A question is the best way to start off our journey – Does the world today make sense to you? The common responses can be describing how bad it is or how good it is. Advancements, technology, happiness index, lifespan on one side, or another extreme, diseases, disasters, corruption, pollution, stress, war, etc. Some would response to the questions by describing how the history is contributing to the world we see today. Some would start of with defining “good” and arrive at the concept that there are different standard from person to person. Let me ask the question again: Does the world make sense to you? Yes or No.
If the answer is Yes. You are already living in a perfect world and wish you all the best staying in the cocoon. Ignorance does not imply innocence. In fact, some of you who said Yes might just be indifference to those would outside of your circle of care. You are not the target audience of the Better world engineering series. Let’s not waste your time of doing more read.
For those who said No, have you ever wonder why is it so? The social construct we are witness is working but there is something not quite right. Assume that the human society is group of gears – interconnecting with each other – the system we see today isn’t exactly smooth. People would say that the advancement to create a better world has not been invented yet. I argue, there are only two main reasons:
- Regardless of whoever is leading the development of the society. They are attempting to add new gears into the system while the system is running at 10,000 rpm – and people just wonder why there are so many social conflicts, unemployment, dissatisfaction and unfulfillment in life.
- The force to drive the development of the society has changed. The original idea should be to make live better for yourself and your neighbour. Now it turns into work for a job that you don’t like -> to increase the purchasing power -> to buy something that you are told you want.
These two concepts are correlated. The force to make living better has driven human race from hunting-and-gathering to invest their effort in agricultural advancement in order to feed more people. Later down the history, to build up the wall to shield oneself and people they care from the unknown at night. Bigger walls to protect their villages, better roads connecting city for safer trades. Better medicine to cure people we care. And more cities when we are overpopulated – when we see that quality of life drops. We have forgotten how to build new cities.
To be accurate, we are not allow to build a new city because we have insufficient funds in our bank account. In fact, we are not allow to build anything because of different laws, because the government suddenly owns all the lands some point in the history and we somehow need approval from them before we can even start exploring the option to build ourselves a life.
It is counter intuitive when we are told that moving to the city is the best things we can do – jacking up the pricing of the real estate and asking us to pay more for less – while the only right thing to do is to expand from the existing city. In our society today, we are told to the exact opposite for the benefit of those who came up and enforce the false story.
We used to surround people that we loved most, our circle-of-care, with the best resource and exhausting our ingenuity. The walls (resources) today we see are misplaced and beyond our control.
It is time to build the wall again.
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