How much do we really need?
The past few days have had me talk with Johnny in India. Who is Johnny? Well, he has a family of about 28 with his wife. Then he takes care and feeds several thousand kids a day. He is a unique man that started a Christian church in India that was burned down one day by the locals, where a huge storm came in from the sea the next day.
The villagers felt they had offended the gods and allowed him to rebuild.
Johnny is a bright spot in our world. Others are pastor Spano, sister Mary Beth and a variety of folks trying to help. These three groups don’t know each other, but it was the work thinking about the three groups that really led to the Agrowvillage and the modules that comprise the solutions.
Last night there was interesting article from German television on Hair Krishna group in India, and then the Emirates friend ship that is in Bangladesh. Perhaps it was the beautiful colors worn by the women there. Once in San Francisco I saw a photographer who made large images of her trip to Bangladesh and I was taken with the amazing color in a country that seems to flood more than anywhere else on the planet.
What does this have to do with what we need? What we want?”
I guess unless you get out of your normal surroundings and the way of life you live on one spot on the planet, or, if you are in the top tier of economics – you get away from what seems to be a herd of the same all following each other around the planet – and get off the beaten path of life – you probably are oblivious to really seeing others.
This is not meant as a criticism, but for example, you are in the developed world walking down a street and you see a person begging, you want to help. If you go back on the same path time and time and see the same person begging – you have the choice to interact in a loving or hateful way, ignore, or you can get a set of blinders that just cover what you see. It is the blinders we get in life that really creep over our eyes, then our hearts.
If you ask people what they need at various points of the planet, you will get a wide and varied response. In reality, what we actually “need” is quite small. We need some food, shelter, clean water, clothing and maybe some heat. As I looked at the houses in Bangladesh and thought back to the various houses I had seen in ghettos, flavelas and in the bush. There isn’t really much one needs.
A funny example is the Bedouin nomads in the desserts. It isn’t that bad of a life with luxury for some. Call it a tricked out tour bus “tent” without wheels.
I just read this article from Davos. Eric Schmidt says the Internet will disappear. In this respect I with “disappear” it will still be there in a slightly different form, but it will be “ambient” or “hidden.”
I was having a discussion and/or argument with my wife about life and technology in the future a few hours ago. In essence it is the same position I started writing about with this blog post.
What do we really need? – Not much
What do we really want? – Not that much
What are we told to want? – Everything
That is the interesting part of the future. With augmanity, basically we are doing what Google, Eric Schmidt and a few others that can see the writing and a path for the future with technology are doing. Will the future bee the same path we are all imagining today? Probably.
Will the path we all envision be the same? Probably not. Something will come along and change it.
What I will go to my grave focusing on is how we can take technology and make better human beings. The reality is we don’t need technology for this, but the reality of the world and the speed it is changing makes spending your life in a cave with slow almost indiscriminate quantitative changes to learn how to actually love - a qualitative entity – to love beyond yourself, your close friends and family…. to even your enemies.
Well? That is indeed a Pandora’s box for another day when one thinks about what will happen and how people will work, live and treat each other beyond their spot on this amazing planet.
Augmanity – people, places and spaces.
The question is what do we need? What do we want? How will we use it? Will we simply want more? These are some good questions for the planet.
I still remember google's IPO “do no evil” – yet, I look at what they are constructing and I dare say I would love to work in the one lab -and it is indeed a double edges sword with technology. There is nothing inherently evil in any “thing” but we don’t seem to want to look at man and how he uses it as the choice between good and evil.
There resides the solution with no answers for the planet. Man has to actually evolve and grow en masse.
Nice dream and vision – the reality of that ever happening? Sadly, slim. My wife and I have a better chance of understanding the ying and yang of our opposite mindsets before world peace happens.
I leave you with the idea that when the planet was created, there was abundance for everyone on the planet – it was man who created a skewed distribution system, and blamed the problem on his fellow man.
Guess i am brains damaged enough to keep trying. Have a great day.