Stop and Smell the Roses: Notice a theme? : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

Can we see the roses for the grass? (Or shall I say weeds?)

We are sometimes like an ant who seem to only look for its next meal, out of fear of not being what we have thought ourselves to be.

"If I do not look for food, then I will most surely die."

These events, most of which are fear-based, can be informative. That was the initial intention.

But what of the beautiful flowers that have grown from the land we have tilled? Do we not see what is before us because we are so used to "events".

"If it did not happen, then it isn't reality," some may say.

It seems as though many of us are not paying attention to what IS happening.

Imagine going 5 years into the past to explain to someone the world of today. How about 10 years. 20.

Have we forgotten the meaning of these posts? To coordinate for what? To simply be in-formed, or to reach a "collective awareness" far, far beyond the events themselves?

Verily, we are venturing to a new world. One where things exist as ideas. We are surely replacing the physical objects around us with softer versions (try spiritual) of reality. Our thoughts are coming to life.

Information is alive. Not something of the past - an event. But something NOW. Feel it.

-- Antoine Neron (, March 22, 2000


Antoine, Thank you, this is a great post.

Connects with 2 recent observations for me: 1) I found a list I'd made 8 years ago of things I felt were important to develop. One was: Corporations freely sharing information. I was delighted to reflect on that today, and to notice all the sharing that was occuring, facilitated by the Internet, some of which was catalyzed by Y2K.

2) A researcher in application tools recounted for me at lunch yesterday the story of web building in Stuart Kauffman's At Home In The Universe. Kauffman apparently suggested imagining one thread connecting 2 buttons, out of an enormous pile of threads and buttons. And then another button and thread. And then another. Even after a long time, you still just have a lot of buttons and threads, many of which are connected. But imagine that that is happening elsewhere. And elsewhere. And that after a time a connection is made between piles of buttons and threads. Instantly, critical mass, now there's a web of connections. And another. And another.

To some, we may just have a pile of buttons and threads here (both GICC and in the world). To me, we're threading the buttons and making the connections that will facilitate recognizing patterns and enabling those who pay attention to notice, to understand what's evolving, earlier.

Our threading is very alive. And our connections may be vital.

-- Jan Nickerson (, March 23, 2000.

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