"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.