The promise of industrialism

“Put your head down, do what you are told and we will pay you.”

The promise was if you worked hard enough you can improve your life.

That is a myth.

Unless you own the asset, own the means of production; you probably are not going to get ahead.

The shackles of debt and compound interest are not easy to break.

And a bunch of magical digits and bits on a screen isn’t happiness.

We live in a world of widely held but false believes. The way to move forward as a collective is to change the story.

When there are no jobs because all of the robots can do them for us, what does it mean to be human?

For too long, we have used our paycheck as a signal that we must be doing something right. Time for a new way to measure.

Layers of bureaucracy

The reason why we create a chain of command is so we can create layers of insulation.

“Who’s responsible for this mess?”

It makes it difficult to take blame (or credit) when you don’t have your name written on the project.

If you are going to put your finger prints on something, be proud of it.

The more layers we create, the less responsible we feel.

Fixing it

Don’t assume what you know is what everyone else in the room is thinking.

Quit assuming that you know more than everyone else.

There is no one answer to fix complex problems.

We don’t see what you see. We don’t think the way you think.

Your contributions are important. Vital! We need you to jump in. The key is contribution. However, anything else is just taking.

Life in fiction

The story we tell ourselves about our place in the world are rooted in fiction.

Because we can’t possibly take in everyone’s point of view, we accept ours as fact.

Our narrative works overtime to protect ourselves.

That narration that protects us also betray us from seeing the world as it really is.

Agency and truth

Democracy can rally around a candidate and vote someone into office.

That doesn’t mean that person is the right choice.

Juxtapose this to science and mathematics, where we can make calculations to get a correct answer.

That’s the difference our narration makes. We can misuse agency in the face of truth.

Hero’s journey

Every hero’s journey must go through a dark chapter to prevail. There must be adversity, a gauntlet that must be ran through.

If you’re in the middle of the slog or the dip or the darkest moment of your life, this is the way. You’re a hero and you have the ability to overcome.

Informed consent

Peaking behind the curtain to see what it takes to pull off a magic trick, sure there will be disappointment.

If you knew what I knew, would you act differently?

If the answer is Yes, then the customer is not informed.

Look, we all know magic is not real but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to believe in it.

Real power means real responisbility.

Commuting

Many of us are beginning to go back to the office for the first time.

Considering the average commute time of 26 minutes, that is 52 minutes a day that you will now need to fit back in your schedule.

How?

Up to this point, it is almost certain that you have been “too busy” to do honey-do projects, or to take your kids on that special day trip or to start that book you always wanted write.

“Not enough time” is a myth. A story we tell ourselves about staying busy, all the while remaining not as productive as we could be.

A month ago, adding almost an hour to be in your car seemed unreasonable and now you will do it.

Because we make time what we prioritize.

Identity

What is it?

What is the self?

Is it my thoughts? Emotions?

Is it what decisions I make or the things I do?

We have to be clear:

Who we are isn’t what we do.

But what we do can change who we are.

We make mistakes that doesn’t make us a mistake.

And sometimes, we do something great and daring and it changes the very person we are to become.

We treat our identity and ideology as fixed. Something that rarely changes. But our identity is much more plastic than we give it credit for.