If you’re new to the site, welcome. This short introduction will give you an idea of who we are and what we’re about.
The premise of Lunacy Now is simple. We’re an online lifestyle community for restless dreamers. For people who think critically, but who yearn for more. We focus on helping people navigate what we call The Byzantine Transition. It is named for the transformation that took the eastern roman empire and gave it a new lease of life, turning into what we now call the Byzantine Empire, adding another several hundred years to its lifespan. The premise is that what has been called Western Civilization is over. The metaphysical structure underpinning it have largely been kicked out, and what’s left is undergoing a great deal of stress from waves of incoming changes.
Trying to take things back to “the good old days” (whenever they were meant to be anyway), isn’t going to work. To move forward we have to come to terms with reality and decide what to do next.
The polar ice caps are at near-record lows. Accountancy firm PwC predicts robots are going to take 38% of all jobs in the United States by 2030. The world’s population is 7.6 billion and climbing fast, up from 1.6 billion a century ago, and an estimated mere 200 million at the time of Jesus. Meanwhile current technology allows scientists to “permanently modify genes in living cells and organisms.” Ordinary people are carrying supercomputers in our pockets more powerful than the ones which sent the rocket to the moon. Crucially, we can now livestream footage from anywhere, at any time, to millions of people around the word, for (pretty much) free.
All this is taking place in a world where eight people have as much wealth as the poorest 50 percent of the planet. In a world where governments and social media giants alike are spying on everyone, all the time, with cameras that we bought and installed ourselves.
We have not even begun to scratch the surface of the capabilities of the technology that has been developed in the last two decades. If scientific progress halted today, it might take us 100 years just to figure out possible applications of all these incredible machines and roll them out across the world.
We will have no such luxury of time. Every day brings fresh advances in every field of study. Cryptocurrencies are undermining the traditional banking systems. AI is breaking new boundaries, to the point that no less a personage than Elon Musk is waging a campaign to stop the robots killing us all. If he doesn’t take us to Mars first.
And, in this crucial moment, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States.
Whatever is coming around the next corner, it’s coming fast and it’s going to be totally new.
Now is not the time to try and cling to old paradigms. That strategy will be a desperate rearguard move at best, and is unlikely to save us from the coming flood.
Lunacy Now believes that the only appropriate response to the unraveling we see before us is to lean into it. That’s why we seek to help the reader navigate, at a personal level, the incoming deluge of change. We do not write white papers to propose government policy or critique decisions made by those in power. Our focus is what the reader can do, as an individual, to change their own lives and those around them for the better.
So what about you reader? Are in control of your own life? Do you know where you are going and what you want? Are you living a mode of existence that’s about to become obsolete? If you are then we can help you learn how to embrace the chaos.