My response to all these technological changes?
These advancements make it easier to be the best YOU this world has ever seen! No excuses!
My response to all these technological changes?
These advancements make it easier to be the best YOU this world has ever seen! No excuses!
Is this happening because I’m older now and everyone’s getting married and having kids? Probably.
Were the pictures possibly a lot more rambunctious back when Facebook was limited only to college networks and the parents were never to be found? Probably.
The most interesting thing about these changes are that the people I grew up with who I thought would be the last to get married (let alone have kids) were the first to go down that path.
As I’m thinking what will happen down the line, my status updates will go through several major phases: The onslaught of incessant “look at my babyyyyy” posts may be overtaken at some points by divorces since there is a 50% chance for that. Then history will repeat itself with another round of (second) marriages, followed shortly by an even worse breakup but this time with the pizzazz of alimony and custody battles. Yikes!
But wait, there’s more! Next thing I know my friends’ children will be the ones posting the party pics. Then if we still have our beloved Facebook half way through this century, I’ll be skimming statuses pertaining to retirement issues, adult diaper stories and lots and lots of people passing away. That may be the craziest bit: In 100 years, Facebook will be full of dead people. 😮
So what do we do? Well… we just have to enjoy the ride because the sooner we embrace the fact that change is the only constant, the sooner we could be empowered to live our lives to the fullest (whatever that means for you). If you want to remain single or start a family, that’s up to you. Just understand that you have only so many hours in a day to do all the things you want to do. Once spouses (let alone kids) enter the picture, friendships dwindle down dramatically. I say that because I have never experienced any progression of a friendship after someone got married.
That may sound kind of sad but it’s NOT! It is what it is: There is only enough time in a day for school, work, friends, gf/bf/spouse/kids, and exercise. CHOOSE TWO. Three if you’ve got super-powers but it’s likely you’ll be losing out on sleep.
Your time is precious god damn it. So go out there and be the best damn YOU you’ve always wanted to be.
I’d like to point out a few details that may be obvious, but it’s imperative that we are well aware of them. I hope this will inspire and jump-start your personal evolution to help you flow to the best of your ability.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Neale Donald Walsch
Change is the only constant.
Heraclitus said it in many ways: nothing endures but change; Everything flows, nothing stands still; the only constant is change.The same way the universe is constantly changing, constantly transforming chaos into order, our living cells are always trying to maintain equilibrium and if they cannot, they die and are broken apart, recycled and flushed. Our bodies are refreshing, replacing and regenerating themselves in many ways, all the time. I’ve always applied this constantly-changing motif to our biological processes since there are millions of things happening simultaneously in our bodies all the time. However, it’s even more important that we apply this concept to our personal development and self-education to reach our goals and dreams.
Like a plant, you’re either growing or dying.
When I was 20 years old, I was at a Millionaire Mind seminar and the main speaker, T. Harv Ecker told us, “Isn’t it interesting how a plant seems like it’s either growing or dying? Just like a plant, you’re either growing or dying as well.”
The statement that we’re all either growing or dying is very dramatic and while cellular processes are more complicated than that, it is very true in the long-term. Our mind, body and spirit are constantly adjusting to everything we’re experiencing. Every time we reach a new level of skill in something, that automatically becomes the new norm. Conversely, when we stop learning, exercising or practicing, given enough time, we simply fall behind.
There is no such thing as maintaining in the long-term.
In a universe of change, you have no choice but to succumb to it. Since change is the only thing that’s happening all the time, if you don’t try to ramp yourself up to a new level, you’re going to regress. If you’re not going forward, you’re going backwards. Something must be changing one way or another. If you’re just trying to maintain, then you’re going backwards. Maintaining is a passive form of regression.
As far as your physical health goes, your body is literally a sculpture in constant progress. If you are exercising regularly but do not vary your workout routine, your body will adapt and go on cruise control. Bodybuilders and athletes are very aware of this exercise plateau. They have to constantly switch up their routines and attack their muscles in different ways to surprise the body and force it to adapt to new levels. If you don’t exercise at all, then your muscles and bones will invariably get weaker. If you don’t give them any reason to grow, then they will waste away.
However, atrophy is not limited to body parts. The same goes for your mind and spirit. If you have a job and you’ve learned everything there is to learn in that position, then eventually you’re just maintaining that current position. How long will it take before you become a zombie to the routine? If you get sick and tired of a job, you’re probably sick and tired of maintaining that position. You need to find a way to grow otherwise it becomes a waste of time and your spirit will want nothing more than to break up the monotony.
” If we aim for some middle ground or status quo, it’s an illusion—beneath
the surface what’s actually happening is we’re dying, not growing. “
Robert K. Cooper
It is quite the challenge to exert oneself to new levels at all times. It’s definitely trying on my soul but it’s the only challenge worth accepting (considering the alternative). Research biologist Albert Szent-Gyoergyi, who was twice awarded the Nobel Prize, called this syntropy, a kind of negative entropy which he defined as the “innate drive in living matter to perfect itself.”
