Fragility of the world is where we are today. A change in who we are and what we accomplish daily. We were afraid of change, as everyone typically is. We were afraid that one day all of this would come crashing down. It isn’t the end of the world…. yet… but it is a turning point for where we are going. Elon Musk said this perfectly the other day in this point, hopefully I have all the worlds exactly but I have summed it up in my own words as follows;
“ we are away from one change, one catastrophe from changing the course of humanity, for if we do not take the risks we are willing to take TODAY, tomorrow can alter human existence forever…If we do not reach for the stars and take this opportunities to use the consciousness of today to do what wasn’t possible years ago, tomorrow might not be possible… There can be a Great War or a change in people’s thoughts and behaviors such that things such as space exploration to find out what is out there and what possibilities there are to change humanity for the better, will not be doable since people will be more worried about survival.”- Elon Musk
As we see what is happening with the Corona Virus we are turning around in time, pausing our greatest strengths, our innovation, to shut down and hide away afraid of an unknown, unseen virus waiting to take us away. This reminds me of a great song by the Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour, where the chorus sings, “ waiting to take you away.” I see us all waiting as the world stops its course and humanity is reverted back to the Middle Ages, afraid of their own shadows and humanity begins to survive as it can. What has progress really done then if any simple change in our environment can create such chaos and death? For we always assumed that technology, science, math and engineering could solve the problems of humanity and that we could act as “gods” to implement change in our world as we saw fit in order to change the outcome of our environment. But we forget that we live in a world that acts as our bodies, that’s alive and can feel and also catch a cold.
I never thought about this before until it was a thought that caught me by surprise speaking to a great philosopher which I have had the honor to know. She has always been an inspiration in my life to see things in different lights and to catch myself when my thoughts ran rampant as a wild horse in an open field. I am a mustang of a horse, running through the open fields, unaware of the dangers that lurk around the hills and the trees. So sometimes it’s fine to run through the meadows, but knowing when to run is where knowledge comes into play.
Well we had a deep conversation about what happens in life and what is happening currently. She said to me these very insightful lines of thought, “ you forget that the world is a living organ and body…. you and I are alive and we feel and what happens when we get sick? Doesn’t our body react to the infection or the attack on itself?” I responded to her in a puzzled face, “ yes, our bodies also get sick and fight the infection, but what does it have to do with our world? She responds, “ You keep forgetting that the world is made up of you and me, we are the world, we are part of this. We are the same, for our bodies turn into ash and the ground is the same material as our bodies. The water is part of the world, when you die it goes right back to where it started. And the energy you feel inside is the same energy that makes the lighting bolt in the sky. Don’t forget that the world also get sick and finds a way to clean itself and fight the infections when it must. I thought to myself that this is an interesting way to think about life.
It’s such an interesting world we are in. If we were to think about this thought we would realize that she is right. Everything on this planet finds a way to regenerate itself. In order to provide a more comprehensive understanding then before. We can think that life is this connection of interconnected worlds where one ended another began. And if we think about our civilization today, what will tomorrow bring?
Don’t despair for tomorrow will bring another sun, and the rain shall shine again. The only thing we can do now is keep that light alive.