It really does.
I thought about developing products that help lead people towards the spiritual, but not in a new-agey kind of way. in an effective way.
First up i did some research – google etc. What I got was predictable enough – beads, prayer mats, buddhas, handbags (handbags?).
Not much to go on there – if people were inclined towards the ‘spiritual’ they will already have these.
So it seems what i’m talking about here is things that make people better people. So first, I thought, you have to identify what makes people worse poeple.
What do i mean by ‘worse’? I don’t mean violent or bitchy or anything too obvious like that, as i view these traits as symptoms rather than causes.
What i’m getting at is ‘what makes people not people’? When they are absorbed, mindless and passive. this made my search for what makes people worse people very easy!
Television, video games, computers.
All these things remove your necessity to act, to engage and to think independent, creative thoughts. they make you not a person.
Or so i thought.
What about nature programs, where you watch them, you are engaged and you see the world differently afterwards? Even more subtly programs like Strictly or X-factor allow you greater ability to socialse with your peer group, an important human trait.
Compter games do involve a degree of problem solving, of thinking in a certain way, and OMMRPG’s allow you to interact, creating a non-linear (as opposed to; do this, then this, then this…) environment.
however, they don;t leave you with anything; they allow only limited avenues for expression (all predetermined by program), and nothing physical, no physical experience (other than back ache) at the end of them.
TV involves no interaction on the part of the viewer. how can children use their imagination when it’s all there for them in brightly coloured 3D?
In addition to this, they are hypnotic. the tendency is for us to become passive and to just watch more, and more. and more. clearly this is less human than the hunter-gatherer type behaviour of our forefathers.
So, where am I now?
I don’t know. Asides from a sharp stick, i can’t think of anything right now that will inspire people to engage more with the world around them.
I am reading a lot of books about quantum physics, that are showing me a differnt way of looking at the world. Who knows.
What is important is that this i really important to me, and that i am trying. I am trying to help people be themselves, not what they are told they can be.
That can’t be a bad thing, right?
Anyone got any comments that will push me forward on this, would be most appreciated.