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Is Every Day a New Adventure, or Not?

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.

-Spenser Cathcart

http://theliewelive.blogspot.com.au/

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?wpid-wp-1414138171365.jpg

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?

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31 Days of Free Writing Day 3

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Five minutes of Free Writing Association  – A way of me to document my thoughts as summer approaches – a kind of cyber diary. Today’s theme – Capture

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The ever-changing nature of the seasons help us notice the passing of each calendar year and summer even more so than the other four, oops three seasons, as it arrives in December, in Australia. H Handstand on beach (Small)

My summers are sub-tropical, and outdoor life a large feature. We have many barbeques with sizzling sausages, and salad, we swim, lots, we paddle in rock pools and walk the length of shoreline at the beach; we watch the waves crash repeatedly on the sand, we dive beneath the waves, and get sand up our nose; we go walking in the cool glades of rain-forest trails where waterfalls gush; we get saturated in torrential, summer thunderstorms, we eat ice cream late in the evening, we listen to the mosquitoes hum at twilight, and we lather sunscreen everywhere! All these summery events are capture on our cameras, phones, or mobile devices.

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I like to take photographs, and I take many, many photos. I like the way photographs stop the endless march. For then and it is only then, we can reflect, and consider, and fully appreciate the moment in the photograph without distraction. Photographs freeze that special moment of surprise when you open a gift, or show the tearful toddler who has scraped their knee. They hold intact our memories. They stop the endless march of aging. They stop time! And my time has just run out.  More tomorrow…..

IMG_0220DSC_0142What do you like to capture on film? Something to Ponder About