I am currently in England and I had the privilege of participating in a deep discussion at a pub with some friends and some strangers. This is a summary of my reflections on the discussion. I would like to know your answer to the question at the end of this post, which is also the question I asked the group at the end of our discussion. Here goes.
A lot of people with access to the Internet seem to be a little upset with some aspect of how the world works. Many say that “the government,” whoever that may be, has its roots in corruption and that is why we have to deal with the pseudo-political preachings of comedians like Donald Trump.
People of different generations express some kind of dissatisfaction with the state of the education system because we are not moving forward fast enough as a collective. Many kids are still uneducated and about 80% of those who are educated are unhappy with their jobs.
Some consumers of mainstream media are at odds with the information, or lack thereof, mainstream media is releasing. The stars of Keeping Up with America’s Next Bachelor appear on magazine covers and tell us that we should have a positive body image no matter our size but the next page lists the top five best ways to lose too much weight in just one week! Just one week you guys!
What I’m saying is that many people are understandably upset about various subjects. Some have thought about solutions or alternatives. A few of these people have actually created practical systems and structures for these alternatives. An even smaller amount have managed to sustain and grow these alternative structures. And perhaps a handful have grown these structures into entities that are challenging or even taking over the existing structures that have caused this widespread dissatisfaction in the first place.
So that is good. Props to the inventors, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who have heard and responded the people’s pleas for change in the areas of politics, education, and media to name three.
But revolutionizing politics is just the surface of the ocean. Creating a completely different kind of education is just a slice of the pie. Reinventing media is not the entire story. The problems we face in these different areas just seem to be symptoms of an underlying matter that infects every aspect of life; a common denominator with characteristics that can be observed in every structure of power. Everyone wants to change the world. But without addressing the core of the problem, our efforts of attempting to change the world are futile.
So my question to you is:
What is the core of the problem?