In a hushed corridor on the 3rd floor of the Bachmann Mansions, three hundred, mostly male, residents of Palo Alto wait quietly for their gathering to begin. There are some quiet conversations about work, projects going well and financing confirmed, but, overall, there is a deliberated silence. They have come ‘discuss’, not worship, the logic, and not the man, of Stuas; a hitherto little-known ‘heretic’, whose time of relevance appears to be dawning here in Silicon Valley.
The ceremony itself is somewhere between an annual fiscal report and a group CBT session. The congregation are shown projection after projection of blockchain code (from various open currencies and private monetary payment streams PMPS). They draw conclusions and connections between different streams of code, highlighting the anomalies and the unexplained spurious blocks (1). They believe that the Blockchain FETS predict the future, but not in any way that one could comprehend a priori; only after a major event can one see that the fluctuations in the vast blockchain were foretelling. Each session takes six or seven months to compose, such is the volume of data that the disciples have to ‘analyze’. This part of the session is called the ‘En-Wrapping’, but your correspondent feels that ‘Validation’ would be more apt with regard to its purpose. Following the ‘En-wrapping’, the room is opened for debate with the guiding principle being ‘mindfulness’ (a relic of one of the Valley’s first principles of faith). The debate centers on recognizing the effects of their work, and how it takes form in reality. A participant can take the microphone and explain how his inaction when looking at mistakes in his code have had real world consequences – one case, or confession seemed to involve the pixellation of a company logo via a sloppy compression code causing the the letters to blend, which in turn triggered a litigation that bankrupted three marketing companies and a private auditing firm. The story brings about sage-like nods from the rest of the attendants, it seems all have at some point brought about bankruptcy.
It is part-empowerment, recognizing that every contribution one makes to the code that builds the web is a physical manifestation in the world (logical, since it is believed that all the blockchains grow in digital mass equal to the size of Okinawa every hour), and part-support group, some of the men have suffered PTSD symptoms from their physical suffering at their desks. Underpinning all of this is Stuas, a man who, they claim, foresaw how man’s thoughts would manifest themselves over existence.
It is found in the books of Irsius that the heretic he was most disposed with was the man known as Stös (Stuas). Irsius, at the time the Bishop of Cumae, who, having already disposed of the prophet, Ioanni, was consolidating his destruction of Gnosticism throughout the Holy Roman Empire. The work of Baldwin in the 17th Century proved that the animosity was not purely based on diverging interpretations of scripture. Stuas had been a novice under Irsius, which is evident from Stuas’ own position on the Antichrist as the forerunner to the second coming of Christ, but there seems to have been a major rupture between them with regard to the persecution of the Gnostics and Irsius’ theodicy.
On the evidence of evil in the world, Irsius took the orthodox view in that the inquiry of God’s activity, or inactivity, within relation to ‘evil’ was to sin against Him. This rode against the Gnostic principle of closer proximity to God through knowledge and, thus, they were deemed heretic. Stuas, was to carry out Irsius’ will, but instead abandoned the diet of Lyon, at the time known as Lugdunum, and hid with the Argenian Sect of Sicily. From the mountains of San Pellgrino he began to issue bold statements about the dangers of man’s humility toward the actions of his thoughts – man created man from the animal, creation and power assigned as the idea of God. Interestingly it does seem that Stuas’ proclamations as one of the first instances of Object Oriented Philosophy, in particular his descriptions of God and man as invisible but powerful physical manifestations that physically pass through man’s body is very similar to Morton’s concept of Hyperobjects. Stuas claimed that all existence was from man’s projection onto creation – that existence and creation were inextricably intertwined but also entirely separated by man’s limited perception, only by creation of a further field of objectivity could man begin to comprehend their own world. It seems, now, the residents of Palo Alto, with the supposedly entirely objective blockchain, believe they have achieved Stuas’ platform.
Yet it seems relevant to highlight that Stuas believed that our thoughts could be ‘flammable’, he was convinced that God’s creations could only ever achieve the full scale of their thoughts by tearing apart the reality. He also professed that drinking the blood of chickens was the only healthy liquid to imbibe. As his proclamations spread, his allies in the Argenian sect cast him out. Our friends in Palo Alto believe he was handed over to his persecutors, but this is, in fact, disputed. Stuas was hung in public, but it seems to have been a civil, rather than clerical, issue. Most sources report that it was that Stuas was running his own mission, whereby he could commit the sins of the flesh with any woman he deemed worthy. By all available accounts, this was not accepted by the peasants of the nearby settlement of Regginii, nor his own followers – he was handed over for execution.
Stuas, your correspondent must comment, seems to be yet another fixation of the valley to unearth an under-developed philosophy and hold it up to the modern world as if it holds something purer to the ideas, admittedly the more complicated ones, that have developed with our societies. Stuas was clearly a charismatic and interesting man, but Heidegger should be the place to start if we want to start exploring the object of man’s thoughts over our current reality.
(1) Known as FETS’. It was discovered ten years into the blockchain system that all ledgers started throwing up spurious blocks inconsistent with the system on a regular basis.