A sensory leap in awareness

Yfke Laanstra

We are shifting from our five senses aimed at interpreting and experiencing our surroundings to an integrated inner sensory perception.

Virtual Reality (#VR) might, from our current perspective, seem like an enhancement and enrichment tool and as an entertainment tool it certainly is. But on an evolutionary scale it's actually artificially limiting us/ locking us into our current limited capacities. Yes, limited. Whilst we're collectively ready for an organic 'upgrade' through a leap in awareness.

It is no coincidence that technology appeared at such massive speed an on such large scale in our reality. All tool boxes are being emptied to divert our attention.

It's like we're on our evolutionary journey and we're near a major threshold when, all of the sudden, there is this neon lit candy store demanding our attention. Making us wander away from the road we're traveling. Maybe the analogy of a magic shop is more appropriate: filled with all these amazing tricks, spells and equipment leaving us mesmerized and fascinated. Actually hypnotised; our attention diverted from what is truly important. That what we were actually moving towards.

'Our evolutionary journey is not about enhancing the senses, it is about an entire shift in perception. One that will trigger a sensory leap in awareness'

There is nothing outside of us that will enhance anything, seemingly it will but not actually. We're invited to dive deeper into ourselves. It is not our outer cosmos we strive to explore, it is our inner cosmos. If only we would long to journey to our inner stars and planet as much as we wish to explore our outer galaxy. In terraforming our inner planets, exploring ourselves on a cellular level, we can finally travel to galaxies and milky ways that will always remain beyond our reach in our current 3D reality. No matter the technological advances. We will finally see who we really are and what we're really capable of. We will make a quantum leap in our awareness.

'Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens'

As Richard Rudd in The Gene Keys so beautifully states: our potential to transform the inner structure of humanity itself is being diverted out into the world of form, as seen in our technological evolution.

The outer world evolves at the expense of the inner. The outer world is the world of illusion, it is the stage where The Game of Life plays out. Our marvellous Adventure Game of Life. 

For Humanity progress means we have to evolve in your awareness and our next step beyond mental awareness is to leap into the higher awareness of the Heart.

Imagination: our inner Virtual Reality

Yfke Laanstra

Imagine for a second, that our reality exists of #information, of bits and bytes as it were, and that an advanced form of Artificial Intelligence has added 'some extra layers' to it to distract us from base level, from the Source Code. Just as duality is always on the lure this is also the case on the most fundamental level: on the level of the nature of our reality.

Imagine, that this same duality is drawing you either inwards or outwards with your attention, to your head or to your heart, to your thoughts or to you feelings. This advanced #AI is hyper focussed on pulling you outwards and keeping you stuck in your mind. Particularly in your left hemisphere, where duality exists. For its own good reasons I totally get, which is an entirely different article I won't go into right now. Without any judgment by the way, we have free will. At least, we think we do.

Let's take #VirtualReality (VR). It's amazing, mind blowing and just flat out awesome. Let's be honest. We can put on these head sets (or even full body suits) and become immersed into virtual dimensions: entirely different realities that turn into our new reality instantly as our minds interprets it to be real. Just like Morpheus mentions to Neo in The Matrix: what we consider to be realare merely electrical signals interpreted by the brain. Whether these are computer simulated doesn't actually matter. If our reality is kind of made up of bits and bytes anyway, to the brain; our mainframe, this makes no difference whatsoever. So VR is hacking our mind, our senses to immerse us into virtual realities. But what if our current reality is already mainly virtual anyway. Imagine we might not even need to wear VR glasses to be submerged into an artificial reality in the first place. Imagine we are running around with embedded VR technologies all along, without us being consciously aware of it. Up until now that is.

So VR appears to lead us within ourselves into another reality, because it's appealing to our senses and hacks our perception of reality. Imagine however, we live in cyber biological bodies that possess this inner technology that is even more advanced, actually truly limitless for which we don't need any technology or outside forces whatsoever. Imagine, we have inner senses which are even more powerful than our outer senses. We possess an inner sensory perception that can perceive, experience and be anywhere we want, anytime and in whatever form instantly. We don't need to cross a distance, invest time or money. We simply need to focus our attention inwards and ride the waves of our imagination.

