How many social media entities does it take to spread one out over our species?
I am limited, having just five main email addresses I use actively, and maybe half a dozen blogs I maintain, only three Facebook profiles I update, not to forget the Pinterest and other social media sites that are updated automagically.
In the midst of that, I live and breathe.
What makes a greenhouse a living space or vice versa?
Can the word “punk” and the phrase “Waffle House” exist together? Yes, at Aretha Frankenstein’s in Chattanooga.
I say I want to be a hermit but I easily let a friend (well, not just any friend (the friend (she knows who she is))) get me back on social media with the only hesitation a five-hour daytime sleeping period to keep me on schedule with my night shift job, even on summer holiday.
I look down at my hands, observing the thinning skin, the early knotted knuckle signs of arthritis, the freckles and sunspots, wondering: will I live to 6th May 2050?
My thought structure passes through many phase shifts and subsets, pausing in Venn diagrams of interconnectedness, looking in all directions, asking myself: why am I asking myself questions, as if I’m not here with myself seeing me ask questions for which I already know the answers or already know I don’t know the answers?
Why do I pretend there is an Other/Not-Me which needs to see I already know the answers or already know I don’t know the answers?
Who am I? Who are we?
When we know everything is grounded in reality but believe in magic/miracles/the unexplainable anyway…
We carry forward the successful thought patterns of our ancestors, regardless of its practical application today.
Sometimes as history (lest we forget the lessons our ancestors learned), sometimes as fairy tales/fantasy (as entertainment), sometimes as integral parts of our thought sets (because what worked in the past still works in the present/near future).
And if we could prove that thoughts do not exist in a vacuum, then what?
How do we extinguish the illusion of an independent person having independent thoughts?
How do we show that every one of us is just/miraculously a localised spinoff of stardust in motion?
How often should we tell, rather than show?
How long will it take for everyone to see the obvious?
And for/to what purpose?
Saving the species from/for itself, even if species is a concept that should lose it illusion powers?
What does a benign universe provide itself in the localised forms taken in our shapes?
Other than randomness?
We are random, no worries, there, because we also do not exist, despite ancestral teaching to the contrary.
It is here that a good joke is inserted to take our thought trails in a lighthearted direction:
Charles Schulz — “My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?”