The beauty is in the unknown - ecoTrain QOTW #9.4

in ecoTrain8 months ago

I had this thought recently that technology has moved forward so fast and has created, almost literally, new worlds, while humans seem to have evolved so little. Maybe this equation has to be this way in order to work, low society reflexes and on the other hand skyrocketing technological goals.

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The feeling of being under such a magnificent sky cannot be simulated.

This week the ecoTrain community asks this very interesting question: Can Spirituality and Technology Live Together?

I am grateful for the technological development for making our life easier, giving us more free time and helping us expand in ways we couldn't even imagine in the past.
Life is easier with a computer, but do we need all this information bombing us?
Life is so interesting when traveling, but is it when we become tourists instead of travelers?
Our minds expand by exchanging ideas through platforms like HIVE, but do we really expand when we sit in front of a screen 16 hours per day scrolling?

Everything can be a blessing or a curse, it all depends on how we use it. Oh yes, this personal responsibility again... hunting us :)

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The bigness of the sea.

Spirituality to me is searching for the true balance, aligning with your real self. You can reach balance for a moment, but it is an ever changing situation. I guess that none of us here is close to enlightenment, so we are all in our way of exploring, some lucky might even find the balance for a while before they lose it again...

We are in this world, this time and we are living our life the best way we can.

To me, almost in every subject, the key word is balance. Do we need all these stuff? Surely not. Is it the greed of some few combined with a society of uneducated people? I think so. Not that we don't have responsibility, we always do :) But I think that never before so many people had degrees, masters and PhD's and were so uneducated in terms of real life and so detached from nature. Can we survive without Google? How will I remove this stain from my T-shirt? Search... How will he fall in love with me? Search... Some questions might be helpful, some others just show us how disconnected we might already be from our nature and our feelings.

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The wisdom of the plants.

People need people. And there are so many studies that show that social media, the way they are now, provoke depression and feelings of unworthiness. Imagine when they will be updated as described in the question by @ecotrain, and then you return to the four walls of a not so cozy room in your not so perfect body... I can't imagine people continually plugged to a world other than natural. I find it too sad to think about it.

And once again the answer is that we live in a system that is eating its own flesh. Human, animal and environment not friendly.
Can we co-exist? Maybe...
But it would be great if we could stop focusing so much on useless technological projects and focus more in our everyday life. Insignificant might someone say. Maybe, but still miraculous.

In this case, I believe the balance would work and we could even grow in a nice way. Growth is not a fast process, growth is a life time process.

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The creativity of nature.

I don't believe, mainly because I don't want to believe it, that people can live without their contact with nature, animals and other beings.
In 2020 we had extremely strict lockdown in Greece and when "life came back to normal", as politicians like to say, the shops were super full with people. I am not saying if this was right or wrong, I just want to write about the response of an old lady when a reporter asked her what she was doing there at her age and she said that she had missed people and she was so excited that in this crowd she was touched by other people. Can you imagine? Even if this touch had no purpose to be a touch of communication or sharing, it made her feel alive and it came to my mind now after almost two years while writing this...

I have followed another path in life. I live quite isolated, more with the trees than with the people. But I do understand her need. It is a need of being in contact with our nature. Isn't this a reason why I spend my afternoon here writing this post? My need to express myself and share a feeling with invisible but true people?

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Photo by @fotostef. Checking my emails with my (ancient but functional) mobile phone. When you are outside all day, where are you going to do your office work ;)

Often things we do have the opposite result. I hope that this crazy technological "meta-progress" and addiction will finally have the opposite result. We are animals and the instincts, even bended, are strong. Nature, contact, the beauty of the unpredictable will always be charming. What is life if an algorithm knows what you need and want or detest and creates a world for you? The beauty is in the unknown.

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Photo by @fotostef. I was relaxing amongst the anemones thinking of my post for The Herbal Hive challenge. It was a happy moment and using a digital camera didn't steal my joy :)



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A wonderful response @traisto, this really resonates with me. balance is so important and also what we choose to focus on, where our energy flows. We need to be in nature, some more that others, but we all need to reconnect or we become lost, I hope that many people make their way back to what really matters. Yes we can get caught up in new and exciting projects and it can led to disconnect, but really it does not take much to reestablish that connection, because we are nature ourselves xxxx

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where our energy flows.

