The Context of Human Life Excerpts from the Book
The Corporate Shaman in the Age of Aquarius
by Ogi Karam
The Context of Human Life
Today we are digitalizing our life through the daily usage of modern media. We are capturing moments: photographs, videos, audio, memes, live photos, etc. We store them, we share them, we make stories, we keep them in the digital memory.
One day this information will become the archive of our digital identity in the servers of the corporation that are taking our date in return for their “free” services.
However, these pieces of information might have a personal, individual meaning for us, marking a particular time in our life or particular experience, which was much more vivid than the digital equivalent.
For example, the information of other senses such as smell, taste, and touch will not be recorded. And as we are still even developing our sixth sense, it is too early to consider it a normal part of our human experience as a species.
Also, the contextual information about our experience of how we perceive objects, people, our relations, our admirations, and our inspiration . . . all of this would not be recorded fully.
We can create a sort of reminder of a moment—to encode it, and we are the ones who are able then to “decode” it into a more dimensional expression of life.
This was, is, and should be one of the mission of the arts.
Without “art,” “Earth” would be just “Eh,” left without the multidimensional context that makes our human life so unique!
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Life is understood backwards, but..
It is lived forwards.
Therefore, all the memories and data is based on past events.
We can connect the dots when looking backwards and need an insightful vision to envision our future, which cannot be done by machine.
Machines cannot invent something new, as they are working with the data which is already provided.
Hopefully humans will not step out of their leading role.
Around 2017, I had a great insight about human-centric architecture and urban planning as a modern movement. It was the time when I met one of the main forces in this—architect Jan Gehl from Denmark.
He was visiting my hometown of Varna, Bulgaria in order to give a lecture in front of Students of Architecture in the Varna Free University and to talk with the local urban planners.
After hearing his way of thinking, I saw a totally different approach—he was saying that we need to put the human in the center of the city design, giving many examples on how he was able to transform big cities like Moscow, Tokyo, Zurich . . .
Animals – Our Guides
Sometimes and very often . . . animals are coming to us to guide us, teach us, protect us.
We say that we are taking the dog out . . . but maybe he is taking us out.
We are taking care of the cat at home, but maybe the dog is taking care of us. . . .
Or are we still too arrogant to accept this idea?
My ancestors respected animals and lived with them.
For example, when they were building homes, they would pass the dog into it and by the place where he stays, they indicated the place, which has good energy for living in.
The cat, on the other side, is able to clean and transform negative energy (some cats can also work with positive energy as well). Have you noticed that cats prefer places next to computers or electronic devices?
I was healed and supported many times by animals.
For example, once I was at the dentist and had pain after the treatment and was sitting in a chair next to our home. Then a little cat came and sat on me. I felt that this small creature was sensing my pain and came to help me.
It is not a wonder that nowadays animals are recognised as therapists: cats and dogs for sure, but dolphins and horses are also very popular healers.
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