This week I had to muse over what I would do for the program but in that reflection, I had to consider the echo chambers of the matrix. I bring you the Echo Chambers in that I have been so engrossed in business interests that there was no time to prepare a fresh program. Therefor, I will explain ‘The Echo Chambers In The Matrix’ in a few quick paragraphs here as well as refer you to the past program which compliments last weeks program, here: The Evangelical Conundrum by Samuel Adams And yes, I did put this up back in 2021 but hey, you are caught in the Echo Chamber and living in the Matrix while reliving Groundhog Day.
Keeping It Short
I am compelled to keep this short since I’m overwhelmed with my tasks at hand. Please remember that me keeping up this programing is a passion not a profession. Hence, I apologize that my efforts are in that vain (second definition in the dictionary). To which now, I must keep this newsletter as topically succinct as possible.
As many of you know, I was involved in developing some of the first business plans for telecommunications to bring the Internet to fruition. To prove the business case, I had to install dialup routers and all the stuff that makes connecting to the Internet work. Hence, I helped build the great infrastructure mechanism for The Matrix.
I can factually make claim to the growth of technology and spoke nationally as to where is would lead. When the movie The Matrix came out in 1999, I warned that if humans did not find, hold on to and build a well founded moral society, It would not be ‘the machines’ that took over the world, No, it would be the oligarchs.
Now, there are those oligarchs who would have humanity become Transhuman, see these articles here and here. Yet, there is in fact a Creator who is the Savior of humanity. Therefore, All the noise in the hope of science and technology being the savior of society is the national religion of humanism being the enchantment of the modern mind while the human heart still soul wrenchingly aches for its true redeemer.
Simply put for now, the matrix I am referring to here is that complex math that has the variable components of physical, spiritual, emotional, economic and political life in a reality. But living to find ones place in this seemingly pandemonium is often obscured by the Echo Chambers of modern news media, social media and even in modern woke evangelicalism (go back to my program rerun for this week for more on evangelicalism).
I could go on quite a bit but then, I most likely am contributing to the echo chambers that even you may be dazed within. In the attempt to keep this short, I will leave you with a list of articles in the references dealing with the echo chambers. For a very interesting read, which I have reservations of, on this topic go to reference #4.For an article more in line with what I’m thinking go to reference #5.
Breaking out of the Echo Chambers of The Matrix
If you really want out of the Echo Chambers and The Matrix, without mincing any words I will tell you that you must have a personal revival of Biblical Foundational Reformation reality. This is more then ‘doing church’ or ‘acting the principles of christianity’ or anything other than an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ – the sovereign Lord of all that is created. That is how you unplug from the Matrix and shatter the Echo Chambers to bring clarity and value to the world around you.
TO STEPHEN COLLINS.
[Historical Magazine, 2nd ser., vol. iv., p. 219.] BOSTON Jany 31 1775
‘Mr Tudor has informed me that a report has prevailed in Philadelphia of a Fracas between Mr Cushing and myself at our late Provincial Congress, he showed me your letter; you may depend upon it there is not the least Foundation for the Report. Any Difference between Mr Cushing and me is of very little consequence to the public cause. I take notice of it only as one of the many Falshoods which I know to have been propagated by the Enemies of America. It is also a Misrepresentation that the sect taken notice of for opening their Shops on our late Thanksgiving Day, was that of the People called Quaquers. They were the Disciples of the late Mr Sanderman, who worship God here without the least Molestation according to their own manner, and are in no other Light disregarded here but as it is said they are in general avowed Friends of the Ministerial Measures. This is what I am told, for my own part I know but little or nothing about them. The Different denominations of Christians here (excepting those amongst them who Espouse the cause of our Enemies) are in perfect peace and Harmony, as I trust they always will be.’
TO JOHN SCOLLAY.
[MS., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.] PHILADELPHIA April 30 1776
‘While I was sitting down to write you a friendly Letter I had the pleasure of receiving your Favor of the 22 Instant by the Post. My Intention was to congratulate you and your Brethren the Selectmen, upon the precipitate Flight of the British Army & its Adherents from the Town of Boston, and to urge on you the Necessity of fortifying the Harbour so as that the Enemies Ships might never approach it hereafter. Our grateful Acknowledgments are due to the Supreme Being who has not been regardless of the multiplied Oppressions which the Inhabitants of that City have sufferd under the Hand of an execrable Tyrant. Their Magnanimity & Perseverance during the severe Conflict has afforded a great Example to the World, and will be recorded by the impartial Historian to their immortal Honor. They are now restored to their Habitations & Privileges; and as they are purgd of those Wretches a Part of whose Policy has been to corrupt the Morals of the People, I am perswaded they will improve the happy opportunity of reestablishing ancient Principles and Purity of Manners—I mention this in the first place because I fully agree in Opinion with a very celebrated Author, that, “Freedom or Slavery will prevail in a (City or) Country according as the Disposition & Manners of the People render them fit for the one or the other”; and I have long been convincd that our Enemies have made it an Object, to eradicate from the Minds of the People in general a Sense of true Religion & Virtue, in hopes thereby the more easily to carry their Point of enslaving them. Indeed my Friend, this is a Subject so important in my Mind, that I know not how to leave it. Revelation assures us that “Righteousness exalteth a Nation”- -Communities are dealt with in this World by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general Character. The diminution of publick Virtue is usually attended with that of publick Happiness, and the publick Liberty will not long survive the total Extinction of Morals. “The Roman Empire, says the Historian, MUST have sunk, though the Goths had not invaded it. Why? Because the Roman Virtue was sunk.” Could I be assured that America would remain virtuous, I would venture to defy the utmost Efforts of Enemies to subjugate her. You will allow me to remind you, that the Morals of that City which has born so great a Share in the American Contest, depend much upon the Vigilance of the respectable Body of Magistrates of which you are a Member.’
1. The echo chamber effect on social media by PNAS
2. Harvard Business Review: Beyond the Echo Chamber by Alex “Sandy” Pentland
3. Reuters Institute: Echo chambers, filter bubbles, and polarisation: a literature review
4. Escape the echo chamber: First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult by C. Thi Nguyen
5. The echo chamber has destroyed faith in our American democracy by: Dan Mahaffee, Opinion Contributor – 04/15/18 7:00 Am Et– The Hill