We do not exist “in” our bodies anymore. We snapped a part of our brains and eyes and we implanted them on our mobile phones. A part of our brains is Google itself now, and we are not ashamed to use this extrapolated brain and its capabilities incessantly. As the mind-body duality dissolves itself into an entanglement of elongations of corporeality and consciousness, we are becoming liminality as we live entangled lives on both virtual and corporeal realms. It is a frictionless effort in understanding that our daily life experiences are predominantly metaphysical and in that sense, it transcends the dichotomy of sacred and profane, work and play, real and virtual.
We are inspired by the notion of ‘regeneration’; a mindset and collection of practices which bring a different framing to the moment we find ourselves in. Rather than asking how we can bounce back from this crisis, this approach asks how we might adapt and create a system which can evolve, learn and respond more effectively to complex challenges we face now and in the future.
‘My philosopher friend Galen Strawson divides humanity into those who feel they are living in a constantly unfolding narrative, a life story that informs our every moment, and those who existence is discontinuous. I now understand that I belong in this latter group, even while I’ve often persuaded myself I was in the first. I’ve sat on literary panels and said things like, “We are all story-makers about our lives.” At last I understand that I don’t really believe that. I was simply trying to be obliging, trying to join in. Now I can relax. I belong with those whose lives are lived in discrete patches.
We can, of course, remember our childhoods, our first loves, our failures and joys when asked to, but almost all of our daily experience is disconnected from any awareness of the past. We also acknowledge that most of that past is lost to us forever. We, the non-narrativists, or episodists, wake in the mornings and we begin anew. I am my own blank sheet. As the day wears on, familiar concerns—domestic, professional, political, crowd in.’