I always said a man is a great toolmaker. what I wonder about is how wise he is as a species? I spent a few hours driving through some remote areas of the united states and had the same effect that I have when I look up at the night sky in the middle of nowhere where you seem to see the amazing amount and depth of the cosmos. in the remote wilderness, you realize how small and tiny you are in the grand scheme of the world. then as you get to the city and ways man has invented or developed his city structures where we can live en masse – you realize a man isn’t all that great in the cosmic sense, but he is a darn good tool maker.
I realize in my life the purpose is to get to space where I can love, even my enemies, yet, that space really is easy to forget when you get busy with the world, chasing the idea of success, or simply surviving to live another day. some days I look out at the way the gentle balance is held together and I wonder if it is simply not the grace of a higher power saying, “I better not let go, otherwise it would be a horrific calamity.
while I know there is a balance between the urban and natural worlds. I truly wonder if it is possible to really develop without spending time in both. call it a sort of contraction and expansion of self, going in and out of the world to work on becoming the fullest human you can be. what we have in the united states appears to be we fill up as much time with consumerism and repeating the same thing, in a different location on the planet. what do you really grow if it is repeating the same thing each day with nothing different?
I do believe you have a discipline of things you do each day. for some, it might be as simple as meals and watching tv. others might have prayer, meditation, fitness, and family as the core times. I can’t lie – I think the discipline in life is important as it keeps a sort of balance to yourself to grow. when I was off on my super genius prideful stupidity element of my life – I thought I didn’t need that discipline. then I tried it and found how foolish I was not to use it as a tool.
what I noticed more than the trappings of wealth and “stuff” in the USA cities is not the cool things, but rather the looks upon the faces of the immigrants and people of different colors. and sadly, I am amazed at the amount of people on every street corner asking for help. as I type, I am looking at a group of people just laying back along a chain link fence by a Starbucks, the climate here allows for one so survive outside and I do understand why people want to come to the USA for a better life.
what I don’t have an answer for is what will people do when the robots and automation come full force, particularly with a service economy.
hopefully, I will be in a space like the little-forgotten town this morning. I met a Frenchman, a German, Irishman, and an Indian woman before I heard English. then in the restaurant, I took a photo of an Indian family who is a few days ahead on the similar path I will take my folks.
life doesn’t have to be complicated. having nice “stuff” is nice. having much in the bank might provide choices and freedoms, but what it has not done is made life better for most Americans at this time. after you spend time in the wild, you realize how much of life is a fragile complex system that can actually break down in short order.
perhaps the politicians also miss this reality as they get chamfered from even to event and suck on the teet of the accolades of pride, power, and privilege.
all you have to do is look at the last election to realize how out of whack the powers that be are with the people. and it still might be that way today.