The sun is just beginning to peek from behind the mountain was of my house. The light reveals a subtle fog hovering just above the pasture, almost like a haze. Birds are singing all around as they begin their day looking for breakfast. Every ten minutes or so I can hear the passing of a car through the trees; probably carrying it’s driver to work I would imagine. There is a peaceful calm in the early morning few get to truly enjoy and savor. Too many of us are on the go the minute our alarm wakes us from our nocturnal slumber. We are in such a rush to begin “the cycle” over again we fail to pause and reflect on the subtleties of life. The little things we pass as we sip coffee, listen to the morning news as we drive to work. How much do we give up to live our lives? Is this what life is truly about?
This is the thought that runs through my head while sipping hot Chai tea as I stand on my porch watching the Earth come alive this early March morning. We rise every day to toil at our jobs, many of us carrying stress beyond our control, just to earn enough to repeat the cycle over & over again. At one point in time there was an endgame, and I don’t mean death, in mind. That end game strays farther and farther away every year. Is the human race made to suffer? Do we perpetuate this suffering by our lifestyles?
Being fully aware that many of us do not choose our life by plan but, rather fall into it through a series of choices and events, I am not suggesting that we chose to endure hardship. Though the term hardship carries varying degrees of definition. The American worker living in the suburbs with 2 cars, a 2K square foot home and living comfortably with their family my feel that being unable to eat out every night is a hardship. That compared to a family in a third world country unable to eat for the second night in a row because of war or natural causes may feel differently. Perspective.
Over the past few weeks much has been discussed regarding the Apple Watch and the impact it will have. I wrote in an earlier post my thoughts on the Apple Watch and remain holding firm with those thoughts. I believe the Apple Watch to be a device that is not only impressive technologically but, at the same time exquisitely beautiful. What Apple has done in creating the Apple Watch is short of amazing and the impact it could have in the medical field unlimited, however, for the lay person I still feel the watch is just an accessory. Alone it is not worth having, in my opinion, for it must be paired with an iPhone to retrieve its full potential. Such a first world problem.
I’m not getting on a soap box in support of helping third world countries, that is a personal choice of an individual to make and I’m not a big fan of pushing social agendas like that. A few hundred years ago the US was a third world country. Circumstances and sacrifice have turned that around. But, are we better off as a society because of these advances. Every year a new device is created that changes or enhances how we interact with the world. To what end are they created? Sure, as a whole we live longer lives but, are our lives more meaningful now than two hundred years ago? Has our standard of living improved…not physically but, mentally? Are we a better race because of our advances in technology?
Are we a kinder, gentler and more accepting society? I don’t think so. I don’t think we are any further along than we were three hundred years ago. We continue to fight over natural resources and greed continues to corrupt better judgement of humankind. It is a shame that we have not evolved as a species mentally, and perhaps mentally is not the term I’m looking for. I will admit that we are stronger, faster and physically more capable as a whole but, we continue to enslave our fellow human in some way shape or form. Perhaps much is self induced.
I am as much to blame as the next person, I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies most of my adult life and am always looking at the latest Apple keynote like a child seeing ice cream for the first time. I try to stymie this with practicality however, I’m not always successful. Baby steps towards this is y plan and being grounded helps. I’m not looking to live a n off the grid lifestyle but, I do believe we, as a society, have the capacity to live whole lives, that do not include creed and corruption. The human race has endured some horrible trials over the centuries and has thrived…it has the capacity to overcome this short coming and develop into a higher evolved species.