In today’s world, everything is connected. This means that events like the dept ceiling problem have a lot of impact on what will happen with (e.g) the crypto space.
It also has impact on our world view, because of the lack of solutions of these macro events, people are losing trust in institutions. But too often - and the latest whistleblow Facebook news is a great example - we think that we as individuals are ‘helpless.’
Yes, companies like Facebook and Youtube want you to spend as much time on their platforms, but what we forget is that they feed you exactly what you want. This is not new; we call it consumerism. Hey sugar, smoking and what not.
We say that we don’t want to use Facebook (or any of their apps), but our actions clearly show otherwise. This is maybe a somewhat unpopular view to this all, but when I hear most of the Facebook news, I hear that people can’t decide for themselves, and that you need to be protected by a government to use less Facebook?
Individuals have way more power than they think, especially over their own lives, and by acknowledging that also about their environment.
Most news or public conversations are pretty pessimistic about the individualization of society. Without going into too much detail today, imo people draw the wrong conclusions in all of this. My general premise is; (TLDR) the more individualistic you are, the easier it is to help others. It’s like the airplane mask story; first, help yourself, then help others.
A person who has control over his own time can do whatever they want. In most cases, they start projects and join other teams. When a person is part of one community, it’s just that.
This all sound somewhat paradoxical, right? But that shows even more that this is true because truth is often paradoxical.
And please don’t take my word for it, but figure this out yourself. But let me give another example to show that this is true.
A person with one office goes to the same office every day. That’s all he sees. A person with no office can work from anywhere; his office is everywhere.
I’m not saying that the ‘gig economy or 'freelance’ world is perfect, but it’s much better than what we read in mainstream news. I always realize this by actually talking to people participating in this economy.
While taking an Uber a couple of weeks ago, the driver told me that he would quit when Uber would put him on the payroll, and all of his colleagues that he spoke to would do the same. (He shared this story with me in light of the Uber lawsuit).
He continued; There are many alternatives if you don’t want to be part of this gig economy.
That is what a free market is all about, and it will start to fail when we interfere too much.
A garden needs to be taken care of; the Forrest flourish without any help.
Again, a paradox.