It is interesting how most of our lives we seem to spent our time trying to wrap the things that we like around us, while putting up walls or barriers to those things that don’t necessarily fit in with what we like or enjoy. This is really great for a society that places “self” above all; yet, it will not bode well for society en masse in the long term with a global comfort zone.
I always joked about the “iPod, IPad, I (insert name)” that Steve jobs created with apple. While I enjoy the design and innovation, I feel that the age old question of “who will be remembered more –gates or jobs” will be answered with bill gates and the work done on other parts of the planet, with subjects far less sexy than sleek new product design that allows you to do whatever you want, when you want, and however you wish.
In many respects, I sometimes wonder about all the religious vs. secular issues that each of us has to wade through, as we get older to come up with the path that we believe is right. The older you get, the more you wonder, is this just right for me? Or for everyone?
All I know is every one of us will look at something and see and feel a bit different about it. For those that ask “why?” and seek the answers, you probably will get a lot more diversity in answers, but at least there will be more that “it feels good” as the reason to do something.
Augmanity will go live soon, as will another company idea that I have to wait to get to Colorado to put in motion. I still have no idea way I go on two ends of the spectrum with high tech, bleeding edge to the simply elements that allow man to live without any high tech. Perhaps life is meant to be lived ideally in the middle. Maybe it is that I was born in the United States where we seem to be on a perpetual pendulum swing between two political parties. Common sense would dictate what is best for the country is probably somewhere in the middle, yet, the two sides are so entrenched in their ideology that what has transpired on capitol hill is that both parties find the game so lucrative, that many just want to get there, cash in, and do what is best for “self” than the ideal of serving ones fellow man first, and thinking of self last.
I guess this morning; I have to laugh at how much of a dork I must look like to the world. Most of the world will not think working on something that may never come true is wise. Many people can’t see past the next paycheck. Perhaps I got too spoiled with actually getting paid to do what one loves. The truth in that is I continue to work on ideas that I love even thought I don’t get paid for them. It is one of the more interesting things about ideas and capitalism; you have to give up the security of the known paycheck in an ever-increasing world where there is no loyalty of long-term security for following ones dreams.
What I learned in the process is what a lot of my lawyer and doctor friends that went into those fields because it was something mom and dad or society valued because of the amount of money they could make, versus, “do I really enjoy the law, or helping to make people well?” Many are in a world with the proper mortgage, making the “life” yet, are miserable that they can’t seem to buy happiness
I don’t know how happiness with self comes to you? Mine came late in life and will seem odd to most. It was a spiritual journey that had to strip me down to nothing, and continues to strip more and more off me each day (it is amazing just how much stuff you can carry inside you,) and then establishes the discipline to work on the balance of things each day.
I no longer need a big house with all the cools stuff. I need a room with whiteboards and computers and tools to make things, a place to cook and a bed to sleep. It is simple. The more you simplify your life, the more you look back upon your old one, or the keep up with the Jones's insanity that marketers tell you is a good path and see how insane that path is. It could also be the benefit of traveling all over the planet and realizing that beyond political, economic, military, religious and any other type of system or ideology, you see that man has the same problems in each of the systems.
That leaves humanity to evolve. Most of the time we spend it is external in nature. We care what people think of how we dress, what we have, where we are going and doing. Less and less time is spent on who we are, what is inside.
Yesterday someone sent a blurb about make-up and the illusion of what a woman can look like with makeup and mascara applied. I replied, “If you give me the right makeup and wig, I might actually look cute.” But this phenomenon appears to be the way of man.
Some days I wonder if I shouldn’t be a hermit, go up on a mountaintop and work and pray all the time. When I think of that, I know that it is only part of the equation. We are also all supposed to come together and spend time with each other working through our stuff in a group/corporate/social way.
Where is the balance? I really don’t know. The only constant I do know is to keep the discipline to work on it each day. I sometimes wonder how much of the world takes the time to do this, if at all?
Interesting times are coming for the planet with the technological elements of life. The world is going to change in ways we only dreamed of. The reality will soon be here in mass scale. The question will be how man chooses to use the new tools and technologies.
That seems to be the age-old question. “Do we use it for love and good? Or do we use it for fear and control?”
Time will tell. Until then, all i can control is getting up each day, trying to work to change myself and improve, make mistakes, and keep trying again – until i stop breathing. Hopefully with the discipline of love, not fear.
maybe then we can all be comfortable on this planet together?