Reading about her is like touching the rim of a black hole whose gravity wraps around you like delicate gossamer, and you start to feel like you can faintly see through to the other side and that you might escape being human after all.
ever since a few years ago when i watched beetlejuice for probably the first time as an adult, ive been wondering what-the-fuck at one specific minor detail in the story of that movie: why, when the characters try to leave the house and are suddenly transported to a desert world with sandworms, is it explained that they were just on Saturn? like, Saturn the planet?
i had looked this up before and found that apparently in the original script, it was written as Titan, the moon of Saturn, but they changed it -- to Saturn, which makes absolutely no more sense: for a movie that doesn't take itself seriously otherwise at all, has no problem transporting characters to nether-realms and silly takes on an afterlife, it seems bizarre that they arbitrarily chose a real, physical place in the non-afterlife that's simply far away -- a barely-known moon of a planet, no less -- that's got nothing to do with anything, and decided that it's inhabited by giant sandworms. The editing of the script from Titan to Saturn only makes it weirder, since apparently there was enough of a discussion over this to change it, yet not to something that has any more of a connection to the rest of the movie's world or theme.
so i just googled this again and i found this blog post and apparently other people have been wondering about the same thing.
Of course, the fact that i've been known to laugh at schizoid-magnet film conspiracies doesn't make this moment ironic; it cements me as the touchstone for reason 😏 and also highlights that there is, in fact, something going on here.
just as people oscillate though the spectra of their needs (like, but obviously not exactly, maslow's hierarchy), a society does too. a successful society is able to raise the floor of its society's needs.
the frontrunners of humanity, the first-world, as of this writing, are currently bottlenecked at sex: so many things that people do are just roundabout pursuits of more sex, because all less-critical needs are already met on a societal level (finding shelter is solved, acquiring food is so thoroughly solved that for some people it's a pathology, medicine is mostly solved). sex is the next tier of desire that's not yet fully solved.
what comes next? and what does the very end look like?
the need for altruism commands billionaires to philanthropy in an attempt to uplift the impoverished world. at some point, the market, so to speak, will reach maturation, and there will be fewer people left to help in the world than there will be philanthropists. there may be a period of an esteem-crisis, wherein a general malaise overcomes the entirety of society, as people no longer have a sense of utility or helpfulness. the "bored billionaire" syndrome will be society's bottleneck. out of desperation, some people may even create chaos just so that they can be credited with solving it.
in keeping with humanity's trend of incorporating ever-more technology to address problems, the solution may just be the simulation: plug yourself into an instanced world that's worse than reality. this time, you're given much higher stats than you were in reality, and/or a super-high Luck skill; you progress through life in the simulation, and there are challenges for sure, but things just always seem to work out. Of course they do, because you're the hero; the monomyth.
Back in reality: your sense of self-actualization (your most abstract psychological need and last unmet need of all), is satisfied. AI programs are always carefully recalibrating the difficulty of your challenges in your simulation, pushing you to your limits such that whenever you think all hope is lost, your own ingenuity and spirit and determination leads you to prevail.
but in order for that to work, you must never know any of this, because you don't even know you're simulating at all. so then what's the point? it's all fake. why not just plug into a dopamine machine?
yes, why not. maybe eventually, it will become clear that living itself has become a novelty. humanity will have solved all of its problems. maybe it will feel that there's nothing left to do but shut it down, and probably leave some wisdom out at some schelling point, just in case some other beings one day stumble across it (to fulfill one last act of altruism and mitigate the death anxiety).
06/02/2022over the weekend we had our live show and costume party. i have a lot of footage to go through and stuff. but it was one of the best weekends of my life. now i remember just how depressing everything else is. and how hard we try to squeeze some satisfaction from whatever we can the whole rest of the time.
05/19/2022I visited my grandmom at this nursing home place today for the first time
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