as I looked down at the table of books at the monastery, I was seemingly led to look at a book about social justice. I did a double take, as that is not something I usually will ever read about, much less really cared much about in my life until 15 years ago. The agrowspace project has given a wide spectrum of humanity from developed to 3rd world countries and the issue and problems with distribution and greed across each. usually, I leave the wisdom of book picking to a monk where I simply ask, “what books do you think I need to read?” and he lowers his head and walks over and picks them off the shelves and it is like, “how did he know?”
but “social justice?” huh?
so the social justice…let’s face it, I am not the type that really is big on bureaucracy and legalism, and after traveling all over the planet and crossing between super rich and super poor - you can easily make a case for, “why even try to change something?” with the reality of some humans behavior on the planet. I understand how it happens when you don’t spend any time working on your flaws and weaknesses and simply maximize your strengths. you don't see how much of yourself you are missing when you look in a mirror with your blindness? if you wrap that all up in a life where people never have to look at themselves…well, what you get is what is currently happening inside the united states, yet, not too many are aware, or perhaps even care to go deeper than the symptoms and look at the root issues. lets not be naive, there are some that are thrilled and profiting handsomely from both sides of the justice/injustice spectrum.
what is that statistic about empires? they all spend all sorts of funds on the external threats to them, yet in 9 out of 10 cases, the collapse of each occurs from within. I could be wrong, but what I am seeing is a propped up deck of cards for the average American citizen who has somehow bought into the “too big to fail” when the reality is each of us is “too small for the government to really care.” I still remember post 9-11 when so many in entertainment, tourism, and travel collapsed. it was like, too bad, so sad.
the irony Is a few days ago Madison square garden announced building the sphere in Las Vegas. I smiled, as in essence that was what we were working on in 2001. I just don’t see where they really thought through some of the issues besides, “we are going to make this giant billboard!” what they can do in it – still seems to be missing from what I saw. perhaps I should take all the old show idea we had and go see the folks and say, “can we play too?” I still have never heard or seen anything like we did in the lab. I guess that is why I hardly listen to anything today, even though from the concert PA levels I really love what is possible today and the clarity of it all with array designs. it is just that we want “live” entertainment, and what I am seeing today is not live. But a whole lot of canned and cued shows. we do have a way to make all that more “live” which ironically is the basis for all the plants and people work we are doing.
woah, digression. so yesterday I was up there putting flowers on graves and reading the various tombstones of people I never met, those who served in various wars, large families, some seemingly unknown. my favorite was my great, great, (might be one more) grandfather who I guess was a monk that was around when they started the cemetery. my mom was commenting how sad it was that he was the only wooden cross in the entire monastery. I thought, wow…that is actually pretty cool for its simplicity and the really unique reality of being the only wooden cross in the entire graveyard.
it is like when I mention that I wonder how we complicate death in the USA. last week I had someone get either offended or had me rub up against their fears and beliefs with death when I mentioned, “in the perfect world, If I knew I was going to die, I would climb up on a mountain and make peace with the creator of the universe and die.”
“that is so selfish, funerals are for the people left behind to grieve.”
“sorry, I just don’t see it like you do. I think a funeral is a closure from one life here to hopefully something beyond. I don’t really think the person that is dead really cares too much about what type of flowers, who was wearing what dress, who cried more tears or wept more. if they are experiencing a pure love beyond this world, maybe they get sad to realize how far off the mark we all were with living outside of pure love?”
maybe that is why I have this book about social justice here today? a few years ago I could have easily pleaded ignorance with the way a lot of things happen and we live in the world with respect to treating each other. what I know today is there is enough for all, yet, humans have created the goofiest distribution system because despite loads of money, time, cosmetic procedures, make up, and acquisition of stuff - to make our external self-look better or appear perfect. we tend to spend far less on what is inside of us.
My last comment is skewed more for the united states than other countries in the world as you don’t need to be a genius to see that a purely capitalistic society based on consumerism really is neat in that you can walk into a grocery store and see so many variations of product, but if you ask, “what is healthy and what do I really need?” you can downsize a store to about 15% of what they offer and I wager society would be healthier and happier.
can you tell I have no clue what god is trying to nudge me to do in my life lately? we started with an idea with some seeds and interlocking boxes to figure out how to make a mobile growing system that could provide as much nutritional food to starving kids. today, we have full systems where you literally can feed people a highly nutritious diet of fresh foods anywhere on the planet and we are running into the more greed issues than anything.
they say if you give a man a fish, he can live for the day. if you teach a man to fish, he can live forever.
maybe brother Vincent Detroit was a bit prophetic before he passed on and asked, “you don’t really think everyone wants people to really be able to take of themselves, do you?”
one of the reasons taking a few moments, post brainstorm where I work more in objects, mind maps and spatially – is these 10 minutes have me typing away, staring out a window with more linear elements in my brain. like my question, “why social justice? I am the furthest person from that idea you would ever want.” yet, now a few dots are connected from the past few months in the USA with the way people bullshit here versus other countries or cultures.
do you want to eat a real meal with real food? or simply stare at a video screen with sound fx and scents pumped out at you? I guess that is the question we get to ask as we head into the future. I worked with both, even combined them to see what could happen…it leads me to a path where I like “live” far more than commercially cued entertainment billing itself out as a live show.
in sales they say, “sell the sizzle, not the steak.” there is a great deal of truth in this. yet, why not set the steak down, let the people hear the sizzle and smell the steak…and then taste it?”
a goofy morning of thoughts. now I go up and measure a giant barn as I can’t see it being wasted and rotting away because a friends nephew got in a pickle of sorts. if the planet helped each other more, not just with massive disasters or big events - imagine what the world would be like?
dare I say less stressed and happier? what a concept.
i am happier after writing this stuff, why? because i know the world is too busy posting selfies and other posts about whatever to ever take the time to read any of this. what is that joke, if you want to keep somethign secret, just build it in the busiest place - no one will ever notice.