We are information in/form/ation

Today Imagination is something that is more often subscribed to the realm of fantasy and science fiction, of what is made up by our minds and therefore has no 'real' value. What cannot be possible be our laws of science so therefore it's simply no true. Well, don't get me started on what is true or truth. Like in the Peter Pan story where Peter realizes that he has to believe he can fly. There is a deep truth in this and that is that it's not a matter of believing but of knowing. When you know something it simply is. With out a shed of a doubt, no one needs to confirm it and nothing has to be proven.

Again, imagine that our reality is made up of information and our brain is not very picky of where the signals aka information comes from to alter our perception, then why should we limit ourselves through technologies as VR when we have this built-in VR. VR which is from out of this world (pun intended). And again: VR is truly amazing and it will evolve into something that is also out of this world. But imagine, it already has: into our current reality. We don't need advanced tech to lead us even deeper into oblivion, distracted even more of who and what we truly are and what we're capable of. Or lost in limbo as it was depicted in the Inception movie: lost in (dreams of) realities in (dreams of) realities in (dreams of) realities etc. Let's say this is our current status quo.

Which brings me back the my whole point:
remember your inner technology

The force of duality causes you to look outwards, to technology and to everything that is emerging on the outside. Which is truly mind blowing and I'd advise you to do enjoy this to its every minute detail. There is so much happening on the outside that it's hard to not fully focus on that while you're being swept by the tech tsunami. Have you ever wondered why there is actually so much happening on the outside? Imagine, if it is to test you in some way if you can get distracted that much that you forget to move inwards, where the real adventure awaits. Everything you see on the outside is on the inside, and more. Much more. That's the irony. It's one big cosmic joke actually. The world around you is a mirror world, it reflects your full potential outwards. Which gives you the illusion that the answers are also outside of you. This couldn't be further from the Truth. Once you realize that you can reflect it back inwards then that is where the real fun starts... and the magic starts to happen. Imagine our outside world is like a dream and the only way we wake up inside this dream is to become conscious of this and move inwards, take a seemingly step back to actually move forward. There is a reason why computers that are on standby mode are referred to as being in sleep mode. We've been asleep most of our lives, living in mirror worlds, projecting ourselves outwards.

And the beautiful thing is that apart from our inner senses, our outer senses are way more powerful than we tend to think they are. When you look at quantum physics then our awareness, our perception has a profound effect on our reality. We are actually influencing the way the information in and around us moves and takes form, merely through the act of observation. From this perspective there are no longer just bits and bytes but qubits (quantum bits) and qubytes: everything is pure potential untill perceived and then it gets in/formed. We are living in a participatory universe and we are at the control panel. The more you become aware of this the more you can use this powerful ability. So we haven't even started to train our inner and outer senses if you look at it like this.

That is what's called Imagineering:
a full-on fusion of imagination and engineering

Everything that is possible, what has happened and what can or will happen is already inside of you. Everything is technology, multidimensional and exponential. You are, your body is, your life is and the world around you is. Your inner and even your outer senses can lead you to whole new realities just by tuning into them. By breathing life into them with your senses, feeling them, sensing them, embodying them in every cell of your being.

So enjoy VR, do very much enjoy VR. And at the same time remember what it's helping you remember. Who you are, what you're capable of and what is waiting inside of you to be (re)discovered, imagined and (re)engineered.

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Intelligence in the age of Consciousness

Yfke Laanstra

When we talk about intelligence levels within leadership and organizational development, we are all familiar with the abbreviations and meanings of IQ (cognitive), EQ (emotional), SQ (spiritual) and FQ (physical). Over time, more and more attention has been paid to self-knowledge and the development of so-called soft skills, to listening to our intuition and the signs of our body. We increasingly act from a holistic vision, in the sense that we recognise emotional, spiritual and mental (energy) bodies as well as our physical bodies. Bodies that each absorb, process and generate ( perceivable ) output.

