Society & Culture
Food for Thought #20 - The diminishing returns of our collective intelligence (sad emoji)
I don’t often find myself in such a frustrated state of mind. I tend to be somewhat fragile when it comes to how the world works. Especially when I feel it is completely broken. At each turn of the wheel I find one more system in place to keep the masses in check. And around each corner is yet another trick up the marketing sleeve to ensure we part with our cash for the things we do not truly need.
There has to be a moment in our history where it all made sense to set this all up the way that it is. Right? It had to make sense to the human race to fight for and divide up our planet so that groups of people at the top could horde all the wealth. Right? So they could say they own a thing and then tax you. And then tell you that you need a thing they own so they could take the money they pay you to work, back and then charge you tax for the effort counting their money. Right? There must have been a moment in our history where this all made sense.
So far the moment in our history where this all made sense has eluded me. I have not put a historians effort to figure it all out, but I am trying. I will also concede that a lot of good also happened as a result of the argument I am placing before you. However I believe that the system in place no longer fits in the world we live in. That the simple fact that a select few can horde the wealth, and I’m talking more money that large parts of the planets collective wealth, seems more like a perversion of an antiquated system than by someone being able to innovate in todays age. Yes, there is macro-innovation, where by someone invents a thing that generates wealth. Or starts a business that makes them wealthy etc but is off the back of the system that is rigged to do so.
So why all this complaining. Well, it is becoming more and more evident to me that our collective knowledge is sinking. Our copy cat culture keeps us from questions. The fear based media outlets keep us buying what the big businesses or governments need us to buy. That our lack of time to learn is fleeting and that the effort required to have an opinion these days comes in headlines with no fact checking or actual conviction. So in a weird way, this podcast is a call to action. A challenge to all who listen to be better. Do more and act in a responsible way. Don’t be a zombie, be a better human.
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