This video from Conan O’Brien’s show definitely puts things into perspective. Not to mention makes you laugh and think at the same time. Check it out and after I want to ask you a pretty serious question:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

So why is it that when everything’s going so well and we have the greatest technological advancements ever that we as society seem so impatient, frustrated, angry, and sad? Is it our sense of entitlement? That we expect to have the best all the time? Or that we don’t practice gratitude?

I’d like your two cents on this so drop a comment and share your thoughts.

Oh and the comedian here is Louis C.K. :-)

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199 Comments

  • kim says:

    OMG. He is so right. We should be more greatful for what we have.

  • Starwhisperer says:

    YES! I agree its all about perspective and gratitude…~ Namaste

    • Fire-Walker says:

      You already said what I was planning to say. Gratitude for sure. And one of my overridding life philosophies is to just keep everything in perspective; that is a very calming device. Thank you. Namaste.

  • James says:

    SOOOO TRUE.

    No body owes you anything. You must appreciate and give thanks everyday for what others have and are doing for YOU. All the modern things we have were put in place by people who wanted to improve and add value to other people's lives. Be part of your community. Play your part. Help others any way you can.

  • Carol Gordon says:

    I loved this! We just take everything for granted and the more we have the more we expect. Life is so easy now, we have gadgets for everything but we forget that it wasn't always like this. Be grateful for everything you have!

  • bernie says:

    life is like a box of chocolates, you never know whats your going to get………..

  • MANUEL COLIN says:

    I DO AGREE. WE ARE STILL PRETTY MUCH IN THE INSTANT GRATIFICATION ERA. HE HAS A VERY FUNNY WAY TO PUT IT, AND IS THE A VERY GOOD WAY TO BUILD UP CONSCIOUSNESS.

  • Gene says:

    With all this new and advancing technology, it's so easy to get swept up in it and think that it's important or making our lives easier when in reality it just distracts us from our real issues. Technology is a great and wondrous thing and has opened the world to us, but we all need to take a step back and think about what's truly important. This is one the main reasons meditation today is so important. Turn off the computers and the phones for half an hour. We used to live without them and we still can. Don't let them suck the life out of our and future generations.

  • That is so funny because it is so true. What an amazing world we live in.

  • elize says:

    It is so true thank you for this. It gave me at least new perspective. We have to start living our lives valuing each step of the way. We are a sad unhappy bunch because we don’t appreciate things anymore. To appreciate, means to create greater value.

  • Loraine says:

    Who is the other guy? I think he should get the credit, not Conan O'Brien
    Lor

  • Ken says:

    You were right…this was hillarious. Someone 14 – 20 years old could not possibly relate to most of his stories. But if you are 60 like me, not only do I relate, I believe that this generations feeling of entitlement and lack of gratitude will only get worse. With everything becoming faster, bigger and tastier there is frustration and disappointment when they are not more faster, bigger and tastier.
    Common courtesy has flown the coop. Puncutation and proper English is a thing of the past.
    Peoples posture is getting worse because everyone is looking down at their "i"-something or other.
    So….the question is….what can be done about it? Talk about frustration.
    I am grateful for the great video piece.
    Sincerely, Ken P

  • Jennifer Rodriguez says:

    People just love to complain and are in love with their "victim" stories. They take everything for granted and then WHINE when they don't get what they want. When all goes well, it's no big deal but just let one little thing go wrong and it's like the end of the world for some people.

  • Patty says:

    My cell phone does not take pics nor do I text. I refuse to do it. It is important for me to connect with a real person. It is sometimes difficult for me to live in a fast paced world. We all need to simplify!

  • BRAD says:

    IF WE ALL EVENTUALLY DIE AND THATS IT,WHY NOT BE HAPPY AND ENJOY WHAT TIME WE GOT
    AND ALSO MAKE EVERONE ELSES LIFE MORE ENJOYABLE.

  • Dennis says:

    Many people today are spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement, and no sense of gratitude!

    Thanks for bringing this video to our attention! :)

    FYI – That's Louis C.K. on Conan, one of the funniest comedians I've ever heard and he's dead on!

    You should give him a shout out in the post, since he's the one making these observations, not Conan http://www.louisck.net/

    DISCLAIMER: Louis can be quite graphic and vulgar at times. You've been warned! ;)

  • Jody says:

    Wonderful point he makes! And he made me laugh in the morning so my day is starting out great :-)

  • James Randolph says:

    I remember my Grandmother long ago saying, I remember the wright Brother's first flight, and I saw men landing on the moon.

  • Darlene says:

    I agree, we don't practice enough gratitude!!! It is an amazing time we live in!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Judith says:

    That is HILARIOUS and oh, SO true!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!

  • wendy says:

    Yes indeed… we do take so much for granted these days and are annoyed when something does not work as expected. We really need to step back and consider just how miraculous some things are.
    I guess it is because when you are born into a certain way of life it just seems normal and only those who can remember other days can appreciate the achievement.
    Actually though, we have so much to be thankful for. I love Sarah MacLachlan's song "An ordinary miracle", because it brings home just how astounding some "ordinary" things actually are…

  • Rose says:

    Awesome video! Wish it was longer.
    I think everyone needs this type of "grounding" moment as a reminder.
    We live in a fast paced society and everything has become so instantanious and taken for granted. We've become spoiled and with everthing at our fingertips it's understandable how some people can forget and just expect.
    I often remember my up bringing. Yes the dreaded outhouse, lived on a farm and did pretty much did everything by hand and home made. I never forget how difficult it was for my parents as well. They had seven kids!
    Youngsters of today find it "so hard" and really don't have a clue what hard is. It seems that they don't quite know what being grateful really is. Many are in for a rude awakening.
    Maybe it's about time everyone just slows down at least long enough to notice and appreciate what's in front of them.

  • Wolf Halton says:

    We are always looking for a golden age. It ended 10 years ago, or it's just around the corner. We hardly ever look at today, right now as the golden age. This is when the most amazing things are available to us and to everybody.

  • Shosh says:

    Yes, it is very funny – and very very true. We need a quick fix for everything, an instant solution – or we explode!!!

  • wendy says:

    Yes indeed… we do take so much for granted these days and are annoyed when something does not work as expected. We really need to step back and consider just how miraculous some things are and learn to appreciate them. I love Sarah Mac Lachlan's song "Ordinary Miracle" because it brings home just how wonderful some of the things we take for granted are.

  • Celeste says:

    The comedian's name is C.K.Louis and he has lots of funny videos on youtube like this one where he talks about that clip http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=BjNgNDZzH5o&f….

    Thanks for sharing this – it really made me laugh and at the same time appreciate what I have.

  • Celeste says:

    Whoops that should have been – The comedian's name is Louis C.K. and he has lots of funny videos on youtube like this one where he talks about that clip http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=BjNgNDZzH5o&f….

  • Ruby says:

    Oh so very true… and still a part of the bigger picture of Perfect Divine Order. Every morning I get up and go through the list of all the things that are blessings in my life before my brain chatter can start the never ending list of worries and thoughts where I tend to think nothing's going right. I heard someone say once that, "worrying is doubting God", (whatever God you believe in or not). Is it really just us doing the creating or is there true Co-Creating going on and our lives are constant reflections of that? The book "My Stroke of Insight" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor was a big eye opener for me in the realm of the left/right brains and how we can find a balance between the two! It seems to be a no-brainer…Gratitude vs. Entitlement. There are times I chose the latter and nothing goes right. Gratitude is the beeline to having a great day (and Life)!
    Have a Great Day…FOREVER:)

  • Mick says:

    I think technology is being used in the wrong way. Instead of helping to enhance our life experiences many gadgets (such as television) are being used in ways that are destroying social interaction. We would rather watch TV, play video games or sit on the internet rather than interact with our neighbours or friends.

    We are social creatures and without social interaction we feel unhappy, lonely and isolated. Unfortunately technologuy is often used to contribute to this situation.

