How to Exit the Matrix: The Death Trap and How to Avoid It

“Because the Afterlife Staff has more than likely scanned our energy field before, or at the death moment, they also know what our plans are. They are not going to stop us by force, but they might try to distract us and to manipulate us into following them. It’s fairly easy for them to get us to give them permission to suck us into their tunnel of light, or however they want to bring you to the next afterlife station. This is why it’s so important to learn how to focus before we die. In other words, start the process today! I will discuss how to focus in the designated section below.

Instead of paying any attention to anyone, regardless of who they might be, or appear to be, you concentrate on what is “above” you. You will notice that you now have a 360° vision, but when I wrote “above,” I meant in relation to where your dead body is.

Above you, you will see the Grid. It may be fuzzy or more “solid,” depending on your focus, but that’s relatively unimportant. Once you’ve spotted the Grid, look for holes in it. You should be able to see those almost instantly. Choose one of the holes, focus on it and put out the thought and intention that you are now going to nano-travel[9] through the hole and land in the VOID (or KHAA, whatever term you prefer). Be aware that you will show up on the other side of the hole instantaneously, and unexperienced as you might be, you may not even be aware of that you have reached your first destination until you have oriented yourself.” – Wes Penre

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Kabbalah and the Primacy of the Subtle World

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Metaphysics: The Sacred Geometry of Unity Consciousness

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

timeEthan Indigo Smith – Most often when the term ‘four dimensions of geometry’ is mentioned, people generally assume the subject is about the mapping of a place in coordinates.

A coordinate in three-dimensional space is a point of intersection of three lines by way of three directions, or three dimensions. One line goes up and down, another goes forward and backward, and the third goes across, left and right. The lines can also be imagined as planes intersecting in the same manner, as pictured below.

When we talk of four dimensional geometry, the first three dimensions are spatial, and the fourth dimension is temporal — the dimension of time. Time, including the past, present and future, is the fourth dimension. With these four dimensions we can precisely point to a location in time and space, plotting the geometry of points, lines, planes and solids.

Each of the four dimensions are based on contrasts or polarities. There is up/down, left/right, and forward/backward in the spatial dimensions, and there is fundamental polarity in the alignment of the lines or planes of those dimensions.

The temporal dimension, however, is not just the contrast of past and future. Quantum physics and metaphysics alike suggests there is time and timelessness. The polarity represented by the temporal dimension of time is the past, present and future contrasted with timelessness. On one end of the contrasts places time being everywhere and yet in nothing; the other end of the contrast places time nowhere and yet in everything.

Conceptualizing timelessness within physical orientation is difficult for the linear mind, for timelessness is metaphysical. Tibetan Buddhist concepts specifically refer to four aspects of time; past, present, future, and timelessness. At the same time, the comprehension of timelessness is related to quantum physics, which holds that we supersede the limitations of basic cause and effect of space time; that consciousness rules space as well as time, instead of space and time confining and determining all.

One way to begin to imagine the concept of timelessness is through consideration of the Chakra system. The Chakras are sometimes associated with organs and glands, and are said to spin clockwise and be stacked in a certain physical layering, but Chakras are not fixed in time, nor space. As energetic portals, the Chakra system exists in a way that is beyond three dimensional placement and time restriction, in an amorphous condition in the space of timelessness. When biological position is used to relate ideas in the Chakra system, it pertains to symbolic aspects of the Chakras.

“Time is the following; that being which in as much as it is, is not, and in as much as it is not, is. It is intuited becoming.” — Wilhelm Hegel (*The accuracy of the source of this quote is questionable, however the idea itself is splendid enough to be worth mention.)

Consciousness measured in quantum physics experiments bypasses the typical limitations of space and time we have become accustomed to, and perhaps also accustomed ourselves to. For this reason, meditation as a practice of consciousness enables better understanding of timelessness and potentiates our quantum consciousness. Meditation, like quantum physics, deals with energy unrestricted by the constrictions of space and time. It enhances our understanding of the potential we might not be constricted and hinged by sociological and psychological limitations we have set upon ourselves, as well as constraints upon our very own consciousness set up by our own consciousness, allowing us to be more in tune with space and time as well as feeling somehow beyond space and time.

