Look around and what do you see? Did you notice that, despite improvements in materials and machines, we still pave roads the same way we have since Roman Times thousands of years ago. Our roads today are the equivalent of polished rock over dirt. Nothing wrong with that, I love fresh paved roads because they are far better than roads with potholes and miscellaneous deficiencies that put more wear on vehicles. However, looking at the bigger picture a few questions remain. Why do we still use rocks for roads and rubber for tires?
Everywhere you look you see houses, buildings, roads, vehicles, energy distribution, clothes, food preparation, and how we buy and sell take forms that are more or less the way they have been for hundreds of years. Sure, more of what we use or what we do and how we do them are more refined than earlier versions of these things, but the living reality of most people does not match the narratives expressed in inspirational form in media during the last few decades. A few leaders like Elon Musk see new horizons and are putting their money where their mouth is, but that is a speck of the total leadership capacity needed to advance society.
Trillions and trillions of dollars are floating around but somehow it goes into fomenting strife more than building things and creating better environments that trigger more productivity leading to higher prosperity. Sure, that wealth is not concentrated in one spot, it is spread out, but is the meaning of life for the most wealthy to merely live more comfortably than everyone else? What good is all that wealth and associated pretty pictures over a lifetime it what exists in the end is the regret that more could have been done to grow a better environment for all of humanity?
Over many decades, people have heard the mantra about buying cheap materials for buildings, spending less on employees, and doing more with less. Much of it amounts to “milking the status quo” to the maximum extent possible but all it does is rob most people, the wealthy and powerful included of a far better environment of the kind that dreams are made of. A groundswell of small businesses could help reshape much of this however, a broader sense of collective ownership over the future of life is how the environment begins to become more substantially improved. A core ethos leading towards greater quality in life and greater excellence in living not just in the material, but in values lived. Unfortunately, the leadership of the past few decades can be described as adequate but weak, effective in many areas but ultimately tired. Dalliances with an elevated future experience lived through media but stalled at points in recent history.
Is the future really Facebook posts, Tweets, smart phones, and improved cruise control we call self-driving cars? If that is to be, well … that sucks. Humanity is capable of so much more, but it is apparent that apathy has set in a while back and a real jolt to evolution is needed. Fake artificial intelligence (understood as highly refined statistics) is not the game changer. Indeed, many of the bright ideas of recent decades and the last few years didn’t pan out. Many solutions are on life support. More than that has been of a dubious nature but the duds can be replaced with better options to pursue. Unfortunately, the leadership is not there at least in the open. Certainly, the day-to-day results do not bear out the quality of leadership at large. Yet, that can change.
Perhaps a future generation will meet the challenges stated here. One can see that they decide to pickup the pieces from centuries of conflicts, culture clashes, and erroneous interpretations of economics and belief systems. They rise up and achieve the impossible because they’ve built up centuries of data and truly objective facts to show with irrefutable precision that pushing forward and working together works better. Wouldn’t it be nice if that long-awaited circumstance was now?