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Why there will be no meaningful social response in the West

Permanent Linkby wisconsin_cur on Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:23 pm

True Story:

A friend of mine once went to a "company meeting" where many many cuts were announced. The presenter from the front office brought charts and graphs. My friend brought a legal pad, a pencil and a basic understanding of math.

After the presentation, when all of the cuts were announced, my friend preceded to ask questions. The questions were good. The questions illustrated that neither the truth of the cost to the employees was made clear nor were the reasons given forth-coming. Through the use of percentages (instead of whole numbers) and vast oversimplfications ("this part of the budget includes things like the Christmas party" when it is 10% of the budget being cut and no one would say what else was in that part of the budget and being cut). The fact that the employees were not being told about many cuts to their insurance and salary and that there were to be salary increases for top management was met by crickets.

After my friend's presentation and a very uncomfortable front desk person evading them, it was asked if there were any other questions. The next guy spoke up to complain that there use to be a "can pop" soda machine and now it only gave pop in a cup. He thought they should bring back the "can pop" machine. This was met with a roar of approval by the crowd and the now smiling front office man smiled and said he would look into the problem and get it fixed.

They took pay and benefit cuts without a word of objection. They got their "can pop," and they were happy.

If 100 is the average IQ, that means ~half of the population has an IQ <100. Many of those ~100 do not care or are idealogically opposed to doing anything productive regarding the threats that face us until it is too late. All they care about is their can pop. It would be a mistake to extrapolate that if ~1% or even 10% of the population understands and is prepared to react to the problem that a majority, or even a signifigant plurality, will react in the same way. They will not, some are too stupid, others have an ideology that keeps them from hearing, others care only for their "can pop;" and they all have the vote.

I can not control what will happen, only the degree to which I am prepared for it. I can not control how this all goes down, only how I react to it. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and share with people of like mind but I do not extrapolate from this that social change is possible. We are still, to one extent or another, chimps... and more concerned about our "can pop" than the future of the planet.
Last edited by wisconsin_cur on Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Why there will be no meaningful social response in the West

Permanent Linkby Straker on Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:07 pm

Considering the recent experience I had in Western MA I can't argue with your guess at the average level of intelligence of our fellow humans.
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