The Perfect Time to Live on Earth

"Whenever a worldwide change happens, it shakes the existing system. It has happened in the past when the ocean voyage helped us find America..."
"From the invention of farming to the moon landing, human evolution was dead slow. It is only after the invention of the computer, mankind took lightning speed. Not very long from now but in the future, the history of human evolution will be written in two phases. One about what had happened before the invention of the wheel and second before the invention of the hashtag. The information age has accelerated human progress because the definition of power has changed. Until World War Two, the power was all about the ability to fight and kill. After dotcom, the power is about the ability to communicate with masses. This is where this 21st century turns out to be the best time to live a human life. 

The Perfect Time to Live on Earth | J. Rajaram


Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence heated up exactly between the two bloodiest wars in human history i.e. the world wars. However, at the end of the century of world wars, non-violence tended to prevail, as an instrument of power. The Internet has granted this power to quite a few random individuals. Now, it is not about the sword, but it is about the masses who agree to your world views. 

21st Century began with the anecdote of information technology. Wars were happening, countries like India-Pakistan, North and South Korea, Sudan, Somalia, Catalan, Croatia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philistine-Isreal, Turkey, Serbia and many more were fighting. However, after the recession of 2008, no two sovereign nations engaged in the war directly. Few  self-proclaimed organizations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hizbul-Mujahidin, etc. were on war with sovereign nations but these wars are less about conflict and more of a sponsored role-plays on behalf of the weapon industry.

Since the recession, the power of communication has taken over control of the world. The jolts and shocks of the recession laid off a million of top brains working for the multi-national corporations. These fully-grown minds, who were running the corporations, become jobless during the recession. They had big-fat savings; it was blessings in disguise that these business leaders had to self-start. The tide of IT revolution was growing and these bruised leaders have got another opportunity to tame the tide. This was the time; the start-up phenomena took the reigns of the emerging new world. Start-up becomes the new jargon sung by everyone from a politician to a businessman. 

Start-up phenomena commit to solving a lot of problems at one shot. The government sees it as a job-creating enterprise, corporates look at it as reducing the direct labor cost as well as outsourcing cost, youngsters look at it as the power of freedom to perform at their will. More or less, it seems that this start-up phenomenon will deliver upon these commitments but again what will be the cost of these fulfilled promises? Especially when every research in the world says more than fivefold of start-ups fail to bootstrap for more than a year. More than 60% of funded start-ups burn out before reaching the required threshold?

Thomas Piketty in his book "Capital in 21st Century" has mathematically proved that the prediction of Nobel laureate, Yunus Khan is no longer true. The capital can not generate its demand. Before this recession, the collective capital of the world was burgeoning, every wealth holder was knowing that their capital was not performing enough. After the recession, when start-up phenomena started, it provided the opportunity to invest the capital. This again brings us to a situation which is not driven by the fundamental principle of natural supply and demand. This start-up funding is based upon the unnatural demand and supply matrix, this is why investors can tolerate the 60% failure in start-up funding.   

Everything has a lifecycle, so is the world order. Empires ruled for centuries, 20th century replaced the imperialism with nationalism. With nationalism, mega-corporations become the de-facto power engines of this world. The corporations have converted the federal banking system into their instrument to keep the national governments in-check. Now because of the innovations led by the start-ups worldwide, these corporations are in the backfoot. Start-ups phenomena are challenging the status quo of the corporations and banks. The new-age digital payments and logistics are redefining the age-old methods of commerce and trade. Auto driving cars, GPS populated maps, and drones are replacing the irreplaceable. The Dot-com, Organic Food, Exoplanet Mission, Intercelstial Warfare, Nanotech Medical, and MOOT Education System all put together are becoming diverse, complex and people-driven. Technology is widening the leakages at the fringe of the existing full proof system which enables corporates, imperials, states to keep absolute control upon common people. These leakages crack open the scope where we can take over the control of human 

Whenever a worldwide change happens, it shakes the existing system. It has happened in the past when the ocean voyage helped us find America. When new sea routes to Africa and Asia opened the whole markets of the slave trade and colonization. Those extremes of injustice ended with two world wars. It also had happened when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were blasted by Atom Bomb. That time was lethal, violent and painstaking, that was the time when common class revolted against the colonial powers and replaced the rule of empires with democracy. At present, technology is being used by the corporation and state to dilute, or if possible renounce the democracy. Only this time, it is not going to be easy because if the state can use the technology, the common class can equally use it too. We are living in a time which has the potential to level the playfield. All we-all have to do is to keep hopes and keep trying... the twilight is just an ounce away from the horizon. 