For example, starting this blog is very challenging to me in a lot of fresh ways. When I create a weather video, it’s generally kind of exciting because I’m not used to being videotaped and talking to an audience. Pushing myself to new boundaries helps me grow and it makes me feel alive. I can feel the excitement in my heart. I could feel my brain working in new ways. Creating new content, such as this article, is pushing my comfort zone because I’m literally putting my name and image out there directly in front of everyone.
Even if the status quo you’re surrounded with is very prestigious, like say, you’re a professor at an Ivy league school for decades and you’re credited with many discoveries, that is the norm for you and you can easily branch out and push yourself in new ways from that position.
Embrace the fact that you can instantly turn things around for your benefit. All it takes are baby steps. With baby steps you can get anywhere and do anything. It just takes the smallest effort to create a long-term, progressively oriented action. Strive for development and cultivate who you really are and who you want to be. When you get those moments of inspiration, write them down (or type them in your phone) immediately. You never know when those fleeting moments of brilliance will come back.
You will never be the age you are now ever again, so you might as well take advantage of your limited time here on Earth. Don’t just wait around for something to happen because waiting will kill your precious time. There is a grand version of you that is so great the universe doesn’t even know what to expect. You know that deep inside. Every once in a while, maybe in your dreams or while you’re daydreaming, you’ll see a glimpse of your dreams turned real; an image of yourself so grand and exquisite that you wonder how you’ll ever get there (read: baby steps).
You can have unparalleled control of your health, education, career and relationships if you embrace change. Allow your life to have a healthy theme of progression built-in to it and everything will flow effortlessly. Don’t be stagnant! Stagnation leads to missed opportunities, a waste of time, and unrealized dreams. Meet your own expectations and attack your goals with great passion to continually build yourself anew.
I’m really glad I have finally shared this info and I hope this provides some inspiration to truly be who you want to be and achieve those long-term oriented goals. I would love to hear what you have to say and add to this. Please leave your comments below and thank you for reading!
JC, who will remain anonymous, is the most intellectual person I personally know other than my father. He has a profound understanding of the way in which our world works having read over 3,000 books in regards to history, anthropology, sociology and politics and is fluent in 9 languages.
The following letter was originally part of a lengthy discourse between my brother Armand and JC. This has been published with his permission to help you get a dose of reality. I have added my own emphasis and inline links.
I have been trying to put together a few words for you during the past week. Now look at the results, too long a letter. You are helping me to start writing my memories.
The first question regarding sustainability is that our current society is not sustainable at all and we must assume it. This planet and ecosystem can not sustain 9 billion egos, a figure to be reached very soon… This is a matter of simple mathematics.
The Amazon forest is being wiped out as of today, and only the last storm due to deforestation fell 700 million trees there. The oceans are so polluted that the governments in Europe are asking citizens in nation-wide newspapers to please stop eating tuna fish and other ocean species due to very high contents of very toxic heavy metals, especially mercury in their meat; in addition a huge blanket of plastics and hospital waste of all kinds covers the pacific ocean from northern Japan to Hawaii.
People eat mostly packed junk food injected with hydrogenated or transgenic fats, if not coming from frankenseeds. Even “healthy” food, fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruits are full of pesticides, hormones, heavy metals, you name it.
We are on the way to reach one billion internal combustion vehicles in this planet while India and China are aiming to produce hundreds of millions more. In my own city, Madrid, this winter more than 90 % of all the children below 3 years old have been admitted to emergency rooms due to respiratory problems coming from pollution.
This system is based on a high per capita consumption of energy (oil mostly) since the real currency that makes the world move is not the dollar but the joule, a unit of energy. And the “International Energy Agency” (IEA) has acknowledged a few weeks ago that we have already passed the oil peak. This is going to turn really ugly in 10-15 years.
You can refer to “The economic history of world population” by Berkeley university professor Carlo Cipolla, a very interesting book and easy to read. And you can also watch the documentary “Collapse” with Michael Ruppert (2009) if you feel like it. These are serious and reliable contrasted scientific reports, no monkey business.
Humankind faces three crises simultaneously: The end of nonrenewable energy reserves, the hopeless deterioration of our environment (air, soil and water) and a steady decline in biological diversity.
And the only hope they say is biotechnology. Manipulation of genes and chromosomes of human species and other species of plants and animals. In the year 2010 more than 50% of the new kids born among the Californian celebrities were coming from embryos manipulated and grown in surrogate wombs. Brave new world is here.
Our world is at the verge of a great transformation and millions if not billions are not going to make it in the developing nations, very simple, and in the developed nations only a high degree and good education is going to open the door to an independent and decent life. Please mark my words.
This is the menu of today and we must face it with a serene mind and a comforted soul.
Many are uneasy and feel the urge to change the course but do not know what to do and many sensitive people feel utterly lost while facing this discouraging scenario.
Endless events, performances, shows, gatherings, meetings, seminars, communes, societies, organizations… different manifestation of “the spirit of our times” appear like champignons after the rain.
