And, of the year, more spleen.


The good never wins, the Roman Empire wins.

The good never wins, the great horde wins.

The good never wins, inquisition wins.

The good never wins, the conquistadores win.

The good never wins, Guantanamo wins.

The good never wins, it only has small victories.

I hate them. It is like a torture where you’re kept alive by resuscitation only to get more pain.

The good never wins.

And good things never come to those who wait.

Brexit, Nigerian Oil, India’s economic retardation, the Chinese disidents, Tibet, all those female slaves, all those male slaves.

If you think in WW2 the good won, you’re wrong. Half of the winners were “well intentioned”, half were down right more evil than those who lost. Just ask anyone sane who went through at least a decade of communism.

Many times there is no good that may win anyway. Most of the time there is no good to wait on. Most of this world’s problems are so complex that one lifetime is not even close to the amount of time that it would take to fix them.

When I hear all this cheer about how there has never been less war and more wealth than today, I hardly contain my vomit. It’s not that it isn’t true, but Jesus people, get a grip. Wealth is funneled worse than in feudal times and peace sometimes hurts more than war. It is a world choke full of inequality and a world wrapped in a sticky web of temporary armistices, skewed treaties, power exchanges, sold futures, broken deals and secret handshakes, a world pulsing with frustration.

This is not new. That’s what makes it worse.

The happiest people alive are those which, because of circumstances, gained or earned a frail independence of some sort, which they stubbornly confuse with freedom. They are happier even compared with the very rich and powerful, happier for floating above the dreaded swarm of losers that crawl on top of each other below the haze of permitted accidental success.

This is not pessimism. I just think that an excruciatingly large portion of the humans alive float through the unlikely event of their hyper aware existence oblivious. Those of us who try harder, dip into the oblivion quite often too.

The numbing is necessary.

Some evils are necessary specifically because the good never wins. And the road to hell is paved with good intentions because of those who wait for good things to come.

Cheer!

Thought stream

It is amazing how little people think of the fact that everything is a convention. I find it astounding, the jail of our social conditioning. But is it more than just that? Because it surely sounds crazy …

Sometimes I strongly believe the world is led by insane people. And not only that, but also the biggest chunk of my fellow humans lack some faculties. And this is not about smartness, it is about seeing through our dense abstractions into reality.

It feels like we devised such amazing explanations that now we are obliged to believe them. What obliges us, ancestry? The permanent desire for meaning and the meaning we sip out of continuity?

Everything is at least weird if not insane. Like, naming people nations. Or, referring to states and corporations first person, as if mere conventions exist outside of us.

Complacency is insanity.

Complacency is insanity. If you were on fire and acted as if everything is alright, as if the fire is not there, would you be called insane? You would be. I am sure. Yet we surrender the future of our children to this self replicating clique of maniacal egos without batting an eye.

We repeat, day in day out, the script handed down to us by faceless elders as if reality itself is bounded by these rules. We have gone so far as to believe reality is out humble servant, we actually bathe in this self congratulatory propaganda of mind over matter.

But the universe keeps expanding. Our study of the everlasting stretches of space appears to leave no trace of wonder and pause in the feverish minds of humans. We repeat. Repeat in, repeat out. When someone gets tired of the repetition they are cast as pariah and left to socially disappear as the sadistic prelude to the physical death.

Why do we do that? There is no grand scheme here. No aliens, no reptilians, no mind control. Or if there is, then it surely is a fucked up one. No one seems to force us to ignore reality, but we do it so zealously that we became unstoppable.

What is this hell of a news cycle that we live in? Where do this fabricated events lead us? What is all this conflict for?

Abstraction works wonders in technological creativity, but wreaks havoc in humanistic endeavors. Humanism must be rooted in lucidity to be effective.