  • ~Kat says:

    I feel we as a society are overstimulated from all the new technology. He makes a good point about the wait on the plane, and how people get bent out of shape. Could it be that because we are overstimulated by evertything going on that some of us can't relax? Then when thrown into a waiting period we recognise the discomfort? As Abraham-Hicks would say it's our jumping platform! Just a thought.. loved the video, thank you!

  • molly says:

    YES, BUT . . .this was very funny and very true. And the world is a magical place, but our young are not taught that and they are taught not to think. Even those old enough to remember are often under so much stress from the fast-paced world that they can't even remember these things or to be grateful.

    I threw out my tv, microwave, and once, while working 3 jobs which I handled on my phone all day, I accidentally ran over it. After an initial panic, it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was free! While relaxing outside one morning, talking to a woman in her late 30's, my phone rang. I didn't even flinch and she inquired why I didn't answer it. She stared at me in horror when I told her I wasn't a slave to the phone, it was there for my convenience and I would check the message in a little while. She thought it was the rudest thing she ever heard (yet she didn't find it rude that she often called me 30 times a day, knowing I was busy :)).

    I remember all these things, but I remember something else too. When I was young they taught us that technology was going to improve our lives so much in the future. They said that we would be able to do our whole day's work in a couple of hours, giving us more free time for living and doing what we wanted. Even as a child, it felt like there was a trick to it somewhere. Did we really think they were going to let us go home before lunch? No, they just gave us 3 or 4 other people's work to fill up that extra time. The way things are set up, most people don't even have time for a free thought – such as what am I grateful for? Even children have schedules that allow no time slot for "smelling the roses".

    Everything that has been said is true, but who is going to show the young how to be grateful or allow them the time to find out what it means. It is all set up so that it will never occur to them and you can't expect them to learn something they've never seen. Playing Pollyanna will not change this, only we can. Someone has to give them another perspective. Just sayin' . .. . .

    • Meadowlark says:

      Here, here! As a mother of 8 kids (4 biological and 4 adopted), I've watched my children struggle with all that the world has to offer in constant temptations on a daily basis. We simply can't afford these things and my kids have to learn to live without them. The bonus lesson within the umbrella truth of financial position is that they get to learn that we all can exist happily without the many technical additions, discoveries, and amenities that much of the world believes is absolute necessity to one's existence. This is not to say that I don't want my children to be grateful for living in the greatest time of discovery in history; on the contrary. I want them to retain the wonder of each and every discovery while understanding that it's through the simplicity of life where they will find the most happiness. With the two combined, they get to hop on a plane to fly to Switzerland to see their grandparents and then walk through the forests and climb the mountains to put the picture of what this world is all about.

  • Karen says:

    I really enjoyed the video. I am grateful for indoor plumbing and I don't take it for granted-we have a summer home at the river and have trouble with the well there-getting water and having the pump work correctly. So if it won't work, we can't stay there. I have been blessed in my life and I know that I have taken it all for granted. Like Don Henley said in his song "Thanksgiving" that "we are all living unexamined lives."
    So far, the 21st century has been amazing.

  • Shimmee says:

    Thankfulness

    Humility

    Appreciation

    Namaste

    Knowing

    Gratefulness

    Openess

    Determination

    For me….The glass is forever OVERFLOWING, never merely 1/2 full, and certainly and most assuredly never ever 1/2 empty.

    You are blessed!!!

  • Brenda says:

    Hiya to all the community. Hope things are going well w/all!
    This is too funny! I was actually talking to a friend of mine about (remember the rotary phone) this week.
    So true, they were the best, not that I really miss them. I am glad I had the experience of having them in my life. Ppl do forget so easily, how far we have come since those days & or what they have in life now. I like the thing about going back to riding the donkey.. LOL, I can just imagine "some" select ppl having to do that! Would be so interesting to hear their experience. :) Anyway, thanxz 4 sharing this, it was Great & 4 real!
    Blessings, Love & Light to everyone, on this Beautiful Afternoon!

  • Leila says:

    I enjoyed the video a lot – thanks. I sort of agree that we take technology advances too much for granted but I also think that along with the advances comes pressure to keep up and I think that, in essence, is what makes people complain about it – love, hate.

  • Eric says:

    Stop the world. That's what the teacher said.

  • Matt says:

    I agree. I'm 19 and a part of the crappy, and spoiled generation. My problem is that I don't know how to get my generation out of this rut. And future generations for that matter. I hope I find out how by the time I start teaching at high school.

  • Sophiananda says:

    the resolution wasn't very high… and the aspect ratio was off!

    this sucks… my day is now ruined.

    ;)

  • Matt says:

    I agree I'm 19 and a part of the crappy generation. We need to wake up. The problem is that I don't know how to get my generation out of this rut.

  • David says:

    Thanks a million for these 'insights' These "comments" are so thoughtful and true, I am guilty as well of getting a bit impatient with these "technological advancements" and not give it a second thought…this is inspiring for me and makes me take another deeper look inside…

  • James says:

    SOOOO TRUE.
    No body owes you anything. You must appreciate and give thanks everyday for what others have and are doing for YOU. All the modern things we have were put in place by people who wanted to improve and add value to other people’s lives. Be part of your community. Play your part. Help others any way you can.

  • Carol Gordon says:

    I loved this! We just take everything for granted and the more we have the more we expect. Life is so easy now, we have gadgets for everything but we forget that it wasn't always like this. Be grateful for everything you have!

  • Josf says:

    Thanks for taking the time and trouble of bringing this video to my attention. It definitely brightened by day a little.

  • Gene says:

    With all this new and advancing technology, it's so easy to get swept up in it and think that it's important or making our lives easier when in reality it just distracts us from our real issues. Technology is a great and wondrous thing and has opened the world to us, but we all need to take a step back and think about what's truly important. This is one the main reasons meditation today is so important. Turn off the computers and the phones for half an hour. We used to live without them and we still can. Don't let them suck the life out of our and future generations.

  • Myqui says:

    We should have a No Tech Day – One day a year were there's no internet, no TV, no cars or mass transit or Air flights – A true return to life on planet Earth- PERIOD. Maybe then everyone would appreciate how marvelous a time we truely exist in – maybe…..

    • Molly says:

      Myqui, that's a great idea – though I don't think a day would do it. I remember when I was in my twenties, my husband and I would go up and stay at his family's lake house. It was beautiful there – out in nature, no phone ringing, the lake was beautiful. And guess what? I was so conditioned to the rat race that the peace and quiet drove me crazy! :)

      I found it would take about a week for my rhythm to slow down enough to match my surroundings, then I loved being there. I didn't want to leave and when we did go home, it was the same thing – would take me a week to get used to all the noise and rushing around.

      Notice that everyone looks at the now vs. then in terms of technology, as if it were what the world is all about.

      So maybe a NO-tech MONTH would do the trick. I suspect after a month, we might not want to pick up our toys again and be able to appreciate what is around us all the time that we do not see. We may actually begin to see the real world that all that tech is blocking.

    • NLP Skills says:

      Myqui, your joking, no? Wouldn't work. Where's all the stuff that I need? Need right now? All that stuff that I have to have? No TV? Oh no, have to have my TV! I would have to think…!
      We take everything that is available to us for granted, and for our right to have. I wonder what will happen when there's no more gas for the car, or if we have to resort to sailing ships to travel the world.

  • Loraine says:

    Who is the other guy? I think he should get the credit, not Conan O'Brien
    Lor

  • Ken says:

    You were right…this was hillarious. Someone 14 – 20 years old could not possibly relate to most of his stories. But if you are 60 like me, not only do I relate, I believe that this generations feeling of entitlement and lack of gratitude will only get worse. With everything becoming faster, bigger and tastier there is frustration and disappointment when they are not more faster, bigger and tastier.
    Common courtesy has flown the coop. Puncutation and proper English is a thing of the past.
    Peoples posture is getting worse because everyone is looking down at their “i”-something or other.
    So….the question is….what can be done about it? Talk about frustration.
    I am grateful for the great video piece.
    Sincerely, Ken P

  • Jonathan says:

    Definitely has a lot to do with gratitude, patience, being in the now etc.

