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We're such a weird species. What do we really want? Need?
JUNE 25, 2007
Over and over these days, walking along busy streets, talking to people, driving along the highway passing some cars and being passed by others, I think:
We are such a weird species. I look at people's faces - tired, work, dissatisfied, happy, angry. I listen to people (including myself) argue. I hear small children cry in frustration and laugh with glee.
I come across much more dissatisfaction than satisfaction. I see many small lives, with people inside them, not fully at ease, stunted.
I have spent much of my life trying to get to a life the right size and shape for me: space for my intellectual capacity, space for my creativity, space for self-expression and listening to things that satisfy deeply.
I had another thought before sitting down to write: the biggest industry in the world right now is tourism. What's that all about, I've asked myself. My inner answer: it's people looking for things to make their lives full - or fuller anyway. It's part of the quest of so many people in our species to find completion, satisfaction, a full life.
Travel: the carrot held out to is - for many of us, anyway - a transformation. Movement from our daily lives into some other life with more pleasure, discovery, ease.
I have nothing against travel. I've done a lot, and have gained from much of it.
Still, I remember being bored on many of my holidays. Some things satisfied me - some of the things seen, some of the people encountered. But a very deep memory is of ongoing hunger for more. Over and over, something was missing, something I longed for.
My best holidays: workshop holidays, from creative writing to more creative writing to songwriting to yoga to singing. Something was happening - and the contacts with people tended to be much deeper than regular holiday contacts.
I am just seeing a family I met briefly - father, mother, small child - in my one singing workshop - a short contact, but much more than superficial.
What do we really want and need, after basic needs are filled (air, home, food, shelter, survival)?
We are an amazingly inventive species - everything from nuclear weapons to laptop computers. We thrive on developing our inventive capacities.
We are an amazingly creative species - and creative works (sculptures, stories, myths) are among what we remember most from past societies.
We long to express ourselves.
We long to be heard.
We thrive on learning.
We're also limited. Many of us can't think well. Many of us have massive amounts of anger and hatred and self-delusion inside ourselves. We're often impatient - so many don't take the time to learn something well.
We're very dependent on an environment that helps us grow - and that is missing for a huge percentage of people.
We're complex - and like with so many complex things, things often don't work out right.
We long to be heard. We bore those around us so that they run for cover at our approach.
We long for something new. We take holidays we barely survive, they are so boring.
We long to help - and the world comes to more starvation than ever as medical help leads to massive overpopulation; fertilizers lead to soil depletion; and so on and so forth.
Books have been written on all this. I want to get back to: we are a very weird species that can, however, find satisfaction.
How? What do we need? Here's what comes to mind:
Challenge - things that take us beyond what we knew, open our minds, stretch our abilities.
Connection - deep connection that changes us and others, whether through personal contact or through creative works like music and stories. Connection - best if it's with more than one person here and there, when there's a sense of community.
Creativity - not just through creative works (movies, music and so on) but through creative sponteneous living.
And with that, I come to my creativity site.
The creativity site. It challenges me, designing it, putting things on the web, reaching a audience that feels large enough for me. My creative works, at best, come from a deep inner connection with myself and connect outward to others.
The creativity site, phase two, is for everyone. A goal is help create a creativity community where many people can be stimulated, challenged, enriched.
And with that,
As always, welcome into my world.
JUNE 25, 2007
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