Fears....we all have them. Do we choose to overcome them? or let them control us?
Initially we developed technology as a way to manipulate human senses and emotions for entertainment purposes. The primary reason is that it usually doesn’t cost very much to trick the mind into believing something for a second or two. Illusionists and magicians use misdirection to keep the viewers mind on something else while setting up the desired efx of the illusion.
Modern media works well this way. Come to think of it, American politics has gotten so out of kilter with the amount of money spent to elect someone that I am surprised that candidates are not confused with septic system cleaners and plumbers anymore.
When you get into Military and Medical needs – the costs and performance levels usually have to be as close to reality as possible. You take the lower cost for entertainment, and then get into budgets where you spend 80% of your resources to get that 20, 10, 5, 2, or less than one percent advantage or gain. This is why I do love bleeding edge work – you are working on and playing with really interesting ideas and technologies that most of the world probably doesn’t realize it exists.
This morning, after all the years of studying human senses, emotion, psychology and the idea of consciousness – a friend called up in a bit of a panic about some of the bigger issues that we all will face at one time or another in life.
Perhaps the biggest fear in most people is that of death. What happens when we do die? What happens when your spouse or partner dies on you and leave you behind? In Switzerland, there is a group called exit that allows for the unassisted suicide or ending of ones life. When you think of the world of ethics, you really can’t get any deeper than that question of “should people be allowed to end their own life?”
The deeper issue I see often in the world is people tend to be terrified of the fear of being alone. Many need some noise of a radio or TV, or activity of busy all the time. Others will call everyone to just talk about whatever. This is where we will have an interesting convergence between technology and humanism in the future. Man will invent a bunch of gizmos and robots to allow humans to never be alone. In theory, this is wonderful. One of the saddest killers in the elderly is loneliness.
It makes me sad, but what I see is the well-heeled buying a robot to take care of grandma and grandpa in a nursing home and thinking, “this is good!” When you spend time observing the elderly patients who are ready to die in American Hospitals, you will see an interesting trend happening with the loved ones that will be left behind. They have to face their own mortality, yet, will do whatever they can to try to buy time or keep someone that basically is ready to pass on, alive.
(It really is an interesting, albeit sad phenomenon to observe)
Part of my psychological makeup might be that while I am 51/49 extrovert to introvert with Meyers Briggs profiling – I am really happy to be alone.
The other part, and I think this is a bigger part, is that the world teaches us to go on a secular or materialistic path for success in the world.
From a spiritual path, most of the holy books say to do the opposite.
When you do try to walk out your life on both paths, you will hopefully find an interesting thing happening to you. You will realize you are never alone. You never were, unless you made it a choice to be.
I wish I had a road map for how you get there, but I think there might be 7,000,000,000 unique paths for each person on this planet. It is a choice as to how much time you want to spend seeking. How much you want to give up, to gain all.
Interesting thoughts this morning. I only realized I was never alone perhaps 15 years ago. It simply takes time? Or it took me a long time to realize it?
Enjoy your coffee or tea today, ideally with a great friend, or just by yourself.
I had to laugh as I got some coffee, tasted it, and said, “This is espresso beans?” They went back and looked at the bag – “how did you know?”
There is hope I have not destroyed my coffee and tea palette in my time in Switzerland! I do miss the roasters back in the states and lament that the coffee houses today have changed in the past 20-30 years. Will they every be a place that brings people together the way they used to again?