Thought police

Thought police

Work By Sergeij Kirilov

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George Orwell wrote about the thought police and many thought it incredible, while others were gripped by its terror. Yet it is not so strange to imagine why a governing force would want to police our thoughts if they could. There is no object or structure a person can create, no alteration to the landscape that can outlast a thought. So perhaps a thought is the most permanent thing you can create that could still live on long after you or any of your offspring have long been forgotten. A statue can last a few thousand years, but it tells you nothing about the person it depicts apart from that they were considered (sometimes only by themselves) important enough to make a statue of. But is all that they reveal an inflated ego? Certainly it is not as permanent as the person portrayed had hoped. On the other hand, a thought can outlast the pyramids if it is poignant and timeless enough.

Most essential thoughts?

So if you could take ten thoughts to a desert island, which would they be? Which of our thoughts and ideas today will influence people of the future? Do they need our thoughts? We still refer to the past for thoughts about the human situation. Will mankind’s predicaments be different in the future? How can you stop someone stealing your thoughts? Is that why we need the thought police? If you keep your thoughts to yourself, no one call steal them, but no matter how good they are, if no one knows they exist they are useless and you might as well have saved yourself the bother and not thought. We feel the need to share our thoughts. Thoughts can be bought and sold. Thought peddlers are unpopular; they only share enough to stir up interest. There is another name for traded thoughts: technology. Technologies are constantly succeeded and so, in fact, in the scale of things, they are actually fleeting thoughts. Scary or food for thought?

Cabinets of Curiosity

We are curious makers of things, things we dream up ourselves. Remarkable, useful, beautiful and original things. Sometimes they are made entirely by hand, sometimes partly by machine, in the future perhaps by robots. May be not robots. Always with an eye for detail and with an element of fun.

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