«Things must get worse, before they get better»!
-Chinese Proverb (perhaps 🙂 )
Nevertheless, everyone expects 2009 to be a year of problems, globally as well as locally. However, without the emergence of problems, no... solutions can emerge, either! 😉 Well, ok, this sounded like a sophist joke. However…
At least we do know one thing for sure: Technology is advancing, more and more; not just the hardware, but the software as well; not just the software, but the (global) Unification of Knowledge as well; not just Knowledge, but the human relationships between autonomous invididuals -globally- as well; not just isolated people, but entire communities on line as well; and so on….
During the recent period of turmoil in Greece, after the assassination of Alexis Grigoropoulos, many Greek blogs played a positive part, spreading the real news, writing about was happening without self–censorship, without covering up unpleasant details (as conventional media did in Greece). Moreover, if we had also used Semantic Technology, such coverage would be much more effective, more massive and more coordinated collectively. What happens when hundreds (or thousands) of blogs join forces, to deal with important events? -The need arises for Semantic Technology to coordinate their activities. Of course, we were not ready for last December’s events, but in the near future, blogs will inevitably go semantic, so there is strong hope we will do much better, next time.
Bear in mind that.. a Renaissance is not necessarily a period of happiness and peace: Characterized by the Unification of Knowledge and by the emergence of Creative Awareness -even among the few– a «Renaissance period» can only be properly identified and assessed by future generations, not by the ones living it.…
- Historically, the European Renaissance (in the 15th century, etc.) was also a period of bloody wars, famines and plagues, social unrest, intense exploitation of the poor, very little true liberty.
- However, the Renaissance was also the period of massive, Radical Rejuvenation in Knowledge, in the Arts, in political and philosophical thought and (above all) in the consciousness of some people – who were a minority in their own time (no doubt about that)…
Hence, or… otherwise, my personal feeling is that we are already living a similar historical period: A Renaissance of Multiple Forms, during the last few years, despite the world’s vast, increasing problems. So, I hope not to sound unrealistic, over-optimistic or pretentious, but I wish you all…
- A Happy New Year 2009, another Year of the Renaissance!
P.S. For 2009, this blog’s avatar has changed:
The new avatar’s centre is a detail from an old oil-painting of mine, the «Whirlpool of Rebirth» (with added lightning effects using «GIMP«).
«The Whirlpool of Rebirth» – oil painting on canvas, 50×70 cm