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Was the creation of the internet not supposed to be the dawn of a technological and informational utopia? Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is convinced that it is failing us. In Anna Karenina there is a telling line in which her lover Vronsky looks at the clock without registering what he read. There is a twilight zone in our thought process which can manifest itself in the most varied manner. When we dream it surfaces, like a man in a state of semi-starvation dreams of gorging on food or forbidden desires are let out and clothed in forms that may require a psychiatric couch (and a few sessions with the doctor) to get a glimpse of what goes on in the head. When we associate attention crisis we are speaking a kind of a hole in your head through which social media may exploit your vulnerability if you let.
In an age where medicine caters to individual needs social media can similarly shape message to suit the mind. Rational design is the inventive process of finding new medications based on the knowledge of a biological target. Social media similarly targets man as a consumer so his vulnerabilities only need be located. In the earlier days a great man say Caesar who strode like a colossus before the Roman citizens was to Cassius nothing of that sort. As a soldier having been together in many military campaigns he knew his falling sickness and other failings. Such knowledge is power and Iago’s power over Othello was his knowledge. A similar and dangerous tool social media wield over human societies. They are not to educate us or plug the holes in our head but to exploit for their own benefits. In designer drugs the drug is most commonly an organic small molecule that activates or inhibits the function of a biomolecule such as a protein, which in turn results in a therapeutic benefit to the patient. Think of smartphones that slowly become addictive in your life so much so you cannot take eyes off it is the result of interplay of several actions you initiate with regularity and it is a habit. Your brain is literally rewired so information keeps flowing in and you are hooked. The same technique that we associate with Goebbels,- so a lie when directed at you a hundred times takes on the likelihood of truth, is very much in our reach. First thing you look at after sleep is your smartphone and it adds nothing to your life but you are convinced it does. This is attention crisis that defines moral and political struggle of our time. The culprits? Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all out there. They are not serving your interests but rewiring your mind for commercial purposes.
Think of the role Facebook and the rest played before the 2016 US elections? Russian meddling even when shown as a real threat cannot go away since it is still aired without let up. Is not fake news still flooding the cyberspace? If social media gives you access to truth and informational empowerment how come we see just the opposite? Perhaps the hole in the mind does not get pacified by gizmos and gadgets that pour money in some one’s coffers. You must learn to take charge of your mind yourself. It is what life means.
When my interest in girls peaked in my teens I often misread girl for Giri (name of a former President of India), and now it all seems so silly. How we give shape to our desires and how we really want to interpret the world without is not reality but the hole, the crack in the mind which is for us to fill. Character it is called. If social media seeks a hold what would character suggest? Deletion is within our power.
Benny

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Ghosting is a word you cannot do without. Have you ever had the feeling of a Christmas dinner with all the festivities going about you, all you can do is feel but absent? You are staring at your smartphone wondering why no one has bothered to reply your DM? ‘Am I deleted from memory of my buddies?’ The stark truth is that you have been ‘ghosted.’ Only when the Christmas Spirit has come and gone and your siblings think you are a stranger, you know what it is to be trapped in digital limbo. Ghosting happens to the best. In the world of apps a emoji takes precedence over you. It is a protocol for which Facebook, Twitter and so on reserve all that razzmatazz to hook you in. Ghosting comes after you have entered the world of Socialmedia.

Shadowbanking: Shadow banking consists of any financial transactions carried out by institutions that don’t have a formal banking license, in other words institutions that are not directly regulated or overseen by government bodies. Examples of these are credit card companies, insurance companies, PayPal, the institutions within banking that lend money back and forth between banks. Nobody knows how large this sector is, but current estimates put shadow banking at $160 trillion (£124 trillion) and OTC(Over the counter) transactions at $532 trillion (£412 trillion), or roughly twice and six-and-a-half times the GDP of the entire Earth, respectively. Both sectors were of course heavily involved in creating the 2008 crash, and both have remained almost unaltered since then. We need to understand the jargon-filled language of the economic elites, because otherwise they will write their own rules. If political parties drag their feet in cleaning up their act right you may draw your own conclusion.
Digital design ethics

Referring to the ‘attention crisis’ – the fact that no one can take their eyes off their smartphones – James Williams writes that “the liberation of human attention may be the defining moral and political struggle of our time”. He observes that widely-used platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are basically advertising companies, and they are developing a science of attentional capture whose main aim is to exploit vulnerabilities in our willpower and manipulate us into buying things. Our smartphones give these companies an easy conduit into our heads. Williams is currently a researcher in design ethics at the Oxford Internet Institute; he is part of a pushback against ‘Big Tech’ that is asking difficult questions about how our minds are being rewired for commercial purposes. His argument that the social contract, the idea of human rights, should be extended to cyberspace is gaining traction. Was the creation of the internet not supposed to be the dawn of a technological and informational utopia? Even its father, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is convinced it is failing us.

