Shifting the Weltanschauung
Modern day Shamanism
The Germans have a way with words. Schadenfreude. Zeitgeist.
Weltanschauung is connected closely to the work of Wilhelm Dilthey (1833–1911), who wanted to provide for the human sciences what Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) had provided for the natural sciences. Kant had established the possibility of objective and certain knowledge for natural science (Naturwissenschaft ) in his Critique of Pure Reason (1781). Dilthey intended to fashion a critique of reason on behalf of the historical human or cultural sciences (Geisteswissenschaft). For Dilthey the goal of natural science was causal explanation, whereas the goal of human sciences was to achieve understanding by means of interpretation. Every interpretation, he reasoned, takes place within a larger understanding of the world (i.e., a Weltanschauung), which itself is historically conditioned. Thus, interpreters of human history and culture must recognize their immersion in a particular historical situation and tradition and in that process come to terms with the finitude of their perspective.
With the advent of the Internet, the global Weltanschauung has been morphing and shifting in strange, wondrous, and terrifying ways. Social media is an interconnected web of information that the Big Tech companies are doing their best to maintain an oligarchic illusion of control of the Internet while balancing shareholder value, executive strategy, internal company culture, contract moderators, machine learning algorithms, politics, and cultural insurgencies.
Sounds a lot like wrestling with a pig.
I visualize Weltanschauung as a collective worldview that is fractal tapestry that encompasses all Earth consciousness across space and time. The current Weltanschauung looks like a giant tangle of multipolar traps, or race to the bottom mindsets.
Traditionally, a Shaman is one who walks between worlds. This can be a chakaruna or bridge between the material and spirit worlds. It can also be seen as a bridge between the current world and a future world of Abundance, or Civilization 2.0.
The Long Now Foundation is an organization focused on long-term thinking.
Stewart Brand is a modern day shaman. In today’s world of artificial intelligence, neuroscience, DNA and molecule editing, psychedelics, quantum physics, and the Internet, we have access to the magic of Gods.
“We are as Gods and have to get good at it.”
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