John Hess reflects on the big issues and what he learned during the final year of the Mayan Long Calendar.

http://youtu.be/RgNDw2fjZQU

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Nick

Great reflection! Sounds very familiar to me. Besides the fact that we’re the age, I wrote down this description a couple of days back:

“Top 3 things I enjoy doing:
1. deconstruct the patterns that make up our world (understand the systems & mechanics of things)
2. work on unsolved problems.
3. communicate visually.”

Only since the last 3-4y I’ve decided to spend more time on photography. Just recently I started to invest time to educate myself in story telling & movie techniques. Filmaker IQ has been a great resource so far. Keep up the good work!

Bryant Kearney

John: I was actually looking for you online (hoping to get in touch with you regarding a project you and I discussed several months ago) and I came across this video. I was expecting a bunch of artsy tripe; instead, I was blown away with how clearly and trenchantly you expressed your thoughts. And you were dead on: tribalism is alive and well in our modern world and we’re more segregated today than ever. Today’s iterations of “isms” should be no more tolerated than those of the past; I wonder if we’ll ever figure it out.

Vojin Kovacevic
I was in same mind-state as you are, and we are about the same age (I’m 32), about the state of the world, humanity in crisis and all those adherent hardships of having a “reptilian” brain, so susceptible to those tribal urges and spill outs of aggression that don’t seem to end. In fact I was wondering: Are we doomed as civilization? As a whole and as lonely individuals. But a few information I stumbled upon changed my mind. We are, in fact, living at the forefront of an exponential growth in technology, but I don’t mean in it a geek, non-spirited kind of way. All (most, I hope) of our problems, like poverty, energy, health issues and most importantly access to all solution for all will get better, and better – and the strife between us will eventually diminish. The trick is the exponential growth of it all, the speeding up if you will – and we are sitting in the middle of it! We truly live in interesting times. You being so present in all the social media tells me you are not “anti-tech” and are a man who can appreciate what technology can do for humanity, as… Read more »
Thurman Dalrymple, Jr.

You never cease to deliver a thoughtful message John. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Schoenfeld

Thank you John. I found your website about two weeks ago. It’s vaulted to one of my favorites.
30 doesn’t suck that much, trust me. Being authentic trumps 30, 40, 50.
To paraphrase a great line from 2012, everything WILL be okay in the end; if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

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