Albert Einstein famously remarked in a conversation with Werner Heisenberg, he said, ” you know in the west we have built a beautiful ship and in it it has all the comforts. But actually the one thing it doesn’t have is a compass and that’s why it doesn’t know where it’s going” .
This paradox of time was propounded by the Dalai Lama when he said,” We have wider freeways but narrower view point. We have taller buildings but shorter tempers” .The reality of our times is that we spend money we haven’t earned on things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like. It’s phenomenal how the same technology that brings us close to those who are far away takes us far away from the people who are actually close. It’s fascinating that 30 billion WhatsApp messages are sent per day, but 48 % of people say that they feel lonelier in general.
The paradox of our times is that we have more degrees but less sense. More knowledge but less judgement. More experts but less solutions. It was Martin Luther King who said that the irony of our time is that we have guided missiles but misguided men. It’s perplexing that we have been all the way to the moon and back but we struggle to start a conversation across the road or across the train !!! And it’s amazing that Bill Gates was known as the top earner of 2015 with a wealth of $79.2 billion but one in four CEOs claim to be struggling from depression. Do we actually thrive of this paradox? Is it that this paradox makes this media interesting, it’s what makes journalism interesting, it’s what makes politics interesting, it’s what makes television interesting. Is this paradox actually what we feed of and what we live off and what we talk about and discuss in our circles? Doesn’t it seem that we have tried to clean up the air but polluted our soul. We have split the atom but not our prejudice, and we’re aiming for higher incomes but we have lower morals.
So the question here is, how to we bring a change? How do we dissect this paradox that exists in our lives? The answer is: It starts be us, each of us pressing pause, pressing reset and then pressing play again. Taking a moment to become more conscious, taking a moment to become more aware, taking a moment to really reflect on the consequence, the implication of the misplaced word of an unnecessary argument that we all know we didn’t need to have, or to speak to someone just slightly differently in a different tone, in a different voice, in a different empathy with a different perspective just to really connect with people on a different level. This, thinking out loud, started from Albert Einstein and I’ll track back to him when he actually said that the problems we have today can’t be solved with the same thinking that we used when we once created them. So actually we need to research alternative teachings. We need to dig deep down into those ancient books of wisdom. We need to go back to the understanding if there’s anything written in those creased pages of time that can actually reveal more knowledge and more wisdom of how we can transform our experience of life today. Otherwise this paradox means that every step forward we take, we ‘re taking three backwards every time.