there is a saying that to grow, you seem to need to get out of your known comfort levels, to feel that uneasy sense of discomfort that something is going to change, or you want to improve something and change. I think the word, “change” has gotten a bad rap in modern society where it appears we are coming up with more and more technologies and products to make one’s life easier or more convenient.
for example, take the process of making a cup of coffee. today you can spend a few thousand to make a great cup in your home. I still use a simple Hario pour over and weigh out the beans. why? I think it is that I like the process of making the cup – it slows my mind down for a bit. the other thing is I think the cost of some of these new machines is ridiculous for the expense of one cup of coffee, no matter how convenient it is vs. knowing how to do a simple pour over. it is a bit like vanity kitchens in homes. what is the point if you aren’t going to use it? I know, I know….” mark, why do you want both form and function? and if you can’t have both, you want function first?”
I could also be a bit odd, in that we are creating controlled spaces for plants and people that will allow for a change in our relationships with life, yet, do we really need any of this stuff? maybe that is where seeking the uber-minimalist life has stripped me down to really thinking about the space to work/live in, and the tools and knowledge to build any idea. it sounds almost like a fairy tale from when I was a kid and you needed a team of skilled craftsmen and expensive machines to make really cool things. today, I was thinking back at how easy 3d modeling software and the ability to CNC or 3d print anything is. I don’t see a massive revolution in the market with makers – but I do see that section of the market that does this really enjoying the opportunities that are upon us.
so what does this have to do with controlled environments? with plants, can I grow pretty much anything in less time, with no pesticides, and with great quality and flavor anywhere on the planet at any time of the year? yes – you can. what we are pushing forward with now is ideas that will provide humans with the optimal space to flourish and work in – once again, anywhere on the planet, no matter what time of the year or season. pretty cool stuff no?
I think it is, yet, when I think of how will we grow, I am left wondering, “how will people actually use this? for a tool to constantly optimize their journey with self-awareness and growth as a human being? or will it be used as a crutch and something that makes a habit out of the known life they are living? I see it more in the small towns and villages around the world where a sort of localized mentality where change is not really looked with joy, but rather the, “but we always do it this way…” mentality.
the later will have a bunch of people all huddled into a space that will almost act as a digital cage of sorts. people will all be told, “you are living the optimal space life” and as a human, I doubt the normal elements that allow for a change in a human – usually pain, some bad experiences, trials, and tribulations – will simply be glossed over. it is as if we might be creating the ultimate pain reliever right now in the controlled spaces. tis a hard thing to fathom, considering the giant upside with handicapped and the sick that need healing.
I think I just answered my question, as it was years ago in an ICU where my father was having his chest cut open and I looked around the room and asked a doctor, “why aren’t you doing (insert idea) here.”
he looked at me, “I really don’t know why. but it is a good idea, and probably will work.”
the past few months have been a huge challenge for me, as physically I got sick of what I looked like in Switzerland and the life of others not wanting to exercise or stress their bodies and joints – I allowed it to affect me. spiritually, I am in lent, and the more you try to change your heart and soul – usually, you will get blasted by some forces that don’t want you to grow inside…it has been rather difficult this fasting season…and there is the mental work where we have switched the mentality from wishing to help people in a world where many really nice people talk a good game, but they either don’ have a clue how much work and effort goes into making an idea reality – or it is some hobby horse, “fun” idea for them where they have 10% of their heart into the idea.
so…while I really didn’t like going through the processes…I am thinner, getting leaner, quicker, stornger, and faster looking more like an athlete (but at about 20% of what i once was as an athlete). you have to ask God about my heart and soul, as today I just don’t feel all that joyful, and what I need to do now is keep typing up the plans and making the products and diagrams for how to make the best plants and people on this planet.
· for anyone that wants to create or wonders, “how long will it take?” while you can estimate anything you have done in the past, with a new idea or thing, you sort of have a guide to making it. there is also that point where if you see something like a design and you know it is not ready for market – you don’t just publish it (others might disagree) but for the one idea, we have spent more time with a silly logo idea that never worked, and then in a brainstorm, what is this almost two years later – the idea emerges. so simple, seemingly easy, yet….none of us saw it, til this morning. it isn’t the giant cool things like the vanity kitchen many people install and never use, but rather invite friends over and show off and explain all the nuances of the equipment they never really use. for me, it is that process of thinking, designing, and making that vanity kitchen that is so much fun. just staring at it and going, “wow, pretty” just doesn't interest me much. the process of doing all the other steps, really does.