What do you see when you look in the mirror? Honestly. Do you feel the same way when looking out of a window into the world? Some days, I do. I feel cold looking in the mirror, and looking out into the city's cold and dead landscape. Toronto is a nice city, but there are times the place seems dead even with tons of people out in the streets. Freud used to think that we see in people the things we perceive in ourselves. So then the question would become what is it that I see in myself that's got me feeling cold?
I think it's because there's so much potential in all of us. When we see it being squandered, we feel lost, helpless, angered. I've been listening to that Green Day song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", where the protagonist talks about walking down a street all alone. While my dreams are hardly broken, I suspect that I do walk alone. The potential that's there in each and every one of us can be reached. We can make changes in this world that will sove all the problems we see and hear about. It's easy to think about how each of us is only one person, incapable of doing anything.
This is true, but only to a certain extent.
You see, we're in an unusual age, one where information flows freer than water and as fast as light. It's interesting to see how quickly events are happening now, as opposed to their speed even a decade ago. When was the last time we had a pro-democracy uprising in a bunch of nations (like Syria, Kyrgistan, and Ukraine) within the space of four months? Think about it, FOUR months is only slightly longer than the regular 'probation' period for an employee. I'll bet you that it happened because the people there finally saw the free world and decided they wanted to join it (now don't be cynical just yet, bear with me).
So, how do you and I figure in this? Well, there are many reasons I get that cold feeling I spoke about up there. One is loneliness. Yes, being a geek, and not a talkative one at that, I walk alone in life. But the biggest reason? I know that half my ideas will never be implemented. Why? Partly because I'm paranoid as hell. I've had my work stolen before, so since then, I've been just a little paranoid (no more than the usual blood test and handing over of the first born mind you).
So, dear reader, if you are looking at this space, then I suggest a deal. I'll give you ideas, and I'll do my damndest to make them the best ideas. If you can't see yourself pursuing them, fine, but could you tell someone else the idea?
If we all did this, shared our ideas, there's no telling what could be accomplished. Just like the recent rash of freedom, maybe we can create something totally new.
Thank you for your time.