Joe Rogan – The Corporate Trap

This excerpt from the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast explores how seemingly good corporate jobs by normal standards are restricting personal growth in society. Joe explains how corporate culture, work/life imbalance, and materialism contribute to a lack of self expression.

So, get it together, and this is your life now. No natural behavior, everybody’s wearing clothes they don’t want to wear, everybody’s showing up and doing something they don’t want to do and they have no connection to… that’s the problem with our society.

Joe seems to hit on some pretty solid points in this short video. The main point that I find in this is to actively pursue your interests until your passion reveals itself, and then explore that passion until it has given you everything that it can.

It is difficult to remove money as the motivator of our lives. It is difficult to see the potential in our passions, but just remember as Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

 

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Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

This video to the voice of Carl Sagan explores the vastness of space in comparison to the relative insignificant size of this pale blue dot called Earth. Sagan continues to illustrate the beauty and importance of the pale blue dot through the movements of life.

This dot is the only known vessel for life that is known in this universe, and that fact alone inspires pride and respect for our home… however long we may stay here.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Thick of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fragment of a dot.

 

Bill Hicks – It’s Just a Ride

Just a Ride

The amazing comedian Bill Hicks paints a philosophical painting of life, simplifying all the complexities and subtexts of human interaction into a simple statement, “It’s Just a Ride”. This Bill Hicks piece inspires goodwill, social responsibility, and inner exploration.

Here’s what we can do to change the world right now… to a better ride – Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defense each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of world, which it would many times over; not one human being excluded, and we can explore space together… both inner and outer, together forever in peace.

I have recently discovered Bill Hicks and his material which I highly recommend to fans of comedy, honesty, and provocative thought.

 

Charlie Chaplin – The Greatest Speech Ever Made

In this speech from The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin encompasses the goodness of humanity. In what is truly the greatest speech ever, Chapman incites feelings of unity, compassion, and altruism in a way that gives you an intense jolt of hope.

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness — not by each other’s misery.

 

I truly believe this speech can affect everyone in a positive way.

If you enjoyed this as much as I did, share it with those you love and spread the happiness. This kind of feeling can be infectious and bring someone a brief moment of beauty.

Google Has Everything! Life Extension Will Be the Ultimate Job Perk

Google engineers may be the first to experience life-extending technologies as a job perk. Google Director of Staffing, Todd Carlisle, hinted at the possibility at the end of a forum on attracting top talent in Silicon Valley.

What if where you worked extended your life? If you got the best medical care along with the best job. You would’t want to leave.

This idea is consistent with the hire of Ray Kurzweil in 2012 as the Director of Engineering. Kurzweil is the most vocal and reliable proponent of the future technological singularity. The singularity is a time in the future when humans transcend biology to merge with technology; essentially sidestepping death.

Future Cyborg

 

 

 

If this ever came to fruition, how could any other companies compete? Cisco and Twitter were also in the discussion with topics such as: salary-levels, working from home, learning opportunities, and even free food and beer. Those are all nice and well, but compared to evolving a longer life-span, they don’t even register.

This is like a video game when your power is really low, flashing bright red, you’re inches from death, and there stands Google across the bridge with an extra life.

The Real You

I’m more and more entranced by this video with each view. Alan Watts discusses what it is to find oneself and awaken to the universality of life.

You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing

I am you, you are me, they are all us… this is one of the messages conveyed in this post. Whether you believe that to its fullest extent like Alan Watts or not, there is a message that we can all benefit from.

Do good to others, when you are happy, share and spread the feeling, and let go of as much negativity as possible.

The Singularity -The Inexplicable Future of Humans and Technology

The singularity is a term borrowed from physics by Google’s chief engineer, Ray Kurzweil. The meaning in physics relates to the point inside of a black hole at which the laws of physics have completely broken down. Kurzweil’s definition refers to a point in the future at which technology has increased to such a high level that it is not possible to perceive a difference between technology and humanity.

Imagine a time in the future that has changed so much that, like physical laws in a black hole, life as we know it to be ceases to exist, and life begins anew in a completely different context. This is similar to the point in our evolution when language developed… try explaining to a non-lingual, pre-human the verses of Shakespeare, or the verses of Jay-Z for that matter.

The life expectancy was 20, 1,000 years ago, we doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15, we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress.”…Based on conservative estimates of the amount of computation you need to functionally simulate a human brain, we’ll be able to expand the scope of our intelligence a billion-fold.” – Ray Kurzweil

Beginning is Near

The most amazing part is the time-frame that is projected. By Kurzweil’s estimates based on the exponential leaps shown by Moore’s Law, we may reach this tech-haven by 2045. So that’s all there is to it… hold on for 32 more years and it’s all virtual reality gravy. I’ll leave you with this by Friedrich Nietzsche…

“Man is something that shall be overcome…. Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman — a rope over an abyss… What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.”

Life as a Hero’s Journey

This latest Shot of Awe from Jason Silva ties into a recent theme on this site of creating your own reality, following your inspiration, and spreading the resulting positivity.

This video describes living your life as a hero’s journey, or being the protagonist in your life and actively enriching the narrative. These concepts symbolize the process of reflecting inward to discover yourself and your passion, and then being active in pursuing that with as much vigor as you can afford.

Life exists in individual moments, and it is up to us to make sure that those moments are vast, interconnected, and grand… [Doing so] to make a masterpiece out of life, one that we would willingly live again and again for all of eternity, this is what we can strive for.

Thanks for watching, and remember…

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.