Silicon Valley, once situated between San Jose and Palo Alto, has grown to ring the bay. All the way to the tip of the peninsula at the Golden Gate Bridge and in the eastern areas stretching out as far as the San Ramon Valley, that’s Silicon Valley now. It’s no anomaly. This massive build-up of Deep Tech, as I like to call it, is pervasive in the society.
The impact of the September 11 attacks created the vast expansion of the Deep Tech in our lives. And we have fallen for it. It is hidden in plain sight. The architects of Deep Tech use the major cultural apparatuses to convince people that there is no alternative to existing relations of technology and each other. Except through glass screens.
Brett Robinson in his 2013 book Appletopia says Apple is a Catholic application while Microsoft is Protestant. He says that there are too many bugs and viruses in Windows. Remember all the glitches in the Windows predecessor DOS? That was painful. The Apple brand is better than the Microsoft brand for PCs because it has purity to it. Apple products are easier to use because they work (up to a point).
Apple’s founder Steve Jobs unveiled these machines like a magician during his product rollouts. He pulled a machine out of the box that had his picture on the screen. He said Click. Boom. Amazing. Today that picture on the screen is of you. He was right; each person is amazing. You are amazing!
Okay, they won’t bring us deeper toward creativity or authentic life. These aren’t Jesus phones and they are not making us smarter in any deeper sense. Jobs ushered us into age of nihilistic transcendence.
Let’s take a deeper to look at high technology companies themselves. They want influence and money. Profit is the highest good for Silicon Valley companies making this transcendent technology.
The libertarian pose of the Silicon Valley moguls, so carefully cultivated in their public communications, has always been a sham. Silicon Valley has long been tracking for commercial purposes the activities of every person who uses an electronic device.
Silicon Valley overwhelmingly sells to the private market, but its business is so important to the government that a strange relationship has emerged. There is cooperation between the National Security Agency in the United States and Silicon Valley. They use secrecy and obfuscation. The Valley allows the NSA surreptitiously breaking into technology companies’ systems. They are profiting from it and rewarded for helping the cause securing and controlling of the masses.
National security and corporate power are wrapped around each other. If you question it, you are questioning the lifeblood and vital engine of the nation’s economy. Your patriotism will be questioned.
But questioning we are. Across the globe people intuitively know national security and corporate power are worn out dogmas. Silicon Valley’s brand name is now endangered by the reputation in international markets as hiding spyware that gets reported to government authorities. Silicon Valley is losing billions in overseas business from companies, individuals and governments that want to maintain privacy. So the cash nexus is ultimately more compelling than the U.S. government’s demand for patriotic cooperation.
Deep Tech is vulnerable to a vigilant public. Once people are more aware of the light and darkness in themselves things will open up. There is dynamic tension (a good thing) in each person. Self-awareness, integrity and connection to others will change everything.
A confluence of forces will sweep away these external constructs. These hidden factors that are the unconscious forces (emotion) will cause the change.
The meaningful life is much more than you looking at your electronic gadget throughout the day. However, this may seem to be a liberating form of transcendence as many look to secular humanism as their mythology. No, it’s undertaking the soul journey and going deeper that will thwart this Deep Tech order. The interior life will expand and we will gather our momentum toward a deeper spirituality and empowered consciousness. The trouble is consumerism is the current mark of citizenship and making money is the essence of individual and social responsibility.
There is no communion in this beyond the superficial connection to others and an amplification of the Self. Although each of you is great and dynamic! Now what about you as a writer, authentic spirit and champion of something greater within you and in the world? The greatest changes in this life are within. Use these machines to appreciate your good qualities and relationships with each other but the nuances of meaningful accomplishment need to be found elsewhere. And that elsewhere is the heroic trek we all are on in this mysterious world.
The response to Deep Tech’s threat to the soul is to go deeper. Now is your time for awakening.