Is it too much work to create? Is it using a muscle that is not generally allowed to play? How do we coax our inner child out if the poor thing has been neglected to the point of spiritual death? Is there hope for the unimaginative to become dramatic, enigmatic, pragmatic? Should they hope to become such or take pride in their essence of realism and now.
We need food to eat, a safe place to rest, people to love, animals to make us human, plants to teach us wisdom, water to survive, exercise to keep healthy, clothes to stay warm, shelter to protect us. In and above that, or rather, once we have met these needs, we begin to seek out the soul’s callings.
Ironically, sometimes we force ourselves to minimize and scrutinize every decision concerning our actual needs in order to support our wants. It makes no sense in one way, but then again capitalism has flipped nature upside down in logic. By nature’s laws, what we find is ours. What we can take, we can have. It’s only humanity’s recent development of money and rules that take our instinctive delight of “finding” things – and this includes everything we see, smell, taste, touch, hear and turns that delight against us because “money” or the lack thereof, keeps us from what we know with all of our being, to be ours.
So we justify our insane efforts to come up with money to have what we want. This is why currency has been accused of being evil. Money is the root of all evil; its a saying that really sticks around. But is money the root of the problem or just a symptom? Why do humans make walls where walls did not exist? Why do we create obstacles for ourselves – as a species; individuals do not intentionally create these hindrances. But we are all trapped by them now.
What is poverty? Why is poverty, is a better question? I think we need to get back to basics and start getting in touch with our animal selves. Food, shelter, companionship, warmth, safety. When all you want is what you really need and cannot acquire it – that is poverty. In a world with billions of intelligent people, poverty should not exist. We need to start looking at the framework of what got us to this point.
The conversation of “how do I make money?” can be switched to “how do I save money?”. Suddenly, we are not taking something away from someone else; we are now focused on helping them have more. We are sharing and our ideas on how to share can lead to even more sharing. “Where’s the best place to buy food?” can be switched to “what is the best way to grow food?” and suddenly ideas are everywhere. Because sharing what you’ve learned, that costs nothing. You don’t lose anything. And you feel good for helping. Its a win win.
“How can I buy that house can become how do I build that for myself and/or my family?” What materials and design elements are needed to ensure our home has structural integrity? That’s quite a contrast to how can I find a place I like without spending a fortune? The former question fills your mind with possibilities whereas the latter fills your mind with pressure, with stress.
Now what does this have to do with Vikings? Well, they were prepared. They came with cows, food, lumber, supplies, maps, knowledge of languages and grooming tools. They came ready to make alliances or fight potential enemies. They were traders and sometimes raiders. They were farmers and seafaring warriors.
Look at textiles, for instances. Silk is from silkworms and gypsy moths webs. Wool is from shed or shorn winter animal fur. Cotton and linen are cloths made of plant fibres. The process to transform these raw materials into usable textiles that can then be further transformed into bedding, clothing, sails or rugs….these are laborious processes. Vikings also knew how to make tools from the metal they found in the earth, tools that aided them in food harvesting, weapons that aided them in battle.
There is nothing wrong with technology. Just so long as we do not let it become a cast or crutch that weakens us when it was intended to help us heal. Go aviking, exploring, and look at things differently. Align your imagination to work towards fulfilling your needs. Ask yourself different questions. If your question leads to another question but fills you with hope or amazement, you are on the right path. If it leads others to offer their wisdom, you have found the way.