Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Chokehold of Industrialism

Nassim Taleb wrote something on Facebook this morning that really resonated with me. He stated:

"The reason fasting in its various forms is not practiced as the best medicine is because industry has not (yet) managed to make a profit from it. Try to generalize this very, very simple point to other substractive treatments and you will understand what we got ourselves into with modernity."

I think he makes a very strong argument and presents a perspective we are blinded of by the culture we live in. We have been so enculturated that we can "build" and ultimately "buy" ourselves out of any predicament that it becomes damn near impossible to perceive any other way.

In a culture of over-abundance, the answer is almost always less, not more.

And so much of our thinking is driven by the impact of the industrial revolution - as health and fitness professionals often call their expertise of work the "fitness industry", as if health is something to be manufactured and has a price tag. Also, look at my first sentence of this paragraph and my word use, 'my thinking being "driven" (mechanical)', and 'the "impact" (a very mechanical term) of the industrial revolution'; mechanical things can be pieced together on an industrial assembly line.

It requires some effort of me to see these ways of thinking being vocalized in our speech, but once I do, I see the tremendous bias of our culture. Every supposed "new" idea coming out of this bias will almost always have to go through the perspective of our modern economy, similar to what Taleb remarked.

Yes it's semantics, but not just semantics, as our thinking and words influence meaning and a very specific approach. And it appears to me as if this particular "industrial" mindset is becoming dated; with potentially harmful consequences arising all around and within us, like Taleb alluded to in the quote above.


1 comment:

Josh Leeger said...

Yes...why do we do this?...I have some ideas...Nietzsche was on the right track