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There are those who claim there can be no change in consciousness without a corresponding change in technology. The rise of the Internet has shown this to be true yet once again in the saga of humankind. Similar in scope to the invention of the printing press around 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg, the Internet has literally transformed the way we live, work, and play. The printing press contributed greatly to the democratization of human knowledge on a worldwide scale. The Internet has taken this to a new level never before imagined.
One of the most influential occurrences in human history has been the development of so-called social media. Tools such as Twitter have already, in their young life, influenced revolutions around the world. Political realignments are just the tip of the iceberg.
Our technology is transforming us, but it’s not simply because flash mobs can be quickly and easily assembled. For perhaps the first time in human history, masses of people, from all walks of life, are interacting with their peers on a global scale. We are exchanging ideas about everything. The most important aspect of this is that we are finding mutual agreements concerning the most crucial life topics, such as religion, politics, science, education, economics, etc. For so long, the plutocrats have controlled what we read, watched on television, and what we were taught in the public schools. That is all changing quickly.
The Internet is a projection of Anima Mundi. It is a metaphor of the collective consciousness and unconsciousness of humanity. The Internet contains things good and bad, productive and counter-productive, just like Soul. The Internet can be a very dangerous place; so can Soul. The Internet can be a profound blessing in the lives of billions of people; so can Soul.
The landscapes of the Internet are similar to the landscapes of Corbin’s Mundus Imaginalis. Use of this medium brings about an exercising of human imagination, which had previously laid dormant for so long in the lives of the masses. Now, those billions of people are using their powers of imagination as never before. Just the fact that collective humanity is imagining on a grand scale is contributing to an evolution in consciousness. This is not to say that surfing the web is a good substitute for the practice of active imagination, but it is, nevertheless, beneficial to the World Soul.
The World Soul is gradually melding us together. This has been occurring over millions of years. There are times in human history when humanity is not unified, is not collectively conscious (e.g. The Dark Ages). The journey of Soul is cyclical, not linear. We are not headed for Utopia. But, on the other hand, the process of evolution occasionally brings about leaps in human consciousness. This is where we are headed. Discussion of ideas like Soul and Being (Dasein) have gone viral on the Internet, which means these ideas have gone viral in the collective consciousness.
The days of emphasis on individual enlightenment are waning quickly. Yes, it is still important, but as part of the path to raising the consciousness of humanity. We must work together to bring it about.
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