“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” mlk
It is an odd quote to open up a blurb about the effects of controlled/programmed environments and the reality of what tech and AI will be doing to create more disparity among the people on the planet. If you look at all the buzz about AI, most of the ideas and innovations are targeted at the wealthy and then a giant herd of humanity chases after it. When you learn that 26 people on the planet have more wealth than financially most destitute 3.8 billion people and apply the future to the current trajectory – we are creating a more polarized world, but inside the supposed democratic and/or civilized societies, a broad stroke for more inequality is happening. I think this trend is merely going to keep progressing and potentially accelerating in the short term.
Before anyone gets in an uproar or think I don’t like money, stuff, and other things. I have no problem with it. What I learned is that the pursuit of it in the spiritual sense probably will do more to keep you dependent on yourself, virus growing in a group. As for the technologies today, it was 30 years ago in labs where we were playing with the attempts to take the control systems to where we have today.
A controlled environment is terrific if you want to optimize your world and have little to no risk involved with change. But it is more like an insurance policy or risk aversion plan. If everyone continues to build fiefdoms - their own little cocoons and become more oblivious to everyone else in the controlled space, how will this play out? All this will most likely do is allow the overlords that really have the more power and control in manipulating and program people into a false sense of reality. This wouldn’t be bad if the people kept stressing, learning, and growing each day instead of just sitting there ingesting and watching life.
One of my favorite quotes is called the man in the arena that was delivered by president Teddy Roosevelt a the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910
The man in the arena
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually attempt to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
The past few days I have watched far too many critics or experts that have never actually built anything get in the way of taking a vision and preventing it from becoming a reality. I could list a litany of reasons why, but when you get down to the most basic level, the ugly head of pride, greed, and “I want to tell you how it should be done, but I don’t want to do anything.”
For whatever reason, the worlds of a teddy Roosevelts speech came to mind as I walk through a very imperfect world and when logic says “quit” you get up and keep trying. Others can look at the speck of dirt. I wonder if humans are programmed to look for the imperfections and allow their minds to go in some sort of an endless loop that amplifies and gets worse. Wouldn’t it be easier to see the bigger image? Or is it just part of the human condition to merely be negative?
“It is easier for me to come up with smokescreens and look at the grains of sands and obsess about that than realize I can be walking along a beautiful beach.
Perspective vs. perception. What I am learning more in life is religion is doing a terrible job at working on spiritually and trusting that something far more substantial and more significant than our selfish logic is at play.