So it seems that the city of Indianapolis has some ideas of its own in terms of making that part of America “great again.” Some young professionals see “digital” opportunity there in contrast to Trump’s plan to bring back those manufacturing “hub” cities (and jobs) of the last century. And guess who used to be Governor there, Vice-President Mike Pence. Not only is he in favor of bringing back the good old days, he also wants to bring back that “old time religion.”
Then Governor Pence ruffled the feathers of the tech industry back in 2015 when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which allowed businesses to cite religion as a reason to refuse to serve customers – a move that people say was aimed at the gay community. To his critics that alleged such discriminatory intent, he has responded that he was simply trying to ensure religious freedom? Unfortunately, this legislation has had a chilling effect in terms of the growth of Indiana’s economy across many business sectors. Some technology entrepreneurs and engineers, however, still see opportunity there. Many see a chance to play a larger role there than they might have had in Silicon Valley.
A larger role, perhaps, but with less of a salary that she could have earned in Silicon Valley. Many young professionals simply like living in a “prime Midwestern technology center.”
And let’s keep religion out of it! That’s what the Dalai Lama said, so that’s okay with me. But I think that will be the hard part. According to a survey of some eminent neuroscientists and psychologists we can basically distill all of these emotions into five broader categories: anger, fear, disgust, sadness and enjoyment. These categories can be further refined and catalogued into a veritable Atlas of Emotions. So now when you really want to know how you feel, just go look it up online. The Dalai Lama has his own printed version that was custom made for him, and there is nothing wrong with that. After all, he is the Dalai Lama!
The Dalai Lama’s goal in all of this is to create a tool for cultivating good in the world by defeating the bad within us. He truly believes that “In the past, compassion was something of a sign of weakness, or anger a sign of power, a sign of strength. Basic human nature is more compassionate. That’s the real basis of our hope.” He wants to create more interest in our inner values, and he obviously believes that the World Wide Web (when was the last time you heard that?) can helps us reach them.
So the World Wide Web may actually help us all reach a higher spiritual plane built on more compassion for others. But understanding the world of emotions within all of us is perhaps the most important lesson that the Dalai Lama is trying to share. And he also added that in his next life, he may get the online version.
I will be working in Vietnam for the remainder of May and into the middle of June. I will not be posting a blog on Friday this week while I am traveling, but will be back online Monday. Thanks for following.