For anyone who has seen Godfrey Reggio’s unbelievably cool Koyaanisqatsi, you might already know about the meat of this entry. If you do not know of this film, I more than highly recommend it.
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning, “crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living.”
iPhone 5 and “the new” iPad. Advertising and commercial mass hysteria tell us to want them. There was nothing wrong with your old iPad and you have nothing to say on your iPhone. Now there is a commercial that makes fun of people who want these products, then tries to sell an even douchier product. Crazy Life.
Only human beings are capable of consuming all the resources of a place. Crazy life.
We burn fuel to generate heat to run machines to keep us cool. Crazy life.
We spend our intellectual time looking at funny cat videos and reality television and then blame politicians for our second-world status. Crazy life.
We pay people to do our physical work for us, then pay people to make us do physical work in the gym. Crazy life.
In the grand scheme of human life, we all face utter humility and complete insignificance. Our existences are an anomaly, a speck, a nearly-silent flash in the cosmic timeline. This can certainly be frightening to anyone.
Sometimes the most frustrating thing isn’t madness but dullness.
Crazy Life. What would it take to create life in balance? Certainly we are somewhere down a path of imbalance, so maybe the first move would be to recognize it. Life is so complex, however, that all we could initially recognize is that we are out of balance, not so much how we are out of balance.
Koyaanisqatsi is full of examples, of course. Power lines litter the beauty of the desert. Poverty grips cities. People run around like insects. Flying machines crash to the earth.
The question then becomes: what can I do to avoid crazy life? To say that I am working on it is an understatement. It is also always true, since I believe that all life is a process, not a destination.
Have your say. Comment and tell me what you are doing, or what you might think I could do, to steer clear of “crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living.”