What are we really doing? I look at the American business model and watch all of what we are doing? There appears to be a shift in the world to go from the world that is about working to live, to one where lifestyle, leisure and tall the social rules of interaction are worked upon with more balance. I don't know if I am seeing many happy people? or people coping with the reality to buy things and have a life, which based on where you happen to be standing on the planet..is very different and diverse.
A part of this might simply be age, when you have live the experiential life that everyone seems to be on currently seeking, and are 30 years ahead on the learning curve. What you one day find is that all this temporal life is comprised of a lot of vanity. Human beings, while we have clever moments and are great toolmakers, are really quite limited in a grander scale or scope.
What happened to the simplicity of common sense and people just being people and there is a limited amount of resources, which are exacts ally enough for all that we simply are chasing.
There was an interesting article from a Harvard scientist about internal looking and the idea of perfection with what our religions and spirituality all discuss, and the reality hits is that man is simply imperfect to achieve such an idea. The few I do know that have grown to a level that is beyond what I would consider the normal world we all slug about in. Had to leave the world, as we know it to gain the gifts they have.
What does this all have to do inside the USA? I think the country simply lost track of its bearings and the idea of freedoms for all is great, but there has to be checks and balances. Right now the system is a bit broken from the top and the leadership all the way down. I think president regain had trickle down economic theory. One has to apply it to the ethical or moral glue of society.
Actually you don't need much of that, you simply need a large portion of common sense.
Some friends are at the world vertical farming show in Amsterdam. I look tat the papers and ideas and enjoy seeing the conceptualization and such - yet - I don't see the practical dirty hands (you don't really need dirty hands to farm anymore) but the work beyond a pretty image and diagram. The functional and profitable idea in motion
Maybe that is why I do these odd builds and unrelated projects like helping friends make their small dreams happen. I learn a great deal with the common sense and practical world of how the world en mass works. Universities are great for ideas and time to think about concepts and ideas, yet, most deans are on a job, much like a politician to raise money. The academia world really is more an ivory tower view of the world.
Businesses appear to have locked into the world of scale in the USA. Get an idea, scale it...reap profit...next. I do understand the fun and thrill of building a business, but I never got the simple passion when only ROI was involved. You were working to get paid by Peter so you could do something you wanted with paying Paul.
Then there are unique groups of people that are on the fringes of curiosity. They don't really fit into the mold of what society or culture says, "This is the norm." Call them the outsiders or the independents.
What I see I s a lot of people rushing around inside developed systems and doing things to simply get through and without a real passion or foothold in self. They are just moving along the system, in some respects being part of the "herd human."
This is where I disagree with that Harvard professor’s idea about internal self-awareness. While it is a slippery slope to learn and discern what is the best path, you have to first learn of yourself to understand what and where the motive is coming from...is it your "selfish" self? other people demanding you to conform to their "selfish self?" Or do you go off and be still and be led on a journey that has all the parts of a project work out, simply by giving up your "self."
Sure it would be a hoot to go back to my old life. It was easier, predictable, and very comfortable. Yet, after you get a taste of perpetual growth and creativity - it is hard to go backwards and settle for what the human herd's leaders say, "This is the great life."
It really is more of an illusion than anything. Perhaps that is what age does. I had to ask my friend, "am I more cynical or wiser as I age and see past the manipulations in society?"
He answered that the two might be one in the same. The only problem with being able to see the path clearly is that you see the world needing to use the word "awesome" in every sentence, many which is about not much of anything.
Call it the sound of the human herd chewing on cud, mumbling the word, "awesome!" and repeating the cycle day after day….