Wake Up

by Tilen Kodrin on 23rd January, 2016 at 8:28 PM CEST

Just a few weeks ago I was arguing with my friend which imaginative universe is better, I always loved Star Wars, but he opposed me with some pretty good arguments, why Star Track is better. Towards the end of the conversation he sent me a quote from Captain Jean-Luc Picard: ”The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.” I just froze for a moment and stared in my phone, thinking about how long have I been dreaming about saying this for people of our generation. Unfortunately our world trails far behind from mindset like this. Yes, you can say, ‘’that is just a fictional story with space traveling and millions of different talking species’’, but think for a second, how long do you think it will take us to start exploring universe, like it is shown in many science fiction movies? With technological progress potentiality escalating over the last 50 years, in worse scenario, only few generations separate us from this dream to become a reality. And yes, that seems like far in the future, and then you can say, ‘’next generations will take care of that’’ and ‘’there is not much we can do at the moment’’. I think it is exactly the opposite!

Unfortunately we are inheriting a pretty big mess of a world from our predecessors, and so who cares about travelling between unknown planets, when there is every ninth man too hungry to live a decent and healthy life, and when there are riots and wars troubling more than every fifth country all over the world. But we don’t realize that the main reason for this is the materialistic thinking of our parents and grandparents rooted deep inside of our minds, and so most of developed world lives in persuasion of getting a work with highest salary, for as little work as possible, and with as much leisure and comfort on the side, no matter the side effects that fallow.

We don’t understand how linked are our lives on this planet. Like the Newton's third law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, everything we do triggers an opposite reaction. If we give some of our hard earned money to someone poor we at least triggered a wave of happiness or better life for them, which means flow of the “force” even though a gesture like this might not change anything for us. If we find a way to get a product cheaper then before, there is someone that will feel the difference in value we made, in form of working for less money, destroying someone’s home, or any other bad side effect. Even though I don’t like to wade too deep into science fiction I like to think that there is own kind of Eywa on Earth. To refresh your memory Eywa is the guiding force and deity of Pandora - planet from the movie Avatar. The people of the planet believe that Eywa acts to keep the ecosystem of Pandora in perfect equilibrium.

We are the very special generation born around the break of the century. We are the first generation that grew up with learning modern technology, but instead of putting our skills to good use, we use them to be masters of taking great selfies and posting them on Facebook. If we could convert our mindset and use our beautiful brains for something more useful than acquiring imaginative fame on social media, I think we could be that trigger point for our civilization to accomplish unbelievable things in the future.

My dream has always been to live in a united world, where our whole society would work as one single country. Where all the unnecessarily wasted money would go in creating schools, hospitals and other important infrastructure in all currently undeveloped parts of the world and other places in need of help. Where no wars would occur because of human malice and disguised dictatorships. Where no prejudice to, actually members of the same species would exist. We all say we want freedom, justice and no wars on Earth, but don’t you feel like a shallow doll babbling the ideas we got from others? And when you think about the image of different countries all around the world, does it seem like anything has ever really changed? Aren’t this just same patterns repeating themselves over and over again?

When you stop reading this, the only thing I want you to do is to close your eyes for a minute and ask yourself: Is to go with the flow really all I can do and want to do in my life, or am I daring enough to change my path and do something remarkable instead?

Author: Tilen Kodrin

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Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Dear @Tilen, You arrive 'spot on' with your words:) Accurate, precise, wonderfully vibrant writing. No doubt, many challenges are in the hands of our generation, and I think we are not even collectively awaken to how BIG these challenges are... exploring the universe like in the Star Trek movies for example. Ending world famine and war conflicts... The very ideas are indeed like a science fiction scenario.

Aside this, you have made another spin with your article, which is connected to something we debated some years ago at the Challenge:Future (and I think @Jatin Kataria would have also a say on this matter, as he was also deep in the debate), this spin comes to defining our generation. We contemplated how much the youth generation of today is "Lost Generation", or "Youth Generation Sacrificed" as even high-level politic institution would have asserted that at some point... this is a heavy reference, and our debate didn't lead us to much more but than awareness that such references would only do damage. You rise the bar now much more with your words, you raise the bar that we must start refer to ourselves - we, the youth generation, as a generation of Awareness of all challenges, aware of the mindsets of its predecessors, and, ready to bring forth only the new energy.. to swipe away the old mindsets, and only rise with the new youthful energy. And, that is: a bold new world, just like in the Start Trek series...

So, welcome at the Challenge:Future! Thank you for this beautiful and wise opener:)


23rd January, 2016 @ 9:25 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Hey Tilen Kodrin..

ts amazing piece of writing from your side. Thanks so much to write such impressive article for CF.

24th January, 2016 @ 8:26 AM CEST

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