The more I look at the united states medical industry and the not for profits looking for solutions to the issues of various medical maladies. I have to wonder if anyone really wants to find a cure for most diseases? Do people themselves want to take some accountability for where the country currently is with what probably is a lot of self-inflicted disease with our sedentary lifestyles and gorging on cheap and abundant junk foods and drinks? Is it a catch 22? Or is it simply too profitable NOT to go for changing and making people healthier?
A few days ago, I had a thought of what the effect would be on the global level if the weapons industry decided to stop producing weapons. It would send the entire global economy into chaos. “what? You mean we can choose to not spend all this money on security and fear? Huh? Use it for making humanity better?”
The last paragraph is a bit of sarcasm. The more I watch the show I have entitled, “the folly of humanity,” the more I realize our core issues are not about what we make and the witty tools and inventions that man is great at coming up with. Our core issues are that as a species we seem to be lacking in how we love each other. I don’t have a cure for greed, pride, lust, and all the other passions. Until we find a solution for those issues in people, I have to think the human condition will merely repeat itself with better and more dangerous tools.
The good news is there is a pretty straightforward focus in the giant world of the internet of things and instead of entertaining and manipulating people with sight, sound, smell and immersive experiences we can open up pathways for people to make choices to change. Perhaps that is what we have been chasing for a few years. First, you have to improve yourself, and then you can help others?
The last line comes from meeting a man that has gone through changing himself from what the world thought, to what is really an amazing and enlightened person. “to heal another, you must first heal yourself.”
What I have and am learning about that process is that it is a daily and lifelong journey. The odd part is we are living in a world where a few folks are gifted with a microphone, some repackage what was written in a way that touches the market, or there is the sense of grab all you can in the shortest amount of time and cash in ASAP. Usually, these people have not taken the time to heal themselves or are only great at giving a message. Did they actually live or cure the advice they are offering? Probably not.
We live more in a world of instant gratification, and I am blown away with the research on Instagram with what people value and a strange race to photoshop one’s reality versus seemingly. This trend starts with motion pictures and trickles down into TV, and even the media has jumped on the biased, staged, and “altered” bandwagon to present what is merely one topping on a pizza that is full of different ones.
People wonder why I don’t have a phone. I tell them the truth…” I lost it in the woods one day and truthfully am fine with how much time it saves me with the chatter from others. If someone wants to reach me, it is pretty simple to find me and contact me.” I guess all that time in the ’90s where I didn’t want to go to sleep while the internet was just starting was so exciting and fun to me. It also led me back to where in our human form, actual reality is beautiful. The three dimensions of nature are spectacular, and while I love technology, I don’t know if it is really all that great for humans?
While I am blown away with how one can grow plants indoors all year round and when I think of Nanotechnology and what is happening there, and inside the biology of genetic, I get excited about the possibilities. Last week I was reading a paper on the asexuality of seed production…it is hard NOT to be amazed at where the computer and our ability to see beyond our human sense is taking us.
What I worry about is creating controlled spaces for human beings. Will it really make better people? Or a homogenized version of one that a few powers that control? I guess to sum it all up. I look at live entertainment today, and I don’t see so many great players and the technology with FOH, monitoring, and computer processing and then since people aren't as good live, throw in, “we need more pyro, video, and dancers!” This mentality has me know full well; this is all staged and not really live. If I see a stage lined with teleprompters (sorry Ms. Streisand, in the 90’s I was saddened to see them hanging in arenas for your comeback show…. although the idea of carpeting an arena floor was brilliant for the audio!)
I digress. We are living in a world where simple life, a good life, can easily be avalanched with the messages of media and the edited and controlled storytelling that might have been someone’s life, now turned into a 120-minute film. This is the new reality of the digitally connected world?
I am all for the robotic invasion that is happening. I am hopeful the artificial intelligence and deep learning will one day be able to provide significant benefits to humanity, yet when I pull back and look at the planet, I fear we will merely repeat our history. A few will want to control and commodify the planet in the name of fear but put the label of security over the fear. In the name of power and greed for themselves.
It's a bit like today's AI startups. They found about 40 % of them call themselves AI companies, yet, don’t actually use any. Is there a way to filter out the greed and allow folks to build things that actually solve the problem? Or will we continue to find ways to monetize awareness and treat the symptoms…ignoring the real issues
That be the matcha green tea ramble of this morning…