The Cusp of Democracy & Autocracy

A country where earning Rs.18 a day tags you not poor, Election Commission spends Rs.73 per voter to conduct the general election 
- Jitendra Rajaram

"Out of 123 democratic countries in the world, not a single country is 100% democratic. Not a single democracy conducts 100% impartial election. In India where 36% population lives in a $1 a day, the cost of election is more than $1 a vote. The irony doesn't end here! The political parties conesting in such elections have spent more $13 to woo every single elector in 2019 General Election of India. Owing the amount of money spent, should we call it a democracy or plutocracy?

Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klass wrote in the first page of their book “How to Rig an Election” with a statement “The greatest political paradox of our time is this: there are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic”.

The book written by Nic Cheeseman & Brian Klass, Harper Collins Publication | Yale Universty Press 

As Victor Hugo said, “Nothing is stronger than the idea whose time has come”, it is evident that time still has not come for the democracy. Across the world, democracy is an idea still arriving or perhaps its route is diverted to plutocracy. The fact is, never in the past, money was as powerful as it is today. In the cusp of emerging democracy and falling autocracy lies the plutocracy.

When empires were ruling the world, the power used to be achieved by waging war. War was the driving force of scientific inventions. Out of many one main objectives of the invention used to be winning the war. During world war two, Hitler, Truman, Roosevelt, Churchill used to engage their scientists and scholars in creating more lethal weapons, bombs, tanks, missiles and space shuttles.

Since democracy started heating up, the science started to invent a mechanism of controlling sentiments of masses. In 20thcentury, the oil used to provide fuel to war machines, in 21stcentury, data funnels crappie thoughts in the minds of voters. “When I realized that people believe what the Internet says more than reality, I discovered that I had the power to make people believe almost anything,” says Andres Sepulveda, Hacker to help win elections in most of the democratic countries of Latin America (Klass, 2018).

Today, Data has replaced Oil to become the market driver. Now power is not achieved by the oil-driven jets or tanks. It can be obtained by corrupting minds of the people who vote. The data industry has made privacy an impossible right for the citizenry of sane nations. Data can let anyone read your mind and can even feed your mind with the information of their choices. Social Media is nothing but a gigantic worldwide brainwash system.

The father of the Indian constitution was not aware of the data industry. However, he was sure that democracy will be under attack frequently. Social Media has just brought the newest way of attaching it. He had predicted, he knew how one-day democracy will be ripped apart. He had rightly said, "Democracy in India is only a topdressing on an Indian soil which is essentially undemocratic" (Ambedkar, 1946). He had a valid reason to describe Indian democracy this way. The structure of caste hierarchy in India ensures that (1) never paid or (2) severely underpaid peasantry remains deployed across the rural industries. This peasantry has the utmost desire to have at least one meal for the family. This system keeps almost 36% of Indian under severe poverty. A country where earning Rs.18 a day tags you not poor, Election Commission spends Rs.73 per voter to conduct general election (Dainik Jagran, 2019). What more! The largest party by winning margin spent Rs.700 per voter to win the election.

When France was declared a republic, monarchs of Europe managed to convince the media and people that rule of Empires is in the best interest of the people. Vienna summit was nothing but an attempt to kill the idea of a republic. That was the time of revolution erupted out of extreme poverty. From Monarchy to Republic, democracy is the hard-earned system of governance. This is why it is in constant danger even when it has not fully grown to its capabilities. During the architecture of the constitution of India, in the parliament on 17thDecember 1946, Ambedkar had said “Constitutional morality is not a natural sentiment. It has to be cultivated. We must learn that our people have yet to learn it.” (Ambedkar, 1946).

We have to make people understand that the constitution and system of governance are hard earned and technology is ruining it. Very soon, social media giants will be declared as war machines. It is only a matter of declaration; the war has actually begun a decade ago. When asked how to escape social media rumors, the world’s most powerful social media peddler Andres Sepulveda said “Do you see memes floating around WhatsApp, Insta, and Twitter? Who creates them? No matter how funny or provocative, just think of why memes are being created! This side or that, there are people being paid for creating those memes. It takes less than a minute for us to inject those memes from a million fake social media users to 10 million real users. No one can control what happens next! (Jordan Robertson, 2016)”

Hacker Andrés Sepúlveda
Exactly at this place, I have a message! This struggle is not new, the tilt of power is not new. It is just that in order to gauge the power of technology, we don’t have any doctrine to refer from the past. However, what is most encouraging, is that the playing field is not as un-even as it used to be.


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