Are you living life or are you faking it?
Most people lose themselves in the idea of what they want. I see this happening in all areas of life, such as advertising, religion, music… It’s everywhere. Why? Because our mind is lazy, and would rather settle for a fake expression of what is, rather than putting effort into creating original stuff. An everyday example:
On the left we see Miley Cyrus lost in the idea of what a model looks like, and on the right we see a model. Both of them have great cheek bones, but one of them is fake. I think you can tell which one is who.
Selfies can seem quite a small example, but it’s exactly this mindset that also messes with religion. How many people get lost in the idea of God? In the example above, we see religion as an excuse to war (left) and a true expression of spirituality (right). My take is that if you understand God with your mind you haven’t found God at all. Struggle is opposite to spirituality.
So, stay true. You might trick a fool’s mind, but you won’t trick your soul – the only one you should be worried about pleasing. Faking is like taking a shortcut to a dead end. And let’s face it, why spend your time struggling to fake anything at all?
If you want to know if what you’re doing is true, and not fake, ask yourself one question: ‘Why?’. If there is no obvious answer to this, you’re faking it.
I don’t write to be part of history, I write to make it happen.
We copy stuff to keep it alive. It’s an ode to genius, a way to pass on a truth that would otherwise be forgotten. A timeless idea is worth seeing now and 100 years from now. Forgetting it would be a waste. To keep the genious alive and afraid to ruin it, people plagiarise. Sometimes those people are richer than you, and sometimes they’re just alive and you’re not. Whoever they are, those people are just messengers, keeping your ideas alive for future generations. So go for it. Copy me. Quote me. Plagiarise me. Let my words live forever through your desire to be famous.
Ridiculous concepts designed to improve our life.
Sweet Snack – The Snack That Loves You Back
People are addicted to sugar. But because sugar is bad for us (clogs up our blood, makes our skin look older, gives us cancer and makes us fat), maybe we can extract the one ingredient that makes it addicting: its sweetness.
Sweet genius! We can create sweet kisses, sweet hugs, sweet manners.. and sell them in a vending machine for £1 each to anyone who wishes to have a sweet snack. Now that my friends, would be a great way to achieve a sweet life.
“Either we go together or not at all.” – Mr Krishnamurti
We are confined to the little box of knowledge that is accepted by the western world.
Whatever is taught outside our boundaries doesn’t exist at all. That is the case of peaceful events between cultures, beautiful acts of kindness or societies without fear and hate, living happily with nature. For us, those people don’t exist. Because they are not featured in the news. And even if we’d assume they do, we couldn’t imagine there could be more than a few scattered hermits living outside our bubble. Because until events happen inside our culture, things don’t exist – and therefore, we can’t call it progress.
Developed societies are the minority but it doesn’t seem like that. To see it, turn off your TV, stop hearing the radio and step outside your comfort zone (tip: Festivals like Boom seem to be great examples of that).
Our ‘developed’ society calls progress to anything we haven’t thought of before. We love the idea of progress more than we love progress. If this isn’t true, why do we work separately from other cultures that have broader and better answers than us for certain problems we have? This applies to medicine, psychology, philosophy and even science.
Imagine we’re all living in a forest. Between our tribe and the other tribe, there’s a river. Our neighbours discover how to build a Canoe in 8200 A.C. Without knowing this, we spend 100 years dreaming about crossing the river. Finally we make it. A dream turns into an idea and an idea turns into a Canoe. What an achievement! We give it a name. Awards are given. Canoes are the new trend.
But my question is: Couldn’t we simply have asked for advice to the neighbours crossing the river, instead of putting effort building something from scratch that already existed? Unfortunately in our society our neighbour’s progress is not considered real progress. For us, progress can only start in our tribe. We sometimes fail to see the whole picture because of that. When ‘progress’ is made, after a more sustainable result has been achieved by another culture, it’s not called progress. It’s called a waste of time.
Let’s include the whole world in in the meaning of progress. We don’t live under different skies! All we need to do is listen.
P.S – A little example of our tribe crossing knowledge with other tribes and failing to listen:
Nai Soi Tribe (Long Neck Tribe)
Ridiculous concepts designed to improve our life.
This insanely healthy snack is a droplet that can be chewed, containing only water. It’s like fish oil tablets and water had a baby. They’re called water munchies.
Water munchies satisfy the bored first-world-problem individual sitting in front of the computer. They come in a pack, (kind of like chips), they do not contain calories and provide all the water you need throughout the day.