I am having a bit of a hard time trying to fit in and live what appears to be a normal life for a few weeks. it isn’t that it is hard to do, but rather, I remember when I took the time to study and analyze just what I was spending time doing. the jobs to make funding to put into ideas, the amount of time commuting, or the more common lack of skills that could overlap to allow one person to sit and make a few things – sans having to wait for specialized equipment or prototyping timelines to slow you down. perhaps that is what is going on here. if you train your mind to always be working, praying or meditating…and your body to perform and exercise. the idea of spending the majority of your time sitting and talking about whatever, will have you question your sanity for being different, and/or the sanity of the worlds status quo and seeming “normality” that when you ask, “why?” – no concrete construct can be given.
fast forward a few dozen years. what I am wondering about with humans is what will people do with their time in the future. just sit around and vegetate and watch life pass oneself by, take no risks and think, “wow, that was a great life!” or will a renaissance of some sort happen where people will use the new free time to learn, explore, construct and build new ideas and things for the betterment of humanity. notice, I think the idea of betterment of self is nice, but it has led to a sort of imbalance with society and people seeming to head to a far more isolated lives no matter how many social media connections one has.
you see it with the trend in the robotic sex industries, the way the smart home will one day almost seem to be a controlled humanity prison for some, and the way social media and the illusion of privacy will one day most likely have some abuse the systems of many, for the profit of a few. sometimes I wonder If it wouldn’t be easier for the world to get honest with itself, drop the image, facades, and belief in some ideal that human are superior and or somehow perfect – face their weaknesses and all realize, “hey, a simple life is so much richer and easier to deal with.”
the last paragraph of wisdom came at a high cost to me personally. there is nothing wrong with stuff, but when you let stuff become your existence, or your job/hobby/kids your identity…well, you are heading down a slippery slope that only accelerates over time.
or, you can sit there and do not much of anything, make great strides at being a critic and have a god awful boring life where you might not even see how miserable you are.
if you simply do a little bit of all the pieces each day, over time it adds up. I guess this is where I still chuckle at all the “be your best” books and studying performance when I was younger. the same rules apply to you when you are older, yet, you don’t have to go (nor can your body actually go) to the extreme levels it once did.
call it aging. along the way, if you are trying and living your life, you probably will fail a bunch, make a lot of mistakes that in hindsight you wonder, “what was I thinking?” and you will go through pain to change. I don’t really know of any change that does not require a sacrifice of some time, effort, and pain to really alter something.
I guess that is what confounds me of the future of humanity. in a time in the not so distant future, we will have the capability for a lot of free time for people. will they sit there and waste it? or will they all go inside and say, “hey, how about we change this flaw/weakness/lacking element” and at least try to improve upon it with myself?
while I know in history, man in a long view of time comes out alright and the world keeps turning. what I wonder about is how a human will handle the rapid acceleration and sheer processing horsepower and speed of life that is coming soon to a theater near them.
btw..I went and watched the new star wars movie. I really had to ask myself, “when did Hollywood start making such less than decent movies?” I was speechless when I left the theater. what makes matters worse is I am fine with George Lucas selling his properties for billions. It was one of the rare star struck moments in my life when my old boss introduced me to him. perhaps that is why the new movie had me go, “wow, I know you have to make money with a movie, but do you really think the watching public is that stupid to keep coming back if you put out stuff like this?”