(3/12/13) ... I've considered what I've written so far, about the world as possible code, and about the starting position of the known cosmos, and I'm pretty happy. It's a big world, with lots to explore.
c emerson asleep
on the Mojave
But the question I want to ask today is:
"What do people want? What are they looking for?"
part of Arizona
My wife answered me: "Not philosophy."
"Not theology, either, unless they are already into that," she continues. "And definitely not science."
"What, then, are they looking for?" I asked.
She thought a bit, while looking at my pictures: "A safe landing zone," she answered.
And so it goes. She's right, of course. Ask yourself what most people do all day, what they spend their time on: family matters, children, grandchildren, caring for the elderly, going to school, finding work, holding onto work, worrying about work, eating, sleeping, finding a mate, finding a new mate, shopping, watching a football game, watching a basketball game, cleaning house, playing video games, checking Facebook, and, occasionally, going to a religious place, to a non-religious place, or to a movie ...
And what are we thinking about while we do all these things? Our appearance, clothes, sex, health, wealth, exercise, relationships, travel, hoped-for travel, hobbies, aging, and ... of course ... the weather.
Hmm ... I think she's right. Not a lot of time in there for philosophy, theology or science.
Now wait a minute, I thought ... something's not right here.
So I changed the question, and asked her:
"What's the best way to live?"
"Easy," she said. "Live in the moment. Don't think too much about the past, the future, or all the bad news you see on TV. Get the most out of your day, with your family, or friends, or at work. I'm pretty spiritual, so I like to think of myself as an instrument for good. At least that's my philosophy."
"Yup! ... oh ... So I do have a philosophy. Well, there you go!"
I think I'll take my wife to the movies tonight. And - if ideas are physical - I'll want to think carefully about what to say, or ask, next.
- pictures courtesy c emerson (April, May 2008)
- post dedicated to my wife and family
- thanks TxLostWolf, Alan, Paige, Gritsma and others
- meanwhile I will continue to study the great 'What is?' of the Nevada and California Mojave Desert and those immense canyons in north central Arizona