Time and Time

The greatest tragedy of my life was not following my instincts. When not only could I see what was best and right, but I could also see the future.

What is time? To me now it seems mostly like moments, which are lost as soon as you touch them. For anything to remain from them afterwards, those moments must be powerful. And years can slip by, and then again just a few weeks or days can be the reason for everything.

And love, can be totally real after a day, or can be completely pointless after no matter how many decades. It’s about wanting to be there, fully there, all there, and nothing else. There was no point in anything compromised, partial, or which felt like a sacrifice. There never is. Things either bring joy or pain and you must be very clear which it is.

Tomorrow looks delicious again, and the rain sounds warm and the air is wet and sweet.

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Verbal Written and Visual

I realise that so far, my blog lacks any kind of pictures, and that is something that is missing. I may take some of my own photos realting to some topics, and will almost certainly pull some from the internet. I am also currently considering little drawings, charts and maps to explain some of my ideas.

I have been thinking about these for a few months now. Many of my thoughts and ideas have “if” or “therefore” scenarios attached to them, and it seems a lot simpler to use a chart with arrows rather than a linear setout which an essay like piece of writing requires.

Although I’ve often thought about ways to improve my written or verbal communication, I’ve only begun to think of the significance of symbols and other sorts of non-linguistic forms of communication.

I am not so sure if non-linguistic is really a correct term for this. It probably is not, because many of the symbols which we use such as McDonalds arch and an arrow have a specific meaning and name just like a heiroglyph does. I obviously need to read up on symbiotics at some point soon. But meanwhile, I am curious to why I missed out on the significance of these things all this time.

Is it partly because so much emphasis is spent specifically teaching us the alphabet and writing in formal education? In hindsight, it is interesting to realise that the scribbles and notes children pass among each other or entertain themselves with, are also symbols and therefore forms of written communication.

If in the world as it is, formal education including both schooling and things such as organized home schooling suddenly became rare, what variations might occur as adults and older children suddnely started teaching small kids whatever came into their heads that they saw fit? Many parents already teach their children the McDonalds arch symbol, pointing it out along with other local landmarks in walks. I imagine many would make an alphabet lesson more fun for their kids by encouraging them to learn the symbols for happy sad, surprised and so on 🙂 =( >_<, :O that they use frequently in the own texts and emails and that the kids would soon need.

I also think it is interesting that if the McDonalds arch was considered a heiroglyph, there would be many people actually opposed to a word in the language. I think there was a strong feel with those people who were opposed to these kind of multinationals and logos in the nineties that they were “against the world”. Not surprising when you are trying to resist part of the very language of the society in which you live. At the same time, of course, when you consider these symbols to even be a part of our langauge it very much legitimises their position of opposition to the limitless power of these companies.

Of course, it is not an important part of verbal communication, but the visual symbol is a lot more powerful. It is interesting to think of the two as being so different from one another.

Technology versus the Human Mind

We love technology… as a society, that is, I’m not so sure how I feel about it personally.

Much more incredible is the human mind of course. I’ve often seen quotes saying the human brain is more than 100x more powerful than any computer that exists at the moment. I don’t know how anyone could measure such a thing in a way to come up with that statistic.

And the internet holds a lot more actual information, but the links in between those bits of data are what makes the brain much more intelligent in my opinion. You are immediately able to recall what you need, and mainly ignore what you don’t. And also make judgements on things, give recommendations based on what you know about a situation and so on.

Also, anything we come into contact with, invent, own or whatever else, we consider as valuable only if and when it becomes relevant to us. Relevant usually means satisfying the needs or desires of a human life. In the end, a human life is understood as the consciousness within a human mind, so why not put more emphasis on what is going on there, as it is both the source and the target of everything else?

For example, we could use the internet to find beauty secrets, treatments, products, which ones are new to us, old secrets, close to our locality, specials and deals. Alternatively however, we could develop our understanding of our own beauty and others to a deeper level, relating to biological, sexual, social, evolutionary, influences for example, or forming a philosophy on it based on our understanding of social structure, gender issues, ethnic identity, contemporary aesthetics and so on. And maybe more accessible and relevant, also developing the brain in terms of understanding of social expectations, negotiation of private preferences in relation to these, basically developing the personality to creatively and confidently carry your own preferred or natural look and have it accepted and admired by others.

For example, I mean a lot of people spend a lot of money and much effort on trying to look a certain way like magazine models. Lately, a lot of things that no ordinary person would have done 20 years ago are common, for example eyelash extensions, hair treatments (which also are kinds of technologies) are far more elaborate than what our mothers had access to and more and more women wear heavy makeup on a daily basis. The general goal of these things is to increase her own profile in society therefore/and/or attract a more valuable partner.

Without getting into whether these goals are meaningful valuable or anything else, let’s just say that these are goals and the point of  a goal for the person whose goal it is, is to get there. However too many women after putting much effort and sacrificing much money which is work hours and so basically sacrificing large proportions of their lives, on these goals, still end up with unattractive partners who don’t necessarily treat them specially well, and low respect from society. This is usually because they are lacking in personality and/or the knowledge to use their assets well.

