Sacred Economics

I had a chance to experience this first hand.  I happened to take a photograph that someone loved and when she asked to use it, I gave her the rights to it.  She asked what I wanted in return, I said to send me a gift.

You see I love taking photographs and I loved that she loved the photo I took.  She valued what I had done and she sent me a check.  It felt great to receive that money.  It felt great to know that she gave to me from her heart and not because she had to.

I am grateful that I find myself in a position to easily be able to participate in this; sacred economics and gift exchange.

I still hold a job.  I don’t believe that I need to quit being in the world to transcend being part of the system.  That is always the challenge.  To find the harmony where you find yourself standing.

I believe that it is in our nature not to choose competition over co-operation.

 

Protesting SOPA and PIPA

I just logged into facebook and my friends are contemplating staying completely offline tomorrow (Jan 18, 2012) to protest the SOPA and PIPA “laws”. Here
are the facts from PC World.

I heard on the news today that Wikipedia is blacking out their English site worldwide.

I wanted to double check for myself and yes, here’s a screenshot of my browser taken a few minutes ago.

I admire them!

I’m wondering what action I can take… I could black out my personal sites but what about the sites where I work? Unlikely that I can get consensus on this by midnight.

For now, I will continue to dream of a thriving “gift economy” (you know, where you download a song for free and if you love it and want to support the artist, you make a donation). The artists gift you their art with love, and if you love the art (say it’s music), you gift the artist in return… No strings attached.

Yes, I know there are some that will abuse this. But passing closed-minded laws out of fear is not the answer. No matter what laws exist, those who are stealing will continue to find ways to steal.

Oh, and my dream is not only for artists… Can you imagine a world where business is conducted with the principles of a “gift economy”? Ah! I can dream.

All decisions (law making is decision making) are made in one of two ways: Out of love, or out of fear. I want to speak up for Love!

 

Courage That Inspires

Today, on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on dreams. We all have dreams. I have them. The powerful dreams are those that are shared and actually propel humanity to Our Highest Purpose.

It’s inspiring to see the number of friends on Facebook that are posting links and videos to commemorate the life of MLK.

Here’s a link to Letter from Birmingham Jail.

When searching for a photo in the public domain of MLK, I came across this one on wikipedia of Rosa Parks with him in the background.

Appropriate I thought because this morning, on Facebook, the first post I saw was a photo of MLK with a photo of Gandhi in the background on the wall behind him.

We are all connected and every courageous action we take that is honoring our humanity can inspire and act as a support and a foundation for others – a kind of Pay it Forward catalyst for inspiration.

 

A Short Course In Human Relations

A Short Course in Human Relations –

The 6 most important words: I admit that I was wrong.
The 5 most important words: You did a great job.
The 4 most important words: What do you think?
The 3 most important words: Could you please.
The 2 most important words: Thank you!
The most important word: We.
The least important word: I

This was posted on facebook and shared. I do not know who the original author is.

Bionic Limbs

I have always enjoyed listening to Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR… It used to air in the afternoon and coincides with my commute and picking up the kids from school but then NPR moved the program to be aired in the evening and I missed it.  As luck would have it, I found myself doing Taxi Duty tonight.  I dropped my son off and had an hour to myself while I waited.  I brought a good book but when Fresh Air came on the radio, I couldn’t resist and just had to listen.  And, just like I remembered, eavesdropping on Terry’s conversations with her guests never disappoint. 

I totally recommend that you listen and make up your own mind about The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs – an interview that left me hopeful… That re-enforced my belief in the human spirit and left me inspired… That reminded me how passionate I was about artificial intelligence when I was at the University of Waterloo…That confirmed for me that we truly are on a path towards what some call The Singularity – a topic that’s come up again and again since it was on the cover of the feb 21, 2011 issue of Time Magazine.  The small print in the lower right hand corner reads: “if you believe humans and machines will become one.  Welcome to the Singularity movement”.  I found a roadmap online leading up to the year 2045 The Year Man Becomes Immortal)…

I don’t know if man and machine will become one.  I know that when I was pregnant I used to wonder if the kids would come out pre-wired to be plugged in.  I’m not kidding.  I used to have these waking dreams, and I used to joke about it.   

