In Which I Question Everything...

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Existential thought of the day: What is natural?

I don't really mean "What comes from the earth?" or "What is pure?" I mean "What is essential, true, and real"? What is basic necessity for human life? And why weren't we happy with that? We didn't come with an instruction manual, so how did we figure out to live with what we had? I want know about our roots and our beginning.

The idea that we live in a world where we have all this technology that connects us to the other side of the world in just a few seconds is amazing. But are we supposed to have it? Were we actually supposed to discover all of this? Does it make our lives easier or does it just add more stress and unhealthy, unnatural abilities?

A lot of these thoughts and questions come from my existential thought from yesterday: I am HUMAN.

So I wondered what it means to be human. What it means to be limited to this one body and mind. I only have so many capabilities, but technology allows for some unnatural potential. Are we supposed to be able to do all of this? I feel like it may bring about some really amazing things: spreading the message of love and happiness; allowing us to connect with friends and family with a mere phone call, video chat, or plane flight; and helping the world find peace. Yet, we obviously still have so much hate and suffering! So is this really helping?

I don't know. I just know that it's part of a world where we have war and savage deaths. We still have slavery, human oppression, and animal cruelty. We live in a world where there is so much suffering, and I want to change it. I want to live with peace on earth. It sounds like nothing but a wish, but if there are living things out there suffering, then I am too.

Does that make any sense to you?

I do know that we have to advance in some ways. We need light to see at night, right? But do we? Didn't we once live and sleep by the sun and moon? We need heat to cook, but do we really need to cook any food? Even people today are living off raw vegan diets. Some things just aren't adding up anymore.

I think tomorrow I'll blog about a conversation I overheard while walking down the street last night during First Friday, but for now, I just had to get some of that out. It's just what I've been thinking about lately, and I feel like this blogging thing helps me a little bit to let it go.

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.


Jill said...

You should read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It wouldn't answer any of your questions but I feel like you might be into it!

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Thank you, Jill! I'll look into it. :o)

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