The Museum of Vestigial Desire

Self

Who are we? How do we know who we are?

Is there an absolute constant answer to these questions or only a wavering inconsistent one?

If there is an absolute answer then why are we not born with it? Why do we need to go around solving a puzzle and accessing a mythological landscape to know this answer? Why is the answer not immediate, why is it elusive?

How do we achieve the mastery over the knowledge required to know ourselves?

Answers to these questions are possible only after experiencing a deep personal stroke of a clarity that comes from self-observation and more important self-reading. How do we know? We read ourselves.

Abrasion

We want to render ourselves on the outside the way we are on the inside. Actually the outside and the inside demarcation is fictitious. It does not really exist. Because of factors like inhibition and interference, this false boundary wall gets constructed. The way to pierce this boundary is to express our selves in the most real way possible. But this is sometimes likely to be abrasive. Being abrasive might sometimes be contrary to our interests. But it is the only way to have a direct link to…

Sedimentation

We live sedimented lives. That is, we become who we are day by day. We become something because we want to become that and because we have some vision or image in our heads. And after that it becomes a day to day progression. We have a story and the story is revealed one thread at a time. We never know too much about our own self. We know only as much as the previous episode of revelation told us. So the continuity of revelations emerging is important and also the dynamic summation of who we…

Non-distinction

We are in a field. Our value in the field is equal to the total value of the field divided by the number of entities in the field (fx). We can never rise above the field. We are part of the field automatically as we start producing. For, the field comprises of those who produce or actively contemplate production. What does it mean to be a part of the field? Does it imply any code of conduct? To remain a part of the field, one must not choose to rise above it. Yearning for distinction in any…

Why

The question why can be very broad or very narrow. Never anything in the middle. We can deal with every question as a question in the moment, not a question that we need to reflect on within the scope of our whole self. In the moment we only look at the bitstream data of the actions and thoughts that have flown through this mind across the last few minutes. In the scope of a few minutes, you might think that there is very less data to adequately grasp the gist of the person. But you are wrong.…

Who

When we refer to ourselves, whom do we refer to? Who are we? Why do you need to know? You ask us who we are as if we owe you an answer. But the truth is we don't. We don't owe you an answer because we think of ourselves as ones who have always been around and we think of you as someone who has just gotten to know us. So why should we offer you our identification on a platter. It is not easy to know us. You have to struggle, investigate, pay our games, be good favour. And then maybe we will…

Sociality

The definition of our audience means that we state our rationale of engagement with society. If we exist in a publicly accessible form, we need to state the scenarios for engagement that exist and be clear about sustaining those scenarios. Otherwise there are course-corrections later that even disrupt prior arrangements. We cannot deal with course-corrections so easily because we resist change that is a more reactionary measure than a natural evolutionary process. We are alright with the idea…

Content

Content is measured in terms of the potency of the message that comes across. No message or low message potency can mean that there is no content or low-intensity content transmitted. If it is not transmitted, it is not received. There can be excuses of course, that there is loss in the transmission and loss in the translation of thought to message and then message to thought back again, but we do not buy those excuses. As the originator of thought can easily account for the packet loss before…

Audience

Who is the other? Who listens when we speak? Is it fair to even expect someone to do so? What do non-committal responses to reports of experiences mean? Do they need to be taken seriously? Each experience is meant for a specific audience. If you cannot connect with something it means that it wasn't meant for you. There is no scope to judge the quality of an experience on the basis of dry third-party reportage. There is no way to judge an experience on the basis of an analysis that is…

Museum

The function of a museum is to create a fixed content pool with a uniform type of content. When such a uniform kind of content is created, it becomes a body that establishes a radioactive presence of its own. After a point, when a specific presence has become magnetic and retains a certain potency, things go on a kind of auto-pilot. This auto-pilot is a free float that has a horizontal direction. It is a slow free-fall that performs a displacement without consuming too much energy. Museums…

Vestigial

When auto-triggered desires constantly and recurrently lead to instabilities, we call them vestigial. A vestigial entity exists and at the same time it is not needed. In a world of necessary presences, where the rare surplus element is immediately ploughed back into the raw stock, it is not easily understandable why vestigial entities would be allowed to exist. Why does culture allow vestigial desires to exist? Why haven't they gone extinct in the course of time? There must be a higher purpose…

Remote

The remote in the context of a browser and the remote in the context of regular, everyday experience are two different things. In the scope of experience, outside the browser, the remote encompasses all the experiences that are at that moment not current. Currentness decides the split between the experiences that are local and the ones that are remote. In experiential terms we value the local over the remote. The local is the currently unraveling experience, the remote is either the past or the…

Desire

Desire is the seed of life. What if the desire of humanity as a mass became depressed? Would it lose the will to survive beyond a generation? Desire is a trigger. Triggers also need to be fired. How does desire get triggered? Emotion is a catalyst that gets born in your interaction with the world. It is the lubricant that eases social situations. Emotion is born to trigger desires. And when this happens, the desires become real. After a point emotion and desire seem to be entwined in such a…

Browser

We access what we need to experience just in time. We do not store any content locally. When you store content locally, and you do not refresh it often, you run the risk of possessing a content-body that is out of sync. Out of sync content bodies do not bear any weight. They can sink without any trace. Such bodies do not have anything to contribute to the conversation. What does going out of sync mean? Imagine a pool of organic matter. Each instance of the bitstream of the pool's continuum…