There are still deplorable acts of terror perpetrated routinely on a global populace that has yet to accept the world we live in as being much less predictable than the world we grew up in.
The attacks in Brussels this week alone demonstrate that no country, no matter how peaceful or civilized they may be, is immune to the cruelty of those who would see the world remade in their dictatorial and conscienceless mold.
As wreckage of what is presumed to be MH370 washes up on the shores of a country an ocean away, an election brews in the US pitting choices between the death of the merchant class, a leadership so prone to corruption and lack of accountability as to set records third world nations would cringe at, or a belligerent tycoon with classless crassness as the foundation of his every decision, or other career politicians who have more skeletons hiding in their closets than the local pioneer cemetery can count, When forced between choosing among only disastrous options, none of whom have a plan that the nation as a general whole can get behind and elevate the nation like a moonshot of eras past were able to do, faced with terror growing both abroad and at home, bounded by vigilante justice warriors like Anonymous, and facing an economic sterility that could well last into the next 2 decades, predicting the future today is murkier than it has been at any time in the last 40 years.
I CAN tell you this, though. The world being run by big companies is an era that is going to be at a crossroads in the very near future.
See with roughly 94 million working aged adults not working in the workforce that used to be included in our employment numbers, there are a lot of people who have formed very different views about what they are prepared to do with their time in order to earn a living, and dying at the office in a cubicle farm simply isn't on that list, especially when their pay is primarily composed of stress and enough to just make ends meet- most of the time.
They are realizing that there is a massive disconnect between what they were told their lives should be like, and what their lives turned out being like.
They were told to go, get an expensive education, so you can go out and get a good job that will provide safety and security for your family.
Only the good jobs didn't happen, and when they did happen, they didn't last. But what they did do was distract generation after generation from their true purpose, in fact the only purpose they should have been concentrating on in the first place. They should have done what their parents were told to do, which is something very different indeed.
What they should have done is gone out and made something of their lives. Left a mark so that history would know they were there. Did something lasting, meaningful, powerful, and that grew our collective ability to shine as a nation, as a population, and as a world. They should have started their own businesses, non-profits, and community initiatives.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1954, 54.7% of the American public's families made the bulk of their income from either self-employment or business ownership. Today that number is below 6%.
The modern education system has stolen generations of people's capacities to stand on their own two feet and replaced their training and preparation with the skills needed to simply follow instructions, no matter how obtuse, inefficient, or futile those instructions may be.
The result is one of the most unhappy workforces statistically speaking that this country has ever seen, and a nation that has lost its confidence in being able to build their own wealth, their own insurance, and their own security through doing what they believe most in, whatever that may be.
And now that so many have left the workforce, so few have come up through the ranks to effectively replace them, especially in high growth industries, big companies are having to look abroad for talent to fill gaping holes in their structure, while restless populations at home grow tired of political fighting that pits those few who are creating jobs versus those that believe jobs and 'living wages' are simply an entitlement, not a privilege.
But back in their memories, somewhere deep inside, there is a building tension between the dream that a cadre of elite financial wizards will dip into their limitless pockets and magically pay for everything the nation wishes, and the dawning understanding that if they are going to deal with the crippling costs of their aging parents' medical care, their kids schooling, and their out of control cost of living, that somewhere in there, only one person is going to do that for them, no matter how woefully prepared they are. Only one person really has their interests at heart, and that one person is THEMSELVES.
It's a dawning as people start to self-identify as entrepreneurs, business owners, independent experts.
And as they do, they're going to make mistakes. They are going to learn the hard way and they will begrudge the fact that no one taught them this skill set in school and that their kids aren't getting taught it yet.
They are going to get quietly resolved, and they will begin to use their minds to see ways to fix problems, rather than putting up with trolls and blowhards that have the time to spend sitting at a computer opining without any real expertise to back it up.
They are going to look for experts and they will start holding those experts accountable for their advice, and they will move away from talking heads that only exist to try to interpret using a clear bias to shape your understanding of the world.
Oh, you'll see them in the media alright, as they will learn to take over the media, but not through the world of jolts per minute, but through the world of providing meaningful, reliable, quality answers to pragmatic requests and subjects. Their media control will be a quiet revolution like we have never seen in this scale before.
Content is critical for every business, advocate, non-profit, political persuader, and community on the planet. We're seeing the evolution of content distribution now expanding at speeds infinitely faster than any other technology advancement in the last 200 years. This is what will allow the individual to again stand up on their own two feet and deliver uniquely relevant value to local and global communities, and although it's going to be rough around the edges for a few years more, in the coming years it will be much more powerful and effective both at shaping popular opinion and at turning the world economy around.
Now the question you have to ask yourself is how will you carve off your niche, stand stronger on your own two feet, and build on that to build the life you want, deserve, and and can actually achieve?