In the “old world” everything was sort of clear: you were successful when you became a lawyer or a doctor that is to say, if you were a man, you got yourself a trophy wife, bred a couple of kids and – certainly – you had to have a nice house in the suburbs. Being a woman, you were supposed to believe in the same fairy-tale, however in reverse. Only a few counterparts existed of this dream-scenario, since the personal space given to you was mainly linked to family, social class, age or religion. You were so brainwashed into believing a life that was meant to be, that you just had to live it according to the expectations.
At this moment we are in a transit zone, warming up for a society where you can be more than one personality at the same time: “a grey mouse” can be her imagined femme fatale on Second Life, a successful lawyer can be a transvestite during the weekends and a park gardener can decide to recite poetry at night rather than study to become an engineer. Warming up for a world where we can watch television on your PDA, play games on a tattoo printed screen on our arm or download music “copyleft” because you can’t remember the code for i-tunes, out of “one of your many” passwords. Heading for a future where we will live in houses with interactive communicating walls, preferring a robot as a companion because it understands you better, living in a world ruled by governments who experience more and more difficulties keeping “Das Volk”, under control.
Privacy as we know it , has gradually vanished throughout the years. When life was seemingly simple and clear, having your own personal space was merely a characteristic of an era. Privacy becomes an issue in times of threat, fear and danger! Writers like George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and more recently, Michiel Houellebecq have been and are still warning us that societies are over-controlled, mechanically institutionalized and therefore inhuman. In a way “Free Market thinking” did the same to the financial and commercial sector. With a limited goal of gaining more power in order to make more money – of-course, the reverse is also possible – you need to keep people under control. In order to create and prepare a future environment that allows us to be an entity with our own respected personal space we need to stand up!
Decision makers can’t control a future, with a perspective which is so different from what we have known until now. An open view is needed, embracing the opportunities progress bring us, rather than condemning possible outcome: admitting that our twentieth century perspective is not sufficient to understand singularity, the multiverse or the existence of eleven dimensions. Creative thinkers with a dissolute mind rather than money-driven marketeers should stand up to help scientists and leaders envisioning the future by creating scenario’s for their discoveries and inventions, while philosophers and ethicists should assay possible positive effects and objections. Regular citizens should stand up demanding better education for their children or take initiatives like a Supercool School, creating global DIY education. http://supercoolschool.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/supercool-school-demo-spring-2010-video.html
The inherent nature of the establishment can’t be productive by defining guidelines for a manual on “how to live in a multi-layered society”. Contemporary leaders are needed to formulate new rules – although a contradictio in terminis - ideally limitless, generating a self-regulating community.
Creative, intelligent and charismatic “front-liners”, please present yourself, stand up and be counted and help the globe to reveal the source of a “multi-space”, leading to harmonious 21st Century living.