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.
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.
“We can understand, then, that growth, the getting over ones implanted formative neurosis, is not a matter of simple reflection about his early family life, or even bringing to consciousness some of the most distasteful events of his childhood, or least of all a hard, rational scrutiny of ones motives.
It is, as the Stoics and Shakespeare have already taught us, is the going through hell of a lonely and racking rebirth where one throws off the lendings of culture, the costumes that fit us for life’s roles, the masks and panoplies of our standardized heroisms, to stand alone and nude facing the howling elements as oneself-a trembling animal element.”
The egos need “to be right over others”, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (egos repel an open and dynamic contextual awareness and understanding in favor of the polarizing emotions that are embedded in adopted and conforming ideologies), is the major stumbling block to all human social problems and is best illustrated by our increasing inundation of “ego based” Reality TV Shows and most “perfectly” actualized in the ineffectual rantings of the perfectionism (a most common trap of the ego) of “The Donald”!
As a result of the effects on we humans by our social conformity, identity culture and an ever emerging inability to respond with a sufficient level of understanding, we no longer understand the basic form, function and relations of things within or without, and have unwittingly sacrificed our ability to discern intuitively in the moment (naturally pragmatic) for the barrenness of ideological judgment, group think, addiction, distraction, unawareness and routine.
Socially accepted generalizations and effortless “participation trophy” thinking, intended to make everyone artificially feel powerful, has propelled us into the perfect place for Artificial Intelligence, and other “convenience technologies” to take over our thinking and life management for us.
We have Trump because we are Trump
A smattering of my mornings news reading absent any political or economic data
*Men’s sperms counts, worldwide, have decreased by around 50% in the last decade
*Alcoholism has increased by about 50% in the last decade
*Since 1999, the number of opioid related overdoses has quadrupled and more people die this way now than gun homicides and car crashes combined. Over 560,000 people have died of opioid OD’s since 1999. Today over 21,000,000 in the US are addicted to opioids, of which only 10% are in treatment for the addiction.
*The use of antidepressants has skyrocketed, the use of antidepressants increased by 400% between 1988 and 2008. One in ten people over 12 years of age now relies on antidepressants for their depression.
*Sea level rise is now exponential, not linear: Florida tourism has decreased 40% in the last decade as Miami is now eternally partially flooded and will eventually be underwater.
*Whole populations of species around the world have stopped reproducing and many are now disappearing. (Bees, Flamingos, Frogs, all Amphibians are now endangered, et al).
Is there a pattern hear?, Bueller, Bueller…..