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Robert Muller               Michael Ventura

Decide to Network

Decide to network

Use every letter you write

Every conversation you have

Every meeting you attend

To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams

Affirm to others the vision of the world you want

Network through thought

Network through action

Network through love

Network through spirit

You are the center of a network

You are the center of the world

You are a free, immensely powerful source

of life and goodness

Affirm it

Spread it

Radiate it

Think day and night about it

And you will see a miracle happen

the greatness of your own life.

In a world of big powers, media and monopolies

But of [seven] billion individuals

Networking is the new freedom

the new democracy

a new form of happiness

--Robert Muller
Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations

Be aware of the Network. We live by a network of connections and links. Your connection to yourself, to your intimates, to your place, to the collective, to the planet, to the Infinite. (Each is a distinct connection.) Equally powerful are the collective's connections to you (not at all the same as yours to it), to groups of intimates, to itself, to the planet, to the Infinite. Finally, the connections of groups of intimates to one another, to the collective, to the planet, to the Infinite. All these levels and connections interweave. All are equally important.

All the links or connective points of this network (call them the acupuncture points of our universe) both take and generate energy. Any link out of sync weakens the others. (The West, for instance, has concentrated too much on the individual; the East, too much on the collective; both approaches have been catastrophic on every level of the network.) This network, from you all the way to the Infinite, is a living while, ceaselessly changing. Some of these changes take millions of years. Some happen instantaneously.

May the links of the network shine.

--Michael Ventura, "Solutions to Everything," in Letters at 3AM: Reports on Endarkenment (Dallas: Spring Publications, 1993).

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