FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times  “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare The bad thing about all the devil’s being here is that we’re surrounded by goddamned devils. The good thing about all the devil’s being here is that we have something to fight against, something to overcome. We have something to be stronger than, healthier than, more flexible than. We have a rigid fragility to shatter over our flexible antifragility. We have a cowardice to match our courage against. We have an excuse to “rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light!” In short: … Continue reading FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to … Continue reading GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

THE HEART IS NOT A TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT

by Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times  Post industrial mankind’s fascination with material progress has, since the industrial revolution, played the dominant role in the direction taken by Westernised societies. ‘The machine’, along with the material and financial wealth necessary to own and operate it, has steadily subsumed more human centred values that preceded its dominance. Fascination with so-called modern technologies of the present day, represent an extension of the general obeysance paid to the rising totem of technological ‘advances’ over the past three centuries. It has led to the point where such innovations no longer claim to be about ‘lessening the work … Continue reading THE HEART IS NOT A TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT

What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  Georgia and Sam on series four of the UK’s Love Island. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Society is obsessed with happily ever afters, and it’s not just on reality TV shows that walking out alone makes you a loser Strapped to a lie detector in the final week of Love Island, contestant Dom was asked a simple question. “Did you come here just for a root?” “No,” the hunky project manager said. The machine beeped. A lie! What struck me about this scene was not that a young, virile 26-year-old man might come on a TV … Continue reading What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

The Cost of Blood

When corporations run the government and any crime can be bought. BY CLAIRE NORTH The man whose name was sometimes Theo Miller had been twenty-two years old when they abolished human rights. The government insisted it was necessary to counter terrorism and bring stable leadership to the country. He’d voted for the opposition and felt very proud of himself, partially because he had a sense that this was the intangible right way of things, but mostly because it was the first time his new name had been tested at the polling station, and held up to scrutiny. The opposition didn’t have any … Continue reading The Cost of Blood

THE PUSH ME, PULL YOU SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL TAFFY MACHINE

by Zen Gardner, Guest Waking Times This is fundamental in many ways but the solution may surprise most. Nothing is as it appears. Nothing. The answers lie in the observer and within each of our grasps. But it requires some serious personal work and true honest evaluation of many profound things. Mainly ourselves, at levels many may have not yet begun to fully perceive. The ultimate challenge and final frontier…. What is the truth? What do we base what we call truth on? When it comes to information we tend to trust what we consider “reliable sources”. And just where do they … Continue reading THE PUSH ME, PULL YOU SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL TAFFY MACHINE

SHEDDING OUTDATED SKIN: BUILDING THE BRIDGE FROM MAN TO OVERMAN

by Gary Z McGee, Guest Waking Times “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche If you would be alive –if you would choose to live an examined life, a fulfilled life, a self-actualized life, a life well-lived– then don’t fearfully choose the safe road, what Jung called “The Road of Death.” Choose instead the courage to face the trials and tribulations of an adventurous road, a road full of danger and risk. On the bridge from Man to Overman, there is no place for … Continue reading SHEDDING OUTDATED SKIN: BUILDING THE BRIDGE FROM MAN TO OVERMAN