Lately, I seem to be bumping into younger minds that suffer from a disease that might be described as “white-tower-it-is.” this malady was far more prevalent or observable 20-30 years ago. but it can best be described as people who did the work to get a degree at the right schools and somehow think it qualifies them to be experts without ever really having to work in the real world. there is no doubt about it, smart minds…but are they intelligent in the reality of how the world works? to get the later, I think it is like everyone, you have to do more than read a book or study what someone else did, lift that material and repackage it as some “new and trendy idea.” remember when “the secret” came out? how about, “life coaches?”
“so you read a book and took a course and now you are going to explain how life works on this planet and coach me, yet, you never did the course material yourself?”
I guess this is why I do value the old monks in the middle of nowhere who say so little, know so much, and spent years working on the internal healing of the flaws of the human condition. it is amazing to me how the people that appear to know the most about love and creation are the most humble and quiet people on the planet.
they always say, to be a healer, first, you have to heal yourself. in our developed world, there is more of an instant gratification slant to time, where people really don’t want to do that work, as it will take them a lifetime to learn. we tend to want instant answers, of which there is a plethora of books, knowledge, ways, rules, and strategies to change something. but we would rather look at credentials more than experience.
“did you actually do this? what did you learn? how would you do, or what would you do better in the future?”
“it doesn’t matter, isn’t it pretty?”
“yes, it is very pretty, does it function as well?”
this is perhaps the path of why I miss the road life at times. you never had to play games with touring entertainment. everyone was too busy to get into all the pomp, circumstance and regalia of the “theater, film, or business.” if there was a problem to overcome, you had people that were smart enough or could come up with an idea on the spot to make something work. the same thing happens in a skunkworks world, except you are living inside a bit of a bubble and pushing limits versus what a more normal world linear path of growth sends out.
I think everyone on the planet has talents, thankfully they are all different than each other. what I find odd and/or frustrating is what are the motives for the various people. is it money, fame, fortune? is it helping others even if it means they come first? or is it just taking from the work of others and rebranding it and trying to say, “It is a new idea I came up with!” with a straight face? you can go to a school and get a degree in something, and that will give you knowledge. will it give you the unpopular element of the dirty work it sometimes takes to get the idea into a reality beyond a pretty drawing? it does not guarantee that what I was shocked to see inside the USA was there is a smaller percentage of type A folks that are off and getting skimmed with the best of the best. yet, there is a surprisingly large amount of people who appear well educated with all the degrees the universities have provides post-2008 and the lack of fulfilling work for many. but there wasn’t the path for more experiential work and living.
a part of this I can blame on the unexpected dynamics of the internet and the world wide web. what a great idea. how are we using it? well, It is and has created a sense of disproportion, much like the way private wealth on the global scale is headed. soon 66% of the planet will be owned by 1% of the planet. when you factor in the reality of what advanced bots and technology will soon be…despite having what should be a lot of free time to go, learn, do…I see more of society watching, as if in some sort of endless pavlovian loop. I am not sure if this will be a super mobile device, a room/space, or implant directly into the body.
while humanity has the ability and choice to change and use this knowledge for the betterment of humanity. it appears the game today is about external and not internal growth. there is no question that man is a brilliant tool maker. but right now we might be making the tools to simply make humans less intelligent. there will be no need to know much of anything soon, you can look it all up.
this is why I am surprised at how poorly the maker spaces in the USA have gone with the academic, political and maker blending. in parts of Europe, there is a strong apprentice system that has a good deal of value as long as the people want to pay a human versus a smart bot or devise for a service.
I use the analogy of how lame coffee shops have become for creativity anymore. you walk into a space that used to be about community and/or creative interaction and it is a bunch of heads staring into devices. I think you can simply make more one person tables, as, despite people all chatting with each other, the idea of sharing a table is somehow odd in a lot of the USA.
“Mind if I share the table with you?” will usually get you odd reactions until the person in the crowded coffee shop realizes that you are not some threat to their privacy, DNA, or security. then a humanistic reaction of, “sure, help yourself” happens. you can see this in gyms where the idea of working fast and efficiently, you know…sharing a piece of equipment…is met with scowls of arrested development – perhaps Cro-Magnon mentality, “huh...no...mine...my machine...share? but I have three more sets.”
“well how about I work in, while you take your long breaks, stare at your mobile, read your friend's social media posts….I can do my three sets before you get to you next one.”
insert blank stare…the glazed eyes where facts and logic meet, “but this is my machine” and you simply think to yourself, “ok, I know 10 other ways to work the same muscle…I will leave this person in peace.”
it thinks this entire question about education vs. intelligence is something I have to go spend time with a friend getting a Ph.D. in “training the teachers…or a program for teaching teachers how to teach.” it is like anything else, there are few that are really good at something, so how do you transfer that skill to many, beyond book smarts, certifications, and simulations and bring the idea into experiential reality – in a short period of time.
it is like me taking a course online for the last year. my response is, “I probably could have been well entrenched in the application of what they are trying to teach in 3 months if I had a partner to work on it with.”
my problem I am not running into many people that want to put the time, sweat, resources, and money into growth.
I am meeting a lot of people who have never built anything thinking they should make money to tell me how to do something they have never actually done.”
“but it is a pretty picture”
“yes it is, and art is subjective.”