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<eyebeam><blast> a relational plane
_a physical representation is people standing in
crowds/mobs all over the world and every person is
touching other people and being touched on all sides and
the entire mob is moving in towards some center all the
time and shifting like a gelatin being squeezed between
fingers and parting and coming back together. every
person(node) is a center with others pressing in towards
them. the constant motion of this collective can be seen to
make predictable patterns as an observer steps farther
and farther away and the complexity fades and as one
steps back farther still one begins to see that this totality of
networked people is really only a moving pattern that is a
small complexity of a larger pattern as bodies of matter
and living things move and pull each other along through
_but this network moves and works on more than just this
physicality, this touchy-feely push & pull plane of space.
imagine that this crowd of people pushing together across
the land of the earth are literally dynamic space markers
and that they all move and each node changes space as it
pushes through and is pulled but that the primary function
of the whole web is to occupy this all of this space all of
this time and that the chaos of movement within the web is
acceptable so long as there are no holes and the
perimeters continue to encompass the edges of the land.
imagine that these people, these nodes, can do more than
just reach and touch the ten or so people who immediately
surround them. say that every one of them can move in
another way without neglecting the necessity of physical
presence which their function as space markers demand.
every node can float above the crowd and find freedom of
movement. It becomes possible to jump instantly from any
point in this plane to any other point and this means
freedom to relate. say that this plane is still a mental
construct and perhaps it is.
each node from its new vantage point in floating space
_can now consider the crowd and catalogue it in their
consciousness and see that it moves. watch the centricity
of the body pull other nodes close and surround itself as
densely as it can, this inevitably strong shielding of the self.
imagine this new plane as hazy perhaps and certainly
diffuse and spread all around the physical like many
blankets that cannot quite stop the seep and bite of cold.
_see that there are huge centers of energy like suns where
people gather and throb. movement is a thought. an idea
actualized in the mind and experienced there too. there are
many holes in this node's sight and large barren spaces
with small clusters of dim light everywhere in between.
sometimes there are single specks of thought that stay
stationary and call out to no one. sometimes burning traps
that actualize for you and show you sacred code.
_see that there are communities here too and protuberant
clusters of nodes that glow fiercely towards some middle
and grab out towards everything else and suck it all inside.
bustling intranets and then castles too that think their maps
into law. incestual centers that work energy forever into
the middle and strive towards a cycle of endless
diminishing returns. and recede and fade until these
centers are tiny pinholes of light in an encompassing
blankness with glaring behemoths that suck up energy on
_and imagine that there are others alongside you receding
backwards and taking it in and popping back and forth to
sell what they know. imagine that the pinpoints and great
suns and solitary specks sometimes flicker and swell and
that sometimes they split in half. imagine that it is hard to
notice and that it doesn't take up any space. look down
and notice that you cannot see your feet but some node is
stepping on your shoe.
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