Defending capitalism

i) Capitalism almost always promotes short-term gains. That’s why newsmax.com, breitbart, fox news crush NY Times, NPR in terms of profitability

That is not capitalism’s fault actually. An economic system will NOT by default correct human deficiencies and biases and social mistakes. Capitalism is not a philosophy of good.

ii) Capitalism almost always exploits Human’s Irrational Behavior. Left to itself, the market will optimize for Blackjack, Hookers and Drugs

Not capitalism, other humans exploit it. Capitalism is a system of economic rules but the fact we exploit irrational behavior for profit is a matter of lacking regulation and also going back to your number one, the fact that many people believe wrongly that capitalism is a sort of economic religion instead of a valid economic game.

iii) Capitalism almost always doesn’t capture true value of the creators.
The only difference why Mark Zuckerberg is worth $50B while Linus Torvalds and Jimmy Wales aren’t is because Zuck exploited Human Irrationality while Jimmy/Linus created a longer lasting, higher-value-to-society.

Linus and Jimmy did not participate in the capitalist economic game.Mark did. Mother Teresa or any modern day saint will not get economic rewards because they are not playing the economy game. People who participate in the socialist economic game have a different set of rewards which is more important to them! Your point is valid in one way though: there is very little interest invested in the field of economy to generate a model (an economy game) in which non profit work to be more socially viable as a life pursuit.

iv) Capitalism almost always underpays true value creators — mothers, teachers, mentors are massively underpaid compared to the guys who sell SnakeOil, MBS, CDS

Same as above, certain classes of people are not in the game, they do not participate. Also:

  • economic worth of education is down
  • economic worth of children is down (a leading cause of low natality)
  • mentorship is a form of self development not altruism

Capitalism is not a universal solution to ALL humanity’s facets, problems and existence.

I tried to buy happiness with so many things, money included.

They say money can’t buy happiness. But did you ever try to buy it without money? 😉

Ha!

I tried to buy happiness with so many things, money included. True story.

I tried to buy happiness with work.

I got happiness with so many strings attached, I couldn’t enjoy a second of it because I was so busy untangling all those strings.

I tried to buy happiness with health.

This was a shady transaction. I got depression, the opposite of happiness. Depression is so damn expensive I quickly ran out of health but found I got addicted to the void. The withdrawal was an excruciatingly boring isolation in numbness.

I tried to buy happiness with love.

I got happiness but alas, I am not a being of infinite love, I put a higher price on my love than what the happiness factory was offering. Negotiation bore no fruit, but I found out I can make my own brew of happiness out of love. Who knew.

I tried to buy happiness with time.

Worst idea ever. I became a resource. That’s what the happiness factories use for the happiness of some, the time of others. My time became a raw material, no added value. I felt like Russia, important but with an economy the size of Italy. It sucked. I quit. Being. Russia.

I tried to buy happiness with patience.

Patience did buy me joy. Joy is the next best thing, when you can’t afford happiness or when your happiness is unachieveable. In no way I could trade neither patience for happiness, nor joy for happiness. In fact I found that the joyful are no longer customers of the happiness factories because they don’t make the plus sizes of happiness that fit a joy filled soul.

I tried to buy happiness with detachment.

Detachment once bought me a ticket for a visit inside the happiness factory and witnessed the illusion. I lost my detachment and found my disillusion.

I tried to buy happiness with money.

Money bought a lot of pleasure and fleeting instantaneous happiness. The problem was that it was a monthly fee. Actually a daily fee and in the terms and conditions it said that when the money runs out you automatically get enrolled in the free offering of constant stress.

I tried to buy happiness with faith.

They didn’t deliver so I wasted my faith.

I tried to buy happiness with reason.

The bodyguards kicked me out of the store, while the staff yelled behind me that they have the right to select their clientelle. There was indeed a fine print I didn’t notice in the education society gave me.

How to stop the incoming fascism


.. to be updated, fixed, constructed further, this set of ideas live in my profile until better consistency and meaning is achieved ..

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.

Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1846–1912)


I have a big plan. Not a dream, a big plan. I have a plan about stopping the incoming fascism.

My plan is this:

  1. Build a progressivist foundation
  2. Implement regulated capitalism
  3. Create a technological democracy

I believe unkempt technological societies give birth to monsters: meritocracies where merit is undefined. Undefined merit in meritocracy is the cornerstone of discrimination. Few people see the link between meritocracy and fascism.

