This is your 2:22 AM wake up call. Zeros and ones, zeros and ones. The DNA of computers. Chains of these two digits combined are part of our daily lives for better or for worse, and the programming behind them has infected us like a virus and shaped what we see, hear, and do. Why is it that we now rely on computer technology for our fulfillment? Is it because we are lazy or because we now need them? Could it be that our overdeveloped prefrontal cortex, in charge of social control, is leading us down a path to our own extinction?
The technology that arose with computing have propelled our evolution away from a more balanced living quicker in a few generations than any other advancement. I am afraid that we are being led down a deleterious path of literally epic proportions. It doesn’t take that huge flat bright loud thing we call a tv, which is on its way out, to point out the severity of the issues modern day humans are facing. It’s everywhere. It’s heavy. It’s real.
I am looking to nature more and more for my entertainment and amusement. There are loads of lessons simply observing nature that speak of balance and beauty, not perfection and gloss. The patterns that exist in nature are ancient and wonderful and opening your mind to those patterns is the antidote to the screen based lives we live these days.
Practice listening to the sounds that are created in a forest, the way the light changes and softens on all edges, smell the earth from time to time, nibble on a pine needle and taste the essence of the tremendous growth that is that tree finally get in contact with it. Touch the bark, feel the moss, it’s okay to get some earth under your nails once an a while.