Think Spot, Censorship and the Myth of Collective Power
History, however, again and again, tells a different story.
While collective power is great at building things, moving things, and acting under a clearly-defined framework and hierarchy…
(And also forcing people to do what they don’t want to do… and killing them if they don’t comply)
It’s very poor at creative problem-solving, inventing, and discovering new things.
Statistics come from the impersonal institution, the “collective,” or the groups…
Great insights and strokes of brilliance come from individuals who, in wanting to solve a particular problem, with the ability of deliberate focus and reflection, come to a realization.
This, at its most basic, requires that individuals be untethered from the collective, allowing their thoughts to roam freely outside of “the box.”
(After all, if the answer was obvious, the collective would’ve already picked it up.)
Sometimes, the realization has little to do with the particular problem-at-hand. But what ties all great discoveries together is that it came from an active, open, and searching mind.
There’s been exactly zero cases of a spontaneous collective “Aha!” moment leading to a great invention, discovery, or insight.
It always took root in an individual mind first.
Brilliance, in other words, is a product of what makes us unique as individuals, not what makes us the same.
The seed always begins with the individual, then is tempered and shaped and elaborated on by others.
This is a liberating realization because individual brilliance doesn’t discriminate…
Every single individual with the capacity for insight has the ability to ruminate on a specific problem. And, flipside, the problem can be seen through a billion lenses that are all entirely unique.
We have billions of potentially brilliant solutions whirling around at this very moment, screaming to be let out.
Quietly. In a Bath. On a Solution.
Tragically, we seem to be mired in the idea that only groups are capable of affecting change.
Or, that the louder we are, the closer we must be to a solution.
Many, perhaps under the impression of democracy is a one-size-fits-all kinda’ thing, believe placards, movements, voting, and “power in numbers” is the way to solve all problems.
And yet -- after the cheers, jeers, highs, and hangovers are gone -- the results are always lacking, dubious, unspecified, and unclear.
In this mode, change is perpetually one protest, waiver, or signature away…
All the energy directed at “raising awareness,” shouting, demanding, and soapboxing about a problem, could’ve been spent… say...
Quietly. In a bath. On a solution.
Michelangelo once gave humanity the key to really changing the world, and he did so in only three words:
Here’s one example:
It’s called Thinkspot.
Thinkspot is a hybrid social media platform that mixes what’s great about Patreon, Youtube, and Twitter…
Without what all three of these platforms have become known for: censorship.
As you may know, Jordan Peterson’s fame really took off when he stood up for the freedom of speech.
More precisely, some say he got famous for opposing mandated speech in Canada (See: Bill C-16)…
Others say he got famous for being a “transphobic” bigot who refuses to program pronouns into his phone… (and that the whole draconian “say this or get thrown in a cage” thing is beside the point).
Whatever the case, Peterson is worried about two things:
Censorship on the Internet and the preservation of free speech.
Rather than advocating for government intervention, Peterson is criticizing by creating…
Enter ThinkSpot, a radically free social media platform.
Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot Is a Welcome Social Media Option. Will It Work?
What’s more, an innovative Patreon-YouTube-Twitter hybrid could apply competitive pressure to other platforms, incentivizing them to relax their censorship policies. Once again, the market is doing a better job at encouraging free speech than more regulation ever could.
This article originally appeared on FEE.org here.
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