Technology without progressivism, in societies built on the status quo, is vulnerable to weak meritocracies who devolve into corporatism.

I think Fascism is inherent in traditionalist technological societies.

I think fascism is incoming because we’re not prepared to face the completely technological future ahead of us. I think it happened in the past when great technological advancements caught us unprepared and millions died because of bad politics.

Technology will make any conservative society fail.

Technology will make unregulated capitalism fail.

Technology will make representativity fail.

Technology is to life, as life is to time. Technology excels at making everything super stable and predictable. AI and machine learning is merely our contemporary peak.

Technology requires an overhaul of economy and politics, but taken together not in a separate and independent fashion. Technology is a great holistic phenomenon so it needs a holistic social response.

I think politics are the management of life empowering our survival. This is important. We need politics and policy ready for what we devise.

My plan is bout building a wall. A wall of ideas.

My wall shall stretch from individual to individual, it will be a wall build upon networking and common effort, and it will keep no one out.

I want to make a wall of ideas to guard us against other ideas.


A Progressivist foundation

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.

Audre Lorde

From the little history I’ve read it is for me beyond any reasonable doubt that “our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us”. However, the world is founded on conservative ideas and as long as we don’t update that, restorations will occur.

As progressive as today’s children are, without updating our story, our values and what we hold as aim, they will bring about generations that will switch to regressive behavior just because of the natural teen rebel identity search. We need a society founded on progressivism to prevent regression.

I suggest we start amending our constitutions, make social communities and construct networking based on the following three basic progressivist rights: the right to need intimacy, the right to want dignity and the right to have identity.

People need intimacy

The state and all the authorities should respect and protect the intimacy of the physical person.

Privacy is merely the time we require to build intimacy.

In nothing else does the human spirit bloom other than itself. Our roots feed and breathe into the soil of our feeble egos. Intimacy is what grounds our personality into our perception of self.

A person without intimacy is a lie. Unregulated privacy will lead to destruction of intimacy.

Therefore surveillance without warrant, discretionary invasion of privacy, unprotected privacy rights, snooping put into law and non transparent mandates for unweaving human intimacy is what we must guard against.

To need is not the same thing as to require. All humans require life support to exist but need is individual, need is entwined in personality and emerges from inner conflict.

The problem is we have systems that learn about us so much that they end up knowing more about us than we do. And the problem is governments have access to these data and we don’t.

I should own my past as well as my future. All predictive AI which binds to personal history should be open for exploration by individual access.

We need intimacy in the foundation of our society for true power sharing between the governing and the governed. Only through catering for our human innate need for intimacy will the ruling and governing be by humans for humans.

People want dignity

The state should declare dignity inviolable. Dignity as in “the idea that a being has an innate right to be valued, respected, and to receive ethical treatment”.

Life is rare and living time is invaluable. Conscious existence needs to be respected for the opportunity it provides: the opportunity for self discovery.

We fail to protect that, that opportunity. We’re throwing people alternative facts since the dawn of civilisation: salvation, glory, bravery, conquest, patriotism and so many others. The fact is you have a one in four hundred million chance to be aware and find out who you are.

Every form of state protection for the citizens should be based on the idea of dignity: social protection, economic protection, health protection. We must stop treating humans like merchandise available for shopping by corporations or fuel for the economy.

Dignity is what is owned by a human person as opposed to a incorporated person simply because an incorporated person is potentially immortal.

We need dignity in the foundation of our society to truly fight inequality. It is only by recognising the individual yearn for dignity of every single human that we will ever be able to grant universal access to the common wealth of our world.

People have identity

The state should guarantee the right to a self defined exhaustive identity that respects the law, but a law which does not in any way restrict personal identity.

Only individual humans can define themselves.

Property is not the same thing with having. Property is regulated by an agreement between society, its power holders and individual. Three poles guarantee property. But having is primary, it is the inseparable possessiveness. And people have, not own, identity.

You cannot separate a human from their identity, neither by rules, nor by law or social custom. No tradition, regulation, revelation or vote should be allowed to redefine or to coerce the free and unrestrained expression of own identity.

