There are many ways how we can look at our lives.
Psychology lectures, and simple personal observations taught us that most of the time our thoughts, perception of the word are pessimistic, negative and full of emotional pain.
We all know the sleepless nights, body sensations that we want to numb immediately.
We are alone within the crowd of family members, and coworkers, doing things that we do not want to do, feeling shame, guilt, and despair.
Even climbing Mont Blanc is not rewarding anymore when done solo. We all experiencing some incompleteness reading Rumi’s poems, and tracking lyrics of our favorite band.
Then again, we find ourselves in situations which evoke feeling of guilt and loneliness. I know those dark places; I heard the stories behind emotional pain and suffering.
Realize that you are not alone, that we are in this together and most importantly that there is hope.
I want you to know that is someone out there who cares about you. The reason that I am telling you this tale is my gratitude for your presence.
4.5 billon years ago was formed Solar System and then our planet emerged slowly moving by variety of processes. One of them was development of proto-life that tried to evolve and grow in such extremely toxic environment. Six hundred forty million years ago multicellular life began which opened possibility for new variation of life. More diverse forms created foundation and basis for formation plants and insects. Five hundred fifty million years ago emerged vertebrates and with them fish, our ancestor. Then the Three of Life evolved, branching from fish to amphibians, to reptiles, and later, dinosaurs and mammals. And eventually, to humans. As a human we had such challenging journey to survive as a species. Just to contemplate our development from Afrika to Ice Age, from Black Death to Atomic Bomb. We evolved from single cell organism to inventors of Tesla car.
Our journey is marked by beauty of Taj Mahal and Chinese Wall.
And what more imported we are genetically related, so in real sense we are family. Overall, we have common predecessor- Lucy Australopithecus.
There is also another heritage, of great thinkers, innovators and developers of human culture and science. We are part of some great history from Stonehenge to Pyramid of Giza, from Cathedra Notre Dame to Eskimo Igloo. There are Vincent’s “Sunflowers”, Facebook’s algorithms and humble prayers in holy places.
But is something else that I want to share with you. You can notice it in the drops of water in Iguazu Falls, in the wave of Pacific Ocean. If you ever contemplated the beauty of night sky with myriads of stars than you know that is some powerful feelings that connect you with whole Universe. It is like a murmuring brook that whispers story of us human. It is a tale about constant grow and progress.
This constant changing landscape of our development also brought as to the few places that we need notice here. I prepared few slides for us to look and contemplate. One of them is to see the Real GDP growing and stagnation of weekly earnings of full-time workers. Just think what it means for you. This trend is not reversable.
Then it is a book that we all must read and think about it. I am referring here to Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book by Yuval Noah Harari describes the caste of ‘useless people’. The class of useless will be the fate for all of us, with few exceptions, though.
Other important to understand is that algorithms, and social media by optimizing your experiences they stir you toward social conflict. How they do it? By maximize your anxiety and wanting it [whatever the it is] NOW. But the cost of your attention is loss of compassion and meaningful interbeing.
And of course, there is your emotional pain; suffering that undermines the core of your existence, in sleepless night.
Then is your attempt to disconnect yourself from state of restlessness by using tranquilizers, internet, and chemicals.
In such moments of quiet desperation, I want you to know that I care about you and I worry about you.
I am here with my unconditional love, no matter what you did, no matter who you are. I am loving you no matter what.
There will be extremely difficult time for all of us but you are not alone.