Make the right choice

Nature is our beginning and our end. We are birthed into this world with no purpose other than survival and procreation. But although our primary purpose may seem meaningless in the grand scheme of things, nature has allowed us a wide breadth of experience and choices in between birth and death to find joy and create our own inner purpose.

We are left with only 2 truly important choices in this life.

We must choose in our minds the reason why we wish to live, and how we wish to face our inevitable deaths.

Unbound, with courage.

Or filled with fear and ignorance.

Make the right choice.

Becoming a Nomadic tribe again

Humans, for countless generations, and still for many to this day, are nomadic creatures.

Nature had a way of making most Humans plans for staying in one location for too long quite untenable, with hurricanes, droughts, floods , earthquakes and pestilence teaching us the hard way to move our lazy butts along to a new place.

But as societies expanded and technologies advanced, we were more and more able to fight back against Natures wrath, flourishing in many places where logic would deem we move on from.

Some would call this a positive thing, that we could stake our claim to land and make a home wherever we choose to, but as I alluded to above, many of the places Humans have decided to build cities are just not logical.

Creating a home beside active volcanoes, in earthquake ridden areas and a host of other places have caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

Beyond that the land has suffered from our continual presence in one area, having no time to rejuvenate itself as it did in the past as we would move from one fertile soil area to another.

And on an individual level I believe this has stagnated people as well.  Many people from western cultures will never leave their place of birth, even if the town or city has no more jobs or does not suit their value system, instead sticking put and putting a huge strain on countries financial resources to take care of them.

Some things are worth fighting for, personally I don’t believe a piece of land or building is if you are starving because there are no jobs in your area.

Being a nomad, allowing yourself the freedom to move is essential to the future as the job market and the environment shift.

It is also, I believe, at the core of being Human. We are all built to move, that is why walking is such a liberating experience for our minds.

Changing to a new town or city or even country can push your boundaries past their comfort zones and help you grow deeply as a person and I think it would help many people to pull themselves out of that feeling of being stuck that many of us come to feel.

Obviously there are difficulties in moving for many people due to financial or medical situations, but at the end of the day if something is best for you than we must put all our effort into making it come to fruition.

Sometimes it is as simple as moving an hour away from your home town, the world is a big place full of opportunity.

At the core of what I am saying is more so the idea that becoming too attached to places and even objects can severely hamper our abilities to grow as a people and we must not let our fear of change stop us from having these experiences.

So be free and patient with yourself  and get out there and explore my giant nomadic tribe.

The ethics of meat eating

I find the current focus on pulling away from eating animals to be quite strange.

Don’t get me wrong, I am completely against showing cruelty towards any creature, whether a mammal or insect or even plants.

We should all develop a greater respect for the natural world, but many others take that to mean we should never eat another animal, whereas I take that as another aspect of human ego attempting to elevate ourselves above nature.

Part of respecting an animal means respecting the natural order of the world. All animals, in one way or another, are a part of the cycle of life and death. Even herbivores will eat insects, and plants are sentient in their own way.

Everything in nature survives through the death of other creatures, whether through the fertilization of soil through the body of a dead animal or the feces leftover from another animals last meal.

Life to death, death to life. This is how the Earth functions, and trying to make humans into this special creature that can go past that is simply pure arrogance, usually coming about because of peoples intense inability to deal with our being animals and the inevitable endpoint of life.

Again, we should all strive to create a system where the animals we raise or hunt are treated as kindly as possible so that the lives they live are as peaceful as possible, but that does not mean that we can suddenly let them all loose and live in a utopia where death does not exist.

Everything dies, and most of the natural world dies through the actions of another creature.

Accepting this facet of life is the first step to truly learning a deep and profound respect for the existence of all creatures, especially those that feed us and nourish our bodies and spirits so that we may continue to live on this planet.

I hope people awaken to this fact one day, or at least have a better perspective when choosing to forgo eating meat.

 

The veil of civilization

There are certain moments in life which shed light on the madness that is the human existence in our technology based life.

We have had no electricity in large parts of the province for the last 2 days, and it is looking like it will be another 2 days before it all gets put back online. Luckily enough for me I happen to live 5 minutes from my work and so have spent considerable time sitting in our bistro plugged in and warm, burning through the time with reading and writing.

Outside is another matter. The disaster on the streets as people attempt to navigate without the aid of street lights, fire trucks and police going by at all times.

Technology has aided us immensely over the years,  but our reliance on it has rendered us helpless without it. Thousands of people have been left without a way to eat and stay warm inside their homes as the snow accumulates outside.

The most interesting facet is realizing the existential crisis as people deal with the loss of access to laptops, phones and televisions to entertain them at all moments of the day.

We have lost the ability to be silent within ourselves and allow our thoughts to run free, an extremely important skill to develop if you are someone looking to do creative work.

People are also unable to go a few hours without seeing a text, tweet or snap, this constant need to be in communication with the world and our friends is a trap that social media companies have ensnared us in.

The deeper realization is knowing that if these 4 days turned into 4 weeks or 4 months, that this veil of civilization that we have all built up would crumble to dust and the savagery of our species would be on full display for all to see.

We are all playing this game called “be nice”, and it would be swept away in an instant without access to food, water and shelter. It’s a sobering thought, and one that more people should be conscious of, it might lead us to actually be a bit more careful with the way we walk through life.

Don’t take things for granted. Be prepared, mentally and physically. Don’t be reliant on technology for your survival, because you never know how long it will be around for.