Comprehension of timelessness opens up quantum consciousness, and meditation provides for the clarity needed for comprehension. Without the hindrances of our very own thoughts and emotions, and our very own physical limitations, our minds can move beyond space time limitations we have set upon ourselves in a quantum consciousness manner. When we are operating in quantum consciousness, strange things occur. Placebo healing, considered theoretically impossible, actually happens, as do other correlating and coincidental events that defy the limitations of the typical four dimensional physical construct.

The Consciousness Dynamic

The ability for geometric concepts to be used outside of their original design is revealing of their power as a comprehension tool. The more potent tools are compatible and applicable to many systems, and go beyond their original design, so as to become metaphysical.

Metaphysics is based on integration rather than compartmentalization. Quantum consciousness and the meditative mind state operate in this same manner, going beyond the obvious dimension of placement. Quantum physics suggests there are perhaps connections through the temporal structure that supersede the spatial, and further aspects of consciousness that supersede the temporal structure as well the temporal. A major part of quantum physics contains the uncanny idea that what we commonly understand as being insubstantial and intangible is actually more substantial to our existence than what we perceive as substantial and tangible.

Quantum physics experiments suggest that consciousness can influence the trajectory and nature of light in manners that are not confined by the laws of time and space. The idea that consciousness can influence anything at all, let alone light, let alone light in a manner that supersedes time, is astounding. That consciousness influences light in this manner is astounding on its own, as are the implications and questions it raises; yet what is more remarkable is that consciousness exerts an influence without trying to do so — by simply observation.

The measurable effect of consciousness in quantum physics demands an enhanced understanding of the spatial and temporal dimensions. Moreover, this dynamic or power apparent in quantum physics experiments demands and enhanced understanding of our very own consciousness, and suggests the value of meditation to refine our conscious observation.

This dynamic, this consciousness potential, may have been known as a Siddhi among yogis. A sanskrit noun that essentially means “attainment” or “realization”, a Siddhi is best understood as quantum consciousness cultivated through meditation. However gaining Siddhis is not the point of meditation, and further, it is said that if gaining Siddhis is your focus in meditation then they will not become. Siddhis are side effects of meditation practice toward gaining enlightenment such as enhanced intuitive awareness.

Meditation practice of whatever sort assists gaining clarity. The more clear we are the more easily we realize everything is connected in a manner more substantial than the material, in a way resembling unity expansion and totality. The less muddied our perception the more we are able to visualize, perceive and act unhindered. The more refined our comprehension, the more sensitive our perception the more easily we note that the origins of entirety is light and energy, and unify with that energy. The more we raise our spirit the more capable we become of moving past spatial and temporal limitations in a timeless manner, exemplified by eliminating negative patterns and enhancing intuition, for instance.

The Four Worlds of The Kabbalah

As our senses and sensibility become more refined, the more real and substantial the immaterial becomes and the less important the material world becomes. This idea is at the core of The Four Worlds of The Kabbalah, and the corresponding ten Sephirots (divine attributes) of the Tree of Life. The Four Worlds of the Kabbalah are sometimes known as Emanation, Creation, Formation, and Fabrication. We exist in the world of fabrication, the material. The Four Worlds and the ten attributes of the Sephirots contain numerous lessons of great depth, and at the basis or core of The Tree of Life of Kabbalah is The Four Worlds.

One way to comprehend the concept is to break down the etymology of the word “Kabbalah”, by noting the two major words it comprises: kabb or kaba is Hebrew for cube, and alah or Allah is God. Literally, it describes the cube of God, with The Tree of Life expressed through its four dimensions.

Our world of material existence, the world of Fabrication, begins in the spiritual world of Emanation and the energy moves through the other worlds before manifesting here. The world of Emanation is the spiritual void and from it the other worlds originate. Creation originates from the most subtle world of Emanation, Formation comes from Creation, and the material world of Fabrication comes from Creation. Each of the Four Worlds is correlated to symbols of elements, geometric dimensions, Tarot suits, and human attributes, all of which represent a Matrix of Four. Each contains masculine and feminine potentials, but each tends to embody one or the other more so.

⇒ The world of Emanation correlates with the element of fire, the Tarot symbol of wands, the dimension of the line, and our will. The linear wands symbol is masculine. When viewed internally this world correlates with our mind in total, a mind of higher thinking and being, a unified brain connected to an open heart.

