Thursday, April 25, 2013

World, we need help

World, we need help.

In recent years the vast majority of the individuals in the world have begun to focus inwards. Our obsession with social media, personal development and "what’s in it for me" ideal is beginning to blossom; we now start to reap what we so carelessly had sown. In an age of unprecedented access, communication has unraveled, direction seems to blow with the wind; we have no goals, we make no plans. In a world increasing able to deliver information and access to resources we have found ourselves in the most profound stasis. Not stasis of technology or progress, nor of academic endeavor or system design, but stasis of the soul. The intangible virtues we as a race once strove for; honor, pride and enlightenment. Gone are the great creators of work that has spanned centuries, to be replaced by mediocre works forgotten in a month. Nothing we have built in society is meant to endure anymore and we as a society have begun to reflect this ascetic in our lives. Our friends are transient, yet paradoxically persistent; our knowledge growing at a rate so fast our policies cannot keep up. Time has been compressed by the digital realm which we now exist and the human soul has lost its way. Our soul’s developed with time as a constant, the sun would rise and fall, the turning of the Earth and the changing of the seasons marked the passing of time as surely as any clock or calendar. The past was left to fade, while the future burned bright on the edge of the horizon-the present alive with the prospect of creation. We justify where we should attempt to understand, we defend where we should acknowledge opportunity, and we judge where we should show compassion. We the user are most generally a reflection of the greater world around us right now, where in the past we created the world around us. We have lost our way. It is true that the reality of our existence extends infinitely inwards as well as outwards, but it was the spirit of discovery that led us to dominate the world we inhabit today. To long have we focused inward, on the rewards that we might earn by stroking that age old human enemy called ego. We sensationalize our exploits in an effort to earn the approval of our peers and the jealously of our detractors. In a world connect by a multitude of previously unrelated categories we have artificially created a web we are now trapped within. We have lost our way. But we can act to create a better world, we may yet untangle this web before the spider strikes. We must unveil our souls before each other and brake the bonds of compressed time that keep us all holding our breath for the next “like” or “Upvote” or “retweet”. How do we do this when the entire world seems bent to hold us in is grasp, with cheaper digital technologies and more access to information? The answer lies in letting go. Let go the constant cycle of information, let go the desire to know the right answer all the time, be happy with other people’s success. Above all, seek to help each other. We applaud the individual hero, we exalt the singular effort to achieve, but the vast majority of human existence is possible because of humanities' roots in creating the one defining, penultimate survival skill; Community. In the vastness of cosmic experience, in the whole of the written histories, of all that ever was and ever will be; Community. Not the easy camaraderie of friendship, nor the forced bonds of family, but rather the simple notion that all people have intrinsic value, all life is precious and you and every other have something powerful to offer the world.

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