# I have this theory.
It is a theory about pattern, chaos, humanity and the Web.
When I talk about this theory,
I always talk about sheep.
There is a farmer and he has a herd of sheep that is rather large. One night, the farmer goes to sleep, and the next morning he goes out to his sheep to let them into the pasture. He notices one of his sheep is dead. He gathers it up in his arms and takes it to the place where farmers dispose of their dead animals. He wonders about disease, but there is none. He wonders about wolves, but there is no sign of struggle. He wonders about weakness, but this is a good strong sheep. His sheep has simply died and there is no explanation for its death. Being the practical man that he is, he stops thinking about the dead sheep and tends to the live ones. He considers it odd, but not too odd.
In his county there are seven other farms. They are very large farms and he rarely sees the other farmers, except maybe at the county fair or the cattle auctions, but those events will not be for a few months now. When he sees the farmers again, he will have forgotten entirely about the sheep that died.
Yet, something very strange has occurred. Something this farmer will never know about in his narrow view of his one farm. For if we in our omnipotence were to look at the county as a whole, and were to be awake and paying attention on the night that the one sheep died, we would see that on that same night our farmer's sheep died, one sheep from each of the seven farms died. Each farmer went through the same process of discarding the sheep. And each farmer went through the same process of shrugging off the death.
We would not be able to dismiss these facts as mere coincidence, nor would we be able to shrug them off. This event demands to be labeled a phenomenon, and we would be moved to investigate and define the phenomenon, because humans are naturally moved to find meaning in strange occurrences.
Now apply this phenomenon to the Web. If each of us were to catalog our own human experience and make it available on the web, we could lend to each other an omnipotence unattainable prior to the existence of the Net. We could take events in our own lives, which have mystified us since their occurrence, and search the web for similar encounters. We could compare and contrast other's experiences and draw deeper meaning into our own experience. We might too, find the one piece of information that will transform an experience we had nearly forgotten into a life changing moment which has been waiting years to unfold.
Using the Web, we could study humanity in a way unavailable to us prior to the existence of the Net. We could take a cross section of the human experience, revealing different layers of expression provided by other examinations of a particular experience. We could collect individual accounts of such experiences and benefit from the various levels of analysis drawn from religion, mythology or archetype, as well as wholly uneducated or raw versions of the experience. And we could track the experience across boundaries of age, gender, era, and culture. The Web may provide us with a way to transcend our current and limited spheres of knowledge to grasp a further and deeper understanding of what it means to be human and to be alive.
We can not know at this point what will occur, but I feel that it is wholly unlikely that nothing will occur, for I have had enough encounters on the Web to convince me that something is waiting for us out here. Something is drawing us together, if only our need for each other, our need to understand what is happening to us, our need to undo the mystery of life.
When you are ready, bring your experiences to the Web. Put pointers to yourself wherever appropriate so that you may make your experiences known to us. Make yourself available for contact, and then wait. Do not wait anxiously or obsessively, simply put it out of your mind and wait.
"Something wonderful is going to happen."