Catfishing refers to people who construct false identities online and, whether out of boredom, loneliness or malice, lure other people into continued messaging correspondence, thereby building false relationships with them (the apparent source of the term ‘catfish’ is a 2010 documentary called Catfish.

Woke: African Americans in the US came to the realisation that racism never really went away, it just camouflaged its fundamental failure of empathy as tolerance – this is a contention of the US Black Lives Matter movement that gathered strength after the shooting in 2013 of the 17-year-old African-American boy Trayvon Martin. From there the term has been making the short jump to other second- (eg LGBT) and third- (eg feminism) phase civil rights movements equally lulled by the illusion of tolerance. The goal is to go beyond feeling tolerated to being fully accepted and welcomed.

Deletion: as social media users realize that the websites they are on are not merely neutral ‘platforms’ for ‘social interaction’ but more like a kind of flypaper to which people and all of their personal data stick. Moreover, these websites are specifically designed to be addictive – there is a vast literature on the infernal psychology being deployed by Silicon Valley companies against social media users. No less a luminary than Jaron Lanier, one of the pioneers of digital innovation in the world and a granddaddy of Silicon Valley (he was born in 1960), points out many serious problems with social media, but the most straightforward one is that there is plenty of research that suggests social media fundamentally makes people unhappy. His solution is simple: delete your accounts.
Autofiction Writing that merges autobiography and fiction, and freely the author creates an alternate history.
gaslighting: In George Cukor’s 1944 film Gaslight, a man attempts to convince his wife (Ingrid Bergman won the Academy Award for best actress) that she’s mad in order to get her committed to an insane asylum and swindle her. Inherent in this story is a struggle over the empirical nature of reality: are there solid truths, or is reality only a matter of perception? Gaslighting has become a byword for psychological manipulation, with experts offering tips on how to know if you’re a victim of the behavior. In the present era, where potent advertising and PR forces are doing everything in their power to make truth irrelevant and directly hack our minds, and where politicians no longer seem to acknowledge the existence of facts, the word has sinister new applications.

(Ack:BBC culture-Cameron Laux
8 August 2018/

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What is day and night?
Night is different from day because in the former light is absent. When the Spirit speaks of the creation of heaven and the earth each day is in a different sense that a day of 24 hours. Several events are grouped together in a day so that one day has a spiritual significance. Things of the Spirit we are to discern as having spiritual overtones and with this post we shall examine what ‘the greater light and the lesser light’ represents in the Spirit’s lexicon. Both are taken as a single entity. It signifies the Father-Son relationship.

The moon has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Considering that there were many pagan cults existing in the Ancient world where moon worship was very much in vogue it is improbable that the moon would fit with the significance the Holy Spirit attaches to it. Consider this verse, “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved (Jn.3:20)” But he that doeth truth cometh to the light. So truth is what the Holy Spirit lays stress on the term greater light and lesser light. Truth is of the same absolute in quality but there is a distinction between truth that God represents and of man. Recently we hear of truth spoken in context. Is it not purely man’s invention to make truth draw it value from context? The gospel says grace and truth came by Jesus. So the Spirit states the purpose of the Word becoming flesh. He made the invisible God manifest. So the gospel of God is the gospel of Christ on the basis of truth.

Truth is the basis for the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth. When God the Son had submitted himself to do the Will of the Father we can understand this greater light pertains to the Father of lights. The Father-Son relationship is laid down in the narrative to give emphases of Will and fulfillment required of man. When a man of truth comes to ‘the True light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(Jn.1:9)’ he seeks to have his works established in the sight of God. When man who seeks the praise of man does his works of charity (it is) in order to be seen. Of whom Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full(Matt.6:5-NIV)”.Those who preach prosperity does so before the full glare of arc lights. These TV preachers have their reward. So much for the day. What about the night? Those who steal or burgle homes at night they choose the hour since the night is their cover. For hypocrites what day or night means is different from those who love truth. They stand by Truth and not by night or day. Why so? In eternity there shall be no more night. “And the city (of God) has no more need of the sun, neither of the night…. there shall be no night there(Re.21:23).” But Truth is absolute and shall remain so. They belong to the greater light and lesser light.

