I have no idea where that headline came out of, I was just typing to my sister in law about something in an email. she is the one that had me watch some “botched” show with here, and when you combine it with the book I am reading about social justice from the ancient monks…all it paints is a very odd spectrum in our world from uber vanity and narcissism, to a level of selflessness that I have only seen with the monks that gave up all possessions to follow God. now I realize why my brain hurts lately. the reality of mortality is simply the fact that we will all die, and if you pull back at the time of “life” on this planet…it is really short.
what the social justice book is showing me, is how far the west is getting form the idea of a shared economy. I know a few people playing in this area that is not simply uber, Airbnb, online database, or a maker space in academia/politics – but rather they are working on places for people to come together work/share/help each other because that is what we probably are all called to do in a higher purpose of life. instead, it appears the world lives more like Maslow’s hierarchy where you gain all the stuff, save it up, and when you die – give it all away to organizations or family the probably will go have a good time with it.
perhaps the bigger question is “how much does one really need?” to have a great life? how many homes, cars, boats, planes, ingots of gold, jewels and investments does one need after a certain point? the world says more is better, yet, at the heart and soul level, is it really? or is it a hinderance that will fill your time up worrying about what you have or what you think you need to get in order to be happy?
I don’t think you really see this unless you either have lived through a business disaster, and/or you come face to face with someone that really has done what the holy books say and actually possess that which is priceless and are actually walking on the earth with it. it exists and it isn’t simply what you hear about from the holy books or a preacher talking about it.
I have to clarify that I don’t have the solution for man’s problems, and the reality is after working in so many different countries/cultures/political/religious climates…the idea of building bigger warehouse full of physical riches to hold "stuff" isn't something that holds much interest for me anymore. it used to, i was caught up in the world, but god i really must have been an a-hole.
when I ask my shared economy friends in Switzerland “why and how” they think shared economies work in the developed world, beyond the organizational seeming data base we see in theory and have an online model working today? i have seen the good intent of a shared economy goes more into a greedy pipeline you see in all business startups…the ideology soon gives way to the reality that when you can seemingly print your own money, life changes – people change-history repeats itself with different players holding the shiny objects.
but let’s get back to that issue of mortality that freaks a lot of people out. what I was going to write about is some concerns I have with the creation of the megacities of tomorrow and the reality that will probably happen with the rest of the people/cities. I saw it walking through an older rust belt town yesterday and addressing the issue with net neutrality and the connectivity issues for rural schools and kids. check in tomorrow for that.
inside the USA 2 out of 3 people inherit money. they don’t really go make it, someone else did the groundwork and they get the benefit of realizing a nice windfall or gain. I have a lot of friends that fall into this category, and they tend to live more of a conservative life where their fear is risking losing the giant nest egg, even though they have enough for several lifetimes. their lives are about more of a seemingly unchanging pursuit of leisure and status. then there is 1 out of 3 folks that made the money. call them entrepreneurs or business people that have built up something from usually nothing. these are the folks that make the money and pass it along to the others.
the social justice book asked, “why aren’t people putting more money into the economy and world of helping people when they are alive? why are we hoarding so much?”
I don’t know what it is like to be the 1% of the 1% of the rich in the world. I worked for a few of them, they live in a different ether than even the rest of the 1%. but here is the reality of the world soon. the top 1% is going to own a projected 66% of the worlds wealth. it is an amazing statistic of sorts.
it also has me wonder about the quality of life for much of the planet in 30 years. the reality is that for the wealthy, it might be a very lonely reality with a perpetual hype to attack the senses, to a level that blinds the mind. for the less wealthy, it might also be a very lonely reality where those in power have people staring into some device, staring into it, wondering why they can’t remember to ask, “why?”
yes, I do pray that I am wrong with that potential reality. but if you connect the dots, until humans realize that we probably do need to find a better way to share, not just at the local or national level – but the global one, then I wager all bets are off for humanity to survive on this earth. we will probably destroy it.
It would be easier and less expensive to do that, than all the money we are spending lately with ways to get off the earth and go into different planets. I mean we have 4 billion years before Andromeda collides with the milky way…that is a lot of time to figure out the travel issue for man. I would be surprised if we made it another thousand years with the reality I am seeing today.
what was this supposed to be about? mortality of humans…short lives…people grieving for the dead that are left behind?
I have faith that there is something far more astounding and amazing beyond our lives here. something our human minds and bodies simply can’t comprehend. I could be wrong, we might just be like galactic fleas on a moving orb…poof…done. but inside my heart, there seems to be a lot more beyond what we currently can see or sense.
maybe I am just a fool for trying?