I am having a lot of difficulty trying to understand why more and more people are choosing to opt out of direct interaction with the environment and
with the elements. In order to clarify what I mean , I am providing some examples below.
Excitement at the prospect of the driverless car; driverless ship, etc
This is one example where I find it hard to understand why one would prefer to sit passively rather than take control. For me, it is not just about
cars. It is more about the unwillingness to participate directly in the environment/individual interface. It does not stop at the car. I feel that
those people who dream of being able to sit at the back of a self-drive car with their iPad will also be those who would not be interested in
controlling their surroundings or engaging in sports.
If you drive, ski ,ride, windsurf,walk, run, fly and so on, you are in direct interaction with the surroundings. You steer right , left , up down .
This is so crucial to maintain this relationship with the environment. Although I am pleased that many engage in something or other, I believe that
there is an overwhelming majority that do not engage in anything; even the short walk to catch a bus or get on the train is despised.
People have become so dependent on it that their natural global position system is now redundant. Take away the Sat Nav and they cannot go from A to
Individually-sourced ideas have been replaced by Herd mentality and herd thinking processes.
No need to elaborate here. I give you Facebook, Twitter, Reality TV and so on. People are told what to think. Thinking outside the perimeter is taboo
for them. In my working environment , it is very sad to see that younger recruits are scared of showing who they are. Instead of having an office
consisting of individuals , we have a herd that thinks and talks the same way and have the same collective opinion.
Seeking justifications from outside rather than from within
A look at ATS posts generally indicates that many individuals are being greatly influenced by Youtube clips these clips are so convincing to them
that they feel the need need to immediately post what they see as a gem of information.
Whilst I do read books and watch documentaries, it is always with a pinch of salt; only agreeing with what resonates with my inner feeings. But it
would appear that it is not so for others.
A recent example is th EU referendum in the UK. I was surprised by the number of "undecided" people who needed to be convinced by one side or another.
They did not seem to be capable of making their own decision. Some even suggested that the electorate was incapable of making such a decision; "why is
the government asking us, they said"
Avoiding walking at all costs. 5 typical scenarios
1)Ordering groceries to be home-delivered on a regular basis even though the supermarket is only a few minutes away.
2)Using mobility scooters just because you have hit 65 and not because you have difficulty walking.
3)Parking you car in the middle of the road with hazard lights flashing so that you (in your mid twenties) can hop to the shop and back without having
to walk too much.
4)Parking in disabled parking space of supermarkets or fast-food joints just because you are too lazy to walk. Alternatively , parking in front of
supermarket main front door (in the restricted area) and leaving hubby or mom in the car in case told to move off.
Both my wife and I like cooking and we take turns to cook. Nowadays , people opt for easy cookking (such as ready-cooked food that you just put in the
oven and heat up). I could never understand why Estate Agents see the open plan kitchen as a benefit. To me, it means no serious cooking. How could
anybody do serious cooking in an open plan kitchen/dining room. Even if you were to cook before your guests
come in , the whole place would smell as a kitchen (despite the extractors). For me, kitchens should be a separate room with own door and windows
inside. I detect a lack of interest in cooking nowadays. This again is symptomatic to a lack of participation in the living game.
Please do not get me wrong. In my student days , there was limited space to cook in my digs and I am not criticising those who do not cook because of
lack of facilities. I am referring to those who deliberately choose the option of an openplan kitchen.
I could go on and on giving examples but I think you should now have the gist of what I am trying to explain.
REASONS WHY WE MUST INTERACT WITH ENVIRONMENT AND WITH THE ELEMENTS.
As a keen adventurer, I have experienced the ecstasy of feeling the force of the wind and taming it (through windsurfing). I have felt the motherly
embrace of the ocean when swimming in the sea and diving without equipment to touch the seabed. I have climbed mountains and done bush walks and felt
the intimacy with earth; an intimacy which goes a long way to explain the mechanics that stops the rock climber, tight rope walker or urban tower
scaler from falling . I have basked in the warmth of a camp fires throughout my younger years when everybody could light one on a beach. I felt the
invigorating force of the fire element. I am sure that other adventurers (even modest ones) , just like myself, choose to get directly involved in
most things rather than remain passive.
I believe that when you continue to interact with the environment, you are constantly stimulating all the parts within and without (Physical, mental
and psychic). The interaction maintains the interface between the microcosm and macrocosm. It also keeps you healthy in mind , spirit and body and
reasserts you connection with your surroundings and ability to change it with strong will power
In a nutshell, passivity leads to the loss of influence on the environment. Many may not agree with this but IMHO this is the case.
If the world continues as it is , there will be a tiny percentage who will still be able to steer their lives and achieve a reasonable degree of
control over their lives. The rest ( an overwhelming majority ) will just exists ; with very modest,if any, impact on their surroundings. They may
carry on clicking the buttons on their gadgets but it will not bring any positive changes to their lives.
Finally, there is a misconception about time. People think that if they do things quicker (by being passive and letting a machine do it instead) they
gain time . This is a fallacy. Time moves faster when you move faster. Technology has
in fact made time fly. Time is like a shadow; if you run it runs with you and you do not leave it behind.
edit on 26-6-2016 by crowdedskies because: (no reason given)