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The rain...

March 21, 2007 10:57 AM

...it doesn’t patter like it used to. I miss it. I miss hearing the rain on the top of a simple roof over my head.

We’ve insulated ourselves from nature so much as a society that I can only conclude that unless I do something about it my daughter won’t know the simple joys that it has to offer.

We hide in our tacky little boxes and cower when the world does something we don’t like. We should be standing tall against what is thrown at us. We are not meant to be tiny cowering rodents in the universe - of that I’m sure. We can do miraculous things and surprise even the most obstinate parts of the universe...but only if we choose to.

And that I guess is what makes me a little sadder every day. Every day I see people get smaller and weaker and dumber. Less connected to reality and more connected to the lies and fictions that they are fed or create for themselves. I’m all for escapism but we’re escaping our future and that is no way a good thing.

I watched the movie Idiocracy yesterday and I can only hope that it’s not the face of things to come. It was actually hard to watch because I felt so bad for the main character because I see people of that attitude and intelligence level more and more. The film does make a very good point - evolution will ruin us if we fail to educate ourselves. I believe that very few people are unable to be educated when motivated properly or helped as needed. Unfortunately our system seems unable to do that at it’s most basic level.

For instance I can go back to 4th grade when they decided remove Geography and replace it with Social Studies. So instead of learning that the world is bigger than we ever thought we learned that people are different. That’s all well and good but it isolates us from others from the start and makes certain that there’s a bit of unreality to anything going on outside our four walls. That’s a mistake because you can’t live your life within those four walls and be anything more than a tiny tiny shadow of a human being.

We need to expand our horizons. I’m betting that there’s a 50-50 chance that whoever may be reading this does not know firmly where anything outside of their own city/state/country is let alone the world. (I myself and guilty of this error but I am taking steps to correct it.) That narrow view is part of what’s killing us.

The other thing that’s killing us is that our lives have gotten so comfortable that any effort that we need to make as far as the big picture is concerned is lost in the vast sea of HD t.v. and other such luxuries. I’m not saying that there aren’t people working hard out there I’m just saying that some people need to work a little harder.

And I’m one of those people to be sure. My life has grown far too comfortable for the moment and I need to really step up to the plate and work much much harder for the things I want. Failure to do so will leave me working hard all my life and getting nothing I want done and little left to show for it when it’s all finished. I don’t want to leave that impression in the world - there are already too many people leaving that impression.

Not to reference Christianity but if you’re going to leave an impression in the world why not make it a “snow angel” rather than just a hole? Or a “snow Buddha” or a “snow Goddess”, etc. The point is that at the end of each life, as we leave it, we leave behind an impression in the universe. That impression can either be good or bad, bland or wild, positive or negative, or indeed anything we want it to be. So why not make it something good?

In the end though...the rain of history will wash away all of the small impressions and even soften the deeper and larger ones. Nothing lasts forever. That’s part of the reason why we pass things on to our children and friends and their children, heck even random strangers. Unfortunately too many people are passing on the wrong things or failing to pass anything on at all. It may be just me but if you fail to pass anything on you fail to make an impression at all in this world. Some people think that’s fine - “mayflies of the universe” I hear occasionally - but I think that’s the wrong idea.

If, as I believe, we truly are meant to be greater than we have been in the past (and as we exist now) then we need to be looking at passing on as many positive things as we can to our children. Knowledge about life, science, math, literacy, health, trade skills, computer skills, faith, anything that would help them progress and grow. Teach them to think critically about everything and anything. Teach them to question. Teach them to be able to handle anything life throws at them. Teach them to be able to stand tall and proud in the face of the maelstrom of the universe and say:

“I AM HUMAN! I WILL NOT SIT STILL OR COWER AND BE SMALL! I WILL FACE THE UNIVERSE IN ALL IT’S GLORY AND NOT FLINCH! I WILL MAKE MY OWN FUTURE AND PASS ON WHAT I KNOW TO THOSE THAT COME AFTER ME WHILE HONORING THOSE THAT CAME BEFORE ME! THE STORM OF THE UNIVERSE SHALL PASS OVER ME WITHOUT HARM TO MY SPIRIT AND I WILL REMAIN STANDING TALL!”

Some of the above was shamelessly paraphrased from Dune but quite honestly the feeling is similar so I think Mr. Herbert would forgive me.

Impossible? Too strong? I don’t think so.

We’re right on the edge as we speak. We could fall over into the pit and have to climb to the top again or we could shoot off this rock into the stars and the future. The choice is ours - yours as well as mine. Me? I choose the stars. What will you choose?




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