Every nation and grouping of persons has its own version of reality
IN THE MULTI-LAYERED WORLD that we live in, our daily well-being is dependent on micro and macro-trends in retail & wholesale markets, individual and group psychology, family interactions, income-levels, education facilities, job-markets, medical science, business environment, laws & rules, government and administration, politics, banking, science, technology, infrastructure, inflation, money-markets and what-have-you.
TO CONTROL OUR DESTINIES as individuals, families and societies, we need to understand all of these, and see the Big Picture which is constantly changing. But nobody seems to have the time to join the dots and see the “elephant”! And so, every nation and grouping of persons has its own version of reality; some have diametrically opposed world-views. All are based on the Small Picture.
MASS MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA serves up a salad-bowl of information, enabling us to randomly sample to form an impression and daily orient ourselves. But we can only nibble at this salad bowl.
PROCESSING INFORMATION TO GENERATE INSIGHTS IS A CIVILIZATIONAL PRIORITY. We need to join the dots to generate insights – an inspirational and creative job.
WORLD BANK ECONOMISTS WHO REGALE COCKTAIL CIRCUITS in five-star halls cannot be the only ones who are entrusted with this job. Their theories are arguably irrelevant to the gritty realities of life in the multitudinous slums and one-room-kitchen flats, the dusty streets, the bustling, sweaty buses and overcrowded trains.
THE DELUGE OF INFORMATION IS JUST JUNK and mental clutter -- a bunch of dots in which our civilization will helplessly drown over the decades, unless…
UNLESS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY FOLKS FROM ALL ECONOMIC LEVELS, including slum-dwellers, hawkers, housewives, factory workers, farmers etc. regularly devote quality man-hours to joining the dots. They/we need to construct useful insights based on the enormous body of information that is daily growing and getting updated.
THIS CANNOT BE LEFT TO GOVERNMENT OR BIG-MONEY MULTINATIONALS and their CSR initiatives.
IT IS THE JOB OF WE THE PEOPLE. This is our job – yours and mine.