Why is it that the “real world” is used as an ominous warning? Spoken about either with a wry grin of “just you wait” or the depression of a return to a “grind” of sorts. To understand this better, we need to look closer at what the “real world” doesn’t encompass.
The idea of needing to stratify countries and people across lines of “shithole-ness” is something that we have all implicitly agreed to.
Amazon is looking for a new home and has put the word out for the almighty “market” to provide. The tech giant has made entire cities complicit in the race to the bottom with promises of tax cuts and other financial incentives – bribes. It is not only looking for a host city, but a partner which can further its monopolistic plans. Myopic cash strapped cities are happy to oblige mistaking this extortion for opportunity.
Thanks to the commodification of culture, artists have been maligned and minimised to societal anomalies, indulgent characters living in an alternative universe whose success owes either to their innate eccentricity, or hopeless romanticism. Everyone’s a critic. The snobbish refrain, ‘I could have done that’, speaks volumes about the diminished role of art in dominant culture.
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the accrediting body of the profession in the US, recently ran a piece on the benefits of “standing desks and other innovative workstations solutions”. A definite read for anyone who is wondering what goes on in the minds of our corporate overlords.
We are on the brink of reformation. Frustration has taken the world by the throat while the political and economic world is in disarray.
So what do we need to re-think in order to move forward?
Away from the motivational industry, it’s important to pause for reflection and critically assess how much of the suffering we face is acceptable to us and more importantly whether or not we can stand for this suffering being imposed on ourselves and others around us.
Freedom has been the ultimate battle cry of liberal politics. Away from the political use of the term, which has become more so a term of propaganda than enlightened rhetoric, we have lost an important link with its conceptual roots. The discussion around freedom, often weighed by the politics of foreign policy, is pre-occupied with determining what freedom is not as opposed to what it is.
Separating economics and politics is impossible, so it’s important to point out that the misguided notion of austerity is not just killing people, but also democracy. For all the positive merits of the democratic system a major and inherent risk exists.
How do we awaken our natural curiosity, exploration, and critical thinking like that of Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Nikola Tesla.
Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, one thing has taken centre stage when it comes to economic recovery: job creation.
The night has been lit up with the red white and blue of the French flag, which projects real solidarity.
The late fourteen hundreds saw the scramble of enlightened countries towards conquest of what was once known as “the new world”.