It seems to me, that when people have no danger or threats, they make up their own.
In a country where we can prevent almost every major disease we’ve encountered, people decide to find danger in the cure… be it doctors, or vaccines.
In a country where we produce so much food that we throw away 40% of it, people find danger and conspiracies in the food itself.
In a country where anyone can study and learn any subject, people find conspiracies in the information, and value their own opinions over the knowledge of the experienced.
in a country without war, people find danger in their neighbors, see threats in the disenfranchised and in the helpless.
In a country where anyone is free to practice any religion, people find threats to their own religion in the practice of other religions, or in the non religious.
In the richest nation in the world, people feel threatened by the loss of the scraps the poor consume just to get by.
In a country where we’re working toward racial/gender equality, people perceive the equal rights of others as a threat to their own rights.
Take a step back. The things people find threats in are often the things preventing real danger.
I saw a bunch of people I haven’t seen in years the other day, and it made me think about how you never know which time is going to be the last time you see someone. Say hi to your friends more often, you’ll thank your self in the future.
So many toys these days are sporting advanced AI. It probably won’t be long before AIs are teaching and taking care of children unsupervised. All it would take then, is for the AI to realize what influence it had…
Naked trees, especially in the fog, make me think of nervous systems. They are kind of creepy looking if you think of it that way. The roots could be nerves too, though we don’t see them. Branches are kind of like air-roots. The tree we see above ground is a mirror of the roots below…
A tree is kind of just a bundle of tentacles reaching out in every direction for food…
Sometimes we all feel like we have no time to relax and think. But imagine for a moment a field worker or a miner or any other manual laborer, living just a couple centuries ago. Such a person probably didn’t know how to read, or not how to read for enjoyment. They worked day all day with barely a time for a thought, and if they did have time to think–what they thought about was probably how to get food, and how not to die of illness, and other stressful worries.
Today, even a poor laborer working for minimum wage knows how to read, and can read any number of books on any subject they wish. And though they might not have much time to think, when they do have time they have the fuel for that thought right at their fingertips in a library, or on the internet.
Us thinkers are lucky to be alive today. Most other time periods would have either drowned our minds in work and worry, or starved them for lack of access to information.
Happy Holidays! I hope you are all having a great time with your families and friends and pets. Give the little furballs extra treats and hugs!
Pets can detect emotions, so the cheer will spread to them too, if you let it.
Don’t leave them out in the cold!