We need a 2nd Enlightenment AgeSubscribe
EDIT: So many people seem to be thinking that this is a politically charged post where I'm targetting the so-called "woke". The truth is I'm not. I'm targeting the widespread anti-intellectualism and idiocy present in our society, from people of all political beliefs. On one side you have the "woke". On the other you have QAnon believers. Both are equally ridiculous and equally devastating. I don't fucking care what political view you have. As long as you're an idiot, I'm gonna criticize you. So enough with all the "libs are hypocrites" and "conservatives are bigots" nonsense. Plenty of hypocrites and bigots on both sides. Plenty of genuine and smart people on both sides. I want to get rid of hypocrites and idiots on both sides so we're left with genuine and smart people.
After nearly a millennium of being a collection of quasi-religious states, Europe in the 17th and 18th century went through a remarkable transformation that laid the groundwork for the incipient Industrial Revolution that allowed Europe to dominate the world for centuries.
People gathered in coffee shops to discuss philosophy and current events. Noblemen with all the time in their hands became scientists and thinkers. New ideas on the role of the government developed. We call this the Enlightenment Age, when the entire continent started focusing on facts, logic, and critical thinking instead of relying dogma of the past.
Over the last 10 years, we've seen a remarkable and terrifying decline in people'e intellectual capability. Nuances are lost in discussion. Propaganda and ridiculous beliefs that are easily invalidated are absorbed into people's minds such that people consider them to be dogma. Ideologues, sycophants, and snake-oil salesmen are everywhere. Yet again, anti-intellectualism seems to rule.
Even corporations, pillars of this great system we call capitalism, are accepting some ridiculous and invalid beliefs dogmatically. They are shooting themselves in the foot, succumbing to overwhelming and toxic social pressure that promotes idiocy. Capitalism only works because the world consists of smart and hardworking people, who'll do heir best out of self-interest. If we somehow prevent this from happening through some form of social pressure, then capitalism as we know will likely fail.
In these trying times, I believe we need yet another boost of intellectualism back in to our lives and back in to the world. We need a 2nd Enlightenment Age. It's about time we actually fact check things before claiming things. We need to learn to think twice on any claims. We need to scrutinize our own ideas and views. Moreover, we need to convince others to do the same. "Faith" and "belief" are for things you can never ever be able to explain - like the existence of after-life (you'll never know until you die). Everything else is subject to critical thinking and logic.
Why does this matter to a finance forum? We as bunch of lofty high-earning professionals have lots to lose if we don't stop the world from becoming dumb. To put it simply, if everyone in the world is stupid, then what business can thrive? Without businesses thriving, then there's no need for financial services. Without the need for financial services, you're probably gonna lose your job. Worse, your country might become a shithole as we devolve into the New Dark Age.