On Staying Out of Sight

The basis for oppression and control these days, and even more so in the future, is homogeneity of the population en masse. It’s the principle of herding, of reducing people to a commodity. To “commoditize” something means making all of it interchangeable. People matter, but only in the abstract and in the aggregate. They become nothing more than an economic resource, as both producers and consumers. This is the whole thrust of commerce and government these days.

But dehumanizing people is as old as Rome, at least. Using symbolic prophetic language, the Bible says that was the chief sin of Rome, for whom people were simply food. Rome is a manifestation of the Beast, government that is objectified, depersonalized and dehumanized. What we see in the US today is just the latest manifestation of that same beast. Technology is used to enhance the process.

If you envision your purpose in life as completely escaping the Beast, then you shouldn’t be reading blogs or using the Internet and related technologies. But a few of us feel called a life mission of helping re-humanize a few souls here and there when we can. That means digging right into the technology right alongside the Beast, infiltrating while trying to stay out of the way. No two of us will ever strike the same balance of choices in that mission. It’s the delicate and dynamic balance between using the system without becoming a commodity within it. You will need to appear a part of the system, but your character will make your otherwise.

The meaning of the word “character” has to do with penmanship and printing. It means making something unique enough that it stands out, and is easily recognized. Of course, it only works for those who can read. We want to have enough character to be noticed by those who actually pay attention to what they see, but otherwise be ignored by the system that isn’t actually looking for us. We have to be enough like others to be hidden in a sea of characters, but unique enough for readers to decipher who we are and what our lives say.

Don’t follow the herd, but move alongside. You must cultivate a sense of awareness about how far you can conform without causing unnecessary trouble, the wrong kind of trouble. We don’t want everyone to notice us, only those who are already awakened in one sense or another, those who are starting to look for us because they are one of us.

When it comes to using technology, that means you draw boundaries. I use a smartphone running Android, but I install virtually no extra apps that didn’t come with the phone. It’s just a communications device: phone calls, texting and on rare occasions I open Firefox browser to search for something, wiping the cache when I’m finished. I also use the mapping service because some of the streets in my area were laid out to be artsy, not to encourage traffic passing through. I’m a cyclist who prefers to avoid major traffic thoroughfares. Other than those things, I make virtually no use of the various capabilities of this phone. And when I use a computer, I run Xubuntu, which doesn’t cooperate with the process of commoditizing humans. You will choose your own mix of things to do, but the issue is remaining actively conscious of the risks.

There are many Beasts in our world, and Big Tech is one of them. The whole aim of Big Tech is to reduce us all to data. That’s how they handle us. When you consciously choose to be more than the data they have saved up somewhere, you escape the Beast. To the degree you are not what they think you are, to that degree you are free. To the degree you simply don’t participate with their efforts, to that degree you remain a person. The whole point of gathering data on humans at large is to manipulate the masses at the lowest cost. Don’t give them too much data on you, just enough to infiltrate.

Key item: Data gathering seldom notices when something is missing. The system only notices what’s there. Make your Internet presence sketchy.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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