Everyone likes it when billionaires donate money, with charities and nonprofits eagerly lining up for a piece of the pie. And the press suggests more billionaires should follow in her footsteps. Please don’t.
Money does not equal merit.
Even Bernie Madoff was heralded in the press for his philanthropy, unbeknownst to the recipients dispensing money from his Ponzi scheme “gains.” I am not comparing MacKenzie Scott’s efforts with Madoff’s, but as the ex-wife of Amazon’s former CEO, Jeff Bezos, she also acquired billions of dollars not of her own volition. And it shows.
Giving money leads a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. You do not solve the cause of the cascading dysfunction and inequity in society. You merely provide a temporal bandaid, a cover-up, rather than eradicate the disease. And no amount of money flushed down the toilet downstream will solve the causal problem from which the undesirable outcomes originate.
The problem humanity faces is that it has not established a foundational theory for humankind, in compliance with nature’s principles, that would systemically avoid and eradicate most of our many manmade problems. Without establishing and implementing a human theory, you cannot expect desirable outcomes from constructs of a game plan left undefined.
Put differently, if I put twenty people on a grassy field and throw a ball in the middle, it is unlikely those people will produce a game worth watching unless I first establish the theory, systems, and rules of soccer. We do not have a theory for humanity that abides by nature’s first-principles. Thus, we do not produce outcomes that benefit society’s evolutionary renewal and excellence as judged by nature.
It is unwise and naïve for MacKenzie to donate money to the compounding undesirable consequences of a cause unbeknownst to her, for it dulls the quest and inquiry into causation. Her giving-while-alive pledge promotes the false-positivity of purported repair while the source of undesirable outcomes remains unaddressed and growing.
MacKenzie is outright wrong and uninformed about how the constructs designed by humanity cannot be corrected by humanity. Reinvention from an existing norm always starts with discovering a new and higher normalization of truth. A new normalization of nature’s truth invalidates foregone conclusions and prior downstream dependencies and redraws the rivers of human efficacy.
A new normalization of truth derived from nature is much simpler and more reliable than attempting to correct the many undesirable outcomes from an outdated and invalidated truth—the lies from foregone truth invalidated by discovering new realities force you to remember everything. Telling a better version of the causal truth does not.
Four and a half billion years of evolutionary consistency on our planet have revealed new truths. Truths are applied to the practice of science but not how we manage ourselves—a glaring omission. We have yet to deploy a human theory abiding by nature: nature judges how we fare, not humanity.
Solipsism Be Damned
The evolutionary excellence of humanity is not defined by humanity. We know much more about nature’s first-principles than one hundred years ago. Human constructs have not adapted to the discovery of that new reality. Human ingenuity and capacity have been constrained by constructs of totalitarian absolutism, which some call globalization, where relativity is required.
Humanity has never had a theory to manage itself into a dynamic and renewable equilibrium with nature. Until I, frustrated by the mediocrity I saw unfold ten years ago, discovered how to define and implement such a theory. The answer to the cause of human inequity and our inability to adapt to nature’s entropy comes not from me but directly from nature. We must deploy nature’s first-principles to benefit humanity.