Principle of Association in terms of truth creates an order where the stars in heaven is a memorial and not in the popular sense. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear(Matt.13:43; Dan.12:3)”. “And to rule over the day and over the night(Ge.1:18)”. When we study the word of God we need watch out: literal sense also carries spiritual significance and knowing which is which is a gift freely given to those who seek truth. Unless we compare spiritual truth in a spiritual sense we miss a great deal. In that vision of woman clothed with the sun we read that the red dragon(Satan) drew with his tail one third of ‘the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..(Re.12:4)’

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In order to understand the memorial aspect of the heaven the best place to look for is the ark of the Covenant(Ex.Ch.25). Mercy seat above the ark signifies it as the seat of God. The Ark of the Covenant at rest held two tablets of stone, pot of manna and Aaron’s rod.
All the three celebrate God the Son, He is the Word; He is the bread from heaven and lastly the rod signify the death and resurrection of the Son of man. In short it encapsulate the fellowship of God with man: symbolically as well as reality of love can only be consummated between two entities namely God and man. Memorial of God is His eternal nature as envisaged in Core Will and fulfilled through his handiwork.
God when He introduced himself to Moses said: “I AM THAT I AM (Ex.3:14)” Being perfect the name was His holiness. “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself… (He.6:13).” When God sent his Son his holiness after the manner of man was in that he knew no sin and he did no sin. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Co.5:21)”.”He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth (1 Pe.2:22).”
“But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin( 1Jn.3:5)”. Love of God has a direction and requirement in which man and God could have a common basis. This was the price God the Son paid voluntarily and it exists as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. God’s promise to Abraham was bless all families on the earth through him. The Jews and the Gentiles are names that lose their distinction because God the Son has fulfilled it in one offering. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Phil.2:9).” It being perfect everyone sanctified through their faith in the Son are forever perfected. As a memorial we have the vision of the risen Christ in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands. His servants shall have the name of the Father written in their foreheads.
As memorial to the service Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to gather the broken fragments, 12 baskets full. This seemingly minor detail is given in all the four gospels. The number 12 is a tag the Holy Spirit places on the earthly ministry. The Four living creatures are a memorial and we read that they were before the throne indicating holiness as observed on the earth is not same as the holiness God demands in heaven. This we see in the fact that all the creatures beasts of the field, birds were named by man. What is man but a living soul in whom God gifted his breath. God’s gifts are irrevocable. Memorial of the creatures reflect God’s holiness. Sin of disobedience caused his fall but the names given by him are precious before his sight.
(simultaneously posted in Guide to His Word-b)
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“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The vision of the Founding Fathers must have come like a breath of fresh air on the nascent nation. It has stirred all those who read in their flush of youth. Youth is unbaked dough and in the heat of experience,- direct from life, he shall realize these no longer resonate well either in the light of his own subjective realm of experience or from what he has seen in the world about him. (I use man in an inclusive sense.) There has been so many conspiracy theories lately and now it would seem the more improbable it is, appeals all the more to people. It is sheer waste of time to impute such vile gossip on those who served the nation creditably and lived in glare of fame and public service. It degrades their service as well as trivialize their fellow citizens who elected them in free and fair electoral process. Two tribes in terms of pursuit of pleasure seems cut and dried. What keeps irreconcilable is ironically enough is trivial. Creating memes and using social media to create info wars speak volumes as to the damage this divide causes. Such despicable fake news involving fellow citizens on account of their color or race and without producing a shred of evidence cannot be the fruit of education.
Why speak of America we have had instances of dissemination of fake news in Tamil Nadu resulting in spate of lynching. In my childhood it was every saffron clad itinerant sadhu a potential child snatcher and we were warned to keep clear off their offer of sweets and company. Now the social media has not made the consumer wiser. There is fake news and unfortunately it is crowding out real news from cyberspace. If this is progress all I can seek is the life of Robinson Crusoe as an alternative. Divine rights of kings was a conspiracy played on poor oafs by the elite. Then we have had Enlightenment which broke up the stranglehold of Rome. It did not clean up the Church; we have instead news about priests using their position of trust to molest children, continuing as nothing ever mattered. What Enlightenment are we talking about if a cloud of conspiracy theories is let out one after the other as though from Satan’s Hall of Pandemonium? Liberty, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness are three foundlings transported from Europe to America. If liberty is to cleave the air with fake news and conspiracy theories of what worth is free speech or the First Amendment? Happiness is more in the pleasure each citizen pursues and as a result their combined actions degrade happiness of clean air, environment and of fulfilled life from national life. If such happiness leave a planet degraded for our children is my pleasure to be equated with irresponsibility for my fatherland? So there must an equation be established and it can only be achieved by placing a moral imperative between the world without and world within.

