a week ago I was sitting in what is called a passageway gravesite from the Neolithic era. this one had a winter solstice alignment and as I crawled in the 19 meters to the center, I was struck with how only 5,000 years ago, humans believed in something beyond this life. I never got this feeling before despite visiting ancient Egypt and seeing a lot of the Roman empire. perhaps it was that each of those cultures was a bit more evolved with tool making and architecture?
when I look at the world today, I really wonder about the meaning of life, religion, beliefs and the idea of whatever resides beyond this life. I have faith that there is more, yet, that is simply the belief in the unseen. it could easily be that we are some sort of cosmic fleas or ants upon a planet – as the late comedian George Carlin said, “a nuisance to the planet – like a bad case of fleas.”
I don’t really know which it is. all I know is that humanity has the tools and ability to solve its issues right here on the planet, yet, few want to talk about human pride, greed, and all the lovely realities going on inside each of us. we would rather accumulate more stuff and point our fingers at others.
the latter way is so much easier than looking inside yourself. the downside is it really doesn’t teach one to grow all that much.
what I am seeing appears to be a global rush to acquire as much stuff as possible on a planet with a limited amount of resources. I am not sure if the planet has seen such a “stuff” grab of this scale before. with the idea of a higher quality lifestyle, it appears the marketing folks and human greed have created the perfect storm for the idea of more stuff and status will make you happier.
in my case, I found that path to be interesting and in the short term fun. what I didn’t realize is that such a life can easily kill your heart and soul with the acquisition of pleasures and not a purpose.
so while I ran through 5,000 years of history in one country, I was amazed and saddened by the diametric opposition of what we know we should do, and how we act with each other. sadly, it is nothing new and has been going on since the beginning of human existence on this planet, and will probably continue until we exist no more on this planet.
oddly, I am ok with that. I don’t like it, but I am ok with it.
you can’t take the stuff with you. so why is everyone so bent on acquiring as much as possible instead of trying to help each other with an improved distribution system. there is enough for all on this planet already.