The World sure has changed and so have its inhabitants who call themselves Humans. But to appreciate the two sides of the same coin (one old and the other new), it is only wise to explore their mindset along with their expectations and requirements of daily life. The grandfather does not and will not have the same mindset as his grand kids. Even the thought process may not be the same between a mother and her grown up daughter. Today we see that people have lost their very identity, morality and the ethics of everyday living. Living true to one self and others have become a thing of the past. Greed and Jealousy have taken over minds. Money has corrupted us all and the old honest life is moving away from us and fast. Today we see value in things and not in people. We stand in line to get the latest gadget but we forget to go for our Physical or to see our Dentist on a periodic basis. We spend more money buffing up our car to look pretty for others that we forget to buff up our Health. Our priorities in life have changed drastically and is heading the wrong way.
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.
Our time on this Earth is very short in the Geologic time scale. It is probably measured in fractions of a nanosecond. That’s small. Now lets apply that in our own lives. We spend 1/3 of our life sleeping. The rest 1/3 is devoted to Work. So we have only 1/3 to live our lives. Even that is being cut short by commuting from one place to the other, most commonly from home to work and back. The vast majority of us are spending our lives on the road in cars, buses and trains, in the name of work. So the ACTUAL amount of time that are left in our lives is very minuscule, which we devote to social media, shopping, cooking, partying etc. So are we living yet?
Back then our fingers and our toes were free of shoes, Gloves and all sorts of toxic chemicals. Today we have housed them within shoes, and gloves, where they are being choked and stuffed. Remember we are social animals who perspire through our sweat glands. Creamed and lotions do close the sweat pores. Guess what happens. Our sweat gets imprisoned along with other toxins, leading to fungal out breaks, infected nail beds and what not. Remember there is a medicine for anything. One to bring it on and one to take it off. Either way the pharmaceutical companies benefit. All we need to do is to give our skin a breath of fresh air.
As Humans we are bipedal. We had started on fours and landed up as twos. But are we walking right. We have used and abused our feet and body in multitude ways. We has postural problems ever since computers came in to being and to top it off we are all hunched back on to our phones. No ergonomic chair can help us unless we take care of our body and feet. Women abuse their feet wearing stiletto heels, pointed shoes and what not. Man also do abuse their feet by doing heavy lifting and other factors. In the end when a feet is hurt, the whole body changes in order to accommodate that injured toe, heel or the entire feet. Our posture changes as a result. Now the muscles do the adapting. In the end we have detoured our body to assume a new position through adaptation in order to survive the situation at hand.
The simple act of smiling can bring joy to others and onto ours. It helps take the cloud off of our heads and bring in the sunshine.
Legacy can come in the form of namesake, wealth, knowledge, possessions, expensive toys such as Fast cars, Second homes, Mansions, Huge Bank accounts, expensive watches, exotic vacations, Helicopters and Private jets. But what supersedes it all, is our True character. Without character that is acceptable and honest, we are nothing. It will give us no purpose to live, because it will have no purpose at all. Our true character defines us for who we are and for not what we have in terms of Wealth. We will be respected for it. We do not have to ask for it, but it will come our way without saying a word. Respect need not be demanded but will need to surface on its own accord. True character stays true to ourselves no matter what. It cannot be taken away by anyone like material Wealth. It is a part of us from birth to death. In fact it is us. We can change our character for no one, not even for ourselves. It is engraved in us. We can try to fake it but it always reverts back to its original factory made default settings. In short it is indelible and stays with forever.
We live in a society that craves materialism and instant gratification. Holidays have become money makers for retailers and is hugely marketed and commercialized. It’s all about the money. Where did the idea of gifting “JUNK STUFF” pop up from? Back in the old times people were gifting food, fruits and staples throughout their lives and not just once a year like we do. Today manufacturing of goods have taken up a completely new level. We are producing STUFF in bulk, and manufacturing much faster than anytime in our History. This has in fact sped up pollution, related diseases and mass environmental degradation. The more we manufacture goods that require vast amounts of energy, raw materials, Billions of gallons of water, dyes and chemicals,etc, the more we WILL pollute. So at the end of the day Each and everyone is responsible to cause this pollution either directly or in directly.
Today we see that our Artificial lives have been filled with self induced stress that are bought out on our own. The stress of life itself will kill us these days. Greed, Jealousy, hatred, Ego, anger and other negative emotions have taken over our lives to its detriment. In doing so we are forgetting to breathe in air. We have thrown out old school morals that have been put in place by our ancestors, we have outlawed their teachings as obsolete by branding them as primitive and have embraced modern technology by learning to accept them as part of our lives. In light of this we have lost natural medicines to logging, lost valuable information from the past and have lost respect for ourselves and for our ancestors. For it it who had laid the foundation for our present day existence. Without them we would not even have been born or survived to this day. Their sacrifices must mean something to us. But it seems like it doesn’t.