I was reading an article in a New York paper about how one of the problems with the current business climate in the USA is that people want to dress in hoodies and think they are the next tech billionaire, and/or act like one. a portion of this might simply be age and the current trends with each new generation that comes up. when I was a kid, I heard lots of the elders exclaim, “these kids don’t know anything!”
when I am changing in the locker room of the gym after a workout, I still hear older guys say the same thing that haven’t come to the realization that the younger generation is different in how they feel and look at life than theirs was. it isn’t that the youth don’t know anything, in fact, I can’t think of a time where there wasn’t a more educated group of people in the country. but what I realize is that there are a lot of folks chasing the apple, google, amazon idea of scale and not realizing “happiness” is something that is not purchased with cashing in stock options. you can buy a lot of stuff and do a lot of things with the proceeds of being one of the lucky golden ticket companies, but it does not guarantee one will be happy.
maybe part of the equation inside the USA that is overlooked with the idea of gigantic scaling, billions of dollars, massive ipo’s and amazing wealth at a young age – appears to be the norm. when I look at the various states of academia incubators, I sometimes wonder what they are teaching about the reality of business and the world. it seems like the world is about the image and pitch and the reality of all the work and the harder part of putting an organization together that can do this – not just jobs for people – but meaningful work gets a bit lost between the idea and the implementation. perhaps some people are simply happy going to arena shows, megachurches, and working in large organizations.
there are others, that perhaps like that intimate experience in a small club or theater, going out on a mountain top alone, or starting up a business idea that even if it doesn’t work – will fulfill one's heart and desire with meaning.
while a lifetime seems like a long time, in the grand scheme of it all…it is a blink of an eye in cosmic time. but it is astounding what one can accomplish with such a short amount of time, what I am seeing more with the advent of all the tech-scale companies promoting social inclusion is actually more unhappy people.
yesterday I took the time to plant some trees. it is ironic as I am trying to figure out how to get trees inside controlled environments for food-producing needs at a cost-effective level. the day before I started some spices for some people as I look at the prices of them in markets and want to gag. I had mixed feelings about how spoiled I am with controlled environment agriculture and how easy it is to make amazing plants, but it lacks the connection with the soil, dirt and rhythm of nature. there is something good about working with the soil, land, nature within the sensory space of being human. I lamented that it was actually much more difficult to grow great crops without the technology, yet, I lamented the further we go into a world of mass produce robotic agriculture, while we get great plants, we are going to go further from nature itself.
a childhood friend thinks indoor agriculture is going to be big. I commented, “not really until the fully automatic robotic systems come into being”
“why is that?”
“we tried in the USA, there aren’t a lot of people who want to do the work and get their hands dirty.”
it was a sad comment to make, but one that I have scratched my head with some of the youth in the system, of which, every generation will be alright in time, but it is weird how wisdom seems to take all your life to accrue.