“If you didn’t crave life, you wouldn’t fear death”1; therefore to have no fear is to have no desire to live. When you live in a world where your desires can materialize at the push of a button in 30 seconds or less, the only thing you’re going to want, is a surprise.
Mankind is a collection of craving and desire, without it, we become nothing, we desire nothing, we achieve nothing. Yet with it, uncontrolled, we will implode in a virtual reality tailored to our own self-centered perception.
The goal of nearly every eastern religion has been to control desire, by fostering selfless desire, over selfish desire. It’s better for you, and the community. You are able to integrate into the collective and achieve a sense of reality that ebbs and flows with the common consensus of how the world works. It’s better for the community because the community…is you, me, us, everyone.
But recently, in the West, we’ve created our own culture of Christian capitalist desire. Two world views, which stand at total opposite ends of the spectrum. Capitalism cannot survive unless people start thinking about themselves and what they want. Christianity teaches against greed and selfishness. Except in the West.
You have to have motivation in life. Motivation is key. Without it, your life goes nowhere. Logic and the Awe of God are only the beginnings of wisdom, not the end.
Desire is the vehicle of life. If you didn’t crave life, you wouldn’t fear death. If you had no desire, then you would have no necessity; the mother of invention.
We have the technological means, of changing the physical universe. Those means are only going to get stronger and stronger by the day. The real question is, what kind of people are going to use this technology? Are they going to be people who hate nature, and feel alienated from it? Or are they going to be people who love the physical world, who feel that the whole universe, right out to the extended galaxies is real one’s extended body…?2
One of the greatest virtues which we find increasingly absent, from the contemporary world today, is a sense of wonder.
Nobody finds it remarkable anymore, that you can sit in a chair, 30,000ft above sea level, for about 9 hours and then find yourself in Heathrow Airport.3
All this lack of wonder, creates another problem. Because eventually you’re going to have technology, so advanced… and so competent, that you will have control over your entire life. And what will you want then? In that push-button world where everything is delivered to you in a second…what kind of button would you wish for? A surprise button. Because what’s the point otherwise? You know everything that’s going to happen, you control everything else, and nothing surprises you anymore.2
So if you’re living, in that push-button world, and you can have anything you want within an instant and it’s delivered exactly the way you thought it would be.
- 1Ram Dass (?)
- 2Philosophies of Asia – Alan Watts
- 3Everything’s+Amazing+ +Nobody’s+Happy