I seem to be ahead of the trend for much of my life. I was living in cities when suburbs were considered cool (how?) now megacities are being created and constructed on a global scale and I want to live out in nature, in the middle of nowhere. what people don’t realize is that just like you can grow all your food anywhere on the planet these days – you can do the same with a good quality of comfort and living. you don’t have to live like a pioneer or caveman, rather you can live in your own living and breathing space.
what I fear will happen in rural areas is not the adaptation of such technologies, but rather, the rural folks will be left behind. I have seen this with the internet inside the USA. it is also the one odd problem I don’t have a great solution for that is cost effective for moving large data masses if one chooses to go away from the mega city and deeper into nature. I blame this on going out in the middle of the night in a place where there is no human light pollution and gasping at the amazing beauty of the night sky.
it is amazing how many people don’t realize you can see the milky way band with your visible eyes. it is sort of like when I was in Arizona and the number of people that never saw the grand canyon amazed me.
I digress. what concerns me about the megacities of tomorrow is not that they can’t exist, but rather a question of “what will people do? what will happen with social interaction and intimacy? and will humans – despite having amazing conveniences of these new cities – be lonely? will humans interact with humans or simply get robots for all?”
the last paragraph takes a page from the current state of media and the trajectory of watching people staring at their mobiles, seemingly oblivious to anything in the space all around them.
the other element comes from how simplistic we are making doing something and considering ourselves good at it for the sake of fun and boosting our ego with dopamine hits from pushing buttons on the internet. the key thing I learned with entertainment is you don’t have to provide a 100% realistic cue set to the brain for someone to believe something. you just had to work on that level were you expend 20% to get to 80% change unless you were working in a world where tolerances needed to be as close to 100% as possible like dropping a guided munition or doing brain surgery on a human. this brings me to the current state of golf.
have you ever golfed? it is a really interesting game that is about the last bastion of decency with rules today at the high levels. I am pretty sure there are folks out there taking some PED for a reason, but with golf, you have to be more mentally focused and have the balance with the physical to play 18 full holes and do it well. There is also a somewhat rigid list of rules for how you play the game and cheating with different equipment is frowned up. at least I think it is, as I haven’t golfed since moving to the lovely city of Charlotte, NC and people there liked to steal things and break car windows.
fast forward to today and I really don't’ have any desire to play more golf. to be good at it requires a great deal of time and practice that I would rather apply to new products and ideas. the idea of hitting a bucket of balls off a driving range might be fun on occasion. but now there is something called top golf that my sister in law told me about as we were walking along a country club. as she explained it all to me, I forgot to put the edit filter and said, “so basically you are taking all the real issues with what makes the game difficult to play and hanging out in a glorified driving range so you can socialize and drink beers?”
“Yeah, it is so much fun!”
“ I am sure it is fun, but is it really golfing? you carry your bag and walk a course and play?”
“who carries their bag anymore? you get a cart.”
“It makes it easier, sure…but are you really playing the sport as it was envisioned or intended? or is that game too difficult for many in the age where sport and entertainment merge more each day and technology with balls, clubs, materials, and gigantic sweet spots that help a duffer look decent – and takes away barriers to entry with “skills.” a great example is to look at modern cameras. it is almost impossible to take bad photos – and what are people taking most photos of? themselves. why?”
I get it, but perhaps I am an idiot. on one hand I think the compensation packages of sport/entertainment are absurd, yet, I don’t see too many consumers verbalizing “it is stupid to charge 2500 a seat to see a Yankees game and the ideas of a 20 dollar hot dog doesn’t raise an eyebrow, but pay a teacher or a nanny more than minimum wage…no we can’t have that!.” It reminds me of ancient Rome where the leaders came up with more and more ways to entertain the masses and keep them happy to not looking that 50% of their money was being used to buy bread and food.
I do understand the fun and comradery of being with other folks, I was in the gym with a friend the other day and we were talking while wheezing through various high-intensity exercises. we both commented, “wow, that time blew by fast, thanks for simply chatting in between the wheezing.”
I can think of many better things to do with that 15-20 minutes of time that people think, “it must be fun! you like to exercise!”
“no, it is not fun, It is simply the fastest and most effective way to build up your natural body core. frankly, it sucks and you wheeze a lot. this is not fun. however, the benefits of doing this to my overall physical and mental health is priceless. while it does not guarantee anything, it does reduce the odds of turning into what I am seeing is a “wall-e body type” in the united states.
the beauty of the modern world is there is so many options and freedoms, choices, and things to learn and experience. I think as a societal whole we are diluting everything down from the humanistic standpoint to what is the quality of life. mind you – I am writing today through the lens of the united states and what I see crossing over and trying to figure out how to get Agrowspaces into inner cities and places that need change or a way to overcome the really broadening expanse between the economics of people. we have created a culture where “self” is far more important than the bigger picture.
with it, we are slowly killing ourselves from inside, much like most empires crash internally, despite spending a fortune on external threats.
no, we are slowly killing ourselves internally simply because it is too much effort, work, and the results don’t come instantly.
well, there is a pile of merde for a morning coffee. the brainstorm was good, but I am being tugged with some social issue these days. I don’t know where it will all manifest into the reality on the planet, but if some folks want to live, grow, and eat healthy…it is a great solution.