I found myself experiencing a huge range of emotions and perspectives regarding the recent Iran events. I sought out news sources that I wouldn’t ordinarily listen to and avoided sources that I normally trust. Every day and with every article I read I noticed it was altering the way I viewed the situation. My feelings and opinions were constantly changing."The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." --Bertrand Russell
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect)." --Mark Twain
"Insanity in individuals is something rare – But in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule." --Nietzsche
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." --Rudyard Kipling
Everything we believe has been micro-filtered through a personalized lens comprised of past experiences, peers, teachers, parents, media, religion, language, geographic location and many other influences. We each live in our own echo chamber. We have specific sources that we turn to for news or guidance and we ignore all other sources. In doing so we effectively blind ourselves to those other perspectives and consequently never get any closer to that enlightened state.
I’ve felt guided to create something since late December. It began as a simple question like “What can I contribute to the world with the skills that I have?” And over the past 2 weeks it has slowly evolved into a perspective focused project. I’ve had strange synchronicities popping up during this time like the last Buddha at the Gas Pump episode or Lisa Gawlas’ recent post. It all seems to be pointing to the importance of helping the world to see things differently. There’s a strange excitement involved as well and I remember hearing Darryl Anka talk about the importance of following your excitement.
I have an idea for a new software project. Imagine a website where all content was organized by a philosophy or perspective. Let’s call it a TLP (top level perspective). You could post content about any topic or answer any question but each post would be tagged with that TLP. The content would be arranged in a grid pattern like 3x3 and each box would contain a unique perspective related to the same topic. So if someone were to search for “ascension” they would be presented with a grid of 9 different perspectives on that topic (e.g., Buddhism, QHHT, channeling, Jainism, etc). It could be expanded to provide an infinite scroll feature where more perspectives on that topic would be loaded as they scrolled the page.“Excitement is your body's physical translation of a communication from your higher mind. Respond to it by acting on the excitement.”
I would prefer the site to borrow content from existing sources rather than posting new content. For example, quoting a blog and posting a link to that blog. It could link to any type of media from news articles, blog posts, books, podcasts, music, movies, etc. If a podcast has a relevant discussion about the topic then you could post a small quote/transcript and link to the rss or mp3 file.
I can build the web app using the Meteor framework but I can’t afford to pay for the hosting at the moment. I think once it’s deployed and begins receiving enough web traffic it would be self-supporting through the use of affiliate links (directing users to 3rd party sites to purchased books/documentaries). Unfortunately there’s no way to know how long that will take and hosting a Meteor app is a pay as you go service. I wouldn’t know how much the hosting would cost until the end of each month ($ per hour per instance).
Does anyone here have a server that can host a Meteor app without having to pay extra for bandwidth or storage?
Does anyone know of an existing site similar to what was described above? I suppose the first step here is to make sure it doesn’t already exist.
Is there any interest in having access to such a site?
I would love this to become a community driven project. I’ve developed many open source projects in the past and I eventually abandon them because there’s simply no interest or contributors. Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.