I have spent the last three or four days seemingly in a state of studying biomimicry with what is probably the normal American lifestyle. I realize where the journey has gone inside me for the past 13 years if vastly different to the path I used to live in following the trends that society said were simply normal, not really asking, “why are we doing this?” I think my rod Serling moment was staring at a TV, almost as if it had a magnetic pull on me, having my sister in law explaining the reality of what is a show called “botched” on some reality TV channel.
that was when I looked at my life, what my work, hobbies, dreams, and passions are, and thought…”no wonder you don’t fit too well into the mainstream society, or follow a herd mentality.” I think as I age, I am looking more like someone following his heart in a world that is about acquiring more stuff, building more storehouses and enjoying a decent standard of living…yet, is anyone really living?
maybe that social justice book I got and am reading has done a number on me. it is about the deeper meaning of something that I don’t really hear preached much in any religion beyond lip service and some obligatory legalistic idea. when I read the book, it sounds a bit like everything the world isn’t. people share, all have parts, all work, and from the American culture standpoint, you have the note of you only keep what you need. perhaps the early native American Indians lived this way, but I will have to seek out an aged elder to ask the question.
I think there is some interesting ideas that come out of American culture in our need to compete, and while winner takes all is one way you can live life, I think the long term the social culture of more balance between all will provide a better long-term quality of life for all. it leads me to wonder, “what is fair?”
as I type, I really don’t have an answer to that question.
the only solution I think I have is for people inside the united states to go out and wander the world, see what the reality is in other parts of it, how people live, see what super wealth is, as well as abject poverty and a war zone or two. go see how some countries value and treat family and kids (Tibetans), go see how other countries import their labor for all things and don’t think of it as a form of slavery. go walk a country that still lives by the unwritten caste system that is deemed illegal, yet flourishes.
it seems we have created a culture in the USA where travel will one day soon be in germ-free bubbles that are wrapped up in a carefully designed theme or experiential trip that was planned by the best theme park, entertainment, and psychologist. in a sense, I think Americans are led to want a rolly coaster life - they think it is dangerous and risky, yet, truth be told...it is very safe and comfortable. or ever increasingly we want to be more like the ancient romans and watch all sorts of entertainment and sport. i confess circus maximus must have been soemthign to see in the day, but when the entertianment overtakes reality and you need the habit of hyping everything - does anyone else not see behind the curtian? or is it must my special ability?
I guess I just wrote myself into whatever answer to the question in my mind is. do you want to live your life in a faux made up reality? or actually, live within reality?
times are changing really fast. I was talking about nanobots and other medical ideas with my sister in law and what will soon be possible for medicine, early detection, and potentially the ability to ingest Nanosubstances that target some element, like cancer cells and mechanically eradicate the bad cells. with our plant sensors, the cost today for the resolution to go deeper into that granular level is expensive. but much like the Kepler telescope soon going out in space, it will make the amazing things we saw with Hubble seem old-fashioned or obsolete.
there is a wave of interesting technologies and tools coming our way. I just wonder how many inside the USA are aware of the tsunami that is coming? I see elements of it all already implemented with China and other countries in the middle east…but what about the untied stated? are we too big, fat and happy to let go of the everything fun! everything a faux experience life?
it is like going to Las Vegas, and then traveling to all the other parts of the world that are modeled there, then go back to Las Vegas.
the illusion becomes very apparent.
guess I simply see things a bit different. it still amazes me how we can all look at the same thing, yet see a slightly different version or variant than another person. perhaps that is where I think it is a bit sad how with all the social tools at our disposal, we are walking further and further from each other – and thinking we are more social.
a part of this writing comes from me ditching the phone for a test…tis interesting what I am seeing, hearing, learning and becoming more aware of. it is a bit like nature and going out into the middle of nowhere. there is a frequency and noise that has balance to it with my mind, body and soul.
when I am in the man-made spaces and dealing with the massive barrage that many are oblivious to with the sights, sounds, noises and plethora of concepts, ideas, and products vying for an ever limited attention span, it has me thinking man is inadvertently creating a jamming system for humans so that they never have to actually see behind the curtain of himself?
yeah, too deep for me to ponder this morning inside the USA. I still am thinking back to last night and saying, “this botched tv show is like some magnet of oddity….like watching a train wreck…do they do not have a psychiatrist ask a few basic questions about the deeper issue for many?
“why would you do that? it would ruin the show!”