Money, the root of all pains

If only we could live without it. I never have had fantasies of being rich and powerful, just of being free to follow my interests and not have my energy monopolized by merely surviving.

Why, with all our technology and resources, are we still having the majority of people in our society wasting their lives away doing drudge work?

Not a future I hope to live in…

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Invented dangers

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.

Other worlds

A visitor from outside our solar system is flying by, and while the odds of it being something sent by alien intelligence, it is still quite exciting to think something from another star, another part of our galaxy, is coming close enough for us to get a good look at.

I can’t help but imagine how the world would react if it turned out this was something of intelligent origins… something built. Would people be excited? Scared? In denial? All of the above? Would it draw us together as a species knowing we have more in common with each other than whatever beings sent it? Or would we just find more ways to be divided over it?

I hope one day to find out…

Power causes brain damage

This article explains a lot about current situations in some governments…

I wonder if this could be prevented in anyway… there always has to be some people in power. Though some seem to handle it better than others.

It is depressing that even such a small amount of power has a measurable effect.

If I became a manager, would I become a worse writer for lack of empathy?

 

Exploring

Writing a story based in a city I’ve never been in is interesting, and fun. I wonder how writers did it before the age of the internet. I can drop down into the streets and virtually walk them to get a feel for the city. I can look up bars and restaurants and read reviews and see pictures. Some even have virtual tours.

I have a feeling writers of the past had to be much more social than I do. They probably had to seek out people who’d been there and have conversations with them, pull out details, encourage descriptions of smells and sounds and ambiance.

Sounds like a lot of trouble!

Away

I haven’t posted in a while. Hello! I’m still alive, and still sort of a writer. I just haven’t been putting my thoughts to blog very often.

In my search for something to have an opinion about, I went to the good ol’ Wikipedia Random Article button. And though I didn’t find much inspiration, I did learn of the city of Paulista, Brazil, which I had not known of before.

Not that this says anything about Paulista. The vast majority of cities on Earth are one’s I’ve not heard of, and will probably never hear of by the time I die. Even ones in America, maybe even some in Washington state, where I live!

Well anyway, when I was having these thoughts it led me to thinking about how the world is getting smaller. I mean, yeah, we all know that is true, but it put it in perspective a bit for me.

It wasn’t so long ago that the rest of the world apart from where you lived was a mysterious, exotic unknown. Now, with the click of a button I suddenly know that Paulista, Brazil has a population of 303,404 people and is the birthplace of a footballer called Rivaldo and that Maria Farinha beach features quiet and shallow waters through which at low tide it is possible to see the reefs. With a few more clicks I can see pictures of that beach taken from space.

Brazil doesn’t seem so far away, now, does it?

To take it further, I could even keep on clicking and learn all about Rivaldo, even plenty of things not related to his football skills.

How long will it be until each and every person on Earth, famous or not, has their life story on a web page that can be found with a simple search for their name? It’s already true for many of us, famous or not. This shrinks our world as well, because now the stranger from a far off land with a mystifying culture becomes just another guy with a kind mother and a car that breaks down and a dog that poops on the rug. He could be my next door neighbor.

As we continue to get closer to each other and our knowledge of each other rises, I hope we’ll get better at working  and living together, both on a global scale and individually.

And if someone can find out what I had for breakfast by googling my name, I hope that makes them feel like we’re neighbors, too.