Electracy is a moment of peace between delusion and invention. The meld-able calm before the storm.
First I would like to explain the lack of source materials in recent posts with a hat-tip to Jane Goodall:
“Shortly before working in Kenya, East Africa, Goodall was introduced to anthropologist Louis Leakey. He arranged for her to work on a Gombe preserve, but specifically asked her to refrain from reading any material on chimps. Goodall was not initially a trained scientist, but Leaky felt that this could be an advantage in her work, because she would not bring pre-conceived scientific bias into her research. Dr. Leaky wanted an untrained eye.”
Like Jane, I have untrained eyes and a head clear of theoretical biases when it comes to new media. I want to form my own self-hardened beliefs based on my individual life experiences, before allowing myself to be psychologically manipulated and swayed by the arguments of others in the field.
This is not laziness, rather thorough self-investigation. It exposes any honest fallacies so that I know where I need to go to build a more solid foundation of understanding that fits me as an artist. Rather than me trying to wrap my own ideas around another persons framework, I want to know how the framework eventually fits around solid, unbiased views.
That brings us into the topic of Electracy: Self Definition, followed by Integration.
We are faced with a swirling world of impenetrable chaos – the internet, weather, chemicals, bodily functions, the miracle that caused your neighbour to see again. And we need to make sense of that world. So we being to isolate, categorize, and invent names for all this surrounding phenomena. This begins with big categories and dwindles right down to chemical compounds and atoms, to the point where we are defining compounds we can’t even touch or see. This applies to the world of computer coding as much as it applies to science, religion, and society itself.
Our mission? To make our world orderly, predictable, and ultimately manipulatable. The process beings bias free. Nothing exists until we say it exists. And when it does exist, it only does what we say it does. (‘Gravity’ pulls things towards the center. “H2O” turns into “Gas” when we “Heat” it. “God” created the “World”. “Humans” actually “evolved”.) Then someone even more un-biased comes along and shows us a clearer, alternative way of re-interpreting the intangible chaos of the world.
Religion expanded in an electrate way of Definition followed by justified Integration: One man comes in and tells everyone there is an Almighty Ruler, then categorizes the world to fit his paradigm. He isolates little events and draws them all back to his unbiased, original thesis that a God controls everything. This is his definition of the world, and because of his justified paradigm the world makes sense and everyone has peace of mind….until another man (unbiased, unaware of this ‘God’) comes in and tells everyone that there is no heaven, only karma and reincarnation. This is an even better definition of the world, and now the world makes sense to even more people…until another man comes in and tells everyone that humans are immortal aliens who have invaded earth and forgotten their true nature. He creates an equally compelling set of isolated events and subsequent definitions that pull people into his interpretation, his unbiased manipulation of existence.
Each of these religious founders created a world that was Electrate: melding pre-existing phenomena to tangibility. Connecting old frameworks to unbiased interpretation that results in the creation of something meldable. Literacy to print. Chaos to God. Water to H2O. This moment of definitive clarity is Electracy.
We could then say that “to be electrate is to fight delusion”. Yet the fight against delusion is deluded itself: We fight delusion with invention, and invention is as limitless as the delusion we use it against. Thus begins a cycle of delusion, invention, delusion, invention, delusion, invention…
Perhaps? What are your thoughts?