Success may be interpreted as a combination of being content with one’s position and satisfied with accomplishments that are in some way recognised within a broader community. (I don’t recognise the authority of your LARP King – or your WoW level 42 dwarf existence!). I posit that being on the “right side of history” is an essential element to overcoming hurdles and taking advantages of the changes that occur on a major scale around the world. This involves a degree of luck for many who happen to be in the right place at the right time. What I am concerned with is how one can identify trends on a macro level within countries and around the world; socially, economically and ideologically, so as to profit from them personally. (more…)
I forgot how much I like writing. After I left school, I found myself writing less and less. I might send an email, or ‘write’ a report for my job. But it was always either recounting events or paraphrasing information. So much information. It’s an addiction. The problem with information overload is what to do with it. Information is great. It gets me excited. I’m not talking about the bus crash on the nightly news. Actually just about all mainstream media is trollop. I crave the analysis, the shades of grey, the lines that are drawn between the ideological divides.
What I realised I needed was a filter. How do you take what’s important, and work out how to turn it into something that you can act on, in your own specific circumstances. That’s why the headlines aren’t enough. They only give you the latest garbage that fell onto the intern’s desk. There are spelling and grammatical mistakes in every major newspaper corporation’s ‘articles’. But that’s not the real problem. They aren’t independent. It’s as simple as that. You will not hear the ‘real story’. But that hasn’t been my problem, since I hardly pay attention to mainstream publications. What concerns me is how to make the best bet with the information I that is available to me. It’s out there, there are tonnes of it. The internet has opened the floodgates of free and independent thought.
There are forces that operate in our environment. There is the ‘majority consensus’ that is supposed to govern how we live. There is government. There is the physical environment, the economy, technology. Then there are our neighbours, friends and family. Ironically, I have found the ‘neighbours, friends family’ group to exert the most ‘groupthink’ onto us.
I’ll be writing in later posts about the ‘generational’ vs ‘age’ gap. Those greedy baby boomers might just be the end of us all.