In the past few months I've been doing some intense reflection on myself, my life, and especially my generation. During this time I've gone on and off through habitual marijuana use, experimented with a variety of new cutting-edge psychedelics, and had a deep religious experience at a parish-ran retreat. I've met new friends and have had more adventurous and educational experiences. Many things have come to pass in the past three months and I came to many interesting conclusions along the way. Some of which should be herd at this forum. Please note that this isn't directed towards anyone specific at this forum, I just hope it benefits anyone who can relate to it.
Throughout my life, I've met many people who could be classified in the alternative, non-conformist, idealist crowd. I didn't realize it at the time, but there are certain characteristics that this group tends to have in common, some are good and some are bad. The bad characteristics are the ones that make them weak. Many of these "idealist" are just that, they only conceive all these wonderful ideas and concepts, but never have the courage or motivation to ACT on them or apply them to the real world. They live a sheltered life but are exposed to esoteric ideas through the internet and the local Barns and Noble/ Borders. This is how I was/am, but I'm slowly pushing myself to make the transition into actual application of whatever concepts I find exciting and beneficial. Many involved in the occult, discordianism, psychedelic therapy, alternative philosophies, and counter-cultural ideas fantasize about spreading these ideas to the masses or even living them themselves. In the meantime they waste away at a computer screen and get fat. Enough fantasizing, enough dreaming, enough jacking off to the anarchist cookbook...A solution can only come through real action.
Another characteristic I found interesting and somewhat discouraging is that many of these people are still dependent on someone financially, or they really suck with their own money. This gives them more time at the computer and more time to discuss Nietzsche and Leary over a Vanilla Frapacino at Starbucks. This skews their vision of the world and they never learn the fact that some people need to provide the basic needs for their family before they can begin to question their belief system, or spend time broadening their perspectives on some kick ass LSD. The way our current society operates allows them to become even lazier. They can avoid store clerks and going outside by ordering books, groceries, appliances and even drugs(legal, prescription, medical, etc.) off the internet. Even when exercising they can avoid the outdoors with treadmills (which do 50% of the work for you) and stair masters, both of which are often positioned in front a big TV. They miss the beauty of nature and instead experience the artificial glamor and drama of television.
It makes me sad and ashamed when I see the resources we have at our disposal. The advancements in communications, media, and understanding of the world in general should inspire us explore our universe, open our minds, and deepen our learning of love and compassion, the greatest gift to the human race. BUT NO, instead our society focuses most of its technology and mind power on making things easier for people, and we've fallen for the ultimate product hook, line, and sinker. Consumerism and the quest for self-satisfaction is no longer a curse among the rich, it's an addiction that has my entire generation by the balls. Comradely, brotherhood, and the well-being of the human race have turned from anceint societal expectations, to coffee shop fancies. The greatest aspect of being human is experiencing the power and connection when opening yourself to a fellow human being, whether it be a brief exchange of opinion or a deeply compassionate relationship. The act of connecting is becoming more and more absent as time progresses.
I feel humanity is nearing the breaking point, the brink. We're either going to implode ourselves through materialism, brutal consumerism, and the lack of intimate communication; or we're going to come to some sort of realization, a reckoning in which the flaws of our current way of living present themselves clearly along with the many available paths to their solutions. A shift in thought will occur and not only the preservation, but the future happiness of our predecessors as well, will be insured. This is the ultimate goal and perhaps the final evolution, the progression that signals the end of the human experiment. aquarians
To achieve, we must act, and we must act from the heart.
-The Mad Doctor, March 23, 2007