“the fact that the purpose of life isn’t’ to live as good and comfortable as possible, but it’s to live as much as possible…this isn’t at all dependent on the world but on each of us.”
the following line struck me this morning. prayer and meditation were done, my body mildly screamed for not exercising that past few weeks, and the message of the day is about the purpose of life to grow and learn to love – not from the romanticized worldly way of feel-good-it is and selfish desire, but rather a patient and enduring selfless love. then I sat there praying about what path to take with each or none of the four prototypes and ideas and an email from medium with the following article came in:
what I took from the article was simply the line I wrote above. flying over the artic and looking down to the vast expanse of land and beauty did the same thing to me that happens when I walk out into the night in a place where there is no pollution from man…I am humbled and realize just how small I am in the cosmos. I also will ask, “what is the point of it all?” particularly when I see how man and humans behave against each other.
when you are younger, you do your best to the people that are there to guide you along with a path that, “this is what life is.” the reality is that for everyone, the cultural and family stuff will be a base path, no matter how right or wrong it is – but in those early years, you have a pretty firm template for what others think life is about. then one day you keep asking “why?” or “how come?” enough and the answers you get don’t seem to resonate all that well in your heart.
I confess that a lot of my issues with religion came from asking, “why?” and the people gave answers that made no sense to the idea of love, but wow, there sure were lots of rules, regulations, damnation, and legalism. “uhm, if God is love…why do you portray him as such a meanie?” (could be what I was thinking as a kid)
fast forward through a life where while there was a time I am guilty of thinking life was about acquiring stuff, putting all sorts of luxury and comforts around and then retiring early – well, I found that way of life about the most boring and unfulfilling of them all. how many restaurants can you go to? how many formal functions and parties? how many conversations about nothing can you have with people that don’t care about you, but are looking to score whoever holds the ultimate power in the room? ick
lately, we are working in/controlled environments which affect plants and people. with plants, it really is amazing how beautiful and healthy the plants are. no fertilizers, pristine health, and with manipulations – one can vary flavor profiles and colors of leaves.
I don’t know if this is good for humans? it is a question I ponder when thinking out into the futuristic capabilities of what technologies will do and/or be able to do for humans. on one hand, you have a world full of intelligent devices and ways to optimize human factors, physiology, medicine, and perhaps even psychological balance and well-being. the problem comes when you really think through the solutions you realize you stick society into a sort of gilded cage of sorts where not much changes to stress or force people to keep growing. while Kobe beef is not a great example- we will put humans in places where they don’t have to do anything, but unlike wagyu beef – we will just get fat, and probably live a wall-e type existence.
I think back to the most growth in my life, and it has come from the not so controlled or good moments in life. I am grateful for being able to compete in sports at a higher than the normal level to learn how to overcome what you think your limits are.
in the worldly living, I confess that my view of the spectrum of life with the prodigal son days, really wasn’t very healthy to the heart and soul, it did give me a view from a wide spectrum of the business and global/cultural arena. perhaps that is why I forget that most of the planet has a fairly narrow view of most ideas via experiential living.
then when the creator of it all gets a hold of you, and you experientially come to a place where all the things of spirituality and a force beyond religion is real, well, you probably are going to change. there is also the beauty of choice and free will that we have. do I want to follow this force? how much or how little? the people that have affected me the most in this are the monks that go out of the world and live in a desert. there is a great irony in that to find this source, they had to get out of the noise of the world and look inside themselves to heal all the crud of the world and the plethora of choices and options that are available to humans in it.
when you get a taste of this, the process of going in and out of the world really gets confusing and seems very noisy to the mind and the heart.
that is why I really had some issues with the ideas of what we will be doing with people soon. yet, I know this is a tool that can help someone perhaps take a step to going out and taking some time in a desert, alone, with no noise of the world…to seek far beyond what most folks are willing to do, and/or will make time to do.
it is like all the amazing things in nature that surround Las Vegas, NV. some of the most jaw-dropping, beautiful, and unique places on the planet – yet – few will leave the confines of the market and sensory research lab of the strip, all designed to tell people you can be, have, drink, snort, shoot, gamble, play, and be anything you want.
if you spend time in the desert, when you come back to Las Vegas, you realize it simply is a decent man made fake designed to suck the soul and life out of people what is odd today is that you have to pay about as much as I do in Switzerland for a cup of coffee at a Starbucks.
when I expand these technologies to humans and all the variable and factors…I can see high rises and densely packed spaces where there is no want for anything – but it will be a lonely place if people don’t drop their phones/mobiles/selfish desires and greedy wants and go back to sit and talking to another human, not as “what can you do for me?” but with simple conversation and friendship, aka love.
this will allow people to grow...albiet it will look nothing like any advertising or publicity you will see in the world market.
what I fear is we are heading on a trajectory where pills, instant gratification, and some idea each person is somehow super special in their own minds and brand – that it will be too late for most of the mass to realize they have been bought, controlled and manipulated by the power that be.
oh well. that concludes a bit of a ramble about stuff…now…computer modeling and my eyes will get tired with this prototype.