was sitting here staring out into the balmy temperature of 34f. It seems so bizarre that it feels like you want to put on shorts and walk around in a t-shirt. Last week was in the -30f wind chills and that froze you to the bone. It was so much fun packing up a truck in the ick…not. So yesterday, I was in a jacket, scarf, and hat and wanted to take it all off. I felt warm. Perhaps this is when I had some question, “are we genetically wired to worry? do we learn how to worry?”
It might be a little bit of both, yet, as I look at the disparity between what I noticed in some areas of the world with the orphans, they are genuinely happy and don’t have much regarding physical, “stuff.” In the western developed world, we have a seemingly unlimited amount of choices, and I am sensing more misery and unhappiness than ever before. What is perhaps more sinister is that the systems have given up trying to cure or change something and laid out a red carpet where you merely treat the symptoms and never try actually to find a cure for the problem.
The reason? It isn’t profitable if you find the cure. I hate to type that, but In a discussion about the possibility of the Israeli group finding a treatment for cancer, I thought, “make it available to all for a likening fee!” it was met with, “what are you nuts, do you know what that can be wort.
“yes, I also say, add up the total amount of money spent on cancer, and the treatment of it, and put some 10% fee on it. Can any human spend that amount in their lifetimes?” it had me think of craigslist in the very beginning when it was the place you went to in San Francisco to find things you needed to prototype. It was a time when dumpster diving was actually allowed (somewhat), and another person’s trash was gold to people like me.
I digress. Craig’s big idea had something that he was going to throw away and wondering if someone else might want or need it. That is how it all started. With the cancer drug and the inequality in the distribution and costs of pharmaceuticals (I can give a kid in Africa HIV treatment for about a dollar a day….in the united states? $$$$$) so my thought was the folks open source the patent with a licensing agreement. What an amazing thing one could do for the planet, and still profit timely.
I can hear the backlash of, “that is stupid! That won’t maximize shareholder value!” and I think that perhaps that is part of the problem with our thinking these days. In linked in a guy wrote about all these great ideas we can develop to feed the masses in 2050. I wrote, “yeah, they are all great things to help, but isn’t the bigger problem a skewed distribution system and the greed of human beings? there already is enough for everyone, why not figure out a better way to distribute what is already there, sans human greed and/or some odd control issue for having power, and/or remaining in power?
His answer didn’t surprise me, as he never thought past the bigger issue of the problem, and instead, he just looked at the speck of the symptom. There is a lot of this going on today, and the reality is to change or move in a different direction, it would sort of melt the minds of what people have been trained to think of belief. Those pesky habits, of which I see more and more algorithmic magic happening to bend, twist, alter, change, and manipulate whatever perspective you want to throw into the modern media world. They don’t call it all “programming” for a reason, do they?
So…I know it sounds odd, but the simpler life really has been for me more abundant life. I am trying to simplify it even more….literally to get to that space where it might look super minimal and straightforward. I am also doing this with the tools…like today, you only need a few machines to make lots of cool things. The problem and blessing are I had to come from a time where I had to learn a bit about 20 different skills because I could not afford to hire 19 other groups to do the work.
Off to a meeting I go. The irony is this one might meld all that I have done in my head into a point and space where it all can flourish. todays image, is from a manastary the was fomed about 7th centruy and closed in the 13th. it has some of the most amazing examples of origianl celtic art and crosses that somehow survived the vikings, normans, british, and every other force that was trying ot conquer the island.