Let us look at love we have for our happiness with love for our nation. Patriotism is not merely saying what others profess but do not when the nation needs them. It is to suffer the inconveniences any war entails but also ensuring that if my life would ensure safety for my offspring as well as satisfy my moral imperative doing the right thing is reward enough. A Purple Heart is for the wounded but I need not fight for it instead go into the thick of action to protect the flank of my brother at arms so he and I can come home safe from the war. War is unpredictable for soldiers as living is for civilians because you go out and you shall never know if a hit and run case will knock you down or not. So keep living and doing the right is what a man with moral sense would do. It can only be achieved by example shown to us at tender age. Such exchange between cultures, social classes and between parents and offsprings build up generations after generations. Instead we have the pursuit of wealth resorting o excuses for failure. Quality time of the 80s was a conspiracy that some fools touted to create wealth.
The only conspiracy, it has been going on for centuries, and has brought down nations simply because no one wants answer. Now for the question: is my world view colored by my ignorance or is it affecting my ability to think clearly? If the latter is the truth should not I do something about it?
This conspiracy between world without and the world within makes value of things and persons a lie. ‘When I want wealth nothing should stand in my way’. If this is what motivates you, well, you have a problem getting values of both right. Things are things but the value you give it can skew your judgment. So fools speak of pursuit of pleasure. Conspiracy of lie is in your value and pursuit.
Recently was a news about Manafort’s lavish style. Value of an ostrich is in the coat of Manafort. He would move heaven and earth to get what no one else has, an ostrich coat. He thought he would be the man on the go. Shucks, he is instead is in a cell. Conspiracy of his value and pursuit of it got him into the present predicament. Who is to blame?
An ostrich is not a thing but a coat made of ostrich is. So it is the price of a coat+ life of an animal. Worldview of a fool wants an ostrich killed for his value of playing a man of power. It is how we have endangered species and shrinking of Amazon Basin, weird climate and planet plastic. It is all in an equation of Supply and Demand. Fool of a supplier shall always be found to cater demand of another fool. Pursuit of pleasure is a snake pit and wealth is at the bottom.
Who but a fool thinks his own worth depends on the Value placed by the world outside? Patriotism is a value touted by everyone but when President Trump tweeted six days ago ‘collusion is no crime’ one can see where bone spur comes in the equation.
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Our Almighty God has a calendar, which is drawn by the Holy Spirit. There are seven columns , each to mark a day into which events in heaven and on earth find place under the appropriate column. On the day Four and day Seven are marked red, apportioning the Authority of God the Father and God the Son.

The Creation calendar can be broadly classified under Heaven and the the Earth.
first four columns are for the creation of Heaven The other Three denote the creation of the earth. Needless to say events before the foundation of world began on the Day One and in the Book of Genesis the verse encapsulates long passage of time in vs.2 The spirit of God moving upon the waters begun on Day One but its consequences continue to progress and coalesce into some tangible natural phenomena as mist.”For the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (Ge. 2:5-6). So what God had set in motion on the first day shows up as mist in God’s Time, which unlike the day of 24 hours is of long duration.
Day 2 God separates waters above from waters below.

The spirit of God working on the face of the waters would indicate as in the case of light, two kinds of waters symbolizing the waters conducive of responding to spiritual influence and which are not. It is for this reason the nations are qualified as restless seas.”But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud (Isa.57:20-NIV)”. For this reason no sea shall be found in the holy city of God (Re.21:1). The waters above the firmament is a symbol for mercies of God. On the other hand land is considered holy on account of spiritual discernment found there. God demands answer from Cain because of the blood spilled and it reached before Him(Ge.4:10).When God says, ’cursed’ is the ground (Ge.3:17) it is reflected in terms of man’s labour and diminishing returns owing to man’s sin.
Day 3 God causes the earth to bring up plants grass herbs trees.
Day 4 God sets the greater light and the lesser light to rule over day and the night. In the city of God there shall be no night because of the glory of God shall shine through without any darkness to dim its majesty.
Heaven is created to help and develop in conjunction with earth. God sets signs to forewarn man and the sun as a symbol of God’s Authority and perfection. He sends rain because He is perfect as well as long suffering not willing that any man should perish.
Day 5 God causes the earth to teem with life Life began on the waters and every little or great creature were to add to the quality of the earth.
Day 6 creation of Man in the image of triune God.
The three days culminating on Sabbath is from the perspective of God the Son.

