I’ve gone from ramblings to scrambling trying to think up witty introductory bits in our online conversation… view the preceding post here. The little engine that could is sleeping.
OK I will start, but I can’t guarantee the next post won’t be on racism. A lot of silly things going on in the world at the moment, perhaps worst of all I saw an article on the segregation of African migrant children in Israel, some say they have built separate schools for them to attend, others say it isn’t true. There are 8 year old kids working in gold mines in Tanzania, and a blog I just read where the author mentioned she doesn’t own slaves so she’s not racist or something like that. I need to stay right away from that stuff 🙂
I agree with your thoughts on instant gratification, if the expected lifespan of a human was 3 days, then I could understand the emphasis on instant gratification. I think if we humans keep on with this approach there might well be only 24 resilient, thinking humans left on the planet and everyone else will be co-dependent….hmmm…am I talking about the future or now? It’s like we’ve forgotten how we learn.
Why is it that we don’t get born already being able to walk? Why can’t we learn to pole vault just minutes after we have been shown how? Is it because we haven’t refined our bodies enough with medical or technical innovations or figured out how to circumvent the physical laws of the universe (whatever they are)? Is it because of lack, must we do something to fix it, or is it our greatest gift?
I didn’t get all the way through Guns, Germs and Steel, but what I did read made a big impact and if I find my copy I am probably ready to get back reading it soon. I think environment has a lot to do with it, but I wonder whether it really gave long-term advantage to those with faster technological advancement. Although some may be in a position of so-called advantage even to this day, they may not actually really have an advantage. All conditions must remain static for any advantage to be sustained and if I was a betting man, my experience would tell me to bet on the side that says change is the only constant.
In our social structures and organizational systems we haven’t fully allowed for the new information, what we now understand about the physical universe, to guide our decisions. We have not taken up the call yet, but when we do I believe we will need to draw on a wide repertoire of skills and styles of thinking to regain a sense of our relative position in the universe and our relationship to each other.
Have a great day, I’m off to sleep.