    But ALSO…

    Our relationship with technology and how it creates numbness in our awareness. It is actually quite difficult to appreciate this amazingness of flight, landing on the moon etc., we simply do not know HOW to process these things; we're not equipped for it. Go look at the moon and try to fathom that people have landed on it. You have the factual understanding but do you feel it? Please read Marshall Mcluhan's Understanding Media. Hard to read and fascinating and frustrating and decades ahead of its time (and easily misunderstood if taken superficially). Took me a year to get through. Vishen I hope you read my comment and pick up that book and anyone else too. Peace

    Jon

  • Jennifer Rodriguez says:

    People just love to complain and are in love with their “victim” stories. They take everything for granted and then WHINE when they don't get what they want. When all goes well, it's no big deal but just let one little thing go wrong and it's like the end of the world for some people.

  • BRAD says:

    IF WE ALL EVENTUALLY DIE AND THATS IT,WHY NOT BE HAPPY AND ENJOY WHAT TIME WE GOT
    AND ALSO MAKE EVERONE ELSES LIFE MORE ENJOYABLE.

  • Dennis says:

    Many people today are spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement, and no sense of gratitude!

    Thanks for bringing this video to our attention! :)

    FYI – That's Louis C.K. on Conan, one of the funniest comedians I've ever heard and he's dead on!

    You should give him a shout out in the post, since he's the one making these observations, not Conan http://www.louisck.net/

    DISCLAIMER: Louis can be quite graphic and vulgar at times. You've been warned! ;)

  • Eugene says:

    Yes, very funny embedded with truth also. Very good. Appreciation and gratitude for what we have. Things and stuff are not who we are.

  • Jody says:

    Wonderful point he makes! And he made me laugh in the morning so my day is starting out great :-)

  • Jean says:

    We have been so busy being busy with our gadgets that we don't bother to investigate – the Microwave kills all the nutriments in your food. It also effects your energy field., as does the tanning machines. The tanning machine burn your aura signifigantly. The cell phones also damage your energy field and the constant holding against the head is asking for trouble. A video was going around of one unpopped corn kernal sitting in the middle of four cell phones. The owners of the cell phones dialed the phones together and popped the kernal of pop corn -what do you think that would do to you. I wouldn't live in a house situated nexdt to a cell phone tower if you gave the house me, I love my family too much to do that to them.. When new "modern" inventions are brought into the world they must be of benefit not harm to mankind. Don't rush for the "toy" and "fun" and so called convenience. I would gladly welcome the land-line telephones back, and people wouldn't be talking on the phone all day and everywhere. I am grateful for many things we have but don't discount the old ways yet.

  • wendy says:

    Yes indeed… we do take so much for granted these days and are annoyed when something does not work as expected. We really need to step back and consider just how miraculous some things are.
    I guess it is because when you are born into a certain way of life it just seems normal and only those who can remember other days can appreciate the achievement.
    Actually though, we have so much to be thankful for. I love Sarah MacLachlan's song “An ordinary miracle”, because it brings home just how astounding some “ordinary” things actually are…

  • Rose says:

    Awesome video! Wish it was longer.
    I think everyone needs this type of “grounding” moment as a reminder.
    We live in a fast paced society and everything has become so instantanious and taken for granted. We've become spoiled and with everthing at our fingertips it's understandable how some people can forget and just expect.
    I often remember my up bringing. Yes the dreaded outhouse, lived on a farm and did pretty much did everything by hand and home made. I never forget how difficult it was for my parents as well. They had seven kids!
    Youngsters of today find it “so hard” and really don't have a clue what hard is. It seems that they don't quite know what being grateful really is. Many are in for a rude awakening.
    Maybe it's about time everyone just slows down at least long enough to notice and appreciate what's in front of them.

  • wendy says:

    Yes indeed… we do take so much for granted these days and are annoyed when something does not work as expected. We really need to step back and consider just how miraculous some things are and learn to appreciate them. I love Sarah Mac Lachlan's song “Ordinary Miracle” because it brings home just how wonderful some of the things we take for granted are.

  • Celeste says:

    The comedian's name is C.K.Louis and he has lots of funny videos on youtube like this one where he talks about that clip http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=BjNgNDZzH5o&f….

    Thanks for sharing this – it really made me laugh and at the same time appreciate what I have.

  • Katherine says:

    Who's that guy? He's hilarious! Is he a stand up comedian? And yes, he's absolutely right. I remember my Dad marvelling one time at how planes even get off the GROUND and what a miracle it is. I even still think a land line call from Europe to America is astouding. I mean, where does it go? Did someone lay a huge cable all the way across the Atlantic? How in the hell did they even DO that? Is it on the ocean floor somewhere? How do they stop it being eaten by fish etc? And that's just clunky old landlines! Stuff IS amazing. I can't even start to think about how the internet works as my brain just sort of spins in neutral when I try to get a handle on that…..

  • Celeste says:

    Whoops that should have been – The comedian's name is Louis C.K. and he has lots of funny videos on youtube like this one where he talks about that clip http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=BjNgNDZzH5o&f….

  • Ruby says:

    Oh so very true… and still a part of the bigger picture of Perfect Divine Order. Every morning I get up and go through the list of all the things that are blessings in my life before my brain chatter can start the never ending list of worries and thoughts where I tend to think nothing's going right. I heard someone say once that, “worrying is doubting God”, (whatever God you believe in or not). Is it really just us doing the creating or is there true Co-Creating going on and our lives are constant reflections of that? The book “My Stroke of Insight” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor was a big eye opener for me in the realm of the left/right brains and how we can find a balance between the two! It seems to be a no-brainer…Gratitude vs. Entitlement. There are times I chose the latter and nothing goes right. Gratitude is the beeline to having a great day (and Life)!
    Have a Great Day…FOREVER:)

  • Mick says:

    I think technology is being used in the wrong way. Instead of helping to enhance our life experiences many gadgets (such as television) are being used in ways that are destroying social interaction. We would rather watch TV, play video games or sit on the internet rather than interact with our neighbours or friends.

    We are social creatures and without social interaction we feel unhappy, lonely and isolated. Unfortunately technologuy is often used to contribute to this situation.

  • molly says:

    YES, BUT . . .this was very funny and very true. And the world is a magical place, but our young are not taught that and they are taught not to think. Even those old enough to remember are often under so much stress from the fast-paced world that they can't even remember these things or to be grateful.

    I threw out my tv, microwave, and once, while working 3 jobs which I handled on my phone all day, I accidentally ran over it. After an initial panic, it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was free! While relaxing outside one morning, talking to a woman in her late 30's, my phone rang. I didn't even flinch and she inquired why I didn't answer it. She stared at me in horror when I told her I wasn't a slave to the phone, it was there for my convenience and I would check the message in a little while. She thought it was the rudest thing she ever heard (yet she didn't find it rude that she often called me 30 times a day, knowing I was busy :)).

    I remember all these things, but I remember something else too. When I was young they taught us that technology was going to improve our lives so much in the future. They said that we would be able to do our whole day's work in a couple of hours, giving us more free time for living and doing what we wanted. Even as a child, it felt like there was a trick to it somewhere. Did we really think they were going to let us go home before lunch? No, they just gave us 3 or 4 other people's work to fill up that extra time. The way things are set up, most people don't even have time for a free thought – such as what am I grateful for? Even children have schedules that allow no time slot for “smelling the roses”.

    Everything that has been said is true, but who is going to show the young how to be grateful or allow them the time to find out what it means. It is all set up so that it will never occur to them and you can't expect them to learn something they've never seen. Playing Pollyanna will not change this, only we can. Someone has to give them another perspective. Just sayin' . .. . .

