the world is a funny place in that while technology is making it much smaller in the ability to communicate across the globe or hop on a plane and go visit the globe – it also seems to have created a more selfish and scared world with the people and interaction between them. it is an interesting dichotomy, particularly when the world wide web came out it was felt it would make the planet more democratic – yet today – has simply allowed people that think or feel the same about a subject to find each other easily. the idea of growing and understanding that which is different in others seems to be too much work in an ever-increasing instant gratification society.
is it the internet? or is it that entire industries have been created to numb, entertain, or allow activities to give the illusion of a fulfilled and happy life? I still marvel when I think of how smart the mouse is with making a lot of money and presenting a squeaky clean image to the brand. behind the scenes, there are imperfect humans running the show – and with that – you just have to look at the latest Hollywood meltdowns with perks of power and disparagements and think, “it probably happened there as well.”
I don’t have the scientific data or numbers handy to support what I am observing and seeing . some people ask, “why do you go into NYC?” usually it is meetings and then I go back and forth between various places and city sizes and watch the people acting and interacting with each other. while it used to be coffee shops to do this – now, the coffee shop has been overrun by people sitting next to each other, few actually talking to the person next to them,...many pushing social media streams and ignoring everyone else in the same public space.
has this behavior always been this way? or has it gotten worse in the past 25 years? it still amazes me that young kids don’t hold the door for elderly and women. am I that old? or is current America every man for himself while racing on a gerbil wheel to climb a mountain?
I think it was yesterday when I finally have a warm-up process to get into sprinting programs that works where I was shocked at despite going to a gym and exercising everyday – how limiting it was in the overall range of motion for my body. while I have a long way to go, if even possible , to get back to the speed levels I was once at in my life – I could feel the joints and muscles seeming happy to move in the full range. it is as you get old, you have to warm up more, stretch more, and ease into the speed. (seems funny to type, but that is what it is.
as I was dreading and at the same time excited to run the 15 x 100m sprints, as the body warmed, you felt all the joints opening up and it was in mid-stride I thought, “wow, it is amazing how in modern life we rarely have to take ourselves out and stretch ourselves to learn, grow, and change.”
today, I have some people in my life that either don’t want to change, or perhaps don’t know how to change and grow? I am not sure which it is. as I look at the model of the planet, I see a lot of people pointing the finger at everyone else, when the reality is fewer are looking inside themselves and asking, “what can I improve or change in myself?”
years ago, I thought the idea to be a specialist in a skill or talent was the way to go and it is a valid choice in a world that seem reward rare skills. I don’t know if you feel about what society values – when a basketball, basketball or football player is worth 30 million a year when the average teacher is putting money from their own pocket into their classroom supplies?
it was late in life when an old man in the dessert looked at me and said, “it is better to have a little of each of the virtues than to excel in just one.”
I thought that was odd, and then when I started to do the work to change – it was humbling to see what a train wreck was going on inside myself where there was an illusion that I was somehow special or better than I really was.
is this a common malady in society today with the use of social media? I was shocked to see a 1500 dollar camera that uses the same technology as our space reconnaissance imagine does, and you hold it in your hand to take 52-megapixel images. I think the tech is cool, yet, I go, “you really need no talent to take a great image today – and that sort of makes me sad, in that the vicarious journey where your mind would fill in the blanks by reading, or a great image was worth a thousand words – is going the way of rapid-fire “storytelling” you have to watch
it is as if the precursor of controlled environment mind control is rolling out with cell phones and how we get our information on the planet is just in its baby steps with what will be possible when advanced AI and the robots come forth.
I heard a man who shifted 80% of his workforce to robotics in China say, “all the people that are displaced with his company can easily find a job.” I thought about it and wondered if he realizes that once that space is available and the deep learning mastered – what will people really be needed for? particularly after we forgot how to treat each other with love and respect.
tomorrow I might talk about the lethal robot syndrome and/or American football licensing overload. today…it is a holiday in the USA and I have to crank out the last of the big work on mom and dad’s place…why is it the fun stuff takes so little time? all the foundational work and prep takes so much time?
oh wait, I still care if it looks and functions well – and can last. silly me. I also didn’t realize how much I was holding myself back by not using my full range of motion…like when I sprint (it also saves time in how much you need to exercise!)
I think I am going to look for a tai chi class, as yoga and I are not the best of friends... I guess the day i stop wanting to learn and grow, that would be a sad day. as I watch aging populations and what life is for them, I think I have become a proponent for lifelong mandatory learning. what about you?