Is Fractal Society the Borg


FSATFOTI is attempting to present a view that allows us to transcend strict individualism, that allows up to see a greater world. One issue you might have with this idea is that it called into question our normal idea of ourselves as individuals. When I first thought about this idea—which happened before FSATFOTI came to mind, way back when I started studying Buddhism—it was pretty scary.

When I thought about “losing my individuality” I thought along the lines of being assimilated into the Borg borgor becoming a Bugger from Ender’s Game. Maybe becoming enmeshed in terms of psychology, or co-dependent.  Or becoming a cult member. There was a sense of loss of our own will, and becoming subservient to some other, greater will.  Perhaps I thought of fascism (The symbolism of the fasces suggested strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break), or the rule of the mob, the insanity of the mob.

But the view here is not that we become subservient to some greater will, and that our will disappears.  There is a saying I found in “Be Here Now” which says “what can’t be said can’t be said, and it can’t be whistled either. And to be honest, I don’t know how to say this, but to give you some idea, I’d like to share what happened first time I came across and saw and maybe met Chogyam Trungpa, at Cornell University, in 1971 or so.

One of his student was talking about ‘invisible beings”—which sounded to me like Gods or Angels or something to that effect—and I asked, “Do they really exist?”

And the student instantly replied; “No.”  Then he paused – and thinking back on that pause I suspect that student was Jewish, having a good sense of humor and timing – “no more than you exist.”

So if I am just an s-fractal, made up of and being part of innumerable other s-fractals, there is no “master fractal.”  Which might link to Joanne’s suggesting that “God Evolves.” Not just our understanding of G*d evolves, but G*d actually evolves.