  • Karen says:

    I really enjoyed the video. I am grateful for indoor plumbing and I don't take it for granted-we have a summer home at the river and have trouble with the well there-getting water and having the pump work correctly. So if it won't work, we can't stay there. I have been blessed in my life and I know that I have taken it all for granted. Like Don Henley said in his song “Thanksgiving” that “we are all living unexamined lives.”
    So far, the 21st century has been amazing.

  • Shimmee says:

    Thankfulness
    Humility
    Appreciation
    Namaste
    Knowing

    Gratefulness
    Openess
    Determination

    For me….The glass is forever OVERFLOWING, never merely 1/2 full, and certainly and most assuredly never ever 1/2 empty.

    You are blessed!!!

  • Brenda says:

    Hiya to all the community. Hope things are going well w/all!
    This is too funny! I was actually talking to a friend of mine about (remember the rotary phone) this week.
    So true, they were the best, not that I really miss them. I am glad I had the experience of having them in my life. Ppl do forget so easily, how far we have come since those days & or what they have in life now. I like the thing about going back to riding the donkey.. LOL, I can just imagine “some” select ppl having to do that! Would be so interesting to hear their experience. :) Anyway, thanxz 4 sharing this, it was Great & 4 real!
    Blessings, Love & Light to everyone, on this Beautiful Afternoon!

  • Eric says:

    Stop the world. That’s what the teacher said.

  • Sophiananda says:

    the resolution wasn’t very high… and the aspect ratio was off!

    this sucks… my day is now ruined.

    ;)

  • R. leon says:

    every day is a gift, every moment. When you look to the inner self and move away from the ego. it is enlightening. A question? How would you react if the power went out tomorrow?…. we are all 1 light bulb away from the middleages.

    • It's not a lightbulb that separates us from the middle ages, it's knowledge and social development. My guess is, if the power went out tomorrow someone would restore it or find an alternative by next week.

  • Burt says:

    When we tap into the creative universal knowledge that has always been there…And we become less and less dependent on mother nature we seem to simply race over "her" constantly,as if we were never once ,eons ago ,inseparble. At the very "fundamental core"of our physical making.

    Just to stop in my travels for a moment regaurdless of scheduals and close my eyes,breath…And just "FEEL!!"…

    L O V E

  • Matt says:

    I agree I’m 19 and a part of the crappy generation. We need to wake up. The problem is that I don’t know how to get my generation out of this rut.

  • David says:

    Thanks a million for these ‘insights’ These “comments” are so thoughtful and true, I am guilty as well of getting a bit impatient with these “technological advancements” and not give it a second thought…this is inspiring for me and makes me take another deeper look inside…

  • Nitehowl says:

    Wonderful video. We could use as many of these as you can find. Thanks, I loved it!

  • nonya b iznez says:

    right on louis ck!

  • Myqui says:

    We should have a No Tech Day – One day a year were there’s no internet, no TV, no cars or mass transit or Air flights – A true return to life on planet Earth- PERIOD. Maybe then everyone would appreciate how marvelous a time we truely exist in – maybe…..

    • Molly says:

      Myqui, that’s a great idea – though I don’t think a day would do it. I remember when I was in my twenties, my husband and I would go up and stay at his family’s lake house. It was beautiful there – out in nature, no phone ringing, the lake was beautiful. And guess what? I was so conditioned to the rat race that the peace and quiet drove me crazy! :)

      I found it would take about a week for my rhythm to slow down enough to match my surroundings, then I loved being there. I didn’t want to leave and when we did go home, it was the same thing – would take me a week to get used to all the noise and rushing around.

      Notice that everyone looks at the now vs. then in terms of technology, as if it were what the world is all about.

      So maybe a NO-tech MONTH would do the trick. I suspect after a month, we might not want to pick up our toys again and be able to appreciate what is around us all the time that we do not see. We may actually begin to see the real world that all that tech is blocking.

    • NLP Skills says:

      Myqui, your joking, no? Wouldn't work. Where's all the stuff that I need? Need right now? All that stuff that I have to have? No TV? Oh no, have to have my TV! I would have to think…!
      We take everything that is available to us for granted, and for our right to have. I wonder what will happen when there's no more gas for the car, or if we have to resort to sailing ships to travel the world.

  • Jonathan says:

    Definitely has a lot to do with gratitude, patience, being in the now etc.

    But ALSO…

    Our relationship with technology and how it creates numbness in our awareness. It is actually quite difficult to appreciate this amazingness of flight, landing on the moon etc., we simply do not know HOW to process these things; we’re not equipped for it. Go look at the moon and try to fathom that people have landed on it. You have the factual understanding but do you feel it? Please read Marshall Mcluhan’s Understanding Media. Hard to read and fascinating and frustrating and decades ahead of its time (and easily misunderstood if taken superficially). Took me a year to get through. Vishen I hope you read my comment and pick up that book and anyone else too. Peace

    Jon

  • Bill C says:

    A very intuitive person. He should be the host of his own TV Show.

  • Jean says:

    We have been so busy being busy with our gadgets that we don't bother to investigate – the Microwave kills all the nutriments in your food. It also effects your energy field., as does the tanning machines. The tanning machine burn your aura signifigantly. The cell phones also damage your energy field and the constant holding against the head is asking for trouble. A video was going around of one unpopped corn kernal sitting in the middle of four cell phones. The owners of the cell phones dialed the phones together and popped the kernal of pop corn -what do you think that would do to you. I wouldn't live in a house situated nexdt to a cell phone tower if you gave the house me, I love my family too much to do that to them.. When new “modern” inventions are brought into the world they must be of benefit not harm to mankind. Don't rush for the “toy” and “fun” and so called convenience. I would gladly welcome the land-line telephones back, and people wouldn't be talking on the phone all day and everywhere. I am grateful for many things we have but don't discount the old ways yet.

  • Geoff says:

    Why? Why? Why? Easy. Because humans are lightning fast to make judgments, about everything.

    Stop the judgments about whether something is either good or bad. Simply accept anything and everything as it is…..that is, "it just is."

    When phones had rotary dials…it was neither good, nor bad….it just was.

    If you have a phone that has more functions than the best multifunction device, which can also dial "zero" in a nano-second….it is neither good, nor bad…it just is.

    If you had to wait an extra 20 minutes lined up on the tarmac waiting to take off….it's neither good, nor bad…it just is.

    When you can accept that things "just are"…"just is" etc then you can be even more grateful, and even more happy.

    • jim says:

      Very true Geoff,

      " it just is" neither goo nor bad ……. sounds very much how a wise calm person would see it , most enlightened teachers seem to see it this way, the play of life , reality just is , changeless, timesless , and still , good comment.

    • Kunal says:

      Geoff's got it right. I see so much unnecessary anger from so many ppl about the most trivial things you can think of. For instance, my buddy will be driving along and sees a little traffic jam – and I'm talking LITTLE – it's not even a jam, it's a bunch of cars moving slower than usual and he acts like it's the end of the world… and I'm sitting in the passenger seat thinking "you drive as slow as this anyway on any day :D".

      It's stupid things like that which baffle me. Of course I am also human and certain things not going my way also piss me off sometimes but for the most part I like to think I'm pretty level headed.

  • Katherine says:

    Who's that guy? He's hilarious! Is he a stand up comedian? And yes, he's absolutely right. I remember my Dad marvelling one time at how planes even get off the GROUND and what a miracle it is. I even still think a land line call from Europe to America is astouding. I mean, where does it go? Did someone lay a huge cable all the way across the Atlantic? How in the hell did they even DO that? Is it on the ocean floor somewhere? How do they stop it being eaten by fish etc? And that's just clunky old landlines! Stuff IS amazing. I can't even start to think about how the internet works as my brain just sort of spins in neutral when I try to get a handle on that…..

