Humanity is a remarkable organism, we have the frightening ability to ignore reality and convince ourselves that somehow what we are doing is important. Even though a glance in the newspaper, (if you can find one) or the evening news will offer ample proof that the world is on the brink of self immolation, and everyday we don't try to apply some resistance, and slow the process, it gains momentum.
Americans are more divided than at any time I can remember, and I grew up during the Vietnam war, and the Watergate scandal. We are mired in the mud, and sinking lower by the day. All while the world is spinning toward inferno and nobody seems to notice.
Everyday we slide closer and closer to the end, and we blithely, joyfully ignore the impending doom. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that we are just carrying on in the tradition of our ancestors, and maybe we are. But, we are not our ancestors, we are well adapted citizens of the 21st century with technology that would mystify previous generations.
This technology is here to stay, we can not put that genie back in the bottle (and nobody wants to), but we could use it to slow our descent, to reverse the prejudices and hate, to call attention to our similarities and our shared traits. No matter what you believe, no matter your theological bent, no matter your views on evolution, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, we all seem to accept that the event, or being that gave us life, did the same for everybody, and we all share common origins. Since the beginning we have been drifting apart.
As we celebrate our anger over our distance, and dissimilarities, there is one man, a blogger, video maker, father, family man, who has an idea, a first step in bringing the Earth's inhabitants a little closer. +Mike Raven , architect of The Traveling Book Project has decided, almost by himself, to start people travelling the road to understanding.
He is going to assemble a number of notebooks, and write something personal, about himself and his life, in each, including a few photos, and send them on a mission of healing and understanding. He hopes that people will fill in a few pages about themselves and their lives, and forward them to others. Until they find their way back to him. He will scan them and make all of the information available online.
Is this going to solve all of the problems we have managed to create, or end bigotry and hatred? Probably not. But, imagine, for a minute, if the "leaders" of the world, and the governments that inform and influence their countries would take a step like this, make a small effort to understand, and appreciate each other, imagine what could happen. Imagine if we could step back from the stereotypes, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, all of us. It is almost frightening, isn't it?
Can we change the inevitable? Can we be the generation that begins the healing? I hope so, I have kids, and want to leave them something. One thing is almost certain, we can not leave it to the people in charge, we need to rely on individuals who are willing, and able to try something different. People like Mike Raven.
Thank you, Mike, it is a wonderful thing you are doing.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
One Small Step For Mankind.
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.