I was commenting to my friend,”Butch” that I hardly go to coffee shops anymore because something changed when the iPhone and iPad became common. while I used to work away and people watch to get idea inspiration, today you have people seeming to stare at their mobile devices with minimal interaction with the other people around them. as robots and artificial intelligence become more prevalent in our lives, I fear this trend of social isolation -even when in the midst of others, will increase.
so as we were talking away about subjects and ideas where I don’t think there are any rules and limits, while living in a world that loves to have some idea of control, minimal risk and little to no ambiguity or uncertainty – we were talking about how goofy spirituality in religion has become in the world today.
I think my comment was something like, “the more I press into the spirituality of God, the more I realize how small I am in the world and how gigantic in the cosmos god and pure love really is. it is sort of mind-blowing in the element of pure love being so unconditional and continuing to love me…even though I am so far from living and walking out that type of love with my fellow humans on the planet.”
perhaps I was inspired with the new James Webb telescope that will launch soon. If all goes well, the images into deep space that the Hubble telescope allowed us to see, should be radically more intense, beautiful, and awe-striking – and will most likely open up an entire series of questions about the cosmos and the gigantic size of this place called outer space. I marvel at what might really be out in the vast cosmos with trillions of stars and a few billion galaxies.
so what does this have to do with humans? I guess it makes me realize how goofy and strange we are. sort of like a big ant hill of sorts where many of us scurry around each day to find meaning and/or try to achieve and acquire man’s version of success. I guess the irony is that the happiest people I met on the planet are a tribe of folks I Africa that doesn’t believe in owning anything – some of the most miserable and hollow folks I ever met have every physical thing and convenience one might ever dream of.
it all boils down to a choice in how we want to live. do we want to live for our “selves” or something beyond ourselves – “selflessly.”
it is funny. the older I get, the more I look at the past and wonder why I spent so much time living in the world's ideal of life and success, and why I didn’t simplify life sooner
the reality is none of us will be on the planet all that long when you take into consideration the scale of known time in the cosmos and a scary reality that man might be extinct from the planet sometime soon.
maybe in that time, we could all learn to love each other a little bit better and let go of all the stuff that scares or entraps us?