“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. “
— Oscar Wilde
I had started a bit about where I was going into NYC for some meeting with folks about working the oddity and the reality of an idea and product that bridges two diverse worlds with the same technology. in the developed world you can have chefs and biologists growing the most pristine and healthy variety of crops for healthy living and medicinal needs. in the 3rd world, it is about growing the most nutritious crops in the smallest space and time – to keep people alive and allow kids their bodies and brains enough to learn how to fish for themselves. then I read the following article by a man named, Jon westenberg:
I hope the link works and you take to the time to read it if you are in business, as he does a great job or articulating the world where the reality of an idea and purpose to the world has to go through so many iterations and have lots of dots to connect to be considered successful. the past year or two coming back into the USA, has me shake my head in disbelief versus the European and Asian systems. as I can relate to every part of the article Jon has written about and yesterday as I walked along observing and asking, “how can one build profitable vertical gardens inside cities?” where people value the space and cost per square foot in their investment portfolio more than, “what is good for humans in the city?”
then you extend that out to the state, country, and globe. go ahead, it is an interesting problem that will have some fascinating realities and solutions with technologies, robots, AI, and the coming advanced AI – some cool stuff that humans get a choice how to use it to either empower and make the planet better, or have it used for control, surveillance, warfare and let’s not forget simple greed.
so the one product line we have is necessary inside cities, yet it has nothing to do with plants and everything to do with people. it also explains how perspective and limited views can happen in the world because of the bombardment of physical stimuli on the brain. this became clear when I took some time to visit the pools at the 9-11 memorial. it seemed like it was always under construction and/or monetized with merchandise and museums. I simply walked to the north tower, found my friends name and thought, “the designers did a really nice job with the idea” while people ran around taking selfies all around. it was then when the reality of some research papers about remembering our past came forth. one instance is that people are forgetting something like the Holocaust. then I looked at an event that changed my life 17 years ago and I thought, “there is so much noise in the urban world and competition for attention, that the past will probably be buried. the truth will be suffocated by op/ed used to fit whoever’s perspective and slant that is needed.”
there is so much data and information, much of it skewed coming each day, it does a great job at not letting people remember the past.
then there is the disparity of the planet and with Jon’s article, it triggered a wide range of similar experiences and realities about capitalism, greed, altruism, dreams, and ideas…for the betterment of a few? or for many? the reality is most new ideas will fail, yet, until you have worked your way through all the areas of the process, you don’t realize how much work and a bit of luck and/or connections are needed to make something new and successful. what you will run into is a lot of people where some value money as god, others see it as a tool…some realize the risk of “new,” while others want guarantees that they will never lose. it boils down to what do the people value in their hearts and souls and what model did they grow up with, work within, and have access to.
I had a two businessmen tell me a few things I remember as an inventor/innovator beyond a linear progression. “mark, it is the guy that is first to be second that usually wins, as the idea guys tend to be dreamer and build something that they know how to game the system and make a business out of it.”
the other said, “mark, you are going to have it hard early on, like I did, as you want to know and learn about all the pieces…but later in life, you are going to make it really big.” I do miss that man, as he was a guy I met in the early 90’s who was old in age living in the French Riviera and trying to use video conferencing to talk to his best friend each night in Chicago. his story was a guy that started with nothing and ended up owning ships.
this morning, I get to go to meetings which I have to explain where the groups are focused and going in a world seemingly run by greed and the desire for shiny objects. I watched and saw people simply surviving on the subway in NYC yesterday. I wonder if they know there is more to life than what is their day to day existence. at one moment I had 13 people crammed around me – 9 had their heads bopping up and down in different cadences to the music they were listening to while scrolling through Instagram or text messages. 3 were reading actual books, of what was fascinating was that none of them were Caucasian. there was also one man that was off in his own land and mental space, thankfully his meds kept him in a relatively sane space getting along with other people. the common denominator is we were all hot and sweaty.
I just got a shot in the arm talking to the guy that was there at the start with agrowspace. he remembered the first crude sketch at a coffee shop in Arizona. it is really where it all started in its first physical form despite several sketchbooks filled with energy, water, housing, and other needs…it was dirt and some seeds in a different form and shape to optimize growing. today…after I hung up, I scratched my head as where we are today is pretty cool, and as we move into the future…the ideas are really interesting where this can all head.
perhaps the greatest irony is that urban ag simply will not be what I think most of us think. it will come into a different form or model, yet, for peoples sanity, I never thought what we are working up for inner fitness or neuromechanix would be so needed.
I stopped into the little chapel of st Francis of Assisi in NYC. it is a special place for me to go in the middle of the city to get out of the noise for a bit. there was an evening service going on, and what struck me was that even in this chapel I didn’t get the energy of vibe of people going really deep into themselves, it is like saying prayers, yet not being able to drop into space or meditative zone that is silence with yourself.
this appears to be a bigger need than I thought in a world where people are too busy scurrying around and avoiding themselves.
not sure what came out…the article by Jon is really interesting to anyone that has seen and worked in all the areas of business. at this moment, it gave me a bit of a shot in the arm, as some days you wonder, “why am I trying to help others? it is easier to just take stuff for yourself.”
what you learn with that method is how easy it is to get blinded to the things in life that really matter. don’t get too excited, there are a lot of folks out there that don’t see and keep bumping into you all the time.