Something about this Coronavirus does not add up: its spread, timing, government responses, competition, fear, profiteering, obsession.
During this crisis we need calming, confidence, transparency, effectiveness from our leaders and media. What we are getting is pumped fear and the largest robbery in all history.
Image: Man reading a newspaper in Hong Kong. What messages are our leaders giving today?
The larger our population and, ironically, the more information we have, the further the democracy seems to degenerate. Social media echo chambers are polarizing and dumbing-down our electorate. News has become propaganda. Being right at the expense of public benefit has become the norm. What is the state of American democracy?
Capitalism took off because it is the most efficient social coordination system to convert natural resources to capital. Democracy was selected because it created a broader top for more elite. Democracy also gives the feeling of enfranchisement to a growing middle-class. However, people are beginning to see how cumbersome electing officials is and how little political control they have. What would Democracy 2.0 look like?
At first glance the lesson of the Tower of Babel story is if everyone is not coordinated, the tower cannot be built. There is a bigger lesson to be learned.
Why is it important to understand what civilization is? Because you cannot improve or cope with something unless you know what it is and what actually is causing it.