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Apples taste like apples, oranges taste like oranges and android tastes like android. Many flavors to make the dessert interesting. The world is a big party.

Does everyone have to like the same thing? Absolutely not. That would make a boring cliche.

After a lifetime of being a tech geek, I finally quit arguing cause it’s no point… Cause I resent how society elevates technology to such a high and mighty pedestal that every time there’s some sort of upgrade or downgrade, every year, the balance of nature falls apart, and humanity just gains a bigger ego.

What’s the point of all this tech talk and comparison — when we should actually be talking and collaborating about how to use it towards something beautiful?

The greatest photographers, writers, musicians, engineers, mathematicians, athletes, historians, etc… in the last 1000+ years did more without technology, aided by simple means like an ink bottle, quil, parchment paper and other rudimentary things people laugh about today. Lol…

Compare the quality of animations from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to what we have today. And I’m not talking about megapixels, resolution, 4K video, 3D or all that tech… It had an X-Factor. Evidently clear that people from the past were more “connected to what they did organically”, rather that us today who are more “connected to less permanent tech”.

Ask the average musician today what he uses to compose and perform music. Instead of saying, “My guitar and voice, and I practice 6 hours a day.” He probably rattles a dozen different software and app titles and uses tech to auto-tune his awful sounding voice. He probably uses an app to make a snazzy looking album art and then promotes himself as a musician… Yawn… There’s a better way…

Study photographers from the past and you’ll see how they were masters of light. No photo correction, no CGI, no special FX. Each photograph received the care of a new born baby.

Once we get back to the basics, then we earn the right to use technology to amplify what’s already there. And I’m honestly sure that none of us need a million different features to accomplish what’s important. In fact, that’s counter-productive.

Friends, Earthlings and countrymen, let’s enjoy the fruits and droids we love today, harmoniously, and elevate our consciousness to more important ideas :).

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I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my house. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200- acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, ‘See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, ‘Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, ‘This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, ‘If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, ‘Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’

“Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all. He stated, ‘You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.'”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000- square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, ‘Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.'”

Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.

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