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What If a Society Has Too Much Cognitive Surplus - What If the Same Is True for an Individual?

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

The other day, I was rehashing an old thought. I was wondering what society would be like if we truly did hold ourselves to the highest standards of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and were fully engaged in approaching the epitome of free markets and capitalism. Indeed, if we did that there would be so much abundance, and so much extra free time, we'd literally be in the midst of a utopian societal dream.

We aren't there of course, that's fairly obvious and self-evident, and we know who is to blame, without me buying you a mirror. Indeed, I'd like to speak to you about this for a moment if I might.

It seems these days that we do have a lot of extra time on our hands, some people through no fault of their own or choice, as they've been laid off, however many teenagers and younger people who are not needed in the workforce are busy spending four and five hours a day, not watching TV like the previous generation, but playing on Internet social networks, and text messaging their friends. That's a lot of time to do basically nothing, and it is a lot of wasted time.

In one regard, it's wonderful that people have so much time to waste and such a surplus thanks to all we are and all we have built, and thanks to our ancestors, and those who came before us. Nevertheless, I wonder what if we did reach that perfect utopia, where folks only had to work two or three hours a day, and not more than 10 to 15 hours a week? What would we do with all that cognitive surplus?

Would we piss away and wasted as we are now on frivolous nonsense? Would we use it to solve problems, even though most of the problems would have been solved merely sticking to our guns, principles, founding documents, and the reality that free markets and capitalism produces more than we will ever need?

Right now, we have people running around solving, or attempting to solve false problems. Made up problems, you know like Y2K for instance, and things like that. There are a number of issues, challenges, and problems that we are constantly blowing out of proportion. The reality is that you personally are not needed to solve those problems, number one because they aren't really problems at all, but number two because everyone else is already working them. So what's a person to do with all that extra cognitive surplus?

You know, if you don't use your mind it will melt, if you don't exercise you won't have any muscles, and you'll get fat, dumb, and happy I suppose. Is that the endgame? Should you be doing something more with your time, challenging your mind, and may I ask why you aren't doing that with the time that you have now?

I'd like you to get more out of your life, because you deserve more, and I wish you wouldn't piss it away on silly frivolous nonsense. Of course, we do live in a free society, so you're allowed to do that if that is your choice. I just wish you'd think about it, and understand that if you don't make that choice, you have chosen in advance to waste your cognitive surplus. Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Self Help Topics. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

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