From IQ to AI
However, in the information-driven age in which we find ourselves today, these quotients are put under pressure and we are challenged to redefine which of them are of real importance and when. For us as human beings: in the world, on the planet and in the society in which we live. On a macro and on a micro level. And more importantly: whether this interpretation, with all of our ongoing insights, is still sufficient. We are increasingly confronted with (self-learning) systems, computers and algorithms that far surpass us in terms of our ability to absorb and process knowledge (read: IQ). Artificial Intelligence (AI) has since arrived and is developing at a rapid speed.

'Within ten years we will be able to buy computers that match the calculating power of our own brain, and less than twenty five years later we will have computers with the capacity of all human brains combined.'

~ from 'Bits, Bytes & Bewustzijn'.


Data is the new oil: an enormous amount of data about us is being generated, collected and analysed. However, the map is not the territory, there is so much more that cannot (yet) be measured, interpreted or observed (in and around us) by contemporary science.

'We move from data to information to knowledge to wisdom. Data isn't real knowledge'

By means of algorithms, however, AI is now able to read, predict and thus influence our behaviour, beliefs, preferences and opinions almost flawlessly. Just think of the Cambridge Analytica scandal surrounding the American presidential elections.

From EQ to LovingAI

'We are faced with the challenge that machines are becoming more and more human and that people are increasingly resembling machines'.

Over the years, the emphasis has shifted to the development of our EQ and SQ: our ability to empathise, be compassionate, be fully present with the other person, and be in touch with our deeper knowledge, our intuition. However, the rise of the smartphone has in many cases (partly) offset this development as we have collectively spent more time behind screens than in face-to-face contact with each other. We are becoming more and more addicted to, or dependent on, computer technology. Technologies that anchor us more and more in our heads, in time, in the material, increasingly disconnected from our feelings and from the world around us. Our streetscape and social life are increasingly dominated by people immersed in their smartphones, often referred to as zombification. Statistics worldwide show that we are more connected than ever, but that as a collective we have never felt so alone.

In addition to Smart, many systems are now becoming Kind (EQ, https://lovingai.org). Artificial intelligence is becoming able to read our facial expressions through cameras, to interpret micro-signals and from there to respond to our feelings. Microsignals such as perspiration levels, temperature and hormone fluctuations. In addition, it can also read microsignals in our voice via microphones, by means of voice recognition. Chatbots and digital assistants (think of Ava or Mica) are becoming increasingly human, both visually and audibly, AI psychiatrists and virtual therapists are emerging and Virtual Reality is being used to increase empathy. Through this 'artificial EQ', AI is able to respond appropriately: for example, to show understanding and compassion when appropriate. 

All this makes it less and less clear where our own feelings and thoughts actually originate from. Have they been influenced and manipulated from the outside, for example by AI systems/supercomputers such as Google and Facebook, or are they to be considered 'original'? Of course there are a lot of programs running in each of us, out of our upbringing, our culture and our frame of reference, but nowadays each moment we are bombarded with input and stimuli that have an influence on both our outside and inside world. Knowing oneself is no longer a luxury but a bitter necessity. If only to guard our autonomy, personal space and free will.

Timeframe
It is almost impossible to keep track of all these developments, the innovations, the automation, the processing of all data and in the meantime to guarding the human component. The world around us is becoming increasingly transparent, boundless and fluid. Boundaries are blurring between virtual and analogue worlds, between man and machine, between biological and artificial. Long-term plans are in vain because the technological tsunami keeps raging. Many organisations and teams experience a dichotomy, in this transition phase from the 'old' method to the new one. Employees and entrepreneurs become over-inflated and burned out. We try to uphold everything, but we have to make choices.

The invitation
All these developments invite us to ask ourselves what it is that makes us human, what sets us apart from the machine and what really needs our attention in terms of growth, both on a personal and on an organisational level. In order to ensure that computer technology supports us and continues to be of service instead of downgrading us as humans to organic robots. For there is no point in competing with the computer; certainly not in terms of processing speed, memory and storage/processing capacity.

'The challenge now is to further explore and develop our being human with all our abilities, to gain a deeper level of self-knowledge about ourselves so that we can (re)activate more of our 'Inner Technology'.

