Alternations to National Consciousness (Pt. I of III)

The concept of the digital realm represents the most physical manifestation of the Noösphere since the dawn of the 21st century. The Noösphere represents the worldwide realm of Human Consciousness, which in itself is comprised of various National Consciousnesses shaped by a National Essence and bound to a shared National Identity. Knowledge was passed down across generations through a spoken language that facilitated Oral Tradition, followed the advent of alphabets which made written language possible. This stockpiling of knowledge enabled humanity to eventually establish countless Cultures and Civilizations that rose and fell throughout world history. The domestication of animals and cultivation of agriculture introduced the Natural Sector of the National Economy, encouraging the subsequent realizations of the Manufacturing and Services Sectors that led to the appearances of cities.

The Work-Standard (2nd Ed.), The Third Place (1st Ed.), and Work-Standard Accounting Practices (1st Ed.) have a shared grand narrative which binds them into a coherent whole. Western Culture, between the Black Death and the discovery of the Americas, discovered a new Technology called the Printing Press. While the Printing Press was originally intended to mass produce the Bible in the Vernacular, it also served other purposes that were alluded to across those three Treatises.     

  1. For The Work-Standard, the Printing Press signified the rise of different conceptions of Currency made of paper as opposed to Gold and Silver.
  2. For The Third Place, the Printing Press laid the groundwork for new social structures revolving around young people, establishing the rise of the national educational system.
  3. For Work-Standard Accounting Practices, the Printing Press resurrected Double-Entry Account Bookkeeping as a principle for the Accounting Profession to oversee financial activities.   

All of the topics covered in each Treatise could not been made possible without the Printing Press. Information learned by others could be recorded and passed down to future generations who might cherish that information as it becomes relevant. Moments of economic life could be captured and denominated in their proper Values, the Values themselves providing a convenient picture that describes the activities of emerging Cultures and the developments into Civilizations. As Western Culture transitioned to Western Civilizations, these trends would begin to reach their recognizable forms around the 19th and 20th centuries.

Everything described in the Treatises can be recontextualized in an entirely different manner that still remains the original contextual meaning. In essence, they each describe the ways in which knowledge could be collected and preserved for the future. The transmission of knowledge through the Printing Press becomes information that could someday facilitate the development of new ideas, concepts, beliefs, technologies, theories, philosophies, and so forth. The formation of the Noösphere concurs with these developments and nowhere is this more apparent than in the proliferation of information in the digital realm.

The connection between the Noösphere and the digital realm becomes clear in the context of when the Noösphere achieved critical mass. The consensus is that the Noösphere emerged during the middle of the 20th century, specifically during the Second World War. World War II was also the same period in which Nuclear and Computation Technologies grew up and set the precedent for Information Technology by the late 20th century. The digital realm itself was built on the backs of those Technologies.

In the early 21st century, the digital realm continues to be flooded by the deluge of trivial and meaningless information that even knowledge about basic information can no longer be taken for guaranteed. The emergence of the Noösphere has made humanity more well-informed and less self-aware about itself in the State of Total Mobilization. Consider as one example the juxtaposition between the proliferations of political identities and the loss of biodiversity in Nature. Think about the general apathy toward humanity’s relationship with Nature and the social anxieties over its other relationship with Technology. The same could be said about the multitude of problems introduced by Neoliberalism or presented by other ideologies that humanity has yet to ascertain, let alone resolve. Whatever the solutions to those problems may be, it is difficult to imagine them originating from Production for Profit and Production for Utility, not to mention the State of Natural Rights from the Enlightenment.

If there was a way to combine all of the problems facing humanity in the 21st century where the Work-Standard fits into the grand scheme of things, it would have be to this: how should humanity integrate the State of Total Mobilization into the Noösphere? Clearly, the problems that emerged in the wake of the Noösphere’s maturity is worldwide in scope that no one single State, Totality and Self will ever be able to resolve on their own. This entails the presence of an entire world order and international system devoted to bringing Western Civilization and other Civilizations around a consensus beneficial to all of humanity. This is also the basis in which International Relations (IR), as a subset of Political science, became a subdiscipline.

But how does one person, let alone a nation, bring the State of Total Mobilization into the Noösphere? If that question is too difficult to answer, then what about setting the precedent in which such an integration could someday become entertainable for a later generation and realizable by another?  

The moment we begin to ask these questions about the State of Total Mobilization’s place in the Noösphere, the moment that it will become apparent that we are essentially talking about the mass mobilization of entire States and Totalities toward world problems affecting them and the rest of humanity. Climate Change is one obvious example of this phenomenon, but Climate Change should never be the only possibility in which the State of Total Mobilization could bring the power of the Noösphere to bear. One must entertain the prospect of altering Human Consciousness, beginning with the National Consciousness shared by the State, Totality, and State.  

Over the course of the next two parts in what will definitely be a three-part Entry, I will be exploring the question of altering Human Consciousness vis-à-vis the National Consciousness. Certainly, the Socialization of Young Minds and the Liberalization of Young Minds are relevant, but what demands the most attention is the processes in which the Noösphere vis-à-vis the digital realm facilitates alterations to National Consciousness. At stake in this discussion are the World Wide Web (WWW) and the National Intranet as well as the concept of Digital Economy and Virtual Economy.  

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