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The Future and Humans

By Mark Ehrenkranz

Astronomers have discovered evidence to suggest that the universe came into existence fifteen billion years ago in a gigantic explosion and has been expanding ever since. It grows in complexity versus our mercurial learning curve. Some say that the movement from unity to multiplicity will eventually be reversed in presently inconceivable ways. The human experience functions similarly as a microcosm of the macrocosm as it expands and then contracts with age. Nothing we know about the universe can be taken as absolute truth. No human thought can encapsulate the vastness of the totality. Reality can be looked at as a unified whole with the concept of time merely as a universal measurement reference as it relates to galactic movement, history, rotations and revolutions. Thoughts are limited by perspective. If we are in space does the sun rise and set in the morning or the evening, or in the east or in the west?


Events and humans dictate and articulate our common experience. Humans are imperfect and unlike Spock, our greatest strengths for present storytelling can be found in the flawed weaknesses of our coding. Things like our survival genes which operate via the sympathetic nervous system expressing itself via healthy fear and fight or flight. The antidote for fear is love and our defects and complexities often make for the most truthfully interesting characters. Our egos basically create self-made dramatic stories to control our feelings of not being good enough along with messages of better or less than. We all have varying degrees of egoism with different levels of inferiority. We define our world with words like dimensions, energies, and levels of consciousness. We are a culmination of biology and players in a timeless continuum of past present and future. Our collective intelligence is an elusive and fluid one filled with imperfections.


When looking at the future and how humans fit in, a few concepts such as imagination and creativity come to mind. The notion that the species is limited to its current operating system can also be taken into consideration. Our sight, hearing, olfactory and tactile abilities can only go so far to perceive a specific range of wavelengths. Everything vibrates, as far as we know today, and the current earthly experience is reliant upon the latest human advancements and revelations in science, technology, math, and physics. The ongoing discussion is that everything in the universe is already there, but we can’t see it or understand it until it is gradually revealed, uncovered or discovered utilizing the best tools available to the current human operating system. In other words, we can’t see what we can’t see.


An example of this idea was attempted by Chris and Jonathan Nolan in Interstellar. They strove toward providing the best possible imagery to date of Einstein and Hawking’s concepts of time bending and black holes. The mystery and tension were created by Jessica Chastain’s ability to reach beyond her current paradigm to solve the puzzle. The foresight and relationship by and with her father provided the audience with the emotional/spiritual connection beyond current convention. 


Another example is in What the Bleep Do We Know where we are shown an X-ray and MRI, with the point being that inexperienced folk cannot see what an educated radiologist/diagnostician can see, with that also varying from doctor to doctor. Furthermore, the human eye does not see actual objects and there are basically two categories of things we can see: things that reflect visible light (pens, paper, people), and things that produce visible light (fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, a flame, the sun, stars, visual monitors). Either way, some of the light must enter the eye, make an impression and be brain processed.


Although humans are limited by their current abilities, our brains have incredible additional potential. Throughout the course of history, man has made what was perceived at varying times as extraordinary discoveries in making sense of our world. This has varied from measuring time based on celestial dynamics to creating, producing and utilizing technology to accelerate our learning. Obviously, there’s potential for technology and AI to well surpass human abilities accounting for schism potentiality.


When thinking about all of this, my interest lies within the unmanifested. That is the fascination with the things we cannot see, hear, smell or feel and getting past our current knowledge base, emotions and egos. The concept that humans are able, to a limited degree right now, open that portal to connect with what is beyond our comprehension. Therein lies the wonderment of mystery and awe. Some refer to it as the infinite or the inexplicable. Right now, our major tool of communication is limited to current language and words which are merely signposts toward concepts and understanding. Varying languages only further limit our abilities to amply articulate new phenomenon. Dissolving and breaking the barriers and boundaries of conceptual thought is critical to revealing the mysteries of what is already there. The great degree of what we know about the physical universe is presently concealed by our realized physics up until this point in time.


All forms are transient, and by detaching, humans can gain a higher vantage point as would an astronaut who sees the Earth surrounded by the vastness of space revealing a paradoxical truth that the planet is precious yet at the same time insignificant. This helps to create the dimension of inner space. Human consciousness is filled with the impermanence of time, thoughts, feelings, education and history. Object consciousness needs to be balanced with space consciousness as a gateway to transcend human limitations.


The concept of tzimtzum or contraction is a term used when describing the big bang with contracted light allowing a conceptual space in which finite and seemingly independent realms could exist. This primordial initial contraction created vacant space into which new creative light could beam. Tzimtzum results in the empty space in which the physical worlds and those beyond our comprehension can co-exist. This along with the absence within a vacuum, results in our present description of our known universe. The etymology is complementary to our definitions of lifeforce and how we exist while we are alive and when we’re dead. A filmic example of this was the name of the ship and the lifeboat in Life of Pi poetically named Tzimtzum.

The idea that we only use a portion of our brains allows a large part of it to be further developed. Current practice involves meditation increasing creative thinking with delta, alpha, beta and gamma waves being the only ones we currently know about. That can further explain our deep connection to music and visual art which transcend current forms of thought and expression. 


Creativity and true artistry cannot be manufactured as it expresses itself only through the stillness of created space.  What exactly is imagination? Why are children better at it? Why are some more so than others? 


An exercise or visual portrayal of space or no-thingness might be an interesting way to create an audience framework in which a doc about the future might exist. The concepts of blackness, the absence of light and what exists in between physical form may also achieve this. Nothing too obvious; but a subtle environment for the mind to process and form conclusions about synchronicity, connectedness, and concepts beyond the manifestation of current human real-ality or supposed authenticities and truth – whatever that is. 


We cannot see the wind or thin air and are limited to certain bandwidths. It doesn’t mean waves and vibrations are not there, it’s just that we can only perceive it via technology with cameras, radiology and other receiving vessels and devices. The whole notion that the human experience is driven by things like curiosity; the desire for knowledge; imagination; discovery; creation; survival; ego; accumulation of money; and power. The comfort of being able to control our existence and future may be an interesting backdrop achieved viscerally, sonically and optically versus intellectually or emotionally. The goal would be to stimulate the audience via imagery and sound that challenge the barriers or conceptual thought incorporating some of the thoughts and concepts previously expressed.