We need this in the foundation of our society so that no life is lost at the altar of social invisibility. Only a social foundation based on the inalienable individually defined identity can truly support universal diversity.


Regulated capitalism

The existence of a free market does not of course eliminate the need for government. On the contrary, government is essential both as a forum for determining the “rules of the game” and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on.
Milton Friedman — The Relation Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom

Are we blind to the fact that we have a religious concept guiding our economical theory? “Invisible hand”?

There is no invisible hand guiding free markets. There should be the very visible hand of regulation working to guide free markets.

We cannot hope for change by using the same outdated model to look at today’s issues. And we require a fresh perspective integrating our present status as a species, not a warming up of old, sometimes failed, social theory.

That means progressivists should shake off Marxism like the plague.

Capitalism doesn’t require revolutions, it requires regulation.

Only regulation can keep the wealthy’s power in check, not the law. The law concerns the human, regulation concerns the incorporated. Corporations are schizophrenic people and regulation is the medication or sometimes straight on straps we require to help them help themselves.

Regulation has been fought forever from the right side of politics. Everything pro-business is against regulation. But when machines make decisions can we still count on a moral compass?

I don’t think so.

Free market doesn’t mean unregulated market. Guarding freedom means taking all the measures so that individual action is unrestricted, but leading nations and even smaller groups of people is the task of preventing the freedom of some cramping the freedom of everyone. That is what regulation is for.

We should only allow exclusively public lobbying. We need to know who wants to influence what so that we can ask questions about the validity of the lobbying. Interests groups are natural, but hiding them should be criminal.

We should regulate hoarding (money, resources and market). I don’t want the rich to pay tax, I want them to spend the money, I want hosing down economy, not trickle down.

We should favour workers, consumers, individuals over corporations, brands and interest groups and reflect that bias in our laws, based on the simple fact, not principle, of the ephemerality of life.

We can always apply the liberal perspective and filters to regulations, carefully craft them, but removing them altogether is definitely a bad idea because it is akin to expecting everyone to know everything, and we know that nobody knows nothing.


Technological democracy

[The] system absorbs all opposition which is why nothing ever changes.

Adam Curtis — HyperNormalisation

I don’t worry about today’s presidents, or parliament members, or secretaries, or government ministers or even generals.

I worry about all those of tomorrow, those ones who will know you so well that they’ll be able to hurt you in ways you can’t imagine.

I worry about the children of our grandchildren, because in their lifetime the guesswork of today’s mass control will turn to precision individual manipulation. And I am afraid that will redefine our concept of freedom beyond any hope of getting it back.

Algorithms are not objective. We should teach ourselves this simple sentence every day.

Democracy as we see it today is based on the same tribal logic of thousands of years ago. The only thing that evolved was the granted liberties of the subjects. The basic tenet of elections, representativity, is an antiquated form of power delegation which made a lot of sense in the past.

Today distances shrink, time shrinks, effort to communicate is closing in on none. Becoming fun, reporting is gamified (just look at Facebook live or Twitter live). What role does representativity have in today’s world?

Isn’t it time already that ancient and vulnerable democracy got an update?

Introducing the democratic technocratic meritocracy.

We need to update the government procedure by allowing more involvement from people. This idea gives several actionable future directions:

Paid civic time

Along with vacation people should have the possibility to get involved. It is not enough to relax and work, one must be present in the making of the common shared reality, and for that special paid time off work is required. Time spent petitioning, picketing and participating should count against a basic preset amount of paid civic time.

Extensive civic education

All schools, public and private, should elevate the importance and schedule distribution of civic education. It is time we stop the esoteric approach to how states, government and the world in general works, and allow young humans to step into adulthood prepared and ready for building a better future, instead of befuddled by the complexity of the present their ancestors built for them.