This is for the individual, but I feel like the advantages of being aware of your own strengths and preferences and having well developed knowledge to make the best of them are even more obvious for society as a group. When you have  a group of people wanting to achieve the same thing, only 10% can be in the top 10% of these and feel like they have won, and a lot of people will feel average or like they are a loser. Wheras if you all have different ideals a lot more people will feel like they have won, from their own definition of it.

Okay this is just one example, I feel like it relates to a lot of the people I see but I’ll choose a more intellectual activity than beauty for my second example.

Language learning- automatic translation tools are improving constantly, great devices are being developed to help learners, such as games on the computer, iphone, and anything else to learn vocabulary and grammer. Electronic dictionaries have more words than traditional ones, as well as phrases, business language, idioms, and often have 5 or 10 languages stored on them.

But in the end, the fact remains that language acquisition is so much more easy and effective when it is started during childhood. And so it is a shame that people are so ill equipped in terms of knowledge about bilingual or multilingual education. when it comes to their families whether it is teaching two or several languages which the parents have a background in, or giving their monolingual child another opportunity.

Furthermore, looking further at minority and endangered languages, it becomes obvious that no technology for recording or organizing langauge is any substitute for the language environment continuing to be alive and vibrant. Nor is this priority valued in many areas, particulary by governments. The only way is for society to recognize that the only way knowledge really exists is in human minds with the understanding of our consciousness, and that the only way to keep it alive is to pass that knowledge to future generations.

Living Underground

I’ve lived in cities my whole life but often feel the negative effects of being separated from nature. It’s easy to notice the difference after a day outdoors especially in the wilderness. As city life becomes more and more intense, I wonder what will happen to human life in the future.

A lot of people don’t have easy access to parks even at lunchtime and spend their whole day in air-conditioned offices. And many children are able to play only on concreted play areas at school or in their localities.

The loss of a connection to nature is tragic, as it reduces our quality of life immensely. When we are in the wilderness, we are existing on a lot more levels than when we are sitting at a desk in a large box. All of the senses are triggered, we are alert and in the moment, and many natural impulses are awakened. Because the people we descended from lived in this environment, our ancestral memory is also more active and we are more able to hear their voices. We can also feel the spirits of the animals, birds, trees, flowers and they are able to sooth us and to teach us about the world and about ourselves.

When you compare it to the richness of such experiences, I really feel that living in small “boxes” is more similar to a situation of being imprisoned than a full natural life. Our human ability to adapt is extraordinary and we adapt to survive, but is survival all there is to life? The devestation of the forests and wetlands and animal and plant life is supposedly for the goal of human comfort. For our pleasure and convenience they are to be killed and wiped off the face of the planet forevermore. But the basic truth that they have always been most of what we know and love of life remains.

Despite the population pressures, there would need to be a way to bring nature back into our life, into our cities and every part of the globe. One idea would be to build entirely underground, and leave all the above ground areas untouched. Of course, in some small ways they could be worked on, like making paths or bike tracks, fencing off some areas or creating lookout points. People could come up for most of their leisure hours, for example a morning stroll, lunch during work, afternoon sports, outdoor dinners, chats and parties. I think it would actually lead to people spending a lot more time outside, for example a lot of people would like to go for a morning or afternoon walk but live by big roads with a lot of noise and pollution from cars, or would like to take lunch outside but can only find dirty, pigeon infested parks. They retreat indoors, but I think it may be different if quality outdoor spaces were easily available. I don’t think subterranean life would be all that different to indoor city spaces today, which tend to be air-conditioned, and sometimes windowless.

Another version of this that people might find easier to accept and adjust to is to build above ground, but to strictly limit the amount of non-natural space use to 50%. For example, you could build an apartment but then you would have to leave an equivalent amount of space with native plants growing on it. If the population increased, you would simply build taller apartments. Human food production would be subject to the same rules, so you could grow hydroponic vegetables also in another tower. If you needed a plantation, you would have to leave that same space as forest. This might have a few other advantages over the subterranean building idea, aside from people beign more comfortable with it. The spaces might be easier for humans to use, being surrounded by nature in the walk from one building to the next. Also, outdoor spaces would probably be safer from a crime standpoint because the ones you come across daily would not be so densely forested.

More nature-friendly solutions are needed…

One thing I’m really hoping is that this will also help me to think more deeply..

Often I have ideas about things but don’t get a chance to write about them so they don’t really go anywhere or get developed 😦

Not sure yet what kind of topics will come up. I’d also love to write about some things that interest me, and for people searching on that topic to find something useful here.

I’ve had some blogs previously but they’ve all been on specific topics so I found it hard to continue them.. At a certain point I had nothing more to say on that topic.

I’m also thinking I would ideally have real life friends read it and liking to their blog if they have one. I’ve found stuff like facebook hard to use although I have an account. I feel like it’s a bit too random to just write a sentence about something without explaining why or the background to it or anything, so I’ve never been able to get used to it.

When I search for pages, blogs are the most useful and interesting results I get in general.. Usually it is a distinction between those and spammy, ad-based commercial pages. Another reason why blogging rocks and that I should be a part of it.