HUMANITY, MANDELA & CAPITALISM (& BONO)

Humanity is our future, not tech

We seem to be living in a hyper-tech world.

At times, it feels as though tech is running the world, controls our world, controls us, controls humanity.

The sense is our present & future, IS tech.

Education isn’t immune.

Our schools & educational system seem to be enamored with tech.

We are using tech more and more to learn & to teach.

All we hear is “STEM this” & “STEAM that” …psssst, hello, our children can’t READ.

I mean, we’re teaching 1st & 2nd graders to code, at the expense of other subjects, reading being one of them.

All the future jobs are in tech, right?

Not so fast. But don’t take my word for it.

Hear what Eric Berridge, EVP Commerical Officer at Salesforce has to say in this Ted Talk, https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_berridge_why_tech_needs_the_humanities?language=en

 

Mandela, where there’s a will, there’s a WAY

I started reading “Long Walk to Freedom,” Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

Autobiography or not, it’s a real page-turner.

Granted, I’m only 121 pages in, it’s 625 pages, but I’m enthralled.

I’m only about a quarter into his life’s story but the book could end here, and his life would be amazing. But knowing what’s to come, what he endured, and where he ended up, despite ALL odds being stacked against him, it would be an understatement to call this book inspirational and/or motivating.

It makes me believe I, we, can do anything, if our will is strong enough. It’s about will folks!

One particular passage continues to stick with me, I can’t forget it, shake it or ignore it.

At this point in the book, Mr. Mandela is in his 20’s and has made his way out of his small tribal village of huts with dirt floors, to Alexandra, an “urban Promised Land,” one of the few places in South Africa where Africans could acquire freehold property and run their own affairs. He describes Alexandra as “a home where I had no specific house.”

He had secured work at a law firm which paid him a salary of just two pounds per week while attending the University of South Africa.

Here’s the passage:

“I was inevitably short more than a few pence each month. Many days I walked the six miles to town in the morning and the six back in the evening in order to save bus fare. I often went days without more than a mouthful of food, and without a change of clothing. Mr. Sidelsky, who was my height, once gave me an old suit of his and, assisted by considerable stitching and patching, I wore that suit every day for almost five years. In the end, there were more patches than suit.”

You ever find yourself saying, “I can’t.”

You CAN, dig deeper!

P.S. More to come on this phenomenal book.

 

Bono finds what he’s looking for in Capitalism

Similar to golf culture, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with capitalism.

I believe there should be no ceiling of any type, for anyone. You should have what you earn.

But I also carry a deep empathy for those less fortunate, it burdens me night & day.

So much so, I’ve made it my life’s work to rebalance the playing field of equitable opportunities for those with less.

Capitalism has its flaws, yes, but like our legal system, I believe it’s the best in the world.

And it certainly beats the alternatives.

Given the “rub” between worldwide poverty and capitalism, it was a pleasant surprise to come across this recent article, Bono Has Found What He's Looking For: Capitalism | National Review

For anyone knows Bono, lead singer of U2 turned global activist, there’s nothing conservative about him. But this statement carries some weight, considering it’s from Bono himself.

“As an activist, I ended up in a very different place from where I started. I thought that if we just redistributed resources, then we could solve every problem. I now know that’s not true. There’s a funny moment when you realize that as an activist: The off-ramp out of extreme poverty is, ugh, commerce – entrepreneurial capitalism.”

Speaks directly to the premise behind FREADOM.

But we just take it a step further, social entrepreneurial capitalism.

P.S. I REALLY appreciate and respect Bono’s humility and vulnerability.


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  • Thanks for sharing the article and the book. I’ve added them to my reading list!

    Julie on

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