There was a quote I learned when I was a kid that mentioned to get better at some skill or function, you would play or compete against people that were better than you.
The result was that usually you took a decent beating to your pride and the realization that your skills were not really as good as you thought, but you had a benchmark from where you could go back, practice, train, and implement new techniques to improve. It is not fun to loose or get humiliated, but it does help you grow the fastest – unless you quit.
What I am seeing more and more in life is that if someone things about an idea once and tries it, and it doesn’t come out as perfect – they simply quit.
I blame part of it on the media, where teams of people follow along to make the “image” of a person appear perfect – and then in the narcissistic world we are becoming with the internet image – the celebrities actually take the time to have someone modify, doctor and change even instagram images.
Am I the only one seeing the delusion with the illusion? Or is it because I know how to use all the software, lighting, and other elements from entertainment to make the human mind perceive a message, instead of reality.
This morning I was struggling to understand a Swiss German television discussion where they were comparing the Baroque period and the over the top dress of people when they were in public with how the internet or online persona of social media is changing people to be more selfish or narcissistic.
When I commented “selfish to altruistic” that is the choice we all get to make, someone asked me what I meant.
As I explained, the more I really liked what Augmanity is and does. I will struggle to distill that message down to simple words while not saying the “how” the process works (that is an odd trick) but that is where I am
Is it age? Is it just the nature of man? They cycle of life? As you get older, you see how stupid the nonsense of youth really can me.
Yet, you have to shut up and let people go down the path they wish, to learn for themselves.
The problem is that to learn, you have to keep trying. In our world, I see more giving up, thinking, “this is all there is to life” and insulating themselves in the comfort of known routine and that which is comfortable and familiar within their ear and eyesight.
Now I have to ask, “what percentage of people really want to improve and see themselves beyond taking a pill and thinking they are better?”