We humans find it easy to think of ourselves as exceptions to many of the universe’s limitations. The way our mind works, individually, subjectively, we have the sensation that we’re the center of the universe. Sometimes, especially when we’re young, we believe that we are the exception to the rule about death.
Oh, I know, death. What a cheery subject. But it really can be uplifting and motivating. If we actually had an infinite amount of time to perform our lives, we’d likely procrastinate. What would be the hurry? We’ve got to have a due date. We literally have a deadline to meet. But we haven’t made death our ally.
We act as if there really is no deadline at all. If you are involved in creative pursuits, you know about self-imposed deadlines. I have several. One example is a submission and publication deadline I impose on myself for each posting of bluejayblog.
We think there are no limits. This is a feel good statement that most of us don’t understand. Certainly, what we can imagine, we might be able to accomplish. But there really are some physical limitations to what is possible. I would love to take a voyage beyond our galaxy. With present technology, nobody can do that. I’ll venture to say that such a physical trip will be impossible during my lifetime.
That said, within limitations, some of us humans exceed our imaginations with our accomplishments. There are those people who enable cures for deadly diseases. Some people help in the fight against poverty. Some find great successes in the struggle to make equality a reality. But there has yet to be 100-percent success for any of these fine goals.
In finding complete success for some ideal, we must be careful not to create unforseen problems in some other area of life. We need to know the trade-offs.
The Real Frontier lies in the stimulation of the Creative mind of Man.– Mari Sandoz
I don’t have to write this blog. I don’t get paid any money for it. But I have the opinion that the two or three people who read me every day might feel a slight twinge of disappointment if they don’t get their daily read here. Even if nobody reads these words, I gain practice in daily research and writing exercises. To explore Mari Sandoz “real frontier” of the mind, I need to go forth and work my mind.
We have other interests and priorities besides blogging, social networking, surfing the web and tuning into mass media. I hope. There are those among us who sing or act or draw or paint or sculpt. Some find creativity amongst the scientific and technological fields. There is a blending of all of it into new techniques for agriculture, manufacturing, medicine, diplomacy and more.
There is linking mano a mano with our fellow people in the flesh. There is the pleasure of interfacing directly with our world. The reality check is that we are integral with nature, not separate, not special, not above it. Adlai Stevenson said, “Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.” We seem to have collectively forgotten this fact.
“Sometimes fear is good. Sometimes it’s a good thing to have a little bit of a reality check.”–Taylor Hanson
If there’s one thing I learned about working in front of an audience it’s that you need to be aware of fear and not deny that you have some. If you have no fear or feign no fear, you get lazy and sloppy in your performance. I don’t think you want high anxiety or paralyzing fear. However, some palpable, real sense of personal or mental threat gives a person the edge, in more ways than one. If you have no fear, you aren’t living your life effectively. The reality check is this. If you think you have no fear, you actually have a fear of fear.
We’re all on the same planet, like it or not. Helping each other along life’s path is the surest way towards mutually happy living. If ever there was a reality check statement, Lucius Annaeus Seneca said one simple enough for all of us to understand. “He that does good to another, does good also to himself.”
Thanks for reading through this review of meandering thoughts.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes Albert Einstein. One of his reality checks says, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”