Podcast No. 76 Posted 11/21/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 76 Posted 11/21/2011

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Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem 6.5 – 6.5.6

SUB TITLE:  Building your chosen family

SUMMARY:  This podcast portends how our biological sense of family bonding will evolve from small groups of individuals into close-knit, long and enduring ties. Terasem calls these “chosen families”. We stand at a great crossroads in the destiny of humankind.  Now, in a way, we have an opportunity to rebuild society by reinventing its entire structure, starting with the most basic unit, the chosen family.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 76 on the Truths of Terasem. This podcast is about something I’ve been looking forward to.  It’s about “chosen families”. It envisions how our biological sense of family bonding can evolve from small groups of individuals within Terasem to a future society with close-knit ties of a long enduring kind that go far past anything we biohumans experience.

(Linda) That means that we’re seeking people who share our convictions for rapid introduction of Geoethical Nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness that it’s like a long term partnership.

(Fred)  In an even deeper way, close affiliation with others who are on the same wavelength, networking in a way Terasem describes as forming and nourishing a “chosen family”, is an important part of the “Terasem way” of life.

(Linda) This is, in fact, what the introductory part of this Expansion says:   “Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”  The way I see it, first we are inspired by and join Terasem.  We become part of an existing c-cube.  Then with greater familiarity with the Truths of Terasem, we find an area of focus that is particularly dear to our own visions and values, and we create our own c-cube around that.  Among those we meet in Terasem, some will be so harmonious with us that our love for them will lead to a very special relationship called the chosen family.

(Fred) I couldn’t agree more! And, it is an integral part of creating the collective consciousness we call Terasem.  So, let’s expand on that. In 6.5.1 we find, “Family means conscious beings who nurture themselves as a single housekeeping unit, or have done so.”  In the beginning, it might seem as if this is meant to describe traditional blood-kinship family units, but it fits, just as well, for same-gender couples or extended families who closely bond with each other on the basis of love, long term visions and ideals.

(Linda) 6.5.2 says, “A chosen family is the family subset that you choose to cherish, honor, endear and respect.”  Tragically, not all biological families are internally compassionate, mutually respectful and tolerant of the diversity that may exist among their own members.  This Truth reminds us of the importance of elevating our relationships, by choice, with those who fit our ideology and goals.

(Fred)  Martine Rothblatt said it beautifully in her blog Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones dated February 19, 2010 and titled What Family Would Conscious Mindclones Have?

“We think genes are so important because we have been brainwashed that “blood is thicker than water.” But this metaphor leads to confusion and error. After all, our closest, “death-do-us-part” relationships are with our spouses or partners, as to whom we have no special “blood” affinity. Instead, the attraction of romantic love is an attraction based upon bemes, not genes. It is for our best friends with whom we lack familial shared genes but have specially shared bemes that we’ll do anything, not for our distant, genetic cousins.”

(Linda)  And that reminds me of one of the most emotionally expanding experiences you and I had in our lives.  About ten years ago, we attended a week-long event at a ranch in northern California called the Psi Seminar.  It wasn’t just lectures.  It was full of exercises designed to teach participants how to become good team players by learning to both respect self and trust others.  We did things like falling backwards off a platform ten feet high and letting a team of other participants catch us!  And climbing to the top of a telephone pole and then jumping off …

(Fred)  … of course, for the telephone pole, we were in harnesses to make sure we didn’t kill ourselves… still it was an amazing experience!

(Linda)  The experience that impressed me most, though, and that relates to this podcast, was called “the wall”.  As I remember, it was about 20 feet high on the front, and had a platform near the top, in the back, and then stairs to the ground.

(Fred)  Yeah, we were only given a fifteen minute planning session, without any kind of instructions, then 30 minutes to get everyone (there were about 25-30 of us that week) up and over that wall…without being able to talk to each other in the process!