⇒ The world of Creation correlates with the element of water, the Tarot symbol of cups, the dimension of the volume, and our emotion. The cup is feminine. When viewed internally this world correlates with the Neocortex, the contemplating brain.

⇒ The world of Formation correlates with the element of air, the Tarot symbol of swords, the dimension of the point, and our thought. The sword is masculine. When viewed internally this world correlates with the Limbic System of mammalian brain, a slightly higher thinking than the Reptilian Brain.

⇒ The physical world of Fabrication correlates with the element of Earth, the Tarot symbol of coins, the dimension of the plane, and the material. The coin is feminine. When viewed internally this world correlates with what is known as the instinctual ‘Reptilian Brain’.

Our physical senses only note a small portion of the known physical world. What we do not notice, we frequently assume to be nonexistent even though there is much more going on than we are able sense. It is only natural to initially assume there is nothing more, but it is juvenile to maintain this perception. According to The Four Worlds concept of The Kabbalah, it is the spiritual world of Emanation that is more substantial and more real, and from which all begins. It is there that subtle energy originates, on which all else is dependent. And most people are restricted from sensing this due to the limitations of our material being. When these limitations are unconceived, the corresponding lacking clarity is only increased, and our perception and potential becomes limited. Only through gaining clarity do we develop sensitivity to the roots of reality.

The situations of the material realm of Fabrication originate in the spiritual realm of Emanation; the world of timelessness, the void, the divine light. The material reality begins as spiritual energy and traverses through the other worlds of Creation and Formation before being noted by our physical senses. So despite our basic notions of material and immaterial, The Four Worlds puts forth the idea that what we perceive as the immaterial is more substantial, more primal, and more significant than what we perceive as material. When the spiritual worlds are understood the material world becomes elementary to the point of predictability.

Tara and the Tarot

The Four Worlds of The Kabbalah and ten attributes of The Tree of Life reflect and are related to the Tarot cards of four suits, each with ten numbered cards. The relations may be simply in their shared metaphysics, but it’s likely more tethered. Metaphysics seeks to find the connections beyond space time and the humanity beyond culture or nation. And so it is really no wonder that metaphysics in relation to such subtle energy is as intricately related as The Kabbalah and Tarot seem to be.

The Tarot cards are mostly known for their use as a tool to intuit information through the cards and consciousness. Card readings pierce space time so to speak, to view timelessness and thereby make predictions or readings based on the energy of the cards. Yet the Tarot and Kabbalah are mainly about measuring energy and communicating/interpreting the energies and life lessons. The depth of the Tarot and the Kabbalah is potentially limitless, and yet there are profound primal lessons which maintain their profundity and applicability no matter how many other concepts one learns.

The Tarot is made up of 78 cards. The Major Arcana comprises 22 cards, numbered 0 through 21. The Minor Arcana comprises four types or suits; swords, wands, pentacles and cups. There are 14 cards in each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana, 56 in total.

The Tarot cards are said to access the divine feminine energy, the Universal Yin energy, the timeless Akashic, enabling us to contemplate, intuit, and comprehend the spiritual and more subtle worlds so as to more accurately comprehend the material world.

The divine feminine energy is specifically represented in Tibetan Buddhism by the Goddess Tara. A deity common to Buddhism and Hinduism, Tara is most known for her form as Green Tara however there are 21 colors of Tara, akin to the 21 numbered cards of The Major Arcana of the Tarot. (In Vedic concepts 21 symbolizes the human form, 20 for each digit, our fingers and toes, and 1 for self.) Tara is said to offer healing and liberation in manners that pierce space and time limitations when her mantra — Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha — is repeated with devotion and repetition.

The unification of these metaphysical traditions, each capable of standing on its own, is enhanced by their correspondences, numerically and energetically. The metaphysical unity of the diverse traditions harkens to their value for individuation, intuition and energy comprehension, but also points to the true unity of humanity. The sacred geometry of energy and energetic relationships within the metaphysical concepts of Kabbalah, Tarot and Tara clarifies and unifies, along with offering signification of each concept. Connecting such traditions, which had possibly been prior split in a fashion similar to the division of language in the allegory of The Tower of Babylon, leads to enhancement of these ideas.

