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Infinitas Mon, Oct 26, 2009
Lots of interesting thoughts here (Tesla is my favorite too!) but I just want to say something about what I have been experiencing and delving into more and more. I find myself asking what the goal of human life is and I'm caught between the concepts of Buddhism and those of science and technology projecting us towards a more "glorified" state, one that could perhaps be compared to nirvana.
In the words of futurist George Land, “inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will.

I find this statement to explain Buddhist thought quite perfectly. It's about being the change, which is done by living in the present. You have to accept that you cannot control anything, and once you see this then you are totally free. It's especially important to note, however, that any type of "buddhist breakthrough" is solely personal. No one else will understand, let alone experience, what you are experiencing.

I think this is where our current issue arises. The natural human inclination is to be completely happy, but because the media and big corporations have pervaded the minds of the general populace, people don't know where to begin solving this problem, let alone even believe that it can be solved. The basic beliefs and ideas behind most religions are extremely similar, but people must experience these concepts to at least wake up to the obvious and ongoing trouble. And since it's impossible for one person to give someone else an experience, religions, in a sense, have completely failed. In order to change the ways things are, I think it's imperative to change how people relate to each other, themselves and every aspect of life as we know it.

But back to science. I agree that developing technology is another way to wake people up (though it still could lead to utter destruction), but, for example, is implanting electrodes in your brain to create a nirvana-like state the same thing as actually achieving nirvana naturally? In other words, does our intention affect the outcome? Is there a difference between understanding and experiencing the why of existence (ultimate happiness) and actually achieving it naturally, and taking a pill to mimic it even though you don't give two shits about the Nature of things?

Rene: I am currently studying environmental science, and one of my classes is called Environmental Policy. We do all sorts of case studies and the one problem we environmentalists see again and again, is that people don't care. If we can change their mindset then all problems could be solved, but clearly that isn't the case.