It's been a while since the last essay or newsletter. You may also be wondering where my Twitter has disappeared to, so I wanted to update you on what I've been building over the past few months and why it's been so quiet on Post Apathy.
Aleph is a general-purpose digital community incubating a distinct ethos and bias to action. Within Aleph, there are two sub-groups with specific focuses: Aleph Corp for Urbit development, and Post Value for investment research. Members of Aleph can choose to participate in any or both of these groups.
Please join our Discord, where we not only host discussions on the above but pretty much everything ranging from reviving the local fabric of artisanal production with drone logistics, to the true location of Atlantis, and more. You can also follow us on Twitter.
Find out more about our name and ethos, and Aleph Corp and Post Value, below.
Urbit is a stack of technologies that has the potential to introduce a paradigm change in the way we interact with our computers, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer networks, privacy, and sovereignty over our digital activities. Aleph Corp is helping to lead the way with its development through quality prose (our first essay has just been published), Discord-based discussion and events, and very soon a dedicated team for building Urbit-based software.
You can read more here.
Post Value hosts discussions on everything investment, from crypto to public markets to startups. We're also building a fully searchable investment database, and putting together a research team analysing private companies for investment through the Post Value DAO.
You can read more about Post Value here.
Aleph is the first letter of the Semitic abjads, including Phoenician ʾālep 𐤀, Hebrew ʾālef א, Aramaic ʾālap 𐡀, Syriac ʾālap̄ ܐ, and Arabic alif ا. It also appears as South Arabian 𐩱, and Ge'ez ʾälef አ. It traces its origins in the Ancient Egyptian Ox, denoting power, authority, and strength. Alpha (uppercase Α, lowercase α) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and subsequently the first letter of all Latin-descended European languages.
The phonetics and shape of the letter A and its position as the first of the letters of the alphabets of the Latins and the Semites, each borrowing from the Egyptians (who borrowed from those who came before them), represents an unbroken line of wisdom through history.
In Jorge Luis Borges' short story 'The Aleph', he describes the Aleph as a point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping, or confusion. This is the collapse of spacetime into a singular point - the Aleph - wherein all wisdom can be found.
That the first letter of the (Semitic, and many Indo-European) languages of the major Abrahamic faiths is Aleph clearly influenced Borges' and his fictional representation of the Aleph as a point in space containing all wisdom, because it is the gateway to language and therefore all knowledge.
Yes. Can you feel it? The weight of 10,000 years of history bearing down on your shoulders? The unbroken string of the Aleph stretching back into the murkiest depths of history, when even the ancestors of the Ancient Egyptians were yet children. Perhaps even reaching into the buried halls of Atlantis herself, where the secrets of the Aleph yet lie in 10,000 years of undisturbed repose?
Sorry, let's move on.
The Aleph Ethos
We have a particular set of rules and values.
1. Open Inquiry - The purpose of this space is to facilitate free enquiry and the change one will undergo as they learn more. Pedantics who dismiss ideas with snark and passive aggressiveness, or gatekeepers who try to box people into particular ideas and frameworks, will get banned.
2. Professionalism - no baiting, personal harassment, etc. Behaviour must be professional.
3. Grey Tribe - Aleph is free of the culture wars that plague social and political discourse. Members don't define themselves by political ideologies but adopt ideas as tools by which to achieve the Good Life.
4. Chesterton's Fence - this group is defined by our bias to action. While it is expected that the idols of the age must be torn down, we must be ready to replace it with something better. We place little value on ideas and critiques, and more on active building.
5. Value Creation - We cultivate a value-creation mindset; the rent seeking mindset is endemic, and we need to be able to speak a language focused on productive endeavours.
6. Respect for Tradition - Societies that have untethered themselves from their historical roots are suffering. We appreciate the role of tradition in keeping society healthy, and endeavour to approach knowledge as the whole sum of humanity’s efforts, not just our particular time period.
7. Postmodernism - Aleph is distinctly postmodern: the owl of minerva flies at dusk. Postmodern thought is not an assault on objective truth, but rather true realizations about the nature of techno-industrial society. As we increasingly move away from early industrial modernity towards whatever comes next, more of these truths will become apparent, and it is imperative that we understand this process and how we fit into it.
If you feel like you'd fit in well with our ethos, drop into our Discord!
The Future of Post Apathy
I've decided to retire active tweeting owing to its diminishing returns. @Post_Apathy no longer exists and is now @alephxyz, which will share updates about the Aleph community, the latest events, and from time to time a thread with a Post Apathy twist, as a treat.
The Post Apathy blog will remain live, but it'll be updated less frequently as I focus on producing content with Aleph, which will be sure to carry much of the same flavour as my writing before. As such, Post Apathy subscribers will be able to see how the ideas and values we've cultivated over time actually play out in the real world. I hope that I'll see many of you on Aleph.