Final Thoughts

“When all activity has ceased and you simply are, just to be, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it, you have only to understand it. And whenever you can find time to just be, and drop all doing –thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing– even for a single moment if you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed, that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it you can remain in that state as long as you want.” — Osho

All too frequently we are caught up in mental, physical and emotional turbulence resulting in lacking clarity and even rigidity. Lacking clarity we cannot get the knack of being so to speak because we are stuck in the basic and the grossness rather than void of such. Rigidity in thinking and being processes result from lack of clarity and negative patterns emerge. When we approach the energy of systems rather than the results of the energies we can naturally better understand, overcome and influence. In order to gain clarity in a body of water settling must occur, a settling of agitation. In order to gain clarity in our own body a settling must occur, a settling of attention. Stillness, rather than insistence, offers opportunity for settling of attention, and clarity.

Many times we might have an idea of what we are looking to accomplish or develop in our meditation practice, sometimes we can use meditation as opportunity to simply get out of our own way, to move beyond our limitations and our pains. Without clearing the mud of the mundane physical, mental and emotional attachments and so on, we will not be able to instill the feelings of oneness with the universal, the unity expansion. We have to feel in order to reveal and then heal using our attention, or without our attention we settle for discord and muddied perspective, and even forget that we are lacking clarity at all.

SF Source Wake Up World May 2018


Excerpt from Another Time ( )

To counter the linear perception of time, Ken Johnson stresses that according to the Mayan concept of time there’s no exact moment (for example, 00:00) when one day nawal is replaced by the following one. When the sun sets the nawal of the following day already begins to assert its energy, while the nawal that governed the current day wanes.

So like everything else in nature, days and nights have their unique, flowing dance of energies, which intensifies whenever they mix and switch governance (of day and night/winter and summer). Spring, after all, is known as “The Quickening”, and fall is exactly what it means – a slowing down, a time to stop and take stock, gather gravity in preparation for winter – the standstill.

There are no clear cuts in the natural world. Clear cuts can only be found in the human world of words and dotted lines. They are arbitrarily set by my dualistic, calculating mind (one of my favorite tools!)

All the Queen’s Agents and Corporations that Control the World

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Serco – British Control Our Sensitive Data

Queen Elizabeth II, owns and controls U. S. data management, corporate banking, resources of gas, uranium, gold, and many strategic resources and systems in the United States. This system of control is called SERCO, and it is essentially a Crown Agent.

Serco is not only an enemy of the United States, but an enemy of countries and people around the world. For example, did you know that the U. S. Patent Office is controlled by Serco? That’s right, a BRITISH based company controls the creative efforts of American entrepreneurs and creators. Serco was the company awarded the Obamacare data management system that cost America’s over $2 billion.

That’s right. SES employees in charge of selecting contracts for this lucrative data management system couldn’t find any U.S. based companies to do the work. Instead they cherry-picked their buddies at British owned and controlled Serco to deliver Obamacare management.

Here are a few highlights of what Serco does already in our government. To our friends in other parts of the world, don’t be surprised when you see similar structures in your own country run by the British Monarch through Serco:

  • Serco manages all patents for the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Brits have the first shot at stealing American’s intellectual property rights. This is shocking but true.
  • Serco controls the most sensitive data management systems in all branches of the military, federal government, and state and local municipalities.
  • Serco controls air traffic management, airlines security, airport management and all aspects of ticketing, visa data management, and timetable management.
  • Serco is called, “the largest company no one has ever heard of.”
  • Serco’s efficiency rating in England, Canada, and Australia is below 65% and many lawsuits have been filed against the company for egregious fraud and mismanagement.
  • Serco was paid $1.2 billion to management the data of Obamacare — British company handling American’s private medical information.

 Serco goes by many names, so always look under the hood in their corporate documents to find its trail back to Queen Lizzie. In America, it operates as Serco Inc. and claims on its website that it “is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services for the federal government.” Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees, annual revenue of $2.5 billion, and is ranked in the top 35 of the largest federal prime contractors.

Piercing the corporate veil, we find that Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7 billion international business that works with government and public services around the world.

Many researchers say that Serco runs the United Kingdom (UK), the United States, Canada, and Australia. Serco has over 60,000 people in 35 countries across the world. To our international readers, it is highly doubtful that they are not operating in your country.

