stream

— at its most generic — is “the others”; narrower, others when (realizing or not) you need them — more than they need you. “When youre a seeker the world is stream”: the planetary ocean of help, teach, adwize, cook, the marketplace of will, webs upon intertwined webs of stirrers, facilitators, pushers, outvaders; the streams centerless, fractally divisible (as planetwides tend to be) continuum of casual and committed streamworkers — “the people people” — is the global society as you experience it: the bloodstream, the connective tissue, the bone.  ■    Ones “stream authority” is consensual, situational, unconscious, fleeting — but the Stream as a whole exerts appreciable pressure, takes more than a single no to deflect: no citadel on or off Earth is impenetrable to stream erosion. Fandoms' power structures may be complex but bounded — largely ceremonial; contrast the streams amorphous, bland, inescapable push: in a world with no forcible authority or material dearth, it makes commitments — “creative unfreedoms,” designs buttons on the back, reimagines something bigger, connects; wants to be there when, consciously or not, you come up to a window to get some outside air. ■    Mature streamwork takes extroversion, encompassion (a “wider than necessary” perspective), creativity: only the basics of stream code and symbolry, such as the guesthouse sign, are standard (mostly because taught, alongside language, in childrens grammar-receptive age). Do it without saying — but recognize when others do: everyones been floated by the stream (stepping out is all it takes to be carried away) but so everyone has been the stream, at other times, often without realizing; in a perennial quid pro quo you rely on the stream, give up some of your free will — to get it back with a boost when you voice the stream to someone and partake in the impunity of “not doing it for myself.”

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