“I make but a simple statement of fact when I say that for years I was like on bound hand and foot to a log racing madly on a torrent, saved miraculously time after time from dashing to death against the many boulders projecting out of the swirling water on every side by just a narrow margin and in the nick of time, turning and twisting this way and that, as if guided by a marvelously quick and dexterous hand infallibly correct in its movement … At times I felt Instinctively that a life and death struggle was going on inside me in which I, the owner of the body, was entirely powerless to take part, forced to lie quietly and watch as a spectator the weird drama unfolded in my own flesh.”
Gopi Krishna

Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy in Man

A Beauty that is absent from Apple Products

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I am happy to have found these simple and clear words to describe one reason(there are others) for my cricism, discontent and disassociation with Apple and its products. My arrows are aimed at Apple because it is a prominent company that is perceived to be a thought leader. Yet there are many companies that deserve this criticism. As in many of my recent posts and thoughts, these words come from Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics:

“So my trip today is only happening because people are doing jobs they don’t want to do, for the sake of their survival. That’s what “making a living” means. A threat to survival is, essentially, a gun to the head. If I force you to labor for me under threat of death, then you are my slave. To the extent we live in a world that runs on the labor of many people doing jobs that are beneath human dignity, not just in airports of course, but in factories, sweatshops, plantations, and nearly everywhere else, we live in a slave world. Anything we obtain from the labor of slaves comes at an insupportable spiritual cost: a painful void or disintegrity deep within that makes us ashamed to look people in the eye.

Can we bear to shrug this away and resign ourselves to living in a slave world? I want to be able to look every man and woman in the eye, knowing that I do not benefit from their indignity.

… The vast majority of our “goods and services” are made by people who only do so for the money, who only do their work because they “have to.” I want to live in a world of beautiful things created by people who love what they do.

It is difficult to argue Apple’s technological beauty. One may also claim that Apple’s products enable other beautiful social and moral expressions – and that too may be true … but all those expressions, and Apple’s products are inexorable tainted by a social and moral ugliness embodied in their production. Also, by focusing on and creating a fashion trend based on technological beauty Apple has also distorted our shared understanding and ability to perceive beauty.

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