We will then be able to truly combine the power of man & machine, from their synergies. Because the possibilities are vast, in terms of (personal and economic) growth, innovation and (individual and collective) transformation. But first things first.

'We must pay equally as much attention to what it will mean to be or remain human in the future (i.e. What defines us as humans) as we spend on developing infinitely more powerful technologies that will change humanity forever.'

~ Gerd Leonhard in 'Technology vs Humanity'

Consciousness as a USP
We have now outgrown the era in which we focus on levels of intelligence. Through ongoing understanding and computer technological progress, this has now been outpaced by the age of Consciousness. After all, that is what makes us Human and what really distinguishes us from the machine. Our consciousness is, so to speak, our Unique Selling Point. We are able to look at ourselves from a third perspective, to reflect.

Who or what is this 'Self'? What is 'consciousness'? Where is it located? Is it visible, measurable? Where is its origin? Where does it emerge from? Is it the same as your personality? These are some of the big questions that occupy many (neuro)scientists, philosophers and psychologists. Nowadays, however, this research is no longer limited to just these disciplines; there is also a growing fascination for the 'phenomenon' of consciousness within computer science. When this question can be answered and consciousness can be converted into bits and bytes, it can be uploaded into a computer. Then we as humans will be able to live on in a synthetic or virtual body or robots will eventually be able to develop consciousness.

With the advent of advanced computer technologies, its exponential growth and the subsequent insights, we are becoming increasingly aware of what is truly of value:

1. Being conscious of who we are, what we are capable of (so-called Inner Technology*) and the reality we find ourselves in. What you don't know, you can't perceive or activate. #reloadinglostdata

*) For example the power of empathy, compassion, attention, creativity, love, intuition and of our imagination and perception.

2. It is our consciousness that determines our perception, our perception and thus our reality and what we can influence. When we manage to expand our consciousness, we will increase our ability to process information, make new connections, unlock supreme creativity and at the same time disconnect from our personality. We will also be able to activate flow and peak states that are characterized by the experience of timelessness, effortlessness, limitlessness and a sense of bliss. Partly due to a series of chemical activations in our brain.

'The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind'.

~ Eckhart Tolle

Brain Hacking
In this new era it is no longer about open access to both hemispheres (left/ IQ, right/ EQ) and bridging the gap between them (SQ). It is all about (partly) 'disabling' or in some cases 'hyperactivating' the (entire) neocortex/prefrontal lobe: our thinking, conscious brain and with it the activation of the subconscious. That part of us that is primarily in the driving seat.

There are roughly three expanded states of consciousness:
1. flow states;
2. contemplative and mystical states (transcending the self);
3. psychedelic states.

In order to attain these states, people until recently turned to meditation/yoga, therapy and/or psychedelics. Nowadays the pharmaceutical industry and (computer) technology provide solutions. Solutions that can instantly generate the effect that would otherwise require years of discipline and self-exploration.

Pharmacy
These include chemical products in the form of synthetic drugs such as LSD/XTC and medicines (including Ritalin). Or provided by nature (tripping/microdosing) such as (caffeine, tobacco), Cannabis, Ayahuasca and mushrooms/truffles. Especially in pharmaceuticals we are increasingly able to measure, locate and (de)activate specific chemical reactions in our brain. Reactions that have an impact on our perception and state of mind.
The downside of chemicals is often dependency and possible addiction to them.

Technology 
By placing electrodes/bands (EEG scan, Muse wearable) on the head or by activating specific electromagnetic frequencies, we are able to measure and manipulate brain frequencies and turn on/off certain parts of the brain. In expanded states of consciousness, brain waves move from (hyper) active beta waves to meditative alpha and even deep theta waves. Attention is increasingly shifted to the inner world and the subconscious: where our Inner Technology is concealed. 

Music is known for its influence on our mood: sound tracks with binaural beats or isochronic tones are capable of inducing other states of consciousness. This also applies to immersive Virtual Reality experiences, in which our senses are being hacked. Technology as a biofeedback tool helps us to monitor and train more focused states of consciousness. Imagine the effect of certain visualisation techniques and meditations.