  • Burt says:

    When we tap into the creative universal knowledge that has always been there…And we become less and less dependent on mother nature we seem to simply race over “her” constantly,as if we were never once ,eons ago ,inseparble. At the very “fundamental core”of our physical making.
    Just to stop in my travels for a moment regaurdless of scheduals and close my eyes,breath…And just “FEEL!!”…
    L O V E

  • Gina says:

    I think it's gratitude. People just aren't as grateful for what they have as they should be. The kids today have no idea what we as older people had to do before all this technology came about. When I had to do a paper for school I actually had to go to the library and look up in encyclopedias and the only thing that would be current is the Year Book for each year that would give you more current stuff about what happened that year. And if one set of encyclopedias didn't have enough information, you had to go to a different set, or maybe an autobiography book on a certain person. The kids today have it so much more easier, and have no clue.

  • Geoff says:

    Why? Why? Why? Easy. Because humans are lightning fast to make judgments, about everything.

    Stop the judgments about whether something is either good or bad. Simply accept anything and everything as it is…..that is, “it just is.”

    When phones had rotary dials…it was neither good, nor bad….it just was.

    If you have a phone that has more functions than the best multifunction device, which can also dial “zero” in a nano-second….it is neither good, nor bad…it just is.

    If you had to wait an extra 20 minutes lined up on the tarmac waiting to take off….it's neither good, nor bad…it just is.

    When you can accept that things “just are”…”just is” etc then you can be even more grateful, and even more happy.

    • jim says:

      Very true Geoff,
      ” it just is” neither goo nor bad ……. sounds very much how a wise calm person would see it , most enlightened teachers seem to see it this way, the play of life , reality just is , changeless, timesless , and still , good comment.

    • Kunal says:

      Geoff’s got it right. I see so much unnecessary anger from so many ppl about the most trivial things you can think of. For instance, my buddy will be driving along and sees a little traffic jam – and I’m talking LITTLE – it’s not even a jam, it’s a bunch of cars moving slower than usual and he acts like it’s the end of the world… and I’m sitting in the passenger seat thinking “you drive as slow as this anyway on any day :D”.

      It’s stupid things like that which baffle me. Of course I am also human and certain things not going my way also piss me off sometimes but for the most part I like to think I’m pretty level headed.

  • Ranjeet says:

    I loved that and so true, thank you for sharing finer mind team.
    I need to be more grateful, I am still laughing about the phone.
    Awesome

    Blessings
    Ranjeet :)

  • Mariana says:

    It was so funny!! I remember my upbringing in Argentina in the 70s. Electricity was out for good period of time during the day; my family waited 7 years for a phone line; the day we got it, we celebrated!! Everytime a friend called me after i got my phone I was a nerveous wreck because it was a miracle!! I was excited to watch the Ingalls Family at 5:00 pm because that was when the lights would come back. And so many more anecdotes. I had so much time in my hands that I had to use my imagination to get by!!! My father used to hate when I said I was bored. But I had two walls covered with bookshelves and books. That kept my imagination going; by reading and inventing stories. The kids now hate to read and when you ask them to write; they lack imagination; how sad. This video make me realized how lucky I am to live in this society, and I am taking an oath right now to be thankful of every bit of commodity I am surrounded by. Thank you!

  • TracY ClarK says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE This! Thank You!!!

  • Ranjeet says:

    I loved that and so true, thank you for sharing finer mind team.
    I need to be more grateful, I am still laughing about the phone.
    Awesome

    Blessings
    Ranjeet :)

  • John says:

    Fantastic video we are all so spoiled!!!

  • LissyLou0507 says:

    Part 1 of 2

    This is wonderful and so true. The gift of happiness is all in what you think of it. Life can either me amazing or it could be a dreaded experience. I used to act this way, when everything was handed to me and I didn't understand anything, all I did was want, want and want. But I was never fulfilled. Now that I have focused more I what I can change within myself, I have never been happier. Honestly the secret is expressing your gratitude for everything. It is hard in the beginning, and you might start by saying the same things over and over, or you might have to really search for things. but as time goes by, it gets easier and easier, and then the gratitude just flows from you and beleive me other people can notice, and they become attracted to you because you make them feel good too.

  • LissyLou0507 says:

    Part 1 of 2

    This is wonderful and so true. The gift of happiness is all in what you think of it. Life can either me amazing or it could be a dreaded experience. I used to act this way, when everything was handed to me and I didn't understand anything, all I did was want, want and want. But I was never fulfilled. Now that I have focused more I what I can change within myself, I have never been happier. Honestly the secret is expressing your gratitude for everything. It is hard in the beginning, and you might start by saying the same things over and over, or you might have to really search for things. but as time goes by, it gets easier and easier, and then the gratitude just flows from you and beleive me other people can notice, and they become attracted to you because you make them feel good too.

  • LissyLou0507 says:

    Part 2 of 2

    I am so happy right now, and honestly there is nothing wrong with the world or this generation. There is only something wrong with the world, when people tend to 'think' there is. We are all just doing the best we can with the knowledge and love that we have been given. Some of us just cast the love and knowledge aside because they don't think they are worthy enough. Lets not try to change the world by looking from the outside in, but lets change the world from the inside out. :)

  • LissyLou0507 says:

    Part 2 of 2

    I am so happy right now, and honestly there is nothing wrong with the world or this generation. There is only something wrong with the world, when people tend to 'think' there is. We are all just doing the best we can with the knowledge and love that we have been given. Some of us just cast the love and knowledge aside because they don't think they are worthy enough. Lets not try to change the world by looking from the outside in, but lets change the world from the inside out. :)

  • Paul Leinweber says:

    Its all relative…. I find humor in those who rant and rave over the "Bush Great Recession"….. while they forget that all economic indicators were worse during the Carter year. Oh and all the other countries around the world collapsing under their socialist policies. Its the man in the mirror effect… he wakes up tomorrow and looks in the mirror and says hmmmm I look as good as I did yesterday…. the next day he does the same… and the next and the next and the next…. till one day 10 years down the road he pulls out a picture and says… holy sh%$ I look completely different than I did back then…. Well That's America and Americans… in a nut shell.

  • Paul Leinweber says:

    Its all relative…. I find humor in those who rant and rave over the “Bush Great Recession”….. while they forget that all economic indicators were worse during the Carter year. Oh and all the other countries around the world collapsing under their socialist policies. Its the man in the mirror effect… he wakes up tomorrow and looks in the mirror and says hmmmm I look as good as I did yesterday…. the next day he does the same… and the next and the next and the next…. till one day 10 years down the road he pulls out a picture and says… holy sh%$ I look completely different than I did back then…. Well That’s America and Americans… in a nut shell.

  • sarah says:

    Thought provoking and hilarious at the same time. Thanks.

  • Lucy says:

    My unhappiness comes from anxiety that I'm not good enough – that I won't be able to meet the standards of the modern world, that I won't be able to get a job when my current contract finishes and then I wouldn't be able to meet my obligations to the people I care about. As technology improves, expectations rise quickly. If it took me 30 years to cross the world now, people would ask me why I had a gap on my resume.

    • R..Leon says:

      to lucy,I would say I have learned nothing if I did not read you heart felt words. We are all good enough and everybody does matter. everything that is that people complicate with technology and or ego ect… you are the standard, you have value, these are difficult times, and you will do your very best,your doing it now.And those you love and care about, will still love and care about you. As I have learned in my own life things come and they go, But! I am still loved and I can still love and nothing can take that away from me. And as technology advances and makes me obsolete, I'm OK with that, everyday I awake I have beaten the odds.just happy to be part of it all.And if I can make a difference in someones life by just listening or offering them a smile and commpassion then what a day it has been………I wish you much peace and happiness

  • Nadine says:

    It is because human beings tend to be forgetful and they judge stuff and people by the instant (the now situation). Very few of us look pass the now experience and evaluate things on merits accrued over time and possible affecting variable of the now.

