There are certain phrases and adages with which people pepper their speech.
These are less conversational condiments than bland fillers. They create a common ground as the listener will know how the saying ends … all’s well that ends well. BUT that’s not a wellspring for creativity and only well and good if you’re just treading water. How does repeating something over and over help any conversation to move forward … especially if the saying wasn’t relevant to begin with?
For every ‘many hands make light work’ there’s a ‘too many cooks spoil the broth.’
Regardless of the most slick technological presentation most of what we ‘know’ is regurgitated, learned by rote, and as the saying goes ‘Even the biggest lie, if repeated often enough, becomes fact’. WMD may be one noticeable exception. The key being that those speaking the lie have to at least appear credible.
Most people are therefore (∴) not thinking but reacting. Worse than reacting they’re anticipating and their programming means they know just how to react.
Their response is preordained thanks to a linear progression from their most impressionable years, into their family’s church (it ∴ chooses you, not you it), on into school, possibly onto college or University, then into work … all the while you’re being told that if you are good and do well you will receive rewards.
There’s one provocative line of thought which ∴ paints religion as the biggest Ponzi scheme of all time. Millions of people throughout history have invested their entire lives in the religion that was chosen on their behalf before they were even born … AND?
Has one person returned from the afterlife, or sent an incontrovertible message?
As Mark Twain said, ‘It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.’
The truth hurts, which is why so few people expose themselves to it.
Living in denial is all fine and dandy until the day that reality knocks on your door. Reality is a persistent thing. More stubborn than the most onery mule. You can wish that people didn’t get cancer. You can pray for peace. But cancer and war are up there with death and taxes as life’s certainties.
War persists because our leaders approach problems the same way they always have.
Once ensconced in office no leader tampers with the system which promoted them.
They preserve the status quo, because if they improved the system, or got the people to expect better, they might have to go. Self-interest trumps the greater good.
That’s why progress is a minority interest. I don’t mean progress in terms of computing power. Moore’s Law is being revised constantly as it originally stated that processing power doubles every two years, then it became eighteen months.
The odd thing isn’t that Moore’s Law couldn’t keep pace with the rate of change, it’s the fact that people fastened onto processing power doubling every two years.
It was neat, but it wasn’t neat thinking (neat used to mean cool).
Science is concerned with pure progress unlocking knowledge, however, it’s counter-productive in the sense that the more we learn the more we see how little we know. Our total knowledge is inversely proportional to how much we ‘know’.
So, what’t the best way to go? Who’s the best type of person to hire to explore avenues of opportunity for progress?
The next thought piece will be about ‘certainty’ unless another more fascinating subject eclipses that. This blog will be nothing if not fluid.
I’ll bid you adieu with more wise words from Mark Twain: It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
The graphic is in case someone would like to make it their avatar on Whatsapp, or wishes to pin it somewhere to challenge their thinking when they’re sure that a fact is a dead cert.