While we are not supposed to judge another, have you ever run into people who appear to live with a checklist of items they were taught in churches? a list of boxes to check off, never asking "why" about anything in the emotional or spiritual realm, beyond the rules, regulations, and traditions of man
"so and so is sick and on their death bed, I will take 15 seconds to call them." (checkbox)
"I am supposed to visit.." (checkbox)
"I am supposed to regurgitate a prayer that I learned that is devoid of any feeling" (checkbox)
“i am going to tell you what you need to do or be, despite never asking myself, “why?” (checkbox)
Everyone is a bit screwed up in that no one is perfect. There is the, "thank god I am not a sinner vs. the tax collector asking for mercy" parable to teach us in the bible. I am okay with people striving for excellence. However, I have heartburn with people thinking they are perfect.
Yesterday I had a discussion with an "expert" in their own mind. What I observing more and more in the United States is a disconnect between the reality of life and pushing and publishing papers for the sake of ego, and the lack of common sense. I fear the expert is so far out of touch with the reality of curing the problem while patting themselves on the back for creating more treatments for the symptoms.
Such a case is the idea of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of PSTD or depression, particularly in the military setting. We send people in harm's way, and then our best solution is to push drugs into them when they lose their minds. I am not sure that man is hardwired to kill other humans?
While I can make a case for the survival of the fittest, I would hope to believe we have somehow evolved (hey I am an optimist) over time. We are coming to a place where the planet is getting smaller and smaller with regards to time, distance, and space for humans. The idea of a nation-state going alone probably is not going to bode well. What I am witnessing up with the current geopolitical climate has more red flags has me lamenting what is simply the trajectory of the Internet.
25-30 years ago, the Internet was a bunch of nerds in a place where you really could communicate with the entire planet at one time. You got a sort of global snapshot. Different views and perspectives came together with minimal edited by politics/ideology/nation-states. It was people talking to different people. I remember thinking, "This is an amazing tool…how can we use it to make the world better?"
I remember Ethan Zuckerman giving a talk about how the Internet was not doing a great job with bringing opposites together. Here we are years later, and this trend appears to have gotten worse. We are commoditizing data and information into the coming bot world not for the betterment of the planet, but for the enrichment/control/greed of a few.
Dr. John Lilly's crew would come to our house in Sausalito and talk about what today might be considered transhumanism meeting biohacking. People uploading consciousness, advanced AI, and a myriad of topics where the boundaries of life were being tested long before any government regulations would come into play.
Governments tend to not work or move fast, and we are great with bureaucracies at creating more layers and rules to limit change and growth at a rapid rate. I wonder how many beurocrats really know what is happening in the labs all over the planet? I had one friend discussing IP, and I am like, "that entire idea of copyright, trademark, and the patent has gone the way of a scalable business. Either there are patent trolls, or the giant companies just buy them up for a library of patents. Copyright used to be I think 17 years, the movie studios have lobbied and gotten the laws changed so they can keep remaking the same property. There is little need to take risks at coming up with new ideas.
Perhaps that is why people that are experts who only play in the theoretic and never really take the idea into reality are such fantastic cocktail and dinner party guests? With the checkbox religious folks – devoid of actually getting real with themselves – you get to a place where you simply walk away. They are blind as a bat to themselves, so I guess it is like the mark twain quote about arguing with a drunk
If the world wants to continue on its vanity based, consumerism is great, capitalism has no flaws mindset without asking or studying "why" the coming AI/bot/uber surveillance society where programming of people will become the norm, and the scary part is the people won't really notice it. That is their choice to remain ignorant.
I seem to be about 25-30 years ahead of the market with ideas and such in my life. What I see today we were playing with in the labs 30 years ago. I sat here yesterday with a checklist expect and basically had to wonder, "do they ever look in the mirror of their soul? or do they think they are like the guy in the temple being so happy he wasn't like the tax collector?"
We are great tool makers, us humans. But we don't seem to learn much from our history. Or is it we don't remember the mistakes of our past for long?
Sorry to be a bit fed up – but there is nothing more annoying than someone that has never walked the planet telling people what the planet is like. They read about it. Checked a box, and now they are an expert.
Now I am laughing at my investment banking acquaintance in Paris. He had a quote that to be an expert today, you just have to read a few books on a subject and regurgitate the content.
As I think about the ones I know - most of the great speakers and performers I know on a stage – usually are chasing some idea or image instead of just being themselves and thinking for themselves.
In some respects if you want to checkboxes, you can have a beautiful life – but are you actually living? Are you actually living your life?