It’s the future now, and everything cool on the internet is about God.
I get why people are acting so weird online, why the fashionable form of posting feels in between an invocation, a shitpost, a chant, a sermon, and a poem carved into a streaked headstone. ... In the mid 2010s, ambiguity died online—not of natural causes, it was hunted and killed.
[C]onfessionalism became a popular way to construct one’s identity, and the internet was the place to do it.
The spirit of stylized half-truths is still in-tact, and now that we know the consequences of our sins existing online forever, it’s easy to see why making a myth of yourself feels like the only way forward.
At the heart of all this motion is a lust for crawling through someone else’s ambiguity, in staring at a post or profile for longer than the machine’s trained you to, in the toothsome frustration of trying to figure out what’s a revelation, what’s a dark joke, and what’s just the result of a chemically imbalanced brain and an eternally available keyboard.
Godposting, in its buggy, abstract elegance, started out hacked and corrupted, which provides a buffer to its recuperation. It’ll keep getting buggier, but it’ll still eventually flatten out into souvenirs—trucker hats that say God’s Favorite in Times New Roman and screenshot memories of when what’s no longer transgressive still was.
a future where our collective grief is acknowledged. where we unpack together, and nurture the grief into a healthier collective reclamation.
To create is not just to create objects … Coming up with a question is also creation—the very essence of a question is its power to elicit the possibilities of reply, to collect a variety of thoughts… I believe that the richness of thinking may be the critical resource needed to give this world a future.
The concept of long body is actually a Haudenosaunee concept that was borrowed by the psychologist Stanley Krippner, he started using the word long body to talk about your identity as inclusive of who your ancestors are, way, way back, maybe more than seven generations, and who your descendants would be, seven generations forward. So this is your body, the long body would include history, it would include community, it would include your dreams, so all of those elements of ethno-autobiography that I had named earlier on will be part of your long body.