Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Musings #2 – Becoming a Wonderjunkie

Watch the above video, and tell me it doesn't give you chills.

In recent months, I've been swept up in moments of awe and wonder by the nature of our universe and the state of technology. I myself benefit from medicines that didn't exist less than 20 years ago, and my job handles technology that was unfathomable at the time of my birth. We are in a time of absolute wonder and astonishment, and the more I look at it, the more hopeful I become.

I used to drown in cynicism. I didn't believe that our primate level brains could keep us from eventually destroying ourselves. I couldn't get past the idea that our existence was immersed on all sides by terrible and cruel actions. I allowed myself to believe a fallacy that world itself was getting worse.

Then I started listening to people like Ray Kurzwell. His “Trancendent Man” documentary hit me like a freight train. It got me thinking. It got me looking. And then I heard Jason Silva on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, and it literally has changed my life. Never had I heard such profound optimism and insight. Never had I realized that this world, our tools, our thoughts and imaginations, could be filled with such spectacular wonder.

I've stolen the word “wonderjunkie” to describe myself. I'm moving beyond the limitations of my old mind's state. In the above video, Silva says that “The role of human imagination is to conceive of all these delightful futures, choose the most amazing, exciting, and ecstatic possibility, and then pull the present forward to meet it.” And I intend to take this to heart. I intend to make my thoughts be more than just faint glimmers of electricity, but to manifest themselves in the physical world. It doesn't matter if it is a blog post or something I build with my own hands. I am drawing on the matter of the universe, and using my thoughts to influence the world around me. I am drawing imagination into reality, and leaving my mark in a world that has turned out to be incredible.

If you like what you have seen so far, check out more of Jason Silva's videos on his Vimeo page.

1 comment:

  1. I feel obligated to add that the podcast he does with Joe Rogan is pretty explicit at times. Ignore the fleshlight advertisement at the beginning. Shakespeare got to get paid, son.


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