Jay Robinson

Montreal, Canada

About Jay

I'm passionate about

the cultivation of a loving, devoted attitude toward that quality of Being, which is the only real quality, which is beautiful, and which is inherent through the universe.

Talk to me about

evolution of consciousness, mysticism, organic agriculture, sustainable living, sustainable relationships, sustainable community, health and healing, alternative medicine, world citizenship

Comments & conversations

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Jay Robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
We may not need to genetically modify ourselves to evolve, and to reach our ideal.
Hi Eduard, thanks for your reply. When I said that what we do is natural, I was referring to the argument against genetic modification that says it is "unnatural" to do so. In my original post, I tried to convey that I don't believe it is unnatural, but that I nonetheless don't think it should not be an avenue for us to pursue. It is not possible to destroy nature, because nature is essential, or inherent. Objects, or forms can be destroyed, but really they are only transformed and their nature gains different qualities. This may be a dispassionate perspective, but it doesn't mean that I don't also like or dislike certain things. I would entertain the idea of preserving certain things, like our environment. I am quite passionate about it actually. However even if our environment in it's current form is completely destroyed, it would be "natural," in that it would be a function of the universe that involves the earth, mankind, and all of the other beings that inhabit this planet. We can choose not to do that though, and I really wish we make that choice. Saying that something is "natural" is not the same as saying that it is "inevitable." This is a fatalist perspective, and it's a bit like giving up. "It's in our nature to be destructive," may be a true statement, but it is not unchangeable. Nature changes. A broken umbrella's nature is not to protect from rain, but if it's fixed then the nature fundamentally changes. We can consciously change our nature from destructive to loving, from hoarding to sharing, and so on to the benefit of our exploration of living. Thus would our genes be modified and our nature would change for the good. With super powers, our destructive nature would only be intensified. We must start as individuals to change our own human nature, from the inside out, if we want change to happen. However if we want to speed up the processes that are currently activated from our twisted nature, we should artificially enhance our abilities to do so.
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Jay Robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
We may not need to genetically modify ourselves to evolve, and to reach our ideal.
That's a good analogy, David. I think though that genetic modification isn't a problem (morally speaking, though there may be undesirable side-effects that we're not aware of now that would make it a problem,) but it's a problem if it is used as a psychological crutch or an ego-boost or something like that. Just like alcohol, food, and arguably, drugs, can be beneficial if used with a healthy consciousness. But dependence upon these external things can only be detrimental because it belittles our essential human nature. Already we are doing this with many things. For example, when we get sick, we go see a doctor. So already we are externalizing our personal health. We have created a disconnection between ourself and the health of our own body. Another example is the fitness gym. The people of India know very well that fitness can be gained using no tools whatsoever except the knowledge of the body. But people become very attached to using all kinds of equipment and dietary supplements. They become very strong and healthy but are dependent on these external sources for their health. Wheras the yogi is in-dependently healthy. Of course advice and help is welcome from the outside when absolutely necessary, but a knee-jerk reaction, or addiction to external modification is actually perpetuating weakness, not solving anything. Advil does not heal the cause of the headache, it just stops the head from hurting. It's not a bad thing, sometimes there is no sense in just suffering through a headache. But it's important to consider where it came from, and try to change some habits in order to prevent in the future. This is called growth, or learning, and it is what makes humans so beautiful!
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Jay Robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
Can playground equipment be rigged up to generators/ dynamos to harvest energy that a school could then use?
That is such a neat idea and I think it could be expanded to include anything that is moved by human power. Imagine shoes that used the pressure of the person's walk to generate power for their music device? Each time a cupboard or door is opened, or water runs through a faucet, it could generate a little bit of electricity. It's all just a question of efficiency of the system, which is a matter of time as research into the field gets more and more subtle. I can see all of this happening at some point.
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Jay Robinson
Posted over 3 years ago
Reinventing the resume
I've found that I can really work with the format of resume/cover letter, cover letter being an introduction to myself as a person and resume being a timeline of activities relevant to the position I'm applying for, and make it personal and unique, and really tell what makes me who I am. The cover letter can be a nice balanced between the shameless self-promotion, and the story about why I am applying to the particular job. I personally only apply for jobs that I feel I will be happy in, and usually there is a little story as to what brought me in my life to the point where I am looking for a job like the one I'm applying for. In the resume section, I write the necessary information like what and when, and then I write a short paragraph on how the job propelled my working experience forward, either by presenting me with challenging situations, or teaching me new methods of doing something, or just generally familiarizing me with a line of work, or new work ethic. I've had a lot of good luck with resumes this way. The personal touch really makes a difference. As to your question of how we can change the orthodox resume: The way to change how these are written is to write them differently! Be the change. Simply. Honestly. Strongly. Gracefully.