When we look around us, every inch of the world is filled up, from the blue sky to the green trees and all the life that we know exists but we can’t even see. All this color is so much wallpaper to which we have been habituated by our evolution and our upbringing. It is an illusion built for survival, but the environment has changed.
We are constructing a new landscape filled with the complex theories of physics and psychology, but also technology and media. The old qualia of survival rendered every non-threatening thing (such as mountains and trees and earth) static, in order to make moving threats and predators more visible to our senses; the new qualia is all about movement, transformation, and distraction.
The landscape of media and information presents us with a crisis, but that is a gift. It puts the instinct of ritual to work. Conscious ritualing will teach us to distinguish between the threatening and the non-threating qualia, and allow us to create a new wallpaper.