What are we without our labels, our titles, our masks?
The inspiration for this post just popped up this morning and pushed me to ask this question: in our post-industrial ‘information age’ is life moving so fast for us to realize that we are more than just a title or position, more than just our masks that we put on every morning before leaving for work?
When I say moving too fast, I can quote the work of world-renowned and respected futurist, Mr. Ray Kurzweil in The Age of Spiritual Machines, who expects the Singularity, or the moment when Computers surpass human intelligence, to arrive around the year 2029 and thus they will become true AI or Artificial Intelligences.
Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,”. As he notes in this article
“A kid in Africa with a smartphone has more intelligent access to knowledge than the President of the United States had 20 years ago.”
So, to get back to point, are we moving so fast in our lives and careers, that we fail to realize that life is not just about work or titles, but discovery, adventure, play, fun, bliss, and we can if we try, build our life around this so that we can find what we are passionate about and pursue this, find out more in one of my previous blogpost.
So perhaps a better question would be to ask, why do we hide behind this facade, this wall?
I have a few theories, some reasons are cultural, and others are psychological, which ultimately are also cultural. Perhaps we can look historically and culturally, since the advent of the Industrial Revolution some 250 or so years ago, we have been defined by what we do. Where prior to that, our guiding definitions were often defined by our families., titles and/or properties, like the Lords in Medieval Europe. Once the Industrial Revolution began and Adam Smith and later Frederick Taylor started calling for the division of labor and more precisely:
Taylor’s scientific management consisted of four principles (Via Wikipedia):
- Replace rule-of-thumb work methods with methods based on a scientific study of the tasks.
- Scientifically select, train, and develop each employee rather than passively leaving them to train themselves.
- Provide “Detailed instruction and supervision of each worker in the performance of that worker’s discrete task” (Montgomery 1997: 250).
- Divide work nearly equally between managers and workers, so that the managers apply scientific management principles to planning the work and the workers actually perform the tasks.
As a management perspective, this permitted each worker, each manager to find its place in the greater organization, and ultimately gave them a larger purpose, or a purpose driven by whatever organization or corporations they belonged too. This I believe was the beginning of the definition of self by his or her work, even if in the past you could see Craftsmen like Armorers, Blacksmiths, etc be proud of their work and passing it down generation to generation. I believe this was the beginning of how we ‘industrialized folks’ have been defining ourselves for the past two hundred or so years.
WHY IS THIS NOT A GOOD PRACTICE TO FOLLOW IN GENERAL?
And why is this making us unhappy today? Paulo Coelho explains it quite well in this quote
So, what is this plan, often defined by another?
If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs. – Tony Gaskins
How can you find your authentic self, your true purpose on Earth if you are surviving off of work that often just seems so repetitive and boring? Where you get little to no true satisfaction, following a daily grind, helping build someone else’s dream? Perhaps it is time to delve deeper into self, and perhaps meditate or spend time alone for some true introspection, to take time to observe one’s mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one’s soul, and to find out what makes you come alive.
What the world needs now is for all of us to find our authentic selves
If you want to find your purpose, find the intersection between what you are passionate about, what you excel in, what the world will pay you for and what it needs and you will find your calling, your bliss!
I have found my calling, it is to help our species evolve out of the dark ages of apathy, distraction, and hatred, to find the light of our souls, our loves, and our bliss. For now, I am using this blogging platform to share my thoughts on our collective future on Earth, which according to the news has never been so dim and scary. Yet once we realize that fear is just another method to control the masses and to keep them docile and obedient, we start truly becoming what we are meant to become, our authentic selves.
This is when the magic truly starts to happen when synchronicities reach their apex, and when our path truly become illuminated and we can find ourselves and remember who we really are, as Marianne Williamson stated so well:
So, perhaps this post has inspired you to share your own truths, and I invite you to click on the link below so that you can be part of this amazing organization that is empowering people around the world to follow their purpose and bliss, and to become more than just another cog in the wheel of Capitalism, but to explore YOUR OWN true authentic self!
And I would like to conclude with Marc Victor Hansen’s à propos quote: