Simplify Our Worldviews

As the total volume of published and shared knowledge continues to accelerate, each of us gets a diminishing portion of the total knowledge.

What does this mean?

It means that there is an increasing probability that people you are communicating with will not share the same knowledge and assumptions.

What does this mean?

It means that when we communicate we will all have to make a greater effort in sorting out what beliefs we share in common and what we do not share in common. Otherwise we won’t understand each other.

What does this mean?

It means that we will have increasing frustration and decide more often not to continue the communication. Its not worth the effort. It also means that we will continue to experience more anxiety and even anger when we face people who do not share certain beliefs.

What does this mean?

It means that there will be growing tensions and conflicts because people can’t understand one another. We will create factions of believers and non-believers, us good ones and those crazy bad ones over there. We will create our separate tribal worldviews and go to battle against the evil-doers.

Remember the biblical tale of Babel?

How about diseconomies of scale and diminishing return on investment? This is well established doctrine in economics.

The universe follows laws of Nature. Turns out there are scaling laws that dictate that there are limits on how complex any system can be before it collapses.

What does this mean?

It means we had better start simplifying the ways in which we think about our world, in giant orders of magnitude, with giant paradigm shifts in our worldviews. We have cluttered our global civilization with too much of everything.

We can start by putting down our weapons and understand that people are not your enemies. They simply have different life experiences, education and different exposure to the pieces of the big puzzle.

The only way we will survive is by collaborating to find and create a common understanding of our world based on the variety of human knowledge. Our different and evolving worldviews are a great strength if we choose to see them as assets and not grounds for tribal divisions.

Listen and learn from others. Harmonize. Synthesize. We will all be stronger as a result!

Published by Randal B. Adcock

Independent author on philosophy and the human condition The ideas expressed in this blog are wholly my own and do not represent the opinions of any other organization or entity.

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