As humans, we have this burning desire to find the answers to the mysteries of this life we have been given.
Our cognitive ability gives us the tools to beg questions about the cosmos. We hold this notion that there is an infinite amount of answers out there amongst the stars. Yet, our physical bodies act as a barrier between what we can imagine and what we can accomplish, hindering our ability to answer some of these existential questions. It’s as if our minds are trying to break free from the limited potential of the physical body, as it knows there is much more to our existence than what we witness before us in our everyday lives.
This is one of the greatest tragedies for human kind.
If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, in the West we have fulfilled the bottom two; food and safety. Due to our natural burning desire to solve problems, the absence of problems surrounding our food supply and our safety begin to throw us off balance. We begin to look for other problems to be solved.
If you think about the multi billion dollar industry of contemporary western society, you will see a common theme. They say, “be present and enjoy the moment”. We have introduced an abundance of meditation and other spiritual practices that assist the mind in developing more of a sense of presence.
This could have been a detriment some hundred or so years ago when food and safety wasn’t as prevalent in the lives of those who lived in times like those. The mind was required to be switched on in order to fulfil our most basic needs.
Yet, we still carry this hardware. It has been biologically passed on and has remained quite the same. Yet, the problems we are required to solve have changed dramatically. Is this why we are told to be more present today?
So, where does this leave us? What do we do with all of these ideas that continue to burn us from within?