Saturday, December 4, 2021

Woke's A Joke


Humanity is awash in all manner of foibles. Some can be beneficial… others… not so much. One of your author’s character flaws, that has nevertheless been of reasonable service… is my tendency toward contrarianism. The word contrarianism denotes a person who expresses a contradicting viewpoint, especially one who denounces, or even ridicules the majority opinion. This modality is often accompanied by cynicism in our modern, alternative facts world. 

In journalism, contrarianism is characterized by articles and books making counterintuitive claims, or attacking conventional wisdoms on a given topic. A classic contrarian trope (one in fact used by your author) is as follows… “Everything you Know is Wrong.” This Firesigntheatresque slogan serves as a universal wakeup call to all smart-alecks who suspect that life ain’t what it seems.

Waking from your nightly slumber aside, the idea of waking up becomes a philosophic conundrum. Waking up is an anciently-occurring metaphor, handed down from the likes of Sumerian priests, Babylonian witches, Greek philosophers, Gnostic zealots, and the like. It is the sting of the Zen master’s rod, that comes up-side your head, with an enlightening shock… wake up monkey!

So it is worth taking a look at the idea of waking up… especially in our cynical age of political correctness and wokeism. In the 21st century, wokeism was originally used as an adjective, intended as an alert to racial prejudice and discrimination. Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and other, horrific incidents, wokeism took on a broader connotation of social inequalities such as sexism, the rise of identity politics and social justice, and the realization of white privilege.

Interestingly, the term Woke has deep roots within the African diaspora. The phrase Stay Woke had emerged in the 1930s, referring to an awareness of the social and political issues affecting African Americans. This phrase was famously uttered in a recording by the great blues musician: Lead Belly

Predictably, the Alt-Right seized upon the term woke in an ironic way, as an insult for various leftist movements and ideologies perceived (by the Right) as over-zealous, performative, or insincere. The term is used to mock over-righteous liberalism. On the American right, woke… like its cousin canceled… bespeaks political correctness gone awry. There are times, god help me, when I think these criticisms are somewhat warranted.
The cynic in me, thinks that political correctness does indeed go too far. The contrarian in me, thinks that the “piling on” of political correctness and/or wokeism does indeed diminish the truth of systemic racism, and the correct expression of outrage that the predator/dominator culture of Jim Crow still holds its cronyistic grip on the world-view of much of the United States of Amerika.

But here’s the thing… I look at the sorry state of Amerikan politics… the chasm that exists between the progressive verses conservative movements. I observe the machinations of the extreme Left and the extreme Right… the fight for justice and equality verses the gerrymandering, leave well enough alone” obstructionism...  and I conclude that, given their foibles, these two extremes do not equate.

I compare the 20-something, black-clad antifa protestor, chanting “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” …to the tactical, teflon vest-clad white-nationalist, chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” …and I come to the inevitable conclusion that one side has a darker heart… is influenced by darker impulses.

One side appears to promote a more equitable and just world (remember the tattered old trope: with liberty and justice for all?). While the other appears to be nothing more than foot-soldiers for the predator/dominator paradigm. I will leave it up to you, dear, intrepid reader, to decide for yourselves, which is which.

But here’s the other thing… wokeism, over time, does take on the trappings of political correctness. Wokeism thereby falls into the trap of political chicanery. As PKD so eloquently said... “To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. This is a paradox: whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire... it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies. Infected wokeism goes too far in its judgment… and not far enough in applying the compassionate work required, to heal the wounds of divisiveness and work toward justice for all. After all… we are all in this together.

Again, the idea of waking up, is a time-honored tradition of enlightenment… not a buzzword. The rascally Zen master recognizes the illusion of  duality, and possesses the simple secret that the “wake-up” metaphor points to living in the moment… setting aside thoughts of time-travel to the past or future. Paradoxically, the very utterance of “be here now” misses the essential…

To the enlightened ones… the very idea of waking up, was a joke. The biggest, most cosmic joke of all. So in this most profound sense… woke’s a joke. This does not mean that nothing matters, or that we, as a people, should not pursue the ideals of liberty and justice for all. After all, we still live in this world. So while we’re here… perhaps we could try just a little bit harder to share the space... for at the end of the day… we’re all in this together.

“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.

After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” 

- Zen Kōan

Friday, November 26, 2021

Tek-Gnostics Holiday Catalogue


The 2022 Holiday Catalogue is now live! at the Tek-Gnostics HEADGear shop. We are featuring some cool new intelligence engineering artifacts for your holiday season purchasing pleasure! We are especially pleased with the new, official Tek-Gnostics Tee-shirts. Our first offering, is the updated Tek-Gnostics (psychedelic) Alumni Shirt. The 2022 logo is silkscreened on a 50% organic cotton, 50% recycled poly Tee.

Next up, is the new Ancient Astronaut Tee. Our new design depicts the famous Tassili n'Ajjer cave art, found in the Sahara desert, N Africa. The Tassili Mushroom Figure is a late Neolithic depiction of a bee-headed Shaman possibly partaking in entheogenic ceremony. The figure is often cited as being the oldest known evidence of ritualistic mushroom use in prehistory. Same as above, as far as method materials.

