digital slavery

Recognize that something sinister has been sculpting the landscape of dream. We are seeing an unprecedented colonisation and colonialisation of the dream worlds. When we discussed incubation it was made clear that the Ancient World understood the importance of dream, and since then it has been accumulating a grey silt. The dream world is becoming as polluted as the natural world, as despoiled. Before we can even reach the Asclepium, our minds are chorusing with chatter, assailed by demands. The previous strategy of ‘thou shalt not have unauthorized dreams’ has been superceded by a more terrible strategy. It is not simply dream which is derided as meaningless, but every aspect of our lives. In a parody of Hasan Il Sabbah, nothing is true and thus nothing permitted. We parade our inner selves which are revealed to be no more than loyalty to a sect of compatible brands. When we see ourselves and the world around us we do not recognize the sacred. Our culture has devoured itself. It is little wonder that Christianity sees the end of days, that Islam retreats to medieval certainties, that everyone else is plunged into their digital soma slavery.
—  Peter Grey, Apocalyptic Witchcraft