posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 12:40 PM
There is a real difference between reacting and responding. The former is based on allowing emotions and the weight of immediate circumstances to
compel you to immediate action. The latter is based on a search first, for all the relevant information you might find, then a contemplative review of
that, then an action even if it’s a decision to take no action based on what you have learned, studied, contemplated and decided.
We live in a reactionary world for the most part and not a responsive one. We live more as hunters and gatherers, than farmers and growers.
The reality is there is not a quantifiable amount of more things to distract us today than there were 100 years ago. There was an infinite amount of
things to distract the mind from the here and now then, as there are an infinite amount of things to distract the mind from the here and now, now.
What has changed though radically, is those on demand notions, spurred by a reactionary mind set to a service oriented economy, and an on demand
100 years ago, people were not anywhere near as inclined to expect immediate gratification to their reactions. Today people think someone was
incompetent or does not personally like them if they don’t receive immediate gratification to what they react too.
Life can be either incredibly complex or incredibly simple based on how and what a person reacts to, and how predisposed they are towards immediate
The simpler life becomes, the simpler life is, and the more tranquil, meaningful and peaceful as a result.
In Miami-Dade County, one of the most popular and arguably most controversial beaches in a system of hundreds of local beaches and parks is the
legally nude beach at Haulover Park. What isn’t controversial about it though, is that despite being one of the most densely packed beaches in the
County’s system, it year after year without fail, generates the least amount of 9-1-1 disturbances. The truth is naked people laying about in the
sun have nothing left to really fight about, steal, or attack. They simply lay there in a natural place in a natural state, in a natural state of
existence, celebrating the here and now, the warmth of the sun and the rush of a breeze, the splash and sounds of the water, the clouds and birds
passing over head, generally not wishing for anything else or more, or to be anywhere else or have more. Of course to the rest of the world rushing
around reacting to this and that, they are all just a bunch of perverts!
Successfully living in there here and now, typically requires too things. One is an ability to appreciate your unique here and now is a place you
would much prefer to be than any other. It’s that contentment and acceptance that allows one to be content with what they have in fact chosen to
accept. The other thing of course is to not wish for things beyond the here and now to the point that you covet them to such an extent that your mind
and mind’s eye has left the here and now for it, while your body remains behind, rudderless to enjoy the experiences unfolding in the present.
I think the most dangerous difference between now and a 100 years ago, is the mass media’s power to trick people into manifesting a destiny through
believing the future will unfold in the ways being advertized. Everyone who participates in that system, does become an unwitting coconspirator in
projecting their thoughts and then subsequent actions that create self fulfilling prophecies that are proclaimed and then disseminated by others who
are acutely aware that the majority of the people receiving those messages will react and not respond.