Technological enabled transparency

Money, budgets, people, lobby, costs and expenditures, government reporting and so on, all are easily accessible and searchable through public high availability indexes. We require a fundamental encouragement for the technological enabling of our country and city, not a nice to have future plan but a top priority, a base percept of all new development to be the use and design of communication, storage and access systems who empower citizens with true transparency which is means the communion between easy to query systems, fast data delivery and exhaustive indexes.

Local direct democracy

We can’t answer some questions because we’re not trained to. But if we’re trained to answer them we give unexpectedly successful answers. That is how we humans work. This is why I believe that there is real and actionable possibility of creating local direct democracy via online tools wherein each citizen can fully participate in the political and economic decisions affecting their immediate and extended living spaces.


To integrate:

https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc
https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc
https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc
https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc
https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc
https://medium.com/@andraganescu/would-you-ride-an-untamed-horse-a1efefcb36cc

The opposite of freedom is boredom

The opposite of freedom is boredom

Freedom is the most important thing for an aware intelligent creature. For an aware intelligent creature freedom is more important than being alive.

Freedom is a sentiment, not a state. Because it is not a state, you cannot “bring freedom” anywhere, it is either felt or it isn’t at all. Because it is a sentiment it’s close to impossible to have a general recipe for freedom.

The opposite of freedom is not captivity, which is a state, nor oppression, which is an action.

The opposite of freedom is boredom.

Boredom is the sentiment signalling your lack of freedom.

People get bored wildly different.

Some people get bored in five minutes, some people get bored once a year, some people get bored at forty for about three months.

That is why it is so hard to build a world.

We’re optimising for routine because we consider freedom to be a state. And states need stability. Yet we’re wrong, dead wrong.

Sentiments need change to be experienced, which is why routine results in lack of freedom.

The world stands on huge routines, it is mostly a place of repetition endurance as virtue. If you can do the same thing over and over again for as long as possible the rewards sometimes crawl beyond expectations.

But this is wrong, because it is boring.

So how do we build freedom into the world?

By allowing experience diversity to occur.

Technology makes the common too uncommon


or how common sense became luxury.


I’m an ultra selective guy and I’m not proud of it. It grew into a genuine nightmare. That’s why I neither recommend, nor endorse, such an attitude. However for those who already have it, the end of the world might come faster than for the others.

Why?

Because the ubiquity of chinese labeled products, with communist contents and capitalist wrapping, turned common sense into a true luxury. A high quality brand will not make a high quality product, but, instead, it will make a quality one.

But quality is common sense!

Yes, and I keep hearing the same mantra repeated time and time again:

“they don’t make them like they used to, because … planned obsolescence”.

Not really.

Fast replacement or not, I’ll take my chance and contradict some conspiracy theory purists. The equal sign between luxury and common sense is not a sales strategy but a loosening of consumer exigence.

Any product has its Chinese counterpart.

Chinese products are very accessible price wise but they provide a disastrous user experience — basically no one has the chutzpah to recommend an original chinese product.

Product OF China is an opposite of Quality, although all production is Made IN China.

So all manufacturers find themselves in a sudden competitive heaven. And they took advantage of it! Think about it. As a consumer, after years and years of bad experiences with some plastic crap which loses its color in the first week, when you finally afford that quality Brand thing and the color stays there, well, you think that is as good as it gets, missing the fact that in fact it is the same plastic crap: all the Big Quality Brand does it a better paint job.


Technology makes the common too uncommon.

This is the whole wrong of the food industry. GMOs or airborne salad with its roots unrooted, or animals grown in environments so dense with their own species that they can’t breathe properly, all these have flooded the markets. Nowadays to eat anything remotely common one must pay a premium. Everything that has technology baked in is pushing common food aside. For example, a cake that doesn’t remain unspoiled for twenty days in the shop windows, but instead spoils and softens in twenty hours, is a rarity of confectionery, with a gourmet price.

But the worst part is that we’re ploughing ahead, and the decades with people living good enough in this situation start showing their effects. Decades of having strawberries in the middle of winter, where anyone has at least one mobile phone, if not two, decades of bananas in every store in countries ridiculously far from the closest banana tree, decades drinking coffee cheaper than production costs after all taxes are applied. Yes, you’ll hear a lot how all this situation is because technology and progress and strides of civilization, yet the truth is this illusory abundance is a prime effect of poor consumption habits, the habit of settling for less at a sensorial level and in general the habit of substituting the physical experience of pleasure with the abstract experience of owning.

