America is stretched too thin. How are we going to pull it back together?
As a kid, I attended church with my family nearly every week. We did not have the coolest items, even though I had a few cool things. I was always waiting for the Sunday paper to reveal something cool that would solve a lifestyle issue, exempli gratia a wireless modem to eliminate cabling. The world I knew did not expect much and did not move incredibly fast. Average American, living simply. Now, I have some of the most advanced pieces of technology to keep my world simple – like a wireless internet box instead of land line connection and a mobile phone that is more powerful than some computers. This morning I was reading the Washington Post about a young prodigy that had a schizophrenic episode and I think a part of the problem is our society is processing a lot more information with our minds than previous. Previously, worlds were separate – the church, D.C., fashion, and professions. Now, people seem to be feeling the need to be perfecting their skills because the digital realm puts pressure on the entire system. The mind needs to rest and focus – simple. How are we going to protect our minds from cultural phenomenons and overload in the coming age?
Today I had one of the more interesting experiences of urban wild. I parked and three coyotes were there looking on and then slowly meandering away. It was wild yet their sense of uncertainty made it a time of wild repose. The pacific northwest is one of those places that has an incredible vibrancy of life and yet also some complex urban adjacencies. I am looking forward to summer time and I am looking to have more adventure in the wild.
I was recently in a group discussion of topics like race, gender, sexual orientation and equality (including a presentation by Author and Lawyer John Inazu). There are a number of ways in which we create culture around us, and are our societal structures creating healthy communities for the future? Growing up in greater Los Angeles region, race is practically transparent across a populous of 18 million people. Social divide is often more classicistic by profession and wealth – and even then there is still a fair amount of social integration. When a society can’t help but being integrated it produces a level of understanding that creates healthy communication. Moving to Oregon, I am more aware of race and social divide. While it is a progressive society that seamlessly integrates without much distinction, I tend to notice it more. Will the society of the future push cultures to create pockets of uniformity or will we grow in understanding of difference and pluralism?