While I was thinking away on ways to bring the woo woo rooms and other ideas to the mainstream, I carried around my note/sketchbook and had this pattern of seeing something in human behavior that struck me as odd in addition to the work on my ideas. The strangest site I remember was walking along a beautiful beach and seeing most of the people staring at their cell phones while waves, blue skies, and dolphins jumped out of the sea in front of them.
The sights entirely missed by the digital umbilical cords that seem to be more of a spider web these days. Call it data or digital blindness? I can still see the one dolphin jumping out of the water three times, yet, no one around me noticed once.
I didn't feel that when the internet was opened to the public. My god, I didn't sleep for four years as the idea that we could have a world with information and sharing among regular people would somehow make for better humans and humanity. There weren't too many people on the web at that time who understand what I am writing about. Today's internet – while fantastic for allowing access to information isn't doing a great deal for humans to change and apply knowledge.
So in the sea of people staring at mobiles, I thought back to when I stopped going to coffee shops first thing in the mornings. The world of "scale" is homogenizing people into a mass of tethered people – of which – the business of the few giant companies controlling the lion's share of the market is most likely being abused and monetized. You don't realize how bad we do this until you walk away from your "marketing, business, branding, licensing, merchandising" life.
The problem is I was good at it, along with strategic and tactical thinking. I shudder to think where I would be if I continued. while life certainly would be different with the monetary, social, power, and accouterments of that power – the inner human inside me would probably be on life support.
Perhaps that is what I am seeing with the people on the beaches, and what I observe in the densely packed urban environments that will simply get more densely packed over the next 20-30 years. A few people are living, but more and more are surviving and simply connected to the web of the systems. It means vacations are times to go out and stare into your phone and ingest ways to be entertained all the time.
I have to admit, meeting that one man in the desert year ago, who looked into my eyes, saw all that was broken in me, and yet, looked and treated me with love really changed my life.
It was the first time I saw the words from the holy books embodied into a walking talking, living human. It was spirituality and life residing inside the man that was shining out. It was not the flaws that man has created with religion that are talked about, yet, few have taken the time to heal themselves and then help others.
I have tried technologies and other ideas to shorten this path to change and growth. The reality is that to get the purity of love, it takes time, it is not a romantic and always happy life/space. but it is worth the effort, even as the world looks at you a bit crazy as to say, "what are you doing?"
"You can't see it? Oh, you are too busy staring into your phones to notice."