The Myth of French Politics.

10.05.2017 • France

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By Henry Bonner – The Strategy and Council Letter (France) –

We had almost forgotten that an election was happening yesterday … an oversight that caused us a little pride …

On the other hand, the election of Macron had an almost picturesque side … We saw on television a lot of people gathered near the Louvre …

Of course, most people think that the presidential elections have real stakes for their own lives …

Indeed, most people live in myth and fiction … which is a normal aspect of our nature.

In his book Homo Sapiens on the History of Man, Yuval Harari gives his theory to explain why man exceeds so much other animals: the power of the myth.

According to Harari, men tell each other myths and fictions, and these stories allow people to live and work together as societies.

Through these myths, we clearly see our place, our value, and our relationship with others.

When you think about it, most sciences, and even mathematical theories, are forms of narrative and fiction.

Similarly, economic theories are fictions, narratives to explain how things work …

That’s why people go in front of the Louvre museum, in the rain, because “their candidate” has won …

Of course, not all fictions are equal to one another … but the fictions “of the day” tend to follow more or less what is best suited to the material interests of the people who adopt them …

So someone who wins the SMIC probably thinks that businesses should be forced to pay more for the same job … and someone who reaches retirement age thinks that the state should increase pensions.

Nor is it surprising if employees are opposed to the end of the 35-hour … or a large, established company asks the state to favor it at the expense of the newcomers.

As you can easily see, almost all the instincts of man in politics are for his own preservation and the destruction of his enemies.

In the field of politics, the power of myths and fictions can take on a wicked, cruel, even murderous scale …

Think, for example, of the tens of millions who died in the Soviet Union – victims of artificial famines caused by the communist state.

However, myths and fictions are also tools that have allowed us to make great technological advances … and also allow personal fulfillment …

Consider, for example, the feeling of intense satisfaction when you feel that you have finally “understood” something about your life …

In science, you may think that only data and figures matter, but fictions are ultimately what make sense of observations … and make them affordable and accessible …

This is what a professor of astrophysics at the University of Duke in the United States says:

“There is an inescapable link between science and the ideas that emerge in human fantasy and science fiction. Science fiction writers are inspired by real scientific discoveries, but are left free to imagine the effect of these discoveries and their reach on society, to the point of sometimes deviating from concrete facts. In turn, often find their inspiration in the possibilities imagined in these fictitious worlds, although they are obliged to follow the physical rules of the real world.

Look at the positive effect of myths and narratives … This is the power of ideas: They can really change the world …

We give so much importance to the myths that we can become very enervated by myths that we think “false” or malicious …

We instinctively know that myths have consequences for the real world …

Sometimes, these myths can be positive … According to Simon Sinek, author of the bestseller “Start By Why,” big companies like Apple manage to outgrow their pairs because they have a stronger sense of their identity and goals …

As Sinek explains at a “TED Talk” on the most effective leaders:

“Every person, every organization around the planet knows what to do, 100%. Some know how to do it, that is, they know the unique value of what they do in relation to their pairs.

“But very, very few people or organizations know the reason why they do their job. This reason is not ‘to earn money.’ This is a result. But what is the reason, the objective, the belief behind it? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get up in the morning? Why is it important?

“The result of not asking ourselves these questions is that we become reactive – we act in response to messages that come from outside. Our ideas become blurred. But great leaders and truly innovative organizations – whatever their size or sector – think and act on their own ideas, and communicate their ideas to the outside world, rather than the other way around. ”

In short, getting caught up in myths allows us to be more productive, more efficient, more innovative, and to have stronger, clearer ideas.

For that, we need to cultivate our own ideas … because otherwise we become reactive to external ideas …

Instead of asking us real questions, and trying to have real ideas, we try to say what everyone thinks.

We lose all capacity for reflection and real innovation …

A confession, dear reader:

When we hear someone assert ideas or opinions that we can read in the newspapers, or listen to on TV, or see on our Homepage on Facebook, we know right away that we are wasting our time …

Alas, most people seem to fall into this category, at least on certain subjects.

When the pressure of external myths takes over, you are damn …

You can no longer think, think more, communicate more …

Of course, just like a prominent tattoo, this may allow you to mix more easily with certain groups … but for a price.

What price ?

Presumably, if you think the same things, and if you have the same ideas as everyone, then you probably will not go much further than “everyone.”

You are not going to do things very different from everyone, and you will have the same results as them.

Obviously, for many people, that’s no problem …

This probably explains why most people see with disdain any ideas that appear “radical”

What to do… ?

Of course, ideas possess a power you should not underestimate … but are not, ultimately, the “last word” necessarily …

After all, the concept of personal computers was nothing new … and many smart people could have imagined the concept … so the difference is not just ideas …

The author Malcolm Gladwell explains in his book “Outliers” that people who have inordinate success often culminate particular talents with specific circumstances …

For example, he explains that a significant number of people who made mega-fortunes in computers were born a few years apart (between 1952 and 1958), reaching adulthood at the time when Technology to sell computers to the masses.

Look at the birth dates of some of the men who made the biggest fortunes in computers

  • Bill Gates, Microsoft: October 28, 1955
  • Steve Jobs , Apple: February 24, 1955
  • Bill Joy, SUN: November 8, 1954
  • Scott McNealy , SUN: November 13, 1954
  • Eric Schmidt , Google & Novell: April 27 1955
  • Paul Allen , Microsoft: January 21, 1953
  • Steve Balmer , Microsoft: March 24, 1956
  • Vinod Khosla , SUN: January 28, 1955
  • Andy Bechtolsheim , SUN: September 30, 1955

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of people who have made billions in computing. You do not have Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (born 1984), Elon Musk of Tesla (1971), or others.

On the other hand, you can almost always find the same argument … These billionaires have had immense success, in part, because they arrived in an area that was about to explode, and took a prominent place in it. time.

What does this mean to us?

Around us, in the media, we often hear about “new innovations” that will change the world … One day you read that artificial intelligence will change everything … another, that drones will take care of all our Needs … that cars will run without drivers … or that “3D printers” will produce a revolution in the industry.

However, earning money in these areas is virtually impossible …

When an innovation is mentioned in the media, it means that the average investor is interested … and these are no longer really “new” innovations.

You make a fortune when you spot an area, or idea, before it begins to appear in the mainstream media.

Of course, you can always have exceptions … but think for example of the different “facts” that would change the world in recent decades … from nuclear fusion … to robotics … to biotechnology … to flying cars …

It has been 15 years since we are supposed to use only solar panels and wind turbines to meet our electricity needs … but this reality is still out of reach.

In short, if you want to place yourself at the epicenter of an innovative explosion, you are forced to work very hard … you can not rely on fashions.

Here at Letter Strategy and Consulting, we follow the news closely … but our network of contacts and analysts also allows us to keep abreast of technologies, innovations, or financial situations that do not yet appear in the newspapers…

We have not yet given you the means to access this kind of research … but we are currently working on a project that could give some of our readers the chance to discover the latest ideas potentially “radical” That we discovered.

We will have more information on this subject in a future message …

To be continued…

Truly,

Henri Bonner

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