Do What The Robot Says

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The rise and rise of the consumer zombie apocalypse

Mindlessly sleepwalking, texting and screen-swiping through the city-streets

From left to right, in dumbed-down, eyes-to-the-ground, automation

A brain-dead-lack of independent thinking

Pre-programmed avoidance conditioning

With an absence of common greetings, such as; ‘Hello’ and ‘Good morning

A singular, lack of sympathetic, or empathetic acknowledgment of other human beings

Resulting in an epidemic of narcissism, that’s hardwired-in

No choice now but to swallow the smart-sim pill

To give away one’s power and abdicate all free will

To become another blue dot in the GPS matrix

Trapped inside-the-box, with all the other clones and non-descript profile-pics

Caged in a wall-less prison of barcodes, passcodes, and ‘QR Codes’

Caught in the crossfire of the compulsory upgrade download

Every hour, on the hour, half past the hour

Bowing on ones knees to the corporate Mecca

Oh Hail! Oh Hail! Seduced by the god of strategic product placement

And the religion of subliminal advertising

Another cog in the machine of aspirational lifestyle desire and consumerism

Complicit in the capitalist pursuit of en-mass homogenisation

A world-wide osmosis of ‘bland’ and ‘same’

At the expense of environmental annihilation and plundering

Hoodwinked into relinquishing all responsibility

A soulless, loveless, absence of integrity

Towards ecological-sustainability and the community

Pulverised into oblivion

I’m alright Jack! Get your own comfort-zone

And if/when you do, then I’ll be back to undermine and humiliate you

To justify my taking it all away from you

Even if we share the same DNA, or went to the same school, OK

Apparently all’s fair in the world of ones and zero’s

And the nine-to-five, tick-tock, tick-tock!

And the loopholes in the microscopic small print

And the disclaimer in the extremely long T’s & C’s (that no one ever reads)

Just click ‘Agree’, download the App, and ‘BUY NOW!’ Click! Click! Click!

Now! Now! Now! Yesterday! On the double-quick! Quick! Quick!

The sooner we can shaft you with a ‘Continuous Payment Authority’ on the sly

Just fill out the form, tick the check-box and apply

More credit, more loans, more interest-free

More repossessed homes and hi-jacked property

Because you must do what society says in order to be ‘happy

You must have ‘more’ don’t you know? And you must believe what the newspapers say

In order to be a good citizen

So run along now and be a good little human

And do exactly what the robot says, even if it’s morally and spiritually reprehensible, or even criminal

Be a good little robot and do what the program says

Just like all the other robots out there, who-once-were-good-people

Who forgot what their dreams were in the harsh light of day

Who stopped believing that their dreams might just be possible

And can’t even remember who they once were all those years ago, anyway

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Cat Catalyst © iPoem Ltd 2016

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Commissioned by ‘Beyond The Clones’ for their forthcoming EP
https://www.facebook.com/Beyondtheclones/

Align Right

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Artist’s Statement / Vision

I am an artist and a poet. My practice is about sharing personal truth, insight and revelation about the human experience inspired by life.

I attempt to do this through the written and spoken word, events and installation, multi-media, mixed media, and technology.

My objective is to extend an invitation to commit to the communication of wellbeing, self-love, inner-peace and connectivity, so that in the face of surmounting state austerity and corporate greed, where the quarterly profit margin is prioritised over and above family, community, human dignity and environmental sustainability, one can offer a healthy comparison.

This can be achieved by engaging in right-brain activities that reconnects an individual with a sense of innocence and play in order to rediscover and form new neurological pathways in the brain.

In this way, according to brain scientist: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor; one can choose to ‘step to the right of one’s left hemisphere’ at any given moment in time, in order to run the ‘deep inner-peace circuitry’ that is characteristic of the right hemisphere of the brain.

In the words of Thích Nhất Hạnh: ‘Peace is every step’ however, in order to walk a path of ‘mindfulness’ (ie: left and right hemispheres working together) one must keep challenging one’s concepts of self-identity (left hemisphere) within the context of the larger scheme of things (right hemisphere), to move beyond old limiting programming and divisive stereotypical-labels such as gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, salary, postcode, elitism, etc. to redefine the boundaries of ones inherited cultural and social roles.

This constitutes a hemispherical union that initiates self-love and facilitates it’s outer expression as compassion and humility.

This is the true sense of the co-joining, dovetailing union between Yin and Yang. For Yin and Yang is not something out there, these qualities exist within ones own cranium. It is the perpetual dance of duality and polarity within the self and within each other. Love is unity. Fear is the division of unity.

In order for humanity to evolve humanity must learn to engage and apply both sides of the brain equally. Not one to the exclusion of the other, but both, to integrate the perspective of the ‘I’ and the ‘I am’ as part of the ‘Whole’, the ‘We are’, and the: we are all here now and in this together.

This is also the reason for why humanity appears not to have evolved beyond the multiplicity of the ego, and appears to be making exactly the same mistakes related to power, greed, control, self-importance, conflict and war etc., as it was thousands of years ago, because humanity’s decision making process is still dominated by the same left-brained ego-mind that operates solely from a place of self-interest and instant, short-term gratification, without engaging the vision for a long-term communal best interest that is characteristic of the right-brain.

As soon as we choose to come online to embrace and integrate the sensory nature of the right hemisphere of the brain, to support and balance our left-brain thought processes, humankind will make monumental leaps and bounds forwards, discovering and developing a plethora of new, exciting and inspirational ways to cement a deeper sense of communal responsibility, committed to finding ecologically sustainable growth solutions whilst healing old grievances easily and effortlessly.

Author and spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson says that: “Righteousness means ‘right use’ of the mind and the only right use of the mind is love”.

And so I propose that this is how one can begin making heart-supported choices, by engaging our right hemispheres of our brains, (the sensory, feeling, center that connects the heart, tempers the ego and is committed to communicating peace) to balance and support our logical, rational, thinking left-brain, (the ego-mind that offers the incessant internal dialogue that can often border upon the tyrannical) creating an inner-outer union, rather than tension.

This union between the hemispheres is the process of becoming fully conscious, where the ‘Off’ becomes an ‘On’ and where the ‘Zero’ becomes a ‘One’. This is also how consciousness can spread like a wildfire virus, where whole countries can become united over night, just like switching on an electric light. Align Right.

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Research

  • Dr Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke of Insight:
    A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (Published by Hachette UK, 2009)
  • Thích Nhất Hạnh – Peace is Every Step (Published by Bantam Books, USA, 1991)
  • Karen Lazar – Hemispheres: Inside a stroke (Published by Modjaji Books and Worldreader, South Africa, 2011)
  • Marianne Williamson – ‘The Law of Divine Compensation’ (Published by HarperOne, USA, 2012)

Soul Contract

Whatever challenges one has to face on the earthly plane

Are all part of ones ‘Soul Contract’

An agreement one made before life down here, manifest became

Staying mindful not to confuse ones true identity, upon contact

With illusory roles of the material world of same

For in so doing one forsakes ones spiritual reality

Which is actually ones primary identity

As ones spiritual growth involves giving up the stuck-fast stories of ones past

So that the Universe may rewrite new improved ones for you

Which it cannot do

While one is still a prisoner of ‘personal attachment’

A slave to ones ego-mind and the habitual inner-tyrant

For an untrained mind can become ones own worst enemy

With old distress tapes on constant rewind

But fortunately, these can easily be retrained, or realigned

With a few simple affirmations (to call forth honourable intention)

So that one can reclaim inner calm and liberate peace of mind

Enough to keep ‘Paying it forward’

Time after time after time

And then some
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Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.

What is a ‘Soul Contract‘?