    In other words we are so in the now that further than our noses is too far to bother.

  • Yaba says:

    Man hasn't really changed since Biblical times, that's why.
    Jesus Christ had to tell people that they needed to be happy with what they had and that they needed not worry about stuff, as God provides all for them. We may have all sorts of gadgets and say we are modern people but basically we haven't changed.

  • Yes, now this man speaks truth, folks are not seeing what's really important , all you hear is what's wrong. Very few folks have the third eye open and stay focus on what they are grateful for in the moment.

  • Nadine says:

    It is because human beings tend to be forgetful and they judge stuff and people by the instant (the now situation). Very few of us look pass the now experience and evaluate things on merits accrued over time and possible affecting variable of the now.

    In other words we are so in the now that further than our noses is too far to bother.

  • Yaba says:

    Man hasn't really changed since Biblical times, that's why.
    Jesus Christ had to tell people that they needed to be happy with what they had and that they needed not worry about stuff, as God provides all for them. We may have all sorts of gadgets and say we are modern people but basically we haven't changed.

  • Yes, now this man speaks truth, folks are not seeing what's really important , all you hear is what's wrong. Very few folks have the third eye open and stay focus on what they are grateful for in the moment.

  • Maria says:

    This is so true!!! We need to look for the purpose in everything. The internet breaks down on a plane, maybe you should turn around and talk to the person next to you. Could be serendipitous. The spoiled little child will "stand on the shoulders of giants" and make technology even better. Look for the serendipity in that, too.

  • Shellie says:

    I think we are the way we are because each of us essentially is the star of our own show. We wake up, it's us. We go to bed, it's still us. I am the only person I have to hang out with. Some people think they are very important people. They believe their own hype. They are so scared they aren't going to get what where and when. And I think what we are most scared of is getting found out, that we aren't as 'whatever' as we made ourselves to be. We convinced ourselves so we'd be more convincing to others. If we had focus on what really matters, not who we are supposed to be but who we really are, we'd be able to see reality for the truly amazing thing that it is.

  • Kumoso says:

    We live in such a fast paced world that many things are taken for granted. Cable internet speeds average 5 mb or more and yet people want faster internet. Cars can travel over 100 miles per hour, yet we want faster cars. It seems like nothing is fast enough, especially when compared to the latest and greatest. Sadly, many of these faster electronic devices will never get used to full capacity because nothing pushes them that hard.

    Sometimes it is best to take a break from the electronic world. Turn off everythign electronic and go camping in the woods for a weekend. Rise and rest with the sun instead of staying up late and waking up early. Change your view to that of gratitude and realize how truly luck we are to have such easy methods of completing things.

  • Maria says:

    This is so true!!! We need to look for the purpose in everything. The internet breaks down on a plane, maybe you should turn around and talk to the person next to you. Could be serendipitous. The spoiled little child will “stand on the shoulders of giants” and make technology even better. Look for the serendipity in that, too.

  • Shellie says:

    I think we are the way we are because each of us essentially is the star of our own show. We wake up, it’s us. We go to bed, it’s still us. I am the only person I have to hang out with. Some people think they are very important people. They believe their own hype. They are so scared they aren’t going to get what where and when. And I think what we are most scared of is getting found out, that we aren’t as ‘whatever’ as we made ourselves to be. We convinced ourselves so we’d be more convincing to others. If we had focus on what really matters, not who we are supposed to be but who we really are, we’d be able to see reality for the truly amazing thing that it is.

  • Kumoso says:

    We live in such a fast paced world that many things are taken for granted. Cable internet speeds average 5 mb or more and yet people want faster internet. Cars can travel over 100 miles per hour, yet we want faster cars. It seems like nothing is fast enough, especially when compared to the latest and greatest. Sadly, many of these faster electronic devices will never get used to full capacity because nothing pushes them that hard.

    Sometimes it is best to take a break from the electronic world. Turn off everythign electronic and go camping in the woods for a weekend. Rise and rest with the sun instead of staying up late and waking up early. Change your view to that of gratitude and realize how truly luck we are to have such easy methods of completing things.

  • Theresa says:

    How true all this .. Being A child of the 50's & 60's Growing up around my Grandmother Fetching in wood for the stove to fix Breakfast .Helping her wash clothes in her Modern Wringer Washer …Walking many miles in the woods and along creeks .Looking for wild Herbs and Roots to make Different Meds with. Now we have Instant this and that .and. Email …lol It's all getting all so Complex . We have ruined our Children with all this . Life has got to easy and Hummans for the most part Lazy ,Dependant on technology. I dont have A cell Phone and dont want one . I dont need someone calling me every five minnets to ask So what are you doing …lol Well anyway I miss Life the way it was before

  • Theresa says:

    How true all this .. Being A child of the 50's & 60's Growing up around my Grandmother Fetching in wood for the stove to fix Breakfast .Helping her wash clothes in her Modern Wringer Washer …Walking many miles in the woods and along creeks .Looking for wild Herbs and Roots to make Different Meds with. Now we have Instant this and that .and. Email …lol It's all getting all so Complex . We have ruined our Children with all this . Life has got to easy and Hummans for the most part Lazy ,Dependant on technology. I dont have A cell Phone and dont want one . I dont need someone calling me every five minnets to ask So what are you doing …lol Well anyway I miss Life the way it was before

  • M.Leitch says:

    I enjoyed this video ,it was very amusing but reality is. At my age technology is great but sometimes I think it has passed me by, many things my children do fly straight over my head consiquently my nickname is dynosoar. Then again the most enjoyable thing we do together is fish.

  • R..Leon says:

    technology is great,but don't let it consume you. Make it a point to look in the eyes of a stranger and smile and say hello,reach out and shake another persons hand. Lowering the fear inside allow a person the ability to see the world in a better light .It creates happiness and improved health. And it does'nt cost anything. Love peace and Happiness to all.

  • whitelight says:

    Technology has advanced – people have not. PERIOD.

  • Marisa says:

    Convenience isn't what makes us happy. Neither does leisure or empty pleasure. What makes us happy is feeling connected to other people and the world around us and finding meaningful things to do that engage our minds and make use of our talents and skills.

    Technology is a useful tool but it doesn't necessarily bring us closer to happiness. Sometimes the cost of our conveniences is loneliness. Instead of washing my clothes down at the river with other women, I sit waiting for the washing machine to finish its cycle.

    However, some technology does enable us to lead happier lives. I read in Nat'l Geo about a woman who spends most of her waking life trudging back and forth to bring dirty water back to her home for cooking and washing, and watches her children die of preventable diseases because water is so hard to get that people don't want to waste it washing their hands.

    We have lost some things with technology, but it's too simple to imagine that people in pre-technological times were necessarily happier. Life was hard and their expectations were different.

    Perhaps we will become wiser in the ways we use technology and not always assume that having more will make us happier.

  • Marisa says:

    Convenience isn't what makes us happy. Neither does leisure or empty pleasure. What makes us happy is feeling connected to other people and the world around us and finding meaningful things to do that engage our minds and make use of our talents and skills.

    Technology is a useful tool but it doesn't necessarily bring us closer to happiness. Sometimes the cost of our conveniences is loneliness. Instead of washing my clothes down at the river with other women, I sit waiting for the washing machine to finish its cycle.

    However, some technology does enable us to lead happier lives. I read in Nat'l Geo about a woman who spends most of her waking life trudging back and forth to bring dirty water back to her home for cooking and washing, and watches her children die of preventable diseases because water is so hard to get that people don't want to waste it washing their hands.

    We have lost some things with technology, but it's too simple to imagine that people in pre-technological times were necessarily happier. Life was hard and their expectations were different.

    Perhaps we will become wiser in the ways we use technology and not always assume that having more will make us happier.

