From a color point of view, it’s rather the 3 color times of the year …
mathias sager, happy colorful growth (life water) painting series
Acrylic on canvas, F12, 61 x 50 cm
For my daughter whose birthday is today. Working for you and all children’s future world.
3 x 19
Poems and paintings captured
along the Happy Colorful Growth path
For my daughter Natalie.
Tokyo, Summer 2018.
I was looking for happiness and found meaning. When I accepted meaning, happiness became meaningless.
However it looks like, it feels the process. 36 days of compound effect. Daily happy, colorful growth reflection. Can’t wait to add the next growth ring.
Mathias Sager “36 Days of Happy Colorful Growth”, Oil on Canvas, P12 606 x 455 cm
Most of us have heard about the misery existing in many parts of the globe. 3.5 billion people live at $2.5 a day. According to UNESCO, every day 22,000 children die because of poverty. Why is it so easy to forget that? Good people end up by concluding that we do our best we can, because “we have it good here,” and we must be given credit for the care we provide to our families, communities, parties, and regions. Really, is that it?
In our Western “developed” societies we enjoy global services, we read international news, and we travel to most distant places. We imagine danger lurking from other continents and from people of other races. Although popular media’s priority is not to educate us on real issues, we still get enough information between all the advertisement and distraction that gives us in minimum a clue how to complete the picture around our feeling that there may be something wrong. So why are we still ignoring or forgetting the overwhelming exploitation, destruction, and poverty in our earthly neighborhoods though?
I rarely hear overt statements trying to explain the suffering of people in poor environments with their individual laziness, stupidity, or own made weak education. So, it seems we are capable of understanding and caring, but with a rather narrow scope when it comes to admitting where help is needed most from our own side. But again, nobody would hustle to provide an already rich with even more unnecessary luxury when confronted with the decision whether to help a dying child instead, right? And yes, there were enough resources to keep all bellies sufficiently filled. The wealth of a couple of dozens of dynasties equaling the worth of around half of the world’s population indicates that it isn’t a natural law that we already lucky ones would need to starve too to feed the 1 billion children who live in severe poverty in our modern times.
I have found and tested over time a scoping model that clarifies what it means to be truly human(e) and how we can identify erroneous scoping and re-focus ourselves feasibly on the combinations of time-relational dimensions that are the ground for developing universal human clear-, fore-, and farsightedness.
The intra-past: In contrast to using history for legitimizing inter-personal (-national, etc.) conflicts, the past is where we can come to terms with ourselves, i.e., understanding your psychological and spiritual world. Take the lessons-learned, but forgive and move on.
The inter-present: ‘Living in the present’ is good advice for interdependent (vs. independent or dependent) relationships. Rather than relating to others in a transactional way as we are so much taught economically, don’t expect anything in return for your love and don’t sell your soul for what you don’t unconditionally mean.
The extra-future: If we define ourselves not just as how much we consume and amass regarding material and financial wealth but as what we intend to achieve for the next generations to come, we evolve from a liability to wise heroes. Sadly, many elderly are honored mainly for their economic status. There is never a better moment than now to sow the seeds for a healthy future for all by being guided by values of equity and sustainability.
If you scope your human being and becoming that way, you will inevitably get your view cleared up to a panoramic horizon that sets free your full human potential. Follow these ambitions and your doubts will vanish soon. We don’t need to abstain from the progress we were born in as some mean arguments of the sort of “Don’t complain about capitalism if you use it” want to impose guilt on us. However, we are only guilty at humanity if we are not constantly trying to innovate, change, and commit for a better future for all. Better conditions for even more people are possible. We might find a lot of such examples that we are enjoying right now, which our grandparents did not yet (i.e., achievements like advanced democracies, improved gender and racial equality, etc.).
What’s in for you when you engage in finding better solutions for all? What’s in for you if not material gain, especially not in the short-term? A deep satisfaction and fulfillment, motivation to get up and do important work, and compassion and love from being close to what really matters: service to humanity, including the well-being of our children and their children. The world needs every one of us! Now! Enjoy!
I am delightedly dazzled
I’ve lost my shielding glasses
Now seeing the full of brightness
The sunny side of life
Would not hurt anyone besides
Those who sell the glasses
I wanted to build a house for you
So, I thought what kind of house it should be
A construct that reflects my love for you
A castle with endless rooms it will be
So that all your dreams come true
The future post-history
The less disturbed the vision, the freer growing future
Not more than opinionated story from the past
You can even see the limitation of history
And enable for an independent future
Let’s abandon teaching the past
We didn’t learn from history
To our children’s future
To impose our past
We use history
Why history should be mostly abandoned in school
Regarding how to live a meaningful and peaceful life, we have not learned from history. Children are by nature not interested in our past. They are interested in their future. Therefore, not only independence and self-realization should be taught at school at any age, but investments in teaching history should be mostly abandoned. Instead of depriving our children of their visions by imposing our history, we should encourage them to shape their future freely.
