How should we feel about the fact that we’re being watched?
All eyes on ye. (You, not Kanye)
You think you’re alone in a room but you’re not because you’re reading this and the internet is there with you.
You pay to be monitored
Your tax dollars support efforts to monitor you by your government. The general view is that when most people are doing what’s in the best interest of the public good this is a good thing and it keeps us safe. I think the default is that we feel it’s probably best that we not think about it because thinking about being monitored makes us uncomfortable.
There’s a lot of important discussions to have about whether or not the fact that we pay to be surveilled is good or not — this article isn’t about that.
I think we can mostly agree that we pay to be monitored, which means we can mostly agree that it’s something that’s happening and something that we make happen.
We don’t like to think about it.
We develop weird, harmful feelings around things we don’t like to think about. We all have a bunch of subjects we have weird, harmful feelings about unless we’re successful at working through them over our lives as they arise.
The surveillance state is one of these subjects for many people. We don’t like what it says about the world and we feel we can’t do anything about it so we don’t think about it.
Information about you and the area around you is available to the devices in your vicinity. You are broadcasting. We tell ourselves that being noticed and noticeable is what protects us, because it can and often does, but shouldn’t let that blind us to a broader understanding of reality and the implications that arise from this.
Data capture is persistent and related systems are ubiquitous
The systems designed to surveille the people the systems are designed to surveille are designed to capture information from everyone as broadly as possible because the people with power believe that’s the most effective way to surveille the people the systems are designed to surveille. The goal of a well constructed surveillance system is to see everything and only think about or act on what is needed, but because what is needed is hard to define the systems often err on the side of totally compromising your privacy.
What this means is that even if you keep your head down you’re not protected from being surveilled. By owning technology and existing online you are paying to be monitorable and you are monitorable.
The CIA, the NSA, intelligence or police agencies in your country, the corporations that make the systems that require your data to generate profits: they are all watching you as much as they can. This is the default. The is no privacy, there is only deception (self- or otherwise) about privacy.
What else is watching?
This next part will only be comprehensible to you if you accept that there is some form of nonhuman intelligence operating in the area around our planet. I believe that there is, I believe that very credible news organizations are showing us that there is, I believe that the US government is showing us that there is, and I believe none of them are comfortable actually saying there is. I’m not the first or only person to say there is — I am simply in agreement with the people that do. It all seems unreal, but it’s real. It’s my opinion that it doesn’t look real because it seems to use technology based on undiscovered physics relating to consciousness, so it’s hard to say what it is… but it definitely is.
I understand that it’s easy to say “That’s not real” now — but it’s not so easy to say “That won’t be real in ten thousand years.” or “That won’t be real in five million years.” We can infer simply based on the existence of nonhuman intelligence operating around our planet is that it is technologically advanced. The timelines of that technology can feel incomprehensible to us but we need to try to comprehend them because that’s where more truth can be discerned.
Look at much amazing technology we’ve built in such a short period of time. Any nonhuman intelligence exists at a planetary timescale, not in the timescale of individuals or nations, and this shift in timescales makes it hard for us to think about.
Where will digital technology be in 1000 years? In 10000 years? A million years from now?
Any nonhuman intelligence operating around our civilization will have access to technology developed at this timescale.
How easy is it to watch us?
When I think about the world I think about this:
There are a bunch of websites where you can view the world through a similar lens. The internet is constantly attacking itself. It does this by exploiting vulnerabilities in how it is designed to protect itself.
You are not secure. Your data is not secure. The massive corporations that have built the esoteric infrastructure of the world do not prioritize protecting you and your data the way they protect themselves and their data. They want your data to be accessible because they take that information and they convert it into the energy they need to grow.
Look around the room you’re in and focus on the windows. Your room in digital spaces has way more windows than that. You are exposed and you pay to be exposed.
Any technologically advanced entities operating around our planet will have full access to all unsecured systems and infrastructure — at minimum.
What else do we broadcast?
Remember that nonhuman consciousness technology I mentioned above? Remote viewing is a real thing. It’s possible to use your mind to access information your mind should not have access to.
Your phone and your mind both broadcast data out into the ether.
There are 2 important things to realize about this:
- Everyone is equally exposed so most people aren’t monitored.
- There is probably nothing you can do about it.
This is an element of reality. Technology, including psychological technology, can improve our ability to engage with this but it’s not something we can turn off. It’s only something we can accept and understand — or reject at our own peril. Sensory data that connect with technology which manipulates consciousness must be measured and understood in ways that relate to consciousness as much as the data relating to our physical sense and material reality. It’s a technological process, with an input and an output, but we don’t see how the information transmits. It looks like Magick, it probably happens in a dimension of reality our sense don’t see and our science hasn’t detected.
The default is to reject it. The default in the institutions and systems we’ve built to make sense of the world is to reject the existence of a fundamentally important aspect of reality. Rejecting reality doesn’t negate reality.
You have to think about this — your feelings are what’s happening
It’s hard to think about the implications here. It’s hard to accept that we’re so fully compromised… but we are so we have to accept it. We are. It’s truth. Nothing seems able to change that right now. Your digital systems and the system of your consciousness are broadcasting information which can be discerned and detected by others.
The good news is it mostly doesn’t matter. You can file this away alongside all of the other weird existential stuff you can’t do much about as long as you feel that effort is being made to understand, explore, and prevent this (if possible). Maybe you can’t do all of that yourself but you need to know other people are doing that so you’ll have access to the information.
Be kind to each other. Do your best. It’ll be enough. Once you feel that the situation is being taken seriously by relevant individuals and groups you can go back to not thinking about it very much. You probably won’t need to — same as most big things.
I think about it a lot and am the unofficial Wizard of Canada, so if you want to pay me to think about it and communicate my thoughts to you that’s an option. I’ll keep doing it for free for as long as I can because it’s important but I’m doing a pretty shitty job of it because of how under-resourced I am.
Thanks for reading. I’m available to talk about this and other related subjects in greater detail.