Since September 2022, a motto + practice of mine has been: "Use AI. Don't let AI use you."
With my prompting, this post's image was generated by AI on NightCafe.
I grew up with the Mad Max post-apocalyptic film series. In it, Earth was barren. Desert-like. And drinkable water was everyone's obsession. It was disturbing to see such a negative forecasting of beautiful Earth.
Mad Max was the first film franchise to introduce me to very negative projections onto the giant, captivating movie screen that, in turn, projected those lasting impressions onto the screen of my mind. Even if sub-consciously, decades later.
It was soon followed by a slew of other dark and cataclysmic films made to impregnate minds with images of a forsaken place where nothing grows except zombies or contagions. Everyone is usually covered in soot, and many need some kind of breathing apparatus. All kinds of hellish nightmares... normalized.
Why the big budgets to cinematically and sensorially popularize the obliteration of plant-life, clean water and breathable air? Why has so much creative energy and capital been spent to glorify destruction and decay? Why have our palates, temperaments, sensibilities and preferences not required higher and better from those who plan and plot the pixels we stare at for hours of life?
Why Is Idea-Planting In Entertainment Almost Always Dystopic?
Everyone forecasts. The trick is to realize that you hold generative power, in either direction. The triumph is to not let anyone use your vessel or your voice to project movies you'd never want to watch, let alone live in.
In the Emerald Tablet, Thoth wrote The Law of Correspondence.
It says: "As above, so below. As within, so without."
The toxic spread in East Palestine, Ohio is an OUTER expression of the toxic spread -- both chemical and mental/emotional -- happening INSIDE the bodies of just as many humans. Many regret recent medical decisions that exposed them to chemical toxicity, and I am sorry for your betrayal and distress. Please read on.
And to now practice new earth forecasting:
As different as we each may be from each other, we are still all under the same mysterious Sky, that pours light on us, day and night. Subtle and bright.
The next time you're leisurely outside at night, I hope you surprise your neck, throw it all the way back, and stare at the Sky until you feel something inside your chest or gut. A sense of wonder. Or maybe even a sense of home. Just hopefully something beyond fright or dread brought forth by the aforementioned dystopic screens.
After years of feeling lonely and unsafe in this disagreeably-changing world, I did what I just suggested... and I came back inside filled with assurance. No names, faces, theories, or agendas. Just a comforting certainty that even in the midst of madness, Life still takes a protective interest in those who take a protective interest in Life. 🌿💚
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