self-confidence and self-infatuation 

After first impressions you may not easily tell apart someone who is self confident from someoneelse who is just enamoured of herself.

The self confident is someone who knows what she wants and believes in her intelligence and intuition. Yet she has all her antennae very well extended and receptive to inputs that would eventually shatter some of her assumptions, and consequently rearranges her amended view of the world.

The self infatuated is pretty set up. For her there are two kind of people: those who see things the right way and share her views, and those who are too lost to see the truth and are thus unpredictable, dangerous and better kept in close check.

the collateral of offer and demand

The underlying mechanism of offer and demand certainly brings to society ever better value for less cost. We tap at the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and engineers to reach ever more efficient ways to produce utility, convenience, and comfort.

By its nature, the offer is usually consolidated in the hands of a few groups, where demand is distributed and not organised. Accordingly, the sole driving force of the demand is to receive more (perceived) value for less cost. In response to this behaviour, the offer has a few ways to produce ever more appealing products and services:

  • first by using ingenuity,
  • secondly by creating a higher perceived value of a not so intrinsically valuable good
  • and thirdly by abusing of surrounding environmental elements.

The first way is basically what I would tag as technological progress. The second, marketing excellence and the third pillage: the surroundings are there for the grabs! And often only protected by the integrity of entrepreneurs and engineers, alas not always.

Once ingenuity reach its limits as per the technological and scientific knowledge base of the present time, and products’ perceived value do not let be inflated any longer, it is only logical that entrepreneurs and engineers will find ways to resource to abusing the surroundings. Surroundings being several possible entities: environment, nature, minority groups, neighbours…

Looking at the newspapers we can see, now and then, portrayed cases of such third way. For instance the recent VW emissions issue or the damaging pesticides for bees.

What it is left for us all to consider is how can we exercise our freedom of choice in a way that keeps the pillagers on check. In our role as demand, yet distributed and uncoordinated, we are responsible of our actions and their consequences; Being able to discern within those products and services that trespass to pillage ought to be our ultimate aim.

the utility attitude axis

In the space of people characterisation, there is an axis I name it the utility attitude axis.

In the region around zero, people are followers. The more you move towards the, say positive direction, people tend to be more creative and not only follow but also feedback or adventure in small endeavors.

Emerging from the followers section you enter the creatives. Those are types of people who create new ways to do things, often inspired by those people in the far end of the axis;  entrepreneurs and visionaries.

Moving back from zero towards the negative direction of the axis, you would have those people who are followers but sometimes lag a bit behind. And even further, those who are not able to follow and will proceed undisturbed all along a direction that, at some point in their lives, was set.

If you allow me an analogy, imagine the entrepreneurs and visionaries as scouts ahead of the way, the creatives making the path, the followers improving it, following it, following it a bit askew on the bushes along the side of the path, and finally the bromides moving outwards in a tangential escape line.

Now, any group or Organisation should see that is made of a balanced number of members with respect to their attitude—I do not mean skills here, but attitudes. You want to have a few visionaries, some more creatives, and the bulk of followers. Ultimately, no deadheads.