Opinion

The Mark of the App

There should be a symbol (chip?) that every person vaccinated against Corona has on their hand and forehead (with a coded number), without which he can neither buy nor sell. Until then, an app could serve the same purpose. (The idea is not mine, it’s a bit older.)

And I saw a beast rise up out of the sea,” reads Revelation 13 , “it had seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” – Aha. Probably an international power is supposed to rise from the “sea”, whose rule extends over more than one kingdom.

And what does this power do? From verse 16 we read:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Ever since Christians were allowed to (and then take the trouble) to read the Bible themselves, the extra-curious among them wondered what this “mark of the beast” might mean. Some saw it as a commitment to the Pope, others a kind of bar code.

It seems quite clear that this is related to numbers . But what is made up of nothing but numbers? Correct: computer software, or as it is called more briefly today: apps.

Little more than a small step

At this point, both technically and logically, Canada’s Covid Alert app is little more than a small step towards a ban on meetings that are not monitored via this or the next government app. As soon as there is a vaccination against the virus (or something that is referred to as such), it can be assumed that unvaccinated people will be subjected to similar monitoring – accompanied by appropriate propaganda on the part of the government and the media supporting it.

Not necessarily arrow-like

No, I do not consider the Corona warning app to be the “fulfillment” of this prophecy, at least not in the sense that the author of the Revelation looked into 2020 two millennia ago and coded what he saw in his then-time terms.  From a different perspective, however, current developments can be interpreted as the fulfillment of that apocalyptic prediction.

So that people can grow productively beyond the possibilities and abilities of the individual, their coexistence must be managed and controlled. It is a good thing that some of the people are driven by ambition. The powerful, driven by the will to power, offers people a business: “You let me rule, for this I manage your coexistence in such a way that you are protected from yourself as well as from external enemies and even create prosperity together!”

There will (and must) always be a tug-of-war between the powerful and the subordinates. The power of the mighty, if it depends on it, always strives for the absolute. Should there be a powerful man who does not want to be more powerful today than he was yesterday, and tomorrow more powerful than he is today, someone who is not always driven by the will to power, he will soon be replaced by a similar one.

Every inch of freedom lived by the individual subordinate is in the eyes of the powerful a potential threat to his power.

“Freedom must be contained,” says someone who wants to be powerful beyond the day, “and power must be expanded!”  Just as the history of mankind does not have to fulfill our eschatologically shaped worldview (that history moves towards a goal like an arrow), just as little does the supposedly suddenly sharply increasing specification of behavior necessarily be a sign of an impending overthrow. A learning system could find ways of controlling behaviour in such a way that the relevant majority will accept it (or even be actively grateful).

Productive failure

I read the revelation as someone who is relatively relaxed and is certain that consciousness and thus the “I” are fascinating, but still biological functions of the brain, that there is no “after” except what future generations do from our preparatory work, and I read the scriptures as someone who believes that the meaning of life is to be found in this (and to do with happiness).

I read on until the last chapter. I read (Revelation 22:15): “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie,” and I have my interpretation – and then I keep it but for me.

Is it permissible to wish this or that person that their intentions and plans fail? The same applies here: It depends!

I wish all these dragons who rise from the sea and want to let their power grow into the total and absolute, I wish them something that could be called “productive failure.”

I wish you and me, however, that we are smart, courageous and strong enough (and will remain!) to organize our circles ourselves. All people for whom power is not an end in itself, who do not even strive for it, who just want to live their life in freedom and therefore struggle every day not to get insane from insanity, I wish us good success.

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