Albert Einstein famously remarked a conversation with Werner Heisenberg. He said, “you know in the West we’ve built a beautiful ship and in it, it has all the conflicts but actually the one thing that it doesn’t have is a compass and that’s why it doesn’t know where it’s going”. The Dalai Lama propounded this paradox of our times when he said, “we have wider freeways but narrower view points, we have taller building but shorter tempers”. Will Smith said, “We spend money we haven’t earned on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.”
It’s phenomenal how the same technology that brings us close to those that are far away, takes us far away from the people that are actually closed. A few billion Whatsapp messages are sent a day but forty-eight percent of people still say that they feel lonelier in general. Psychologists claim that who you spend time with determines what you dream about, what you collide with, as if your scope enhances when you spend time with advanced beings who help you find a meaning in the seemingly uneven situations of life. But what happens when we don’t have anybody to surround ourselves by to help us guide our way?
The paradox of our times is that we have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgment, more experts but less solutions. It was Martin Luther King who said that the “irony of our times is that have guided missiles but misguided men.” Haven’t you ever found it perplexing that we have been all the way to the moon and back but we still struggle to start a conversation across the road or across the train?
It’s amazing that Bill Gates was known as the top earner in 2015 with a wealth of 79.2 billion dollars but one in four CEO’s claims to be struggling from depression. Do we actually thrive off this paradox or is it that this paradox actually makes the media interesting and worthy of spreading? Is it what makes journalism, the television or even politics interesting? This paradox seems like it’s what we human beings feed off, live off, and discuss in our circle of friends.
Doesn’t it seem like we have tried to clean the air but have actually polluted our soul? We have split the atom but not our prejudice. We are aiming for a higher income but we have lower morals.
So the golden question is, how do we bring a change? How do we dissect this paradox that exists in our lives? Well it starts by each of us pressing pause, pressing the reset button and then play again. For each of us just to take a moment to become more conscious and aware. To really reflect on the consequences, the implications of a misplaced word, of an unnecessary argument that we all know we didn’t need to have or to speak to someone slightly differently, in a different tone, a different voice, a different perspective and to empathy with each other, in order to connect with people on a different level.
Thinking out loud started from Albert Einstein when he actually said, “that the problems we have today can’t be solved with the same thinking we used when we once created them.” So we actually need to research alternative teachings. We need to dig deep down into those ancient books of wisdom. We need to go back to the understanding and reflect about anything written in those pages of time that can actually reveal more knowledge and wisdom of the way we can transform our experience of lights today.
If not, this paradox means that every step forward we take, we’re taking three backwards every time.
By: Olivia Silva
April 24th, 2016