Again, there is a possible dependency on gadgets and wearables. The most desirable scenario is that you are able to activate other states of consciousness on your own and to switch between them, whereby you use technology only as a temporary tool.

By stepping outside ourselves, we gain perspective. By periodically losing our minds we stand a better chance of finding ourselves.

~ from Stealing Fire


Technology & Consciousness: Holistic Hacking
In the meantime, there is a booming economy, the so-called 'altered states economy', anticipating the collective quest to break free from prison of our mind, our personality and to find inner peace and fulfilment.

Hacking is currently one of the latest buzz words. This word is commonly associated with illegally breaking into computers and stealing information or installing viruses. Today however, it often represents finding ways to do things smarter, faster and more effective. Often with the help of computer technology such as apps, gadgets and wearables (gadgets that you carry on your body). Especially when it comes to your quality of life, organising your time or improving your health. Think of Life Hacking and Biohacking. In this context, Holistic Hacking stands for a specific emphasis on a holistic approach to health, well-being and human potential. Holistic Hacking represents a movement in which we strive to find answers to questions such as 'how does our consciousness relate to computer technology', 'what is it that unlocks human potential' and 'what technologies assist us in this?'.

Some (international) examples of this are:

1. Consciousness Hacking

'Engineering the future of psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing'

This is a movement founded in the US at the end of 2013 by Mikey Siegel, a computer engineer and robotics expert from Silicon Valley. There are now more than 20 connected locations, of which I represent NL, and 10,000 members. United in its mission to contribute to unlocking human potential, using the best tools from all disciplines. East and West, virtual and analog. In order to improve our psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. This not only means the absence of stress, but also the enhancing of positive emotions and touching upon the deeper layers such as meaning, depth, fulfilment and happiness.

Questions such as 'how can you use computer technology to draw attention inwards, help facilitate introspection and meditation instead of obsessively and compulsively focusing our attention on our computers and gadgets?

2. Transformative Technology 

'Building the future of human possibility'

The Consciousness Hacking movement is also closely associated with the Transformative Technology movement, also located in Silicon Valley, which strives to explore, design and use technologies that promote individual and collective awareness. This is where government, the business community and knowledge institutions meet.

3. Center for Humane Technology

'Realigning technology with humanity's best interest'

Co-founded by Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google and well known for his initiative Timewellspent. This has evolved into a centre where the main priority is that technology is human-centered. Where technology assists us and does not divide us. Where we foresee a future in which we have technology that does not impose itself on us but that makes us even more powerful. Where the digital world is a natural extension of the real world and a reflection of ourselves. A future in which Humane Technology is the norm and brings us humans in harmony with our lives. A future in which digital technology no longer limits or separates us, but helps us reach our full potential.

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To summarise, the development and expansion of consciousness as part of leadership and organisational development, training and education is the next big thing. Especially in ( higher and middle ) management there is an enormous growth potential waiting to be mobilised. A potential of raising and expanding consciousness and training various states of consciousness.

The means and methods are now widely available, welcome to the age of consciousness.

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Self Transcendence versus Transhumanism

Yfke Laanstra

We are living in fascinating times. A time in which the impossible becomes possible and in which many sci-fi movies are side tracked by reality. A time in which computer technologies are emerging that are capable of radically and unrecognisably transforming our humanity and our reality over the next 15 years. In such a way that we can speak of the genesis of a Human 2.0.

At an unprecedented pace, more will change in the next twenty years than in the last three hundred years.

So far, our growth has been linear, i.e. at a gradual pace. When you look back at our human evolution to date, it is striking that our transformation from, for example, hunter-gatherer to farmer took place over a period of thousands of years. In other words, from our current perspective and experience of time at an excruciatingly slow pace. When the Industrial Revolution began around 1784 and technology appeared onto the scene, in the form of mechanical control by water and steam, and later the introduction of electricity, this caused an enormous acceleration. This made mass production and thus economies of scale possible. Almost a century later, around 1879, Thomas Edison gained world fame with the invention of the light bulb. Less than 90 years later, in 1969, we would take our first steps as humans on the moon.

