Today we call ourselves developed, as if we have nothing left to learn. But in a hundred years, when people look back at our generation, will they too ask themselves: how did anyone accept that world?
When we look at other life, we say our technology makes us more advanced. Yet all we seem to advance is the destruction of the world surrounding us. You look around and there’s little life to be seen. Most animals we know, we’ve only witnessed on screens.
I do like to look at life as an adventure and every day, one filled with new possibilities. We only inhabit this world for a short time, and during that time, society tries to shape us with conformity, first at school and then university or the workplace; I feel this endless drive to make profits, to progress, to move forward, but just where are we moving forward to?
Is power what really drives our society and our species? Or is the elusive quest for happiness that we all seek?
I could have an existential crisis watching this video, from Spenser Cathcart, but it is powerful stuff that makes one stop and think about mastering the art of living! It poses many provocative questions and issues. Including:
- We are destroying the very environment on which we need to survive.
- Money is a tool used to control us.
Questioning the real motives of progress in a world where resources are finite.
- The real purpose of conformity and rules.
- The indulgence of feeding 70% of the world’s grain crops to animals that we eat.
- The hypocrisy of acceptance of killing of pigs, cows, chickens as food, whilst the thought of killing or eating dogs or cats barbaric.
- We all want happiness and strive to get a larger house, car, TV, phone, in order to achieve it. Profit and making money is the inventive to progress. But we become disconnected from the real world once we have it.
- Idolizing celebrity and people we have never met, yet ignoring or dismissing our neighbours.
- Time is slipping through our fingers, but what have we done with it?
We all want happiness, so take the positives from this video:
- The planet will be here whether we, as a species are here or not!
- Value the importance of working together.
- Master the art of living.
- Use the internet to bring us together not to separate us from one another.
- Look at life as a new adventure with a unfettered realm of possibilities.
- Stop and smell the roses, and observe.
- Imagine what can be done, not what can’t.
Have you mastered the art of living? Have you developed a purpose? Are you truly happy?
Something to Ponder About