I was just mixing an instant coffee and thinking about life.
Man, it's pretty good huh? It's easy to take for granted and forget the ridiculous amazing technology that we use all the time that gives us access to almost all of the information ever uncovered in human history. We can talk long distances for free to anyone with an internet connection. You can get high quality everything for damn cheap by historical standards.
That's not even getting into the general beauty of seeing a cat bat a little ball around, or how the world smells after a rainstorm, or trees, or eating raw sliced pumpkin (try it), or whatever.
And then there's so many people in the world you can connect with, building good friendships, working with people, improving things, building more, reading books.
Life's really good.
That's all for today. :)
It sure can be! This got me thinking. What makes life good?
It's a question that can be answered on several levels.
- You're fulfilling your biological drives.
- You feel like you're working on meaningful projects with great people.
- You're building something that's bigger than yourself.
But ultimately, it gets down to neuroscience. E.g., someone suffering from Depression could be in the *exact same* life situation and feel like life ISN'T good. It's a subjective assessment-- but based on what?
Or more hypothetically, say we figure our brain science to the nth degree, and try to tweak someone's brain to give them 10x the capacity for happiness than humans normally have. How do we do that?
For me, it gets back to what we briefly discussed, a translation function between what goes on in a person's head and what sensations/emotions they feel.
Anyway, been thinking about this a lot lately, just wrote a blog post about it. Not something we have to figure out soon, but it's interesting to ponder.
p.s. I think you have a gift for getting people to be more mindful and happy. I always feel good after reading your posts. This one especially!