The fate of humanity lies in this choice: Nature or Metaverse?

Generated nature. Made by Seyhan Lee with JAX + CLIP / Open AI models

Conditional vs Unconditional

Why do plants not pay a gas fee to fungi for bringing nutrients to their roots?

Or why do migrating birds not pay a tax to quantum physics for helping them find their way? Or explain to me why the Sahara desert does not demand a back-end growth percentage for fertilizing the Amazons? Or why mother earth does not track her regeneration with data to send the bill to us humans? The answer: Unconditional giving is the language of nature.

Nature thrives in a symbiotic and altruistic exchange system. Picture: Getty Images

Nature does not need blockchain to trust

Blockchain technology enables the disappearance of the middle man, the gallery, the agent, the bank, in other words, “the established institution”. There is nothing better than people taking back the power in their hands and freely exchanging goods and services without needing to be taxed, monitored, or conned. In many of my professional conversations with metaverse CEOs and blockchain experts, I heard how web 3.0 is “the greatest thing since sliced bread” as it will be putting an end to the deceitful middle man. There is something very nice but equally horrible happening in this sentence as it carries the underlying statement that “humans are not to be trusted”. Humans are inherently a part of nature and the pure human, the essence of the human is in symbiosis with nature. Then again no wonder we came to a place where we are conditioned to think that unless there is a machine that monitors us when stories such as Dmitry Rybolovlev’s Salvador Mundi fraud make the headlines of the world’s top headlines.

Activation of 6+ senses vs limitation to 1.5 senses

For a long time, humanity has been made to believe that we are made of 5 senses: sight, touch, smell, hear, and taste. Thanks to the freedom and disclosure properties of our current astrological age The Age of Aquarius (which began in 2020) we are and will be more open to recognizing our 6th sense: consciousness. In other words, our inner “knowing”, our belief system, our inertia, our gut. Parallel to this, I wholeheartedly believe that with the recognition of our 6th sense, we will also heighten our current other 5 senses, like instead of hearing only we will start listening to one another.

Facebook and their vision of the metaverse.

Knowing: Proof vs your inner compass

I assume you know the saying “the internet never forgets”. It means it is difficult to erase online errors. It also means that each action you have taken has already become a data point on someone else’s spreadsheet. I am not a master of numbers, but to understand the data web 3.0 will create, we just have to multiply web 2.0’s data by infinity, right?

Law of Mystery

There is the law of mystery in (human) nature. Do not ask me to deliver it to you in the form of a bar exam study book. I just know it. How? Let me illustrate it. Which one is sexier: a fully undressed woman that looks directly in your eyes or a woman with a slit dress and cleavage, with loose hair, sultry eyes, and gestures that is slightly shy and unaware of her charms? You get my point.

The mysterious magic light of dusk/dawn. Credit: Getty Images

Patience vs instant gratification

I genuinely think that the definition of patience is tainted in the collective consciousness. We generally think patience is endurance. We tend to pride ourselves and others on being patient when they endure their ruthless boss and/or unbearable life partners. This is not patience, this is a state of sleep where we normalize negativity and see ourselves as worthy of a stream of negativity in our lives. True patience is the state of loving acceptance of the situation while being sure of the outcome. When you are cooking a stew, after 15 minutes you don’t start kicking around, get angry, and aggressive because your meal is not ready. While you prepare and cook, you know that when you follow the recipe, you are going to get your desired dish, hence you showcase patience, independent of the time it takes for the desired result.

Control vs private civic life

My last conclusion starts with the bio of Matrix Trilogy’s co-director Lana Wachowski's Twitter bio. It reads “NOTICE. Sacrifice of my private civic life shall have value.” Lana joined Twitter in 2015 and still hasn't sent a tweet, yet from the words read in her bio, I understand that she considers being part of a digital social platform as a sacrifice of one’s private civic life. If she were to be anyone, anyone but the co-creator of Matrix, I’d be brushing off my shoulders in respect of that sentence but as she is the very person who made THE cult movie about a post-metaverse future where robots use humans as electricity for their reign, I needed to stop for a minute and think. Does she know something that the rest of the 436MM Twitter users do not? If being part of web 2.0 is a sacrifice of our private life, my eyes roll out of my skull at the thought of the web 3.0 / metaverse, when looking from her perspective.

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AI director, co-founder of Seyhan Lee. I write about provocative innovative intelligence and the confluence of science and spirit.

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Pinar Seyhan Demirdag

Pinar Seyhan Demirdag

AI director, co-founder of Seyhan Lee. I write about provocative innovative intelligence and the confluence of science and spirit.