Serco is a leading provider of public services of all types. Serco operates internationally across five sectors and four geographies: defense, justice, immigration, transportation, health and human services. Its services are delivered in UK, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.  

Serco delivers records management and processing support services for many U. S. government agencies. Major programs include processing and classifying of patent applications for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; records management and process of applications and petitions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Service Centers; processing visa applications at the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center and Kentucky Consular Center; and, records management services at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ National Benefits Center, among many others.

Ninety percent of Serco’s business is with the federal government with 10,000 workers across 45 states. Serco’s experience is in paper pushing, records management, processing applications, processing visas, handling patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There are more than 60 million records that Serco handles for the Department of Homeland Security.

Serco Inc. is indeed part of Serco Group, an international contracting firm headquartered near London and partly owned by the UK government itself. Serco Inc. is the North America division of Serco Group, plc. In North America, Serco Inc. serves federal, state and local governments, along with the Canadian government and commercial customers, and over 14,000 in North Americas.

Digest that for a moment: U.S. federal records, personal medical records, patents, and visas are held by a company owned and directed by the British Monarch. Its “soldiers on the ground” are employees of SES. These SES employees guarantee that Serco gets the contracts and then manages and oversees their continued involvement.

Th UK is suing Serco for the alleged theft of $80 billion dollars. UK officials have been investigating Serco and found that the company is only effective 65% of the time. Serco has been found out to be corrupt from top to bottom. Many mistakes of data management have also happened in the United States that have caused terrible disasters and multiple deaths. Serco manages services for the military and government that are incredibly sensitive and should be trusted to no one else but the United States of America.

Quotes from Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Decentralization is based on the simple notion that it is easier to macrobull***t than microbull***t. Decentralization reduces large structural asymmetries.”
“For studying courage in textbooks doesn’t make you any more courageous than eating cow meat makes you bovine. By some mysterious mental mechanism, people fail to realize that the principal thing you can learn from a professor is how to be a professor—and the chief thing you can learn from, say, a life coach or inspirational speaker is how to become a life coach or inspirational speaker. So remember that the heroes of history were not classicists and library rats, those people who live vicariously in their texts. They were people of deeds and had to be endowed with the spirit of risk taking”
“If you do not take risks for your opinion, you are nothing.”
“A saying by the brothers Geoff and Vince Graham summarizes the ludicrousness of scale-free political universalism. I am, at the Fed level, libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a socialist.”
“Those who talk should do and only those who do should talk.”
“You can tell if a discipline is BS if the degree depends severely on the prestige of the school granting it. I remember when I applied to MBA programs being told that anything outside the top ten or twenty would be a waste of time. On the other hand a degree in mathematics is much less dependent on the school (conditional on being above a certain level, so the heuristic would apply to the difference between top ten and top two thousand schools). The same applies to research papers. In math and physics, a result posted on the repository site arXiv (with a minimum hurdle) is fine. In low-quality fields like academic finance (where papers are usually some form of complicated storytelling), the “prestige” of the journal is the sole criterion.”
“You can define a free person precisely as someone whose fate is not centrally or directly dependent on peer assessment.”
“The only definition of rationality that I’ve found that is practically, empirically, and mathematically rigorous is the following: what is rational is that which allows for survival. Unlike modern theories by psychosophasters, it maps to the classical way of thinking. Anything that hinders one’s survival at an individual, collective, tribal, or general level is, to me, irrational.”
“Things designed by people without skin in the game tend to grow in complication (before their final collapse). There is absolutely no benefit for someone in such a position to propose something simple: when you are rewarded for perception, not results, you need to show sophistication. Anyone who has submitted a “scholarly” paper to a journal knows that you usually raise the odds of acceptance by making it more complicated than necessary. Further, there are side effects for problems that grow nonlinearly with such branching-out complications. Worse: Non-skin-in-the-game people don’t get simplicity.”
“Journalists are currently in the most insecure profession you can find: the majority live hand to mouth, and ostracism by their friends would be terminal. Thus they become easily prone to manipulation by lobbyists, as we saw with GMOs, the Syrian wars, etc. You say something unpopular in that profession about Brexit, GMOs, or Putin, and you become history. This is the opposite of business where me-tooism is penalized.”
“How much you truly “believe” in something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for it.”
“The knowledge we get by tinkering, via trial and error, experience, and the workings of time, in other words, contact with the earth, is vastly superior to that obtained through reasoning, something self-serving institutions have been very busy hiding from us.”
“A civil servant can make rules that are friendly to an industry such as banking—and then go off to J.P. Morgan and recoup a multiple of the difference between his or her current salary and the market rate. (Regulators, you may recall, have an incentive to make rules as complex as possible so their expertise can later be hired at a higher price.)”
“Those who use foul language on social networks (such as Twitter) are sending an expensive signal that they are free—and, ironically, competent. You don’t signal competence if you don’t take risks for it—there are few such low-risk strategies. So cursing today is a status symbol, just as oligarchs in Moscow wear blue jeans at special events to signal their power.”
“making some types of errors is the most rational thing to do, when the errors are of little cost, as they lead to discoveries. For instance, most medical “discoveries”are accidental to something else. An error-free world would have no penicillin, no chemotherapy…almost no drugs, and most probably no humans. This is why I have been against the state dictating to us what we “should”be doing: only evolution knows if the “wrong”thing is really wrong, provided there is skin in the game to allow for selection.”
“Thirty-nine percent of Americans will spend a year in the top 5 percent of the income distribution, 56 percent will find themselves in the top 10 percent, and 73 percent will spend a year in the top 20 percent.”
“we have evidence that collectively society doesn’t advance with organized education, rather the reverse: the level of (formal) education in a country is the result of wealth.”
“Administrators everywhere on the planet, in all businesses and pursuits, and at all times in history, have been the plague.”
“The divergence is evident in that journos worry considerably more about the opinion of other journalists than the judgment of their readers. Compare this to a healthy system, say, that of restaurants. As we saw in Chapter 8, restaurant owners worry about the opinion of their customers, not those of other restaurant owners, which keeps them in check and prevents the business from straying collectively away from its interests.”
“Silver Rule (negative golden rule): Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you. Note the difference from the Golden Rule, as the silver one prevents busybodies from attempting to run your life.”
“Almost every academic you are going to meet is a complete and utter fraud. Scientists don’t do science any more. They do scientism. Economists don’t do economics. They do economism. They just come up with a whole load of ideas they can all agree upon to keep themselves in a job. Architects are the same. If they were crushed to death under a pile of rubble when one of their buildings fell down, they might try harder to design less crap. They all call themselves experts but they are anything but.”
“If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.”
“What we do today has nothing to do with capitalism or socialism. It is a crony type of system that transfers money to the coffers of bureaucrats.”

