Beware of innovations!

The further back we go in history, the higher is the social class in which innovators originate. This is because innovators need leisure-time more than anything else. They need to be able to temporarily marry their basic obsession with a variety of other daily qualia without chronic distractions such as having to earn a living or to carry out other time-consuming responsibilities. Also, the overwhelming majority of innovators are always young people below the age of 30 or 35 — that is, before their frontal lobes become too networked with conventional notions. This means that, in modern times, the growing numbers of unemployed young in the advanced countries who, unlike their equivalents in the Great Depression of the 1930s don’t necessarily “know their place” in the social hierarchy, will undoubtedly become a new large source of potential innovation, particularly with the Internet being more or less freely available for specialist self-education and for propagation of new ideas. And innovations are not always beneficial to society or governments either. Indeed, some of the cleverest ones might be motivated by grievance. As the credit-crunch of 2008 continues to spiral downwards, either to wider economic depression or currency catastrophe, politicians had better become much more widely aware of the status needs of others than to remain too preoccupied with their own ambitions and yabooing one another like boys in a school playground.

Keith

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