Progress

To understand anything new one must actively seek to learn from differing perspectives and assimilate new learnings into ones overall worldview.

This is not easy for most of us because it feels so good to be validated for older less nuanced ways of thinking.

Most stick with the feeling of being right and the validation it brings them from their crowd.

It’s much easier to shout others down and high five those around us than to do the difficult work of seeing the world closer and closer to the reality that actually exists, although this is the only way to understand people and the beginning of solving real world problems.

Absent the work there is no learning, no progress, and no path forward only a buttressing of our ego.

Oue Enfeeblement

A revelation I’ve heard recently from the comedic genius Jerry Seinfeld lately, the baby boomers were the first generation that grew up with an actually protected childhood. Since then we’ve all become a tad more enfeebled until we’ve inadvertently birthed our most enfeebled generation, the millennials and the snowflakes that they’ve they produced. It’s kinda hard to imagine these types to be adaptable to valuable culture.

Our Mental Age

Three years ago psychology Professor Lewis M. Terman came to the conclusion that the average mental age of adults is approximately 16 years. Camille Paglia and Jordan Peterson, two of today’s most noted intellectuals put it around 14 years.

I agree, I just think it’s a bit lower nowadays😉

A thought on the state of things….

Intellectual maturation is characterized by ones ability to process, and indeed to seek out knowledge whose most unwanted byproduct conjures up feelings of doubt inducing an anxiety in ones current beliefs, weakening the comforting and conforming notion of ideological certitude. Operating in such a way is the realm of the adults, earned only through experience, effort and an aware openness to nuance.

A posture becoming more and more foreign to an increasingly growing number of disparate, but in practice very similar tribes, unconsciously possessed by a spirit of resentment of the expanding “other”. 

Each group grasping for an elusive kind power detached from competency and dependent upon force, not understanding or skill, to maintain its grasp on what it believes to be the levers of control.

Our era, now bathed in the spirit of a kind of blindness, a possessed and autonomous collective unconsciousness of our own making. The fruit of our apparent success, a fruit which we are both addicted and conformed to without the slightest understanding of its existence or where it may be leading us.

Activism by those informed and operating in this realm, admittingly an ever dwindling number, and by those on the path towards becoming adult, is where we must focus our energies.

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