Fundamentally consumers are to blame, because if you’d think of all the exploited kids who year after year separate cocoa seeds your chocolate would remain stuck in your throat. But we don’t.

The root of all evil is in people’s mistaken faith in their rights. Those abstract rights we call “human rights” ended up transformed into commercial goods, as if they are in fact intrinsic qualities of life on Earth. The right to happiness ended up as the right to accumulate, the right to free movement ended up as the right to all inclusive holidays with mandatory skying in the desert, and the right to freedom ended up as the right to ignorance!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the statistical human, the one hidden in the numbers behind all those neat infographics, would start and appreciate common sense and, afterwards, starts demanding it again? Common sense is not subtle at all: common sense is to not have, not to have.


Common sense is to not have, not to have.

Our ancient evolutionary environment has always been a hostile one. That is why it’s common sense to not have food instead of a constantly full fridge with spoiled food in it. You don’t need a fasting day for health reasons, it is common sense to have it because there is no food, and that doesn’t make you less human, less achieving, or less worthy. It is common sense to not have twenty different sets of clothing for nights out, so that you won’t show up dressed in the same outfit at two events in a row. And if you don’t have them, you will not be less dignified, less pretty or less interesting, you’ll simply be human.

What would accepting this common sense, with its socialist odour, bring to us? Well, in time, a sort of detachment arises, a letting go of the permanent rush to make it there. There where you can finally enjoy your commercial rights, where you can visit obscure places on the world’s map only for the “been there” pics, or where fancy parties happen and caviar is scooped from the sea the day before it is laid on the butter.

When you become free of rush, patience becomes virtue.

Patience to wait for the season of strawberries. Patience to slowly serve one expensive banana which tastes like a banana not like grass. Patience to chop off little imperfections which make a fruit tasty, or the patience to make youself a common sense lunch which doesn’t make you fat because of all that damn invisible sugars in it. And, you’ll have time. Time to reconsider your ignorance and at least try to leave it behind. Time to know your religion, whichever that might be, and to live it intimately and individually. Time to think of another human because you feel that human is a part of you and you don’t know how to wrap your thoughts around them and that just makes you unreasonably happy.


if you loved it, heart it!

https://upscri.be/0d62c1/

Competition is a broken promise


Ok. Here we go:

  • if you don’t participate for participation itself
  • if you want to win instead of experiencing the game
  • if you want to be the best instead of sharing an experience
  • if you want to make it instead of living it
  • if you need the prize instead of friendly embraces
  • if you search for the benefits before looking at the effects
  • if you watch the score instead of the game
  • if you stay focused instead of empathetic
  • if you find you very often have simple choices to make
  • if your future is certain
  • if you see others as scripted actors in your story
  • if yourself has a page long description of itself
  • if you know what you want but not who you are
  • if you don’t sense the problem in “absolute” values
  • if relativisation sounds like nitpicking
  • if intersectionality sounds like exaggeration
  • if your routine is constant but not examined

… your chances of success are high. Economically you’re doing great. You have great odds to win at this game.

Why? Because our market led economy game is founded on the idea of competition.

Do you know where competition comes from?

Competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for resources, goods, for mates, for prestige, recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership and profit. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared, where one’s gain is the other’s loss (a zero-sum game).

Competition comes from survival.

Competition, therefore is the wrong tool for thriving.

If we ever want to thrive, on this planet or elsewhere, we need to ditch competition and embrace cooperation.

Competition favours bullies.

The fact that we’re not coming up with better economic games does not mean we’re currently playing the best possible one.

Politics manages life empowering survival.

Economy manages survival empowering society.

Civilisation manages society empowering progress.

Survival will never cease to be our main target. It is the seed from which we grow our entire meaning tree, branching into just about anything we do.

