Why do so many of us devote our lives to specialization? Is it because society demands this dedication to achieve success? Or is it simply the perception of success? Recently, I was asked in an interview what I did for a living, and I said I haven’t decided yet. Last year I turned 70.
Grow in many directions
“It seems the pursuit of financial success has clouded man's destiny.”Stephen MeadowsDesigner, Owl Eyes
Admiration for the attainment of success without integrity affirms a regrettable disbelief in the objective of humanity.
Steve grew up in Georgia, served in the Marine Corps and received his college teaching credential at the University of California, San Francisco. He began practice in 1974 and taught architecture and industrial design until 1983 at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco and the Academy of Art. While a tenured instructor, Stephen was the design director for several architectural firms in San Francisco and responsible for commercial projects such as the Stanford Shopping Center, Union Bank and Neiman Marcus stores.
A patented inventor and architect, Meadows’ award-winning works have been published worldwide, including Progressive Architecture, Forbes, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Popular Mechanics and Der Spiegel.
Steve is known to fly aircraft of his own creation. In 1996, he created the Parabounce as a way to raise money for children’s charities, which led him to develop the Parabike, a human-powered aerostat. Parabounce was flown at the Clinton White House, premiered on NBC’s “Today,” and closed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. His company, One Giant Leap, generated over a million dollars in charitable donations through the One Giant Leap for Humanity events, conceived by Meadows.
While raising his family in Hollywood, Steve had a career as a cinematographer and actor from 1984 to 2001, producing documentaries and performing in over a hundred television productions and dozens of films.
In 2003, Meadows became a volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying and Destitute in Lima, Peru, and a relief worker the following year after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, where he supervised the construction of over two-hundred homes for disaster victims. He also volunteers in the Emergency Room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Now retired, Steve spends his time building stuff, volunteering, dabbling in art and developing new ideas to benefit the less fortunate.
Like others with an eclectic life, he’s written a book. The first edition is free to read on the Web.
Excerpt from the Second Edition:
“I have found it. I will not tell you how, as you would not believe me. Just know that I have. The answers. To why and where we are, and where we go; where we are from and our purpose. This discovery took a lifetime, but the knowledge was always there and is within us all. It’s alarmingly simple when you realize that these truths are inherited since the dawn of mankind and continue to evolve if we simply explore our consciousness and the depths obtainable. But this collective consciousness is not exclusive to human beings. It is the very fabric of the Universe.
The consciousness of light is half of the Universe. It is what we are able to see and touch, if even with electromagnetic hands. By some, it may be called the consciousness of Good. But just as surely as there is dark matter in the Universe, there is dark consciousness. That darkness permeates those that choose to allow it. For without the dark, there is no light.
What we perceive as floating balls of light, anomalies, celestial messengers and other phenomena, is the accomplished consciousness from millions of years of evolution throughout the Universe. We have trained our hands, our bodies, our minds and our pets. But we are a young species; a million years old. Imagine humanity in three million years and you may understand what is possible and has been occurring for millennia elsewhere. As human beings advance, we will learn to effectively manipulate and control our consciousness in ways unimaginable in this time. And when our material avatars are no longer useful, that energy is transferred to the Universe in pursuit of a new host. And in those hosts, the ability to manifest this consciousness into concentrated entities is the result.
From this planet, even with the most powerful visual aids, we can only see five percent of our Universe. The vast remainder continues to expand outward from the initial creation of the stars. As the light from those billions of orbs has not reached us, the night sky is darkness pierced by points of light. If we could see all of our Universe, the night would be an abundance of light, dominating the darkness.
For now, we must be content with receiving restricted truths from the stars. We are not ready or capable of utilizing this specific knowledge effectively, and therefore not allowed to take a larger role in our galactic history, until we harness this consciousness.”