Noah’s Twitter Deluge

To be alive today is to drown in data…

Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks, 1846
Noah’s Ark by Edward Hicks, 1846

Now the earth was corrupt in GNON’s sight and was full of violence. So GNON said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks, and make it immune to Twitter, Facebook, and cable TV.  I am going to bring a deluge of information, unending news, tweets, and endless status updates on the earth to distract all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it, until they fade from existence.

…modernity is selecting for those who resist modernity.

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7 thoughts on “Noah’s Twitter Deluge

  1. Technology gives us such a vast menu of dopamine hits that “get married, have sex, and raise children” has fallen far down on the to-do list.

    I predict that by 2200, the temperate latitudes will be inhabited mostly by Amish and similar sects, and the tropics by naked savages running around the jungle poking each other with sharpened sticks. The Industrial Revolution shall be undone not by a lack of raw materials but by a lack of people.

    Mormons and Catholics probably won’t survive, as SJWs are already infiltrating their hierarchies and corrupting their doctrines. (The Amish have neither hierarchy nor mass media, so nothing to infiltrate.) With no one to buy their oil or pay them welfare benefits, Muslims will fade into the sharpened-stick tribes.

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  2. Locally the Amish are avid hunters and armed.

    …modernity is selecting for those who resist modernity…..
    May it be so. Though there are more sects then Amish having large families and the only way pacifists survive is because others are willing to commit violence on their behalf

    But the notion it will be all Amish by 2200 doesn’t seem to factor in the diversity already inhibiting the temperate latitudes

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  3. Context is important. Torah is clear that Gnon/Hashem selects against density. Cain was a city builder (and farmer vs. shepherd), Abraham was super salty towards the cities he visited because he thought they might kill him to rape his wife. Furthermore, it’s not modernity, but the plenty that comes with it that we are warned against. “You will grow fat and kick,” Moses warned us. As we are relieved of a marginal existence in which our normal signalling is best suited (signaling material plenty indicates a genuine improved survival rate for offspring), holiness signaling replaces physical status signaling.

    Spare the rod, spoil the child. When a child is spoiled materially, we can easily grok the outcome. Today’s poorest children have more toys that Charlemagne’s did. This is the same mechanism. How to correct for this? I took my family to orthodox Judaism because they have birth rates that suggest a degree of immunity to these pressures. Lately, I grow less confident in the capacity of their defenses (for reasons too complicated and long for this comment). There are some simple ideas that, if understood, might inoculate a population from these pressures, but the first step is to push back against density and get our youth off the Internet (which is itself a form of social density). This probably merits an essay, but perhaps the ramifications are implicit to the clever folks around these parts.

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