Mixing the Digital Age and the New Age: A recipe for the Internet
Welcome to the 21st century. A time when iPhones dominate the land, and Twitter is found in every environment. This is the Digital Age; where everything is striving to be better, faster, and even more user-friendly.
At the center of this New Age is the Internet, which, some have arguably stated, is the most powerful force in this era, or even any era. It has shown itself to be the creator and the destroyer of the greatest mechanisms (politics, economics, science, and religion) of our culture. By having the power to affect politics systems, economic transactions, science discoveries, and religious movements all at the same time, the Internet has changed the very fabric of our society.
With so much influence in our lives, we have reached the conundrum:
Does the Internet have a soul?
As the Internet continues to expand, we do notice that it has a mass body of users and certainly a mind of its own. The spirit does have its place, and that place is everywhere. By understanding the thought and the science behind this marvel, the Internet becomes something that does have a higher meaning.
In psychological terms, the Internet draws a strong parallel to the collective consciousness. As by Carl Jung’s standards, collective consciousness is a source of high humanistic intelligence that is available for access by anyone at any time. Sound familiar? Both are nonphysical sources, and both are a storehouse for culminated information that transcends its so far limited lifespan. Through both mind and matter, the Internet has manifested a physical presence through virtual activity. And it keeps going and growing.
Also, in scientific theory, the Internet is also far more than just the sum of its parts. Though it may just be a vast amount of numerical computer code, the words it creates and the meaning it gives transcend its simple state. What are we but an infinite amount of coding, assembled and arranged just right, so that we can express thoughts and discuss ideas? On the atomic level, we are not more than just an interesting combination of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen. But it’s about what those mere elements combine into that makes us incredible. Light and energy – spanning across time and space – has created the action and reaction that we see in our lives every day.
Through both mind and reason, we have transformed the Internet into something that has a spirit. We have given the Internet that “human element”, with a different type of embodiment. Though not everything on the Internet is even close to being in its highest spiritual form, its availability into a larger world with “big picture” ideas fuels its growth and development, as well as our own.
If you don’t feel as though the Internet is still without a soul, or having a very weak presence, then create it yourself. Make a comment rooted in your highest thought when everyone else’s are not. Make your spiritual presence known, so that it can be experienced by others across the country, and even across the world. Let yourself, and your laptop, be a part of that virtual collective consciousness.
As made apparent, The Global Conversation is our attempt to further manifest the soul of the Internet. Our ideas, merely words typed across our laptop to be read on your smartphone or monitor, is a transmission of light, both in the physical and spiritual sense. From status to message, each word, phrase, and post sparks a higher intention and a higher purpose. For on the network, even oneness can be found. Just send me its URL.
(Lauren is a Feature Editor of The Global Conversation. She lives in Wood Dale, IL, and can be reached at Lauren@TheGlobalConversation.com)