Archive for January, 2014

How The Arctic Vortex Influences Me

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The arctic vortex landed in nyc today, it’s fun to think about post apocalyptic survival strategies, although I bet they would not be fun at all.

It is days like today that the environment really wakes up my subconscious’ primal instincts. I feel prepared for the hunt. Ready to go out and slay a beast for food. The natural sense to team up with my pack becomes stronger; my level one wolf pack takes center stage. But who is that wolf pack?

It’s times like today when my subconscious thinks about things like supplies. And when I step outside, the deep cold wakes up survival instincts that forgot were there. Everything all of the sudden becomes real and felt. Oddly, this is a bit painful because reality is a tough place. Immediately my brain tries to cope by hiding from reality and hold off until the comforts of my fantasy world come back. Survival at this point is only a few minutes long, just a walk from my apt to the subway and then is back to the happy and safe territory of modern life.

Today I fought the urge to protect my self from reality and stood outside for a little letting nature hit me in the face and remind me that the world is real. I took a deep breath as I gazed at the subway entrance, looking around at everyone racing to his or her destination. I sat there and pondered.

Days like today trigger the mammal social behavior in us. It’s very likely that people are obsessively checking their social networks through Facebook or linkedin, as well as, telephone, email or face to face. The bottom line is that the needs of the human mammal comes out and requires its needs fulfilled. I fulfill them by working together with my colleagues and collaborating to get stuff done efficiently and as swiftly as possible. And after that, get together with friends to have a well-deserved drink in the warmth of this society we have built for our selves. Yet, in the back of my mind, the primal being inside me is still on the look out for danger and opportunities. Looking into the horizon occasionally to make sure that my wolf pack will make it through another day.