“travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” mark twain
it amazes me how much noise and energy we get bombarded with each day within the confines of our modern developed world versus what happens when we go as far away from man into nature as we possibly can. I always wondered what was bombarding us, so years ago one of my engineers, “Mr. Jim” hooked up all the various scopes and I sat in amazement watching what was going on at all the various frequencies. today, I am sure this phenomenon is far worse as we continue to pump more and more energy, data and information out inside our modern day convenient life
what I always wonder, is if this is really all that good for a human being? I look at the health market where billions upon billions are spent on nutritional supplements, fitness memberships, fashion, make-up, cosmetic surgeries, and pills for anti-anxiety and other psychological ailments. Did the developed world complicate life, or has it always been this way and we simply have more choices and things to partake and experience?
I tend to think currently we are creating an ever-increasing tsunami of noise these days and I really don’t think the human mind has enough time to evolve with the speed of the technologies, tools, and artificial intelligence we are working with today. while I see people working on their external elements of being human. from the perspective, I see with my eyes, I don't’ see as many going inside themselves. I still smile when I hear so many says, “oh I already know that!” yet, if we all know it, why do we not live it?
I guess that is the beauty of life, of which it is getting a bit more complicated with the noise levels. I found this morning that getting into silence is a bit of a problem as I was in the warehouse and I can hear the traffic, cars warming up, sirens and tick-tock of the clocks.
then I think of an idea I have to get some time to sketch up and model of what to make for a prototype for some folks who don’t realize they appear to come across as entitled techies feel even more entitled. (hey, I get it, I was one of them, but I am trying to get better!)
I guess what struck me as odd is a guy I know took a trip to Brazil. he comes from Switzerland, where life is of a very high quality and issues like poverty and homelessness are not a giant issue because of the social construct and systems. his experience he wrote about, I could flash back and relate to about the street kids who make up a lot of the 3rd and developing world. my personal flashback was the huffer kids who were orphans and they would carry their bag of glue with them and their faces would be covered in dirt and make a circle of sorts around their faces from the dirt sticking to the glue they were sniffing and seeing the favelas, red zones, and slums and their smell that exist all over the planet that many either ignore or are blinded to see?
The man wrote about the tale of eating in a nice restaurant and two street kids were befriended by two wealthier patrons of the restaurant who invited them to dinner with them and how the two boys were treated like human beings instead of chastised as invisible and in some cases disposable to society. it was interesting to read the genuine heartfelt change inside another human’s heart as they watched something good being played out in front of him.
it all reminds me of how the sharing economy some are trying to make a reality in the developed world, will in my opinion probably never work en masse, but rather be relegated to a niche of society. when you have more, there is an odd tendency to hold onto it and not share as your mind might easily think of yourself as more than you really are. it is a great blinder of sorts on yourself where you really don’t notice or see it until some calamity or catastrophe alters your life, of which the developed world makes life very convenient to not see yourself with the myriad of entertainment and painkilling choices that are readily available.
what I realized is that the 3rd and developing world tend to share more because there is a lack of something that many want or need, so they tend to cooperate with each other more than hoarding for self.
but the two kids that had a real meal in a restaurant in Brazil last night were given food, love and hugs by two strangers that treated them as if they were their own family. it is simple moments like that where the world does share something meaningful with others as if passing a light from a candle from that table at the restaurant in Brazil, through a Swiss traveler, to some guy reading about it in the united states that understood all too well what the Swiss traveler was talking about.
pretty cool, no?
perhaps it has me looking at the reality that there is enough for everyone on the planet, it is just that man has created a skewed distribution system that needs a few more people to do what that couple did for the kids that were living on the street that had nothing. they fed them not only food but gave them a portion of love that every kid not only wants but deserves.
life is indeed at times a goofy journey, yet it has such beautiful moments to witness and learn from, even more, when you travel and get off the beaten path and take the time to see what the local culture is really like. then you will change, and you get the choice to drop any ideas you have of bigotry, racism, prejudices and narrow-mindedness – and love your fellow humans that might be a bit different because you grew beyond what you once knew.