This is a course for the inaugural semester of hyperlink.academy. The idea is simple: we are a global species that has evolved to perceive, think and act locally. Can we create a syllabus, or a practice, that gives us the tools to perceive, think & comprehend at a planetary scale?
How might we "think like a planet" in order to reorient ourselves to this one, and to cultivate a deep empathy for her?
I don't have a damn clue. This course is intended to be highly collaborative, but not speculative. We will want to consider & experiment with existing practices and processes to achieve this goal.
The only way to reclaim our powers against Wark’s ‘Vectorialist class’ is to reclaim the power to ‘self-design’—not so much as a forced obligation, but pro-actively, comprehensively. Our everyday life is mostly determined by stuff we didn’t design ourselves, but we need to design stuff by ourselves. This could lead to a redesign of our socio-technical and ecological environment, the creation of alternative currencies, the development of new forms of exchange and inhabiting. In short, a technologically and algorhythmically-informed way of communing. Consider solidarity and fairness as parameters and create alternative networks to undermine existing ones. Thus, we need to control the wiring.
We need to reclaim time and space to do real life experiments—not to detach ourselves from capitalist networks but build better ones. Growth is not intrinsically bad: it is not linear, but cyclical. We need to create more toys of co-living and not instruments of power. Being wired is the meaning of being crazy and maybe excessive, but still possible—as long as you don’t harm anybody and respect your environment if people, things, machines, algorithms and organisms. Always leave a door open for those entities: those who want to escape and those who want to take part.
We are taught the Buddhist path as a series of insights into the nature of reality: impermanence, dependent origination etc, but in human terms, the greatest achievement might have been the creation of the Sangha, the first major monastic tradition in the world.
What does it mean to create an institution around traveling monks?
It’s a strange combination. Large scale institution building is a settler thing; who else would agree upon the rules for coordinating actions of people who don’t see each other? But the early forest monks, including the Buddha, were unsettlers by definition. In combining the rule making of institutionalized life and the leave-taking of forest life, the Sangha created an interface between the settled world and the unsettled world, an existential Narasimha.