Yet survival for an intelligent and aware being is not even close to enough. Just survival is merely painful at best, a living nightmare at its worst. We need the meaning tree, and that tree has a fruit: joy.

We’re deep into scientifically discovering how cooperation, sharing, social connection, peer feedback are fundamental in development of healthy, happy humans, although we knew that all along. What do we do about it? We create more culture of heroes, of one hit wonders, of special mavericks who are actually lucky winners of an unfair lottery.

The broken promise of competition is that:

  • you’ll win if you persist
  • you’ll win if you show consistency
  • you’ll win if you risk

To win at competition in the economic game, you need to maximise all three. But between persistence, consistency and risk only two work.

Persistence with consistency have zero risk.

Risk with consistency shows zero persistence.

Persistence with risk vanish consistency.

So the real winners of a competition driven economy are

  • behemoths, too big to fail
  • cheaters, who make new rules, aka disruptors
  • bullies who mitigate risk with power

There is this religious like status of competition in market economy. It is holy. You cannot discuss it. It is as if we need pain and suffering to be better, and that is exactly what religion tried to rationalise at us for thousands of years.

When are we going to learn?

There can be success and progress without pain and suffering. Winning is less important than celebrating. The highest achievement for a winner is to make someone else better than they are. Records are set to be broken.

When we’ll ditch pain and suffering as the means of bettering ourselves we’ll start to thrive instead of mere surviving.

To thrive:

To grow or increase stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, to flourish.

Nature took care of our staying alive. The Earth is pretty much doing its part in this. We are super predators with general intelligence. We build on our ancestors’ achievements and progress. We adapt relentlessly. We consume everything we can grasp. Surviving in 2016 AD is a done deal. A solved issue. A closed business.

Can we thrive already? Or is that selfish gene getting in the way?

https://upscri.be/0d62c1/

Why do we have an army?

Because they have an army.

Why do they have an army?

Because we have an army.


Slaughter of other humans, lovely occupation, been here since forever.

But we know what’s inside atoms! We inject our children with dead viruses and we eat chemicals that allow cuts filled with dirt to heal! If we do all this to survive, why do we then slaughter each other?

Euphemism.

Don’t change the man in the mirror, change the world in my eyes

Science advances one funeral at a time, said Max Planck. This is a greater truth than it first appears: if you want to change the world, start early.

  1. If you are some teenager browsing Medium and find this article by a remote chance and you feel the drive to make this planet better or drive humanity to a brighter future, or whatever the way it makes sense in your head, but you are brave enough to get the point, start now.
  2. If you’re some other one in your twenties and feel like your calling is of a higher nature and would love to make this joint decidedly awesome, I’m willing, start now.
  3. If you’re yet another in your thirties, even if time is running out, if you’re still hanging on the fringe of confidence, unsure if you can, you can!, start now.

The problem with world changing is that it takes time.

It takes Hillary Clinton political career lengths of time. It takes decades of watering down ideas, and pursuit of those who loose to find their noble side which sees the light and then adopt the change. Any change is like a child, born out of love, but unlike one it has to be adopted by everyone it meets, it is a child with the world as a horde of parents.

Don’t change the man in the mirror, change the world in my eyes

There is an ocean of advice that tells one to change themselves. Don’t do it. This is the trap that delays your start. Let your broken self as it is, because this unchanged self is the true caring parent of change. Updated selves are overworked parents to change, ignoring it until it is too late to make anything good out of it. Your change needs to know who you are, and it won’t, if you don’t.

— Don’t change the man in the mirror.

The world is not an illusion, the universe is an illusion. The world is a consensus and if you want to change the world you need to see what this consensus is. You find that out by looking in my eyes. Me the fellow human who can’t or won’t change the world, because I see it as unchangeable. Not me the writer, me the human, and all of them, all the humans, all those swirling around you, swinging around your potential, gravitating around your presence in their world and waiting for you to lit up and be the star which makes them blue gems harboring life.

— Change the world in my eyes.

Start now.


[1] Michael Jackson — Man In The Mirror — YouTube
[2] Depeche Mode — World In My Eyes (Video Version) — YouTube