remember when an NDA actually meant something? someone had an idea or a concept, you simply signed the paper to keep each other accountable that no one would talk about the product or project until it became public? remember when you couldn’t go to a meeting without signing an NDA and you came to a place where you said, “what is the point of these documents if everyone and everything thinks everything is so valuable?” nowadays, the NDA appears to have been and is a tool in legal settlements to keep people from ever having the sordid details of anything coming into the light of the public.
anyone remember the Phil Collins video, “land of confusion?” in the 80’s or 90’s? it was some brilliant puppetry about governments and the illusion of power/politics. today you could simply remake it an entitle it, “land of illusion.” who knew it would just become real life with a massive shot of illusion growth hormone with the internet and what appears to be a loss of any compass to guide humans. It used to be we applied makeup to enhance that which is lacking. today, I watch the news and hear everyone pointing fingers at each other, and yet, I wager everyone’s makeup is a cover-up for pretty bad behavior all around.
I don’t even think we sign NDA’s anymore, as perhaps if you can’t trust the people you are meeting with and working with – what is the point of an NDA. maybe it is too many years working and while there are plenty of people blinded by the pursuit of riches and greed – I don’t really want to be around them. there are enough people out there that want to try to do something to better the world than just make lots of money and then use NDA’s to cover up their indiscretions and deny the past ever happened, and start to live inside their own illusion?
it has never been easier to lose yourself in this space. the modern world has a seemingly unlimited plethora of ways to amuse, entertain, and pleasure yourself and allow you to keep creating or living in your own brand of illusion. I really don’t know how to explain it – yet – at some level, anyone striving and seeking more stuff, things, and baubles in the material world, are all probably guilty of it. money and power do the oddest things in corrupting and/or sucking people into systems that on the surface seem fine – yet behind the make-up, or when the camera lights get turned off and the room lights come up – the lawyers come out with the NDA’s to keep some cover-ups from seeing the light of day.
I guess there is great irony in that so much effort, money and resources are spent in the west to create an item, brand, or look that is perfect and desirable….even if it covers up something rotting inside.
it is a bit how I view politicians and media these days.
while I realized everyone our leaders are human beings, I fear there is way too much bad behavior behind the facades and public image with each parties camp. no one is immune, but when you start paying off people and forbid them from saying anything – you know full well that the truth can’t be very good.
“Ooh Superman where are you now
When everything's gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.” genesis