moving into, what sort of Age would you call it?
I’m juggling a few different words for it. It could be the Age of Consciousness, or Psychology, or Illumination.
Use the brain, Luke
I’m not talking about consciousness and illumination in a woo-woo airy-fairy sense. It’s very practical.
We’ve learned to do amazing things, and more all the time. But what we’re increasingly bumping into is ourselves.
Our brains were wired up a long time ago, in ways that don’t always suit the modern world. For instance, if you’ve ever had a panic attack you’ll know that our threat detection and adrenal response systems are not always very smart.
Our social structures are based on principles that no longer hold (and some that never did).
We routinely mess each other up.
The world, and our fellow travellers on it, desperately need us to solve problems, to redesign the way we do things, to free human potential and build for happiness. Yet our sludgy conditioning makes us pretend these things don’t exist, or to scramble for illusory advantage, or to trot out maxims that will keep things safe and stable and low-energy.
I think the tide is turning on all that. I think more and more people have had enough of it. They look at where it leads and say it’s not good enough.
This is the age when we look inside ourselves and reorder our ways of thinking and being – or get brought down by the world they have manifested. [Read more…] about The age of illumination