So what do we plan to do with all this dead space. Maybe cities could transform it into Art galleries, indoor markets that support farmers, bakers, craftsmen and artisans by providing them with incentives. This may be a start of something new with the existing infrastructure. By letting it sit vacant for too long may bring it to its knees and crumble what is remaining. It may be an iconic building that we will lose along with a piece of history of that community. By opening it up to a community, it will create new jobs and transform lives for many in the community. As a result the community grows together.
As we grow into adulthood, we must be in position to think for ourselves on what is wrong and what is right, differentiate between good and evil thoughts, learn to filter the truth from the lie and learn to read people minds an emotions. We also need to know what their intentions are. How are they benefiting either directly or indirectly by getting into our minds and thus transforming our thoughts? Hate breeds hate and misery always loves company. As Humans we are one selected species that is supposedly intelligent. But in many instances animals are behaving much better than us. Each and everyone of us are given this unique ability to think for ourselves, being creative, to innovate and to accomplish anything we wish to do. We need to use this talent to uplift all of Humanity, not to bring to its downfall.
Being honest, and straightforward is not something that we see these days. It has become uncommon. Integrity seems to not matter at all. Respecting one another non existent. Mannerism is on their way to extinction. Face to face communication is at a standstill. Virtual communication abound. Having Millions of virtual friends but no real friends. Handwriting, meaning writing with a pen has become obsolete. In this virtual age of Instant gratification, we want everything fast and now. It also has become an age where money rules the World. People smile to us in the face and work behind our back. When was the last time we were upfront with our family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances? Mutual Trust has become a thing of the past.We have been taught to please everyone from the minute we were born. Right from our Mother, Father, teachers, mentors, lovers, wife, sons, daughters etc. But what about us as a person? We come in last.
Technology has come a long way. Anything and everything that we see around us has stemmed from someones idea. It has originated from someones brain and has rippled outward bringing in New products for the masses. As consumers we are conditioned to consume. Hence it brings with it new employment and thus creating life for millions around the World. Wouldn’t this skin yield one of those products that can change Human life for ever. This skin will give way to needing no anti-venom in developing countries, it can self regulate our body temperature. This skin may even be able to record our vitals and wirelessly transmit the data across Oceans and over Land. It may also help us stay alive in the vast open Wilderness in case of any life threatening emergency. This skin may even be able to perform CPR using remote access from anywhere in this World. This skin may even give a second chance in life for many outdoor enthusiasts, Scientists, adventurists, archeologists and Hobbyists.So what’s keeping us from achieving something? It rests within us. We are our own barriers that impede our own growth.
In life each us us have our own comfort zones. This zone is our personal space that we have created for ourselves. Our security depends on it. So we tend to fight any change that threatens this inner zone. We tend to get highly defensive about any change. We pass each day within this inner circle and are more apt in taking no risks at all. This keeps us in the loop of the same old, same old mindset with no chance of us ever getting out. To make change we need to fight change. To break a habit we will need to fight it. It is our own mind doing the talking inside us. Only we can help break this habit. No one else can help us.
Life does go on and has gone this far for millions of years back in time. It will also continue its course moving forward with or without us. Just like us our ancestors too have learned from their own life experiences and also have learned from their own forefathers before them in order to survive. Fast forward to today, food is available in plenty and everything from water to diapers are delivered to our doorstep at a moments notice. We are in fact spoiled. We do not have to hunt for our next meal nor have to fight for food. Our ancestors too did face difficulty but have survived by overcoming each and everyone of them. We too will follow suit.
Society has given us this roadmap to retirement which is in fact an empty promise. Most will not even make it there. The concept is: Work now, sacrifice the moment, pay taxes and plan for a fantastic time in paradise 50 years from now. Is this the idea of winding down? It sounds very grim. So what about now? Are we living to make use of today or are we going to forego what life has to offer us today and go in search of a far fetched and a very uncertain goal. Most of us are conditioned to follow this path. Each of us are free to do what ever we choose to do. But we need top step back, think and act on what is right for our particular situation. Once today is gone, it’s gone for ever, and tomorrow is unknown. All we have for sure is the present moment.
The past years mistakes are lessons learned the hard way. Moving forward these need to be used as our baseline to go to the next rung up. As each year pass our priorities change so do we. With each change comes responsibilities, new goals and objectives. We need to meet deadlines, meet new people and new challenges. We cannot run away from them but must face them head on. We may try to run, but we cannot hide. At some point we will need to face them and conquer them. If we do not conquer them, they will consume us. Each new Year we are also faced with Fear of unknown Origin ( FOUO). Since we do not know what is in store for us just around the bend, fear overtakes us and tries to control us in all possible ways. Then imagination sets in, guiding us into a trap filled with failure and doubt. To avoid all this, lets wipe our slates clean on January 1st of each year to help us move forward in the right direction.
Today we have the option to shop round the clock online or shop till we drop in the stores. Either way someone is getting richer by the minute passively behind the scenes and we are are growing poorer by the minute actively. No wonder the entire World is running on debt. With this massive consumption comes pollution. So each and every one of us is individually responsible for climate change. If we have decided to still continue to ignore all signs and proceed down the lane, nature will bite back. I am sure it won’t be pleasant. It may even bring an end to Life as we know it. Nature has a way of recycling itself every few million years or so. I believe that at different points in our history, The Earth has wiped itself of all Life and have brought itself back on many times before. It too has started with CLEAN SLATE by wiping off each and every Life on it and by bringing on new and improved version of us each and every species. When we compare this with products. “New and improved” means the old was Junk or just a prototype to test the waters.
In today’s World of “Bigger the better” mentality, downsizing may be a challenge for many. Let’s take a look into our requirements of daily living. Simplicity in how we live may hold the key to our longevity and our inner happiness. Materials does not brings in happiness but takes it away.