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There is so much negative news around “Deepfakes” that this video genuinely caught me off guard. It’s a little promo for the Dali museum, which created an interactive screen to help visitors experience Dali in a completely new and novel way. It’s marvelous!
I must admin that I was uneasy when I read about the news about how much was donated and how quickly it was donated. The thought never rose above a loosely understood feeling. This essay articulates it precisely.
It would be incredibly cheap to suggest that it is in some way wrong to give money for the restoration. There is a value that transcends simple economics in restoring testaments to civilisation. Better that Notre Dame remains a symbol of European history than €300 million rests in a billionaire’s bank account.
But the immediacy and magnitude of their response tells us something very important about the society we live in.
If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system.
The failure to do so comes from our failure to recognise the mundane emergencies that claims lives all around us every single day. Works of art and architectural history and beauty rely on the ingenuity of people, and it is people who must be protected above all else.
As faith deepens, and as communion deepens with it, it becomes more and more intensive and at the same time reaches out to affect everything else we think and do. I do not mean merely that now all our thoughts are couched in certain fideist or pietistic formulas, but rather that faith gives a dimension of simplicity and depth to all our apprehensions and to all our experiences.
What is this dimension of depth? It is the incorporation of the unknown and of the unconscious into our daily life. Faith brings together the known and the unknown so that they overlap: or rather, so that we are aware of their overlapping. Actually, our whole life is a mystery of which very little comes to our conscious understanding. But when we accept only what we can consciously rationalize, our life is actually reduced to the most pitiful limitations, though we may think quite otherwise.
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation (pp. 138-139).
This is a colorful critique of Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, and how he’s handled the prevelance of hate speach and misinformation on his platform. I’m consistently torn between the need to stop hate speech and our over eagerness to censor opinions we disagree with. There point where it pivots from one to the other can be more fuzzy than we’d like to admit. I find the perspective in this article clear and compelling.
“The correct 1935 reply to Streicher or Goebbels asserting that Jews secretly drink the blood of baptized Christian babies was not, “We have looked into this claim and found that there is no evidence to support the lie that Jews drink Christian baby blood.” For fuck’s sake, Jack, don’t you understand? Whether such a refutation comes on Twitter or from a mainstream news organization, it succeeds only in granting rhetorical equanimity and status to any and every vile assertion that evil sees fit to utter.”
“Internet technology would be terrible for online voting. Any software professional who advocates online voting is either deluded or maliciously deceitful. It would be an invitation to steal every election. We need #paperballots”
I really like this article and priorities it sets forth. The critical component that isn’t really discussed though is the foundation that needs to be in place to support that level of trust and autonomy. Leadership and direction. The big decisions have been made, people know what their priorities are and what they’re working on, the train is moving and the destination is known.