World War III: What’s In It For You (Or Why The World Feels Like The Voice Of Nina Simone)
As we wait for World War Three to pop off I thought I would talk for a few minutes about what we should really be concerned about.
War is scary, even if it’s happening a million miles away. We are all so connected that ‘the butterfly effect’ is real. My country, like your country, will get dragged into this potential Armageddon and a melancholy Nina Simone vibe.
But War doesn’t scare as me as much as what else is happening.
The systematic failure of all our institutions.
A few months ago I was going to start a blog about institutional collapse. But it was too depressing.
But the collapse is real.
Nothing works, anymore.
Even religion is being torn apart at the seams.
Now if you’re as old as I am (39) you have been able to watch the crumbling of all our institutions first hand.
Elvis era parents thought the the end was near, just like the parents of today’s violence driven kids.
But what’s happening to our institutions is real.
They are victims of 21st century expectations.
They were literally built for a different age. And that different age faced different problems.
This is the age of the nimble.
Look at what works today.
Google and Terrorism works.
GM and High Schools don’t.
But again,what scares me isn’t Al Qaeda.
It’s institutions and people trying to preserve the old way of doing things.
They say the difference between being smart and wise is to have “Strong Opinions, Weakly Held”.
It’s the difference between the Clinton and Bush administrations.
It’s also the core to successful 21st Century thinking.
So now we stand at the cusp.
What’s happening feels like the tipping point.
It feels like it’s all about to hit the fan.
That this war will lead to our inevitable death.
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It’s more likely you’ll get killed by a rock.