(Linda)  And as amazing as it seemed at the time, we made it, too!  All of us got over that wall by working together.  First we made a giant pyramid so the tallest and strongest people could climb up.  Then they reached over and helped pull others up the wall.  As each person got over the top, we then ran down the stairs and back around to the front of the wall to form a human safety net in case anyone fell.

(Fred) Finally, they made a hanging human ladder so the last guy on the ground, who no longer had anyone to climb up onto, could climb up that ladder and over that wall.   I don’t think there was a dry eye after that experience.   We all definitely felt like an extended, chosen family after that experience!

(Linda) And it’s so much like the concept of a LifePact which is also an example of what makes chosen family.  The original idea of a LifePact, which we developed in the late 1980s, was spelled out in an article I wrote in 1989 called: LifePact: An Introduction.  You can read the article at www.Lifepact.com/lifepact.htm but here’s the basic idea:

“A LifePact between individuals–a promise to assist in getting each other frozen, to work toward an early and comfortable reanimation and reentry into society–is something which exists already–if unspoken in many cases–between spouses, close friends, and long time cryonics associates.

“But what of the person without family, close friendships, or long term working relationships from which to form personal LifePacts? What of the person who joins a cryonics society after learning of a terminal illness, who does not have time to create such relationships?

…“This, then, is the essence of LifePact. It unites those of us who wish to develop such relationships, now, comprised of members of all cryonics organizations, working cooperatively to take care of our future needs for reanimation, rehabilitation, and reentry into society.”

(Fred)  At that time we didn’t yet know about Terasem, mindclones, or chosen families, so our whole focus was on biological survival.  Today, of course, the same LifePact concept applies to Terasem’s concept of chosen families, to the idea that we will always be there for each other in any way necessary to get the whole chosen family “over the wall”, so to speak.  To help each other transcend from biology into vitology and to make it through the Singularity in safety and on into that greatest vision of all… Joyful Immortality!

(Linda)  It’s a powerful and wonderful concept…  Looking at a completely different aspect of the idea of a chosen family, 6.5.3 tells us, “Make reproductive decisions cautiously because each child is a long-term choice to have a family member.”  Quoting Martine Rothblatt again from her blog Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones, but this time dated May 3, 2009 and titled What Are Mindclones?

“Perhaps deciding to have a mindclone is analogous to having a child. Once the child is born, you will always be a parent. Similarly, once a mindclone is created, you will always be a dual-substrate identity. Many parents have little or nothing to do with their offspring, but neither the parent nor the offspring can get the parental relationship out of their mind. Their identity has permanently been altered to include the fact that they are part of a (good or bad) parent-offspring relationship. Analogously, even if a mindclone parts ways with their original, neither will ever be able to forget the fact that someone else with their same mind exists. The creation of a cognitive doppelganger is an identity-altering experience.”

(Fred) In other words, parental responsibility exists whether we are talking about biological offspring or vitological offspring.  In 6.5.4 we find, “It is not always possible for chosen families to be reciprocal, but don’t make that necessary.”  As desirable as a high state of rapport and mutual support might be, it cannot be forced or demanded as a ‘right’ of some kind.

(Linda) In 6.5.5 the message is, “Love your chosen family members for their souls, regardless of gratitude or dependence.”  Each of us has an individual identity, linked to others, to society, and to humankind as a whole.  This identity exists, despite shortcomings in reciprocity or differences in the strengths of others in the family.  If it is a freely chosen relationship, those who have the most problems deserve the most support, if the integrity of the family is to be preserved.  It is the network of “souls” or conscious individuals in a family that are the very essence of its basic existence, and love is the ‘glue’ that holds it together when the going gets rough.

(Fred) In conclusion, 6.5.6 states, “Younger and older chosen family members exist to help each other thrive and survive.”  This has never been truer than at present.  Older family members are, at least in blood kinship relationships, at the very root of the existence of younger family members.  In a chosen family based on love, ideals and visions of what the future holds, those who first formed the family are at the very root of what the network has become, and this should not be forgotten in the midst of changing climates in humanity’s future.