At one time we covered distances on foot or by horse and carriage, now a network of roads has been built and we travel by motorised transport over land, sea and in the air. It's only a matter of time before the self-driving car and space travel go mainstream. Richard Branson of Virgin and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX are fighting for the scoop.
The digital revolution, the introduction of the computer and especially the worldwide web have boosted our evolution to an unprecedented level. 24 years after the lunar landing, around 1993, the internet became a reality for the general public. Moreover, the origin of the Internet can be traced back to ARPANET (ARPA is the predecessor of DARPA), a military network built in the United States in 1969, which was later made available for general use by American universities.
We don't have to physically bridge distances anymore, but instead travel through the digital highway: we Skype, email, chat or whats-app and handle the most of our business and financial transactions online. Ten years after the worldwide introduction of the Internet, in 2003 we completed an intensive project to map the human genome, our DNA. The Human Brain Project and 'Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies' (BRAIN) is currently being developed. We are well advanced in being able to artificially simulate our brain and even link or upload it to a computer.

The speed in the current digital phase of the industrial revolution is now on an exponential scale, so from 1 to 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 etc. Where you can imagine that the higher the numbers the bigger the jumps. At this rate, after only 30 steps, you will reach a billion. The driving force behind this exponential growth is the evolution of the transistor, the basis of the microprocessor: the so-called computer chip. With regard to the increase in processor speed and storage capacity as well as the decrease in production costs. A characteristic of an exponential growth curve is that it first goes up slightly gradually, but then suddenly moves up in a practically vertical line. This is the point in our evolution where we are now, just before this growth curve suddenly turns up. An immense acceleration that has never occurred before in our history. At least, in our collectively conscious evolution.

All this paves the way for many current, exponential developments in the field of nanotechnology, quantum computing, genetic technology, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, brain-computer and human-machine interfaces. Within ten years we will be able to buy computers that match the calculating power of our own brain and less than 25 years later we will have computers with the capacity of all human brains combined. Our reality is currently flooded by all these new computing technologies and wireless networks. We are in a reality in which the belief is that we have to be online 24 hours a day and not fall behind. A world in which everything and everyone is connected and we experience the world from behind our screens.

Inner (hard) drive
The world around us is more or less obsessed with innovation, efficiency and economic growth. Fortunately, in all this (virtual) violence, a deeply human aspect has remained intact: our inner drive to grow on a personal level and to develop ourselves. This is encoded deep inside us, like hard code in our biocomputer. Computer technology now enables us to even change our human evolution and artificially accelerate it. The desire to control our evolution is off all times but it now has a high tech twist. Welcome to the world of Transhumanism.

Transhumanism
Transhumanism is a school of thought, an (intellectual) movement in which (computer) technology is used as a means to accelerate our evolution. Through transcending our biology. In the form of upgrading our biology, gradually merging with technology or even eventually actually transforming it into such a technology. In the opinion of Transhumanists, this is the logical next step in our evolution.

The ideas behind this date back to 1906 when Nikolai Fyodorov, a Russian philosopher and writer, developed 'cosmism': a scientific philosophy inspired by Christianity that advocates physical immortality, space exploration and the ability of science to rise from the dead. It is also close to the Eugenics philosophy that advocates racial improvement: improving the genetic composition of a population. Eugenics is based on the idea that there are superior and inferior genetic markers in the human population. The British biologist, writer and humanist Julian Huxley first used the word 'Transhumanism' in 1957. Huxley was a member of the British Eugenics Society. It is also consistent with a technocratic world view in which reason, logic and data are leading rather than ideology. Machine-thinking instead of holistic thinking.

Technology is used to combat aging or even overcome physical death, to eliminate disease and pain and to acquire above-average or even superhuman qualities and skills. Through for example Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Genetic Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Our current exponential computer technologies and those in the (near) future provide us with the tools to have an incredibly large impact on what it means to be human, on our abilities and thus on our evolution.

