How to Change the World

Posted on 10 May 08:47

What does this have to do with ArtResin or with Art?

Everything.

You are an artist - In one way or another.

You can create. You can put thoughts and ideas into the world that can exist and spread.

You can make things better.  You can just make things.  You are much more powerful than you think.

 

Is Elon Musk an Artist? Yes absolutely.

 

Come with me on a thought experiment:

 

The book 'Sapians' has been an amazing read.  

In one part, it talks about Level 1 and Level 2 Chaos.

 

Weather is Level 1 Chaos because it can be predicted a bit, and the predictions do not impact what happens with the weather.  So, even if we had perfect weather prediction technology, we are not at a place where knowing this information changes what the weather does (yet).

 

The Stock Market is Level 2 Chaos because we can make a prediction that a stock will go from $90 - $100 tomorrow, so everyone will buy today at $90 to make money, and the stock will go up today as people rush to buy it.

 

History is also Level 2 Chaos.

History is a story of chaos, as much as we would like to think that we have had more control in the outcome.  

The cool part is that if we make a prediction about the future of our history, we can change what happens in history.   

 

The example used in Sapians is this:

A dictator hires a company that can make 100% accurate predictions of the future using tons of data.  They tell him that the people will revolt in one year and steal his power.  So the dictator changes his behaviour: listens to and helps the people.  So, there is no revolt in one year because of these changes.  The dictator sues the company that made the prediction because it didn't happen after all.

 

Back to Elon Musk.

Artists like Elon Musk look into the future and see a possibility, regardless of how crazy.

Actually the crazier the better.

Notice how history gets in behind these types of people who confidently share their bold crazy ideas.

 

Can we do that?

Can we look into the future as artists, and see a world that is really nice?  That has smiling people.  That has a balance of nature.  A world in the future where big problems are solved.

Can you see it?

I mostly hear the people that talk about all the bad things that are going to happen in our future, or just the cool things.  Those people have their place because yes, we do need to be warned if we are going down the wrong path.

 

Can you think of a world with a happy ending?  

Try it. Then tell people.  And practice thinking about it.

 

Thanks for coming along.  That was a nice morning ramble :)  Good music, happy chickens beside me, a good cup of coffee, and chatting with a bunch of artists trying to change the world :)

 

The future is bright.