See also “Why psychology should be taught in every school”: earlier related article: //mathias-sager.com/2017/04/02/why-psychology-should-be-taught-in-every-school/
You were born with nothing ordinary about you, being a unique creation of human life. Through socialization though, you got assigned a social number, and you are expected to adhere to the norm. If you do the ordinary very well, you may be titled “extraordinary,” although originality, self-reliance, and personal growth requiring non-conformity would be much better indications of it.
Did you also experience situations in which you didn’t have the right discussion partners and influences you sought to acquire the wisdom, inspiration, and practical know-how that would have helped you on your way forward?
This can happen to all of us. When not understanding or being misunderstood, feeling alone with a particular position, or facing a seeming dilemma or unconquerable obstacle we may choose to talk with family, discuss with friends, and consult colleagues. Just: What if we don’t have these people around us right now and we can’t stop puzzling our head over our problem? Don’t despair, books can be a good alternative (if not a substitute though) for flesh-and-blood friends to provide you with the help you need in many situations.
Evan Esar, a 20th-century American humorist and author aptly put that “Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”
When you have lost everything you can lose and therefore are being left without any proof of material or social power, you can’t identify yourself other than with your mere actions and with how you treat people. Would that be a frightening expropriation and dis-empowerment or would you take it as an opportunity to show who you really are?
Humanist psychologists strikingly identify globalization, health, ecology, and spirituality as areas of contemporary and future human problematic behavior, and point to a large population of depressiveness worldwide.
Do you also think humanity hasn’t yet found a good recipe for peace, justice, and happiness? In fact, it is our all aspiration to make the best possible contribution to the well-being of all. Just, how to do even better as there is obviously still a lot of potential? One may understandingly give up hope in the face of the historically everlasting conflicting human nature that is perpetuation greed and violence causing so much suffering.
There is hope, though!
My father used to say that if we were supposed to drive or fly we would have wheels or wings. That’s how he argued walking being the most natural way of moving.
That may sound like a little wisdom. However, moderate exercise is scientifically proven to be an excellent recipe to reach longevity in physical and mental youth. Many successful people consciously walk a lot. When did you go for a long walk the last time? Do you remember the refreshing effect of walking outside in the fresh air, meeting nature and the neighborhood? What else do we need for activating our body and inspiring our mind.
Destructive human behavior and problems on our planet earth come back to the “enslavement traps” of societal control, which are materialist attachment, self-centeredness, distraction from the truth, dependency, mutual exclusive values, and ruthless capitalism. Therefore the WHCG Movement sets out the necessary themes to be addressed locally and globally to realize change for a more peaceful and healthy world. As outlined below, the 3 pillars with the 6 principles can be understood as basic human qualities that prescribe nothing else than the good natural human capacities and motivations to be deliberated. Therefore it is the movement of systematically fostering genuine and universal human values and the removal of unnecessarily separating values. How is that possible? Materialist and ego-driven values are not guaranteeing (and even hindering) people’s happiness, fulfillment, and personal growth: The achievements that make human lives so worthwhile. It is the people’s choice to be free, and to pursue their self-determined journey for not only more wealth fairly shared, but for personal and collective happiness, fulfillment, and growth for this and the generations to come.
The Happy Colorful Growth Way: Live as you were to die tomorrow. Learn as you would never know enough. Create that your contribution lasts forever.
Happy Colorful Growth for all: Think about it, create opportunities, and help grow the human revolution movement.
I’m devoted to those who want to:
- Fully live the dream
- Rock the market of global talent
- Change the ‘salary man’ lifestyle groove
- Achieve everything, but foremost inner peace
- Strengthen a natural spiritual grounding
- Sense what’s on the other side of fear
- Seek fearless and honest feedback
- Harness the power of leadership & learning
- Apply effective communication
- Build thriving teams and communities
- Be thinking & happy, artistic & colorful, and coaching & growth minded.
- Be the hero of the current human revolution (yes, I think the digital revolution won’t save us) and the long-term human evolution.
Quotes on the ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ way.
Happy: see it. Colorful: believe it. Growth: act on it!
You can’t ignore, so open.
Happy natural simplicity? Understand you
live with it.
You must not fear, so dare.
Colorful enriched diversity? Trust you
deal with it.
Act on it.
You won’t stagnate, so share.
Growth enabled genuineness? Choose you
succeed with it.
You’ll never arrive, so live.
For all and everywhere? Here and now you
melt with it.