The Problem with Female and Minority Artists

The problem is not with these artists per se, but rather with a subset of the intelligentsia who are busy with social engineering in the world of art. There is an insistent demand for museum boards, art fairs, award winners and museum contents to reflect the broad demographics of women and minorities in the US and Europe.  While these groups have had great success in music, the visual arts, much like tennis, has favored both bureaucrats and practitioners with disposable income. Whether an impressive degree or simply the time to pursue unremunerative activities, poor people of any ilk are at a considerable disadvantage.  Perhaps more importantly, especially with regard to women, is the lack of ambition to succeed in the Arts, as opposed to crafty lower case art.

The problem is that due to the relatively low number of women and minorities interested in pursuing the Visual Arts (I am addressing museum material) the rising demand for full demographic representation is a disaster.  Think of the difference in the quality of men’s pro basketball versus women’s pro basketball.  I may be 15 years behind in my perception of women’s basketball but we could as easily compare 1920s men’s basketball to the current pro scene.  While current men’s pro basketball attracts fistfuls of dollars, and brings talent here from China and Yugoslavia, as well as stirring the hearts of wannabe six year olds, 1920s men’s basketball and current women’s basketball had/has a much weaker appeal.  The world’s potentially best basketball player from 1920 may well have been trading pork bellies, lumber and coffee in 1920, and the current potentially best woman player may well spend her days selling real estate in Orange County, CA.  My point is that there simply is not sufficient quality among minorities or females with an interest in a bureaucratic or creative positions in the Arts to justify full demographic representation.  I am reminded of a problem the air force had with filling jet fighter positions with women; in order to please the bureaucrats they promoted second rate female fighter pilots whose abilities were below that required of men.  The result was a high death rate and the loss of expensive jets.

