I love discovering new blogs. Go surf around Robert Patterson's blog for some interesting and thought-provoking viewpoints on a wide variety of topics. He got me thinking on this one: The Science of Love: Our Forgotten Mammalian Brain. I think it resonated with me for the same reason that my blog posts have tapered off:
Our corporate world is a machine world with machine relationships. No amount of wellness or flex programming will change this unless the core work is to change the machine relationships to human/mammalian/tribal relationships. When we bring the corporate world home and have corporate and functional relationships with our spouses and with our children we are on a course for unhappiness.
I sit at my computer all day long and work, then come home and blog about the same stuff I was working on all day. I live more in the machine world than I care to. I think the Tuscany movie made me a bit melancholy for the outdoors I loved as a kid. Ahh, to be out of this dreary city with its TV and billboards and cement and computers and cell phones... I'm sad that so many kids these days are machine kids; they don't know how awesome it is to build a fort with friends out in the woods, or fly kites, or go digging for fossils (yes, I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was a kid!).
Those of us over 30 should remember a life without machines (or rather, machine-driven relationships). I think of the Matrix Reloaded, when the governor took Neo down to show him the machines that kept Zion running. "We could shut those machines down," said Neo in his point that we control the machines. "Ahh, but without those machines we'd be without air, without light..." replied the governor. So who truly is in control? We cannot go back; we've created a life dependent on machines. I write about the future, about nanotech, about AI... all these things are fascinating. But where will we be without relationships, love, nature and an unpolluted sky?