The problem- why FSATFOTI is important
The world is in a terrible mess. No matter what day of the week or what month of the year you read this, there will be wars going on and other wars waiting to break out, people starving while other people lounge in luxury, changes in our climate that threat the end of human civilization as we know it – and an amazing inability/unwillingness to do anything to reduce or mitigate those changes. And on a more personal, immediate note, we all have challenges in our day to day lives and the lives of those we care about that–while they might not be “a mess”–are challenging. Nothing new in all that. The world is a mess, We all know that, and we all know there is nothing we can do about it. There is certainly nothing you or i could about. Now, if we could just get about three hundred thousand of our friends to do something, to care enough to do something, then maybe all would not be lost.
And the whole point of FSATFOTI is that there is something we can do about. One of the challenges of writing (and I suspect reading) this is that part of the problem FSATFOTI is meant to address is the language we use, the words we speak and write and read. So in the first sentence of this paragraph it says “something we can do about it” but normal thing would be “something you can do about it.” Some you can do implies that addressing those issues is your responsibility, something the reader should do or think or say, and the reader alone. Something we can do implies you are off the hook, that “we” are going to take care of things. But as Pogo said, “we are the people our parents warned us about.” And as Obama said, “we are the people we have been waiting for.” The basic assumption I am making is that the belief/idea/preconception that you are just a little you separate and distinct from everybody and everything else in the world is a mistake. So rather than saying “you” or “we” or “me” there should be a different word, a word that reflects the view of Fractal Society. Another way to say this is that maybe are are missing something, maybe we (and by “we” I really mean all of us, each and every one) took a wrong turn at some point and have been heading in the wrong direction for a long, long time. So what is the mistake we made? Where did we turn wrong? This is what I wanted the Elevator Speech to be about, and I fear it is beyond me to sum it up in thirty seconds or less. But here is my best shot.