The next greatest fighter pilot or world class artist may be a woman or be from Puerto Rico (or both), but that does not mean that the aggregate of women or minorities who wish to be fighter pilots or world class artists are as good as the aggregate of men or European-Americans who wish for the same.

It is common among female politicians and CEOS to have more balls than their male peers.  Such people do not succeed because of their feminine attributes, but rather because of their ability to ape masculine ones, and often because they copy the worst attributes of their male peers.  Likewise, most of the successful female and minority artists succeed by adhering strictly to the mental concepts of the bureaucrats promoting the idea of female and minority art.  Bringing such mental concepts (and its attendant worship of the mind) to art is antithetical to real art, just as a female CEO cut off from her femininity is antithetical to real business.

The worship of ideas automatically divorces the worshiper from reality.  Just so do we arrive at a world, in this case the art world, where all the leaders are exactly the worst ones for the job.

Transferors of Risk

Nassim NIcholsas Taleb has written a book called Skin in the Game. In it he talks about how today’s bureaucrats, politicians and business leaders do not have skin the game. Like the bailed out banks in 2008, these people share in the upside but not the downside. They are transferors of risk. He argues that those who don’t take risks should never be involved in making decisions. Below is a quote:

“This idea of skin in the game is woven into history; historically, all warlords and warmongers were warriors themselves, and, with a few curious exceptions, societies were run by risk takers, not risk transferors.

Prominent people took risks – considerably more risks than ordinary citizens. The Roman emperor Julian the Apostate, about whom much later, died on the battlefield fighting the never-ending war on the Persian frontier – while emperor. One may only speculate about Julius Caesar, Alexander, and Napoleon, owing to the usual legend-building by historians, but here the proof is stark. There is no better historical evidence of an emperor taking a frontline position in battle than a Persian spear lodged in his chest (Julian omitted to wear protective armor). One of his predecessors, Valerian, was captured on the same frontier, and was said to have been used as a human footstool by the Persian Shapur when mounting his horse. And the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaecologus, was last seen when he removed his purple toga, then joined Ioannis Dalmatus and his cousin Theophishis Palaeologus to charge the Turkish troops with their swords above their heads, proudly facing certain death. Yet legend has it that Constantine had been offered a deal in the event of a surrender. Such deals are not for the self-respecting kings.

These are not isolated anecdotes. The statistical reasoned in this author is quite convinced: less than a third of Roman emperors died in their beds – and one can argue that given that only few of these died of really old age, had they lived longer, they would have fallen either to a coup or in battle.”

“Some think that freeing ourselves from having warriors at the top means civilization and progress. It does not. Meanwhile:

Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.”

Progress is an Illusion

Technology once had actual and real benefits. The roof, the shelf, the wheel and fire were beneficial without substantial negative side effects. For some time new technology has focused on making money and benevolent outcomes are no longer the rule. Below are two examples of the fruitlessness of commercially driven tech.

The replacement of the cash register accomplished one simple transaction: the labor of accounting was transferred from the back office to the clerk and the customer. I was in Starbucks recently, ordering a simple tea for $2.45. The clerk punched at least 12 buttons to effect the transaction. This was with the computer working (not always the case) and with an experienced clerk. While a plus for the company, with a lower paid clerk doing the work rather than a higher paid accountant, it is numbing work and a waste of the customer’s time. It works because everyone has transferred the accounting function to the point of sale, so customers have no choice in the matter and have acclimated to the negative tech.

Attorneys are largely devoted to words on paper. One would think that the advent of “word processing” would have reduced the number of hours attorneys, paralegals and secretaries devote to each document, and a substantial lowering of the cost to the client. Yet such as not occurred. A relaxed and sloppy approach to creating documents has resulted in endless revisions. The time and cost savings haven’t materialized. In addition, despite word processing being the screwdriver of technologies, where one would expect a standard method would make it a one-time learning event, typist have had to contend with a seemingly endless parade of new products (remember Workperfect?) and upgrades. Imagine the screwdriver you bought in 1988 suddenly stops works.

Other technologies look better on the surface, but that is because the negative outcomes are so hidden and complex that they cannot be easily ferreted out. Technology for financial gain plays on people’s penchant for novelty and their fear of being left out. It is a pernicious and likely fatal ploy. As in all things in duality, we activate two polarities with our every action. As long as corporations and customers ignore this, unintended consequences will dominate.