The most developed countries in the world are blissfully ill-developed.
For example, The United States, arguably the world’s most powerful and so-called developed country, relies on the U.S. Constitution, democracy, and capitalism to prove its leaderboard position of human excellence. GDP be damned.
As you can see from the included slide, none of the constructs derived from the congruence of the U.S. Constitution, democracy, and capitalism work very well, so admit the renowned experts responsible for monitoring, managing, and promulgating their performance.
To improve the excellence of human renewal in the United States, we rely heavily on a fresh supply of outlier immigrants (hint) previously unaffected by made-in-America “excellence.” The United States succeeds despite, not because, the systems we have built to manage ourselves.
Have you ever asked why you submit to a constitutional doctrine written 240 years out of touch with reality? Have you ever wondered how human wants in a democracy equate to human needs? Why are you surprised laissez-faire capitalism leads to bronze age vile-maxims destroying the collective trust in finance?
As I wrote a few years ago, we have bred a fantasy world running out of character.
The first flaw in human thinking is to deny thinking. We fly by the seat of our pants until shit hits the fan and only corrects the most overt downstream infractions. We have failed to reinvent the U.S. Constitution despite Theodore Roosevelt telling us we should do so every thirty years. Many legislative debacles, out of tune with today’s normalization of reality, stem from the reluctance to reinvent ourselves.
But the biggest problem with the U.S. Constitution is that it functions like the ten commandments in the bible, of not having apriori established real systems that embed the human theory to which those rules apply. Put simply, you cannot just develop practices and assume the gameplay objective is understood.
The U.S. Constitution is not an evolutionary theory. Democracy is not a system. And capitalism, as the arbitrage of human innovation, fails to act as the responsible rulebook upon which we can depend. We have been unable to establish the proper chain of cause and consequence that can lead to vast improvements in human opportunity and excellence.
The lesson we should have learned from Albert Einstein is that the theory determines what can be discovered. And without a theory, the discovery of how we can all contribute to society positively and maintain a dynamic equilibrium with the environment upon which we depend is lost.
Hence, to promote human excellence, we must first establish the theory of how nature evaluates human merit. We must establish a theory for humanity that adheres to nature’s gameplay, then define the systems that embed that theory, and then, and only then, select the rulebook that regulates the adherence to gameplay.
Today, The United States is not an undeveloped country but an ill-developed country. It has pointed the vector of human expansion in the direction of human wants, uncalibrated to the direction of human needs as defined by nature.
We must change our ways by establishing a theory, then the appropriate systems, and then the rules to which all participants must abide. And then I bet you, most of the dysfunction we promulgate today will disappear, courtesy of nature’s implicit approval.