In Physics, work involves applying force to move an object. Or changing the state of an object. You can see real work in the picture in a number of examples — the men carrying bags of grain to the mill, the waterwheel being moved by the flowing water, the women scooping up water to carry it back to the village.
When a person doesn’t change the state of anything, are they doing real work? A truck driver isn’t doing the real work; the truck is moving the load. Knowledge workers never do any real work.
So what? Most of us do no real work yet we change the state of things. Mind over matter. That is the direction that human work has been taking since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution 300 years ago — and the trend is still continuing. Technology is taking over changing the state of things — automated share trading for example.
We need to rethink why humans must work. Without work are we even human?
Hard to believe but true. In 1990 I did a futuristic study of technology in 2020 with Dr James Martin and we completely missed the Internet as it exists today. Jim was a technology guru but the dynamics of essentially free worldwide transmission of information eluded him.
We are all in that same situation today when it comes to AI and Robotics. We can’t imagine that we may create beings that will be like us, and even replace us in most things we do today. Why would you want to hire a person to drive a truck or fly a plane — or operate complex machinery or any kind? Why depend on the shaky hands of a human surgeon?
Why does man need to do any work, if he can create beings to do it for him?
How long will it take for AI driven Robots to become not only real but preferred?
It takes the human race a long time to learn. The space race started as a Cold War competition. Then It was kept going by NASA bureaucrats who wanted to maintain their budget. Finally, the real reason to go to the stars has emerged. Because it’s fun!
Didn’t you feel that we had turned an important corner when Elon Musk sent one of his red convertibles into space? I’m sure he had lots of people wanting to send serious payloads — but he chose whimsy! That’s his brand; doing whatever he likes because it makes him feel good. And he brings the cost of innovation way down too — $90M to launch one of his giant rockets versus $450M to launch a STS (Space Shuttle)
And if he finds people willing to risk their lives for a piece of history, like landing on Mars, he will be able to do it because no one ever stops individuals from risking their lives. We only judge politicians who risk other people’s lives. I think I read he plans on the first mission to Mars being in 2022, a cargo mission getting ready for a manned mission in 2024.
I can hardly wait! The real race into space has just started.
This painting is another from 36 views of Fuji. You can easily imagine yourself sitting on the balcony in the picture, experiencing the cold as you taken in the view. But can you express the deeper poetic sense that you feel? The surrounding stillness, that seems to hold some promise?
Have you ever tried writing a haiku? I suggest this to people who are trying to express deep emotions.
A haiku poem consists of three lines, with the first and last lines having 5 moras, and the middle line having 7. A mora is a sound unit, much like a syllable but is not identical to it. Since the moras do not translate well into English, it has been adapted to where syllables are used as moras.
So try it, and post your haiku please.
Here is mine:
Under a blanket, the cold
Surrounds but doesn’t touch me;
Emotion too deep to sense.
This picture stops me in my tracks. I grapple with the possibilities. How could three massive bodies be so close? Wouldn’t gravity prevent that? Who made such a picture? What was their purpose?
Our minds are rational, yet they also let us imagine almost anything. Why are they made that way? What survival advantage does imagination give us, or poetry, or love?
Can it be that imagination is the way we create our reality? Rather than accepting our context and its givens, we imagine an ideal world and then begin to build it for ourselves. Check out how Life Mapping helps you do that.
Here another in the series 36 Views of Fuji by Hokusai. Hokusai and the Fuji Lumber Company. Why did he include Fuji in so many different pictures, almost incidentally?
Would it take away from the painting’s charm to imagine that he was doing some of these paintings under commission to a business conglomerate named Fuji? This one might be for the Fuji Lumber Company subsidiary.
It does kind of ruin it for me — thinking Hokusai was just fulfilling a commission, rather than being inspired by the centrality of Mt. Fiji in Japanese life. It’s interesting what too much knowledge and context can do to us. How it takes away rather then adds to the richness of our life.