Few would argue against the idea that our world continues to get more complex as it’s pace of change increases. I call the combination the increase of “social entropy”. It turns out that even though I just came up with this term, it appears to already exist and the definition is close the definition I would have come up with, though it’s poorly worded.
In any case, the idea is as Social Entropy advances, class distinctions begin to disappear as individual specialization provides everyone a reasonable opportunity at a niche for success. This has slowly been happening over the last several hundred years, highlighted by various national Revolutions, the Napoleonic Code, etc. But more recently, the decline of social status (including the decline of sexual status, aka male-dominance) has led to an incredibly level playing field that is unparalleled in human history. Obviously inequalities exist, but……. I shouldn’t have to finish that point.
With class distinctions disappearing, your wealth and possessions are less important than the information you control and the tools you have at your disposal to process and interpret this information. The idea is that, in a level playing field, opportunity will be presented to everyone equally. It’s what you are able to do with this opportunity that will determine your success. These opportunities are often fleeting and once-in-a-lifetime.
With this said, it is more important than ever to master the chaotic parts of life where fast, life-changing decisions are usually made that leave so many people confused and disillusioned. These include crowded bars, auctions, car accidents, riots, mosh pits, natural disasters, and any other scenes in life where most people give up on thinking and go with their instincts to deal with the pressure and urgency of the situation. That’s a terrible idea because only lemmings use their instincts and do what everyone else would do (those two things are synonymous). You’re a human being and human beings do one thing, and one thing only, better than animals do: we make plans. So what are the rules for mastering chaos?
- Stick with the plan
- If you don’t have a plan, make a plan
- There’s always time to make a plan
If you can master chaos, you will be great under pressure, which is the true ticket for being successful in the modern world.