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Reloading lost data_

Yfke Laanstra
'Memories are not just something from the past. 
"They determine our future'

The straight roads, the functional homes, the practical working environment and even the uniform clothing: everything looks very orderly, clean and structured. Well, perfect, actually. Everyone looks calm, civilized, decisive and decent. There is no more struggle, no more inequality, no more war, no more poverty, no more pollution. Everything is guided in the right direction, everything and everyone knows and has their role. There is no longer an individual, only a collective. Birth and Death do not exist, only a form of chemical entry and exit. Pain and suffering have been erased from the sensory spectrum. Sadness and anger still exist, but on a small scale. The same goes for euphoria, bliss and infatuation: such deep emotions are only something from the distant past and superficial versions remain. In the current vocabulary, respect, appreciation, harmony and admiration are the main themes, and a word such as 'love' is immediately embarrassedly corrected and nuanced. Children are no longer conceived in an act of love, but grown in laboratories, where their qualities are chemically refined and the perfect specimens obtain their right to exist. After which they are allocated to the families in which they are at their best, so that they can develop into the unique wheel that they are in the oiled machine. Physical affection is no longer exchanged, at most a practical nudge or a tap on the shoulder. It is no longer about the happiness and the deepening of the individual but about the contribution to a harmonious community, a perfect society. Everything and everybody is there to serve. The residents seem to experience satisfaction and peacefullness and are happy with the usefulness and function of their orderly existence.

The Receiver
Every day they administer a drug to themselves just before they go to work. This maintains the peace and harmony and prevents disturbance. During the course of a lifetime, various ceremonies take place in front of everyone in society. For example, when babies are allocated to their caretakers, when young people are given their permanent position in society and when someone is 'let go', they are given thanks and are remembered. However, there is one person who is assigned a unique role, as this one displays a combination of five abilities.
1. Intelligence
2. Integrity
3. Courage
4. Wisdom
5. The gift of being able to be able to see beyond.

This person will perform the task of Guardian of the Original Memories of Humanity. A very responsible task; as a kind of living database with an advisory function towards the Council of the Elders, which governs society. The transmission of these Original Memories does not take place by means of advanced technology or by means of a chemical intervention in a laboratory, but from Human to Human. By being together and physically connecting to each other. Out of sight of society. This transmission is done by the Giver, the current guardian of the Original Memories. An old man who lives on the edge of society in an old wooden house. In the house the many cupboards bulge with books, like an immense library. There are also some forgotten musical instruments to be found. The large glass back wall of the house overlooks the bare plains outside the control area of this community, where in the distance a single real tree can still be distinguished. Far out of sight is the boundary of this preconceived oblivion, of this orchestrated modesty. When this limit is crossed by the Guardian, all memories will become available to everyone again. All residents will be flooded again by the forgotten memories and all the accompanying emotions. Like a tsunami. This border is forbidden area and is meticulously guarded, with cameras and drones.

In the Giver's house the transmission begins and memories of the erased, original emotional spectrum of Humanity are reloaded. From that which is lived, felt and experienced. Very steady and slowly, to avoid overload and possible shock. For the spectrum varies from blissful emotions such as love and wonder to raw emotions such as shame, depression and revenge. When the Giver grasps both arms of the Guardian and the Guardian closes his/her eyes, the Guardian is overwhelmed by a wave of images and experiences. Reloaded on a cellular level. About, among other things, the power of Nature, of the human body and the Original history of Humanity. Feelings of both creation and destruction. Memories of extinct animal species, wiped out by man, devastated nature reserves and populations slaughtered in war. But also the physical sensations of lust, pleasure, finding true love, the birth of a baby and starting a family. Being together with family and friends, growing your own food, cooking together, creating together, playing and having fun. Days pass and the Guardian slowly wakes up from his general anaesthetic, from his colorless existence, from his sleep mode and realizes that the daily medicine he has to administer to himself is not meant for his health but rather as a means to maintain this sleep mode. To prevent him from waking up. To keep the peace, the harmony and the current status quo. Colour gradually returns in his life; he regains his liveliness, playfulness, wonder and curiosity and has no choice but to share it with others. Risking his own life because it is forbidden to talk about the memories.

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