“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I find it necessary to address an issue of in-equality and loss of control in life. There seems to be a reason for the feeling of empowerment experienced by a large amount of the world`s (human) population. Who are we, and what is life really all about? Feelings of attachment?
(Why not use what follows as an anchor in life; sticking to what we can`t argue about? Clean water for all of us – for free! Thank you). On a physical level there can only be life and death. Regardless of who we are; we never argue about the need for water. On a psychological level things get more complicated. Rephrasing Eckhart Tolle is my attempt to keep it short. If you all your life know yourself as a wave, and you never notice being a wave of an ocean, you will easily feel lonesome all your life. You will feel small and powerless. Throw Einstein into the equation and you have a fish feeling stupid whenever it can`t disguise those lacking abilities to climb a tree, to climb a tree in a world where a marathon tree-climbing fish is as cool as it gets. Couple it all with the plasticity of the brain. Think of all the millions of new connections you make this very instant while reading this, and you got the human species set up for being highly influenced by environment on a bio-psychosocial* level. Adapt we do on a strictly biological level in a physical world. That is sensitivity. Sensitivity clings to dis-ease (development), as it comes in where? Prolonged stress is a mean bastard when it comes to the biology of us; amongst a string of nice things that can occur in the human body we might better watch out for those hormones secreted during longterm stress.
So, if what shapes the mind are experiences in life, how do we, the apparently sensitive organism, fare best in such a complex world?
As it in the moment of my blurry writings touches the imagery of perfect survival, the accompanying video may be a good starting point for a cultural debate. It showcases a “brand-new” tool for life, a little something yet not experienced. There is no need for any (more) suffering in the world. The degeneration of the human collective mind is reversible.
As Carl Sagan once put it; “an organism at war with itself is doomed”?
“Paradise or Oblivion” / (The Venus Project):
Light is easy to spot in darkness. Now, imagine a tiny spot that lights up on the surface of some stormy, dark and grand ocean. In spreading out it brings color to the colorless, consciousness it now is, sharing warm light with a smelly-cold, pitch-black cellar.
How does it feel?