an invitation to leadership
I’m sharing this with you because my experience of you personally is that you may be open to thinking about what may be new to you, then learning and finally acting in accordance with any new learning that you may experience. I am inviting those who I identify as prospective leaders of the emerging social order to explore the possibility of leadership with me. Below is a brief introduction to the present background that brings to my attention the possibility of leading an emerging social order, which is referenced in the conclusion of this piece.
We begin with some fundamental presumptions in language. The first presumption is the common experience of a self isolated from all other units of language and experience.
Next, just as the existence of a self is a fundamental presumption of language, the operation of self-interest is a fundamental presumption of psychological and economic theory. Further, the repression of self-interest seems to be a fundamental consideration of operations of governing, such as churches. Certain forms of self-interest may be identified for condemnation or even threatened with punishment.
This irony (of a general acknowledgment of a self operating in self-interest, yet a specific cultural idealization of altruism as in the total absence of self-interest) raises the question of why would certain people establish and support cultural operations that discourage others to act in their own self-interest? One obvious possible answer is that it could be in the self-interests of those promoting such operations to monopolize for themselves the expression of self-interest by inhibiting or suppressing or misleading the self-interests of others.
The presence of an ample supply of dependents or wards or slaves or loyal agents may be in the self-interest of those establishing such operations. The self-interests of the masses can be suppressed and then channeled into pursuing their self-interest only in specified ways, perhaps leading to addictions to medical pharmaceuticals, dependency on commercial agriculture for food and even on government hand-outs for survival, plus investment in centralized financial institutions, such as insurance policy schemes, or heavily favored, ultra-risky markets such as financed (borrowed) gambling on real estate speculation. Such bureaucratically-influenced markets can maintain trend for decades due to normal fluctuations being extended by favorable bureaucratic interventions, then, again with the possibility of sharp, sudden collapse, due not only normal fluctuations (such as due to technological innovation), but also bureaucratic interference or repression, such as the criminalization of alcohol in the 1920s in the US.
Notably, as lenders and lending markets have been heavily favored by regulatory interventions, many people have come to experience their social security number and the associated credit rating as central to their identity, which it well may be at a particular point in time. However, such concentrations of systemic economic dependency may simply be unsustainable. For instance, as bureaucratic promises balloon to create and maintain a “government-favored underclass”of retirees, the burden on the taxpaying masses may prove excessive as in unworkable, or at least frightening.
Does the above seem familiar to you? Do you recognize any of the above in your own behavioral patterns? Do you identify any other people as subject to any of the above descriptions?
Further, did you notice yourself resisting or condemning any of the above possibilities or statements? That is, perhaps you reacted to the above-referenced possibilities as “that social pattern is bad and should not exist at all” or “I personally am not like that at all- or at least I sure hope that I’m not!”
If so, I invite you to acknowledge any resistance or condemnation you may have of the above possibilities, then set them aside, at least temporarily. Further, consider the following final point of background, which may motivate you to consider partnering with me in pursuit not only of your own self-interest, but mine, in a collaboration for mutual self-interest.
Previously, I mentioned the vast concentrations of economic dependency that many elders have placed on the social security system in the US, as well as on related issues like the stability of the insurance industry, particularly to keep the extremely optimistic promises of some of their recent annuity policies. Of course, these trends all rest on the sustainability of industrialized agriculture and the concentration of elders into dense urban metropolitan concentrations.
So, with the vast disproportionate concentration of affluence not only in the elderly but in the elderly of a few relatively small geographic stretches in Europe and North America, a massive redistribution is already underway, especially toward the ballooning populations of China and India. Surging numbers of bright, eager and highly-educated Asian youth are making unprecedented economic advances as the technological innovations originating in the west are being spread worldwide to regions where billions of people are going from annual incomes of perhaps $3,000 per year toward $30,000 per year.
Western “borrow and spend”.economic trends have been de-stabilizing since at least 2005. Mainstream acknowledgment of the reversing of those trends began by 2008 with the de-stabilizing of various major financial institutions in the US and elsewhere, the de-stabilizing of stock market prices in the US and elsewhere, as well as the de-stabilizing of lending markets, real estate markets, and commodity markets in the US and elsewhere.
Rather than face the simplicity of the obvious long-term economic issues, many in the West have instead targeted relatively minor regions such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran for colonization and controversy. As the mainstream Western populations debate which political issues are most worthy of their antagonism and protest and pleas for government reforms and salvation of the masses, the massive economic redistribution proceeds from the relatively few in the western industrialized nations to the many billion in the Asian emerging nations.
The psychological dependency of the western masses is exemplified in the sense of betrayal that their leaders (in governments or churches or corporations) have conspired against them. Even if that may be true, would it be at all relevant? The masses starkly refuse to accept the situation as an opportunity to take personal responsibility for making practical adjustments to the shifting trends. The disproportionate affluence of the West cannot be questioned by those dependent on interventionist bureaucracies, but instead they cry things like “protect us, holy bureaucrats, from all unholy bureaucrats” and “the money system is bad and should simply be abandoned.” perhaps they want to keep their relatively comfortable and even luxurious lifestyles and have the growing middle classes of Asia subsidize their leisurely retirements, rather than supporting the parents of those Asian middle classes..
So, what is the nature of the leadership I propose? Is it antagonism against an enemy? Is it reform of a bureaucracy? Is it an identification and correction to an alleged injustice?
No, it’s just an expression of mutual self-interest. Asia is rising. Many in the west will ignore or even resist that. First only a few, and then more and more soon may adapt to and even benefit from the massive redistribution underway. Are you willing to be one of those leaders?
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