Relatively speaking


While the rest of the country is still suffering through the winter cold, here in Los Angeles it was sunny once the sun burned away the morning fog that had rolled in from the bay. Walking along the river I saw a family of dolphins come swimming up from the Pacific Ocean. While the adults were more discreet in the rise and fall of their appearances, the youngster was more excitable and would rise complete out of the water, as they swam up river. The usual sea birds were there and the fisherman were motoring off to their morning outing in their motor boats. The Catalina express had some tourists gawking from the top deck, at the city of Long Beach; as their catamaran pulled out passing under the tall bridge, as I walked under it. It is just another beautiful Sunday and I walked over to the trailers housing the National Health Survey and wondered what the Center for Disease Control is researching now.
Meanwhile in nearby Las Vegas the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show just ended and it highlighted the latest gadgets on display. We now are headed into the new internet of everything; where we will start seeing inventions from wearable tech and smart cars to Internet-connected cookware, lights, baby cams, and more. Things we do not think of normally as connected will now become available on a network like smart street lighting, traffic flows and smart power grids. Technology is moving to drones, personal space flight, driverless cars, social media on steroids and entertainment delivered anywhere and anytime on connected TVs and devices. At the same time privacy and security concerns are everywhere as major retailer’s data bases were hacked and millions of people had their personal information stolen and it is probably being auctioned off to the highest bidder and criminal out there.
Everything is relative as Einstein showed and we need to keep the faith that we are good people and will move into the future with our eyes open. Happiness is not defined by the objects we accumulate during our life time or how much information we accumulate. Joy may come from that music or video we listen to; or any other form of virtual entertainment, which engrosses us and burns away the hours of our lives. We are after all human beings and our life is about experiencing things through our senses. All the descriptions of gourmet food will not feed hunger and watching vaults of gold or shows on the super-rich, do not make us rich. We are social creatures and need to be interactive with others of our species and need to learn knowledge through our own experience.
We need to study Vedanta to really look at the deepest research ever done in human history, into the individual and his relationship with the universe. On Swami Vivekananda’s 151st birth anniversary we should all remember that life is about seeking the true knowledge from our existence. The more we allow ourselves to get entangled in the maya of illusions that engulf us, the harder it is to find the reality behind the veils. I do not know about you but I feel bad, as the dolphins ignored my good vibes and just continued swimming upstream faster than I was walking. Fellow creatures of this universe know more about living, than we as the largest predator on this earth. My advice would be for each of us to look inward; and first learn to live in harmony with ourselves, before we consider becoming the masters of this universe. Life is lived in small everyday moments and nothing and nobody can free us, except our own hopes and experiences.

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