SCIOPS 01.32: Diasporic Futures
Good morning, SCIOPS. Ready for another week of welding that standard fleshmask onto the howling chaos of inspiration that is your true self? Got that explanation, that excuse, that conveniently simple lie to maintain? What story do you live in, and where is it taking you?
The stories we live by are the operating systems of the world. For the last three hundred years we’ve been in a proprietary standards race between two warring worldviews. The story of The Fall claims that humanity has been descending from Godlike purity into base materialism, and that a great judgment will come when we have finally sunk to the drain-hole at the bottom of the universe. The story of The Rise, birthed with the Western Enlightenment, says that we’ve pulled ourselves up from our bootstraps and that the day will come when humanity breaks the shackles of nature and achieves Godlike prowess and insight.
The Fall was the ruling mythos for the last ten thousand years; The Rise is the upstart tale of the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions.
These myths have a thing in common: they both attempt to hide the slavery that is the base of their power. Religions, empires, superpowers, all are fueled by the extraction of life from the masses, the stolen time of humans and other forms of life.
A new and old story of the world will have to be championed, one that tells of the world as a cyclical place, a constant conversation with the Ultimate rather than a linear and bloody tale of judgment or conquest. In the 21st century, in the War for the Future, power must be wrested from the technocrats and the demagogues. The future must be in the hands of those who have suffered from history
Black Quantum Futurism (BQF)* is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. At the point where these three traditions collide, exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to actually see “into,” create, or choose the impending future. From a multiplicity of possible futures, a practice of BQF allows a visionary to see into the future with clarity, seize upon a vision of one particular future of your choosing, alter, shift, or shape it, then collapse it into your existing reality. It is the inheritance of a BQF Practitioner to manipulate time, see into the future, and bring that future about.
If you don’t prefer the academic tone of the above manifesto, some of the same material is presented in this mystic video also by the BQF Collective.
Many times this week, this theme will recirculate through your life: who controls the future? Where do we come from, and who suffered that we may live as we do? Celebrate these questions and do not fear their answers. They’re the beacons guiding us toward a future that is for everybody.
And when it all seems too chaotic and overwhelming, remember to find the rhythm underlying time. Feel your heart, and your breath, and the oscillation of the day and the night. Listen to the beat of the future – like in this Indigenous Futurisms mixtape by RPM .
Yes, I know I’m an American white man. That’s why I’ll let the links do the talking here.
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