Part three of today’s discussion on innovation, ivory towers and ROI, has been scrapped so many times that I think I it best to just try another approach. So i will apologize that i can’t simplify what i am thinking down one sound byte that makes sense. Thus, you probably will read a train wreck of words.
The main topic for any systemic change for man to evolve past being a better toolmaker and a better human seems simple enough. Man is supposed to learn to love. The problem lies within does man love himself, or selflessly. Since none of us are perfect, humanity will have a wide variety of people at different places, stages and moments in life either engrossed completely in self, or some, giving joyfully. Selflessly.
The idea of ROI and the building of wealth was the last element of what I wanted to chat about. There is nothing dangerous about wealth. I use the same argument about guns and bullets. There is really nothing dangerous about them either. What is dangerous is the choices for how man uses it. One might say the analogy is a simplistic generalization, but I will leave man as being the element that likes to complicate things.
Wealth is not a bad thing; it acutely is nice when you have enough that you never have to worry about anything. It is a far cry from when one is simply surviving and not sure where or how ones next meal will come from. But both sides have issue and elements that appear to go with the abundance or lack.
In the past 10 years, the wealth inside the USA, and compensation to the top tier of the food chain has grown disproportionately ouf of skew with the masses. I would like to say that people are that much more talented and have a special gift to justify this exorbitant raise in wealth, but I can’t justify it. Some people simply played the game better, bent the rules differently, or simply took what they felt they deserved. I want to say it is simply “capitalism,” but it has gone past that to a place where “self” has crept into all levels of society that I have never seen before.
It used to be that 2 out of 3 people with wealth were handed it from a previous relative. 1 out of 3 that acquired it created and made it. Within the two sets are two mindsets of risk and risk taking. One fears loosing what they have, the other isn’t afraid to try even if it means them losing what little they worked to have.
Another element of the global look of the planet is when one looks at the entire globe, there is serious distribution problem. It isn’t that there isn’t enough for all; it is simply how is it distributed.
As more of an entrepreneur that takes risks, I can’t say socialism or communism does much to reward hard work and risk taking. I think the idea of everyone having a “good” quality of life is a great idea, but I have not seen it work out with reality on the planet. Conversely one thing I loved about the USA is anyone can take a dream and try, and you can be rewarded handsomely for taking the risk. It leads to a system more akin to winner take all than the betterment of good for all.
I don’t seem to see many people that recognize that with great wealth come great responsibility. That message seems lost in a world bent on pushing “selfies” on the Internet. From the most powerful man on the planet, the president of the USA all the way down to the kid on the street corner with his cell phone mimicking the same behavior.
As mentioned in part two of this ramble – common sense is pretty much on life support when you take a step back and take a long look at the country.
The frustration I had in trying to come up with a good reason for innovation in the future and sharing open source information, data, teams, and tools for the betterment of man will only happen when everyone gives more of themselves, than just from a hyper abundance, but from a place where it actually costs them something. The only tale I can use to demonstrate the point is the parable of the woman and the mites form the bible.
When each of us can get to that level, of which I think the statistical probability of 6,000,000,000 people all on the same page at the same time…is basically nil.
Man will simply continue to make better tools, weapons, and ways to live longer, but will he really be living a better quality of life?
As you can tell, it is a great question, man can change, but he seems to find it very difficult to remember the mistakes of his past and incorporate that wisdom to move forward and stop doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
What is so cool is that someone in the artificial intelligent group has been asking questions about emotion vs. logic. My only recourse is creating tools that allow man to actually see himself. Neat stuff indeed. It is called, Augmanity
Until then, all i can do is look at myself and try to change what is in me. This is the reality about change and all each of us can actually do is work to can change ourselves and hope everyone else does the same.
I sure have a lot to learn. hope springs eternal