"We’ve been on it for two years."
“Did you do drugs before that?”
“A line of coke at a party, every once in awhile we’d pop a couple Vicodin and watch TV. But we had normal lives. She was an office administrator, I was a cook. Then I got hurt and got a prescription for some Oxycontins. And I gave a few to her. And before long we were crushing them up and snorting them. Then we started doing heroin cause it was cheaper. It’s the same thing, really, as the Oxycontins. Just cheaper.”
“What’s it feel like when you stop doing heroin?”
“It’s like dying. And being reborn again. Your eyes keep crying and your nose keeps running and you’ve got cold sweats. And for like 4 days you’re flopping around and can’t get comfortable, so you can’t sleep for days so you start thinking crazy and seeing things. And if you can make it through those four days without getting a bag of dope, then you come out the other side so exhausted you can’t move. If you’re lucky you can get some methadone from a clinic, but that’s even more addictive than the heroin.”
“Would you say heroin has ruined your life?”
“Do you mind if I share that?”
“That’s fine. Just say one thing. Be sure to say that we really do love each other and we’re trying to fix our lives.”
Nine Inch Lynch
Jaron Lanier, the Wizard of Zeitgeist, on the other side of euphoria
For every burst of euphoric optimism, there comes a necessary correction, a practical resolving of markets, so to speak. For Jack Kerouac’s On the Road there was Big Sur, and for multiple generations since there has come an adulthood.
Pioneering Cyber-voice, Jaron Lanier, speaks sagely and without irony about how early digital promises failed to materialize, while others defied all expectation. In the process, he presents an interesting definition of democracy: It is the countering mirror image of biology. It’s the thing that compensates for us as we really are in order to allow us to act better than we otherwise would.
“Cymatics is like a magical tool that unveils the substance of things not seen. Sound does have form, and you can see that sound can affect matter and cause form in matter,” Pörksen tells Co.Design. “So maybe in the beginning there was sound, which shaped all matter. Indeed, we think sound has a fundamental influence on the formation of the universe itself.”
Another in the series, “You cannot not Communicate”.