The Great Wave
Change is the Last Stability
Dreamed 2009/4/24 by Wayan
Yes, it's a real dream, ideas and all. They're not all unicorn orgies.
I'm arguing with a friend, a literary sage
who says "All art reflects its natal age
and culture; how can your dream-art not?
Even dreams bubble from a postmodern pot."
I disagree. "Some dreams are timeless, for
grand issue, change, til all community's severed.
and more as the steepening came clear,
of exile from our past. On futurity's reef
the Singularity's terror and hope
you're just a laid-off working stiff
or a refugee from imperial wars
fed by sheer technological force,
or a webmind surfing that hyperbolic cliff.
We scramble toward faster; all of us face
birthing sweet luddites in cranky swarms
saw long before our world was made, not born.
in the sense that I too get koaned and zenned,
so sure current culture circumscribes
THE NEXT MORNING
I don't think this dream symbolizes much. It's exactly what it claims: a dream commenting on our subjective sense of historical change. Yeah, the curve steepens, but our expectations do too. The result is a surprising subjective continuity, from the industrial revolution well into our future.
At least (he naïvely wrote, from the
comfy face of the Singularity)
for now. A longer now than we knew.
But once the Great Wave breaks, who
knows what'll brew in that fractal foam?
This alone is sure: it won't be home.
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