Ray’s Rays Number 17
Fuck the Upgrade
Radiance Angelina Petro
Q-Anon, whacked UFO cults, and many fringe “New-Agers,”
often talk about waiting for the cosmic DNA upload,
the divine upgrade that will give them superpowers.
They speak of having a new, alien-given matrix
downloaded into our consciousness.
One of the thing that troubles me about con-spiritualists
is their comparing the human brain to a computer.
Of course, this is by far not the worst thing they do.
Along with their strange bedfellows—the extreme right
terrorists of the evangelical variety—they’re causing
more death, violence, hatred, transphobia, racism, Islamophobia,
an antisemitism at one time than this country has ever seen.
Addressing their language though is important—the terms they use.
By comparing people to machines, especially computers,
they further dehumanize others and put themselves above others.
Their believe their upgrades and downloads and uploads make them better
than the sheeples. They make them more cosmically aware
and give them advanced states of consciousness
that fuels their white supremacy. These terms are now
a part of our everyday vocabulary, and it is degrading.
Resist this type of computerization of the human being.
Change the analogies, comparisons, and metaphors
to ones of nature. We must get ourselves out of the machine-
consciousness and back to earth. It’s about descending
not ascending. Instead of getting alien downloads,
let’s cultivate the gardens of our hearts, let’s weed out
self-hate, and plant self-love. Let’s plant seeds of compassion
and community. Let’s water the gardens of our communities
with love and the sweat of our activism. We are not machines.
We are not spirits in the machine. We are people.
The more we resist the computerization of our language
the more empowered we’ll be. Using computer comparisons
disregards the horrors of colonization—it forgets the US is occupied
territory. It is designed to divert our attention from the earth,
the marginalized, and the real issues at hand. Resist it.
Stay human and humane.