“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think” Adolf Hitler
“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers, just smart enough to run the machines, and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.” George Carlin
I got both of those quotes off Kit Pharo’s Facebook page. They are appropriate for this blog entry
For centuries man has tried to build what we have today. We live in a golden age. We have more wealth, an ease of living that has not been replicated, ever. It takes no special talent, skill, or even brains to earn a living today. And so many people take that for granted.
I read this article last week, and it talked about the lack of success people have today. If we took 100 young men 25 years old, all equally gifted and educated, and turn them loose in the world only 5% would become successful. Now all these men were eager, hungry, thought they would be successful, yet only 5% make it. This article said one would be rich. Four would be independently wealthy. The rest would still be working, broke, or dependent on someone else. The thing that stood out to me was we live in the wealthiest land of all time and at age 65 people are dependent on someone else? I understand some of these people may have had something bad happen to them. Not all though, and that is what I’m focused on.
Now the article didn’t offer any ideas on why this is so I must draw my own conclusion. I read somewhere else once that 19 out of 20 people have no idea why they get out of bed in the morning. It’s just what everybody else does. It’s what society expects of them.
There it is. That is the problem in one word. The opposite of courage is not cowardice. It’s conformity.
When I wrote for YPC’s Cattle Call some of my blogs never got posted. I was told to “tone it down” or to change something because “people don’t want to think that hard”. (So for those of you who bug me from time to time about why Cattle Call has not linked to me, or why NC never posts a link to me on their Facebook page, now you know why. They much prefer the 95% of say nothing blogs.)
Since we were little and went to school we were told to get in line follow the rules, get good grades. Then we are told to go to college, get a degree. That way you can get a good job. Ah safety and security. You are well on your way now, right? You have a student loan the size of a mortgage, and a real mortgage on your new home too. So now you have a couple hundred thousand in debt and are a total complete part of the system. Welcome to the 95%. You conformed.
Some say the human race is fixed. I would agree with that statement only from a different angle. It is fixed to keep the weak from losing. Think of the economy as a war time convoy. The convoy has to go the speed of its slowest vessel in order to keep from breaking formation. That is our economy in a nutshell, conforming to the slowest vessel.
One really good definition of success I heard was this: Success is the pursuit of a worthy ideal. We all have the capability to come to this. We were all born free. We all had a box of crayons to express our creativity. Go get your crayons back! Here is the problem with good ideas. They alter the balance of power in relationships. That is why they are often resisted. Your friends will ridicule you and tell you your idea is stupid. When you come up with a good idea you do not know if it is a good idea or not, and neither does anybody else. So why would you pursue it? Thing is when so many of us come up with a good idea we don’t follow up on it. We conform instead.
We conform to everything. We conform to our political party and their stupid ideas. We conform to our pastor and what he says about our faith. Have you ever read the Bible and thought about what you are reading? How do you know he is right if you haven’t? We conform to our teachers. They tell us if we are right or wrong. Some things are fundamental, they are right or wrong. Thing is in life you can screw up, and if you can think on your feet you can salvage a bad situation, correct course and come out ok. You can only do this if you do not conform. That is what is wrong with our president. He has no real life experience just academia experience.
I have seen publications from university after university that concludes we only use 10% of our brain’s ability to think. (I’m not sure how they determine this) Imagine if we used 15% or 20%! Would we conform?
Last thing. The things that were given to us for free, like our mind we place little value on and take for granted. The things we buy we place a value on and cherish. What we buy can be replaced cheaply and at any time. What we get for free can never be replaced.