Are we too specialized (professionally, ideologically, culturally)?
Much lip service has been paid to "specialization" in the professional sphere in recent years. This term is often couched in professional terms, referencing in-depth knowledge of a particular field, such as logistics, or finance, or retail sales. And one of the most common ways to define one's self professionally is through "lingo," terms of art used within an industry which are unknown to those outside that profession.
Yet specialization appears to be creeping into other facets of life. We find ourselves oftentimes unable to communicate effectively with those of a different religion, a different political party, a different culture. We might think, "I am a Christian, so a Muslim cannot understand me and I cannot understand him." Terms and concepts increasingly do not translate across the ideological divide any better than they do between various professions.
We need a new renaissance in that people take interests outside their own discreet specialty and assume broader roles in their communities. Skill sets of critical thinking, ethical behavior, and pursuit of the common good translate across this divide. We ought to be reminded of our commonalities, rather than our differences.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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