Changing the mind set – The human algorithm
Many people in the the west in particular have slid into a mindset that there is nothing they can do. They need to go with the flow. That is the way the world is nowadays. It is a case of survival rather than change. If we take the example of the 75p booking fee. It is a fantasy, a joke, it is meaningless, something that is made up, a scam. But we pay it. Because it is only 75p. People all over the world pay it without question, along with all of the other small abstract sums that we pay without thinking. These are all fed into technostructure of computers, and amass billions in all kinds of currencies, a tiny fraction of the profits for nothing we pay out for every day and every hour. Before we even talk about the profits made on what we buy. It is also worth remembering the biggest banks in the world make 80% of their money not on services but on penalties. (For doing nothing)
What has this got to do with anything you might ask. Well we have a human algorithm that is a million times better and faster than anything they have in the banks or at google, it is even more intelligent. We could ask. Why are we not using it?
People wonder about the lack of interest of folk in what is happening in the world. Part of the problem is it all looks too big to deal with leaving them feeling helpless and inadequate. Yet look at the effect of all of these 75ps mentioned above. If enough people surrender 75p the rich of the world get richer. Think of how we can make a profound difference in the world if we all gave even something small and seemingly insignificant. I am not talking about money, but empathy, about time, about thought. None of us can take it all on. But we should never underestimate the power we have and the difference we can make in simple actions.
Our biggest obstacles to change is not apathy, which many see as the main problem, but understanding. Understanding where our power lies and understanding how to work towards longer term gains. We do not change things only by knowing and understanding we need to become vexatious characters and meet the challenges, even the simpler ones in our day to day and pull them apart one by one when and however we can. Fix what we already know is broken before we look any further.
And where possible working through a process of education engagement and reward