[extropy-chat] French marchers say 'non' to 2007

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Mon Jan 1 17:09:30 UTC 2007

At 04:04 AM 1/1/2007, Anders Sandberg wrote:

>French marchers say 'non' to 2007
>Hundreds of protestors in France have rung in the New Year by holding a
>light-hearted march against it.
>Parodying the French readiness to say "non", the demonstrators in the
>western city of Nantes waved banners reading: "No to 2007" and "Now is
>The marchers called on governments and the UN to stop time's "mad race"
>and declare a moratorium on the future.
"The name Fonacon comes from the group's title - Front d'opposition à la 
nouvelle année and Comité d'Organistion National (acronym "con", which 
means daft). The organisers, who prefer to remain anonymous, say it is 
illogical that people should celebrate the passing of time. The ending of a 
year is another step towards the grave and therefore a tragedy, not a cause 
for joy.

"The idea, which began in the village of Chauché, south of Nantes last 
year, was launched nationally at a spoof 'terrorist' press conference. The 
members of the anti-New Year front, including several otherwise 
conventional local businessmen and women, dressed up in hoods and masks."

But it is not just the future I am learning.  It is to also about stopping 
aging and death!  The irony is that while this may seem like a 
anti-future(ist) trend, it may very well be transhumanist in part.  Please 
read on:
"'It is about time that the passage of time ended,' said one of the hooded 
organisers. 'We are fed up with getting older. Why should we follow the 
fashion? The planet is getting older and warmer. Not us. Stop this mad race 
towards death.'"


<http://www.natasha.cc/>Natasha <http://www.natasha.cc/>Vita-More
Design Media Artist - Futurist
PhD Candidate, 
Proactionary Principle Core Group, <http://www.extropy.org/>Extropy 
Member, <http://www.profuturists.com/>Association of Professional Futurists
Founder, <http://www.transhumanist.biz/>Transhumanist Arts & Culture

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then that is a closed-system perspective. If you study what is inside the 
circle and everything outside the circle, then that is an open system 
perspective. - Buckminster Fuller

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