What is it about the sky that really makes us stop, and that draws our attention. When we get to see the vastness above us, we get a sense of how spread out our world is. People are meant to be in open spaces, where you can’t really catch the distinct patterns on distant objects, and where you are forced to interpret the full picture. When you gaze over a far-reaching landscape you won’t catch the fine details, but instead the whole goddam tamale. You temporarily get away from mundane details in light of the summation they create. It teaches us the be okay with uncertainty because you realize you will never understand everything that is happening at that moment.
When we try to focus on every detail we fail to see the whole, and always forget that it is near impossible to understand everything together. We are adapted for a world where we thrive on the big picture, and let the minor details that earth throws at us just be. There is no mastery, only explicit satisfactory. We are not owners of the earth, where we can take every detail and create a solution that is better suited for our needs. It is better to find the one route that works fine, than waste your time sifting through detail to find the perfect passage. In fact, this mastery of details is human’s greatest downfall.
Mastery is how we have come to literally eat the world, where we set up communities and then mega farms to feed them. We will keep taking every portion of land until we have mastered it all, and then there will be nothing. Each person will be lost in the details wondering how they can make life better. Through details, more details will come, where each will be served a giant platter of depression remedies to sooth the misery.
In order to really solve the unnamed despondence, a person must think beyond the moment. It is about the big picture, and it is about thinking simpler by being okay with all the fine details. Take a second to look at the sky.
Before entertaining the possibility that the United States is truly the land of the free, let me test your assumptions. Let’s take a look at the features that sustain this culture. One factor, exponentially despicable, is the decreasing time for leisure with the echoing increase in technology. Wth all of the tech constantly competing to be the best in the world, what is the point? The purpose of technology is to make our lives easier. People’s lives are definitely not easier, they work 80 hour weeks in order to provide for their family. They work overtime in order to impress their boss. People should have more time to do as we please as technology increases.
America has an obsession with hard work that is falsely justified. There is no way merely working hard is the key to success or happiness.
It shouldn’t take 80 hours a week to achieve what we want, and interestingly we can learn something from some parts of Europe. Many countries have hour lunches, never work over 40 hours a week, and get two months vacation a year. There is a reason people of Europe have the highest level of happiness. With more leisure comes more happiness, and surely success.
Success could be seen in a multitude of ways, but each person’s opinion of success can essentially be described by happiness. When you want more money, it is likely because it will make your life better and eventually happier. When you want to reach a certain goal, you want the elation of reaching that point. If you want to be seen as important by others, somehow this position will provide you pleasure. Each point of success is fundamentally just a longing for happiness.
Freedom is independence from restriction and obstacles. It is the ability to do whatever at your will. With 80 hours a week on the grind under our belt , I doubt much of that is truly our time. When humans are consumed by their jobs they lose the essence of freedom, and thus the American dream. It is time to rethink just what we are working towards, and to restructure our lives to prioritize the little time we have. The more you live on your own terms the more success you will undoubtedly have. Despite our silly level on the happiness rank, it ‘s our time to kindle the concealed freedom that all Americans know they can achieve.
Let’s change this place, tell me how you will do it.
The Superstition Wilderness isn’t exactly our everyday office
After spending uncountable days and hours in meaningless rooms, only staring at a beige wall, or a 1080 pixel screen (equally fucking pointless as clear) their is no doubt we constantly get blank and bored of our lives. These walls create a routine that sucks the life and drive right out of us. When you stare at a wall you get the feeling that things will be clear cut and you falsely earn some sense of security in the world. When you stare at that wall you forget the uncountable complexities in life that not only govern every talking gesture box, but bring beauty to it. When you stare at this wall you lose sense of yourself, your culture, and what it means to be human. Beyond the beige walls of our rooms there is literally everything. Without these walls we don’t need some task to keep us busy from the depressingly boring routines. Maybe without these walls we would find something that we would actually enjoy. It is at least worth a chance. Maybe these walls are just mini ways to keep us complacent and strapped to our seats, ironically never allowing us to really pursue what we want.
Beige walls are the biggest joke played on us ever! It is like being served a bacon cheeseburger but told it was a kale salad. The people will be clueless as to why they keep dying from heart problems just as people are perplexed by the way so many are constantly unhappy and struggling. No fucking way. No way that this lifestyle will truly make the best you. After staring at this beige wall for so long, you become this wall, you submit to the boring in and outs of what we are told to do to be successful, leaving out was we are supposed to do.
It is not the office that is the root of the problem, but it is the norms fed to us from the beginning. Imagine how many commercials have been watched, then imagine all the advertisements that bombard our life. These sandals of our “beliefs” provide support and some sort of comfort, but the second we put the bare feet in the grass we will be astounded that we ever used them. We have it all printed in our brains that in order to be a good human, we go to college, maybe study abroad, get a job, then work hard to do stuff? Is this stuff necessary?
In the end of the day you can go to sleep and wake up tomorrow totally forgotten what I said. But, when you enter your routine and you sit in that room staring at that wall, think of this post, think of what you would rather be doing, and do it, anything is better than that fucking beige wall.
Sure, much easier said then done, but is it really? Think for a second how really shitty it would be to completely lose everything right now? Wright this stuff down, really think how bad it could be. I would love to hear how bad it really can get.
I wouldn’t call Tangier tough, I would call it leathery. The influence of many regions has sprouted a culture fixed to hold the west in their head and Africa in their feet. Through long days in the sun fighting to thrive, the locals have earned a grit that is like a worn saddle: Just keeps getting more comfortable.
When walking down tight corridors it is unusually evident how much space we share with others. In a dense area such as the medina, people live next too, below and on top of each other. Even the other buildings curve towards their neighbor, almost begging to touch the strangers hand. It is hard to realize how it is more than just a two way street.
People were meant to be together, and the medina undoubtedly pulls each other closer when on the outside it seems like every man is fighting for themselves. Even through the ostensibly tedious and sometimes selfish labor of each day, people seek to be surrounded by their community just as these buildings seek to pull closer and closer. When a new community comes in and wants their own space, or people refuse to share rooms they are essentially cutting out vital human experience. A community like the medina not only provides a crucial buttress for the rainy days, but unleashes the bare level human emotions of connectivity: humans are made to be with each other and time will push them together.
In community we find sharing, and in sharing we find fundamental prosperity for ourselves and beyond. Each building was constructed by spoiling the land that preceded it, and is unfortunately the heart of human’s unintended consequences. The selfishness and lack of caring for the earth has amassed buildings that scan over every square inch of land. The buildings of the medina test the modern way of living by pulling towards each other and ironically pushing towards a better way of life. Tangier was melded by time’s destined ability to move in a direction that is truly best for everyone.
(If only we had time)
Trying to control our communities will never satisfy our needs as what naturally just happens. We should look at how our world evolves unintendedly and welcome it with excitement, because it is truly the way things should be. Let the world happen and let the reigns guide you, I know we will find something better.