(Linda) We stand at a great crossroads in the destiny of humankind.  Natural selection by survival of the fittest has had its day, both among individuals and groups.  But, it no longer serves us as well as taking our own evolution into our own hands. Now, in a way, we have an opportunity to rebuild society by reinventing its entire structure, starting with the most basic unit, the “chosen family”.

(Fred) This podcast, by itself, cannot serve as the launching pad for what will later be seen, looking backward, as the “reengineering of society”, but the Truths of Terasem tell us this must and will happen, and it may be that we have a singular opportunity to make a contribution to it.  Let’s just remind ourselves of the opening statement of this Expansion: 6.5 “Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”

(Linda)  Now we need to ask ourselves, “What comes next?”  It seems to me it’s about finding others that share our visions and ideals in a close enough way so that we can feel closer to them, more committed to maintaining our ties with them, than biological families ever deserved.  In just a few decades, it seems likely that we’ll all be packing our bags for a voyage into an entirely new way of life, and the chosen family, and family of families, we build now will be those we can look forward to sharing that adventure with.

(Fred)  Finding other like-minded people can be a challenge.  Not unlike dating, really.  So here’s something listeners may find fascinating.  It’s about the new android application for cell phones that Mike Clancy created for Terasem.  Talk about finding like-minded people, especially those who live near you!  This app for the Android is a quantum leap beyond anything that’s ever existed for Terasem oriented people.  Launched less than a year ago, it has become one of the highest ranking Android apps.  Just go to PersonalityMD.com.  You can download a free app to try it out before buying the full blown application.

(Linda) This is more than just a way of finding people who think like you do, in your area.  It supports Terasem’s long range goals in a number of ways.  Since its part of the CyBeRev project, this means you can be working on your mindfiles at the same time you’re using it to seek other like-minded people in your area!

(Fred) Personality MD can also be thought of as a self-improvement program in that once it gives you a personality analysis, you can see areas in which you’d like to evolve.  Most of them you’d be aware of, anyway, but its helpful to be reminded of ways you can grow.  More usefully, perhaps, it gives you a map of your local area and shows the general location of others who have a profile like yours.

(Linda) The data inputs are definitely designed to fit into the CyBeRev mindfile program, so the program is a way to build mindfile strength even when you’re on the run and not near your computer.  More importantly, if you find people in your area with whom you have a close match, they might turn out to be just who you’re looking for as you build your c-cubes, and then your chosen family.  From the standpoint of building Terasem, this Android app is right on target.

(Fred) Next week, we’ll explore the idea of consciousness and how that leads to immortality by substrate migration.  We’ll see that neurocomputation leads to consciousness as validly as does biological evolution, so marital union may transcend substrate, and, we’ll see how an Iroquois teaching about an entity’s benevolence, shows us how to be more fully conscious.

(Linda) As you might expect, this suggests that diversity, unity and joy are the ultimate honour to consciousness, and that we have to recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.

(Fred)  We invite all listeners to join Terasem and help us build a safe, ethical, positive outcome for the post-Singularity world we will inhabit in cyberspace. It’s easy and costs nothing, as explained at terasemfaith.net. You can review all of the Truths of Terasem online at terasemweb.org or terasemfaith.net.

(Linda)  If what you find here fascinates you as much as it does the rest of us who are involved with Terasem, you can start setting up your own mindfiles right away, through either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  And you can create your personal history or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.  There are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.

(Fred)  If you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that very inexpensively, too, at LifeNaut.com.  And if you want to preserve your brain or your whole body through cryostasis, check out both alcor.org and cryonics.org.

(Linda)  And don’t forget to check out the Android app we’ve been talking about that not only helps you build mindfiles but can also help you locate others for your c-cubes and your chosen family.  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.

(Fred)  For some of the most enlightening reading in the universe, go to:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.

(Linda)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

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Posted November 23, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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