“I’m titanium, carbon, silicon, a bunch of nuts and bolts… My limbs that I wear have 12 computers, five sensors and muscle-like actuator systems that able me to move throughout my day.” ~ Hugh Herr, The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs.

He talked about exoskeletons for humans… Hmmm. 

Later in the interview, he predicts the creating of neural connections to the artificial limbs: “The nervous system of the human will be able to communicate directly with the synthetic nervous system of the artificial limb.”

Brilliant I thought to myself. 

They mentioned a book in the interview that I just ordered on Amazon – Looked interesting – I read the reviews and clicked on surprise me and liked the page that came up… beyond that, I can’t comment one way or the other since I don’t yet have it.  The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

I love this stuff!  Technology and innovation mixed with some heart and hope from our humanity.  It represents for me the potential for what we dream to become reality.

Thank you Hugh Herr for embracing your calling this lifetime and making your contribution!  I listened and felt humbled by your spirit.

Mentally and emotionally stimulated and buzzing with the possibilities of my own dreams, I had a great conversation with my son on the long drive back home – a conversation about his dreams. 

It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here… it’s not because I have nothing to say – quite the opposite, it’s because I’ve been having more conversations in person… I wonder if I should document those in hindsight here.  When I blog, I wonder if anyone ever will read what I’m writing.  When I talk, I just talk, without an inner critic.  Perhaps that’s why some people are offended with how “direct” I can be.

Sometimes I wish this website was a forum instead of a blog.

Developing a sense of wonder

A while back, I got an email that tells of a taoist parable where every event was judged as being bad or as being good and the story went on alternating between bad fortune and good fortune showing that something is never good or bad but just is.

I found a blog post ( http://vision-nary.com/weblogs/index.php/taoist_parable ) of this and here i’ve duplicated the content below which is exactly the content of the email I received. I love the internet!

“…an old Chinese farmer lost his best stallion one day and his neighbor came around to express his regrets, but the farmer just said, “Who knows what is good and what is bad.” The next day the stallion returned bringing with him 3 wild mares. The neighbor rushed back to celebrate with the farmer, but the old farmer simply said, “Who knows what is good and what is bad.” The following day, the farmer’s son fell from one of the wild mares while trying to break her in and broke his arm and injured his leg. The neighbor came by to check on the son and give his condolences, but the old farmer just said, “Who knows what is good and what is bad.” The next day the army came to the farm to conscript the farmer’s son for the war, but found him invalid and left him with his father. The neighbor thought to himself, “Who knows what is good and what is bad.”

I love the idea of taking a situation and just accepting it exactly the way it is and perhaps in some cases even wondering and asking the question “what lesson do you bring me?”

Today, I stumbled upon this talk that I’ve embedded below (by Kathryn Schultz on Ted.com entitled On Being Wrong) that spoke about being right and being wrong (obviously a great topic for discussion on this blog) and also mirrored some of my own ponderings.

Watching Kathryn’s talk, I wanted to interact with her and maybe others for some discussion because this topic of right and wrong fascinates me… For instance, not too long ago, I actually jumped off a cliff figuratively speaking (at least that’s what happened in my husband’s reality – just like the graphic that Kathryn shows in her talk). I remember asking him why it was important for him to point out to me that I had just stepped off a cliff instead of just keeping quiet and seeing if there is a possibility that I could fly. I know I was stretching my reality a bit. But why not? If we are all these beings of consciousness, why not ponder the ideas that shift our reality?

Anyway, if the talk prompts somethign in you, I’m open for us a discussion.

Connecting somewhere beyond right and wrong