Even a humble witness of the world can say that good is stark. From the beginning of conscious memory we are indoctrinated to believe that all is good and that if evil prevails, our innocence at stake. It’s easy to concentrate on either side, but what does the world look like if it were placed on a spectrum of good and bad? Where would we sit? would the trends shift over variables like gender? nation? wealth? species? Who is the best of us all, and who is the worst? how do we set that standard? Who is responsible for altruism, and who for evil?
The childhood innocence is a false vile toxin. To grow up with the expectations of prosperity and unlimited resource, only to realise one day that it has costs – makes one feel undefined by the standards of true human nature. How do you break it to a child that nuclear weapons exist? How that the environment is exploited? or that people are tortured? Do you break it all at once over the dinner table? or do you slowly let him realise it on his own?
But how do we gauge the bad against altruistic progress? Is the world getting better? Are we advancing towards bliss?
Unfortunately we have all been force-fed the concept of super-sized all-inclusive bliss, and while we were enjoying the ample supply of life-multiplying resources, nobody stopped to wonder where it all came from. How were we able to leave the quest for food water and shelter, only to enter the rat-race of taxes, vanity,groceries, and dividends?
The advancement of privatized investigation, the growth of information technology, and people seeking truth, has brought the truth of human existence out of news-networked fear gimicks to our doorsteps to help us understand those costs. Over the past few years those of us willing have been bombarded with the truth – where our comforts, wealth, health, and happiness comes from – and at who’s expense.
A part of me forces myself to sit through gruesome, horrifying documentaries. Perhaps because I was born into the grouping of humanity, and I feel responsible for the actions of this species as a member. Perhaps because of my addiction to truth and my hatred for ignorance. I quickly felt my vision of a perfect world diminish in my dreams. The eden of good was never worth the cost of atrocity. I want to fight for the vision that was falsely placed in my dreams.
But I cannot live in fear of doom and hatred. I need to have a cause in my fight. So I listen and I watch, and I feel for all that is good to me. I understand where my happiness comes from and I seek it with whole-hearted appreciation. From the filling of my lungs and stomach to the beauty captured by my eyes and the excitement of life, I seek preservation of this overall sensation. I seek homeostasis, harmony, and sustainability. Eden can grow from there.
More than anything, I have begun to understand that the definition of humanity is wavering at best, dynamic in optimism, but likely more questionable and critical. If you are like me, and you seek truth through this new and overwhelming form of revealing information, you may find yourself scared into action, but helpless in your situation/ Remember this, because this is what helps me sleep at night:
1. You are not alone
2. Seek like-minded individuals
3. Relate your mindset with your environment
4. Make your beliefs part of yourself
5. Stand up for your beliefs
6. Take action at every opportunity
7. Expose the truth
8. Remember what you’re fighting for, sometimes which is worth dying for because to you, the cause is greater than yourself.
9. Seek new ways to overcome obstacles, and share them with the world.
We are at a turning point in humanity. We have reached our lowest point without even knowing it. You may say it’s not your fault that you were born into the world this way, but those same events are what made the world an acceptable place for you to be born into. It doesn’t mean volunteering for a food bank, or travelling to the far corners of the globe to save a whale – these are either for the die-hards or the miss-americas. Your debt for the right to live is to fulfill the definition of how you call yourself human. Thats as simple as believing in the air that you breathe, the food that you eat, and the laughter you share. This is your opportunity to fill your life with all these amazing things that make you you.
Time is an invention. Time is nothing more than the amount of things that can happen before another bigger thing happens. A year is divided into days and hours just it is divided by the number of earth rotations, and the Earth is divided into sections. A comparison for a comparison. Like we compare the distance to a star based on time, we compare the length of our lives on that same system. Imagine finding a person who had never thought of time. How old would they be? We would gauge their age by the grey in their hair or the wrinkles in their smile. Some people live for 20 years, others for 100, but each life is simply made quantifiable based on a comparison of other events. How can we break the math, and suggest that the 20 year-old lived longer? The difference is the immeasurable variable of quality. And to understand this, it must be made relative. The same relativity of time can be used to qualify knowledge, happiness, space, and eventually, if left to expand, the concept of evolution and a starting point to existence. This would be the first concept to tie human minds together beyond the realms of information technology, to foretell the future using trends, and maybe to explain the uncertainty of supernatural perfectness.
Quality inherently is not just a better-made product. Quality is a word that can explain something without using numbers. Quality is relative to one person’s experience, and further relative to another’s. Quality has limitations, from nonexistent to perfect. But using situational trends, one could predict what perfect would look like, relative to our species.
Broken down, humans are special in one specific way: our minds are more powerful than our bodies. The body is just a portal with which the mind manipulates its environment, information is received through sensation, then reacted to through muscles and dexterity. We enhance our bodies through invention and the ingenuity of our minds. If the body was the definition of human, then we are superhuman because of what our brains want to do. Our perspective moves beyond the limitations of our bodies through the use of lenses. We can communicate through time using the stored language of folklore and scripture. So our minds are relative. It is only fair to provide a relative world to live in.
The number 3 does not exist, but 3 kilometers does. Why? Because distance is relative to a comparable distance we are familiar with. And we use that relativity to satisfy our mind’s curiosity of space. Because it is a cure, or even a survival tactic, to keep away from danger, or to know how close safety is. “Away” being a safe distance behind the car infront of you. “close” being walking distance to a store for life-sustaining nutrients. Kids get lost in grocery stores, and think their world is over. Their minds evolve beyond the sliding doors and into the space of travel, beyond the limitations of their feet, beyond all that is familiar, and can still feel at home. Therefore, space is relative.
With this understanding, definite answers now turn into spectrums of possibility. Impossibility can be achieved, because so far, the human mind is limitless. We have already overcome so many obstacles that our bodies couldn’t. The most amazing thing, I find, is that our complexity has ancestry of such simple things, yet we can still be born and trained to understand the changes from then till now, and still grow and expand our minds. We are Relative.