In the name of man
People have lost faith in traditional views of the universe. Philosophy and Economics schools built on metaphysics have become obsolete.
The paradoxical logic, the principle of uncertainty, quantum physics, genetic engineering and the biologic revolution transform our mind. The revolution in communications and computer science transform our imagination.
Negroponte talks about the counter-culture that emerges from the digital landscape. “Digital technology can be a natural force that attracts a greater global harmony.” Young people are the richest, while the elderly are exposed. There is an unnatural worship of the young, maybe to dominate the youngsters better.
Philippe Breton connects the worship of the Internet and the counter-culture movement that excited the student revolts in the Sixties. They look for alternative proposals like the beat generation or the hippies did. Ginsberg, Kerouac, Watts, Kesey, Cassady, Leary and Dylan are not (completely) dead.
Breton observes a continuity between the underground movement and the Internet, as well as in the rupture with the world (drop out), ritual experiences, life in communities, desire for equality, the adoption of a non-violent culture with solidarity that forces people to go out on the streets against Orwell’s “boot that tramples upon a human face.”
Kerouac’s celestial homeless people navigate along the roads of communication in order not to be devoured by the consumerism of a world they dislike, even serving themselves from the conquests of this materialistic world.
“The discovery through personal experience that there are other states of perception tends to be revolutionary; it changes life because it changes the world’s vision. The discovery of relativity of reality and the existence of states different from sleep and being awake is the intellectual revolution of the century; a mental revolution comparable to the one Copernicus led. It can change human life and the relationship between man and nature. Reality is no longer the imposed valid state of rationalism and mechanic science; reality is relative: there are different realities, so different from one another qualitatively, like dreaming and being awake,” wrote Luis Racionero.
François Brune, wrote, “Institutions will always put pressure to call to order those who decide to live their way.” There will be conflicts far away to make us forget the nearby injustice. In the name of man we must reject the temptation of howling like wolves out of fear of being sheep, because there is no collective liberation if we don’t re-conquer our inner freedom.
Hope lies in the heart of each man that fights for humanity.
Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez
This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 10/18/2004