The Fabric Of Society

Culture and Language...For all of recorded history, the range and frequency at which we could disrupt the fabric of society had always been dependent on our ability to create, preserve and disseminate ideas.

It happened with the invention of symbolic language, spoken language, and written language. But the major breakthrough came when we discovered a paper that could preserve ideas beyond the moment of conception. Making it easier for long-term storage and dissemination. People learned how to read, write, share their thoughts in their heads, and influence others, thereby influencing society at large. Knowledge was no longer concentrated in the hands of the few, like the scribes and priests. However, even the disruption caused by this new discovery took time to solidify, easing society's psyche into acceptance.

It happened with the Renaissance, Age of Reason, Industrial Revolution... The 'digital' age is the exception. Society-disrupting ideas usually took centuries to solidify and recover from. But now that we got a sophisticated creation, storage, and dissemination medium (social media), we get disruptive ideas every new month or so. Before our psyche adapts and recovers, we're hit with another one.

Society is changing faster than we can keep up with because everyone can now share ideas without limits. Thousands of ideologies, new thoughts, ways of seeing the world... Always in our faces. This is why it seems everything is going to shit. Radical ideas usually took centuries to become the norm. But now, we got a lot of competing norms and no way to actually integrate them or make sense of them as they come. 

This is the power of human language, the power of collaboration, the essence of culture, and the fabric of society itself. We think things are supposed to be a certain way because it takes time to get used to. But nope, we make things happen; we decide the direction of society. This is what happens when ideas (knowledge) are decentralized without central administration.

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