Human progress has been a misconstrued project developed by our supposed perfect ideologies. We have always tried to simplify our lives in many ways. They range from the solving the smallest problems to managing gigantic feats. Our human curiosity has enabled us to expand our horizons from the nanoscopic to the largest scale we can imagine and maybe reach in the future. As goals set by numbers and statistics convince us that we are doing great with our capabilities, I think that we are beginning to lose ourselves in our made up need for being the best. We have reached to a point that results matter and to do this, we set numerous tasks, and deadlines. We have become enlightened in another kind of light, a light that will slowly eat us alive.
One case I can think of is on how we treat ourselves in our every day routines. We have been so used to the clock work setting adapted by our needs for results that our bodies have grown to be rigid. We have things to accomplish in the end. But as each day passes, and as we submit things that we think will benefit others, we slowly lose our capacity to listen to our bodies once as some of our ancestors used to do. We have become rubber bands which stretch too much to reach feats we have never though of reaching, and as we continue to do that and ignore our limits, in no time we break and die. Our souls and bodies have eventually died by the time we do things we think are for our own benefit.
Another case is our ways of constructing our society be it physically obvious to the human eye or not. Even in the past, we dream ourselves a future where everything seems so simple and that there would be less problems to face – a utopia of the sort. Well here comes 2014 and we are now facing life challenges that may still seem difficult to digest such as climate change, more evolved epidemics, large unemployment and such. As much as many want to ignore them, they won’t run away as you grow older as how some nightmares tend to do. They slowly grow on you and engulf you when you least expect it. These so-called problems I enumerated were not done by sorcery but by us as causal effects. As Isaac Asimov have pointed out in his book, the Foundation, everything we do leads to a crisis. We may never know what kind of crisis it is but it will come. If so, we should be able to accept it as it is and resolve it. But we don’t. We still ignore them and continue to deal with issues that seem to not evolve over time. We still deal with religious clashes, with diplomatic problems, and so on. There is too much imaginary friction everywhere we go while the physical and evident problems come to play.
With these two cases that show the humanistic and the societal points of view, one can see that we have really lost ourselves when we have always thought that we are progressing. We have become blinded in a way that we continue to chase after the wrong light – a light that casts away the most basic senses, which is to listen to ourselves, and to listen to the environment, to everything. We think that we listen to each other but we don’t. We are still stubborn in a way and if we continue to do that, we will reach that point where we will never be ready to face the crises piling up on our horizon and become helpless.
Dreaming of a utopia is a good thing. Yet we should listen.
Listen in any way possible.
It’s the least that we can do to understand the real needs and problems.