A Bubble Promoted with Anti-values

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It is possible that an economic crisis can proceed from bad management, but the most destructive effect proceeds from the formation of bubbles. In a bubble of soap we can introduce more and more air inside a thin film of soap that can grow until it explodes.

Today, many people think that this crisis is a crisis of values. But it is inexact because all crises need a loss of values in order that a bubble can grow.

Anti-values are the soap need to separate the world in two different parts and introduce more and more air inside. All of us know that the soap needs to be wet in order that the bubble can be formed.

If we can think that the anti-values are the soap needed to provide a bubble, the water that moistens them is the press. People have got a set of values from education and religion that would not let enrichment through injustice, lie, robbery and abuse. But those things can seem a funny game if a set of thieves pays a set of journalists in order to change the word injustice for smartness, the word lie for creativity, the word robbery for moneymaking and abuse for leadership in a press analysis.

But the hardest pain is not how a set planned lies can promote a bubble. It is their effect on the real values (smartness, creativity, moneymaking and leadership) that remain so depreciated that they cannot be recognized and be used to break the bubble.

If you are searching for the cause of a crisis, you must look at the management, but if are searching for the guilty of the growth of a bubble you must look at the press, and analyze who were hidden the truth promoting the growth of the bubble.

Following this analysis, there cannot be a solution to any crisis without a press guided by values and not by anti-values. Perhaps, it will be more important to clean the press, eliminating the party spirit and promoting independence as one of the main actions to find an exit to a crisis.

In a democracy, people know that terrorists use firearms and opposition uses dialogue and critique to convince the people. In a dictatorship, dialogue and critiques searching for the truth are considered terrorism too by the press, although only discussion can change the errors of a very bad government.

A government is driving a society and cannot be living permanently in a bubble ignoring the needs of their people, especially if the bubble is of this kind, made through distorted anti-values.

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One thought on “A Bubble Promoted with Anti-values

  1. I like the blog Luis. You have inspired me to summarise my own thoughts “spewed out” across many blogs!

    I agree with aspects of the perspective on the role of the “conventional” press, I believe that, if we look beyond the correlations they promote, for causality lies with the prevailing Institutional/Corporate management culture: one built on “Greed, fear and ego” (http://wp.me/p16h8c-18N); their hierarchical operational structures; the engrained belief in theories [financial, economic, management], that are KNOWN to be flawed.

    It is more palatable to “power brokers” to manipulate, misinform and to, deliberately, suppress the truth – in an effort to maintain the illusion of faux certainty and with it the power/wealth that (they believe) they have “earned” – than it is to open their minds to evidence that challenges their version of the truth, may require an admission that they are on the wrong path and the need to embrace technology/tools [Ontonix…of course!] that would better prepare for the reality of uncertainty.

    Contrary to what they would have anyone believe, their clear preference is for high frequency gambles, as if they can rely upon what we “know” about probability and blame losses on “wild randomness” or unforeseeable events with unknown impacts: risk; low probability, low impact; results-driven; skewed incentives; short term; fragile.

    When, what WE DO KNOW, is that inter-connectedness renders much of what we thought we knew, at best, redundant. At worst dangerously unreliable: low probability HIGH impact. We live in turbulent times when uncertainty, NOT risk is the enemy and RESILIENCE must be a business fundamental…but that is a long term strategy requiring greater transparency of purpose and deeper knowledge than is required when pursuing short term goals. We do know that not all uncertainty is of the unforeseeable variety that analysis at a variety of scales can reduce risk, exposure to uncertainty and gain “anticipatory awareness” (http://wp.me/p16h8c-17m).

    It’s a VUCA World…(http://wp.me/p16h8c-16X)
    The impact of “ambiguity of purpose”, necessitated to cover mask the loss of values, lead to conflicting strategies, misaligned objectives and, therefore, convoluted and complex processes impact the manageability, effectiveness and profitability of the system. This is manifest in the corruption(!) of the structured information-flow across systems (as increased risk/excessive complexity).

    Nested layers of (mis)management that attempt to retain or recreate patterns seen in data from a less inter-connected, now past era, can, effectively increase risk that goes unseen and unmanaged (inflating the bubbles) is amplified, communicated as uncertainty to connected systems and fedback as increased “market” volatility, adding to uncertainty across domains and scales….critical complexity and….”POP”!!!

    Best

    David

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