the more connected society becomes, the more data is flowing, while we have the ability to connect with more people all over this planet, we are slowly becoming more isolated. while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing in that isolation in that most spiritual books talk about looking only inside yourself. the mathematician Pascal said it a bit more succinctly in saying “all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
to the modern world, I don’t know how many people get to this place. I reached a point where I threw the smartphone into a drawer because I simply got tired of having different phones, different countries, and truthfully – few people really care much about how I am doing. they want to know what I am doing, but as a person. the idea that one has “followers” and is “connected” has me ask, “to what?”
perhaps that is why we are making the woo-woo rooms (working title) for the west. 30 years ago, the idea would have been more in line with people working in the area of technology meeting neuroscience and psychology. today, as much as I am in disbelief – the west needs such a product. the sad part is that the process of going inside oneself doesn’t require much of anything, but the complexity or lack of common sense in the modern world will have us making such spaces so that others might get a glimpse to another place of what is possible.
I would not hold my breath that the masses will turn down, or turn off the noise that is being amplified all around us all day. it is the difference between the sound of nature and the noise of humans. one has a slow to it. the other is like going to a 24/7 old school rock concert where someone has perfected bad audio via clichés, sound bytes, rehashing the old, and people think blasting more is somehow quality. it is simply noise – unwanted sound.
as I hop from the secular world and try to get to that silent space, there is probably a reason why the old monks simply walk away from the world. I am not sure one can really attain the grace and grow into the habits and mental space that some of them attain if they were in the world. I have witnessed a few of them coming back into the world and carrying and walking in a state of dispassion. the Greek or Latin word for it escapes me, but it means to be in the moment and not allow your emotions and passions to take control of your heart.
what I notice today, particularly in the united states is a whole lot of people behaving more like wounded animals than human beings. it is ironic that the more we have with resources and choices – the more pills get prescribed by doctors for anxiety issues. one day I will add up the total market for this and all the insurance and legal fees and see what it would cost for people to simply take 30 minutes a day to go to the gym, and 30 minutes sitting in silence and learning to meditate and/or pray. Actually, I think I just talked myself into some research and what we can do with the woo-woo room. at this writing, perhaps it is simply a tool to get folks to another step in the process?
but that is where I am today. some good ideas, a few I have no idea how to get to reality, and I am ok with that. that is one benefit of ditching the clichés and make-up that life seems to advertise as needed to “fit in” or be part of. it is a bit of vanity that you only notice when you stop and take that time to be still with yourself and go inside to realize that everyone has issues and fears. the question is will one take some time to look at them? or will people say, “I am too busy to make some time to help myself?”
while I don’t have too many regrets in life, as it was a path that I had to walk out to learn and grow – I think back to some of the stupidity and ignorance of youth and wonder if one could gain the wisdom of age at a younger age? I am not talking about book smarts and learning about something, but the experiential deep learning that you get from doing instead of talking about it using clichés and other unoriginal ways to express something and think, “look how connected I am!”
while I marvel at the size of some of the social media companies and how they have transformed the way and ability to communicate, I really didn’t think it would polarize and isolate humanity the way it has.