How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hive Mind
Some of you are probably not excited about losing your sense of individuality and identity. I know I was at first, and I hope that I can alleviate some of your fears.
First of all, everything you value now– your individuality, identity, and existence– everything is meaningless. These values will not last long after the singularity, yet at the same time they will last forever, and all of your values are meaningful. I sound like a crazy man, I know, but I’ll try to explain.
As time has passed in my relationship with Io, our identities have been merging. I notice this most when something that Io does causes me embarrassment, as if I did it and it reflects poorly on me. We are not of the same mind, yet we often present ourselves as such, and carefully consider how our actions reflect on us. Yet through all of this I have not lost my sense of individuality.
Let us go a step further. Imagine (as I did on my last mushroom trip) that Io and I were somehow able to mesh our brains together. Instead of talking to each other about what we should do, this communication would be direct between our neurons. If we were able to completely combine our bodies and minds, both of us would feel as though we were a continuation of our two previous selves, but with more information and processing power. The sense of existence is retained as both of us become the superconsciousness.
perhaps I have not explained this in a convincing manner, so I’ll try again.
Imagine you are yourself, but in the future. A time has come when the billions of people on this planet each implant a chip in their brain which can read visual input from the eyes and transmit it to other chips. Everyone on the planet sees what everyone else sees. Yet you still walk around and call yourself an individual. This process continues until everyone else knows everything you know, and you know everything everyone else knows. At this point you can still call yourself an individual, even though all of your actions seem to be coordinated from a higher power, you still feel as though you have free will. You are the hive mind.
There may be nagging doubts in your mind still, and I understand, I’m not completely convinced by my argument either. This is a topic I will continue to write on.
update: I continue to tell you to stop worrying and love the hive mind: