Surfing the Lightning

Just what are you capable of?

As a human being, what can you actually do? The answer is: more than you could possibly think.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marian Williamson

As I have studied our capabilities, the upper limit of what we can actually do keeps receding into the distance. It’s true that our physical capabilities are capped. It’s unlikely that we will get much faster than Usain Bolt ie it’s highly unlikely that someone will run 100 metres in less than 8 seconds. I won’t say that it’s impossible but that would be stupid. Again, it’s unlikely that anyone will ever run a 2-minute mile.

However, that is irrelevant because we are more than just our bodies. We have minds. So when we reached the limits of our bodies, we simply used other bodies and then technology. For example, there are many people who have traveled mach 24 which means they can cover 100 metre distance in less than 1/100 second.

So, taken as a complete and whole organism, where are our upper limits?


2 comments on “Surfing the Lightning

  1. Hi Phil,

    SoundEagle realizes that you are referring to the capacities of a human individual most of the time, except for the last paragraph. Collectively, the statistics are quite alarming. Whatever “our upper limits” may be, humans are already using the Earth’s capacity at 1.5 times the rate at which the Earth can replenish itself. Also, it is estimated that if everyone in China could enjoy a high living standard as Americans do, then five Earths would be needed.

    • Well, I agree about the mindless consumption. However, I would have to disagree that America and Europe have high standards of living. They certainly have high levels of needless waste and if China were to follow the same path, it would be ruinous for everyone. I talked about this in my book Living Without Cruelty and in particular the chapter Consumerism: A Life Threatening Disease. In fact, that is why I started this blog and what I hope will be the result: that people will reach happier lives without the need for a “fix” of wasteful consumption

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