Ode to “Loki”

Golden fur and sleek profile
Open mouth and cheery smile
Relaxation is his style
Every snooze worth the while

Red tongue and fuzzy body
One leg raised is his potty
Under shade is his spotty
Outdoor play mainstay hobby

Pet him once and pet him twice
Behind the ears, oh so nice
Belly rub? I'll pay the price
Golden puppy is my vice










Sensory Perception and Continuity

Our senses are our tools for navigating our universe. Are they capable of providing us with sufficiently necessary information? Or do they keep us veiled from the actuality of our surroundings? We see, feel, taste, smell, and hear the world around us, but aren’t these sensations essentially one and the same; our body’s way of providing us with experience? These sensations are limited in terms of the spectrum with which we interact with the fundamental materials of space and time, due to our biology.

Just as all other organisms on earth perceive their universe in relation to their physical biology, we humans can only perceive the universe through our sensory organs. The machines and tools with which we can relate to the imperceptible happenings of our existence help to fill in the blanks, but the added insight is still absorbed through our physical senses. Would the universe exist without sensory input? Would we exist without universal sensory output? Is it a duality in which one cannot exist without the other?

The vast array of information that goes unnoticed due to our relatively narrow sensory bandwidth plays a crucial role in our life; whether we like it or not. Or does it? Have we been biologically programmed to perceive the precise amount and type of information in order for us to survive, and the rest is merely extraneous? Are we a stepping stone for the formation of more adequate sensory perceptions in the coming generations of our species? Will the majority of our evolutionary progress come from a more highly developed neocortex? Have we reached our evolutionary plateau? Will our species die out due to our limited capabilities of solving the fundamental riddles of our existence?

We are the most capable species on the planet, but how far removed are we really from our organic cousins? Although we are the most capable, we are also the most destructive. Our ability to alter our surroundings at scale, has been the most detrimental process for our planet in it’s brief history of hosting life. “Intelligent life,” is slightly comical in regards to our self-proclaimed pedestal in the universe.

Our seat on the highest link of the planetary food chain, should by no means incur our creation of a universal class of organisms. How very narcissistic of us. Despite all of our innovation, and creative prowess, our gauge of intelligence is limited to ourselves and our lack of competition. We can only imagine beings of higher intelligence, and speculate on their culture, technology, etc. Yet we always frame their existence in terms of our world.

Our universal view can only be defined by our descriptive language. The rate at which groups of organisms organize and flourish, is unfathomable on a separate scope and scale. They may need none of which we have defined as the fundamental structures of human societies. Their evolution may have a fundamentally separate trajectory, yet they may still surpass our capabilities based on universal exploration and understanding.

We should be proud of how far we have come as a species, but we must understand we have a long journey ahead of us. I fear that sustainable peace with ourselves, our planet, and our universe is beyond our grasp. We are not biologically capable of making the quantum leaps to side-step the social constructs with which we are enamored, and regain a scientific rationality in regards to the progression of the species. Is there such a rationality? Or does the creative force of mother nature, always balance life to the degree that is necessary? No answers, only questions.

Daydreams on Modern Pace

Pace- The measure of sustained rapidity with which an action is carried out.

Today’s modern world is experiencing tremendous pace in all spheres of life. The rate of consumption in regards to not only organic materials, but also information, is unrivaled in this day and age. Unlimited data, streams directly to our fingertips. We are hard-wiring ourselves to consume boundless amounts of stimulation at a constant rate. The “internet of everything” continues to press us further into an exponentially mysterious future.

Machine learning, 3D-printing, automated cars: just a few examples of the technological revolution that has only just begun. The compound effect that these advances will have on our existence is immeasurable. We literally cannot fathom what the exponential growth rate of technology will bring about in the next few decades, let alone the coming centuries. The advancements are awe-inspiring, but how much more technology can we possibly need?

Will our human existence fuse with our technology? Has it already? How much faster can we possibly carry out our lives? Instantaneous connectivity puts us in control of our communication, travel, relationships, and exploration at the blink of an eye. Is our universe a simulation? Are we tools of the universe to explore itself in a game of collective self-realization?

 

 

 

Letter to Myself in Youthful Bliss

Perspective for mindful youth.

Younger Self,

Life is a crazy, and equally amazing adventure. Aside from the fact that you’re hurtling through space at 67,000 miles per hour (19 miles per second), and rotating at 1,000 miles per hour on a largely unexplored blue orb in the middle of the Milky Way Galaxy, the twists and turns of life make it an unforgettable ride. The truth of life is that there are no truths, and the possibilities are endless. Life therefore, is what you make of it.

Make the most of it. Plainly and simply. Pursue your passions and what makes you happy. We are all living on borrowed time, and the sands of the eternal hourglass will empty; and whether or not it will up-end in order to begin the countdown again, in the same or variated pattern is unanswered. Who are we? What are we? Where are we? Why are we here?..the fundamental questions of existence have no concrete answer.

For this reason, I can offer no legitimate advice on how to live your life, other than to make the most of the opportunity. Every day that you have breath in your lungs, is an incalculably lucky gift. Be productive, maintain balance, and keep your perspective transparent. Be open-minded, and navigate the up’s and down’s of life with an upbeat fluidity. In the end, the only thing that matters is the health and happiness of yourself, and those whom you love.

Do your best to stay present in each moment. Perceive every passing second with sensational clarity. Memories form from intensity, not monotony. Explore, pursue new things, and travel to the far reaches of the globe when possible. There are experiences to be had, and you have the ability to peruse the innumerable options lain before you at your discretion.

Choose wisely. This includes not only habits, but also the people you associate with, and the paths that you travel. This is easier said than done, as wisdom tends to come with age. But if you listen to your heart and soul, the answer will usually be clear. Stay active, learn new things, and follow your dreams. You have unlimited potential, and possess the capabilities to construct your life to your liking.

To sum it up, as the saying goes, “Seize the carp when in Rome.” 😉

P.S. Speaking of which,  take life only as seriously as it needs to be taken. Smile long, laugh hard, and don’t dwell on the opinions of others.

-Self