the phone rang at 8 am. I answered it to hear the delightful accent of someone with a South African accent. I was lost in my brainstorm time, that period of the day after prayer and meditation where ideas are allowed to percolate until I get a sort of a headache, that is not painful, but rather as if one exercised and got tired. tired brain syndrome?
as I answered the call, I must have sounded confused and shocked that someone actually kept a time and schedule. in Santa Fe, New Mexico – when you set a day, time, schedule…. the event runs in a “manana space time continuum.” that is a polite way to say either people don’t care, or they have no respect of the one asset we are all given equal portions to each day – time.
in much of the world, if someone has a problem they call, text, email, “I am running late, or will have to change the schedule.” this is what I know has been simple common courtesy through my life and I am fine with things changing and breaking…but here…” mark, it is manana time!”
“I understand manana time by working in the middle east and south America…what I have a hard time is we are in the united states…and I have never experienced manana time in this country before.”
this manana space time continuum appears common in the area I am at, where I actually simply look to the sky and rationalize human behavior here on space aliens. I have tried to use logic, facts, psychology…but the only generalization for manana time in the USA, is space aliens.
thankfully, I am happy to report that the issue of a plane ticket is solved. all the time I wastes and spent with an airlines website and then every other one that can book tickets has been resolved by one human halfway around the world, as It has been a few weeks with the adventure as the parent company they have charged more, and the odd part was all of the USA travel sites, would not allow any direct round trip scenarios. I found that hard to believe in the age of dynamic pricing and the gaming of the systems, but it was true.
my brain doesn't hurt today because the brainstorming the presentation and products for growing in space project for the Santa Fe Institute “interplanetary” group…but it is because human beings and manana time have me really shaking my head in disbelief. it is like people want something, yet, they don’t show up, yet, they think things will magically get done.
I don’t know where on this earth that behavior happens? I have worked entertainment shows in many countries…but I never saw where we didn’t have to show up, do the work, and the audience would see a great show.
so why on this spot in the united states, which ironically is about 40 miles from the highest per capita brain capacity with IQ in the country in the labs – does life run so weird here, and people don’t seem to care, until they have to look at themselves and say, “whoa…the reason it didn't happen is that I did not show up.”
a few months ago, a young man asked me, “Mark, what is the key to success?”
I looked him in the eyes, and I think he was expecting some brilliant quote, or a saying full of depth and witty words, like when I visit the monks for advice in spirituality…” they will tell me the secret to life!” and then they say a few simple basic words. at first, I was disappointed leaving the desert…” that’s it? it can’t be that simple?” wisdom has taught me that yes, those few words and the simplicity of them is that simple. the hard part is actually walking and living the simple words – the beauty is we get a choice and the freedom to choose if we want to do it.
I looked at the young man and answered, “just show up. that is half the key to success…just show up.”
“what is the other half?” he asked.
“be willing to do whatever is needed of you to make the bigger idea or product work.”
many days here, I feel like I am fighting with one hand tied behind my back. what worries me is that in the past year I have traveled to a bunch of the united states and I worry that socially, there are a lot of people just sitting on their hands while there is a smaller group that is doing what the system allows and they are taking a lot. the disparity is not good overall for the country. I would like to blame this perspective I see on the space aliens, but I know all too well, we can only blame ourselves for what is happening inside the country today.
I was going to write about how you keep history and your past in a place so you don’t forget it – what confounds me is in the past 5 years around the globe, either the people in the united states didn’t see the same behavior in the destruction of ancient antiquities in other parts of the world – or they really were too self-absorbed in their mobile devices with their social media pavlovian devices to even notice outside the borders?
but that is for another day…I am thankful that one person half way around the world in south Africa and their team let me realize people do care when computers, the internet and all the other fun of complexity sometimes burp and cause issues. it was the only way I found to book two direct legs of a round trip ticket – sans paying more money from the parent company and various travel websites for the exact same ticket, on the exact same plane and time.
maybe I am not supposed to ask questions like, “why do you want me to pay more for the exact same thing?”
will humans be able to correct the issues when advanced artificial intelligence becomes reality? I don’t really know…time will give us that answer in the years to come, but unless man works on improving the human condition inside himself…I would not wager that the outcome will be pleasant for most on the planet.