Bad news for you, but we might as well bring this up on a Sunday, right?
The rumblings that led into the “rapture” began in 1989. That’s when Motorola introduced the MicroTAC personal phone. The following year, GTE would bring it to market and bundled as a “flip phone.”
But the real rapture begame in 1992. That’s when IBM introduced it’s Simon Personal Communicator. It wasn’t called a “smartphone” until 1995.
Not to poke too hard at Apple, but they didn’t launch the iPhone wasn’t released until June of 2007. Sure, Apple talks a good game of innovation, but like the computer mouse, such a key part of their computing products, it was an engineering refinement off something else. In the iPhone it was IBM’s Simon Communicator. Oh, and the mouse? X-PARC – Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
The Digital Ascension’s Roll
There are still a large number of traditionalists, particularly among North America evangelicals, who would understandably remain skeptical of my timing.
It’s much more useful to look ahead for a physical “rapture” to many. As Wiklpedia explains Rapture’s background….
…Some adherents believe this event is predicted and described in Paul the Apostle‘s First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the Bible, where he uses the Greek harpazo (Ancient Greek: ??????), meaning to snatch away or seize. Though it has been used differently in the past, the term is now often used by certain believers to distinguish this particular event from the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to Earth, mentioned in Second Thessalonians, Gospel of Matthew, First Corinthians, and Revelation, often viewing it as preceding the Second Coming and followed by a 1,000 year millennial kingdom. Adherents of this perspective are sometimes referred to as premillennial dispensationalists, but amongst them there are differing viewpoints about the exact timing of the event.”
As an “old man in the woods” who takes time to read and think (since we’re outside of the cellphone umbrella) it has occurred to me that ancient prophets, just as Paul and others, may not in their future beholdings have understood the linguistic shifts that have caused people to (possibily) looking UP for a rapture, rather than consider rapture as an “into” event.
The distinction is clear in computer geekdom, even if those studying a previous ascension (into heaven) aren’t following their thinking.
For example, where do computer boot? UP. As in “How long does your PC take to boot UP?”
Moreover, just as the Prophets may have referenced different levels of “heaven” so too the OSI Model has relative UP and Down. (If you don’t know how the Open Systems Interconnection model works, click here, get a compsci degree and check back with us.)
The computer equivalent to “In the beginning” is the OSI’s first level, the physical. In “creating” a digital world, we skip the cleaving of night and day, tossing stars up (where they’d stick) and instead from the physical layer connection build the data, network, transport, session, presentation, and application layers on top of that.
The whole of reality then becomes an incredible circular reference, as we “were created” and we in turn create “computers” first and these, in turn, will house “A.I.” and we will have to “worship that” since it will be “smarter than us.”
Somewhere in here you can see how the gloriousness of the Digital Ascension has been swept out of the public mind. We go into our phones. Where – like dandy little lemmings – we wait for our favorite apps to open UP.
As it turns out like heaven and hell, this “ascended reality” most have moved into is where four hours a day in spent. An article in Inc. reported a while back that about half of that is spent on the five biggies of social media.
The darling ascended ones: See how they sing to one another, back and forth? It’s not harps they’re playing. It’s worse. Call it pseudo-relationships.
There’s also a down – the analog to hell – some can move into. Apps for child porn, S&M, killing, and all that dark web stuff. Who needs hell when you can find snuff flicks streaming on the dark web?
Digital Ascension Fallout
The past few years – because we’ve just had Halloween – growing attention has been paid to Zombies, as well.
If you’re not dot-connecting yet, consider that as the “souls” of people “ascend” into digital realms, their burnt-out bodies – lacking souls (which are off busy in online la-la land) do terrible things. Causing accidents while texting, is just one obvious example.
Does Digital Ascension End?
Yes, of course.
When the power goes out.
Oh, sure, the fire-and-brimstone crowd talks about smoting the earth by fire and raining down fury, but since history seems to have gotten the UP-Down thing wrong, maybe we can skate on the fire and brimstone part.
Would a “loving Father” opt to just “unplug things?”
Ah…,and when that happens (in true ascension style) those who thought they had ascended will find themselves on a strange new planet. Where there are no lights, save those from BIC’s and tallow.
The phones won’t work, the lights won’t come on, the gasoline and diesel run out. Over time, the concrete strips empty of cars and become walking routes as bands of survivors furiously attempt to restart.
I won’t spoil the outcome for you. It’s more fun to speculate, after all.
But I would recommend a cornerstone book for your thinking. A 1962 book by Nicholas Monsarrat, The Time Before This, tells the story of an arctic explorer who finds a huge underground prepper cache. Except the frozen cache owner was more reptilian looking…
And maybe a re-read of Revelations, too. But with a linguistic shift in your thinking. How many times have you “blow up” a computer or application? And who hasn’t been flamed in emails?
Have a great weekend and keep your phone off. Might be hard, but they have off buttons for a reason. Is there anyone among us who wouldn’t do better with more time in the here and now?
A point driven home last year when I called my son. We chatted for a few minutes. Then I asked what he was doing.
“ I’m about 10-miles north of Snoqualmie summit on the North Cascades trail…”
The generation gap slammed me like a 2-by-4. Who on GHod’s green earth would take a call, interrupting the best view of mountains in the world?
Takes on to know one, huh?
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