Sir Tim Berners-Lee is right: we do ‘confide’ in the web
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, has thankfully managed to articulate the real worries of the regular web user about the Government's plans to snoop on our every email, writes Emma Barnett. (Link in the title above to the article)
It could be seen as obvious, that the attempt to coercively control (others, life, or oneself), leads directly to a sense of polarized conflict and reflects a breakdown of trust and communication. Instead of trying to control chaos in a way that feeds it, we need to calm down and listen with a greater honesty than our separate self interest would allow.
The model of life that is generally called on as a guide is foolish in presuming independent powers that dominate or lord it over other subdued lesser powers. This is NOT the way life works - but is the reflection of the fantasy of being such a power. You can have your moment! - as everyone knows - but then you meet your invincible defeat.
The Net in its largest sense, is our mind extending. We can see in the extremely rapid unfolding of the Net, not only the prevailing programs or purposes already running in our collective mind - but the way such act 'creates' its own structures thereby.
The issues of integrity and trust are absolutely fundamental to Everything - including the Net. We can seem to partly justify our way around them by playing out fantasy personas of authority, respectability or resistance but function itself is distorted and disrupted thereby.
Now it might be said that an experiment cannot fail, because the result is true, (if not our interpretation). but does the attempt to control life as an alien adversary need to be taken to its limits to prove a point that can be recognized at any moment during the (endlessly repeating) experiment?
There has to be another and a better way - and it is my input here to communicate that there is - WHEN there is a genuine willingness to find it. Meanwhile a war of conflicting wishes rages in all its absurd and tragic consequence.
Though on surface it is a sort of 'Boy's own story', Tolkien's LOTR is prophetic. The will to power is the way of losing the true source of all authority; integrity. However, it can only be covered over - because we did not make it. It is a read only file. We are each working from a local copy.
True privacy is freely Given. Honour is not the gift of those who hate and fear themselves. The model of kill or be killed is not only a deception, it is destructive to the very basis of trust. Now it may be that the willingness to live and speak the heart directly gets you persecuted in a world that refuses to allow its defences to be undermined - but when this is lived - it is not fearful but a relief to be out from fear, and out of control - yet rested in a deeper trust that knows its way as the moment unfolds.
Thankyou for your attention