The Spirituality of Torrent

Torrentocracy announced a Web API that will allow bloggers to manage their own dang torrents. BoingBoing says Ecto will support it soon. This will really help with distributing large video files. I have heard of Blog Torrent who may have already offered this, but have not had time to try it out.

If you have ever downloaded a large file through bit torrent protocol, you know that you are not downloading from a central data bank or a single user but rather from other users who are downloading it the same time as you are. In other words, you are getting it from lots of people who do not yet have it all. And while you are downloading the file, others are already downloading from your computer what you have already taken. To be a receiver is to be a giver. You don’t wait until you have the whole file before you start uploading – it happens at the same time. It all sounds very spiritual to me. Like the flow of the gospel – but then maybe I am kinda wacky?

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And how does it all start? It starts when someone “seeds” a torrent file and makes it available. Jesus often talked of the gospel as seed.

Downloading and uploading torrents also makes me think of the teachings of Jesus on giving and receiving. The one who is giving (allowing uploads of stored data) is the one who can download data the fastest. Try to stop others from uploading (taking from what you already have) and you will slow down your own download. The givers receive more. To the one who has, more will be given. | said this before on an earlier post.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • So, when can we see TSK flash movies available via bit torrent protocol? I’m not sure I get where these files are served from. I’m no geek Ι’m afraid. Can you explain a little more please Mr. Tallskinny?

  • andrew says:

    mike – i have a video of your band that i could upload tomorrow – but its only 5 megs – that doesn’t need torrent
    its the full length movies and very large files that do.

  • tk says:

    I have always had a hard time wrapping my brain around the economies of the Kingdom of God. (Even though I have seen them played out in my life and the lives of those around me) They appear to be upside down and backwards to the economies of capitalism.
    Lose your life to find it
    Love your enemies
    Empty yourself to become full
    What a great observation! The torrent applications absolutely desscribe that kingdom economy.
    Thanks Andrew
    The community that I am apart of is what you might call “technically challenged” Anything similar you can think of outside our world of geekdom to help folks grasp this idea?

  • andrew says:

    Jesus used agriculture, which still works . . . of course
    Bro. Thom wolf says that Paul used AAA in 2 Timothy
    A – Agri-business (hard working farmer)
    A – Army (soldier)
    A- Athletics (athlete)
    his argument was that things learned from excelling in these 3 areas can be applied to spirituality

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