The beauty, the power, the vast scale, the awe inducing mystery,... I am truly madly deeply in love with our universe. The universe is not just out there, it's inside of us. It is us. Our idea of reality has been in development forever and most likely forever will be, but what we now know to be is so grande, so stunning, that I can not pretend as if it doesn't matter. While this mystery keeps me up at night, the rest of the world shrugs. I would like to see mankind wake up from it's culturally conditioned human affairs point of view. Our mind is matter and this matter is mostly thinking about itself. We are too self centered. It wouldn't hurt to let the mind think a bit more about other matter.
With the passing of time we have constructed this human reality of ours, layer upon layer, out of a shitload of different ideologies and technologies. Consumerism, religions, our own individualistic hopes and dreams about money, power and love, lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher, tv dinners and coca cola,... This has become our day to day reality, a reality that blinds us from nature. It's not just the stars that our cities and their lights obscure from our mind's eye.
Now and then you should just close your eyes and forget that you are human. Try losing all your socio-cultural baggage and looking at the world around you with new eyes. A realistic view of the world holds so much beauty that it's hard not to drown in it.
I am in no way advocating that we should go back to a more simple time to enjoy the wonders of nature. Our cities are wonders of nature too and I love our modern life. However, I do think that we need to be reminded of the actual layer of reality that is hiding under all these easy to use labels that we stick on everything. It's not because you know the name of a all the colors in a rainbow that you truly know what it is. Most people go their entire lives without ever wandering off the beaten path and they really miss out on all the wonder and awe that everything around us has to offer.
Everywhere we go, out on the streets, on tv, on the internet, we are always bombarded with ads, traffic information, background noise, other people and situations that need our attention, ... We are being flooded with so much information that there is hardly any time left for long and deep thought. Sometimes I feel as if we are about to lose ourselves in the entertainment jungle that we have created. Although entertainment is fun and even necessary, we must never forget where we came from, and more importantly, where we want to go.
People need a reality check! to (momentarily) break free from the shackles of modern popular thinking. Yes we live in houses but we also live as self organizing neural patterns in biologically evolved machines powered by a massive nuclear fusion engine on a tiny life rich planet on one of the outer arms of the milky way in our 13.7 billion year old universe.
I feel defined by what I love and besides the universe as a whole I also love being alive. I have a special interest in the future because i am an active transhumanist. What is a transhumanist you ask? The book (wikipedia) says that transhumanism, abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".
So that's what the book said... What do I say? We all walk the same, we talk the same, we look the same. Let's shake things up! :)
One day, a day that will come too soon, our sun and beloved earth will die. All life will end if we don't get off this rock in time. It would be the end of a 4 billion year run. Do we want to be responsible for that? If we ever want to conquer the immense void that surrounds us in all directions, we will have to adapt to survive. If we rust in our traditions and limit our potential we will perish.
If you want to use stereotypes... I am a prime example of the nerd hippie and to make matters worse... I am actually quite proud of that. It saddens me to say that I am not as smart as an alpha nerd so in reality I guess that makes me a dork? ^^
To sound smart I use quotes from legendary nerds who are my heroes.
"We Live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." -Carl Sagan
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" -George Bernard Shaw
"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there."
-Richard P. Feynman
Kind, warm greetings and I honestly and sincerely wish you the best of luck and lots of happiness during the tiny fraction of time you are alive on this beautiful planet of ours.