Even as far back as Pythagoras, there’s been a tendency to manipulate the perceived value of numbers and measurements.
Against the commoner toward controllable automation. This is the source of the desire in some to objectify others. Objects can be manipulated without emotional feedback. The sales pitch says “Plant less seed, higher yield, make more money. Better results and it’s easier.” Where the family farm uses the theorem to more accurately determine usable land mass and reduce wasteful spending; those playing the markets calling themselves experts wait for enough farmers to depend on these marginal gains before inflating the price of seed to compensate.
What inflates the price so predictably? The banks adjusted interest rates which in turn effect crop insurance premiums. This changes the perceived value of the total budget and the line items in it radically toward the intended result. To fight it is to lose money.
"The person who procrastinates is violating the law of compensation. When you see your duty attend to it at once." — Col. Wm. C. Hunter, Dollars and Sense, 1906
The farmer has no greater profit, is now required to run a more sophisticated operation at no greater return. Soon the price of seed goes up again, specialty equipment or spray is required, and now the farmer is struggling at such low volume. They have no savings because interest rates have been suppressed and the input costs increased. Working smarter led to working harder, costs went up rather than down, and when cost goes up along with effort… inevitably we see a drive for automation.
Sometimes simple is better, not because it gets better results precisely, but because it gets results for the right people in the right way.
A corporation is an automation. I mean the framework of best practices and groomed culture toward the special interest of the stock holders, not the legal document all companies have that say incorporated. Just because a company is a corporation for legal compatibility doesn’t mean that they operate like one, but it does clearly show which way the government would prefer we go. Language matters. After all…a government is an automation. Both a government and a corporation operate, not on the free will of the governed or employed, but instead on persuasion and intimation, manipulating the lives of the labour, toward more automation which grants them power. From skilled individual, to non-skilled locals, then migrant labour forces, to machines, to bankruptcy and golden parachute on the losses of those once served.
It will always present itself as “progress” as “innovation” using the discoveries of the likes of Pythagoras and Turing to persuade the player to play their way. Software was going to democratize content production. A bicycle for our brains we were told. In reality it just raised the expectations; the required volume; and lowered the return. Ultimately, the PC industry sold a lot of plastic and metal being mined by the Communist Chinese (Socialists love automation, everything becomes a commodity) to create a trivial network of base machines people barely understood how to operate. Oh and all that pointless time tech people got paid to spend tweaking those useless machines. Anyone who used a computer in the last 20 years to do something significant would have gotten their hands on better ones and done more had coding NOT gone mass market. Software should have stayed in the family. Like farms.
Then the internet was going to unchain distribution, free us from the broadcasters. So ISPs colluded with government to create a pricing framework that virtually destroys the ability of individuals to distribute anything serious at a profitable price point. There was a time, believe it or not, when many imagined making a modest living hosting software or websites in their own homes from their own machines. That dream was quickly crushed by massive advertising campaigns spreading distrust of non-recognizable name brands. MS Windows started showing scary alerts when installing anything non-approved. Browsers started tagging indie-software as “possibly harmful” when downloading and installing. Bye-bye consumer choice; hello so-called informed choice. No-one bothered to ask “informed by who” no-one really cared.
We’re seeing the same problem today with Fake News and the growing pressure on Google and others to somehow police our content and speech to “inform us”. All dictated by the data overload problem caused when the regulatory interference started driving data into pools. The data became less creative and unique and more redundant. Multiple copies of everything with a thousand different file names and quality levels. Only companies and businesses and personality cultists could drive enough traffic to survive.
Self glorifying user generated content and the social media sites that now dominate us were the result of commoners losing control of the market. All leading to…that’s right… Automation. The advertiser driven search engine. And this gave the internet over to the likes of Google and Bing in the first place.
Monsanto, Google, Microsoft…its all the same. Someone has to run things. This is the mentality of the elite. It’s a matter of conservation of energy and controlling other people. That is; how to control other people with lowest cost for my own self interest. Just like the farmer but more psychopathic because people shouldn’t be treated like objects. Like the coder…the writer…the player…everyone. The players want to buy less seed and make more money, too. And no, they don’t usually realize they are also being played by others who control even larger collections of productive assets. It goes like that; it’s a cast system of sorts. Each layer essentially oblivious to the ones below or above. Knowing only what they need to produce their own return. Just as the farmer sees the seed; the socialist sees the stock. Both have less power than they perceive. Ego forms the bars of our own prison.
So the next time you hear about an innovative, progressive approach that promises to unlock your potential. Think long and hard about what kind of potential you really want that to be. Because some day soon, if you give in to the easy answers, the market may have so much power to force automation on us, there can be no family farms; only factory. No musicians only sound, no inventors only products, no discovery only data, no architects or builders; only policy, regulation, machines, and best practices in the grand automation. Once any system is automatic enough, it’s days are numbered and all those within it are bound to see an end to their suffering, assuming they don’t starve in the meantime; as like all Socialistic constructs it’s not sustainable. Automation simply can’t compete with people. Collaboration. Capitalism. Purpose.
Without purpose, there can’t be true progress and making money isn’t purpose. It’s a video game that can’t be won because the higher the score the less it matters. Purpose is children, laughter, love. It’s looking upon the rare and extraordinary and recognizing the privilege thus encouraging us all to seek the greatness hidden beneath the surface of this universe. Automation can’t do any of this for us, it can’t do anything that really matters and is best applied to the mundane safety of routine.
As you pursue your chosen path in life, understand why you do what you do. Understand that things are the way they are because someone wants them that way. We are not victims of circumstance, we are overly-habitual. We’ve become automatons and our lives have become routines and rather than changing our rituals, most of us double down and watch another episode of game of thrones.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Not for me. And not for you.
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