“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.
I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
When you think about it we have trained – and to a large extent continue to train – our youth in skills that fit a command and control enterprises with a do as you’re told, work place environment. It worked well for a couple of hundred years, but on the whole those jobs are not coming back – whatever you think, whatever you are told. They will either stay off shore – or when they come back – mechanical, non thinking, repetitive jobs will be increasingly done by robots (I mean that in the broadest sense).
But if that is all you know – how do you take the initiative and learn to make mistakes and understand EVERYTHING you need to understand to be the independent business person. In short it isn’t just reinventing yourself – it is also about survival.
It has to be more than reading Seth Godin’s blog.
The bluntest way this is framed comes at the end of the piece: Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook combined account for over $1 trillion dollars of market capitalization. Yet they only employ around 150,000 people total. That’s less than half the number of people who work for GE. And it’s roughly the number of people that enter the U.S. job market every month. In other words, it’s a farce to believe that tech giants, internet startups, and app developers will ever be able to employ the same number of people that manufacturing once did.
I think we are in for a very very difficult period that we are only just now scratching the surface of and understanding.
More to come in a future post – but essentially my concern is that with so much ‘information hitting the ‘spheres’ and networks – too much of it is appearing without a foundation of knowledge (if that doesn’t seem an upside down think to say) – as a result all information is essentially being reduced to data and nobody has the time / inclination / interest to triangulate and make sense of it. So they don’t.
So we continue to grow increasingly isolated in our bubbles, we ignore ‘inconvenient truths’ – even if we do know them. Facts are being ignored. Science is being ignored. History is being ignored. Unless it supports the mind already made up.
OK – not everything – but if you don’t know what you don’t know – how can you isolate the right information for you to make decisions on.
Newspeak is coming in real quickly – but it isn’t just BIg Brother …. it is everyone.
…. the decadence of our language is probably curable. Those who deny this would argue, if they produced an argument at all, that language merely reflects existing social conditions, and that we cannot influence its development by any direct tinkering with words or constructions.
25th July – 2016 – I just rediscovered this post – and am adding this graphic >>>
In The American Interest, Nathan Harden describes what higher education might look like in coming decades: “Half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.” Funny, I know about 10 million people who already say they went to Harvard.
“Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages. One is the scientific spirit of adventure — the adventure into the unknown, an unknown which must be recognized as being unknown in order to be explored; the demand that the unanswerable mysteries of the universe remain unanswered; the attitude that all is uncertain; to summarize it — the humility of the intellect. The other great heritage is Christian ethics — the basis of action on love, the brotherhood of all men, the value of the individual — the humility of the spirit.
These two heritages are logically, thoroughly consistent. But logic is not all; one needs one’s heart to follow an idea. If people are going back to religion, what are they going back to? Is the modern church a place to give comfort to a man who doubts God — more, one who disbelieves in God? Is the modern church a place to give comfort and encouragement to the value of such doubts? So far, have we not drawn strength and comfort to maintain the one or the other of these consistent heritages in a way which attacks the values of the other? Is this unavoidable? How can we draw inspiration to support these two pillars of western civilization so that they may stand together in full vigor, mutually unafraid?