As always, Jack Heart's "Heresies Trilogy" is available... first editions, signed by the author. Also worth noting, is the "Amazon Work-Around" option for purchasing Jack's books. Tek-Gnostics Media has recently associated our print projects with Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They believe that local, independent  bookstores are essential to a healthy culture, where authors can connect with readers, where readers discover new writers. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

Additionally, we have re-initiated our sound/light machine offering... something that was very popular in holiday catalogues past. We used to carry machines made by Synetic Systems... a pioneer in sound light technology. We now offer machines made by MindPlace... the S/L company of whom Synetic Systems is the predecessor.

Check out the catalogue, and if any of our items tickle your fancy... please make a purchase! The proceeds go toward keeping Tek-Gnostics' presence on the world-wide-web possible. So if you like what we do... and you don't think locally networked capitalism is that weird... pull the (cosmic) trigger on a purchase, and we'll get it to you in time to put under the tree...

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Glasgow Effect

The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) wrapped up in Glasgow, Scotland on November 12. Nearly 200 countries adopted the final Glasgow Climate Pact, after nearly two weeks of wrangling on everything from how much to limit global warming… how to frame any conversation on fossil fuels and whether (or not) the worst-hit countries by the climate crisis should be financially compensated.

Some are calling the conference a success, citing such achievements as the unprecedented mention of the role of fossil fuels in the climate crisis (something that the Paris Agreement was unable to achieve). Additionally, the COP26 pact calls for the phasing down of unabated coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. As 197 Countries finally signed the document, many considered the pact a win for the environment and humanity’s continued survival.

When asked for her opinion on the final agreement, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan saw the inclusion of the phasing down of coal language as a win for the climate. “It's meek, it's weak and the 1.5C goal is only just alive, but a signal has been sent that the era of coal is ending. And that matters…”

However, many delegates and observers considered the final pact to be so fangless and watered-down, as to be meaningless is scope and urgency. Tim Crosland, founder of the environmental legal action group: Plan B, said: “Instead of global emissions being slashed by 45% by 2030, which might keep 1.5˚C alive, COP26 keeps emissions rising by 13.7% by 2030. That is total failure… the greatest failure in our history… which will leave whole countries and regions of the world uninhabitable.”

Everyone’s environmental darling, Greta Thunberg stated that COP26 was a failure…  “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place. The COP has turned into a PR event, where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets, while behind the curtains governments of the Global North countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.”

In a flurry of last-minute wrangling, driven by India’s 11th hour edit, stating that coal should be phased "down," not phased "out" (an escape clause that would allow continued use of coal)... Swiss Environment Minister Simonetta Sommarug declared: “This will not bring us closer to 1.5 but make it more difficult to reach it” …to which she received a long round of applause.

By all accounts, the Glasgow Climate Pact does little to meet the existential urgency of the climate crisis facing us. The diluting of verifiable action and weakening of viable measures insures that our kids and their kids will be left holding the (empty and charred) bag.

The take-away from COP26 is something that resembles the Mandela Effect… with world leaders leaving the summit with the false memory that they actually got something meaningful, done. In the aftermath of the Climate Pact, these Archonic leaders will conveniently forget the 50+ years of denial, obfuscation, and lying under oath of Big Oil and Big Coal. These Archons will instead play the violin as Rome Burns.

As an optimist, I trust that… in time… we will survive the massive disruption of climate change. We will eventually put in place the remaining mitigations and come to terms with the evident adaptations that will be required for our collective survival. The obvious problem coming out of the Glasgow Climate Pact is the time lost to stalling... the precious time being squandered in indecision. The time is now to make the difficult decisions that need to be made... by sober, realistic policy makers. And time… so it appears… is one thing that we are running low on.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Post Delic


The 2021 MeetDelic Fest is in the books... and what an event it was! Your intrepid reporter of the anomalous will be spending much of the next month, processing and integrating all the synchronous events that took place at the two day conference. Incredible networking and "meetings with remarkable men/women" ensued over the course of the entire event. 

From the opening moments on Saturday, it was immediately clear that the third wave of modern, Western Psychedelia, was alive and well in Las Vegas. The overall vibe at MeetDelic was one of amazing synergy and palpable momentum, that energized the entire conference. Here were the beginnings of a socio-economic movement, driven by the profound, shared experience of the psychedelic state.

Speaking of the psychedelic state... our new friend Pergin' Mary (aka: Angie Conda) was kind enough to model our 2022 Psychedelic State t-shirt (pictured below), as well as our "Ancient Astronaut" tee...  for our upcoming, 2022 HEAD Gear products catalogue.  A huge thank you goes out to our new favorite Creatrix and psychedelic Madonna... Angie is also an incredible artist... check out her work on insta...

In the weeks ahead, we will be publishing essays, posts and videos on various aspects of the MeetDelic conference. Topics covered will include a play-by-play of the two days... the sociopolitical and economic ramifications of MeetDelic... and the symbolic significance of the rising kundalini/snake motif, that kept "rearing its head" during the conference. These and more anomalous happens will revealed, as we process and integrate all that went down...

Stay tuned!


11:11 FNORD!