But you see, when we use the word game or play in English. We usually tend to mean that it’s something trivial. You see, we divide life very strictly into play and work. Other people’s don’t do this.
And that’s one of those shattering the awful features of our culture.
This division of play and work so that most people are working at tasks which they hate so that they can make enough money to stop doing it and play. This is perfectly ridiculous. Nobody needs to do that.
Because what you get with work. Done in this way. Done heartlessly and without joy is money. And what can you do with it? Supposing you do earn time to spare and money to spend, what is there to buy with it? The answer is the other fake and joyless products made by other people who hate their work.
So there is a certain phoniness, a certain lack of essential quality in almost all the work that we perform, because the work is done not for the work, but for money.
And play is considered something separate from work. Work is serious, play is not serious. In fact, we have a strange incapacity to play at all because we always, especially in the United States, play with an ulterior motive. That is to say, play is good for you. And we do everything because it’s good for us, because we judge the physical world with. Without our senses, we judge in theory.
We believe that the proof of the pudding is not in the eating, but in the chemical analysis.
“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” —- Alan Watts
“Human civilization is in the process of trying to become like Earth, in the sense of learning how to become a persistent system.”
If you pay attention to coincidences in life, you can learn to hear their messages clearly; By understanding the forces that shape coincidences, you can influence in them and create your own set of meaningful coincidences, seize the opportunities they offer you, and experience life as an ever-evolving miracle that inspires admiration at all times.
― Deepak Chopra
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Consuming information on the internet has become a constant, and most often passive, habit we undertake at all waking hours of the day. We frantically skim through a million newsletters, condense our thoughts into 140 character boxes, and jump from browser to browser balancing notifications and the constant overflow of new information. This has reduced our ability to think, focus, and solve problems
A new post-internet vocabulary follows, starting with the word “internetocentric”—the inability to think beyond or outside of the internet.
We find ourselves now in a global pandemic, where expressing love online is no longer a mere desire but a visceral need. Again: What is expressing "real" love or affirmation about? In a world without touch, is love about generous presence — new ways of saying "I am here" and holding space together, or is it something else? How might we do this online?
“The slow blade penetrates the shield,” a phrase from the novel Dune (...). I think of it because I like the notion that in the struggle to create something—to bring to fruition a project, a work of art, a company, whatever— sometimes the best strategy is slowness.
I realize now what it means to have patience; this patience has taught me the silence that belongs in my most beautiful hours, as my confidant. It also makes me realize that our greatest treasure is not rational understanding, but what ripens within us, silently and unconsciously, and will one say come to the surface of the soul.