Saturday, August 12, 2006

I have been having the, one might call it an intuition or insight, lately, that location is irrelevant. On the face of it, this is not true. It is safer to live in Fayetteville, Arkansas rather that say, Eritrea, or Somalia.

But consider two things. First, the apparent non-local nature of reality. In some sense, there is a very good possibility (there are differences of opinion about this) that the most basic phenomena that underlies our reality can be nonlocal in nature, in many ways. In other words, when you look at physical reality, it behaves in very strange ways that are nonintuitive. I find this very comforting. Also, when you consider the nature of society and world cultures over the last, say, 4 to 6 thousand years, it is apparent that a greater degree of interconnectedness is manifesting itself upon the Earth with every passing moment. I also find this comforting. Scary, but comforting.

In the end, I think that I'm in some ways very much a transhumanist. I look forward to the possibility of our species being able to transcend the limits of our physical forms, and I think that technology may someday afford us this possibility. Then again, perhaps not.

In other news, my wife and I were in Walmart yesterday and we saw two Tibetan monks.

Maybe it will take gentle boddhisattvas turning all of our demons into guardians of the Dharma to bring us to that point.

I have a son on the way. I know this. This is making me think about the kind of father I want to be, the mistakes that my own father made, what he did right. I'm also thinking about how fucked up the world is, and how unfair that is for him. I want to make the world better for him.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kara said...

Impending young'uns will kick yer world-saving mechanisms into overdrive! And, oooo, a little boy!!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It's a boy! It's a BOY!!!!

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is anything better than knowing you are both alive and about to be a father, I don't know what it is. Congratulations isn't a big enough word. Hugs all around-
An old friend.

1:20 PM  

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