Kind of based on the Rick and Morty episode that recently aired, about whether or not the conveniences of modern society have robbed us of meaning in our lives. Without any major hardships we bicker over the trivial things, most of us work for others instead of anything for ourselves. With most things handled, have we become weak in the process?
I was mostly getting at how today since we don’t have to worry about survival we focus on trivial things like games, and sports. Essentially anything that isn’t related to “subsistence living”. Or that we even stress about said games and
the drama of our lives. If we were focused on survival like in the past then we wouldn’t have the humdrum grind of modern life with all it’s regulations taking away human agency. I mean people cheer for sports like it’s life or death out there when the outcome doesn’t really matter. Or how people become so invested in the stories of others (television) that they don’t write their own. Too much comfort seems to be taking away meaning from our lives, leaving us getting worked up over trinkets.
Hey Titano m. I was wondering where you were.
I’ll hand it to you. I pretty much agree with everything you wrote this time. Though think one thing most have lost is ‘the drama of our lives’ - they are too busy dreaming they could be someone else and have a lots more of what the rich “beautiful” have.
Facade over substance and all that.
For me the ‘the drama of our lives’ is what makes it such an adventurous joy - it’s about paying attention one’s own development, not in narcissist manner, but being our own critique in a constructive, non defeatist manner, mistakes, learning, achieving, set backs, come backs, it’s all part of the same dance…
The goals we set for ourselves as young people, require a life time of cultivation, that journey can be fun as you want it to be…
You get back what you put into it.
Then the drama paying attention to the years and the members of our families and even our greater community of coworkers and others we rub shoulders with regularly. You know our communities. The years roll by so fast and are so dynamic for those who have engaged in their lives and the challenges we’ve set for ourselves.
Trouble is those cool perceptions and freedoms mentioned in the first paragraphs are things that require a certain bit of space between people, and places for for people to go to get away and be themselves without the constant pressure of a hundred prying eyes with all their contrivances and expectations.
It’s why passing through in ‘79, Silverton captivated me, I planted myself here where you were allowed real freedom no city dweller can fathom.
But I digress.
Guess my point is
John Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia
had it right, we and our crowded society are like mice.
Look at that map of hate groups notice anything?
Then reflect on that satellite image of the USA at night. Too many are crowded and scared because they can see the future holds no hope for them. Unfortunately, scared injured animals like us, tend to react with rage and malaise for others.