Such a beautiful way to describe it! If only we could observe ourselves and surrender to the flow...

really it does not take much to reestablish that connection, because we are nature ourselves

I deeply believe it! So simple!

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Yes, balance! I tried to maintain balance. Focusing on everyday life is the solution, especially for those like me who increasingly feel the sand in the hourglass draining away. You speak of the increasingly sophisticated and accessible new technology designed to work for us, to help us, to save time. Unfortunately, it helps us to consume time, if we are not careful. I, fortunately for me, have given up social networks, again, fortunately, I have a few friends, friends for decades and I don't communicate through networks, only by phone, which remains a necessary (time-consuming) evil.
The cure in nature is wonderful, for those who can have it. I think it also comes with a bit of alienation if the balance you speak of is not maintained. The same alienation that can intervene in anything too much!

I speak from an old man's perspective when I say that I am worried for the young ones, who are settling into life now. They are addicted to technology, you can see it from an early age and most young people are already taken. Unfortunately, a lack of culture can in no way be replaced by a lot of (external) information they have access to... Personality, morals, sensitivity cannot be copied, they have to be built.
I think I've already lost the string and the idea, please forgive me! I'm glad to see how you look at this subject, you are much more coherent than me. I wish you a well that you never get bored of!

You are so right when you talk about the young ones and the children...
Their imagination and the way they learn to think is so much affected nowdays in ways that we can't predict. What I say is mostly what I hope that will happen :) Our brains haven't changed so much during the last thousands years since the first Homo Sapiens, we are like computers having new programs but working with the old hardware. All the info is still in our cells. Sounds very romantic, but I think it is not crazy :)

Old friends is one of the most precious things in life, you are so lucky!

we are like computers having new programs but working with the old hardware.

A very good comparison! ..., but unfortunately, many people don't have access to the new programs and don't understand anything anymore, except instincts and the false impression that they understand.

I'm so glad we feel the same way about friends!

As always I appreciate your thoughts and they have given me more to think about. This year my mantra is to be intentional with time, money and relationships. I want to connect with those in my life in really, authentic and very intentional ways. I think this can be done with technology and can be done beautifully. I agree that it really comes to balance. Years ago I would not have been very open to the idea that I have online friends in places like Greece. Now it is a reality. A beautiful reality of technology.

Thank you Sara! Really happy we can share thoughts, how super cool is that! Grateful to technology and HIVE, haha! Cause everything depends on the way we use it! Intention as you say! Love your mantra!
Connection, authenticity and intention! Nothing more to add! Awesome!

So pretty shots!
It is great to see you here, I just found out about you by Stefanos' post! I already am your big fan on instagram :) (katycrete speaking)

Hey! Super nice to meet you here, too! Cause as you know, I am your big fan as well, haha! Wonderful!

I love that photo at the end where @fotostef captures a quite different aspect of that day amongst the anemones! I think the human need to share joy and our experiences is strong, so little wonder we reach for cameras and laptops to do that. And I'm glad that you - we - do - because we also love to read about other people's journeys and feelings of expansion and joy.

I can't imagine people continually plugged to a world other than natural

Are you a Libran, perchance, ahahahaha - 'balance' is my maxim too. Although tipping the scales more to nature seems a better way to live to me. And sometimes I wish the internet would blow up!!!

Hahaha, no I am not a libran (I didn't even know what it means, I had to look at the dictionary, lol!)

I also like these paparazzi photos, they reveal another reality. When I saw it, it felt weird watching me smiling on my own in front of a camera I am holding myself, haha! But I had the post in mind, and this changes everything! At the end Stefanos came and took the photo, my hands were too short to capture the anemones, too :)
By the way, I laughed so much when I saw the Herbal Hive challenge post with me in the corner, fantastic!!!

And I'm glad that you - we - do - because we also love to read about other people's journeys and feelings of expansion and joy.

I never expected that I would share and take so much through this platform!!!