In the day of Henry Ford, folks would exclaim:
”Wow, they have a car!”
In the day of fossil fuel, folks would exclaim:
”Wow, they don’t have a car?”
Today, folks are exclaiming:
”Wow, they have a car?”
The horse and carriage, the car and even the emerging mobility solutions of tomorrow, are all ephemeral. They arrive, serve a purpose and eventually are replaced by something more suitable.
What is timeless is the human desire to freely and easily explore one’s surroundings.
The same is true of the human desire to freely and easily explore one’s inner environment.
From our ancestors discovering the importance of water, food, fire and communication to life, to the Socratic proclamation in ancient Greece to “know thyself”; from Mughal Emperor Akbar’s multilayered spiritual discussions in 16th century India, to the Freudian and Jungian insights of early psychotherapy; from the modern popularity of yoga and meditation, to the latest revelations of neuroscience, self discovery is timeless.
By contrast, my office, my iPad Pro, me, my clients, FaceTime and the Internet are all ephemeral. We are all joining a story that will outlive us.
Ultimately, our human desire to explore and understand our surroundings and inner environment is what drives us forward, as individuals and as a species.