Now, there are a large number of these sects and organizations… with their own agenda which is very often just to brainwash people and with the sole purpose to turn into plain profit the goodwill of gullible young chaps, of dislocated individuals and lost souls… all of them promised an ethereal new land of consciousness and other intangible and unreal alternative societies, promising perfect utopias projected, planned and put into practice with the single power of concentration.
Some come to believe that sitting with eyes closed and repeating AUMMMMM is going to be determinant so that all of a sudden this grim reality is going to turn into bliss and our minds are going to generate the energy that we need and that flowers are going to spontaneously blossom among the accumulated dirt and trash which is going to vanish. (please in the meantime contribute with your despised dirty greenbacks to the common cause).
In that respect the United States was before and is nowadays, sadly, a pioneering force; and California is a particularly fertile seed-bed for eccentric cults and worshipers of soap bubbles while in the lotus position.
Again, we are going to see many meaningful events in the years to come because we can not continue for much longer on this track but no matter what happens in the near future each person has to assume his own responsibilities on a daily basis and towards himself and towards others.
Do your best and expect the worst, but above all do not live in a state of permanent fear. Fear is not healthy and tends to unbalance the mind.
For instance a number of people choose to become vegetarians or vegans, anxious to protect the nature and willing to avoid inflicting pain to living beings or to share with others the food delivered by shrinking fertile soil.
But our nature is not vegetarian and you just need to put a small child in front of different dishes and see its choice, meat. Furthermore, vegetarianism is a habit of underdeveloped societies where many could not afford animal proteins and have to manage to find a balance to survive without meat dishes (short lifespan though). This survival technique now turns into a fashion for wealthy westerners anxious to join the last “millennium” trend. Meat is necessary to the normal functioning of your body and to better brain performance yet not in excess.
To some extent it is possible to find a balance for vegetarians in tropical nations but never ever in the northern hemisphere and this statement any anthropologist can explain to you. It is simply that we do not have the broad assortment of fruits and vegetables, tubers and other products to make it feasible. Ahhh, we can import them, right; then we can bring to the next-door store fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and Oceania to fulfill our caprice of being vegetarian.
At which cost Armand? Third world countries producing luxurious vegetarian foods for us while they starve; seaweed transported by plane; ships and trucks burning tons of fossil fuels and polluting the air just to deliver to the supermarket that Tibetan berry or that Chinese mushroom.
Great and very sustainable and very ecological!
In regards to this idea of sustainability separate from modern society, I have visited some self sustaining communities in northern Spain, in the province of Burgos, whole families have moved to abandoned middle ages stone buildings in towns, middle of nowhere.
First of all a self sustaining commune requests a lot of physical extenuating work to do all the maintenance tasks of houses and stables, to cultivate vegetables, herd goats and sheep. Not everybody has the ability or the physical strength or the knowledge. Believe me, it is really hard.
Then, when the winter comes you need some heating, especially if you have kids and then you have to buy gas or petrol, whether you like it or not. Kids need a school and every human being needs medical assistance; it is impossible to have a hospital with surgeons inside a self sustaining community. Also you need a computer to interact with the world, electricity… unless you want to become Amish or Quaker.
Each of these communities have to eventually accept that their best option is a kind of mixed economy in which they need to earn some cash from the outside world in order to finance whatever services they can not generate themselves. Some turn their houses into small hotels, others sell their production of cheese…
Total isolation is not positive and the other option, to live like in the middle ages is not advisable… with no electricity, no books, no theater, no music other than local guitar player, no hospitals and a beautiful life expectancy of 38 years… tell me, are you willing to join?
With examples ranging from Hippie communes to Israel’s Kibbutzim to Stalin, and Mao’s experiments, history has shown that communes don’t work.
Watch how much water and electricity you use and what you consume. It is not necessary to buy clothes or electrical appliances or any other product unless you really need it.
If I can walk, I do not take the car. If I can use the train, I do not take a plane.
I try not to have unnecessary appliances or gadgets.
Instead of watching TV, visit museums or read books and study; to gather knowledge will help you become a better person, Aristotle said to his pupil, Alexander the great and that is still valid today as much as 23 and a half centuries later.
I buy food in Saturday markets from local farmers as much as I can, fresh fish, local meat, season products only, not imported foods at all or foods out of season and never from malls.
Being kind to others contributes to make a better world, starting by our own family members.
Please be sure that your heart, your mind and your mouth speak the same language and then share your opinions humbly with those around you. Convincere (to convince) is better than vincere (to win).
That is a sustainable economy for instance in my opinion and this has to grow from inside you out of reflection and not planted in your brain from outside or imposed.
Reflections are better than genuflections.
There is not such a thing as self sustainable communes, we lean on our forefathers, rely on their accomplishments to move forward. Civilization is based on exchange and participation of the many and it can be defined as nothing else than the transmission of knowledge from one generation to another, isolation leads nowhere.
Wherever and whenever this transmission of knowledge is disrupted the world becomes chaos and an unpleasant place to live. It has happened some times in the past with terrifying consequences.
I would like to write to you a comment on these terrible events in the past and how a few managed to preserve civilization. Maybe it might help you decide which path you like to choose for your life. I will prepare in the coming days.
You should do your own research, but here are some quick links that backup his statements: