Tuesday, December 29, 2009

If this doesn't scare you...

... nothing will. This link was sent to me by my friend, the artist Gary Lloyd, along with his wishes for the new decade. The speed and quantity of information coming at us in this twenty-first century is astounding--more, perhaps, than the human mind can tolerate. It was T.S.Eliot, wasn't it, who wrote that "mankind cannot bear too much reality"? What would he have had to say about virtual reality? I plan to introduce each of my forthcoming speaking engagements with a poem. I plan to invite participants to close their eyes and slow down their minds enough to hear the words and see the images, to create space for the poem to simply be. I plan to contrast that endless flow of superfast information with a single breath, fully experienced... Thanks, Gary.

2 comments:

robin andrea said...

So, what does it all mean? Interesting that the video ended without an answer, only posed the question. We need to spend way more time outside.

Gary said...

Truly Robin we have been inside the information bubble too long to appreciate what the consequences are when we make decisions about our lives. Like the boy in the bubble our environment is insulated by overload. I am sending this message from a mountain covered with snow.
My boys and I are in the White Mountains in Nevada. They are the generation that must adapt to the age of information overload, star testing, environmental pollution and fuel transformation.

What does it all mean?

I think it means that we are all on the journey together to become infused with the Earth's body of truth. We are meant to become one with our home,
our beautiful blue sphere. We are its caretakers and our bodies remind us of the fragility of life.

The snow that surrounds my family will run to the sea to replenish it. The information that flows from the net will feed us. The beauty that we can create will bring us back to each other. We just need to consume no more than we need to breathe and live in peace with each other. That is my goal and wish.