Maximum Impact: Change the World Part II

Global Change via Disruptive Innovation

Since the year 1500, Europe has spawned scientific/technological/industrial revolutions that have generated endless streams of disruptive innovations. Those revolutions were made possible by European tools of global exploration and global conquest. And all of that was made possible by European (and Jewish diaspora) tools of finance, banking, and trade. This tsunami of European disruption was the product of thousands of individuals, and was ultimately built upon work done by ancient Greeks, Hindus, Egyptians, Babylonians, and persons living under the Muslim conquest. All of that is a daunting foundation on which to build noticeable disruptive change.

Most of the things held up as disruptive innovations by today’s popular media are nothing of the sort, but are rather bits of gaudy glitz to amuse the naive and credulous.

For one man to change the world today via disruptive innovation, he would need to reach deeply within the human psyche and/or the human experience, and alter something truly fundamental.

Making humans smarter, stronger, quicker, healthier, more resilient to injury or illness, longer-lived, less needful of sleep/rest/external nutrients, etc., would lead to disruptive consequences far beyond what a “smarter smart phone” or a better autonomous electric car might generate.

Tools that allow humans to live well and prosper despite efforts by oppressive ideologies and tyrannical governments to enslave, control, or destroy them, could also be seen as disruptive in a world where weapons of mass destruction and mass control are proliferating widely — including to multiple rogue states and ideological non-state actors.

Global Change via Information Control

“Information control” is another term for brainwashing, mass propaganda, or indoctrination. This approach to achieving global change was a mainstay of the USSR and other totalitarian states — and is the main tool of the ideologues who promote post-modernist nihilism.

But as long as contrary voices survive who can put the lie to mainstream propaganda, the indoctrination method for achieving global change will be vulnerable to contradiction by reality and alternative voices. The collapse of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact in the face of the superior prosperity and freedom of action found in the west, exposes the vulnerability of this approach.

Today’s postmodern nihilism faces the same eternal threat of contradiction, and is supremely vulnerable to being ultimately overthrown by other voices. Perhaps that is why postmodernists try so hard to crush and shout down voices which carry even the slightest hint of “heresy.”

Global Change via Narrative and “the Arts”

Great works of fiction often contain deep and mythic power to change the way one thinks. Superb writing will generate persistent memes and metaphors upon which readers may build further thought structures and life patterns over time — and sometimes thought structures that last for generations.

Bad fiction and overtly propagandist fiction tend to lack the punch and the staying power of great fiction, hence the general cultural impoverishment under the USSR and the Warsaw Pact (and other totalitarian regimes).

Great music can set the mood of an era, providing uplift to the reason and creativity of intelligent and creative populations — such as those found in Europe during the eras of baroque and classical music.

Not-so-great “music” such as hip hop can exert an equally strong downward push to the emotions and impulses of populations that score low in intelligence, executive functions, and impulse control.

Great plays and films contain mythic power similar to great written narratives, and speak to the deeper and more persistent truths within the experiences of viewers. Propagandist plays and films of totalitarian states do not tend to survive so well over time.

Global Change via Procreation

Genghis Khan and a handful of other men, left outsized genetic legacies via procreation. By changing the genetic complement of future human populations, one necessarily would change future human predispositions and ultimately change the outcomes of many actions — some large and some small.

This type of change is of the “hit or miss” variety, however, and not necessarily likely to bring about positive change. Nevertheless, the best approach in today’s world for spreading one’s seed far and wide to maximum impact, would be to open a worldwide chain of affordable sperm banks. Depending upon your physical characteristics, you may be able to generate worldwide demand for your product.

Most Types of Change Makes Things Worse

Complex evolved systems tend to be resistant to change. Forced change often leads to breakdowns rather than improved performance.

In biological evolution, most mutations are thought to be neutral, many are demonstrably harmful, and a very few mutations can be shown to be beneficial. More

It is almost impossible to improve the human genome at this stage in our understanding, but quite easy to make the genome more dysfunctional. Scientists tend to be very conservative about making permanent changes to human genomes, given the risks involved.

Similar rules of risk apply when making extreme and arbitrary changes to evolved cultural systems — although today’s postmodern social engineers scoff at the suggestion that they may be clearing the ground for near-future catastrophes and genocides.

Still, there is something about the blithe nihilism of our postmodern overlords which makes me somewhat uneasy. 😉

Global Change: Best to Live Outside It?

It is certainly best to avoid most popular manias and fads, as Twitter and Facebook are demonstrating. But sometimes manias and fads achieve global proportions, and expand to the point that outsiders are squeezed into smaller and smaller spaces of viability.

Picture yourself driving drowsily down a river road, when suddenly you wake up immersed in freezing cold water. Your car is filling up, and the pocket of breathable air is getting smaller and smaller. You must take advantage of this shrinking space to store away a minute’s worth of air so that you can make your escape from your car, to the surface of the water outside. If you are not alone in the car, the diminishing amount of residual air must provide for multiple escapes — perhaps under very difficult psychological conditions such as panic.

It is merely an analogy, but one which may convey the sense of urgency which can build under conditions of progressively dysfunctional prescriptions for change in a society.

For every person with a viable plan to make things better, there are dozens of people with certifiable plans to make things much worse. And as we all know, the first step toward making things better is to stop making them worse.

So what does one do when most of the world’s money, political power, information media, educational systems, and other institutions, are dedicated to plans that are guaranteed to make the world worse?

Good Plans Without Good People Will Not Work

One must keep his eyes open to discover the good ideas and workable plans which do exist in the world. In addition, one must often work as a broker to match the good plans with the good people who are capable of implementing them.

Positive change is likely to take place despite all the concerted forces operating to limit independent action, thought, and change outside of officially approved channels. Powerful enough disruptions can clear new space for development. If such spaces are exploited quickly enough, it will be difficult for the forces of nihilism to stop them — particularly if the processes of developing new spaces have a side effect of clearing yet more space for development.

It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood ©.

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