How Will We Live Tomorrow? Responses – 1

How will we live tomorrow? By not sweating the small stuff.

Emma Lipton, Yoga Instructor, Nashua, NH

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How Will We Live Tomorrow?

More people are talking about the future now than at any time in my life, and that is a good thing. The problems facing us are great – the carbon footprint, the corporate ownership of government. But at every level, from Obama’s opening of Cuba, to the negotiations with Iran, to average people discussing among themselves, people are engaged in the future. I don’t know how we will live tomorrow, but I am optimistic that it will be good, because things cannot improve unless people talk with each other, and more people are talking now than ever before.

Theo Colburn, Effective Movement and Leadership Embodiment, Jamaica Plain, MA

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How Will We Live Tomorrow?

“I am going to get a massage. I am going to my chiropractor. The massage is going to pull me apart; the chiropractor is going to put me back together. I am going to Trident Bookstore to learn how to tell a story from different points of view and why that is important. Oh, and I’m going to look for a chance to eat.”

Globiana, Dedicated Provocateur, Arlington, MA

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How Will We Live Tomorrow?

My short answer to your question is – BETTER!

I am a lifelong optimist.  I believe history favors optimists.  Many people tend to pessimism because they predict the future based on the present state of things.  This is a mistake.  Imagine we were having this discussion in 1915.  We would have had no idea of what was to come in the next hundred years.  We have no idea now.  However, there is good reason to believe that whatever does happen will happen a lot faster, and the human condition will improve.  That is not to say things will be perfect, just better.

Philip Adams, Civil Engineer, Scotia, NY

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“Just arrived in Varanasi, India. Next two days we are taking hoops to two different red light districts and working with rescued kids and also kids of the sex workers. So thankful, but with a heavy heart, to do this work.”

Carissa Caricato, Hula for Happiness, Tampa, FL

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How will we live tomorrow? 

To answer this question we must first define living and then define tomorrow.  Living implies having a life as opposed to mere survival.  To the spiritual mind, living implies being awake as opposed to just going through the motions of life.  If we live in a wakeful state of consciousness, the physical conditions in which we experience life are merely that, experiences.  In my youth, I read a book by Kilgore Trout (aka Kirk Vonegut) called Venus on the Halfshell.  The premise of the book is that the last living human on earth is left with a spaceship and a robot programmed for sex.  Their mission was to travel the universe asking the primordial question of ‘Why was man created to suffer and die?’  Man was not created to suffer and die, man was created to experience creation.  Once while pondering these thoughts of purpose, the following statement came into my mind.  ‘Your awareness allows me to experience my creation’.  I wrote this on my mirror so that I would see it every morning.  Then I received an overwhelming feeling that the statement was wrong.  The correction came as “My awareness allows me to experience my creation.  So back to the original question of ‘How will we live…’, we will live in a state of awareness of who we are.

So the second part of your question concerns tomorrow.  How will we live tomorrow.  What is tomorrow for there is only now?  Quite an esoteric statement that has become a cliche.  We are living in a linear, time based consciousness and therefore there will be a tomorrow within this reality.  For the mystic, even if we destroy the world, mankind is destined to wake up to the reality of who we really are.  That is the tomorrow we are all waiting for.  So how we live tomorrow will be dictated by how we live today.  If you believe in the eternity of the energy we identify with as being human, then we will never cease to have experience but the experience of tomorrow will be determined by our actions of today.  There is a meme that pops up in my fb feed occasionally about the wisdom of the old man that plants a tree whose shade he will never sit under.  The real wisdom of this meme is that the old man is planting a tree that will provide shade for a future incarnation of himself.  We are the children that will inherit the earth we leave behind.  This is the irony of tomorrow.  

Perhaps your question should be ‘How will we live today?’

Ed Barron, Artist Model, Boston, MA

 

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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