I have always said that man is an amazing tool maker in that he can come up with ideas to solve his problems. I am sure that man can be a great designer as well, yet, the reality of form vs. function and the aesthetic of beauty meeting a solution – usually succumbs to cheapening down something to fit the market and/or increase ROI and profit margins. in the past week, I am getting a bit of a lesson in nature as I go out into it for a few hours each day and simply have the creator of the universe refresh me with how amazing the design and complexity of nature is in comparison to what humans create.
the day before yesterday I found myself with a flock of turkeys walking around me feeding for a few hours. I just sat frozen so they would not notice me and observed the mathematics of the various hardwood trees, the leaves on the ground, and the feeding turkeys scratching at the ground to peck away for their good. you also have the noises of the entire forest with the wind, trees sometimes clanking, leaves and the beauty of the lack of man-made noises.
the next day was squirrels doing a similar thing all around me. their gray tails fluffy and puffing away as the fed in the rays for the sun that illuminated the forest what did I take from the last two days? the first is how noisy mans’ world is and has become with the constant bombardment of a cell phone, media, and programmed noises and messages. the second is how long it takes to make a conscious effort to shut off that noise in one’s head and focus and concentrate to that place of peace in nature. I will also throw in another thought that the overall design aesthetic of nature really is spectacular whereas when I get back to the concrete and block world of humans, there feel like one is walking into a dead space in comparison to the life of the plants and critters in nature.
I guess the projects of the past week have me looking to confirm what I already learned in the lab years ago. it was also a pleasure to just go get a cup of coffee yesterday and find a college classmate home for the holidays and we spent a few hours discussing ideas and thing I really enjoy. the main topic was technology and artificial intelligence and the biases of man and machines interacting.
the other thing I notice is that technology is and will evolve faster than most humans want or are willing to adapt to change. I think much of the fear or nervousness I see in people in publics is that most like to create and live in a space where ambiguity is minimized and predictability is maximized. change and unfamiliarity have people react back to some basic common level of fear or behaviors one might not consider normal for the person.
my quest today is how do we take the ideas down from the higher end, to one that is simplistic that many will feel comfortable in trying to change, and make that a pathway for greater change in the person.
that was the other question I had yesterday, “what do you think is the percentage of people that really want to put in the effort to grow and change?” the numbers I got were more in like to what I feel is normal. perhaps that is why I get heartburn with the seeming pie in the sky estimates of people trying to start I business idea.
“folks, where do you get your data and estimates from? those numbers might hold up if a cataclysmic event is going to wipe out humanity, but for the normal day to day life – the number of those actively trying to change and grow is very small.”
the reason? I simply don't think people want to put in much effort to change for a long-term good in a world where seeming perpetual short-term quick fixes and "likes" is available seemingly free of charge.
we forget what the long-term price for humanity is.