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Anonymity and Commonplace

Pedestrian is an interesting word. It carries a double meaning. As a noun, it signifies a person traveling on foot. As an adjective, it means commonplace, banal, or something lacking imagination or distinction. In both senses, pedestrian carries profound resonance with modernity today:

Pedestrian (n):

Being a pedestrian enables a very specific vantage point into other people’s actions, behaviors, and decisions. There is a level of raw proximity overcoming all ‘social distance’ that the pedestrian’s life mediates. Indeed, it removes anonymity and places the individual in direct bearing with his fellow man.

Vehicles have changed that.

Especially in busy metropolitan cities, there is a sort of ‘tug of war’ between drivers and pedestrians. In the anonymity of their vehicle, drivers cast a reckless insensitivity towards pedestrians. It happens more often than you think…

And it gets worse.

Electronic technologies mediate anonymity to an exponential degree. It is growing into a veritable powder keg. The volatility comes when it enables the individual a false remove from the consequences of his e-actions, e-behaviors, and e-decisions.

Indeed, there are countless accounts of false personas, multiple identities, and a downward spiral of e-interactions in the e-communicative sphere that would make Edison and Bell run for the hills if they were around today.  Unfortunately, accountability is running inversely proportional to technology. With the rise of technology, we are seeing the fall of accountability. And the search for integrity continues…

Pedestrian (adj):

Of course, the negative ramification manifested in the fall of integrity is the ‘grain of salt’ alongside innovation qua technology. It appears the alternative would be to remain stagnant, in the mire of the pedestrian commonplace. Upon closer inspection, we must ask:

Is the trade-off necessary between accountability and invention?

This is where Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) enters the conversation:

IPT would answer with a resounding, “NO!”

Indeed, with an unwavering focus on the individual’s creative potentiality, IPT ennobles the individual an empowerment to his highest achievements. It calls him to repurpose his actions towards making a meaningfully positive impact. Above all, through the realized creative potentiality, the individual immediately attains ultimate freedom of and from his self.

In the realm of ultimate freedom – liberated from the self – the individual can be in and for the other. Accordingly, s/he can reverse the current trend between accountability and invention to one of direct proportionality. Occupying the other, s/he can repurpose the motivation behind all actions, behaviors, and decisions.

It’s all about the impact.

IPT would ask:

How will you make a positively meaningful difference today?



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Social Myopia

How difficult is it for you to forgive others?  Does it depend on the perceived offense? Does it take you a while to ‘let things go’?  Do you forgive but also hold grudges?

When you really think about it, regardless of the severity, we have a common responsibility to extend forgiveness to our fellow man.  We never know when we ourselves will require the same courtesy.  After all, to err is part of our human condition.

Thinking on the nature of forgiveness, there exists a greater underlying issue.  This issue stems from a tension between anonymity and presence:


Especially with the current reality being saturated with electronic technologies, it is altogether too seamlessly commonplace to mediate anonymity and thus desensitize ourselves to the consequences of our actions.  In a manner, we have blurred our reflective vision of ourselves as if infected by a social myopia.  Condoning offensive, inhumane, and egregious behavior has perniciously become the norm and to a startling degree.


Impassioned integrity and compassion to give, feel, and be present – the power of effective presence – is an increasing rarity.  Unfortunately, it has never been overflowing.  The difference today is it is almost disappearing.

In encouraging the individual’s ultimate freedom of and from his self and all related fetters through realized creative potentiality, IPT offers resolution to the anonymity-presence tension.  More importantly, it gives a very real panacea to the social myopia.  Indeed, signaling the shift away from a self-centered world to one centered around considerations of the other, IPT goes further to call forth – as a clarion call – a new dawn and hope for humanity itself.