the state of the world. humanity. consciousness. intention.
We’ve all seen with our own eyes, how things have commenced a brutal spiral…. downward.
environment. politics. culture. media. perception. individual pursuit… to… be popular consumers…
We continue to feed the corporations that (we convince ourselves) actually reflect who we are deep, down inside. (sigh)
Ever wonder why the cars we buy and the shoes we run in and the grocery stores we shop in actually seem to… well…define us? Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” sums up books and pages of philosophy and psychology into three words, and yet its still grounded in consumerism, not enlightenment or the need to uncover a deeper purpose.
“Nike” as a “Philosophy”?
No… no… that’s just how the clever marketing execs spin the brand… aka Aristotelian persuasion aka rhetoric aka ethos, pathos, logos. What does the catchy slogan REALLY mean? … buy, buy, BUY.
And yet… this pursuit… to buy… to be able to actively engage in consuming products… its arguably taken us further away from… happy.
Technology makes us fools… more concerned with downloading an app for Fruit Ninja or the latest software for document production instead of tuning into an inner sense of authentic creativity… or communication, for that matter! And with other humans for a change!
Who actually COMMUNICATES anymore?
Even in relationships… we wake up, roll over, and reach for… our phones. to check our emails. or instagram. or facebook.
Instead of tuning in to the present moment… and mindfully listening to one another… connecting and tuning in… we allow our minds to instead fill with superficial timelines; obligations to finish daily tasks and cater to daily stresses.
So I’m haunted by this… the power of habits… and the mechanics of our neurons. Why is it so damn hard to CHANGE?
…Recently, I read a quote that serves to be both terrifying and inspiring…
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” -Buddha
Whenever I re-read it, the seductive abyss of “over-thinking” subsides… it releases me to the moment. Back to the moment. Back to producing… and DOING… and worrying less about the state of the world… and more about the state of self.
The world, after all, is made up of billions of “selves”… many of which are too busy being busy to remember to just BE.