Anybody who has read globatron for a while knows that Akbar Lightning loves nothing more than controversy. It’s true…but I think that such tensions, if dismissed, can be lost opportunities for the revelation of real knowledge, the kind that comes when a few people do things differently. I am pasting an email below, the one I wrote to Roboboy today, as an invitation to join in this discussion of ownership, judgment, art, the blog as art, etc. People who participate in such discussions require a particular kind of courage, that type that asks us to be willing to admit to weaknesses in our thinking, or our ways of perceiving. Most likely, if Roboboy, Akbar and Globatron enter into this discussion all of us will discover ways in which we are blind, and this is why I am encouraging us to do so. This is Globatron, this is essentially what it represents to me, a place for encounters that are like nothing else you will see out there in the digital world, discussions led by people deeply invested in the pursuit of truth, entered into without the ability to predict the consequences.
Email written to Roboboy:
Hi Roboboy,I just read your poem Fingazz…it’s beautiful, i really like your stuff…as you have probably read, i have been debating things over at globatron. actually globatron has a history of such debates, and as it works to ask itself what it ‘ought’ to be, how a blog might be a work of art, it is always an exercise with unknown ends, driven to find governing principles.
i suppose my point is this – i think it would be fruitful to have you join the debate. although, under usual circumstances this would seem ridiculous…i have been asking myself a lot lately about these things, about how we behave in particular ways, and those ways are just habitual. you are a very skilled thinker, and i think that globatron could learn from your involvement, and that would require a very high level of vulnerability on your part, i am sensitive to that.
a lot of this revolves around expectations about creativity and art…and the answers here are, i posit, unknown to all 3 of us, and so it would be a risk…but it would be a creative risk. when i read your mission statement, to build an orphanage, i just can’t help but thinking that we are ‘of the same tribe’, and globatron is a good man, he just struggles with some insecurities. anyways, if you want to play the socratic role, if you would like to push back in an intellectual struggle, i would gladly create the opening and help out. i think it would be great for the site, and i think we could all learn a great deal. these types of social counter-intuitions have always been my bread and butter, and i have always encouraged people to try new approaches toward unity, as we have a habit of reacting and splitting apart.
there is no pressure…but i figured i would ask….because i really like your work and your ways of thinking, and i would feel bad if i did not move forward out of a feeling of embarrassment.
From Roboboy’s mission statement:
My dream is to build an orphanage. In revolt agains the ineffective mind-numbing and vulgar education system that has been created I will show that with the right education we can create individuals who will have great positive impact for the world as a whole.