What Can We Do?

Lao Tzu“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

Lao Tzu

If you are a curious individual looking to learn; to better understand the flow of life, and are not very familiar with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, I would encourage you to spend a little time reading Lao Tzu’s work on the Tao Te Ching. I believe it’s important to search for and value different perspectives on the way life moves along. Exposure to different explanations allows us to build-up our own understanding; allows us to break-down the contradictions which riddle our lives.

Baby Boomers Buggy

The Baby Boomer Generation

… when the Baby Boomers pass away, our way of life will rapidly change.

I’ve had this theory and concern for awhile now, and I don’t exactly remember how it all started; I suppose it arose whenever I dove into critiquing the direction our society and culture is heading towards. I have tried sharing this thought with others, but I don’t know how well I have conveyed it. It doesn’t seem like others are able to follow along – or care to listen. I will say the two books “Brave New World” and “1984” had really fueled this idea (why aren’t these required reading any more?), along with the understanding of how the field of psychology really became a weapon used against the public; which may seem like such a broad allegation – which I can’t say that all of psychology was used negatively – but there certainly was a lot of research done on how to control the minds of the masses. Two big examples I would first like to point you towards is the work of Edward Bernays and his push for public relations/consumerism and B. F. Skinner’s work in the field of Behaviorism (there are many other prominent scientists who paved the way towards this era of scientific advancement (Darwin, Freud, Pavlov, Watson, etc.)… there are also many more studies and experiments that really test how far humans are willing to undermine one another; e.g. The Little Albert Experiment; Milgram Experiment; The Standford Prison Experiment).