Pretending we are all basically “good” people is a wonderful way to look at the world. The reality is inside each of us there is probably an infinite ability to seek and act as “good” as well as the counter in the ability to seek “bad.”
The quote that still resonates in my mind is “if one is being persecuted, the issue appears black and white. If one is doing the persecuting, the issue appears as many shades of gray.”
In our own lives, and even at a larger scale with the Internet we seem to gravitate and associate only with that which is known and comfortable. I am guessing that in the 20’s we seek experiences and testing and tasting the stuff of the world. With it, we usually don’t have any fear much less understanding of time and that it is finite inside our human bodies.
Eventually we grow up and work for success. Someone asked me if I lament failing with the show that we tried to present. A part of me says, “of course I still remember the hurt, pain, humiliation and overall excommunication of sorts from friends. No one likes to be around turmoil and trouble, much less a sinking ship. On the other hand, I have no regrets as I literally gave all I had. That sort of thinking is considered stupidity in our modern world.
What came out of all the mess are in essence the technologies under the Augmanity Umbrella. While the show and the technologies we were building 15 years ago were cool, it was just that, a cool immersion experience with a few thousand other folks who most likely would come, ingest some substances and then go home a few hours later having “experienced” something that I always wondered how they would describe the show in words.
Today, and more importantly, in the next 20 years, there is going to be a wondrous advancement and refinement in some ideas that we have had to wait for technology to evolve to suffice. How mankind will chose to use the various elements will indeed be interesting.
We just want to have people who live, work, see, believe, hope, think and behave differently to see that others of differing ideals are not all “bad”
Perhaps only then can we begin to work on moving to really making the world different, better, do I dare say, “really good.”