Instant Inconsistencies

“Damn the torpedoes inconsistencies, full speed ahead!” – Just about Everybody.

Formula 1 has its Silly Season (rumors about which driver is moving to which team), but traditionally that happens only near the end of each year’s races.  It appears that the thrills of merely talking about F1 flip-flopping have mutated and spread into an actual world life-style: flipping year round while disregarding the flop (that is subtle.  I’ll wager you will have to research it. Don’t hesitate to ask.).

There is a lot going on in the entire world right now, and in case you are not up to speed on some of the more regionalized activities, I offer the following take from a good curating site I enjoy (Quartz; June 10th daily-brief newsletter):

Good morning, Quartz readers!

Voters—such fickle creatures. Just ask Theresa May. She campaigned against Brexit, then had to reinvent herself as a true believer in it when the British unexpectedly revolted against the EU and she was thrust into the prime ministership. Thinking she could solidify her majority, she held a snap election this week—but the public that had voted for Brexit turned on her and took away the Conservatives’ majority in Parliament.

Scotland, meanwhile, voted against independence from the UK in a referendum in 2014. The following year, in a general election, it gave the pro-independence Scottish National Party a landslide victory. Emboldened, the SNP campaigned for this week’s election on a promise to hold a second referendum. Result: It lost a third of its seats—most of which, adding insult to injury, went to May’s Conservatives.

Across the channel, meanwhile, consider Emmanuel Macron, who had never held elected office before winning the French presidency last month against established party grandees and the far-right’s Russian bot army. This Sunday, his brand new party looks set to sweep the first round of parliamentary elections, defying predictions that a centrist message wouldn’t resonate across hundreds of diverse local races.

It seems our desire for instant gratification has conquered politics. Voters are channel-hopping, snacking on ideologies and political styles, moving on as soon as they’re bored. In that light, Donald Trump is a political genius: His slippery, shifting positions on just about everything command attention and perfectly reflect the restless mood of the times. People are eager for something—anything—different, and damn any concerns about consistency.

There is something to admire in this increased ideological flexibility, given how quickly our world is changing and how stale many parties’ platforms have become. But gratification isn’t satisfaction, and entertaining politics isn’t good government.—Jason Karaian

Hmmm.  Sounds like the freedom to change ideologies has trumped the responsibility to understand them (and anticipate their unintended consequences).

So, here are Gap Theory and Fundamental Principles 6 (Missing Information) and 7 (Not ‘Getting’ Something) in action.  For the uninformed, unavoidable.

But is it possible that a consequence of simply overcoming Fundamental Principle 6 is also becoming clearer –

An overabundance of Information does not simply lead to an increase in Understanding.

And then there follows the next logical conclusion –

A brain fart does not equal Wisdom.





About Jim Edmonds

I am a husband, father, mentor, who once was a chemist turned physicist turned marketer turned executive turned missionary turned professor. And survived it all.
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