  • Marie says:

    Yes, we can be very happy and content with so liitle. Our technologies have gotten away from each other.
    Many feel miserable as they are searching for profound meaning of their life on this wonderful planet. The truth is that nothing from outside of us can really make us happy because happiness can be found within us not outside.

  • Marie says:

    Yes, we can be very happy and content with so liitle. Our technologies have gotten away from each other.
    Many feel miserable as they are searching for profound meaning of their life on this wonderful planet. The truth is that nothing from outside of us can really make us happy because happiness can be found within us not outside.

  • Meredith says:

    It's not JUST about perspective & gratitude… it's also STAYING HUMAN. technological "wonders" that are supposed to keep us in touch actually TAKE US AWAY from the person standing next to us, or right in front of us.

    Technological conveniences have made us even MORE rude, selfish, self-absorbed and entitled, all the while ignoring the needs of people like our neighbors, or that person you just cut off because you blew a stop sign or red light because YOUR PHONE CALL was more important than your social responsibility of driving a car (read: POTENTIAL HOMICIDE MACHINE).

    Just because corporations ram every new device down our throats DOESN'T mean we have to buy into it… as a culture, as a parent, as a consumer… People have become SHEEPLE… WAKE UP!!!
    My Teenagers DON'T have cell phones!!! IMAGINE!!!

  • Carol says:

    Great video! I agree, with others too, that the current 'young' generation is spoiled! Technology has taken patience and respect away from society.

    I agree with Ken, "this generation's feeling of entitlement and lack of gratitude will only get worse." LissyLou507, you should get out of yourself and see the world is not just your generation.

    There is a growing number of people from other cultures who don't understand the Western World and seek only to leave their home soil, yet carry on their ways from backhome (and in so doing, squash the ways of the land that has taken them in)! No respect or gratitude there!

    A good number of kids raised now, don't know how to get around without a car; how to read a map; how to cook on a stove; not every meal should be from fast food; don't know the difference between quality TV and junk; when the thought of camping makes them ask…..where do I plug in the microwave and hair dryer?; don't have respect for what previous generations have built for them. Everything is not just movies and malls.

    Technology can be wonderful, but like any 'tool', it should be used with caution. Although I have a cell phone, I don't text or take pics to send to people. I respect, that other's have a busy life too; that's why answering machines were created. (Not everything requires an 'immediate' answer.) The cell phone is a tool of technology to be used for emergencies. When all we had outside of our home was a 'pay phone', we were not placing a call at every phone we saw! It is surprising that people can't sit for 15 – 30 minutes on a commute and do something useful besides chat on a cell phone. Approximately 80% of this chatter is useless and they forget……..your calls are not private. NOT everyone else needs to hear how, like she said …. and like Oh that's so cool …. etc., etc., etc.

    I wish those 'chatterers' good luck with their hearing aids and perish the thought of their medical bills should a tumor appear. They forget that their brain is being used as an aerial and the weaker the signal, the more your brain is being used by the waves to get the signal so your ear can hear.

    I wish those texting marathoners good luck with their new thumbs when the ligaments, etc. of the thumb joint start to aggravate them in the future.

    Yes, technology like the car, washing machine, TV, computer, microwave, cell phone and electric lights are wonderful tools that the world and genius' have created. The human brain, however, is not a computer! It can process quite a surprising level of information, but not 24/7. We are short circuiting ours and children's brains. Start teaching them life skills not just how to push buttons! Teach them what is the meaning behind those buttons.

    Until we have robots to do ALL the physical aspects of our world well, take time to turn off your technology and get your hands dirty with real life. Real life is not embedded in your cell, blackberry or computer. Yes, you may have more contacts as a result of the electronic world, but how many are actually people that will come to your assistance in an emergency or time of need.

    Nothing, can replace the human touch!

  • Meredith says:

    It's not JUST about perspective & gratitude… it's also STAYING HUMAN. technological “wonders” that are supposed to keep us in touch actually TAKE US AWAY from the person standing next to us, or right in front of us.

    Technological conveniences have made us even MORE rude, selfish, self-absorbed and entitled, all the while ignoring the needs of people like our neighbors, or that person you just cut off because you blew a stop sign or red light because YOUR PHONE CALL was more important than your social responsibility of driving a car (read: POTENTIAL HOMICIDE MACHINE).

    Just because corporations ram every new device down our throats DOESN'T mean we have to buy into it… as a culture, as a parent, as a consumer… People have become SHEEPLE… WAKE UP!!!
    My Teenagers DON'T have cell phones!!! IMAGINE!!!

  • Carol says:

    Great video! I agree, with others too, that the current 'young' generation is spoiled! Technology has taken patience and respect away from society.

    I agree with Ken, “this generation's feeling of entitlement and lack of gratitude will only get worse.” LissyLou507, you should get out of yourself and see the world is not just your generation.

    There is a growing number of people from other cultures who don't understand the Western World and seek only to leave their home soil, yet carry on their ways from backhome (and in so doing, squash the ways of the land that has taken them in)! No respect or gratitude there!

    A good number of kids raised now, don't know how to get around without a car; how to read a map; how to cook on a stove; not every meal should be from fast food; don't know the difference between quality TV and junk; when the thought of camping makes them ask…..where do I plug in the microwave and hair dryer?; don't have respect for what previous generations have built for them. Everything is not just movies and malls.

    Technology can be wonderful, but like any 'tool', it should be used with caution. Although I have a cell phone, I don't text or take pics to send to people. I respect, that other's have a busy life too; that's why answering machines were created. (Not everything requires an 'immediate' answer.) The cell phone is a tool of technology to be used for emergencies. When all we had outside of our home was a 'pay phone', we were not placing a call at every phone we saw! It is surprising that people can't sit for 15 – 30 minutes on a commute and do something useful besides chat on a cell phone. Approximately 80% of this chatter is useless and they forget……..your calls are not private. NOT everyone else needs to hear how, like she said …. and like Oh that's so cool …. etc., etc., etc.

    I wish those 'chatterers' good luck with their hearing aids and perish the thought of their medical bills should a tumor appear. They forget that their brain is being used as an aerial and the weaker the signal, the more your brain is being used by the waves to get the signal so your ear can hear.

    I wish those texting marathoners good luck with their new thumbs when the ligaments, etc. of the thumb joint start to aggravate them in the future.

    Yes, technology like the car, washing machine, TV, computer, microwave, cell phone and electric lights are wonderful tools that the world and genius' have created. The human brain, however, is not a computer! It can process quite a surprising level of information, but not 24/7. We are short circuiting ours and children's brains. Start teaching them life skills not just how to push buttons! Teach them what is the meaning behind those buttons.

    Until we have robots to do ALL the physical aspects of our world well, take time to turn off your technology and get your hands dirty with real life. Real life is not embedded in your cell, blackberry or computer. Yes, you may have more contacts as a result of the electronic world, but how many are actually people that will come to your assistance in an emergency or time of need.

    Nothing, can replace the human touch!

  • debbie says:

    we have become numb to so many things. we are over processed.

  • Joel says:

    (About the coast-to-coast flying, I've often commented on how amazing it is to eat breakfast in San Francisco, board a plane, and then eat dinner in Pennsylvania.) Every generation tells the next one how much harder they had it "back in their day" and each current generation cannot possibly appreciate how difficult it must have been to live life without the amenities and technology to which they are accustomed. How could they, without actually experiencing that life? And so it goes, from generation-to-generation… and I'm betting that each generation has had THIS thought, but I can't help thinking… what is today's generation going to say in their "back-in-my-day" missives to the NEXT generation??? I mean, nothing they could say is going to carry a lot of weight, right? "Back in my day, we couldn't teleport to school in a few seconds — no, WE had to drive our own cars to school and it took 15 minutes! AND WE WERE GRATEFUL!" No, it's just not going to have any impact at all.

