Published Date 4/17/13 12:46 PM
Those we see as trustworthy are Liars, cheats and swindlers. The bankers and bureaucrats at the moment. I think we have always had this backwards view of the world, is it a failure of the education system or a failure of our collective imagination – the needing to belong.
The 20th century has been the century of advertising driven consumerism. The 19th that of the racial mission of empire before that we had the certainty of religious dogma. In each we trusted and were constrained and betrayed.
We have a backwards view of the world today, though today we have potential way out of this (historic?) limitation or perhaps its hard-wired?
Lets test this and see:
The internet is a revolution in per-per connections in everything that can be digitised.
* we can make and distribute powerful, truth, filled media, we have the tools in our pockits and the open internet is still in place to carry this.
* we can build universal access to education, again the old gatekeepers are still currently not blocking this.
* we can make our own political institutions up from the grassroots – this will be harder.
With these we have the possibility of shining light and action on the Liars, cheats and swindlers – and by doing that we have a possibility to know who to trust and if we know that we can make this world of ours a more humane place.