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Pluto: What or Who Is Now Wearing the Collective’s Shadow?

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If technology is wearing the shadow....it's a projection of the culture's own darkness.....correct?

I read this to mean that blaming "big tech" puts the shadow on them which absolves us from taking responsibility for the consequences of staring into our cell phones all day / raising our children on them and so forth.

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Here is a Facebook post I made while watching The Social Dilemma this evening:
"Holy crap. I was in the doctor's office 2 days ago. There was a young woman with a little baby near me. He could not even walk yet. He was addicted to a cell phone he was holding. His eyes were glued. I'll bet it was even his own phone. If his mom needed to use it he was probably gonna throw a major fit which he was already kind of doing for various reasons. That phone is his pacifier. Absolutely horrifying."

It would be so hard to keep my mouth shut if I had grandchildren. But I also remember that I would occasionally use television to babysit my kids if I needed to, or wanted to. (They are in their mid to late 30's so they didn't have a cell phone until high school.)

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@starcrest Me and my sister were raised in front of the television. MTV babysat us quite a bit, but Mom sometimes forced us to go outside and play. 

I don't think older generations can comprehend this--a childhood spent in front of a screen. I also wonder if many people my age (Generation X--"the latchkey kids") raised the generation who spent their childhoods hooked to cell phones and social media. 

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@notmycircus, that really is true.  I grew up in the 50's and early 60's.  TV was not a thing for kids, there was no internet.  I spent my childhood outside from morning till night.  We only came back for lunch and then back outside.

It was very safe back then.  People looked out for each other's kids.  A different world than today.

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@jofrance If I remember correctly, "stranger danger" became a thing in the 80's. Mom actually gave me a book when I was a kid called "Never Talk to Strangers"--I also remember being taught the difference between good and bad touch, telling an adult if someone does bad things to you, etc. Pluto in Scorpio. Seems like not too long after that, parents started keeping their kids inside.

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I think humanity specializes in finding scapegoats. From the time of Jesus to currently Google/BillGates/Vaccines, we just need something/someone to blame other than ourselves. In my country of birth, there is extreme nationalism like elsewhere in the world, and the shadow takes the form of specific religion. In my host country, its immigrants. But I do believe, there is a definite backlash against globalization and one-world philosophy that has come to symbolize 2000s. Geographic borders will find more predominance than my generation is comfortable with.

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I know we already mentioned technology as a catch-all for the collective's shadow, but something that is already emerging is the ethical dilemma of facial recognition software - how human bias can be intentionally or unintentionally coded into the programs...the data feeding the code is after all based on historical human actions. 

Pluto often likes to act behind the scenes.

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I think Liz Greene says' it better in reference to the Aquarian shadow:

"In the present decade science, which is built upon thinking principals, runs the perpetual risk of seeing its discoveries utilized for mass destruction if it cannot retain some awareness of feeling reality and the fact that knowledge by itself, without the wisdom of the heart is not only incomplete but downright dangerous."

So, since Pluto is still in Capricorn, then it seems authority, governments, establishments etc., are still carrying the collective's shadow, which now resides in issues of the heart (Leo) or lack thereof in favor of head (Aquarius). With Saturn in Aquarius, we're witnessing an increasing fear of technology that literally has no heart - no creation of life (Leo).

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Politics is carrying the collective shadow. Why look at our political beliefs (although that is important, and spiritually relevant) when we can look within our own selves?

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