The Writing on the Wall

We Can't Fix the Internet

The Indie Web's Savior Complex

After Facebook's folly, the entire Internet became slower! scoffs the free and open source software minimalist. 2 billion people across the world frantically refreshed Facebook's services on their phones and laptops over and over again thinking their Internet went out - that's all the Internet is to normies. In return, he further explains, this stressed the DNS servers out the wazoo. Even twitter saw some performance issues from the influx of shifting traffic. We need to get everyone on the fediverse pronto!

He's still talking? A concernable amount of people started going crazy from a few hours of Instagram downtime, reinforcing how mass psychogenic illness is already here! Not to mention whistle blowers literally confirmed Facebook is tearing our society apart for its own profit! Despite this, normies would oppose a digital revolution, because they are too comfy to change anything.

The Internet cannot be Won

So what can we conclude from this cheesy doomer take? That there's no hope for humanity? No, the nihilism needs to be directed at the worldly platform man has made: that there is no hope for the Internet. Then should we convince people to stop using Facebook? Possibly, but it's incomplete advice: running away from evil doesn't guarantee you're headed down a virtuous path, while actively pursuing the good does.

What is the good? It's simply God's Law. It's not the Talmudist law, Heal the World or in this case, Heal the WWW. The reason the Internet is now an effeminate prison resort, is because the tech leaders replaced God's word with their own embracement of mystic teachings. Open source advocates with the same ideology are still following in their footsteps.

To say the alternative should be anarchy or liberal democracy (a decentralized version of what we already have) would be equally dumb. We already know the masses will demand what they've been tricked to want. That is how we got to this point in the first place. In fact, freedom on the Internet is not enough either. Everyone doing as they please on the web would not solve anything. It'd be like a virtual Burning Man festival: a bunch of pretentious hippy anarchists rationalizing why doing degenerate activities sticks it to the man.

We Need (Godly) Order

Community guidelines are based and largely needed. It's as simple as understanding you shouldn't go to a fancy restaurant with a sweatshirt or a baseball hat. The power of customs and tradition should exemplify God's word, not go against it. The structure of cultural norms and decencies has been injected with counterfeit paradigms, notably from that of Twitter. The framework of a terms of service in conjunction with the paradigm of Godliness should be our reference point to how we make decisions online: Love thy neighbor (no drama). Be humble (Don't be proud of your popularity). Serve love and truth: not money. Do not link to people who blaspheme. Do not idolize the Internet, the people on it or the technologies which power it. Although I believe it's more important to impose this moral standard face to face - town to town, doing so online can't hurt.

Be Careful Who You Call the Enemy

If Facebook, Google, and the rest, not only went down for a few hours, but instead were somehow abolished, the web as we know today would be back to the status quo within a few months, just under different rulers. The notion that the small web crowd can fix the Internet is the same blunder materialism makes of grounding evil in a scapegoat: If we just get rid of our enemies, our problems will disappear!. Jesus warned us our enemies are not of flesh and blood but of powers and principalities (evil spirits).

Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg, are not the problem. The problem is within us, and is that of the world: the spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan; the Internet merely makes worldliness, or in other words wicked spirits, more prevalent in our lives.

Ideally, we should keep mass communication devices out of the home and have separate buildings for Internet usage. The web is simply a tool to spread the good news, and shouldn't be the highlight of our daily routine.

How have countries like Russia or China tried to avert Internet usage abuse? They put time limits on apps like Tik Tok for children. Instead of mindlessly scrolling, a prompt will appear every five minutes: Take a break!. In lieu of degenerate narcissism, the youth are shown clips of tradesmen working or other seemingly educational content. These Governments' tactics, nefarious or innocent, are not strides towards fixing the Internet, but in the direction of correcting bad habits.

The Victimless Crime

One of these habits is a certain rationalization, one which permits degeneracy without the consequence of social reproval. It's the lie that privacy can wipe the slate of our sins clean. No one deletes their questionable Internet history feeling better about themselves. This perpetuates anti-social behavior. You're never free from spiritual judgement.

Confrontational Anonymity is a Cop-out

If instead you're arguing with someone on the web, then going out of your way to be as anonymous as possible is cowardice. If you are afraid to show your face, people are not going to be as likely to trust what you're saying and it further insinuates you don't stand for anything. Internet debates are very low frequency and pathetic, especially with pseudonyms. If you want to speak out, you should start in your local community anyways.

Fact Checked!

Another thing the Internet has ruined is the availability of information. Many may take that as too much information is censored, but I'm calling out the complete opposite: that the web makes too much of it available. The idea anyone has the ability to look something up just because they can, is in many ways too much of a power trip to muster. It leads to people ever chasing after the truth, yet never knowing it.

The Internet is the modern day tree of knowledge. It's not a human right which gives us special privileges. Information overload just causes more stress. We should also not pat ourselves on the back for giving mobile Internet to the third world. It degenerates their societies and disrupts their future livelihoods. It by no means empowers them or gives them a more meaningful life. People have gotten by without it. To claim the poor are disadvantaged because they don't have access to online facts is a complete red herring. You'd be assuming the only thing people use the Internet for is to research their passions or any other meaningful activities, which couldn't be further from the truth.

In reality, anyone who grew up without the Internet but now uses it regularly, realizes the wisdom they've learned over time came from the people in their lives, word of mouth, not by bingeing random fun facts on the subreddit for science. In the Pre-Internet era, if you really wanted to explore an intellectual inquiry you actually talked to someone more knowledgeable than you in real life, and they'd assess whether their scarce wisdom would just be falling on deaf ears or if you were truly ready to learn.

Work on limiting your time spent not only on social media, but on the Internet in general. Devote more of it to loving God through prayer. Only then will you gain discernment in your life. Often people want to make a personal website but have no idea what to write. It's these self discovered talents and insights which will motivate people to testify what they've accomplished in their lives thanks to the Lord. Such a perspective shift could potentially transform a small corner of the Internet into a unique and wholesome recollection of genuinely interesting and humble individuals.

It goes without saying to not seek answers nor guidance from online but from God almighty, as the Internet is a counterfeit. Do not use it as a surrogate form of awareness. Your spiritual discernment or gut response comes first. What little time we do spend online should be uplifting, righteous and reflective of the real world, not of fantasy. Lastly, the Internet should not be the basis of how we communicate with friends or family, nor should it dictate how we go about our near and long term lives.