The entire Creation Calendar the Spirit reveals God the Son as the Principal Mover.

To recap:
At the beginning of Day One we have the authority of the Holy Spirit that the earth was without form and darkness was upon the face of the deep. God is a Spirit(Jn.4:23). (Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth to which I shall come back anon.) All these are events slow working of the Spirit sensitizing heaven and the earth by His glory. What is glory but Power and Wisdom like the virtue gone out of Jesus Christ so the woman with an issue of blood was healed. Sending glory in all directions was not a random haphazard event. It was a herald of salvation to come. Even in the midst of deepest gloom glory of God shall hit as the malefactor on the cross who in his extremities realized Jesus was the Son of God. From whence came truth to one who never had an opportunity to hear the prince of life? He worshiped him in truth and recognized the spirit of Christ in body. What Jesus said to the Samaritan woman by the well from several examples we have in the Bible owe to glory sent from the foundation of the world began.)

Before the world was founded it must have been in the divine Will, surely? When darkness envelops all around as stated in the first chapter v.2 ‘the spirit of God’ moving upon the face of the waters speaks of the divine Will causing certain changes. Think of the slain Lamb from the foundation of the world(Rev.13:8)’ as its blueprint.”I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens had no light(Je.4:23). When the Light which lights every man that cometh into the world is true we know what is the source of that light. (Jn.1:9).
In this Day of beginnings preparatory events lead to the command of God, ‘Let there be light.’ This makes the Lord Almighty as the Father of lights; naturally creation is entrusted with God the Son. “All things were made by him (the Word)…(Jn.1:3)” In sending the true Light to the world God is setting forth a distinction between the light and darkness. God as long suffering God may have allowed darkness to settle but the spirit of God working upon the face of the waters signaled spiritual discernment of the earth and heaven were gifted from the Lord God.
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A day is certain length of time. Whenever the Spirit speaks of events such as Creation Day and Day of the Lord these events are clubbed together. In the creation act (Ge.ch.1) we see an example.God created light quality of which is different from darkness. He is the Father of lights (Jas.1:17). He divided light from darkness. Before the first day elapsed we see three sets in terms of quality: namely Night and Day, morning and evening, light and darkness.
The Spirit setting these 3 sets of entities explain creative events clarifying and progressively tending to the fourth day where we read of the authority of the sun to rule day and the Moon the night. For this reason it must caution us the Spirit is not laying out a literal approach but the key is to be found in the symbolism of the greater light and lesser light. Both are mentioned together and they rule the above mentioned three entities. morning and evening; night and day; light and darkness.
Greater light and lesser light as a set in the lexicon of the Spirit signifies the Father-Son relationship. God the Father of lights is none other than the Lord God (Deut.6:4)Thus we are informed that Trinity was present in the Creation Act.

Before worlds began separation of children of light and children of darkness was in the mind. Jn.3:20;1Jn.3:8b The purpose of the Son of God to destroy the works of the devil. God cursed the serpent and put enmity between his seed and of the woman (Ge.3:15). Here we have the first clue as to the will of the Father before the worlds began. He separated light from darkness before the Sun was set in authority on the fourth day.
Progressive development of light and darkness creating events for example serpent beguiling Eve, Cain killing Abel in a fit of anger, Enos walking with God Noah is found righteousness tell us two sets of people forming a pattern. It is drawn from the manner events are clubbed together example of which we see in the first two chapters of Genesis creation of heaven and it covers the first four days. From verse 20 events inform us of the earth culminating in the creation of man. In the following chapter we read of the seventh day being sanctified as Sabbath (Ge.2:1-3)
Lastly what does 4 in the Bible signify? Four living creatures, four horsemen by the myrtle tree, four carpenters four angels (Re.7:1) are tags employed by the Spirit. Four Days in the creation week is in terms from the Father’s standpoint. The other three from Standpoint of the Son. Naturally significance of Sabbath rests with Son.
To recap two points emerge: creative act of God involves Trinity. A day is not of 24 hours but God’s Time. Literal interpretation of day led to controversy of Creationism waging a war using Satan’s own weapons. His is power of the air of the world. He has his cohorts and flock. Is Science the last word on God? By such a strategy did not children of God unwittingly play into the hands of the Devil? Now we read of false teachers flaunting their wealth and conducting themselves more worldly than unbelievers? In their unwilling to follow the humility and way of the Savior Lord whose flock are they?

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