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January 4, 2018
Linda’s Lair, Monroe, Washington State
American society has traditionally been all about achieving financial success. Of course this appealed to the rest of the world’s instinctive need to provide for family, and in the context of freedom and opportunity, the world flocked to America.
For example, in the 1800’s, more than two-thirds of Norway’s population moved to America! They came, traveling usually with a single trunk, riding in the bowels of ships under extremely poor conditions, to Ellis Island. Upon entry, names were often changed to accommodate American’s language barriers, and the New Americans found ways of heading west, motivated by real estate ads that looked wonderful - almost too good to be true.
Many of these travelers wound up at their destination to find they had been swindled to varying degrees. By now, their personal assets had been used to the point where they had no choice but to try to make it work out. After years of hardship, many of these victims of over-ambitious salesmanship committed suicide. Welcome to America!
Now, at a time in history when Artificial Intelligence is promising freedom and opportunity, of course it would be wise to tread carefully. The number of people being displaced from their jobs will continue to grow, along with the number of displaced people by rising tides. The need to come up with a new paradigm of humane living on our planet is what is needed more than the ability to make money on an individual basis - AI is much better at that. In general, humans are no longer needed to generate revenue.
ENTER - The three I’s.
Paul McCartney will tell you he doesn’t know where his great songs come from, he can’t describe how they’re born. No artist I know of can tell you how to create something out of thin air. They’ll all tell you how you can set the table, invite the guest to dinner, light the candles and put on some light music. But how to get the guest to enjoy your meal?... apparently no one knows.
The guest is INSPIRATION, without which, there would be no America - no Artificial Intelligence. Inspiration is way more valuable than money. Without inspiration, there is no home built, no matter how crude. Without inspiration, where is joy?
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” ~Steve Jobs
“We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Ernest Hemingway
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~ Albert Einstein
Most of my life I had no problem sleeping - could fall asleep easily, most anywhere. Nights were spent dreaming of a myriad of wonderful and scary things, nonstop, until waking. Now, a solid night’s sleep is the exception. Not one to be flummoxed by not getting my way, I enjoy meditating during these waking times, using the BASH method described in an earlier blog. Something that seems to come out of thin air in these moments are solutions to problems. Could be how to have a complete guitar amp and effect setup at my feet for live performance; could be the finishing design to part of a new koi pond; could be many things... it’s all up to IMAGINATION.
The inspiration comes, and in the quiet darkness, the mind conjures up many potential solutions. When one of them “hits,” when you know that is THE best thing you can do in a particular circumstance, it’s either time to get up and implement it; write it down for future reference; or file it in that place in mind where it will be found next morning.
Peoples from all around the world imagined a better life in America. Having moved and encountering hardship, the Norwegians previously mentioned imagined something better and many of them moved to the west coast, finding conditions more like their home, and prospered, becoming the basis of communities in place today. It’s going to take some serious imagination to come up with the solutions for tomorrow’s world, and we all hold that power.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know
what you truly want to become.” ~Steve Jobs
“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” ~Michelangelo Buonarotti
As we all know, ideas and inspirations are relatively easy to have and find, and our imaginations can lead these ideas to amazing places, leaving us little doubt that we hold the answers to the universe in our grasp. But it usually takes a lot of work to bring an idea to fruition.
In 1995, I came up with the idea of a four-album concept entitled One Vision, wherein all four albums are dovetailed, creating interesting, pertinent messages, recurring through the entire project. In 2016 we released the first of those four albums. It took that long, learning various editing platforms; creating audio and video-for-audio; paying meticulous attention to detail, facing deterrents and setbacks, to finish one album! What bro Mike and I are working on, and the way we’re doing it, has never been done before.
invent | inˈvent |
verb [with object]
create or design (something that has not existed before); be the originator
of: he invented an improved form of the steam engine.
Thomas Edison combined a passion for invention with a desire to create revenue. There were times in his very productive (he holds more patents than any other person) life when each new invention spawned an entire industry: the light bulb; phonograph; motion picture photography. What one man can do to change the world is amazing. What a species can do to prolong life on earth is something we hopefully will discover. When I was in high school, inspired by authors, poets, and musicians, I decided to be a poet. That was added to the already-existing intention to be an inventor. Each night in bed, I would write something - anything. It didn’t matter what, “Just write something everyday!” I thought. That trickle begat a dribble, which eventually became a stream of free association.
Now, INSPIRED by the notion that people need to provide solutions for conditions we may not even know or fully understand yet, IMAGINATION sets in and voila! The INVENTION of the Three I’s Rogblog. I hope you liked it :-)
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mohandus Ghandi
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” ~Dalai Lama
“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. ~Dale Carnegie