sometimes in life, you need someone to just go grab a coffee with and babble about life and all the good, bad, and ugly that is thrown your way. I am happy that I have a that in my friend, “butch.” what I feel bad about today is that I felt like I must have brought in a giant front loader of information, ideas, and thoughts and dumped them on the diner table. when we left, I commented, “next time, perhaps you should not have asked me a question.”
there is one thing when you work in isolation on ideas and ways to bring something to life, it is that the number of people that really understand all the parts and how they all work is rare. I can find a specialist for each of the parts, but when it comes to kindred inventor/innovator type souls that are more the visionaries – usually we are all too busy working on the ideas to come together and chat about all the challenges and things in life. that is why with young folks, I think if you are lucky to find a mentor, it can save you years of trial and error, only so long as the mentor really is good at what they do. which all goes back to the folks that know the most usually are busiest and value their time the most.
a few days ago, I wrote about makers and managers, and the other reality of the chat I just had is there are more manager types than maker types. when I rattled down the list of things that we are working on, organizing, building, and the reality of the oddity and bizarreness of the human factor in each – I found myself wondering, “am I in a dream? am I sleeping? am I insane?”
it is ok to ask questions like that, as if you are working into the future, the people in the present probably really don't care or aren’t aware of what you are working and thinking about. I suffer a similar malady in that I really don’t care what Is happening in the present in much of the world and what it watches. that is not meant to sound arrogant, but rather, it took years of research, practice, trial & error, success, and failure to understand what is the little skunkworks space we are planning.
if you ask me “why?” the answer is to create a space where you can think up, deign, prototype and model 100 ideas in the time it would take a normal company to do 1 – and to come up with another 1000 ideas on top of the few ideas that hold merit for helping people and or plant growth on this planet. at least we are focusing it back into one idea. the cool part is the control, sensor, artificial intelligence, automation, robotic elements is a wide open world with somewhat unlimited potential.
so as “butch” sat there listening to the reality of my life the past few months. I felt a bit bad for him. I guess God will bless him with patience and/or it will unlock a bit of how his son can sit for hours working away seeming oblivious to the world around him. but he made me laugh about his life growing up in a Catholic school and the punishment troublemakers got for basically being hellion kids.
“the nuns would take us into their coat room and either poke you in the clavicle with their finger, or if you were really bad, probably beat the shit out of you.”
with that, I had to laugh, and the myriad of thoughts I spit out from monks, spirituality, genetic manipulation, autism, robots, insane workers, mental illness, organization, cultural divide, where to build in the world, chips of the future with super sensitivity and how my gut feeling is the west will monetize it -not necessarily for the best interests of humanity - heck he even got a rundown of how agrowspace happened with the orphans, institutionalized orphanages and us asking, “why?” to create more of a village oriented version (that works way better for kids) in a world where we are almost forced to fly under the radar, as the leaders talk one thing about altruistic goodness for their countries – yet this only seems to happen when personal pockets are filled first.
it is the way the world is. I guess all I can do is control myself and walk out whatever time I have on the planet. I have a vision for how it can all be done ….the work/home space…the minimization of wasting time on meaningless obligations and the maximizing priorities with making versus a seeming huge time strain that is just managing.
so that was my morning post brainstorm. coffee with “butch.” there was no solutions to any problems, but the verbalization of it all – brought some clarity to the path to follow. aside from that. it was a bit like having a confessional for the mind. it cleared up my neural path to seeing a bit clearer.
too bad that, "butch" doesn't understand what he did. i will have to take him for another coffee and ask him questions next time.