Well, I end up making my friend laugh so hard that he takes a pee in his pants. Long story short: I am never allowed to play with James again. So, as 2+2=4, I develop this faulty memory association: that making people laugh equates to loneliness, loss, and separation.
When a prophetic peace comes and the world is geared towards marginalizing the Jewish and Christian faiths, are we going to be so busy fighting and so busy being anxious to remember that we need to live a little and enjoy our existence in this world?
Chapter 8 of Deep Survival is the last chapter of Part 1—"How Accidents Happen" and it forces me to re-evaluate my own approach to wilderness trekking and my relationship to nature when I go out there.
O' the choices of toys within the rubble of civilization at the beginning of the Meek generation: countless, unlimited, choices of what to do…pick a passion and go with it…freedom and prosperity are within grasp…
The day is coming sooner than we’d care to imagine when folks (the Meek Generation, and their children and grandchildren), will talk about the internet in the past tense. The infrastructure necessary to run the internet cannot possibly endure what is coming in the not too distant future.
“Everyone, to one degree or another, sees not the real world but the ever-changing state of the self in an ever-changing invention of the world. We live in a continuous reinterpretation of sensory input and memories, and they are contained in presets that can, at any given moment, light up neural networks in a shifting kaleidoscope of energy, which we come to think of as reality. It is all part of the dynamic dance of adaptation that accounts for our survival as an organism and the survival of the species” (122-123).
To really grasp what is being done here, it helps to understand the value of light-hearted fun, play, or humor (dark if need be), as it would apply to the value it has for survival.