it amazes me about the how, why, and when ideas can strike. the reality is anytime. while I do structure a time each day for this process, I found myself in a diner and apologized to the guests and filled up the paper menu setting with notes in a mind map. someone asked what It all was about before I folded it up. “just another moment in ideas that may work, probably won’t, but in the world of new ideas, innovation, and hybridization…it is amazing how many variations one will go through to get the few where form and function are right.”
it is the world from the old to the new. in 50 years people will probably look at what we consider new today and wonder, “what were they thinking? didn’t they see that if they did that, the result would be...”
hindsight is the element that is never wrong. yet, where we are today as a global society is now where machines and the coming of advanced artificial intelligence will allow humans to seemingly become obsolete. while I want to think that all the time created by imagining a robot to do the repetitive and mundane elements of life will be used by humanity to improve people, the relationships of people, and the overall quality of life on the planet – I can’t say I am optimistic about that really happening.
the reason isn’t that it can’t, but for now, if you look at the trajectory of human behavior at a global level, you are struck with the disparity of the planet, which if it goes the path it is will have even more disparity on the global level in 30 years. 1 percent will own 2/3 of the planet.
Mel Brooks wrote a line in a movie that always makes me chuckle, “it’s good to be the king!” in one scenario of a sci-fi future, you might have machines making the rules and having everyone live inside some controlled life. I think we have long past the tipping point of sanity with the way the surveillance society and spying has gone and we are ushering in a new era of some number system for humans that simply forget one giant flaw about humans – we are very imperfect beings, yet, the social image or brand of whatever flavor religious, political, military, monetary, or ideological power is in charge sends some image of “perfect” out – and no human can actually do it.
the best example I have is legalism in religion. you have all the rules overshadowing the spirit of life. I am seeing this trend being played out more and more in the secular society with a collision of law seeming oblivious to the common sense of what humans are really like. currently, you have the entire immigration issue where kids are being taken from their parents.
is it me, or did anyone else notice a shift in the American culture when the traditional family broke down? so instead of trying to keep that together, are we simply accelerating the demise of social structure to make room for spiffy new robots to be a sort of addition to the pill mentality where we medicate the symptoms and forget about the root issue. the future will have robots telling you what is wrong with you after its sensor networks outline your data and then articulate it into with the massive data pool that will be available for “human security” and then plop some medicine into your food supply and perhaps pat you on your head when you eat it and say, “good human! good human!”
you think that is far-fetched? go study what is being done outside the USA in some countries with creating societies with complete social and emotional surveillance in place. it can easily be abused to go the way of our worst human nightmares with abuse of power that will resemble some man vs machine sci-fi thriller.
I pray I am wrong, but I don’t see the social construct of the planet getting better in the short term. sadly, It will take some shakeup of events for the pain with people to one day ask, “why are we behaving this way? why don’t was stop this insanity?” to change. the question will be if it is even possible at that time to turn off the machines and systems?
my idea today was to write up ideas with agriculture and how It really is getting tiring for the old ways and the exciting new ways to blend into something really good and amazing – balances – and good for humanity. it is a good writing and viewpoint that probably is better used for our actual work than being wasted in this 10-minute ramble about whatever on the internet I do each day.
but the reason today probably happened is that I was in a diner yesterday after church. it was father’s day, and my aging father was very happy to get the simplicity of his favorite breakfast. I smile watching the simplistic joy and pleasure he gets with food as he ages. I am blessed to witness and learn about aging in the past few months. but when I looked around the diner, I almost cried, as so many of the patrons were not of a healthy weight and size. they were supersized. then i remember the words, "don't judge anyone...you haven't walked thier walk."
I looked down at myself, and despite the past few months I have worked hard to change who I am, I have more I know I can go. just because the world is content if you are simply moving along – yet – I don’t feel good not being in great shape, and the truth is, as you age – it gets harder to simply maintain – even more difficult to change. but I sat there with my brain working out robots and the cools future in agriculture and life – and said, “I can’t change anyone else…but I can change myself.”
there is the reality of life – all you can really change is yourself. yet, life in the developed world makes it so easy to never have to actually deal with yourself by making you so busy with stuff and shiny objects to live and realize the wisdom of King Solomon’s experiment.
all I know is that I am going to take off the last 20 lbs. and get back to where I want and feel best with my body. it will be the weight I actually played linebacker at…I just won’t be able to move quite like I did, but I also won’t look like a muscular frog either…but I can’t go back to where I was not very long ago. it sort of breaks my heart, as I missed all the buffets in the USA, but now…I don’t really want to go to them anymore. sniffle.
is it the monks? god? society? travel around the world? working in different cultures? that has taught me the answer? is it simply older age?
or am I actually getting a kernel of wisdom in realizing how little I know, but what I know has deeper value?
always an adventure with this post brainstorm rambles. May someone get something from them.