  • Joel says:

    (About the coast-to-coast flying, I've often commented on how amazing it is to eat breakfast in San Francisco, board a plane, and then eat dinner in Pennsylvania.) Every generation tells the next one how much harder they had it “back in their day” and each current generation cannot possibly appreciate how difficult it must have been to live life without the amenities and technology to which they are accustomed. How could they, without actually experiencing that life? And so it goes, from generation-to-generation… and I'm betting that each generation has had THIS thought, but I can't help thinking… what is today's generation going to say in their “back-in-my-day” missives to the NEXT generation??? I mean, nothing they could say is going to carry a lot of weight, right? “Back in my day, we couldn't teleport to school in a few seconds — no, WE had to drive our own cars to school and it took 15 minutes! AND WE WERE GRATEFUL!” No, it's just not going to have any impact at all.

  • Arlene says:

    My dad's family were homesteaders,who, like their neighbours, had very lttle. But the boys, all five of them, were very inventive. When everyone else needed earphones to listen to their crystal radios (run by car batteries) , Grandma would get up in the morning, turn on the radio in the house, and the loudspeakers the boys had built in the barn where they slept in the summer woke everyone for miles around. A national !magazine once wrote a story about them, calling the "backwoods geniuses".
    Today's technologies would drive them wild! They predicted so much of what could and would be done. I can just see them tinkering and improving. Computer games? OMG!!
    I am so sorry that none of them lived to see this – they all knew about computers, andoften spoke of the effect they would have on the world, but not one of them ever got to see or touch one.

  • Arlene - part 2 says:

    They would truly have appreciated all that is available tody.. Dial telephones? How about having to stand on a chair and stretch to reach the mouthpiece, while holding the earpiece (on an oh-so-short cord) and turn a crank to reach an operator and ask her to call the number you wanted, then hope that all the neighbours weren't listening on the party line that had been strung on fence posts by volunteers? (Why were they always mounted so only the tallest adults could reach? Probably so the kids couldn't use them.) Kids today couldn't possibly imagine the embarassment of having your conversation repeated in public by a telephone operator who was not supposed to be listening.
    `

  • Arlene - part 3 says:

    I sometimes wish I had the opportunity to show my Dad all this neat stuff– but then I realize that he weould probably take it over and try to "improve" it or adapt it to another use, and I might never see it again. But OMG, would he APPRECIATE it !

  • Arlene says:

    My dad's family were homesteaders,who, like their neighbours, had very lttle. But the boys, all five of them, were very inventive. When everyone else needed earphones to listen to their crystal radios (run by car batteries) , Grandma would get up in the morning, turn on the radio in the house, and the loudspeakers the boys had built in the barn where they slept in the summer woke everyone for miles around. A national !magazine once wrote a story about them, calling the “backwoods geniuses”.
    Today's technologies would drive them wild! They predicted so much of what could and would be done. I can just see them tinkering and improving. Computer games? OMG!!
    I am so sorry that none of them lived to see this – they all knew about computers, andoften spoke of the effect they would have on the world, but not one of them ever got to see or touch one.

  • Arlene - part 2 says:

    They would truly have appreciated all that is available tody.. Dial telephones? How about having to stand on a chair and stretch to reach the mouthpiece, while holding the earpiece (on an oh-so-short cord) and turn a crank to reach an operator and ask her to call the number you wanted, then hope that all the neighbours weren't listening on the party line that had been strung on fence posts by volunteers? (Why were they always mounted so only the tallest adults could reach? Probably so the kids couldn't use them.) Kids today couldn't possibly imagine the embarassment of having your conversation repeated in public by a telephone operator who was not supposed to be listening.
    `

  • Arlene - part 3 says:

    I sometimes wish I had the opportunity to show my Dad all this neat stuff– but then I realize that he weould probably take it over and try to “improve” it or adapt it to another use, and I might never see it again. But OMG, would he APPRECIATE it !

  • I'm not old enough to remember, but I'll bet you could have made the same observations about the industrial revolution. Now we simply accept industry, and use it's fruits with both gratitude, a growing sense of responsibility, and a very valid sense of entitlement. I think a time will come when we've adjusted to the technological revolution with equal success.

    Humanity is amazing. We can do anything, correct any wrong and protect our basic values throughout the worst and the best of our development. During our times, we are evolving towards and ever increasing vibration at an expotential rate. I cherish my dreams of a world where hunger, and disease, fear, and hatred, and war….. Yes, temper and impatience too…. are abolished. If this evolution takes a period of collective adjustment, it's O.K. We're just learning to live with new possibilities.

  • I'm not old enough to remember, but I'll bet you could have made the same observations about the industrial revolution. Now we simply accept industry, and use it's fruits with both gratitude, a growing sense of responsibility, and a very valid sense of entitlement. I think a time will come when we've adjusted to the technological revolution with equal success.

    Humanity is amazing. We can do anything, correct any wrong and protect our basic values throughout the worst and the best of our development. During our times, we are evolving towards and ever increasing vibration at an expotential rate. I cherish my dreams of a world where hunger, and disease, fear, and hatred, and war….. Yes, temper and impatience too…. are abolished. If this evolution takes a period of collective adjustment, it's O.K. We're just learning to live with new possibilities.

  • I talk about this all the time because it is so true. I look at the marriages that make it and are truly happy. They appreciate the little things. They are not usually wealthy but working class people who really appreciate the little things. We get so wrapped up in the media showing us all these young celebrities that are rich that you feel like a failuer as a person in this country unless you can buy a mansion. We all think we need to have the newest and nicest things when truthfully we do not. I lost my job once and I was so worried about losing my possessions that I was seriously stressed everyday. It was only until I prayed to God and said I do not care what I lose those thibgs are not important and anything I lose I know I could get back that I actually found some peace and a new job. Material things can be such a burden on us and a blessing.

  • JANE says:

    Absolutely true and really funny….really wanted to hear more of it….Hes jus sooo right…n I love the way he speaks….

  • Kavalloore Muraleedh says:

    Good lesson to share, impatient people, we all are!! Wonderful one.

  • Kavalloore Muraleedharan says:

    Good lesson to share, impatient people, we all are!! Wonderful one.

  • sune says:

    WOW!!!
    So True and wonderfully funny at the same time..!
    It's a unmistakable REMINDER to be GRATEFUL to what we have this MOMENT!!
    THANK YOU..THANK YOU..THANK YOU!!

  • sune says:

    WOW!!!
    So True and wonderfully funny at the same time..!
    It's a unmistakable REMINDER to be GRATEFUL to what we have this MOMENT!!
    THANK YOU..THANK YOU..THANK YOU!!

  • 3van says:

    Americans are coddled from birth, children are born with wii stick in one hand and ipad in the other and taught to treat their mother as a nurse maid.
    Endemic to a society that main lines every possible resource on earth and then sues because you caused them to miss their last happy meal.

    R E L A X…..feel the abdomen expand as you inhale deep and squeeze the tummy muscles as you slowly exhale.

  • mark says:

    Watch I-mind come up

    This many headed monster

    Causes all the crap

    The happiest choice

    To be free from suffering

    Choose it as it is

    Finding Happiness

    It is a stillness inside

    After seeking stops

    The least little thing

    When you are present and still

    Will happiness bring

    Let all that happens

    Embrace you with joy like the

    I in happiness

  • 3van says:

    Americans are coddled from birth, children are born with wii stick in one hand and ipad in the other and taught to treat their mother as a nurse maid.
    Endemic to a society that main lines every possible resource on earth and then sues because you caused them to miss their last happy meal.

    R E L A X…..feel the abdomen expand as you inhale deep and squeeze the tummy muscles as you slowly exhale.

  • mark says:

    Watch I-mind come up
    This many headed monster
    Causes all the crap

    The happiest choice
    To be free from suffering
    Choose it as it is

    Finding Happiness
    It is a stillness inside
    After seeking stops

    The least little thing
    When you are present and still
    Will happiness bring

    Let all that happens
    Embrace you with joy like the
    I in happiness

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