Vast Active Living Intelligence System, VALIS, is a literature work written by Philip K Dick in which he envisioned his gnostic belief in one aspect of God where he drew inspiration from his religious and spiritual experiences over the years.
Philip K Dick was a frontier of the 1960s and 1970s new wave science fiction movement that birthed the cyberpunk.
Cyberpunk essentially is a sub-genre of science fiction that tends to focus on a combination of low life and high tech, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.
Dick’s cyberpunk universe explored various philosophical and social themes, and featured recurrent elements such as alternate realities, simulacra, monopolistic corporations, drug abuse, authoritarian governments and altered states of consciousness. His work was concerned with questions surrounding the nature of reality, perception, human nature and identity.
As we are approaching the end of 2020, our reality seems to be a resemblance of cyberpunk settings. With our usual ways being altered with the curfew, blockade and lockdowns, we are experiencing a major transformation in our social lives and individual conscience. Naturally, our perspective, perception, and philosophical values on life are also changing radically.
We witness anomalies taking place through-out this year. Monopolistic corporations, ever contrasting financial gaps within society - where the rich gets richer, and the poor are left in the void of confusions. Drowned with questions, fear and uncertainties. Authoritarian governments found their way to infiltrate democracies under our noses. Huge part of society are getting polarised, eventually leading them to the spiralling anarchy and crime, if they didn’t know better or was misled by the surge of propagandas, spreading loosely and unfiltered through handheld technology. Becoming a pandemic of its own.
Devá States, fundamentally believes in balance, the perfection within imperfection. Our reaction when things are tough will define how our lives will be when things are getting better. The optimistic future. We can’t expect changes handed to us by governments, societies, or leaders of the world. We should demand change to ourselves, our families and inner circles. This is the genesis to restore balance in the world. Being ignorant and skeptical will only contributes to more destruction and doom. If you know better, do better.
“Waiting for the revolution, new clear vision, genocide. Computerize God it’s the new religion. Program the brain, not the heartbeat.
Onward all you crystal soldiers, touch tomorrow, energize. Digital dreams and you’re the next correction. Man’s a mistake so we’ll fix it, yeah.
Take a look at your now reflection right before your eyes. It turns to steel.
There’s another side of heaven, this way, to technical paradise. Find it on the other side when the walls fall down.
Love is automatic pleasure, virtual reality, terminal hate, it’s a calculation. Send in the child for connection.
Take a look at the the toys around you, right before your eyes, the toys are real.
Midnight confessions, never heal the soul. What you believe is fantasy.
Your past is your future, left behind, lost in time, will you surrender?
Waiting for the revolution, program the brain not the heartbeat.
Deliver us to evil, deny us of our faith. Robotic hearts bleed poison on the world we populate.
Virtual existence with a superhuman mind, the ultimate creation, destroyer of mankind.
Termination of our youth, for we do not compute,
- "Computer God" by Black Sabbath