The biggest picture only exists because it’s made up of infinitely many smaller pictures. On our trip we’ve been learning how to balance seeing as much as possible and still appreciating the little actions that make being alive so special.
Today Kim, a writer with Downtown Project and an awesome woman, remarked that our mission to ‘evolve ourselves and evolve culture’ was a really big-picture concept that many people don’t often make part of their consciousness. She asked whether I woke up one day and started thinking like that or whether it’s something that’s always been part of the way I see things. I said the latter.
It made me think about the benefits and drawbacks of achieving a universal perspective. It allows you to see how you fit into the rest of the world, to better predict the real consequences of actions, and to choose what parts of life are worthy of focus. This can lead to incredible success and real fulfillment. It can also lead to feeling overwhelmed and helpless to make a difference in a world so much bigger than any one person.
I think the key is to be able to keep the big picture in mind but stay present and focused on whatever’s at hand. This avoids the trap of being too caught up with thinking and designing and forgetting to experience being alive.
On the other side of things, I think it’s extremely important especially right now for people to take some time to realize how they fit into the bigger picture of society. As more and more people are willing to look outside ourselves and really see what effects we have on society, we’re realizing that we collectively have the potential to do incredible things. We could eliminate poverty and hunger no problem, for example.
Time to balance out this big-picture thinking with some good ol’ fashioned exploring of Las Vegas!