Cultural evolution

What drives Human culture forward is imagination.

The capacity to create new realities within our minds was a game changer in our evolution. Language is what enabled it, being able to put word to thought allowed us to shape our reality in a way that simply was not accessible to us beforehand.

Evolution is moving forward in new and interesting ways, utilizing culture to drive itself at speeds never seen in history.

The bashing together of minds from all over the world has created a giant pot of ideas that are just fermenting and growing.

It really is an exciting time to be alive.

Knowledge begets responsibility

Someone has to start. Be the first to say “no”, that we can be better, have to be better.

To hold ourselves accountable, to reach for a higher standard, an ideal.

The question is what that ideal will be?

A certain level of safety is required for people to feel capable of striving towards other ideals, so we must begin with that first choice, the one to cause no harm to others. After we can begin to talk about the aesthetic, about beauty, about art, about how we wish to express ourselves.

We do require hardship though. Resistance is a necessary component to life. Struggle leads to a collapse of our inner beliefs, yet with the right conditions it also leads to renewal and a fresh, stronger perspective.

It helps to think about these basic tenets of life, because most of us are so distracted by the mundane tasks of eating and getting to work and hanging out with family and friends that we don’t take the time needed to really address these deeper issues.

As a society and as individuals we need to start thinking about why we have decided to live the way we are living, in a rational and optimistic fashion.

Societies tendency to lean towards the negative aspects of life and not appreciating any of the good is deeply troubling as people are becoming completely bat shit crazy believing that we are living in difficult times when the reality is for most of us we are living in the safest most desirable period of time in human history, ever.

So we need to acknowledge how damn lucky we are, yet still put our foot down and say no to those things which still need to be re-examined and changed or completely eliminated so that our children will have an even better future than ours.

So get to talking people, calmly and hopefully with a bit of research behind your statements, it’s our gift and responsibility to use the knowledge available to us to better our societies.

And please have fun while doing it because no one likes a grouch, take it from me.

Listen to your inner child

From when we are very young we find delight in the simplest of actions and joy in the discovery of new things. As we grow older, we maintain that curiosity, until it is beaten out of us by school and work and the people around us who have lost sight of what it means to be Human.

People talk about finding your passion, finding what makes you happy, and most of us have no idea what that means.

The reality is that no matter your age, each of us is a child still. We hit these culturally decided upon numbers and somehow we are supposed to be an adult, but we are all of us just children pretending to know more than we actually do.

If you want to enjoy life, then do not let school or work or your culture determine how you are supposed to think or act, even when it is some guru telling you that to be happy you just need to find something you’re passionate about.

Just listen to that inner voice in your head that has been around since you were a small child, the one that giggles and wants to just scream in public because it feels great, and whenever it is screaming the loudest, listen to it, because that may be the thing you are going to be able to take the greatest joy in.

As a side note, that voice can be hijacked by drugs and negative emotions so don’t just let it go nuts, there is a reason we developed consciousness, to put a brake on the primitive side of us that wants to just go crazy at every opportunity, so stay cautious.

But if something passes the test and is a genuine pleasure of yours, go all in.

You never know where it may lead you.

 

Finding purpose

Pure dedication to a cause. That intense, all consuming desire to stake your life on something you believe to be of the utmost importance to life.

People have found so many things to devote themselves to, whether it be a religion, family and friends, a lover, the freeing of a people from the shackles of tyranny, helping the poor and sick, the list goes on and on.

In our modern age, with people hyper distracted by 60 hour a week jobs that serve nopurpose but driving the consumerist machine, social media that has created a “like me” economy that mostly leads to depression and an insane need for people to make up fairy tale moments to share on facebook and instagram which then lead to other people hating themselves for not having the life of that person who is not even happy in the first place.

We have lost so much of what used to really drive people to feel fulfilled in life and replaced it with things that will never truly fill that hole in our spirit that searches for a cause that can give life meaning.

I wish I had some answer on how people can re-discover a purpose, but that is an individual journey that each of us must take.

The only advice I can give is that YOU are the one who needs to take that first step down the path to discovering that purpose, that meaning that we all require. Don’t wait until it is too late.