I still do not understand why Facebook isn’t charging me for Whatsapp? I mean it’s practically a life-necessity: I’d be a much happier communications piping -Customer if I could rest long-term assured of Facebook’s and Whatsapp’s profitability, and I believe that me paying ten bucks a year (and a lot of other people doing so as well, because they’re already hooked) is the best way to do that. There would still be those who prefer ads, but I’d like to keep those completely out of my private life. So far I haven’t seen any on Whatsapp in Finland, but I’m sure they’re on their way: spending swarm that they are.
“It is really interesting to notice how people have changed across a halfish-generation, between those of us born in the late 1980s as compared to those a decade later and on this side of the millennium. Obviously the frequency gap goes perfectly in line with the technology inflation behind it: the difference in growing up between having computing power in a box at home (us) versus having computing power in a phone everywhere (them) is massive. Currently, I’d pinpoint the main differentiator across generations as people-perception capacity: though elder generations have had more time to see life, the younger ones have had more powerful tools, enabling the overtake.
But, come to think of it, the relative communication speed increases had by and between several generations before us, leading to the current state, have also been substantial. What makes this point we are in now even more interesting is that what has been experienced in a relatively short span of a few generations – increases in communication speed – will next be rolled over on to an off-Planet trajectory. It will probably take centuries, just as did the Americas to colonise, to live across the solar system, for all the technology needed to do so needs to be invented. The desire to get there is what sparks the passion to begin doing so: I wish them all the best who are already at work. Having read, in his book, of the late Dr. Aki Hintsa’s work with Formula 1 drivers, and knowing of similar work and study (for example at the renowned University of Jyväskylä), I’ve personally found it very interesting that the study of the furthest-end human capacity has developed to the state that it has today (only by study have I done so, but by no means through practice!). Those involved in the sciences and practices are sure to play a central part in enabling the aerospace industries further, where I imagine this type of knowledge plays a central role for training space candidates.”
I call the Nordic societal model the well-being state, not the welfare state. Welfare has connotations of handouts and passivity: well-being is an operative outcome. Seeing how democracy and clearly defined boundaries of sovereignty, across all manners and matters of dealings, are important, seeing how that creates the wealth had in trust, needed for the markets and governing society to work together peacefully, that is important to me. I really had to keep that in mind during recent dealings: the main gist of a long business story is that I had to really think about why I was allowed to act upon the potential massive-gain on already-owned property, by projecting a ridiculously huge but still completely logical business idea (thus balancing the allowances).
Anyway: what being well comes down to, really, is money. It is a pretty fundamental starting point. It is what funds life. Yes, work as an answer is like whacking with a blunt-object, but it is smart to say, since it reminds us that everything comes out as a result of it. From this perspective, the United States of Americans are our best friends: the promulgation of a culture of work and resultant money from their troubled yet magnificently accomplished history is literally the best thing to have happened to humankind ever, since they’ve set the example for individual initiative that cuts through to my deepest core.
Individual initiative is what leads to all progress. Because of the economy and its modern solutions, made possible by the knowledge- and motivation-transfer speed of money (as opposed to near-range barter, which would severely limit choices available in the market), I in Finland don’t have to live in or close to the cold forest: I can live in an upscale, downtown, and globally-connected penthouse.
With full respect for the nature around me that I love and the people that live closer to it or within it: my home is my home, and I choose to live how I choose to live. That is why I really love the market, for it builds those choices for me and makes them available to be had. It frees the imagination to gaze at a broader set of future possibilities, thanks to the capacity that people have had made available to them to think for themselves: because the market allows people to imagine solutions to noticed problems (given they know they are able to take initiative), they can react with relative immediacy, gaining power for themselves and empowering those around them with whatever is being sold and the example being set of making it happen.
The growth of the modern market system is what has led to the fullest speed pricing mechanism to have been unleashed to begin unifying the latest demand with the latest supply. It might be paradoxical that the system has created the problems that it will next begin to solve (I think of history as having squeezed a bunch of stuff out, from which pruning has begun), but such is the fact of fiscal and monetary logic, and basic everyday common sense, that the only way global problems will be solved is with a global system. There is philosophy, there is legislation, there is media: then there is the technology market and its financiers where the people work solving the issues everyone else is rightly worried about. Their capacity to deliver is not in an immediate-tune with those waiting for the delivery: that must be said for the creation of patience under pressure.
To be well there must be the starting point of feeling safe, and in today’s world that means there needs to be on-going talk about climate change being solved. For that talk to exist, there needs to be the market and the journalists covering it that understand what they’re doing. Finance is the solution: not the problem. Finance is the calculated deployment of capital, which allows solutions to happen in reality. I simply cannot tolerate anyone speaking out against the markets as a monster. It is blatant idiocy that works against being able to build peace in more than just words: money shifts the matter. The markets are and have been since the dawn of humankind the most natural part of how we live, as we exchange the supply of our raw materials, skills, and tools across the demand of our wants and needs, as connected with the community and communities around us.
Now it happens at a grander scale. What people who do not yet understand money (it is hard to understand something you don’t have, for example) fail to see is how gigantic and immensely fast the market system, which they have lived with since the villages and forests, has become. Think of an ever-continuing tornado of contracts flying around, defining the starting points of the market that build its outcomes (a tornado that started locally, connected globally, and will continue to expand into space as it has already done for decades).
If everyone is yelling at the people with the money, the thing that they’re not going to have as they do their best to focus is the required peace needed to be able to do so. So, as for being stressed listening to a teenage rebellion: press mute in your head, with full respect. Greta & Co. are kids who are burnt out at the maximal trough, which they shouldn’t have to be ever again. But, obviously: it takes time to react to an ultimate global matter. The deep-level technology upgrades required are planned for implementation at the regional and local levels, and the world doesn’t change all that quickly down on the ground at that level (educating local decision-makers instead of ranting nationally/globally: a smarter strategy for the kids?).
I think climate change combative products and mass-technology will develop at enough of a substantial rate that we’ll start to see significant progress in a decade: what I mean is actual results of changes in nature towards a positive direction. I wish for nothing more in my lifetime than for climate change activists to quiet down. That would mean that their demands for objective progress are being met.
Past this, I’m a shut up and get to work kind of dude. In my privacy, I do continue to understand that, to get started towards the decades-ahead results, the present environmental discourse must be able to sustain itself. To that end, I wish other long-term thinking climate activists the best: at the end of the day, we know it comes down to changes in purchasing behaviour.
© 2019 Jens J. Sørensen