In this section, I will be exploring the current philosophical issues we face in the modern age.
How has our relationship to others, and to nature changed?
Why is it that so many of us feel alienated and disconnected in the world?
We have attained great material and economic progress, which of course I am grateful for, but what have we lost in this instrumental and rationalist view of the world?
Finally, I want to look at what is emerging, and how people are responding to these perennial problems. Innovative models and ways of life that promise more than a life of status and consumerism.
To kick things off, here is a short poem I wrote called The Ignorance of the Modern Man.
O’ Modern Man, Modern Man, how you stand up tall with your undeserved pride.
You hold infinite knowledge in the palm of your hand,
Control nature, much more than it can withstand.
Is there anything you can not know?
No place where you can not go?
Why are you so serious modern man?
Don’t you see life is a great mystery.
Is there still wonder in your eyes?
Is there any passion still in your soul?
Look towards nature, and you will find reprieve.
Bathe in the forest, admire the beauty of the trees.
Stand in the stillness under the stary sky,
Look inward for solitude, for purpose and your why.
Life is just a game we all must play.
Just let go for a while, and you will see,
How effortless it is to be free.
Life is a great mystery, a great mystery.