Yesterday was a start of the technology trend of the next 30-40 years technology will bring forth the ability to extend human physical life far beyond what we currently know today. The question one has to ask is “what is a good life?” or “what good is living long if the quality of life is not great?”
I ask the question, as there seems to have to be a balance between the inner and outer human. It is the seeming elusive place or space to live, call it dispassion where all live happens around you, yet, you are not really attached to any of it, but you are simply living and giving off love, irrelevant to what another does.
Our modern world is giving less and less time to work on the inner man. We also are gaining more and more social interaction with others, but are it rich and deep? Or simply fleeting and superficial. In some respects I think of social media much like eating sugar coated cereal. It taste really good, you can eat a lot of it, but it never really fills you up, and you always feel sluggish a bit down after eating a bunch of it.
This all comes to an important element for the next 40 years. This issue being, the choice and freedom to choose; versus being told and mandated what to do. I guess that is the beauty of love. You get to choose to do it, or not. When you force another to, it really isn’t love is it?
Within quantum physics, the idea of free will or choice is hotly debated and deemed not really random. From a humanistic standpoint, we want to believe we all have the choice to decide what to do when we come to a fork in the road. I am really not sure what the truth is between the two ideas. But I do know if you are forced to do something, you usually will reject or act out as a sort of rebel and do the opposite. Kids are great at this. If you tell them not to do something, they will do it. If only my parents said, “don’t clean your room” when I was a child.
We are living in a world where the masses of populations will be living in urban centers on a global scale. The beauty is there will be a great deal of diversity coming together in very close proximity. What I don’t see happening is people seeming to learn to take the time to understand and accept, that which is different from what they know.
If you pan back from a city level to the entire globe, you can see where despite the beautiful uses of new technology, stem cell, genetics, bionics, robotics…. man probably will use them more to control or create a world where a few have a great deal and the masses simply do not.
It goes back to the happiness question. Why are people afraid to be human? To really go internally and externally to balance out self and society?
More and more, we tend to think taking some miracle pill or drug will instantly make us happy.
The truth is you don’t need any pill to make one happy.
Each of us has all we need inside us. We just need to spend time with it, not looking outside to fill the perceived void.