Basic information on how culture works, respect for knowledge, and understanding of science is sorely missing from today’s world. Even those who purportedly are educated people doing science or creating complex global policies do not understand even the basic concepts of social science.
We cannot fight ignorance with ignorance… for oh so many reasons.
Social science does not work from ideology. Marxism and Supply-side economics both have ideology at the core of their understanding. Perhaps Keynes missed things, but he attempted to look at and describe the operation of economic systems.
Real reporting of news and reporting of scientific findings does not have a political viewpoint. If you see these topics mixed with politics, you are not really looking at news or science.
Paying attention to things you want to lessen will probably have the opposite of the intended impact. For example, this is why I am not anti-war and instead am pro-peace. Opposition puts as much energy into the system as support. This is part of why the status quo is so difficult to alter.
You may have heard of paradigm shift. The paradigm is the overarching premise that unites and generates thought about an organizing principle. Changing what people do cannot really happen if the beliefs that motivate and promulgate a behavior remain as they have always been.
Pressure from the outside and working from the inside will not change an organizing principle at a systems level.
What We Have
Hierarchy and territoriality typify the way almost everything works in human society. Contemporary governance, economics, infrastructure, religious practice, and almost everything else assumes competition between, unequal access, and differential worth of different types of people.
I would say things are not going so well when our religion and politics creates war, and when health, education and happiness are afterthoughts once profit is taken.
These are real pressing concerns and I would love to know what other intelligent bloggers and readers think might work to introduce real change.
Stay tuned. More is coming on this topic this week. I have a plan.
Answer to yesterday’s question. 2000 people in Nigeria died last week in Boko Haram attacks.