The Industrial Culture

This is what I was born into, in 1936 – and what I witnessed the end of, in the last half of the 20th Century. A huge transition, that was marked by – our complete ignorance of it!

I continue to watch the MOOC about Business in Society, and I continue to be amazed by how the Prof, a highly-educated man, is unaware of this also. The Industrial Revolution changed us entirely – but to understand these changes, we have to back off far enough to get a good look at them. Something we have been unable to do.

The World is not working – but we cannot see this.

This is understandable – this is such a big situation (taking in the whole world) – that we cannot get our minds around it. It’s too big for our limited minds to grasp.

Industrialization fostered mindsets with a limited scope – people lived in Silos that did not communicate with each other. Amazingly enough – this worked! And now it is no longer working – we have gone into shock – culture shock.

I am reading Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism. LBJ had a vision of the Great Society, in the Sixties – that Americans were not interested in – and they shot him down in flames.

We should be able to calmly look at where we are – and come up with ways to fix it. But instead, we live in a complete panic – and do one stupid thing after another.

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